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    • The Litigative DNA, The Underutilization of Mediation in NY

      The Litigative DNA - The Underutilization of Mediation in New York and What Can Be Done About It

      Sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, the Corporate Counsel Section, and by the Dispute Resolution Section.

      Thursday, March 22, 2018
      9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
      Program with Reception to Follow

      Fordham Law School
      Constantino & Bateman Rooms
      150 W 62nd St.
      New York, NY 10023

      8.0 MCLE Credits: 1.0 Ethics, 7.0 Areas of Professional Practice

      NYSBA Member: $225 | Non-Member: $325
      Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Member: $150
      Corporate Counsel Section Member: $150
      Dispute Resolution Section Member: $150
      Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and post-program reception.

      Click here to view the full agenda.

      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.

      The program is appropriate for inside counsel, litigators, mediators, judges, ADR providers, and others interested in the present level of mediation provided by the courts in New York and the potential for expanding that level of mediation.


      8:30-9:00 a.m.  Registration

      9:00-9:15 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

      Dean John D. Feerick, Fordham Law School

      Charles J. Moxley, Jr., Program Co-Chair

      Jeffrey T. Zaino, Program Co-Chair

      9:15-10:15 a.m.  Effectiveness of Mediation––and Efforts of the New York Bar to Increase the Use of Mediation in the New York Courts: The Ethical Imperative

      Moderator:  Charles J. Moxley, Jr., MoxleyADR LLC

      Panel Members

      Simeon H. Baum, Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.

      Krista Gottlieb, ADR Center & Law Office

      Claire P. Gutekunst, GukekunstADR

      Chris Stern Hyman, Medical Mediation Group, LLC

      Deborah Masucci, Chair, International Mediation Institute

      Paul D. Sarkozi, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

      David C. Singer, SingerADR

      10:15-10:30 a.m.  Break

      10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Levels of Use of Mediation by Private Providers and in the Ad Hoc World – and Reasons There is Not a Greater Level of Use

      Moderator:  Jeffrey T. Zaino, American Arbitration Association

      Panel Members

      Steven C. Bennett, Park Jensen Bennett LLP

      Harold Coleman,

      Hon. Helen E. Freedman, JAMS

      Noah J. Hanft, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution

      Chrystal Loyer, FINRA

      William K. Slate II, Dispute Resolution Data

      11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The User Perspective – How Parties and Counsel in New York Feel About the Level of Mediation Offered and/or Required by the Courts and ADR Providers

      Moderator:  Adam J. Halper, Legal Wellness Institute at the Family Center

      Panel Members

      Krista Gottlieb, ADR Center & Law Office

      Yun G. Lee, American International Group, Inc.

      Gary P. Shaffer, Shaffer Mediation

      Elizabeth Shampnoi, NYC Commission on Human Rights

      Stephen P. Younger, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

      12:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch

      1:30-2:00 p.m. Keynote Address:  The Compelling Case for Increasing the Use of Mediation in New York

      Dean John D. Feerick, Fordham Law School

      2:00-3:30 p.m. Levels of Use of Mediation in Various Court Systems, Analysis of the Success, and Reasons for the Differences

      Moderator:  Prof. Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Fordham Law School

      Panel Members

      Administrators of New York Court-Based Mediation Programs:

      Lisa Courtney, NYS Unified Court System

      Rebecca Price, U.S. District Court, SDNY

      Barry Radlin, U.S. District Court, WDNY

      Robyn Weinstein, U.S. District Court, EDNY

      Other Jurisdictions (by videoconference):

      Nicholas Hall (Texas)

      Gail Killefer (California)

      Susan C. Marvin (Florida)

      3:30-3:45 p.m.  Break

      3:45-5:30 p.m.  The Future of Mediation in New York: What to Do

      Moderator:  Charles J. Moxley, Jr., MoxleyADR LLC


      Hon. Lawrence K. Marks, N.Y. Chief Administrative Judge

      Hon. Loretta A. Preska, U.S. District Judge, SDNY

      Hon. William M. Skretny, U.S. District Judge, WDNY

      New York State Bar Association and City Bar Presidents

      Sharon Stern Gerstman, President, NYSBA

      Claire P. Gutekunst, Former President, NYSBA

      John S. Kiernan, President, City Bar Association

      Stephen P. Younger, Former President, NYSBA

      5:30 p.m.   Adjournment

      Program Co-Chairs
      Charles J. Moxley, Jr. , Esq. | MoxleyADR LLC
      Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq. |  American Arbitration Association

      Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to

      Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

      Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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      Additional Information: IMPORTANT NOTICE--PARTIAL CREDIT FOR PROGRAM SEGMENTS NOT ALLOWED: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

    • Free Program Archive: Cybercrime


      Never fear... We recorded it!

      Now available free for Corporate Counsel Section members and Business Law Section Members. (If you're not a Corporate Counsel Section Member... Why not join? Dues are just $30 with NYSBA membership. Join online, or call 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


      Key Legal and Strategic Considerations and Practical Tips on How Organizations Can Navigate Issues of Civil Liability, Regulatory Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution.

      Presented by the Corporate Counsel Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

      1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys. Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.


      Corporate Counsel and/or Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged. Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

      For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).

    • Program Archive: Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics

      Recorded October 14, 2016: Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section Fall Meeting, Albany, NY

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      Total Credits: 1.5 in Ethics, for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years).

      Presented by the NYSBA Corporate Counsel Law Section on October 14, 2016, at the Business Law/Corporate Counsel Sections' Joint Fall Meeting in Albany, "Doing Business in NYS: Challenges & Opportunities."

      As technology evolves and clients become more cost-conscious, opportunities present themselves to utilize technology to streamline your practice and, in some cases, automate certain tasks. Attorneys can spend less time on tasks, focusing on the substance, while clients are content with the efficiency. But, the question always forefront on our minds as attorneys: what are the ethical pitfalls, and how do we avoid them? Join us to hear this panel on cutting-edge legal technology and the ethical considerations.

      NYSBA Member price: $50 | Non-Member Price: $75
      Corporate Counsel Section or Business Law Section Member Price: $35

      Not a member of the Business Law or Corporate Counsel Sections? Dues are only $25 (Business) and $30 (Corporate Counsel) per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! Join online: Corporate Counsel | Business Law or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.



      See also: Overview of NYS Lobbying; and Challenges of Business in NYS (Business Law Section panel recorded October 14, 2016)

      1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys - Discounty for Business Law Section and Corpoarte Counsel Section Members


      Bonus Segments (FREE)

      Keynote Luncheon Address: "Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned"
      Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany
      > View Keynote Address

  • About the Section

    The Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. The Section sponsors CLE, networking and other events and offers LinkedIn and Facebook pages where members can reach out to each other with questions and advice. 

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    Liz Shampnoi
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    View Past Chair Natalie Sulimani's perspective here.
    View Yamicha Stephenson's perspective here.
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    Inside (Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter) features peer-written, substantive articles about current issues facing the corporate counsel attorney, and provides updates on Section activities. Inside is published by the Corporate Counsel Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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  • CCS Online Communities

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    We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Corporate Counsel Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way to well seasoned and experienced attorneys in the Corporate Counsel field. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

    The Community is private for Corporate Counsel Section members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $30/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only Corporate Counsel members can search the site or identify other members.

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities (video)


    > enter the Corporate Counsel Section Executive Committee Community