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    October 28, 2016 Section Fall Meeting, New York Law School
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    • The In Camera Breakfast Series: Exploring Intra-Tribunal Dynamics and Decision-Making


      Join the NYSBA’s International Dispute Resolution Committee, in cooperation with NYIAC and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ New York Branch, for a three-part series on the inner workings of arbitral tribunals. We will explore different
      approaches to building tribunal cohesion and collegiality, organizing deliberations, delegating responsibilities among tribunal members and to tribunal assistants, and dealing with arbitrator misconduct. This series offers a unique opportunity for
      counsel to better understand how tribunals make decisions and for arbitrators to consider how they might be more effective as co-arbitrators or chairs.  

      Part I: Deliberations
      October 26, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | NYIAC, 150 E. 42nd St.

      Alexandra Dosman, NYIAC Executive Director

      Caline Mouawad, King & Spalding
      Arthur Rovine, Fordham Law School
      Larry Shore, Herbert Smith Freehills

      To register for Part 1, email rsvp@nyiac.org.

      Part II: Delegation
      November 22, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | White & Case LLP, 1155 Avenue of the Americas

      Ank Santens, White & Case

      Announcement of panelists and registration coming soon!

      Part III: Ethical Issues & Misconduct
      December 14, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 51st W 52nd Street

      David Singer, Dorsey & Whitney

      Christian Alberti and/or Luis Martinez, ICDR
      Jennifer Kirby, Kirby Arbitration 
      Anibal Sabater, Chaffetz Lindsey

      Registration coming soon!

      For more information about the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

    • October 28, 2016: Dispute Resolution Fall Meeting


      FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016

      New York Law School 
      Rooms W400 and W401 
      185 West Broadway 
      New York, NY 10013 


      DRS Section Member: $75  
      NYSBA Member: $175  
      Non-Member: $250  
      Newly Admitted Attorney: $75  
      NYSBA Member Law Student: $50  
      (After October 14th all price points increase by $50) 
      Not a member of the Dispute Resolution Section? Dues are only $35 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! ( Join online or call the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452, M-F, 8AM-5PM)  

      View program brochure. 
      This program provides up to 6.5 MCLE credit hours (5.0 in skills and 1.5 ethics), this program is transitional therefore does qualify for newly admitted attorneys. 


      8:00 AM – 9:00 AM --Executive Committee meeting:  All Attendees Welcome! 

      8:30 AM – 9:05 AM -- Registration 

      9:05 AM – 9:15 AM -- Welcoming Remarks -  Abigail J. Pessen, Esq., Section Chair 

      9:15 AM – 10:15 AM -- Plenary 1: When Reaching Agreement Is a Matter of Life or Death -- Insight from a Hostage Negotiator 
      A Crisis Communication Specialist will discuss the specific skills used by law enforcement professionals to move incidents that are descirbed as chaotic and potentially volatile towards peaceful resolutions by using specific communication and de-escalation     techniques and discuss how these skills can be adapted to your role in conflict resolution in ADR. 

      Moderator: Hui Liu, Esq., Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP 
      Panelist: Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., Law Enforcement Detective & Crisis Communication Specialist 

      10:15 AM – 10:30 AM -- BREAK 

      10:30 AM – 11:45 AM --  Plenary 2: Is Your Neutral Truly Impartial? -- Overcoming Implicit Bias 
      A discussion of what prompts implicit bias and how to combat it.  

      Moderator: Alfreida B. Kenny, Esq., The Law Offices of Alfreida B. Kenny 
      Panelists: Mark H. Alcott., Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Rachel D. Godsil, Esq.,Seton Hall University of Law, Nancy Kramer, JAMS 
      11:45 AM– 1:15 PM -- Networking Lunch 

      1:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Plenary 3: Building a Better Arbitration: Avoiding Pitfalls and Problems 
      Experienced advocates and arbitrators will share their recipes for a successful arbitration and trade tips, insights and "pet peeves." 

      Moderator: Abigail J. Pessen, Esq., Dispute Resolution Services 
      Panelists: Richard P. Kaye, Esq., Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, Nancy F. Lesser, Esq., Pax ADR, Hon. Timothy K. Lewis, Esq., Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Tracey Salmon-Smith, Esq., Bressler Amery & Ross LLP 

      2:30 PM – 3:30 PM --  Dual- Track Panels (choose one)   

      A. Lost in Translation? -- Navigating the Cross-Cultural Divide in Mediation 
      Experienced cross-border mediation practitioners will share observations on how mediation is practiced in different parts of the world and the importance of cultural assumptions and sensitivity to other issues of cross-cultural competence that may arise in mediation. 

