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Panel Discussion: Problem-Solving Mechanisms To Achieve Consensus: How Do We Ensure Successful Resolution?, Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Cathy A. Costantino, Sean F. Nolon, Joseph A. Siegel Jan 2008

Panel Discussion: Problem-Solving Mechanisms To Achieve Consensus: How Do We Ensure Successful Resolution?, Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Cathy A. Costantino, Sean F. Nolon, Joseph A. Siegel

Fordham Urban Law Journal

The focus of the panel discussion is problem-solving mechanisms in the public arena to ensure and achieve consensus via the question, "How do we ensure successful resolution?" Each speaker gives a 20-minute speech followed by questions from attendees. After all three speakers conclude their remarks, Professor Nolan-Haley opens the floor to general questions. Speakers include: 1. Cathy A. Constantino, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Georgetown Law School, George Washington Law School 2. Sean F. Nolon, Pace University School of Law 3. Joseph A. Siegel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Securing Online Transactions: Crime Prevention Is The Key, Michael Ena Jan 2008

Securing Online Transactions: Crime Prevention Is The Key, Michael Ena

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Comment illustrates how government regulation, criminal justice, private legal actions, and market forces contribute to the security of online transactions. Further, it argues that government regulation aimed at the prevention of cybercrime should be the primary focus of the efforts to improve online security. Ultimately, the Comment argues that as more businesses more online, securing online transactions becomes more critical to protect against fraud, to cut off source of illegal income for organized crime and terrorists, and to ensure the future growth of the national economy.


Minorities, Mediation, And Method: The View From One Court-Connected Mediation Program, Phyllis E. Bernard Jan 2008

Minorities, Mediation, And Method: The View From One Court-Connected Mediation Program, Phyllis E. Bernard

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Article addresses cross-cultural dynamics in small claims court mediations in Oklahoma City (1 million population). Through the study of about 300 cases, the author concludes that (1) minority status may not matter as much as gender, (2) neither gender nor minority status may matter as much as socio-economic class, and (3) well-constructed and constantly monitored mediator training and supervision may make for fairer small claims cases where mediation is seen as adjunct to judge's role. The author urges reconsideration of critical race theory critiques of mediation and ultimately concludes that just mediation proceedings require addressing individuals' lack of ...


Thinking About Fairness & Achieving Balance In Mediation, Sarah E. Burns Jan 2008

Thinking About Fairness & Achieving Balance In Mediation, Sarah E. Burns

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Article identifies five sources of bias present in mediation practice: (1) categorization, (2) attribution, (3) metaphorical expression, (4) norming, and (5) framing. For each of these "cognitive efficiencies," which contribute to bias in mediation, the author provides practice recommendations. Finally, the author suggests that the Article be read as a proposal for further thought and inquiry to improve the fairness of mediators.


Evolving Issues In Reinsurance Disputes: The Power Of Arbitrators, Robert W. Diubaldo Jan 2008

Evolving Issues In Reinsurance Disputes: The Power Of Arbitrators, Robert W. Diubaldo

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Article examines emerging areas of the law governing the following procedural powers of arbitrators that impact reinsurance arbitrations, as well as other commercial disputes: (i) consolidation; (ii) non-party discovery; (iii) confidentiality; (iv) summary adjudication; and (v) the enforceability of a hold harmless agreement. Inconsistency in judicial interpretation of arbitral powers significantly impacts the cost-effectiveness and overall efficiency of arbitration -- reasons the parties seek to arbitrate their commercial disputes in the first place.


Adr And Litigation Involving Social Problems, Steven Banks Jan 2008

Adr And Litigation Involving Social Problems, Steven Banks

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Article addresses remarks of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, Michael Cardozo, regarding the use of ADR in legal disputes involving municipal government. It also highlights the special responsibilities of class counsel in the ADR context in class action litigation on behalf of vulnerable families and individuals. Specifically, the Article addresses ADR resolutions in Sheppard v. Phoenix, No. 91 Civ. 4148(RPP), 1998 WL 397846 (S.D.N.Y. July 16, 1998), Marisol v. Giuliani, 185 F.R.D. 152 (S.D.N.Y. 1992), and McCain v. Dinkins, 84 N.Y.2d 216 (1994). The ...


Barriers To Participation: Challenges Faced By Members Of Underrepresented Racial And Ethnic Groups In Entering, Remaining, And Advancing In The Adr Field, Maria R. Volpe, Robert A. Baruch Bush, Gene A. Johnson, Jr., Christopher M. Kwok Jan 2008

Barriers To Participation: Challenges Faced By Members Of Underrepresented Racial And Ethnic Groups In Entering, Remaining, And Advancing In The Adr Field, Maria R. Volpe, Robert A. Baruch Bush, Gene A. Johnson, Jr., Christopher M. Kwok

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Article discusses research aimed to understand barriers to participation of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in ADR practices. The research includes ADR in and around New York City. The article discusses methodology, challenges of the research, preliminary findings, remedies, future research, and the significance of the findings. Universal and specific barriers include: (i) informational and professional; (ii) social, institutional, and cultural; and (iii) economic. The authors encourages future research of barriers affecting underrepresented groups and emphasizes the need to reduce these barriers.


The Use Of Adr Involving Local Governments: The Perspective Of The New York City Corporation Counsel, Michael A. Cardozo Jan 2007

The Use Of Adr Involving Local Governments: The Perspective Of The New York City Corporation Counsel, Michael A. Cardozo

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Alternative dispute resolution can sometimes be a very useful and powerful tool in resolving social problems in which local governments find themselves. But ADR is not the answer to resolving much of the litigation involving disputes over governmental policy. Generally, there are three different types of governmental disputes potentially susceptible to ADR treatment: Money disputes, land use and enironmental controversities, and claims by a particular group of people that a specific social policy being pursued or not pursued by the government is somehow illegal.


How Can Adr Alleviate Long-Standing Social Problems?, Kenneth R. Feinberg Jan 2007

How Can Adr Alleviate Long-Standing Social Problems?, Kenneth R. Feinberg

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Keynote Address at Inaugual Fordham Dispute Resolution Society Symposium: "ADR as a Tool for Achieving Social Justice."


Achieving Better Outcomes For Litigants In The New York State Courts, Chief Administative Judge Jonathan Lippman Jan 2007

Achieving Better Outcomes For Litigants In The New York State Courts, Chief Administative Judge Jonathan Lippman

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Remarks at the Inaguargal Fordham Dispute Reolution Society Symposium "ADR as a Tool for Achieving Social Justice."


The Secret To Success: An Examination Of New York State Mediation Related Litigation, Andrew N. Weisberg Jan 2007

The Secret To Success: An Examination Of New York State Mediation Related Litigation, Andrew N. Weisberg

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Comment examines the difficulties in using alternative dispute resolution, specifically mediation, to settle disputes between parties. While mediation is meant to lighten the courts' caseload, it occasionally results in post-settlement issues concerning the mediated agreement, leaving the court to determine whether the agreement should be enforced. This Comment examines such enforcement issues, specifically how often enforcement issues arise and the typical grounds on which parties rely to vacate or modify mediated agreements. It discusses the research conducted on New York State cases decided between 1/1/2004 and 10/31/2006 and describes research conducted by Hamline University School ...


A New Code Of Ethics For Commercial Arbitrators: The Neutrality Of Party-Appointed Arbitrators On A Tripartite Panel, Olga K. Byrne Jan 2003

A New Code Of Ethics For Commercial Arbitrators: The Neutrality Of Party-Appointed Arbitrators On A Tripartite Panel, Olga K. Byrne

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This article discusses ABA and AAA revisions to the ethics code for commercial arbitrators with respect to the neutrality of arbitrators. This Note describes the importance of the tripartite panel and the new standards in the revised code of ethics. It further examines the opposing arguments concerning the role of party-appointed arbitrators with respect to neutrality. Finally, the Note proposes that the revisers educate participants in the arbitral process of the new standard demanded of all arbitrators, so as to maintain confidence and stability in arbitration.


Adr And The Professional Responsibility Of Lawyers, Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley, Robert F. Cochran Jr., Stephen K. Huber, Kimberlee K. Kovach Jan 2001

Adr And The Professional Responsibility Of Lawyers, Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley, Robert F. Cochran Jr., Stephen K. Huber, Kimberlee K. Kovach

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Should the meaning of "ethical" lawyering change in the ADR context? This article contains several essays arguing that change is needed, that current ethics rules and codes must be adjusted, and new rules must be drafted that respond to the subtleties and complexities of the issues raised in ADR legal practice. Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow provides an overview of the major ethical issues facing lawyers in ADR practice and reviews the current ethics rules landscape in ADR. Professor Robert Cochran offers a proposal to amend the current professional responsibility rules to include a mandate for advising clients of ADR options. Professor ...


