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New York Law School Announces New ADR Skills Program

New York Law School has announced the creation of a new Program on Alternative Dispute Resolution, leading to a Certificate in the field.  The Program emphasizes skills, in addition to doctrinal studies, and recipients of the Certificate are required to engage in experiential such as externship placements at ADR organizations; clinics in such fields as mediation and securities arbitration; and out-of-class simulations such as iterative role-plays or other hands-on training.

Additionally, the Program will develop a battery of non-student activities, including on-campus speaker series and “bespoke” trainings and CLE offerings to take place in New York City law firms, municipal agencies, court-annexed programs, and internal corporate legal departments.

A group of leaders of the ADR community has agreed to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Program.  These include representatives of various stakeholders in the effort, including ADR organizations (CPR, AAA, IMI, JAMS), private law firms (Patterson Belknap, Debevoise & Plimpton), corporate law departments (General Electric, Edward Jones), NGOs, sitting and retired Judges, ODR specialists, and public agencies.

I am honored to have been appointed Director of the Program, as well as continuing to teach a course in Negotiation and another in International Commercial Dispute Resolution.  Other faculty of the School offer courses including domestic arbitration, mediation (clinic), securities arbitration (clinic), and various negotiation courses relating to specific fields.  The New York Law School Dispute Resolution Team recently won top honors in a national mediation competition, and participation on that co-curricular activity also fulfills Certificate requirements.

It is an exciting new venture, and fingers are crossed.

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