JAMS Mediation Week 2015 - New York

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Culture and Conflict Resolution: Understanding the Role Culture and Language Play in Alternative Dispute Resolution
6:00 p.m. CLE, 7:30 p.m. Reception  
1.5 hours of CLE credit will be provided

  • Robert B. Davidson, Esq. (Moderator)
  • Nicole Duclos, Covington & Burling
  • Samaa Haridi, Esq., Hogan Lovells
  • Geoffrey Sant, Esq., Dorsey & Whitney
  • William H. Taft V, Esq., Debevoise & Plimpton

A dynamic panel of experienced international attorneys will discuss the nuances involved in working across cultures and languages for successful dispute resolution. As the number and variety of international disputes that are resolved utilizing alternative dispute resolution continues to grow, even experienced international attorneys can find themselves with unanticipated situations in cases where both language and culture impact the resolution process and the outcome. A case does not have to be “international” for language and culture to play an important role in the resolution process. Whether the case involves parties from Kinshasa and Kalamazoo, or from two neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the parties to a dispute may be from different cultural and linguistic groups. Learn how to work across and even leverage cultural and linguistic issues toward successful dispute resolution.

RSVP to Kathleen Pierz at 212.607.2771 or kpierz@jamsadr.com

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
ADR in the Energy Sector
6:00 p.m. CLE; 7:30 p.m. Reception  
1.5 hours of CLE credit will be provided

  • Eric Van Loon, Esq. (Moderator)
  • Richard G. Douglass, Novak and Macey LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Justin R. Marlles, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Houston, TX
  • Leonard J. Marsico, McGuire Woods LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Deborah M. Osborne, Director, Dispute Resolution Division, Office of Administrative Law Judges and Dispute Resolution, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC

In 2011, the American Bar Association declared the third week of October, “ABA Mediation Week,” a celebration of the strides our profession has made in institutionalizing mediation as one of several appropriate dispute resolution processes.  ABA Mediation Week will be held during the week of October 11-17, 2015 this year.

In 2015, The Energy Bar Association is proud to support this important ABA initiative by partnering with JAMS on a “Mediation Week” program focused on the ties between all ADR processes and Energy industry disputes.

The use of ADR in the Energy industry is indeed evolving at a rapid pace.  In this program, Eric Van Loon of JAMS, a nationally recognized expert in the resolution of complex energy matters, and a panel of Energy industry experts will provide an analysis and update on the latest uses of ADR within the Energy industry, including the electric, oil & gas, coal and renewables sectors. 

 Topics to be discussed:

  • Which approaches to ADR have proven most effective in the energy sector?
  • Alternatives to arbitration: Mediation? Special Masters? Early Case Evaluation? Step Negotiations? Mini Trials? Others?
  • The recent, consistent drop in oil prices has led to a significant increase in the use of arbitration and mediation in the oil & gas industry. In what types of disputes has ADR been most useful? Are there lessons learned that can be more broadly applied to other energy sectors?
  • What are best practices for counsel in drafting ADR clauses?

    RSVP to Todd Drucker at 212.607.2718 or tdrucker@jamsadr.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Effective Mediation Advocacy Techniques in Complex Personal Injury Cases
6:00 p.m. CLE, 7:30 p.m. Reception
1.5 hours of CLE credit will be provided

  • Shelley Rossoff Olsen, Esq. (moderator)
  • Alan Kaminsky, Partner, Lewis Brisbois
  • Hon. Barbara R. Kapnick – New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department
  • Ben B. Rubinowitz, Managing Partner,  Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz

In this program, learn how to effectively act as an advocate in a complex personal injury mediation. Learn the nuances of how best to prepare a case for mediation, including the importance of educating your client about the process and how to prepare and submit mediation briefs. The mediation session itself will also be addressed, including strategies for maximizing the joint session (initial presentation, opening statements, exhibits) as well as how to negotiate through the mediator in caucus. Discover how to use the mediator to your best advantage and implement key techniques for getting beyond impasse when the going gets tough.

RSVP to Todd Drucker at 212.607.2718 or tdrucker@jamsadr.com

JAMS New York
620 Eighth Ave.
34th Floor
New York, NY 10018 

For more information on JAMS Mediation Week, visit

Featured People

Shelley Rossoff Olsen, Esq.
  • Business/Commercial
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Maritime/Admiralty
  • Personal Injury/Torts/Labor Law
  • Professional Liability / Medical Malpractice
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee