All posts by Jill Gross

District Court Vacates Arbitrator’s Class Certification Award

For those of you interested in class arbitration law, I wanted to pass along news of this decision, via this headline in Lexology (with a H/T to George Friedman for tweeting it to my attention): “A First in the Second (Circuit): On Remand, District Court Breaks New Ground by Vacating Arbitrator’s Class Certification Award.” Here … Continue reading District Court Vacates Arbitrator’s Class Certification Award

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Young Scholar Program

I am passing along an announcement from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution regarding its inaugural Young Scholar Program, which will sponsor young professionals interested in ADR who want to attend the Section’s April 2018 annual spring conference, this year in Washington DC.  According to the Section’s Director, the Section will “invite him/her to serve … Continue reading ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Young Scholar Program

AALS ADR Section Call for Nominations for Best ADR Article in 2017

As outgoing (or gone) Chair of the AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, I am pleased to announce on behalf of the Section’s Executive Committee the creation and launch of the Section’s annual award for best scholarly article published in print or online in 2017 in the field of ADR.  Details and a Call for … Continue reading AALS ADR Section Call for Nominations for Best ADR Article in 2017

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Shorashim and “Anger as Idolatry”

After spending almost a full week in Israel learning about the unfathomable complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some of us (me included) expressed growing pessimism and even despair about the prospects for peace here. So it was uplifting to start our last full day of the Academic Partners for Peace DR Law Faculty Seminar talking … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Shorashim and “Anger as Idolatry”

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Kibbutz Life to Yad Vashem (or from the best of humanity to the worst of humanity)

From FOI Deb Eisenberg: We spent our third night of Hanukkah at the kibbutz Kfar Haruv (which means Carob Village) in the southern Golan Heights. Founded in 1974 by native Israelis and U.S. immigrants, Kfar Haruv was the sixteenth Israeli settlement established in the Golan Heights and now has approximately 400 residents. Kfar Haruv has … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Kibbutz Life to Yad Vashem (or from the best of humanity to the worst of humanity)

DR Law Faculty Seminar in Israel – Justice Aharon Barak

Justice Aharon Barak joined the Supreme Court of Israel in 1978, and became its President in 1995, serving until 2006. He is widely considered one of the greatest Israeli jurists. (See his full bio here.) This morning the Academic Partners for Peace DR Law Faculty had the honor of spending more than an hour listening … Continue reading DR Law Faculty Seminar in Israel – Justice Aharon Barak

ADR Law Student Writing Competition with $10,000 Prize!

From FOI Jacqueline Nolan-Haley (Fordham): I am happy to announce the details of the second annual ADR writing competition. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ADR LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION 2018 The Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators are proud to announce the Second Annual NYSBA/ACCTM National Championship … Continue reading ADR Law Student Writing Competition with $10,000 Prize!

FINRA Seeks Comment on Non-Attorney Representation in FINRA Arbitration

Virtually all customers of FINRA-registered broker-dealer firms (in essence, all broker-dealers) are required to arbitrate their disputes with those firms and their associated persons. Many of those disputes are required to be arbitrated in the FINRA Dispute Resolution forum.  Currently, FINRA permits parties to be represented by non-attorneys (NAR) (subject to a few restrictions  such … Continue reading FINRA Seeks Comment on Non-Attorney Representation in FINRA Arbitration

Pace Investor Rights Clinic 20th Anniversary Celebration

Twenty years ago, Pace Law School opened the first securities arbitration clinic in the country in which students, under faculty supervision, offer free representation to investors of modest means who have disputes with their securities brokerage firms  and/or individual brokers that are required to be arbitrated.  The Clinic (now known as the Pace Investor Rights … Continue reading Pace Investor Rights Clinic 20th Anniversary Celebration

Winners of ABA Boskey Writing Competition

FOI Peter Reilly just announced the winners of this year’s ABA Boskey Writing Competition, stating: “We had another year of very strong papers.”  The winner and runner-up papers were: WINNER: John Kelly (Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles), “The Cannabis Industry: Harvesting the Benefits of a Counter-Narrative Model to Arbitration” RUNNER-UP: Brian Holb (The Ohio State … Continue reading Winners of ABA Boskey Writing Competition

Second Circuit Reverses Judge Rakoff in Uber Arbitration Decision

In a highly-anticipated decision (at least for those in the arbitration world), the Second Circuit yesterday vacated the district court’s opinion in Meyer v. Kalanick, 200 F. Supp.3d 408 (S.D.N.Y. 2016), which was authored by the well-known Judge Jed Rakoff.  The Second Circuit, in Meyer v. Uber Technologies, 2017 WL 3526682 (Aug. 17, 2017), found that plaintiffs, … Continue reading Second Circuit Reverses Judge Rakoff in Uber Arbitration Decision

FINRA Arbitrator Writes Explained Award To Create Precedent

Whether an arbitration award should include reasons, authorities or other explanation remains hotly debated. In securities arbitration, despite pressure from investor advocates to add transparency to the FINRA forum by requiring arbitrators to issue explained awards, FINRA’s current rule requires a panel to include an explanation in an award only upon a joint request from … Continue reading FINRA Arbitrator Writes Explained Award To Create Precedent