The Committee on Domestic Arbitration seeks to educate arbitrators and advocates about new developments and best practices in arbitration, to expand arbitration’s use as a means of resolving disputes, and to work collaboratively with other Sections to address issues in arbitration in a variety of practice areas. The Committee also seeks to promote the efficient and effective use of arbitration in New York and to promote the choice of New York law for domestic arbitrations. Initiatives and topics under consideration by the Committee for action in 2013-2014 include: presenting a Master Class in arbitration techniques; assisting in launching a domestic arbitration competition for law students; increasing New York’s state and federal courts’ familiarity with arbitration issues; addressing the pros and cons of one-versus-three arbitrator panels; identifying gender issues in arbitration; considering whether/how arbitrators should question witnesses; and discussing issues surrounding corrections/modifications of arbitration awards.
Last year, the Committee held bi-monthly meetings addressing topics of interest to the arbitration community, typically led by respected practitioners in the field and fueling spirited discussion among committee members. Topics included electronic discovery in arbitration, refusal of one party to pay, substantive motions, advocates’ critiques of arbitrator conduct, and upcoming American Arbitration Association initiatives.
Mansi Karol and Dani Schwartz co-chair this committee.