Mediation Settlement Day

This annual event is sponsored by the Office of 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 takes place on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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. Come and get to know some new talent you may want to use in an upcoming case. Meet qualified and experienced mediators who counsel may not yet have on their radar. There is no fee for attending the celebration event, and no registration is required.

The Kick-Off Celebration Event – Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Please join the sponsoring organizations at the Open House and Kick-Off Celebration Event on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at:

New York Law School
185 W. Broadway,
New York, NY

Open House
4:30 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.

Panel Discussion
5:30 p.m.

Mediation Settlement Day Honorary Chairperson
John S. Kiernan, President, New York City Bar Association

2017 Frontline Champion Award Recipient:

Mr. Johnston Barkat, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations, Head of Ombudsman and Mediation Services

Frontline Champion Award Presentation
6:45 p.m.

Keynote Address by the Honorary Chair, John S. Kiernan
7:00 p.m.

What happens on Mediation Settlement Day on Thursday, October 19, 2017

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.

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.