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Hon. Ariel E. Belen (Ret.), FCIArb, Named to New York State Commission

Hon. Ariel E. Belen (Ret.), FCIArb, Named to New York State Commission

JAMS neutral to serve on a New York state commission to help reimagine the future of the state’s courts

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New York – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Ariel E. Belen (Ret.), FCIArb was selected to join a new commission led by Chief Judge of the State of New York Janet DiFiore to help reimagine the future of New York’s courts.

This commission was created following the COVID-19 crisis to recommend improvements and enhancements regarding the use of technology and online platforms within the state’s court system. The commission will be tasked with exploring and recommending short- and long-term processes to improve the delivery of services and access to justice as society continues to evolve.    

Judge Belen is known for his high level of professionalism and his ability to deliver results fairly and thoughtfully. We are proud that he’s been chosen to serve to advance the New York state court system alongside such an esteemed group of individuals.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

The group will explore the enhanced use of technology and online platforms, as well as regulatory and structural innovations, to more effectively and efficiently adjudicate cases and improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of legal services for all New Yorkers. Judge Belen will bring his experience conducting virtual arbitrations and mediations to the commission.

I am extremely honored to have been selected and to be a part of this team of visionaries. This opportunity will provide me with the ability to use my experience to help reform and improve the justice system to better meet the needs of all New Yorkers for years to come.

- Hon. Ariel E. Belen (Ret.), FCIArb, JAMS Neutral

This nomination underscores Judge Belen’s dedication to using his conflict resolution skills to coordinate multiparty dialogue and help shape public policy. Previously, as the federal facilitator appointed to guide the joint remedial process in the New York City stop-and-frisk and trespass-enforcement class action settlements, he worked to assist the City of New York and its residents to develop sustainable reforms through a community-based civic-engagement process.

Judge Belen joined JAMS in 2012 as an arbitrator and mediator in complex domestic and international disputes spanning a variety of practice areas. During his nearly 18-year tenure on the bench, he served as an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department and as administrative judge of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Brooklyn). Judge Belen also helped create and presided over the Commercial Division in Brooklyn.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

With a roster of nearly 400 neutrals and 28 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS also offers remote dispute resolution through videoconferencing and other platforms. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person or virtual hearings.

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