      Moderator: Theodore K. Cheng, Esq., Fox Horan & Camerini LLP 
      Panelists: Jennifer L. Brandt, Esq., Law and Mediation Office of Jennifer Brandt, Sheryl Mintz Goski, Esq., Law Offices of Sheryl Mintz Goski, Richard L. Mattiaccio, Esq., Squire Patton Boggs LLP 

      B. Could Your Arbitration be Hacked? -- Information Security in the Age of Anonymous 
      Practical advice regarding how to keep your arbitration secure in the age of digital data exchange and storage. 

      Moderator: Sherman W. Kahn, Esq., Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP 
      Panelists: Erin Gleason Alvarez, Esq., AIG, Stephanie Cohen, Esq., Cohen & Arbitration, Suhna N. Pierce, Esq., Morrison & Foerster LLP 

      3:30 PM – 3:45 PM --  Networking Break 

      3:45 PM - 5:00 PM -- Plenary 4: Wearing Two Hats as a Neutral and an Attorney 
      How to deal with inconsistent mandates in the ethical codes for lawyers and neutrals. 

      Moderator: Daniel F. Kolb, Esq., Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP 
      Panelists: Steven C. Bennett, Esq., Park Jensen Bennett LLP, Bruce A. Green, Esq., Fordham Law School, Jennifer Lupo, Esq., Lupo Law & Mediation PLLC, Ellen C. Yaroshefsky, Esq., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 

      5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -- Networking Reception 

      For more information about the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Beth Gould at  bgould@nysba.org

    • November 7, 2016: Student Networking Reception


      Proudly presents its Fifth Annual... Professional Networking Cocktail Reception 

      Monday, November 7, 2016 
      6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 

      Dorsey & Whitney LLP | 51 West 52nd Street (Between 5th and 6th) | New York City 

      Admission for Section Members is complimentary, however, registration is required.
      Non-Section Members:
      Not a Section Member? Join Now!
      Space is limited, please RSVP at your earliest convenience.  

      Interested in pursuing a career in Dispute Resolution? 
      Then come join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and an important discussion about securing employment in the field.  

      • All attorneys and law students are invited to attend and participate
      • A great opportunity to network with established members of the legal community
      • Beer, Wine and Hors d'oeuvres will be served 

      For more information about the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Beth Gould at bgould@nybsa.org.

    • November 18th and 19th: NYSBA/AAA Arbitration Competition




      Competitors will receive a hypothetical fact pattern based on a domestic commercial dispute, created by leading practitioners in the field. The Competition will be administered and conducted as a real arbitration — organized under the supervision of the AAA, governed by the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules, and Judged by the best AAA arbitrators in the State.


  • Blog: Resolution Roundtable

    Resolution Roundtable, the official Blog of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Dispute Resolution Section focuses on negotiation, collaboration, mediation, neutral evaluation, arbitration and other new and hybrid forms of dispute resolution in all areas of legal practice. This blog will report on current developments in these areas, provide practice tips and techniques, highlight ways in which experienced practitioners have dealt with unusual or particularly difficult issues, report on section events and other matters of interest to all the participants in party-selected solutions. To view the blog click here

    Jeffrey T. Zaino, chair of the Dispute Resolution Section Blog Committee and Blog Administrator, is coordinating all blog posts for the Section.

    If you wish to participate as a blogger or want to propose blog topics, please contact Jeffrey T. Zaino at zainoj@adr.org.

  • Section Resources and Reports

    Dispute Resolution Section Resources & Reports

    The Dispute Resolution Section prides itself in the resources that it provides its members and the community.  Please click on the links below for our comprehensive resource guide, Section reports, white papers, ad other Section Publications. 

    ADR Resource Guide For Mediators and Arbitrators 

    Section Reports 

    Section White Papers

    Section Publications

  • New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer


    The New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of dispute resolution on various topics including arbitration, mediation, and collaborative law. Also included are updates on case law and legislation, as well as Section activities. The New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer is published by the Dispute Resolution Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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