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Advocacy and Civility in Arbitration: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

September 5, 2017

Litigations are notoriously hostile proceedings. All too often, advocates come to arbitrations wanting to apply the same strategies and procedural maneuvers they use in court. In fact, such an approach may backfire and violate ethical standards. Best practices in arbitration advocacy differ greatly from those in litigation.

On October 3, 2017, Kyle-Beth Hilfer, chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Business & Commercial Law Committee, will moderate a continuing legal education course entitled: “Advocacy and Civility in Arbitration—Do they go Hand in Hand?” Leveraging her years of experience as an arbitrator, Hilfer will facilitate a discussion about pervasive myths concerning arbitrations. She will then walk the panel through the timeline of an arbitration, examining advocates’ ethical obligations and suggested strategic planning. In addition, Hilfer will compare arbitration providers and compare management of different types of cases, from pro se to large, complex cases. Finally, Hilfer will lead the panel to provide tips on preparing arbitrators to deliver the most effective award.

To read more about strategic approaches to arbitration and attorneys’ ethical obligations in arbitration, click here.


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