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Admission to CCA is by invitation only. A candidate for fellowship must be nominated by a Fellow and seconded by two other Fellows. The CCA reviews candidates on an annual basis.


It is the goal of CCA to admit as Fellows those who have distinguished themselves as commercial arbitrators and have a strong interest in furthering the mission of the College. Fellows must commit to being an active member of CCA, engaged in CCA activities and public service endeavors.

In reviewing the credentials of nominees, the Membership Committee evaluates the nominee’s breadth and depth of experience as a commercial arbitrator. The CCA Bylaws require that at the time of nomination, the nominee must have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant and qualifying experience in the field of commercial arbitration, which must include substantial experience serving as a commercial arbitrator in cases in which final awards were issued. Prior judicial or relevant academic experience may be considered in assessing whether the requirements are met. Experience as an advocate in commercial arbitration may also be considered. In addition, the nominee must, in the opinion of the CCA, command respect in the relevant community of advocates, other arbitrators, and users of commercial arbitration. (See General Description of Membership / Nomination Procedures for complete details.)

CCA is committed to diversity in race, national origin and gender. CCA’s Outreach Committee is available to assist Fellows and potential candidates for Fellowship in understanding and satisfying CCA’s admission criteria.

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