Religious Dimensions Of Mediation, F. Matthews-Giba Jan 2000

Religious Dimensions Of Mediation, F. Matthews-Giba

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This article takes an in-depth look at the religious roots of mediation, particularly emphasizing the influence of the Franciscan movement. It also discusses the religious roots of mediation in the United States, various strategies and styles of mediation, the religious motivation for settlement agreements, and multi-cultured mediation.


Religious Dimensions Of Mediation, F. Matthews-Giba Jan 2000

Religious Dimensions Of Mediation, F. Matthews-Giba

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This article takes an in-depth look at the religious roots of mediation, particularly emphasizing the influence of the Franciscan movement. It also discusses the religious roots of mediation in the United States, various strategies and styles of mediation, the religious motivation for settlement agreements, and multi-cultured mediation.


A Model For Arbitration: Autonomy, Cooperation And Curtailment Of State Power, Kenneth Jan 1999

A Model For Arbitration: Autonomy, Cooperation And Curtailment Of State Power, Kenneth

Fordham Urban Law Journal

As compared with the formal pleadings, massive discovery, aggressive motion practice, and endless appeals of litigation, arbitration is undoubtedly more efficient as a dispute resolution mechanism. However, efficiency is only one of many advantages of arbitration. Arbitration empowers disputing parties, promotes individual autonomy and cooperation, and curtails the power of government in the process. Still, the state should not wholly limit its involvement in arbitral processes; the courts do and should have a substantial role in determining the enforceability of arbitration agreements and awards in a few select contexts. Overall, courts should enforce arbitration agreements and only limit enforceability that ...


The High Cost Of Efficiency: Mandatory Arbitration In The Securities Industry, Beth E. Sullivan Jan 1999

The High Cost Of Efficiency: Mandatory Arbitration In The Securities Industry, Beth E. Sullivan

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Mandatory arbitration agreements have become standard in the securities industry via the required Form U-4 for anyone seeking a license to buy or sell a security. However, the arbitration agreements generally submits a claimant to a panel of "white males in their sixties," and often claimants do not fare well before such panels. The article explores the claims of proponents of such agreements, such as the efficiency of resolving the dispute, which allegedly benefits both employers and employees, notions of freedom of contract, and ability to foster employment relationships which otherwise would be difficult to enact. However, the article examines ...


Sica: The First Twenty Years, Constantine N. Katsoris Jan 1996

Sica: The First Twenty Years, Constantine N. Katsoris

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Article provides a broad overview of the topic of securities arbitration. It expresses the views of litigants from both sides of the spectrum. It argues that the public must trust in the integrity of the SRO (self-regulatory organization) arbitration process for securities arbitration to remain the basically mandatory system that it is today. The Article traces the evolution of arbitration rules in effect at various SROs. It then examines the Uniform Code of Arbitration in detail, and the SRO Codes. It explores the role of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the NYSE Symposium, the Ruder Report and the Role ...


Representation Of Parties In Arbitration By Non-Attorneys, Constantine N. Katsoris Jan 1995

Representation Of Parties In Arbitration By Non-Attorneys, Constantine N. Katsoris

Fordham Urban Law Journal

The issue of the representation of clients in legal or quasi legal proceedings by non-attorneys has been a troubling one. Not only are such services being offered by non-attorneys in the form of transactional services, i.e., advising, drafting deeds and documents, etc., but has spread to actual representation of parties before administrative agencies. Moreover, as more and more disputes are being resolved through alternative dispute mechanisms, such as arbitration, non-attorneys are also representing clients in such proceedings in civil litigation-often involving complex issues and significant sums of money-against other litigants who are usually represented by skilled attorneys. The ABA ...


Report Of The Securities Industry Conference On Arbitration On Representation Of Parties In Arbitration By Non-Attorneys Jan 1995

Report Of The Securities Industry Conference On Arbitration On Representation Of Parties In Arbitration By Non-Attorneys

Fordham Urban Law Journal

The following is a Report prepared by the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration ("SICA" or "Conference") concerning non-attorney representation in arbitration. The report is the result of a study, conducted by SICA over the past two years, on the practices and activities of individuals and organizations ("Non-Attorney Representatives" or "NARs") that provide public customers an alternative to representation by attorneys in disputes between customers and broker/dealers. The study was prompted by complaints concerning the quality of such representation; and, raised questions as to whether the activities of NARs constituted the unauthorized practice of law, and whether the interests of ...


