Moving Mediation Practice Forward— Is It Time for Certification? (Part One)

Celebrations were many in 2018. The New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section celebrated its 10th Anniversary, the International Mediation Institute (IMI) also celebrated the same landmark, and the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section held its 20th Spring Conference. The field of dispute resolution has grown and developed in the past two decades. The adoption of the Singapore Convention by UNCITRAL in 2018 is a testament to the popularity of mediation and its expansion to resolve cross-border disputes.

The year is also one for examination. In April 2018, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks established an Advisory Committee to evaluate alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practices and programmes in courts around the country to fortify the New York State (NYS) court system’s existing ADR programmes.2 The l