Dispute Resolution Section

Dispute Resolution Section

Mark your calendars for the following Committee meetings and upcoming events!  


Arbitration Committee   

Diversity Committee  

Ethics Committee 
The Ethics Committee meets the second Tuesday of the month 
November 12, 2019 
December 10, 2019 

Executive Committee  
October 25, 2019 
November 12, 2019 
December 10, 2019 
January 30, 2020 
February 11, 2020 
March 5, 2020 
April 14, 2020 
May 21, 2020 

Mediation Committee 
November 4, 2019 
December 9, 2019 
January 13, 2020 
February 10, 2020 
March 9, 2020 
April 13, 2020 
May 11, 2020 
June 8, 2020 

Negotiation Committee 

To RSVP to any of these Committee meetings, please contact Lara Nowicki.


Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal EducationCommercial & Federal Litigation SectionCorporate Counsel Section, and Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Friday, October 18, 2019 
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Live CLE Program 

New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013 

5.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics 

NYSBA Member: $225 | Non-Member: $325 
Section Member: $150 

Learn More About Mediation Choices for Effective Representation and Advocacy
Click here to view the program brochure



The Future of ADR: Where Are We Going and How Do We Get There?  

October 25, 2019 
New York Law School 
185 West Broadway (corner of West Broadway and Leonard Street)  
New York, NY 10013-2921  

7.0 MCLE Credits | 2.5 Skills, 1.0 Ethics and Professionalism, 3.5 Areas of Professional Practice  

Program Co-Chairs   
Laura A. Kaster, Esq.   
Marcia L. Adelson, Esq.   
M. Salman Ravala, Esq.  


Come hear what the experts have to say on exciting changes in Alternative Dispute Resolution in New York State and beyond.

The Coming Revolution in International Mediation: The Singapore Convention and Its Impact 
Moderator: M. Salman Ravala, Esq. 
Panelists: Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq., Christina G. Hioureas, Esq., Luis M. Martinez, Esq., Deborah Masucci, Esq., Nancy M. Thevenin, Esq. 

Change Is Here: ADR and the NY Courts - The New Presumptive ADR Program 
Moderator: Daniel F. Kolb, Esq.  
Panelists: Hon. Vito C. Caruso, Hon. George J. Silver, Lisa Courtney, Esq., Lisa M. Denig, Esq., Hon. Joel R. Kullas, Bridget M. O’Connell, Esq. 

Fostering a Successful New York Presumptive ADR Program 
Moderator: Laura A. Kaster, Esq.  
Panelists: Robert E. Margulies Esq., Rebecca Price, Esq., Jonathan Rosenthal, Esq., Hon. Jeffrey S. Sunshine 

Expert Insights on Drafting Awards That Will Stick 
Moderator: Marcia L. Adelson, Esq.  
Panelists: Hon. William Bassler (ret.), Sasha Carbone, Esq., Hon. Timothy Lewis (ret.), Edna Sussman, Esq. 

Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on the Future of ADR 
Moderator: Ross J. Kartez, Esq. | Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C 
Panelists: Lucas Bento, Esq., Alyson Carrel, Diana Colon, Esq., Vikki Rogers, Esq.,Colin Rule 

Ethics in Mediation: Threats, Realities, and Modalities 
Moderator: Simeon H. Baum, Esq. | Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. 
Panelists: Lawrence S. Goldman, Esq., James B. Kobak, Jr., Esq., Kathleen M. Scanlon, Esq. 

MCLE programming will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. Evening Reception to follow. 



