Commercial Arbitration Training for Arbitrators and Counsel (July 15-17, 2014)
The Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and Cardozo Law School present a comprehensive arbitration training for neutrals and advocates as to the Best Practices in conducting commercial arbitrations. The three-day program, which will take place at Cardozo Law School on July 15-17, 2014, is designed to introduce persons interested in becoming arbitrators as well as experienced arbitrators to contemporary Best Practices in arbitration, based upon recommendations by the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the American Arbitration Association, CPR, JAMS, and other arbitration thought-leaders.
The training will be provided by commercial arbitrators Charles J. Moxley, Jr. and Edna Sussman and by arbitration counsel Lea Haber Kuck of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and will include presentations by Jeffrey T. Zaino, Vice President, American Arbitration Association, and Luis Martinez, Vice President, International Centre for Dispute Resolution.
Faculty members who will be presenting on the key substantive areas for conducting effective arbitrations include:
Oliver J. Armas, Hon. Willliam G. Bassler, Steven C. Bennett, David W. Brown, William J.T. Brown, John F. Byrne, Hon. Carolyn E. Demarest, Alexandra Dosman, Eugene I. Farber, Patricia Taylor Fox, Stephen A. Hochman, Sherman W. Kahn, Daniel F. Kolb, Lea Haber Kuck, Jack P. Levin, Luis M. Martinez, Deborah Masucci, Richard L. Mattiaccio, Charles J. Moxley, Jr., Lawrence W. Newman, Michael S. Oberman, Abigail Pessen, Kathleen M. Scanlon, Richard H. Silberberg, David C. Singer, Richard J. Stark, Edna Sussman, Irene C. Warshauer, Nicholas R. Weiskopf, Daniel M. Weitz, John Wilkinson, Jeffrey T. Zaino.
How to Get a Career in Alternative Dispute Resolution
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society hosted an event where Professor Kathy Bryan, President and CEO of CPR, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, gave strategic advice on How to Get a Career in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Professor Bryan gave an in-depth account on how to enter into the ADR practice, how to develop your practice as an ADR practitioner, how to build your reputation in the industry, and how to maintain success in an ADR career.


Carol Liebman moderates a panel discussion on "End-of-Life Decision Making" amongst (from right to left) Ellen Waldman, Nancy Berlinger and Edward Bergman.
Debra Gerardi makes a presentation on "A Relational Approach to Conflict Engagement in Healthcare."

Bioethics, Healthcare Policy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Age of Obamacare

On Monday, November 18, 2013, the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution hosted its Annual Symposium entitled "Bioethics, Healthcare Policy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Age of Obamacare," where prominent speakers and panelists explored cutting-edge topics including clinical ethics consultation, decision making at the end of life, and ADR in the context of the Affordable Healthcare Act ("Obamacare").

Scholars and practitioners in attendance included:

Adrienne Asch (Director, Center for Ethics and Professor of Bioethics, Yeshiva University; Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, and of Family and Social Medicine , Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Nancy Berlinger (Research Scholar, The Hastings Center), Edward Bergman (Professor of Bioethics and Clinical Ethics Mediation, University of Pennsylvania), Arthur Caplan (Professor and Founding Head of the Division of Medical Ethics, NYU Langone Medical Center), Nancy Neveloff Dubler (bioethics consultant and Professor Emerita at Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Autumn Fiester (Director of the Penn Clinical Ethics Mediation Program; Director of Education, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, UPenn's Pearlman School of Medicine), Debra Gerardi (CEO, EHCCO), Melinda Reid Hatton (General Counsel, American Hospital Association), Michael Kosnitzky (Boies, Schiller & Flexner; arbitrator of healthcare disputes), Carol Liebman (Columbia Law School), Joseph M. Miller (General Counsel,  American Health Insurance Plans), Thaddeus Pope (Director, Health Law Institute, Hamline University), Charity Scott (Georgia State University's College of Law), Michelle M. Skipper (VP of the American Arbitration Association; Chair of the Association's Healthcare Dispute Resolution Advisory Council), Ellen Waldman (Thomas Jefferson School of Law).

For more information, check out Lela Love's synopsis of the Symposium.

