Mediation Settlement Events

Mediation Settlement Month

The FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution invites you to join us in celebrating the benefits of mediation during our annual Mediation Settlement Month.  Take advantage of our significantly reduced mediation prices by agreeing to meditate during the month of October 2017.  Parties have until December 31, 2017 to conduct the mediation. Please review our Mediation Settlement Month page  for more details. Our aim is to encourage more parties to experience the benefits of mediation for the first time and to reinforce its value and effectiveness to those who have benefited from mediation before. Print out our Mediation Settlement Month flyer with details about the annual event for your own use or to share with a client.

Mediation Settlement Day – Thursday, October 19, 2017

This annual event is sponsored by FINRA, 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.

Mediation Settlement Day is on Thursday, October 19, 2017, and there will be a Kick-Off Celebration Event on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, New York, NY.

Honorary Chairperson

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; Spencer H. Lewis, Jr. Esq., Director U.S. EEOC New York District Office; Andrew Young, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador; Hon. Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge New York State Unified Court System and Hon. Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner; Michael Sardo, Creator and Executive Producer - USA Networks' Fairly Legal; 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; 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; The Honorable Sol Wachtler, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center; and retired ADR Administrator for the United States District Court, Eastern District of N.Y., Gerald P. Lepp.

Mediation Settlement Day Honorary Chairperson

The 2017 Honorary Chairperson is John S. Kiernan, President, New York City Bar Association.

What is the 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. Past winners include Professor Carol Liebman, Columbia Law School (2006), former Chief Judge Tina Brozman, Southern District Bankruptcy Court (2007), Roger Brach, Safe Horizon Brooklyn/Manhattan, Bill Powell – Center for Dispute Settlement Inc. and Bill Carroll – Mediation Center of Dutchess County (2008 tri-champions recognized for 25 years of volunteer service as mediators in the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program), Professor Lela Love, Director, Cardozo Law School’s Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution (2009), Margaret Shaw Esq. JAMS mediator (2010), Maria Volpe Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City of University of New York (2011), Distinguished Mediator and Arbitrator, Roger M. Deitz (2012), Timothy Germany, FMCS Commissioner (2013), Kenneth Andrichik, Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel, and Director of Mediation Strategy, FINRA Dispute Resolution (2014), Gerald P. Lepp (2015), and Judge Kathleen A. Roberts (2016).

2017 Frontline Champion Award Recipient.

This year’s Frontline Champion Award will be presented to Mr. Johnston Barkat, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations, Head of Ombudsman and Mediation Services.

How Do I Submit a Nomination for the Frontline Champion Award?

To submit a nomination for the Frontline Champion Award, use the on-line nomination form. The deadline for submitting nominees was Monday, September 18, 2017.

  • Who should attend Mediation Settlement Day activities
    Anyone interested in becoming a mediator or learning more about mediation as an alternative means for resolving disputes. This event provides excellent networking and learning opportunities for parties, attorneys, mediators, and individuals, corporate and law firm representatives.
  • Who Sponsors Mediation Settlement Day and How to Become a Sponsor
    This annual event is sponsored by: FINRA, in conjunction with the New York State Unified Court System and over one hundred national and regional alternative dispute resolution programs, bar associations, community-based programs, public service and non-profit organizations, and schools concentrated in the New York City area and extending beyond to upstate New York, Illinois, California and Washington, DC. Learn how to become a sponsor and to see the list of sponsoring organizations, see the sponsorship page.