The latest news and updates from the Fellows:
On January 1, Gerald Saltarelli retired from his firm, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd and became a full time neutral under the name of Saltarelli ADR LLC. His new office is at 321 North Clark Street, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60654.
In December, Wayne Thorpe was awarded the 2017 Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of alternate dispute resolution in Georgia.
Patricia Galloway made a presentation at the ILS Global Forum on International Law hosted by the Florida Bar International Section on February 16. She also spoke at the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference in Seattle on March 22 and the AAA Construction Arbitration Conference in Santa Monica, California, on March 23. She was a panelist on an ABA webinar entitled SCOTUS Swings the Pendulum Back in Favor of Arbitration: Ensure That Your Next Arbitration Clause is Effective and Enforceable that took place on May 10 and was a member of a panel that discussed international arbitration at the 12th Annual WCCAS Energy Mining and Resources Arbitration Conference that was held in Calgary on May 8. She is also now a chartered arbitrator.
After practicing as a civil law trial attorney for 37 years, including 28 years at Dorsey & Whitney, David Singer established his own shop as a full time neutral specializing in commercial, business transaction, employment, mergers and acquisitions, franchise and distributorships, real estate, and international matters. He can be reached at 165 West End Avenue, Suite 10E, New York, NY 10023.
On January 12, Michael Diamant moderated a seminar entitled Leveraging Your Neutral’s Expertise co-sponsored by Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association focusing on the benefits of engaging a neutral for cases involving complex technical, statutory, or regulatory issues, science, engineering, intellectual property, construction, and medical and hospital regulatory issues. Deborah Coleman was one of the panelists.
In March, Deborah Mastin, Joe Matthews, and Bob Wax participated in a program entitled Skinny Arbitration at the annual Florida Bar Construction Law Institute in Orlando.
On February 22 and 23 in Atlanta, several Fellows were responsible for presenting the 11th Annual Georgia ADR Institute, sponsored by the Georgia State Bar Dispute Resolution Section. Wayne Thorpe was a co-chair. John Sherrill was a presenter on Thursday evening with JAMS chief operating officer Kim Taylor on a professionalism program. President Rich Silberberg and President-Elect Hal Gray presented a lunchtime presentation on ethics and professionalism. And, finally, Wayne and Hal each spoke at separate panels entitled, respectively, Preliminary Hearing, Motions, and Discovery and Drafting Arbitration Clauses. The entire program was roughly modeled on past CCA programs and Hal submitted an excellent comprehensive outline from past CCA programs that applied to the entire two–day conference. John, Hal, and Wayne, between them, have chaired the majority of the eleven annual programs.
John Bowman made a panel presentation on Analyzing the Complexities of International Arbitration Construction and Energy Disputes: An Attorney’s Approach in February at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on international energy arbitration as an adjunct professor. In April, he gave a lecture entitled Case Study:International Arbitration of a Production Sharing Contract Dispute at the University of Kansas School of Law. While there, he received the KU Law School’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor that the law school gives to its alumni.
Roy DeBarbieri and John Blankenship presented a day-long institute entitled Advocacy in Commercial Arbitration on June 18 at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, Connecticut. It was part of the Summer Conflict Management Institute, a week-long 40-hour certificate program for users and advocates, sponsored by the Quinnipiac Center on Dispute Resolution.
Edna Sussman co-authored with James Lawrence an article titled A Mock Arbitration for Your Case: Optimizing Your Strategies and Maximizing Success for the Fordham International Law Journal providing practical tips and reflecting the wisdom collected from a survey of arbitrators and counsel that drew 500 responses. Edna also co-authored with Kathleen Paisley an article titled Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities for International Arbitration for the New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer. She also made several speaking presentations during the first quarter of the year. At the biannual ICCA Conference in Sydney Edna presented on cyber security on a panel titled Technology as Disruption; at the CPR annual meeting in Atlanta she was a member of a panel entitled Why Don’t Arbitrations Settle?; at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section annual meeting, she appeared on a panel entitled Hybrid Processes Combining Mediation and Arbitration to Apply the Best Process to the Dispute; at the Society of Maritime Arbitrators luncheon she presented on Everything About the AAA; and at the ICDR conference in Miami she was a member of a panel entitled Best Practices and Perspectives from Leading International Arbitrators. Edna continues as chair of the AAA-ICDR Foundation which is an enormously rewarding endeavor and she recently was appointed to serve on the newly founded ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes.
