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About Our Section

The Dispute Resolution Section focuses on advocacy in negotiation, mediation and arbitration and the work of neutrals. We foster the court Presumptive ADR program, and promote the careers and advancement of neutrals We have trainings and CLEs, a robust world-class journal and a group of very active and generous members and leaders. We truly support one another. We have been pioneers of change in provision of online services. The concept of “alternative” dispute resolution is a misnomer, more than 90% of disputes are resolved outside of the court system. This is where the action and opportunity reside.

Message from the Section Chair

“The vitality of the Dispute Resolution Section is demonstrated by the ongoing leadership of all of its former chairs, leadership not just in the NYSBA but in the State and the United States. We have been in the vanguard of promoting appropriate dispute solutions especially in these turbulent times. Not only do we focus of dispute avoidance and negotiation, we train mediators and arbitrators, we provide the leading journal in the dispute resolution field. We have supported our courts as they face the cruel impact of the pandemic by participating in the Chief Judge’s Presumptive ADR initiative and helping our members to participate in it and to make a seamless transition to providing services online. We providie to our members best in class learning and networking opportunities. Come and join us for inspiration, professionalism, and camaraderie.”

-Laura A. Kaster
Laura Kaster
How our Members Benefit

How Our Members Benefit

  • Stellar Fall and Annual meetings and routine town halls and committee meetings on subject matter and process questions raising cutting-edge issues
  • Industry-leading publications and educational and informational programs, networking and collaboration
  • Opportunities to contribute and present

Our Publication

Our Publication

The New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of dispute resolution on various topics including arbitration, mediation, and collaborative law. Also included are updates on case law and legislation, as well as Section activities. Edited by Edna Sussman, Esq., Laura A. Kaster, Esq. and Sherman Kahn, Esq. the New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer is published by the Dispute Resolution Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge. 

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