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Amy Schmitz

Arbitration Tips-N-Tools (TNT): Round 4

(1/25/21)Amy Schmitz, Theo Cheng, Daniel Urbas, George Friedman, DeAndra Roaché, Stacie Strong

In this round of Arbitration Tips-N-Tools, Professor Amy Schmitz asks some of the leading arbitration practitioners about executing an arbitration hearing, especially in a digital world and faced with the complexities of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Imre Szalai

Supreme Court DIG's Henry Schein Arbitrability Case

(1/25/21)Imre Szalai

The Supreme Court issued an order earlier today in the Henry Schein v. Archer & White arbitrability case, dismissing the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted (“DIG”).

Jim Melamed

How Can We Best Make and Maintain Quality Mediators?

(1/23/21)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Under the leadership of Forrest (Woody) Mosten,'s Online Mediation Training Task Force is tackling a huge issue: "How can the mediation field now and in the future best make and maintain quality mediators?

Michael Diliberto

Code of Civil Procedure Section 664.6 Is Now Lawyer-Friendly

(1/22/21)Michael Diliberto

Most settlement agreements provide that the entire action shall be dismissed and the court shall retain jurisdiction under Code of Civil Procedure Section 664.6 to enforce the settlement terms.

Steven Finizio

Revised ICC Arbitration Rules

(1/22/21)Steven Finizio, Dharshini Prasad

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released revised arbitration rules, which are effective from 1 January 2021 and apply to arbitration proceedings commenced after that date, and are intended to provide 'further steps towards greater efficiency, flexibility, and transparency.'

Lorraine Segal

Conversation, Kindness, and Democracy

(1/22/21)Lorraine Segal

Are kindness and conversation still possible? What about the many other people who share a perspective with those folks and are not themselves violent?

Phyllis Pollack

Start 2021 with Apology and Forgiveness!

(1/22/21)Phyllis Pollack

It struck me that as we start 2021, perhaps it is a good time to “turn over a new leaf” by apologizing for our acts and/or omissions and forgiving others for their acts/omissions committed in 2020.

Kathleen Kauth

Cyclical Nature of Interpersonal Conflict

(1/22/21)Kathleen Kauth

When talking about domestic violence, you often hear about the cycle of abuse.

Beyond Civil Rights: The Case for Enforcement of Harassment Laws as a Means to Deter Racially Based Confrontations

(1/22/21)James Ware

As a JAMS mediator, I believe that one of the best ways to assist parties to resolve a dispute is to educate them about the risks they run in continuing the confrontation.

Bruce Edwards

The Vanishing Jury Trial and Other Important Lessons for Mediators

(1/22/21)Bruce Edwards

The article helps demonstrate the widespread acceptance of ADR, and mediation in particular, in the legal profession.

Asa Pitt

Make Yourself Aware About Divorce Mediation

(1/22/21)Asa Pitt

You might be thinking that you don’t need to make yourself aware about anything divorce related because it’s not going to happen to you.

John Sturrock

Recognizing Trauma: Litigation and Politics are Harming Us

(1/22/21)John Sturrock

I write this in the aftermath of yet another mediation in which the protagonists exhibited symptoms of having been seriously traumatized by the litigation process to which they had been exposed. Depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, loathing, destroyed relationships, large amounts of money spent with no discernible value.

Larry Bridgesmith

Radical Collaboration

(1/21/21)Larry Bridgesmith

Collaboration is an emerging platform for economic success in law.

Daniel Urbas

2020 Canadian Arbitration Year in Review

(1/21/21)Daniel Urbas

From January to December 2020, Daniel Urbas shared one hundred and fifty-five notes on recent Canadian court decisions, highlighting the most current reasoning and practical applications of arbitral rules and principles, which touch upon the fundamental aspects of arbitration common to many jurisdictions.

Amy Schmitz

Arbitration Tips-N-Tools (TNT): Round 3

(1/20/21)Amy Schmitz, Theo Cheng, George Friedman, Daniel Urbas, DeAndra Roaché, Stacie Strong

In this round of Arbitration Tips-N-Tools, Professor Amy Schmitz asks some of the leading arbitration practitioners about obtaining discovery in arbitration, especially in a digital world and faced with the complexities of the Covid-19 pandemic.

George Friedman

Whatever Happened to Monster Energy on Remand to JAMS?

(1/20/21)George Friedman

A party is challenging JAMS’ neutrality as an administrator because the provider filed an Amicus Brief at the Supreme Court supporting the position taken by its adversary in the same arbitration.

Andrea Bjorklund

Arbitration Conversation No. 43: Prof. Andrea Bjorklund of McGill University Faculty of Law

(1/19/21)Andrea Bjorklund, Amy Schmitz

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Andrea Bjorklund, Full Professor and the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law at McGill University Faculty of Law.

Nick Oury

The New DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules 2021 – Key Features

(1/18/21)Nick Oury, Stuart Paterson, Jean Hamilton-Smith

The updated DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules 2021 entered into force from 1 January 2021. The amendments introduce changes intended to promote the fair, efficient, and expeditious conduct of arbitrations. In this update, we summarise the key features.

Linda Michler

ADR Professionals as Both Mediators and Arbitrators in the Same Matter

(1/15/21)Linda Michler

This article describes the virtues and pitfalls of a neutral party serving as both the mediator and as the arbitrator in the same matter, where the disputing parties have adopted a two-step Med-Arb or an Arb-Med process.

Gregorio Billikopf

Non-Directive Empathic Listening

(1/15/21)Gregorio Billikopf

In this paper I will share how I found out that the listening approach I have used for almost two decades was completely unique--based on a happy misunderstanding.

Cinnie Noble

Being Unafraid to Feel

(1/15/21)Cinnie Noble

When we feel emotional about a conflict – hurt, anger, betrayal, disappointment, and so on – it is a clear sign that something important to us is being challenged or threatened or undermined.

Temitope Akande

Love’s New Mediation Data: Whither the Joint Session?

(1/15/21)Temitope Akande

Mediation, Love says, “is the last bastion,” with mediators trained to promote dialogue.

Denise French

Divorce Noise

(1/15/21)Denise French

It’s so normal for us to ask questions and want information from those who have already been through this overwhelming time in our lives.

Colin Rule

Book Review: The Art of Roleplay and Dispute Resolution Training

(1/15/21)Colin Rule

Role plays are one of the most common tools used by mediation trainers. In his new book, Marc Bhalla takes a deeper look at how to use role plays effectively and shares some of his tested and effective scenarios.

Scott Levin

The End Game

(1/15/21)Scott Levin

Deciding to divorce is likely going to be the biggest decision of your life, bigger than even deciding to get married in the first place, and how you choose to proceed will make all the difference.

Michael Leathes

A Negotiation Innovation: An intelligent negotiation assistant

(1/14/21)Veronique Fraser, Barney Jordaan, Michael Leathes

I am sitting in a room, negotiating a sale, and I’m thinking: Which is likely to be more favorable to me: put a figure on the table, or insist the Other does so first?

Amy Schmitz

Arbitration in the Age of Covid: Examining Arbitration's Move Online

(1/14/21)Amy Schmitz

This article discusses how recent jurisprudence and institutional promulgations may impact Online Arbitration ('OArb'), and offers considerations for courts, policymakers, and practitioners shepherding OArb development.

Nicholas Peacock

2020 Survey of TMT Sector Investor-State Arbitration

(1/13/21)Nicholas Peacock, Aaron White, Peter Chen

This article aims to consider any new trends in the Technology, media, and telecommunications (“TMT”) area, and to offer some thoughts on the potential implications for investors and states.

Michael Polkinghorne

New 2021 ICC Arbitration Rules

(1/12/21)Michael Polkinghorne, Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall, Morgane Guyonnet

As it continues to enjoy record caseloads during the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce sets out its vision for the future of dispute resolution with newly updated arbitration rules.

Amy Schmitz

Arbitration Tips-N-Tools (TNT): Round 2

(1/11/21)Amy Schmitz, Theo Cheng, Daniel Urbas, George Friedman, DeAndra Roaché

In this round of Arbitration Tips-N-Tools, Professor Amy Schmitz asks some of the leading arbitration practitioners about planning and executing a preliminary arbitration hearing, especially in a digital world and faced with the complexities of the Covid-19 pandemic.

George Friedman

FINRA DRS Postpones In-Person Hearings through Beginning of April

(1/11/21)George Friedman

FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) has again administratively postponed all in-person arbitration and mediation hearings.

Frank Hamilton

Best 10 Books About Mediation Ever Written

(1/08/21)Frank Hamilton

The difference in opinions, beliefs, views, values, and desires, plus the need to establish supremacy of one over the others often causes conflicts to arise in different situations.

Tracy Allen

Pandemic Pivot - ADR Poised for Prominence During Recovery

(1/08/21)Tracy Allen

Never have we been more needed, and never have we needed to be more flexible.

Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

Landscape of Dispute Resolution

(1/08/21)Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

When you hear about the word landscape of dispute resolution, the first thing that comes to the mind of the people is litigation before a court of competent jurisdiction. However, the parties need to be made aware that the landscape of dispute resolution is wider. It includes along with litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Charles Crumpton

Egalitarian Change – Our Roles and Responsibilites

(1/08/21)Charles Crumpton

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” – Alistair McIntosh

George Siedel

5 Zoom Lessons for Leaders

(1/08/21)George Siedel

During the pandemic, business leaders can learn from educators about overcoming the communication challenges that video conferencing platforms present.

