The Committee on Domestic Arbitration seeks to educate arbitrators
and advocates about new developments and best practices in arbitration, to
expand arbitration’s use as a means of resolving disputes, and to work
collaboratively with other Sections to address issues in arbitration in a
variety of practice areas. The Committee also seeks to promote the efficient
and effective use of arbitration in New York and to promote the choice of New
York law for domestic arbitrations.
Initiatives and topics under consideration by the Committee for action
in 2013-2014 include: presenting a
Master Class in arbitration techniques; assisting in launching a domestic
arbitration competition for law students; increasing New York’s state and federal
courts’ familiarity with arbitration issues; addressing the pros and cons of
one-versus-three arbitrator panels; identifying gender issues in arbitration; considering
whether/how arbitrators should question witnesses; and discussing issues
surrounding corrections/modifications of arbitration awards.
Last year, the Committee held bi-monthly meetings addressing
topics of interest to the arbitration community, typically led by respected
practitioners in the field and fueling spirited discussion among committee members. Topics included electronic discovery in
arbitration, refusal of one party to pay, substantive motions, advocates’
critiques of arbitrator conduct, and upcoming American Arbitration Association
William L.D. Barrett and Abigail J. Pessen co-chair this committee.
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