In 2016-17, the regular breakfast series of CLE programs will be rescheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7:00, with wine and cheese afterwards, to accommodate practitioners’ schedules and encourage networking.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016: Introduction to International Mediation and Arbitration.  A Program for lawyers accustomed to domestic deals, whose clients are increasingly doing business across borders.  A timely sequel to the New York Global Pound Conference on September 12.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016Dispute Resolution in Sports.  Following the Rio Olympics, a panel of experts explains the Court of Arbitration in Sport, the World Anti-Doping Agency, domestic collective bargaining arbitration, and other sports-related conflict resolution processes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016Consumer Arbitration: The Cutting Edge of Arbitration.  Few recent developments in arbitration have so polarized the ADR community as the enforceability of consumer arbitration agreements including class action waivers.  This program will bring practitioners up to date on the rules promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the policies informing them.

Wednesday, February 15, 2016Insurance ADR.  The property casualty insurance industry is by far the largest consumer of legal services.  This panel will present current best practices in resolving coverage and third-party disputes – whether, why, how and when claims adjusters and their counsel engage in mediation.

Wednesday, March 15, 2016: Hot Topics in Arbitration Law and Practice.  This program will wrestle with the most recent and challenging topics of ever-changing arbitration law.  Audience members will be encouraged to pose issues to the panel of experts.

Tuesday, April 18, 2016: Early Conflict Intervention Within NYC Agencies – UPDATE.  In April 2016, at an NYLS ADR CLE program, Judge Raymond Kramer and his colleagues from several municipal agencies unveiled a new initiative offering early intervention workplace conflict mediation and conflict resolution services to all City agencies and employees in an effort to improve workplace comity and effectiveness and avoid costly, adversarial, and time and resource intensive administrative proceedings.  Judge Kramer will return a year later to report on the progress of that initiative.


Mediation Week Kick-Off Day, October 13, 2016

Annual Meeting, New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, Friday, October 28, 2016

Third Annual Symposium, “Diversity in ADR,” Tuesday, January 24, 2017

“Day at Lloyd’s,” Offered by the ABA TIPS Section, February 6, 2017



“Early Intervention in Municipal Workplace Disputes”  On April 14, 2016, Judge Raymond Kramer of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) joined his colleagues from several municipal agencies to explain and discuss a new initiative offering early intervention workplace conflict mediation and conflict resolution services to all City agencies and employees in an effort to improve workplace comity and effectiveness and avoid costly, adversarial, and time and resource intensive administrative proceedings.

“Ethics for Negotiators, Ethics for Mediators”  On March 30, 2016, NYLS ADR Skills Program Director F. Peter Phillips joined Alan Pralgever of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP for an engaging discussion of lawyers’ ethical obligations to third parties in negotiation, and mediators’ ethical obligations to the parties and to the profession. A video of the program may be viewed here.

“Student-Initiated Conflict Resolution in NYC Public Schools”  On February 24, 2016, Charlene Bryant, former Director of Peer Mediation for the NYC Commission on Human Rights, joined Glen Parker of New York Peace Institute and a group of student mediators from M.S. 582 in Bushwick to offer a glimpse of what going to public school is really like, and how stdents, teachers and administrators are trying to make it better.

Second Annual ABA/NYLS Symposium on “ADR and the Young Lawyer”  A half-day of inspiring speakers, good food, and networking with the best in the business took place on January 29, 2016. The following speakers and panels were offered:

Remarks by Featured Speaker Kenneth Feinberg.can be viewed here.

The 50-minute panel on judges’ expectations of young lawyers, featuring Hon. Jeffrey Jablonski,  U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo, former  Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Stong, and  U.S District Court Judge Gregory Woods, can be viewed here.

The 50-minute panel on training young lawyers to address the problems confronting tomorrow’s clients, featuring Anthony Crowell, Brian Farkas, Kris L. FranklinWilliam D. Johnston, and Stephen P. Younger can be viewed here.

The remarks of our Keynote Speaker, former ABA President James Silkenat, can be viewed here.

 How Mediators Think” Even in a saturated market, there is always room for the best.  Shelley Rossoff Olsen and Lorraine Brennan of JAMS shared tips on handling overbearing counsel, coaching business-oriented parties, breaking impasse, and keeping your ethical bearings.  A video of the event is available for viewing here.

