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3-Day Commercial Mediation Training – Fall 2022

3-Day Commercial Mediation Training – Fall 2022


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Please contact Simone Smith at [email protected] to be placed on the wait list.

Please note: This program sells out. We encourage early registration. This program will be held virtually. The quality of your training will be equal, as it has been for the last two years.

Dispute Resolution Section Members and Fordham Alumni: $745; NYSBA Members: $795; Non-Members: $895

For over 20 years, Simeon H. Baum and Stephen A. Hochman have delivered this three-day training designed for mediators on New York State Court’s Commercial Division ADR panel. This training is approved under Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge. Together with the Advanced Commercial Mediation training that will be presented through NYSBA's Dispute Resolution Section later in the year these programs provide the five (5) days of training required for service on the Commercial Division ADR roster.

Participants in this interactive training will engage in a thorough examination of mediation principles and techniques. With a dynamic blend of PowerPoints, plenary group discussion, and exercises and role-plays, attendees gain direct experience of the structure of a typical mediation, reflect on ethical issues that may rise in mediation, and explore solutions for generating movement and overcoming impasse. Participants will grapple with the tension between facilitative and evaluative or directive approaches in mediation, both from a practical and from an ethical perspective, and will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these styles.

Program Presenters:

SIMEON H. BAUM, ESQ.: Mr. Baum has practiced law in New York City for nearly 40 years as a commercial and general civil litigator, and has served as a neutral since the early 1990s.  He is a principal of the firm of Simeon H. Baum, Esq., and President of Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. (  He was the founding Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section, and has conducted over 2,000 mediations, including numerous commercial disputes.  Mr. Baum has taught, lectured, and written extensively on ADR, including teaching "Fundamentals of ADR" at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Development, and negotiation, mediation, and processes of dispute resolution at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  He was selected as "Lawyer of the Year" for ADR in New York by Best Lawyers for 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2020. 


STEPHEN A. HOCHMAN, ESQ.:  Mr. Hochman practiced law for over 40 years, specializing in corporate, commercial and securities law. He has mediated over 450 commercial and other types of disputes, including class actions and financial, employment, insurance, real estate, partnership and bankruptcy disputes, approximately 98% of which have settled. Mr. Hochman now practices exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator and writes, consults and lectures frequently on ADR subjects. For over two decades Mr. Hochman has trained the mediators in New York County and various other downstate counties. He also served on the investment committees and boards of various non-profit corporations, including several hospitals and a captive insurance company. 

Co-sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association, Fordham University School of Law, and the Fordham University ADR & Conflict Resolution Program. 

Topics & Skills Presented by: Simeon H. Baum, Esq., litigator, mediator & President, Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. ( and Stephen A. Hochman, Esq., mediator & arbitrator

• Cultivating ideal Mediator orientation, attitude & awareness

• Effective Preparation

• Effective Communication

• Deep Listening Skills

• Effective Openings

• Maximizing Opportunities in Joint Session

• Wise Caucusing

• Power Risk Analysis – art, timing & tact in engaging in evaluative processes

• Impasse Breaking

• Coming to Closure

• Theoretical tools to Grasp the underlying Negotiation

• Mediation Ethics
• Attorney & Party Roles in Mediation

This mediation training is approved by the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs under Part 146.

Please note:

  • Final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge, and participation in a course does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.
  • Some courts may require additional training and experience beyond Part 146’s requirements.
  • Acceptance on court rosters may depend on a court’s need for mediators at any given time and may include a particular court’s need for mediators with specific case-type training or experience.


Cancellations received more than 10 days from the scheduled event date    100% refund

Cancellations received between 1-10 days from the scheduled event date    50% refund

Cancellations received day of or after the scheduled event date    No refund

Start Date:
  • October 25, 2022
End Date:
  • October 27, 2022
Start Time:
  • 8:30 AM
End Time:
  • 5:00 PM
Areas Of Professional Practice Credit(s):
  • 6.0
Ethics and Professionalism Credit(s):
  • 4.0
Law Practice Management Credit(s):
  • 1.5
Skills Credit(s):
  • 12.5
Total Credit(s):
  • 24.0
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • 0LZ21
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Dispute Resolution Section
  • Committee on Continuing Legal Education