October 22, 2018: Fall Meeting: Refining Skills for a Changing ADR Landscape

Fall Meeting: Refining Skills for a Changing ADR Landscape | October 22, 2018 

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

DRS Section Member: $100*/$150 | NYSBA Member: $200*/$250 | Non-Member: $250*/$300 | Newly Admitted Attorney: $75 | NYSBA Member Law Student: $50 | Non-Member First Time Attendee: $200*/$250
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*early registration fee if you register before October 8, 2018.

This program provides up to 6.5 MCLE credit hours (3.5 in skills, 1.5 in professional practice and 1.5 in ethics), this program is transitional and does qualify for newly admitted attorneys.

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Refining Skills for a Changing ADR Landscape Agenda

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Resumé Revamping Table (representatives from provider organizations)
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Welcoming Remarks by DRS Chair Deborah Masucci

10:10 AM – 11:25 AM – Plenary 1
A Roundtable on Mediation Impasse-Breaking Techniques (1.5 Skills)
Experienced mediators will address how they handle various impasse situations that arise in mediation sessions.  Using hypothetical scenarios, the panelists will share specific impasse-breaking techniques that have worked for them (or that they have considered using) in a facilitated roundtable session that will promote peer learning.

Moderator: Gabrielle Y. Vázquez, Esq.,McGrail & Bensinger LLP

Panelists: Jennifer Lupo, Esq., Lupo Law PLLC
Charles M. Newman, Esq., Law and Mediation Offices of Charles M. Newman
Ruth D. Raisfeld, Esq., Ruth D. Raisfeld, P.C.
Stephen Sonnenberg, Esq., JAMS

11:25 AM – 11:35 AM – BREAK

11:35 AM – 12:30 PM – Plenary 2
Sharpening our Communication Skills in the Online World: Strategies and Tips for Mediators, Arbitrators, and Advocates (1.0 Skills)
In a world that increasingly incorporates the latest technology into our workspace, ADR practices are also evolving to include increased communications through e-mail, video conferencing, social media platforms, and other means of online communicating.  In many instances, the first time the participants (including the neutral) in a mediation or arbitration actually meet and interact with each other in person is at the session or hearing, but there are many other means of communicating that can be used as part of the process.  Learn how to properly and clearly communicate in this online world – a critical skill set that everyone in the ADR field needs to develop – in a training session, appropriately enough, via videoconferencing.

Moderator: Theodore K. Cheng, Esq., ADR Offices of Theo Cheng LLC

Speaker: David A. Hoffman, Esq., Boston Law Collaborative, LLC


1:30 PM – 2:45 PM – Plenary 3
Access to Justice: Opening the Door to Additional Protections in Arbitration (1.5 Professional Practice)
The recent decade has witnessed the growth of interim, provisional, and conservatory relief in arbitration.  Arbitral institutions took the lead, amending their rules also to permit the appointment of emergency arbitrators.  This panel investigates grounds for relief and the process of accessing such relief in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings. 

Moderator: Rekha Rangachari, Esq., New York International Arbitration Center

Panelists: James P. (“J.P.”) Duffy IV, Esq., Baker & McKenzie LLP
Erica B. Garay, Esq., Garay ADR Services
Hon. Faith Hochberg (ret.),  Faith Hochberg ADR

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Plenary 4
The Ethics Gameshow! (1.5 Ethics)
Being cognizant of, and complying with, ethics and disciplinary rules are an everyday task for ADR professionals, particularly if you are both a neutral and an attorney.  Team-up with your colleagues to answer various ethics hypotheticals and then compare your answers with those provided by our resident panel of ethics experts to score points.  The winning team gets a prize!

Hosts: Theodore K. Cheng, Esq., ADR Offices of Theo Cheng LLC
Felicia T. Farber, Esq., Farber Resolutions LLC

Experts Panel: Hon. Carol E. Heckman (ret.), Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP
Nicole Hyland, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Lewis Tesser, Esq., Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM – BREAK

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM – Plenary 5
Securing the Decision: A Primer on Arbitral Award Writing (1 Skills)
This panel explores best practices to safeguard an arbitral award (interim, partial final, final) against future court proceedings for enforcement, set-aside and vacatur.  Diversity of perspective is a focal point, with voices from arbitral institutions, counsel, and arbitrator.

Moderator: Kabir Duggal, Esq.,
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Panelists: Christian P. Alberti, Esq., International Centre for Dispute Resolution
Stephanie Cohen, Esq., Independent Arbitrator
Kiera S. Gans, Esq., DLA Piper
Richard L. Mattiaccio, Allegaert Berger & Vogel LLP

5:15 PM – 6:30 PM Networking Reception / Resumé Revamping Table

Questions? Contact  Kristina Gagnon.