New York State Bar Association
Dispute Resolution Section | New York International Arbitration Center | American Arbitration Association

5th Annual Judith S. Kaye Arbitration Competition
Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2019

American Arbitration Association
150 East 42nd Street
17th Floor
New York, NY

Championship Round Judges:

Stephen P. Younger, Esq. (Past President, NYSBA) - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Hon. Paul G. Feinman - New York State Court of Appeals
Hon. Karen K. Peters (Ret.) - Epstein Becker Green LLP

Cash Prizes totaling $5,000.00

1st Place Team - $2,000.00
2nd Place Team - $1,250.00
3rd Place Team - $750.00
Judith S. Kaye Advocate Award - $1,000.00

Open to students from all law schools in New York State and the New York Metropolitan Area
Special "EARLY BIRD" Registration Fee:  $150.00

The Competition will be administered and conducted as a real arbitration; organized under the supervision of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), governed by the AAA's Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judged by the most established AAA arbitrators in the State of New York.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will also be cocktail reception after the Awards Ceremony on Saturday.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable arbitration experience, attend trainings led by the top experts in the field, and to network with top arbitration enthusiasts.


For any questions regarding this event or the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Lara Nowicki.

Key Issues in International Commercial and Treaty Arbitration: 2019

Co-Sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State bar Association

Friday, November 22, 2019
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Keynote Address:
Julian D M Lew QC
Meeting the Challenges for the Next Stage of International Arbitration
20 Essex Street Chambers, Head of the School of International Arbitration, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London 

Conversation with Meg Kinnear
Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), on the amendment of the ICSID ICSID Rules

Moderated by Donald Donovan, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

There will be more to come...

Registration is open.

The conference is co-presented with the Conflict Resolution and ADR Program and Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law.

Conference Co-Chairs: Benno Kimmelman and Edna Sussman

Visa Letter Requests Contact: Shanelle Holley 

Save the Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Business Arbitration and Mediation 2020
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street | New York, NY  10023


The Dispute Resolution Section is looking for speakers, panelists, and writers to participate and contribute to its meetings and publications. Please consider volunteering to speak, serve on a panel, write or otherwise contribute to one of our upcoming events or publications. We welcome new perspectives and are committed to presenting panels that are DIVERSE in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and religion.

If you are interested in participating or have any recommendations for future programs, please click here to fill out the form. Please email the filled out form to Lara Nowicki.

To learn more about the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Lara Nowicki.

The Litigative DNA: The Underutilization of Mediation in NY

Recorded: May 9, 2018
Total Credits: 8.0 (7.0 Professional Practice; Ethics 1.0)


Member: $225 | Non-Member: $325.00

This joint program of the Commercial and Federal Litigation, Corporate Counsel, and Dispute Resolution Sections will explore the contemporary role of mediation in New York and the potential expansion of that role along the lines of initiatives that have taken place in other jurisdictions.

The program will also address the substantial need for additional mediators and trained mediation counsel if the use of mediation is substantially increased in the courts in New York.

Speakers will include representatives of court systems from New York (Federal and State) and other jurisdictions to examine what happens when court systems substantially increase the number and types of cases that are sent to mediation.  Speakers will also include mediators, party representatives, and representatives of mediation providers, including the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, CPR, and FINRA.

Leading judges and Bar leaders will also speak at the conference to discuss the possible increase in the use of mediation in New York and how that might be caused to happen.

Speakers include: 
John. D. Feerick | Charles J. Moxley, Jr. | Jeffrey T. Zaino | Simeon H. Baum | Krista Gottlieb | Chris Stern Hyman | Deborah Masucci | Paul D. Sarkozi | David C. Singer | Steven C. Bennett | Helen E. Freedman |  Tracey B. Frisch | Noah J. Hanft | Chrystal Loyer | William K. Slate II | Adam J. Halper | Gary P. Shaffer | Elizabeth Shampnoi | Stephen P. Younger | Prof. Jacqueline Nolan-Haley | Stephen A. Marshall | Lisa Courtney | Barry Radlin | Robyn Weinstein | Kathleen Scanlon | Gail Killefer | Susan C. Marvin | Hon. Lawrence K. Marks | Hon. George B. Daniels | Hon. William M. Skretny | Sharon Stern Gerstman | Claire P. Gutekunst | John S. Kiernan

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 [email protected].

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


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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