New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting


Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Internet, Media + Entertainment

Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019


Programs Include:

Program I: Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Dispute Resolution – How to Mitigate Cognitive Barriers to Accurate Understanding and Good Judgment
Through examples and interactive exercises, panelists will explore the distortions to mediators’, arbitrators’ and advocates’ understanding and judgment created by:

  • Diversity and cultural bias
  • Assumptions and premature conclusions
  • Overconfidence in judgment
  • Biased assimilation, selective perception and confirmation bias
  • "Client Think”
  • Questions which distort answers

Program II: Effective Strategies for Picking Neutrals – Perspectives from in-house counsel, outside counsel and administering organizations on choice of arbitrators and mediators
The panel will discuss factors beyond the obvious considerations of expertise and experience including how to include arbitrators and mediators of diverse backgrounds in the selection process

Program III: One-Click Conflicts? – Ethical Conundrums for the Digital Age
Can Arbitrators ethically use social networking? Balancing the need for marketing with perceptions of partiality and practical suggestions for using social networking tools safely

Program IV: Hot Topics in International Arbitration
Perspectives and New Initiatives from International Arbitration Providers

Program V: Mediation for the 21st Century – The Latest in Techniques and Strategies
Counterintuitive Mediation and Concepts of Inclusion in Mediation

MCLE Morning Program
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor

Networking Luncheon
11:30 a.m.
Morrison & Foerster LLP
1290 Avenue of the Americas (at 52nd Street)

MCLE Afternoon Program
1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor

Committee Meetings
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Sherman W. Kahn, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Maddy Batliboi, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP


Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 5.0 credit hours, consisting of 2.5 credit hours in Ethics and Professionalism, 1.5 credit hours in Law Practice Management and 1.0 credit hours in Areas of Professional Practice. This course will NOT qualify for credit for newly admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

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