All events are open to the public, and offer 1.5 Continuing Legal Education credits.  Refreshments are served starting at 5:00 pm.  The program is offered 5:30 p.m.–6:50 p.m., followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and networking opportunity with the speakers.

Sixth Annual ADR and Diversity Symposium

January 28, 2020

This annual event investigates the causes of obstacles to diversity in the ADR profession and seeks to devise strategies to overcome them. This event is co-presented by the American Arbitration Association. Register here for the ADR and Diversity Symposium

Dispute Resolution: Western Perspectives

March 9–13, 2020

This five-day workshop, hosted by NYLS’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and China Council for Promotion of International Trade, is offered for Chinese business people and attorneys who are charged with negotiating contracts with Western companies, and for Western business people and attorneys seeking to improve their skills in negotiation and dispute resolution. The goals of the workshop are:

  • Explain the approach that Western businesses use when preparing for and conducting negotiation.
  • Develop practical skills in Western negotiation techniques.
  • Consider approaches to drafting cross-border contracts with an eye to allocating the risks of the transaction.
  • Understand the business dispute resources available to Chinese businesses when crafting cross-border commercial deals with Western counter-parties.

The workshop is aimed at business people who are responsible for negotiating and drafting deals with, or on behalf of, Western companies. It is not a workshop for mediators or arbitrators—it is a workshop for professional negotiators who wish to better understand how Western companies engage in negotiation, and how they anticipate and resolve business disputes.

Continuing Legal Education Credits are available to New York State attorneys (23 credits Professional Practice, 1 credit Ethics). Find registration details for Dispute Resolution: Western Perspectives.

Presumptive ADR in the New York Courts

March 19, 2020

The New York Unified Court System is undergoing one of the most fundamental changes in years – the introduction of mandatory, presumptive alternative dispute resolution for a wide variety of filed litigation across the State of New York.  Find out from the leadership what will be involved, how Presumptive ADR systems are being designed and implemented, and the opportunities for mediators and arbitrators to take part.  Speakers include Danielle Shalov, Dan Weitz and Lisa Courtney.  Register here for Presumptive ADR in the New York Courts.

Cutting-Edge Topics in Commercial Arbitration

April 16, 2020
This perennially favorite event features renowned arbitrators discussing the hottest topics in commercial dispute resolution. This event is co-presented by the American Arbitration AssociationRegister here for Cutting-Edge Topics in Commercial Arbitration.

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Mediating Emotionally Charged Disputes

On October 10, 2019, Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Director of Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and Felicia Faber, an experienced mediator, discussed the special challenges in convening, preparing for, and conducting mediations involving sexual harassment in the workplace and other emotionally charged conflicts.  A video is available here.

International Commercial Dispute Resolution: Resolving Conflicts and Enforcing Agreements

Wolf von Kumberg, an independent arbitrator and mediator based in London, joined us on September 11, 2019, to discuss lessons learned from a career representing major corporations in cross-border business conflicts, challenges of conveying business goals to outside counsel, and the newest development in international mediation: the Singapore Convention.  A video is available here.

Cutting-Edge Topics in Commercial Arbitration

On April 23, 2019, a panel of renowned arbitrators discussed the hottest topics in commercial dispute resolution.  A Co-Presentation with the American Arbitration Association.  Video available here.

LGBTQ Issues in The Modern Workplace

On March 19, 2019, New York Law School Professor Arthur Leonard led a discussion of the legal and managerial issues presented by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.  Panelists included Ezra Cukor of THE NYC Human Rights Commission, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan of Lamda Legal, and Jillian Weiss of Outten & Golden LLP.  A video of the presentation is available here.

Fifth Annual ADR Symposium: “ADR and Diversity”

January 31, 2019
This annual event was a co-presentation with the ADR Inclusion Network and the American Arbitration Association.  Speakers included New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deborah Enix-Ross, Deborah Masucci, William Johnston, Dean Anthony Crowell, and others.

From Adversarial Confrontation to Constructive Dialogue

November 20, 2018
Jane Gunn, Chair of the Board of Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, led a discussion on effective techniques mediation for both the neutral and the client adviser. Part of the James F. Henry Speaker Series.  For a video of the event click here.

Training in Mediation Advocacy

October 29, 2018
This full-day course trained client representatives to get the most out of mediation.  A Co-Presentation with the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Court-Sponsored ADR in New York

September 5, 2018
Panelists discussed the ongoing initiative to expand and increase the effectiveness of court-sponsored mediation and other ADR efforts in New York courts, including through the work of the ADR Advisory Committee recently formed by Chief Judge DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Marks. Part of the James F. Henry Speaker Series.  A video of this event is available here.

Cutting Edge Topics in Commercial Arbitration

On April 11, 2018Jeff Zaino, Senior Vice President of the American Arbitration Association, returned with an expert panel to address cutting edge issues that all commercial arbitrators need to be aware of. Speakers included Steven C. Bennett, Park Jensen Bennett LLP; Richard Mattiaccio, FCIArb; Steven Skulnik, Independent Arbitrator; Richard H. Silberberg, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Rosemary A. Townley, Independent Arbitrator; and Conna Weiner, Independent Arbitrator. Three topics were addressed: whether independent research by an arbitrator constitutes grounds for vacatur; the role of the arbitrator in fostering efficient resolution of a dispute; and arbitrators’ assisting with settlement.