UPDATE - September 20, 2023 - TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq. and
current New York County Lawyers Association ("NYCLA") ADR Committee
Vice-Chair Dorothy C. Kaldi, Esq. publish on national legal news website Law360® "New York Must Guarantee Court Neutrals Fair Compensation", an
expert analysis opinion article. An unofficial version of the article is available for download here.
UPDATE - March 28, 2022 - After a March 23rd "open to the public" meeting of NYCLA's ADR
Committee featuring five staunch supporters of the proposed statewide ADR rules—Steven M. Bierman, Esq., Ross Kartez, Esq., John S. Kiernan, Esq., Daniel F. Kolb, Esq., and Evan J. Spelfogel, Esq.—as guest speakers (now available for
viewing by clicking here), via an online vote, the ADR Committee's members unanimously support sending the New York State Office of Court Administation ("OCA") an official letter supporting the
rules' promulgation and paving the proverbial road for establishing fair and reasonable compensation policies for New York neutrals. That letter was drafted and subsequently sent to OCA on April 4, 2022.
UPDATE - February 8, 2022 - Yesterday, Ross Kartez, Chair of the New York State Bar Association's ("NYSBA") Dispute Resolution
Section, announced that OCA has released proposed STATEWIDE ADR RULES, a major development in the NY ADR world and something which many ADR practitioners, including yours
truly, have sought to see developed. The proposed statewide rules address not only neutral compensation but other topics as well. Comments on same to OCA are open until April 4,
2022 (although Ross apparently is only accepting comments until February 18, 2022).
HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
UPDATE - November 1, 2021 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, and two NYCLA colleagues, Dorothy Kaldi, Esq. and Avvocato Federica Romanelli, complete the Table of
State Neutral Compensation Rules and Statutes described below.
UPDATE - May 4, 2021 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb hosts an informative and productive online meeting lasting approimately two hours with bar association leaders from the New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, New York City Bar Association, and other bar associations or ADR
organizations throughout the United States on the issues raised by the petition, leading Mr. Weinreb to create an online Table
of State Neutral Compensation Rules and Statutes. When complete, the latter will be a most useful resource for effectuating change.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MEETING
IN ITS ENTIRETY
April 19, 2021 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb starts an online petition on change.org, entitled "Fairly Compensate New York Court Mediators, Neutral
Evaluators, and Arbitrators" to remedy the inequity, injustice, and unfairness of mediators, neutral evaluators, arbitrators, and other alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") professionals who
work in New York court-annexed ADR programs receiving nothing or, at best, meager compensation for the many hours they spend preparing for mediation and other ADR sessions as well as for conducting
portions of those sessions. Click here to
sign the petition, and please promote it!