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Commercial and Federal Litigation Section


November 19 - 22, 2019 
New York City 

New York is the leading center for international arbitration in the United States and one of the leading arbitral centers in the world. New York’s diverse and welcoming business and cultural environment supports a sophisticated arbitration community that also benefits from a court system that prides itself on its long tradition of sustaining party autonomy in contractual relations. 

New York’s inaugural Arbitration Week will bring together arbitration advocates, neutrals and academics from New York, the Americas and the broader international community, to share information and insights on the latest developments, to promote professional development, and to provide an opportunity for networking at the start of New York’s most festive season. 

View Program Flyer here 

Highlights of New York Arbitration Week will include: 

  • An in-depth program on the newly-released Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration led by the Reporter, Professor George A. Bermann, Columbia Law School, and including the Associate Reporters and leading Advisers to the decade-long project.
  • NY Arbitration Week Dinner, The Yale Club of New York City, November 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST
  • The Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation featuring such speakers as Meg Kinnear, ICSID Secretary General, and keynote speaker Julian D M Lew QC, Head of the School of International Arbitration, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University.
  • Social and networking events in a variety of New York venues.

The New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) and the New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb NY Branch) have come together to form a  New York Arbitration Week Organizing Committee. The Week’s events will be posted on the Calendar available on this website and on the  NYIAC and  CIArb NY Branch websites. 

Please note: 
Registration closes on Sunday, November 17th for the Yale Club dinner on November 20th – Tickets will not be available at the door. 
Dinner registration will remain open via until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, Eastern time. 
No exceptions will be made, no indulgences granted. 

Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference 

Co-Sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State bar Association

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

Key Issues in International Commercial and Treaty Arbitration: 2019

Program: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Reception: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join for Fordham Law School’s International Arbitration and Mediation Conference on November 22, 2019 at Fordham in New York City.  Among other speakers, Julian Lew QC, of Queen Mary University will address Meeting the Challenges for the Next Stage of International Arbitration and Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General of ICSID, will offer an Update on the Amendment of the ICSID Rules moderated by Donald Donovan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  Other events are scheduled for that week as part of the first New York International Arbitration Week.  

Information and Registration


Sponsored by the Commercial Federal Litigation Section 

December 3 
AAA-ICDR Dispute Resolution Center 
150 East 42nd St., 17th Floor 

Program Co-Chairs: 
Charles J. Moxley, Esq. and Jeffery T. Zaino, Esq. 

Program begins at 6 p.m. followed by a reception at 7 p.m. 

For more information about the NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, contact  Lara Nowicki, Section Liaison. 



Wednesday, January 29, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rendezvous Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Register for the 2020 Annual Meeting Here or Download the Registration Form Here.



Wednesday, January 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Register for the 2020 Annual Meeting Here or Download the Registration Form Here.



1.5 MCLE credits in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
This program is co-sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, the Young Lawyers Section, and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Foley & Lardner LLP
90 Park Avenue
New York, NY 

In this program, four of New York’s most noteworthy jurists discuss the importance of championing attorneys from historically underrepresented backgrounds.  These jurists are:

    Honorable Joel Cohen (Commercial Division, New York County)
    Honorable Dora Irizarry (Chief Judge of the Eastern District of New York)
    Honorable Saliann Scarpulla (Commercial Division, New York County)
    Honorable Laura Taylor Swain (Southern District of New York)

This program will be an interactive discussion about topics relating to advancing female attorneys, attorneys of color, LGBTQIA+ attorneys, and attorneys with disabilities in the profession. The focus will be on how attorneys can work together to foster diversity and inclusion. The program will include hypotheticals with audience participation on a variety of areas such as how to be an ally, a sponsor, and a mentor. The program will also include hypotheticals about the importance of introducing attorneys from diverse backgrounds to clients.

5:30 p.m.: Registration and Reception
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: CLE program

Free for Co-Sponsoring Section Members
$50 NYSBA Members | $150 Non-Members

If you have any questions about the content of this program, please contact Simone Smith, CLE Program Manager, or Bridget Donlon, CLE program Coordinator.
For any questions related to program registration, please conatct the NYSBA's Member Resource Center by email at [email protected], or by phone at 800-582-2452.  


Save the Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

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


The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates Monday unanimously approved a resolution affirming that women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented in courtrooms and in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and outlined steps that can be taken by the judiciary, law firms, clients and ADR providers to address this disparity.

The measure is based on a New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) report entitled If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR, and was presented to the ABA by NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman.

The report was compiled by the NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section’s Task Force on Women’s Initiatives, and was approved by NYSBA’s House of Delegates in November 2017. It encourages law firms, members of the judiciary, corporate clients, and alternative dispute resolution providers to provide women lawyers with opportunities to gain trial experience, participate in the courtroom and all aspects of litigation, and be selected as neutrals in ADR.

The ABA action was part of its Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“The approval by the ABA of this groundbreaking report underscores the importance of ensuring that women and diverse voices are empowered and able to play an active role throughout the judicial and dispute resolution process,” Gerstman said. “This is an issue of fundamental fairness and justice, and with agreement regarding the scope of the problem, we can now work together most effectively to address it.”

Gerstman noted that the ABA measure approved on Monday suggests specific actions, including encouraging judges to ensure that women lawyers have equal opportunities to participate in the courtroom, calling on corporate clients to work with outside counsel to facilitate the participation of women attorneys in all aspects of litigation and calling on corporate counsel to work with ADR providers to encourage the selection of women attorneys as neutrals.

The report is based on the first-ever observational study of women attorneys in the courtroom. It reveals that female attorneys comprise about 25 percent of attorneys in lead counsel roles in courtrooms statewide.

The study took place from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016. Approximately 2,800 questionnaires were completed and returned by judges in participating courts, including the New York Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, two of the four federal district courts, all four appellate divisions, and commercial divisions in supreme courts in counties from Suffolk to Onondaga and Erie. Three of the leading ADR providers in the state also participated.

The NYSBA Task Force on Women’s Initiatives is co-chaired by NYSBA Past President Bernice K. Leber of New York City (Arent Fox), retired U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin of New York City (Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and JAMS); former Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie H. Cohen of New York City (Morrison & Foerster); Tracee E. Davis of New York City (Zeichner, Ellman & Krause); Sharon M. Porcellio of Buffalo (Bond, Schoeneck & King); Lesley F. Rosenthal of New York City (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts); and Lauren J. Wachtler of New York City (Phillips Nizer LLP). All are former chairs of NYSBA’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section.


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The Commercial Division Advisory Council has produced a new version of its short film about the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court. The film features eleven General Counsel of major corporations speaking about the Commercial Division. 

The film portrays some of the recent improvements to the Commercial Division’s rules, procedures, and operations which have been designed to be responsive to the needs and concerns of the business community. The ultimate goal of these changes is to make the business litigation process in New York more cost‑effective, predictable, and expeditious, and to thereby provide a more hospitable and attractive environment for business litigation in New York State.

See the video here: