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The NYS Court Presumptive ADR Programs: A Virtual Update

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$35 for Non-Members

90 minutes
Date Published

June 22, 2020


Westchester County Bar Association


Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation


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Last spring, in what has been referred to as “a transformational move to advance the delivery and quality of civil justice," Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, supported by the Advisory Committee on ADR, announced a system-wide initiative to presumptively refer parties to mediation or some other form of ADR in civil matters.

Since then ADR has seen exponential growth within the 9th JD and statewide, in various civil, commercial, Surrogate and even the New York Court of Claims. In response to this increased use of ADR and the Covid-19 pandemic , Judge Markus recently issued Administrative Order 87/20 highlighting that courts will refer cases to virtual ADR.

With a panel comprised of the Court’s ADR state and district coordinators, Judge Rivera of the New York Court of Claims, and court personnel, this program will explain the statewide and district-wide plans, its impact on the litigation process, and offer guidance for litigants and counsel through a panel discussion on the applicable rules and procedures.

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Hon. Walter Rivera

Suzy Hickson

Lisa M. Courtney

Lisa Denig

Referee r Joel R. Kullas

ADR Coordinator for the 3rd, 4th, 9th & 10th Judicial Districts

Sharon Matthie, Esq.

Sharon Matthie, Esq., is the President of the Westchester Black Bar Association, and has served as a board member since 2014.... Read More

Bridget O’Connell

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

The NYS Court Presumptive ADR Programs: A Virtual Update - Video
The NYS Court Presumptive ADR Programs - Agenda
The NYS Court Presumptive ADR Programs - Slide Handout
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