Pamela Bookman

Introducing Arbitral Courts—Part Arbitration, Part Court

(1/08/21)Pamela Bookman

In recent years, governments from the state of Delaware to the Emirate of Dubai have created institutions specially designed to adjudicate transnational commercial disputes, which are hybrids between courts and arbitration, or “arbitral courts.”

Kenneth Cloke

10 Actions We Can Take to Turn Adversarial, Autocratic, Power-Based Political Conflicts into Collaborative, Democratic, Interest-Based Social Problem Solving

(1/08/21)Kenneth Cloke

Because democracy is open, it is vulnerable to demagogues and autocrats; yet because it is open, it is also resilient, able to learn and improve, and responsive to popular wisdom.

Ronald S. Kraybill

How to AVOID Conflict Gracefully

(1/08/21)Ronald S. Kraybill

If you’re good at selective conflict avoidance, you will have a greater sense of order and control in your life.

Kathleen Kauth

Authenticity in Conflict

(1/08/21)Kathleen Kauth

Many times in tense situations there is a strong desire to minimize the conflict.

[PODCAST] Reflecting on Nine Months of Virtual ADR

(1/08/21)Adrienne Publicover

A special podcast from JAMS featuring neutrals Adrienne Publicover and David Ross on their experiences and lessons learned since shifting to virtual mediations.

Daniel Urbas

Canada – Mediator Appointed as Arbitrator for Disputes Involving Settlement Negotiated During Later Arbitration

(1/08/21)Daniel Urbas

In the Corporation of the Township of South Stormont v. The Kraft Heinz Company following an unsuccessful mediation phase regarding disputes under a 2011 agreement, the parties engaged in arbitration during which they negotiated a 2017 settlement and agreed to arbitrate disputes before the mediator.

Nathan Searle

Halliburton v Chubb: UK Supreme Court Clarifies Position on Arbitrators’ Duties of Impartiality and Disclosure in London-seated Arbitrations

(1/07/21)Nathan Searle, Katie Duval

In Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd, the UK Supreme Court dismissed Halliburton’s appeal regarding its application to remove an arbitrator for apparent bias on the facts and emphasised the importance of arbitrator impartiality in London-seated arbitrations.

Scott Lauck

Arbitrator Awards Nearly $20 Million in ‘Egregious’ Discrimination Cases

(1/07/21)Scott Lauck

An arbitrator awarded nearly $20 million to two former employees of a St. Louis-area janitorial company in what he said were some of the most egregious employment-discrimination cases he’d ever seen.

Daniel Urbas

Canada – Trial Judge and Appeal Court Rely on Litigants’ Agreement to Repurpose Arbitral Award Findings of Fact

(1/06/21)Daniel Urbas

The Court of Appeal in Sky Clean Energy Ltd. v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company noted that the litigants had agreed that findings of fact made in an arbitration award would bind the trial judge and dismissed the appellant’s claims alleging interpretative error in an insurance contract.

George Friedman

Eleventh Circuit Upholds $3 Million Sanction FINRA Award Against Morgan Stanley

(1/06/21)George Friedman

In an unpublished per curiam Opinion, the Eleventh Circuit, has affirmed unanimously a Southern District of Florida decision confirming a FINRA Award of over $3 million in sanctions against Morgan Stanley.

Frederico Singarajah

A Firmer View on Conflicts of Interest (Part 2)

(1/05/21)Frederico Singarajah

This article discusses the differences between the Brazilian and English disclosure regimes, such as there is no codified duty to disclose in England and secondly, the exclusion of the word 'independence' from the English Arbitration Act, 1996 which appears in Article 14(1) of the Brazilian Arbitration Act 1996.

Colin Rule

Let’s Make 2021 the Year of Resolutions

(1/05/21)Colin Rule

2020 was a tough year for many of us, from the pandemic to shutdowns to political chaos. Let's use the fresh start of the new year to set our sights on a more optimistic horizon.

Victoria Sahani

Arbitration Conversation No. 42: Prof. Victoria Sahani of Arizona State University

(1/05/21)Victoria Sahani, Amy Schmitz

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Victoria Shannon Sahani, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Bruce Ally

Theory vs. Reality: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

(1/05/21)Keshia Osbourne, Bruce Ally

After spending four months and 140 hours of intense theoretical study, I walked away from one of Toronto’s leading Universities with a certificate in Dispute Resolution. This was what happened when I stepped in to the real world.

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