Dispute Resolution Section

Dispute Resolution Section

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


ADR in the Courts Committee  
October 3, 2018
November 7, 2018
December 5, 2018
Every first Wednesday of the Month, with exception to July which is a Holiday.

Arbitration Committee  
September 25, 2018

Diversity Committee 
September 13, 2018

Ethics Committee
September 26, 2018

Executive Committee 
October 22, 2018
November 14, 2018
December 12, 2018

Mediation Committee
September 17, 2018
October 15, 2018
November 19, 2018
December 10, 2018
January 14th, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
April 8, 2019
May 13, 2019
June 10, 2019

Negotiation Committee
October 17, 2018

To RSVP to any of these Committee meetings, please contact Kristina Gagnon  


November 29, 2017 - When Arbitration Goes to New York Courts -- Recording is posted in communities under "quick links" on the home page.
December 12, 2017 - Arbitration at Work -- Recording is posted in communities under "quick links" on the home page


October 22, 2018: Fall Meeting
October 29, 2018: Mediation Advocacy

Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference

Friday, November 2, 2018 - Fordham Law School in New York City
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

This year’s Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference will take place at Fordham Law School in New York City on November 2, 2018.  The program promises to be of great interest with a keynote by Hilary Heilbron QC on The Impact of Cultural and National Differences on Recognised Norms in International Arbitration and a discussion of several new developments including the impact on international arbitration of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, the ICCA-SIL web based damages tool, and the recently approved Convention on the Enforcement of Mediated Settlement Agreements. 

To register and for more information, visit Law.fordham.edu/ciam2018
As a co-sponsor of this annual conference, Dispute Resolution Section members are entitled to a 50% discount, for a registration rate of just $87.50.


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

4th Annual Judith S. Kaye Arbitration Competition
Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018

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

Championship Round Judges:

Hon. Rowan D. Wilson - Associate Judge of The Court of Appeals

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 school 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 Comercial 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.

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 Kristina Gagnon.


Come join the New Lawyers and Law Students committee of the Dispute Resolution Section for a night of networking. This event is open to law students, new lawyers and experienced practitioners. Refreshments will be served.

November 15, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00pm

620 8th Ave, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018

This program is complimentary.  

Free for both NYSBA and Non-NYSBA Members*, but registration is required.


For any questions regarding this event or the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Kristina Gagnon.

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


AAA-ICDR Dispute Resolution Center and NYIAC
150 East 42nd Street
17th Floor
New York, NY

Program Flyer Coming Soon!

Championship Round Judges:

Hon. Elizabeth J. Stong, Federal Judge, Eastern Bankruptcy Court of New York
Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, New York State Supreme Court
Claire P. Gutekunst, Esq., Independent Mediator and Former President of the New York State Bar Association

Cash Prizes totaling $5,000.00

1st Place Team - $2,000.00
2nd Place Team - $1,250.00
3rd Place Team - $750.00
Mediation Advocate Award - $1,000.00

Open to students from all law school in New York State
Registration Fee:  $150.00


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

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




Organized by the International Dispute Resolution Committee

December 13, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

NYSBA Members: Free
Non-NYSBA Members: $25.00

This webinar will explore global enforcement regimes for arbitration awards and mediated settlement agreements.  The 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards has been described as the most successful multilateral treaty in private international law. As the New York Convention celebrates its 60th year, UNCITRAL approved the final draft of a new Convention on the Enforcement of Mediation Settlements (the “Singapore Convention”). What accounts for the success of the New York Convention and is there a need for reform at age 60? Will the Singapore Convention give mediation the same credibility as arbitration as an effective means of international dispute resolution? Tune in on December 13 for the insight of two experienced practitioners.

Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq.
Nancy M. Thevenin, Esq.

*This webinar is informational only, MCLE credits will not be given.


To learn more about Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Kristina Gagnon.

This past Friday and Saturday (May 18-19,2018), the NYSBA’s Dispute Resolution Section held a training program focused on preparing advocates for representing clients in mediation and arbitration. This was the first program of its kind and was designed to be the first step in approving attending participants to represent clients through the Dispute Resolution Section’s newly-formed ADR pro bono clinic. The program was organized and co-chaired by Alexander Bachuwa (Bachuwa Law PLLC), Randall Tesser (Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP), and Ross J. Kartez (Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.). Thank you to St. John’s University and the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution for providing the space and co-sponsoring the event. 

The program was a huge success. The event was overbooked and the organizers scrambled to find a larger room to house the audience – the enthusiastic crowd made for a fun and engaging program. 

Day one was all about mediation. Randall Tesser led the mediation program that included industry leaders Simeon Baum (Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.), Lew Tesser (Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP), Prof. Elayne Greenberg (St. John’s University School of Law), and Robyn Weinstein (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York), who trained the attendees on how to effectively reach their adversaries without conceding their client’s interests. The presenters went through the full process, including voluntary vs. mandatory mediation, confidentiality, choosing a mediator, mediation philosophy, drafting a mediation statement, opening statements, communicating with the other side and the mediator, caucuses, joint sessions,  reaching agreements, follow-up efforts, and much more. There were plenty of exercises that kept the attendees on their toes, and everyone seemed to learn a lot about the process while having fun too. 

Day two was all about arbitration. Alex Bachuwa led the arbitration program, starting with the arbitration provision and moving all the way through post-award issues. Attendees received a comprehensive understanding of arbitration. The faculty included experienced arbitrators and advocates Alex Bachuwa, Ross J. Kartez, Charlie Moxley (MoxleyADR LLC), M. Salman Ravala (Criscione Ravala, LLP), David J. Abeshouse (Law Office of David J. Abeshouse), and Erica Garay (Garay ADR Services). The arbitration training included reviewing the arbitration clause, reviewing the provider’s rules, ascertaining arbitrability, selecting the arbitrator, preparing for the initial pre-hearing conference, streamlining discovery, preparing and submitting pre-hearing materials, presenting the case effectively, and issuing the award. The presenters made an effort to create a theme throughout the day that arbitration is a creature of contract, and that advocates must understand the flexible and streamlined nature of the process. The audience participated in various exercises that allowed them to utilize many of the tools learned throughout the day. 

The program was capped off with a networking cocktail reception giving the attendees a chance to relax and reflect on their experience. 

The organizers enjoyed the program and look forward to planning an encore next year. 

Click here to view photos from the program. 


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 Kristina Gagnon. 

To learn more about the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Kristina Gagnon. 

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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