Mediation Settlement Day — Thursday, October 17, 2013

This annual event is sponsored by FINRA Dispute Resolution, the New York State Unified Court System and a coalition of over 100 alternative dispute resolution programs, bar associations, community based programs, schools, public and non-profit organizations concentrated in the New York City area, and extending beyond to upstate New York, New Jersey, Illinois, California and Washington, DC. To learn how to become a sponsor and to see the list of sponsoring organizations, see the sponsorship page.


Mediation Settlement Day will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2013, and will have a Kick-Off Celebration Event on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY.


What Mediation Settlement Day Is

Mediation Settlement Day is organized by a coalition of mediation providers with the objective of raising awareness about the many benefits of mediation and the wealth of available resources. On Mediation Settlement Day, organizations conduct special programs designed to promote mediation and to educate potential parties and attorneys about the mediation process. Our aim is to encourage parties to try mediation for the first time and to reinforce its value and effectiveness to those who have benefited from it before. Mediation is an efficient, user-friendly means for resolving differences.


Who Should Attend the Mediation Settlement Day Kick-Off Celebration Event

Anyone interested in becoming a mediator or learning more about mediation as an alternative means for resolving disputes should attend. This event provides excellent networking and learning opportunities for parties, attorneys, mediators, and individuals, corporate and law firm representatives. There is no fee for attending the celebration event, and no registration is required. Prior Mediation Settlement Day Honorary Chairs include Judge Milton Mollen, the former chair of the Mollen Commission; Michael S. Greco, past president of the ABA; Lenny Wilkens, former N.Y. Knicks coach; Hon. Janet Reno, former U.S. Attorney General; former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr.; Hon. Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge New York State Unified Court System; Raymond W. Kelly New York City Police Commissioner; Michael Sardo, Creator and Executive Producer - USA Networks' Fairly Legal; and Gary Belsky, co-author of the bestselling book, Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes – And How To Correct Them: Lessons from the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics.


The Kick-Off Celebration Event – Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Please join the sponsoring organizations at the Open House and Kick-Off Celebration Event on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the


New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street,
New York, NY

Open House
5:45 p.m.
Representatives of the participating organizations will be present at the Kick-Off Celebration Event to provide information about the mediation programs offered by their organizations.


Keynote Presentation
6:30 p.m.


Mediation Settlement Day Honorary Chairperson

Kenneth R. Feinberg, Director of the One Fund Boston 2013, Special Master of 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, Founder, Managing Partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP


Mediation Settlement Day Frontline Champion Award

The Frontline Champion Award recognizes individuals who have made a meaningful impact on the field of mediation or helped others through their commitment to the effective practice of mediation.


2013 Frontline Champion Award Recipient

This year’s Frontline Champion Award recipient is Timothy Germany , who has worked for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service since 1984. Mr. Germany mediates labor disputes in a wide variety of industries, and has conducted workshops for international audiences.


Frontline Champion Award Presentation
6:15 p.m.


What happens on Mediation Settlement Day on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Many sponsors actively participate by commemorating Mediation Settlement Day by sending announcements to clients, parties, judges, arbitrators, displaying posters to publicize the benefits of mediation, or setting up a table at the celebration event or in their own facilities with a mediator or representative to discuss mediation, explain the process and its benefits, and to answer questions. Some organizations provide extra neutrals standing ready to mediate cases on or around Mediation Settlement Day. Other programs arrange for mediators to serve at reduced rates for the event or hold special training sessions.

A printable version of the Mediation Settlement Day poster is available.


What Mediation Is

Mediation is an effective tool for resolving disputes that is gaining in its popularity and use. It is a cost-saving, efficient approach to resolving disputes in which a trained, impartial mediator helps parties negotiate and reach a settlement. The process is unique because rather than having one side "win" and another side "lose," the mediator assists the parties with reaching a resolution that is acceptable to all. Once an agreement is reached, the parties usually conclude the mediation process by voluntarily signing a binding settlement agreement.


Contact Us

For further information about Mediation Settlement Day, please call your ADR Administrator or contact one of the sponsoring organizations.

View information about Mediation Settlement Month.