From time to time, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program offers special lectures, breakfasts, or other informal events to introduce topics and speakers of interest.  They are designed to stimulate the interest of students and to offer Continuing Legal Educations credits for practitioners in the metropolitan New York ADR legal community.


“Symposium: ADR and Young Lawyers”  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 will be Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association.  January 30, 2015.  Details to come.  3.0 CLE Credits.  Optional Post-Symposium Training, “Skills and Ethics of Interest-Based Negotiation.”  Details to come. 2.0 CLE Ethics Credits.    

“Court-Annexed Mediation”  A definitive panel addresses the objectives, operations, metrics and outcomes of mediations that take place pursuant to court order.  Speakers include 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 Daniel Abraham, Principle Court Attorney for the N.Y. Supreme Court Law Department.  The panel will be moderated by Margaret Shaw of JAMS.  February 18, 2015.  Details to come.  1.5 CLE Credits.

“Mediation and the United Nations”  Roxaneh Bazergan, Team Leader of the Support Unit for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, explains the role of mediation in inter-cultural and transnational conflicts, including those bordering on violence.  March 25, 2015.  Details to come.  1.5 CLE credits.

“Mediation and Bankruptcy Proceedings”  An essential training on what practitioners (and judges) should expect in mediator behavior during court-mandated municipal bankruptcy proceedings.  Speakers include Karol K. Denniston and Eastern District Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Stong.  April 22, 2015.  Details to come.  2.0 CLE Credits.


“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) November 12, 2014. 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 reprise of a very successful panel form the 2014 Spring Meeting of the ABA Business Law Section.  October 22, 2014.  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.  September 9, 2014.  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 resources are available here.