Posted on: Mon, 07/12/2021

The days of back-alley sales of “weed,” “mary jane,” and all the other slang expressions for marijuana are over in a growing number of states; adult-use cannabis, or recreational marijuana, is big business—and a fast-growing arbitration caseload.

Since the legalization of cannabis beginning in 2012, 15 states have fully legalized adult-use cannabis, with 27 additional states offering access to cannabis

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/2021

Community disputes can present dynamics far more complex than a lawsuit or mediation session. Solutions require consensus building, a process that empowers engaged residents to take ownership of the situation and start a conversation that continues to grow within the community. Communities, educational institutions, governmental bodies—any group can learn to use innovative approaches to resolve conflict.

In the Hudson River-bank village of Piermont,

Posted on: Tue, 06/15/2021

By: Kelly Turner, Esq., Senior Counsel, AAA® and John Bishop, Vice President, Commercial Division, AAA

An arbitrator typically has the duty to disclose any circumstance likely to give rise to justifiable doubt as to the arbitrator’s impartiality or independence.  Arbitrators face a difficult challenge when trying to make the “perfect” disclosure, balancing the need for completeness and transparency against protecting the confidentiality of prior arbitrations and mediations and of entities not part of the current proceeding. 

In writing disclosures,

Posted on: Thu, 05/27/2021

Purposeful Preparation: The 10 Essential Mediator Skills
By: Harold Coleman, Jr., Esq., CCA, Senior Vice President, AAA-ICDR®; Executive Director/Mediator, AAA®

Mediation Mind Shifts are the critical, incremental shifts in thinking that must occur to move people embroiled in conflict from entrenched, diametrically opposed positions at the outset of mediation toward the goal of resolution at the end.