Pepperdine’s Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, where Tom Stipanowich has been Dean for the past thirteen years, was ranked first among law school dispute resolution programs by US News and World Report for the 13th time in the past 14 years. Tom recently gave lectures on international commercial arbitration and mediation at several leading Chinese law schools including Peking University Law School, the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and the Chinese University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). He will be featured as a foreign commentator on a new CCTV Channel 12 series entitled Arbitration in China. The five part series is expected to reach as many as 100 million people. The CCTV crew filmed Tom conducting a series of interviews, giving talks, meeting with the Secretary General of CIETAC at the famous Chinese Laoshe Tea House and at CIETAC headquarters, walking and cycling in Beijing’s historic district, and touring the Shanghai Bund. His talk on the influence of culture and legal tradition on dispute resolution at the Beijing International Arbitration Commission (BIAC) was moderated by prominent Chinese arbitrator Jinzhou Tao. The program was simulcast by Legal Rules and News Online and watched by 224,000 viewers. Tom was one of only two foreign speakers at the Shanghai International Arbitration Conference, a multi day event co-sponsored by the Straus Institute and attended by more than 200 lawyers, arbitrators, and scholars from China and Hong Kong.
Harrie Samaras spoke at the New York State Bar Association annual meeting on January 25 on Business Development and Ethical Considerations for Arbitrators and Mediators. She also made two presentations for the ABA-IPL Two Part Webinar Series. She spoke on Setting the Stage for a Successful Commercial Arbitration (Part I) on March 14 and on Leveraging the Benefits of Arbitration for an Evidentiary Hearing in a Commercial Case (Part II) on April 12.
Ruth Glick was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in February. She enjoyed hearing the oral arguments, although they involved criminal law, not arbitration. The group that she was with then had an hour long meeting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In other words, RVG got to meet RBG, or perhaps it was the other way around.
Harvey Kirsh has been selected to receive the Ontario Bar Association’s 2018 Award of Excellence in Construction and Infrastructure Law. The presentation took place in Toronto on June 14. He also made a presentation to the Canadian Bar Association in Halifax on April 30 on the topic Arbitrating Construction Disputes: What You Need to Know. His current publishing activities include acting as editor in chief of the Construction Law Letter, a bi-monthly newsletter, now in its 35th year, published by Lexis Nexis and servicing the construction industry in Canada; the Construction Law Reports, a monthly topical reporting series, now in its 35th year of publication by Carswell Thomson Reuters; and Kirsh’s Construction Lien Finder, a 10-volume loose leaf reporting series, published bi-monthly by Lexis Nexis since 1992.
Gary Benton’s article, Beyond the Bubble, addressing whether the blockchain revolution and internet smart contracts will bring lasting change to international arbitration was published in the Spring 2018 issue of “The Resolver Magazine”, published by the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.
Sally Harpole will spoke at the American Intellectual Property Law Association spring meeting in Seattle in April. Her topic was Thinking Globally: Understanding Arbitration Services and Selecting Forums.
Jane Michaels has published an article in the April edition of “Colorado Lawyer” entitled Effective Advocacy in Arbitration. You can also find the article on the CCA website.
Tom Klitgaard was honored by the University of San Francisco Law School as its 2017 Adjunct Professor of the Year. Tom is currently teaching a course at the law school on introduction to Chinese business law. It covers arbitration, mediation, and litigation in China among other subjects.
Stephen Strick was in Austria in March where he judged the Vis Moot competition in Vienna and caught up on some Paul Klee art.
Laura Kaster, Ruth Glick, and Harrie Samaras are quoted extensively in an article in the winter 2018 issue of “Perspectives”, a publication of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, which is entitled Where are the Women Arbitrators: The Battle to Diversify ADR. The article can be found here.
The “New York Law Journal” has published an article written by Neal Eiseman on third party litigation funding. The article, entitled Third Party Funding of Lawsuits Permeates the Legal Landscape, examines some of the practical and ethical questions surrounding third party financing of legal claims, including the potential for bias, discovery, and its influence on trial and arbitration counsel. Neal is also once again the author of the Overview on New York Construction Law published by Thomson Reuters Practical Law.
Gilda Turitz was featured in the Member Spotlight concerning her arbitration practice and how she got into the field in the April issue of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Arbitration Committee E-Newsletter.
Bill Dreier and Bob Bartkus have issued the 2018 edition of the New Jersey Arbitration Handbook. They have added more federal and state cases and new sections and commentary. In addition, the ABA Litigation Section has published Bob’s review of the Third Circuit decision in MacDonald v. Cash Call, Inc.
Gilbert Squires was elected as president-elect of the Dade County Bar Association which, at age 103, is the oldest bar association in Florida.