“Family and Community Conflict Resolution: Teaching, Training and Practice”  Mediation and other methods of conflict resolution are most pervasive — and arguably have the most social impact — within families, communities and schools.  Yet the broad ADR community of scholars and practitioners sometimes overlooks the extent of this activity, and the challenges that teachers and trainers in the field confront.  Antoinette Delruelle of the New York Legal Assistance Group joined Prof. Robert Collins of Cardozo School of Law to discuss community, family and school conflict resolution advocacy. A video of the event is available for viewing here.

“Managing and Resolving Disputes Over the Internet: Now Entering the Mainstream”  Electronic communications have not only permitted more efficient filing and management of claims – they have prompted innovation in the processes by which claims are actually resolved, and enfranchised millions of consumers by enabling the satisfaction of low-value, high-volume claims arising from Paypal, E-Bay, credit card accounts, and other multi-jurisdictional e-commerce transactions.  Colin Rule, COO of Modria, and Dean Leslie, Court Attorney with the New York State Supreme Court Law Department, explain trends that are re-shaping our legal practice, our economy, and our society. Registration details to come.  A video of the event is available for viewing here.

“Mediation and the United Nations”  Roxaneh Bazergan, Team Leader of the Support Unit for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, explained the role of mediation in inter-cultural and transnational conflicts, including those bordering on violence.

“Court-Annexed Mediation”  A definitive panel addressed the objectives, operations, metrics and outcomes of mediations that take place pursuant to court order.  Speakers included Robert Margulies of Margulies Wind; Daniel Weitz of the ADR Program of the New York State Unified Court System; Rebecca Price, Mediation Supervisor for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; and Dean W.M. Leslie of the New York State Supreme Court Law Department. A video of the event is available for viewing here.

“First Annual ABA/NYLS Symposium on ADR and the Young Lawyer”  A special half-day symposium on the opportunities facing young attorneys to advance their developing practice through competencies in negotiation, mediation and arbitration.  A jointly sponsored event of New York Law School and the ABA Business Law Section. The Keynote Speaker was Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association.  Ms. Brown’s comments may be viewed here.

Other Symposium topics included:

Transactional Representation: Opportunities for Young Lawyers to Close the Deal (view here);

Career Paths in ADR: Mediation and Arbitration as Professions (view here);

Hot ADR Practice Areas for Young Attorneys: Sports, Entertainment, International, and Securities (view here).

“Planned Early Intervention: Skills for In-House Litigation Managers”  Roland Schroeder, Senior Counsel, Litigation and Policy for General Electric Company, joined a panel of experienced litigation managers including Paul Lurie of Schiff Hardin and Peter Benner of PWB Resolve to examine how early intervention in business conflicts can yield faster, cheaper and better results.  Moderated by Noah Hanft, President of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR).  A video of the event may be seen here.

“Calling All Deal Lawyers”  James Freund moderated a panel including Richard Hall, Richard Lutringer and Joan Stearns Johnsen on why deal lawyers may be better suited to resolve business disputes than litigators are. A video of the event may be seen here.

“General Counsel Roundtable”James Tricarico ’77, General Counsel to Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri, was joined by corporate counsel colleagues in an informal discussion of the challenges and opportunities of business-to-business disputes, from the perspective of the corporate client.  A video of the event may be seen here.

“Resolving Cross-Border Commercial Disputes Through Mediation:  Challenges to Quality”  A group of in-house counsel who serve on the Board of the International Mediation Institute discussed their experiences and learnings from seeking non-judicial resolution of disputes with companies in jurisdictions outside the United States.  Representatives from Shell, Orange, Singapore Mediation Institute, and others spoke and entertained probing questions.  A video of the event may be seen here.

“Current Trends on Commercial Litigation and Its Alternatives”  Delaware Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons offered observations on recent trends in matters before the Delaware Court of Chancery, and discussed that Court’s arbitration program, which was recently struck down by the Third Circuit, casting doubt on the ability of courts to fashion alternatives to litigation.  Click here for an audio of the Vice Chancellor’s presentation. Click here for a summary of the Vice Chancellor’s presentation, prepared by ADR Program Associate Ryan Nicolosi.

“Mediating Human Rights Disputes in an International Context”  Caroline Rees, President of Shift Project and former lead adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Business and Human Rights, offered a distillation of the work of the Special Representative and the challenges that international companies face when operating in environments where human rights violations may be alleged.  She showed a short film of a case study in which mediation was used to spark dialogue and reparation of a generations-old dispute involving indigenous people in rural Philippines.  The films and other related resources are available here.