Welcome to The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – New York Branch
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is a learned society and charity, headquartered in London, which provides worldwide scholarship and professional development for all areas of alternative dispute resolution. It is also the only accrediting body for arbitrators that confers credentials that are widely recognized and respected around the world.
The Chartered Institute’s New York Branch represents the Institute in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Membership in the Branch is automatic for all members of the Institute in the region and available on request to Institute members outside the region. Anyone interested in alternative dispute resolution can become a member of the Chartered Institute by fulfilling the requirements for the desired level of membership for which they are qualified (Membership information including an on-line application is available by clicking here.)
The Branch regularly collaborates with arbitral and professional organizations worldwide and local academic institutions to bring our members informative and timely professional programs, speakers, conferences and courses that advance the use and practice of ADR and enhance the abilities and opportunities of our members. The Branch also offers regular social gatherings at which members can meet new colleagues and renew existing friendships both within the Branch and with others in the ADR community.
A Message from the Branch Chair
Updated November 24, 2020
COVID-19 certainly has changed the way we work (not to mention the way we live) in 2020. Social distancing strategies that have developed in response to the pandemic may profoundly affect the practice of arbitration well beyond 2020, for example, with the advent of hybrid evidentiary hearings.
The Chartered Institute laboring under U.K. social distancing restrictions was nonetheless quick to adapt its courses offerings and other programs to remote training and programming formats. For our part, the CIArb NY Branch has presented a series of online programs on topics of practical interest to members, has taken a leading role with NYIAC in organizing and presenting online programming at NY Arbitration Week in November 2020, and has joined forces with its fellow CIArb Branches in North America to present a well-received on-line Accelerated Route to Fellowship (ARF) assessment.
The Non-signatories in Arbitration program presented jointly by the Branch and NYIAC on November 18, 2020, was a highlight of NY Arbitration Week. For those who missed it, video recordings of the Non-signatories program and a number of other excellent programs are available for viewing at https://nyarbitrationweek.com/new-york-arbitration-week-2020-video-recordings/.
CIArb NY Branch members seemed omnipresent in the preparations for and in the presentation of NY Arbitration Week. The NY Branch’s Chair-elect, Stephanie Cohen, co-chaired the 2020 Organizing Committee with Jeff Rosenthal of Cleary Gottlieb. “Steph and Jeff” demonstrated exceptional leadership as they anticipated the many challenges to successfully presenting a week of programming by remote means and led the Organizing Committee in meeting those challenges. Those of us who have served as arbitrators in remote hearings with participants spread across many time zones may think we appreciate the challenges of online presentations, but NY Arbitration Week was on a different order of magnitude. Kudos to Steph and Jeff for their leadership, to NYIAC’s Executive Director, Rekha Rangachari, for her tireless effort and enduring good humor, to CIArb Fellows Benno Kimmelman and Edna Sussman for co-chairing another excellent Fordham Conference, to the NY Branch’s Patron, Professor George A. Bermann, for delivering such a thoughtful keynote address, to the 2020 Organizing Committee for a job well done, to FTI Consulting for its technical support of this major undertaking, and to the generous sponsors who made it possible to offer all programs, once again, free of charge.
The CIArb NY Branch will not be resting on its laurels as we enter the holiday season. Planning is well under way for the June 2021 Columbia CIArb Comprehensive Course to be offered online in shorter segments over two weeks rather than one week, and for a second online ARF training. The NY Branch has launched its third Student Article Competition for full-time students at law schools located in the Branch’s three-state territory, and NY Branch Program Committee, chaired by Steve Skulnik, is planning another online members’ program.
The NY Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on September 29, 2020. The leadership team announced for Calendar Year 2021 assures a bright future for the Branch. Congratulations to the incoming Executive Committee: Stephanie Cohen (Chair), Matthew Draper (Vice Chair), Daniel Schimmel (Treasurer) and Michael Lampert (Secretary). It has been my privilege to serve as chair of the NY Branch and it is a source of great satisfaction to place it in such good hands.
Everyone please stay safe, be well, and stay connected with the Institute and your NY Branch.
Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2021.
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