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 
September 10, 2019 
October 8, 2019 
November 12, 2019 
December 10, 2019 

Executive Committee  
September 10, 2019 
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 
September 9, 2019 
October 7, 2019 
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.


Supreme Court rulings on arbitration issues, while of course attention-grabbing, are not the only developments of interest and importance to the ADR practitioner.  Literally hundreds of “below the radar” impactful court decisions are issued each year addressing such jurisdictional issues as the circumstances under which nonsignatories may be bound to arbitrate, what constitutes enforceable offers and acceptances of arbitration agreements in an electronic world, and under what circumstances may arbitration clauses be found to be unconscionable. These and several other “under the radar” case law developments are the focus of this presentation.  

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Arbitration Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
This one hour CLE will be followed by a cocktail reception 

AAA-ICDR Dispute Resolution Center 
150 East 42nd Street (Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues) 
17th Floor 
New York, NY 10017 

1.0 MCLE Credit in Areas of Professional Practice  

NYSBA Member: $50 | Non-Member: $100 
Free for Dispute Resolution Section Members 

Learn more about the Under the Radar Developments in the Case Law Relating to Domestic Arbitration CLE program. 


Click here to view the program flyer 



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
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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. 

Panels will discuss the following topics: 

  • The Coming Revolution in International Mediation: The Singapore Convention and Its Impact
  • Change Is Here: ADR and the NY Courts - The New Presumptive ADR Program
  • Fostering a Successful New York Presumptive ADR Program
  • Expert Insights on Drafting Awards That Will Stick
  • Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on the Future of ADR
  • Ethics in Mediation: Threats and Realities

 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 



The Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators are proud to announce the Third Annual NYSBA/ACCTM National Championship Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Student Writing Competition for 2019.
 Once again, a $10,000 CASH PRIZE will be awarded to the winning submittal as determined by a panel judges from the Editorial Board of the ACCTM American Journal of Mediation, select Fellows of the College and members of the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section. Winning entries will be published in the ACCTM Journal of Mediation and the NYSBA New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer.
To our knowledge, this is the richest Law Student Writing Competition in the United States.  The competition is open to all North American JD and LLM law students enrolled as of December 15, 2018.
Subject matter focus for entries can be on any aspect within the full range of alternative dispute resolution – reconciliation systems (e.g., negotiation, mediation), consensus based adjudicative processes (e.g., early neutral evaluation, arbitration and private judging), or mixed processes (e.g., arb-med, med-arb, high low arbitration, baseball arbitration etc.). Papers can also focus on ADR process design, practice techniques, specific case studies, related legislation, and ethical dilemmas and standards for dispute resolution professionals.
Submittals will be judged on timeliness and importance of topic, clarity of writing, innovation, and appropriate research supporting assertions and conclusions. Manuscripts must be the work of a single author and previously unpublished. All judging will be in the blind; judges will not be provided information on the author’s identity or school. NYSBA and ACCTM reserve the right not to award any prize and to reject any submission.  
While there are no firm page limits, there is an expectation that submitted works will be between fifteen and thirty double spaced pages, including footnotes. The work should be presented in 12 point Times New Roman font, on 8 ½ X 11 inch paper with one inch margins. Footnotes may be single spaced and presented in accordance with The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Edition). 
Entries are due no later than 5:00 pm EST June 1, 2019 and should be electronically submitted in Microsoft Word Format to:
American College of Civil Trial Mediators
c/o KATHY TALBOT, Executive Administrator
20 North Orange Avenue, Suite 704
Orlando, FL  32801


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For questions, please contact Lara Nowicki.


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 zainoj@adr.org.

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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