Arbitration From The Viewpoint Of The Practicing Attorney: An Analysis Of Arbitration Cases Decided By The New York State Court Of Appeals From January, 1973 To September, 1985, Hugh R. Jones Jan 1986

Arbitration From The Viewpoint Of The Practicing Attorney: An Analysis Of Arbitration Cases Decided By The New York State Court Of Appeals From January, 1973 To September, 1985, Hugh R. Jones

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Over a period of years, recourse has increasingly been had to arbitration as a method of dispute resolution in both the public and the private sectors. There is every indication that this trend will continue and expand in the future. In his opening address at the 1985 Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute last May, Chief Justice Warren Burger urged us to "take a fresh look at the entire structure we have created to resolve disputes" and deplored the fact that "as we now practice it, that system is too costly, too painful, too destructive and too inefficient."' At ...


Unfair Dismissal: Emerging Issues In The Use Of Arbitration As A Dispute Resolution Alternative For The Nonunion Workforce, Eva Robins, Eva Robins, Eva Robins, Eva Robins Jan 1984

Unfair Dismissal: Emerging Issues In The Use Of Arbitration As A Dispute Resolution Alternative For The Nonunion Workforce, Eva Robins, Eva Robins, Eva Robins, Eva Robins

Fordham Urban Law Journal

This Article reviews the concept of just cause as a test for termination of employment and its applicability to the nonunion workforce. It addresses the feasibility of applying dispute resolution mechanisms found workable in labor-management relations under union contracts to employment-at-will disputes. It further outlines the standards and criteria utilized in the arbitration process and recognizes some problems of proof, evidence, remedy and procedure that will arise from the application of alternative methods of resolution to nonunion disputes. Finally, this Article identifies a substantial number of issues that need to be resolved if arbitration of just cause for termination of ...


Dispute Resolution In Commodities Futures, Dorothy Matthews Freeburg Jan 1984

Dispute Resolution In Commodities Futures, Dorothy Matthews Freeburg

Fordham Urban Law Journal

The commodities futures industry is experiencing rapid growth and a consequential rise in disputes between industry professionals and customers. In response to the growing number of disputes, the industry offers customers several methods for resolution, including the recently added National Futures Association (NFA). The NFA fills a gap in previously available forums, as it offers a much needed uniform and nationwide system of arbitration with jurisdiction over multi-exchange disputes. This Note suggests that requiring the exchanges to refer disputes to NFA and to include NFA as the forum for arbitration in pre-dispute arbitration agreements would greatly enhance the effectiveness of ...


Comparison Of Impasse Procedures: The New York City Collective Bargaining Law And The New York State Taylor Law, Robert H. Platt Jan 1981

Comparison Of Impasse Procedures: The New York City Collective Bargaining Law And The New York State Taylor Law, Robert H. Platt

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Many states have enacted statutes which offer viable alternatives to unions that wish to press their demands at the negotiation table but have been stripped of their power to conduct a lawful strike. Contending that New York needed a more effective method of resolving public sector disputes, Governor Rockefeller convened the Governor's Committee on Public Employee Relations in 1966, also known as the Taylor Committee. This committee proposed legislation that led to the passage in 1967 of the New York Public Employees' Fair Employment Act, commonly known as the Taylor Law. The Taylor Law not only prescribes rules and ...


Comment: Arbitration -- A Viable Alternative?, K. E.C. Hull, Einar M. Rod Jan 1974

Comment: Arbitration -- A Viable Alternative?, K. E.C. Hull, Einar M. Rod

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Private arbitration as an alternative to litigation has been viewed by many authorities as an important method of improving judicial administration. This Comment, in evaluating courts' attitudes toward arbitration, will analyze the standards used by courts in deciding whether issues are appropriate subjects for arbitration. Because arbitration can have no legal effect unless courts are willing to support the arbitrator's award, the standards used to determine whether an issue is arbitrable are critical to the future of arbitration. The Comment examines four areas law that illustrate a variety of judicial attitudes toward arbitrability: labor-management relations, domestic relations, will probation ...