Letter From The President Of The New York County Lawyers' Association

2014-10-22 14:38

To The Readers of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

ADR has recently emerged as a hot topic, and at the New York County Lawyers’ Association we’re discussing it. Nearly 300 NYCLA members are enrolled in the ADR Committee, which was revitalized by Chair Hon. Ariel Belen (ret.), a full-time mediator and arbitrator at JAMS. Justice Belen was an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department and served as a justice of the New York Supreme Court trial and appellate terms. He helped create the Kings County Commercial Division and then presided as a justice handling complex commercial cases. He presided over countless matters covering the gamut of civil litigation, from administrative to zoning law. A prolific writer, Justice Belen co-authored New York Trial Notebook, a comprehensive trial practice treatise. He was an instructor for many years at the New York State Judicial Institute where he taught all newly appointed or elected New York judges in the art of judging.

Under his leadership, the ADR Committee brings together members to talk about issues and trends in this practice area and educate members through courses and guest speakers.

On October 14 the group, along with the Admiralty Committee, co-sponsored a lunchtime CLE program focusing on Effective Techniques in Mediation Advocacy: A Technical Guide for the Commercial and Maritime Lawyer. Hon. Garrett E. Brown, Jr. (ret.), JAMS, and  Raymond Mariani, Murray Morin & Herman, along with moderator David Y. Loh, Cozen O'Connor, chair, NYCLA's Admiralty Committee, began with the basics of selecting a mediator and preparing a case for mediation. They described the mediation session, effective negotiation techniques, using a mediator to your best advantage, and how to move beyond an impasse. The session closed with a look at maritime disputes that are ripe for mediation.

A recent meeting featured New York City Police Department Detective Jeff Thompson, who is a certified international mediator. Det. Thompson is currently the recipient of the Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Graduate Scholarship and is conducting research as a Research Fellow at Columbia University Law School on effective skills used by law enforcement crisis and hostage negotiators.

If you are an arbitrator or mediator or are interested in learning more about this practice area, I encourage you to join the ADR Committee. I also encourage you to check out the article I recently published in the Saturday Evening Post discussing the advantages of mediation. You can find it online at http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/should-you-sue.

If you’re not already a NYCLA member and are interested in joining, I encourage you to visit nycla.org/joinus to learn more about membership.  I also encourage you to reach out to me at 212-754-9000 or ltesser@tesserryan.com, and to tweet me @NYCLAPres and share what topics you would like to see NYCLA cover in its publications and at its programs.



Lew Tesser