Jennifer Schulz, Nancy Welsh and Andrea Schneider are watching Jackie Font-Guzman making a presentation for the Works in Progress Conference at Cardozo School of Law.
Sean Nolon making a presentation for the Works in Progress Conference at JAMS.


Works in Progress (WIP) Conference

On November 7-9, 2013, the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution and the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution hosted a three day event, where distinguished Professors and Practitioners in the ADR field presented their works in progress and got feedback from colleagues.

Participants included:

Hiro N. Aragaki, Loyola (LA); Michael T. Colatrella, Jr., McGeorge; Deborah Thompson Eisenberg, Maryland; Douglas Frenkel, UPenn; Jackie Font-Guzmán, Creighton; Art Hinshaw, Arizona State; Jonathan Hyman, Rutgers; Ethan Katsh, UMass; Maureen Laflin, Idaho; John Lande, Missouri; Jeremy R. McClane, Harvard; Lauren Newell, Ohio Northern; Sean Nolon, Vermont; Lydia Nussbaum, UNLV; Glen Parker, Cardozo; James Lewis Parks, Missouri; Carol Pauli, Texas Wesleyan; Orna Rabinovitch-Einy, University of Haifa; Richard Reuben, Missouri; Jennifer Reynolds, Oregon; Andrea Schneider, Marquette; Jennifer Schulz, University of Manitoba; James Stark, UConn; Jean Sternlight, UNLV; Elizabeth Tippett, Oregon; and Nancy Welsh, Penn Stat.


For more information, check out Lela Love's thoughts on the Conference.


The Ins and Outs of Sports Arbitration: A Panel Discussion

On October 24, 2013, the Cardozo Sports Law Society and Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society hosted a panel of Sports Law practitioners and Arbitrators.

Panelists discussed their path towards sports arbitration and explained the role and importance of arbitration in sports, as well as weigh in on current hot topics in the field.

Panelists included Elliott Shriftman, an arbiter and mediator with years of experience with sports cases; Paul Mifsud, Senior Counsel at the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball; and Jon Budish, Director of Baseball Operations, Excel Sports Management; and the moderator will be Dave Prouty, General Counsel at Major League Baseball Players Association.

President Jimmy Carter Receives Journal's International Advocate for Peace Award
Editor-in-Chief of Cardozo's Journal of Conflict Resolution, Brian Farkas (seated), listens to President Jimmy Carter reflect on his various peacemaking efforts
On April 10, 2013, Cardozo's Journal of Conflict Resolution presented its annual International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award to Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States and the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize. President Carter delivered an acceptance speech to students, faculty, and alumni entitled "America as Global Mediator."  In the speech, he reflected on his own peacemaking efforts as president, as well as his prolific work since leaving office through the Carter Center.

Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution's Annual Symposium on Negotiating the Extremes:  Impossible Political Dialogues in the 21st Century Explored Negotiation and Political Gridlock
A Panel on "Practical Examples of Promoting Civil Discourse" with Brad Heckman, (Moderator) Chief Executive Officer, The New York Peace Institute, whose drawings appear in the background, Professor Ben Davis, The University of Toledo, College of Law, and C.T. Butler, Author and Mediator.


In November 2012, the nation was perhaps more politically divided than at any moment in its history. The United States had been through a nearly three-year-long campaign, from the divisive Republican primaries to the even more divisive general election. Negative advertising by anonymous SuperPACs became the norm. And in the meantime, the government was unable to compromise on pragmatic solutions to a laundry list of issues: the deficit, the budget, the debt ceiling, immigration reform and climate change, just to name a few. Even with the reelection of a candidate once synonymous with "hope," the feeling of pessimism was pervasive. 



Panel Discusses Controversial Delaware Chancery Court Arbitration Scheme
In 2009, Delaware's legislature amended its laws to permit judges of the Court of Chancery to do just that. According to the scheme, parties could pay a set of fees and go for binding arbitration before some of the country's most renowned judges. But unlike traditional litigation, the entire proceeding would remain confidential. In August 2012, following a challenge from the Delaware Open Government Coalition, the program was declared unconstitutional under the First Amendment's right of qualified public access to court proceedings. The case is now on appeal to the Third Circuit.