Updated: It's Mediation Settlement Day in New York (Oct. 20).

It's here:  the annual Mediation Settlement Day in New York state.

This annual commemoration, now a decade old, started as a court system effort to encourage settlements, and has grown to a wide-ranging, month-long promotion for using mediation rather than adjudicative processes involving alternative dispute resolution programs, bar associations, community programs,  public and nonprofit government agencies, the courts, private business and industry, educational institutions and academia, and nonprofit groups.

The CPR Institute is proud to return as a sponsor for New York state's Mediation Settlement Day, joining FINRA Dispute Resolution, the New York State Unified Court System and the coalition of more than 100 organizations.

Participants are concentrated in the New York City area, but now extend beyond to upstate New York, New Jersey, Illinois, California and Washington, D.C.

Mediation Settlement Day's objective is to raise awareness about the many benefits of mediation and the wealth of available resources.

The kickoff event is Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St.  It will honor Prof. Maria R. Volpe, director of John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Dispute Resolution Consortium in New York City. 

Mediation Settlement Day is Thursday, Oct. 20.  A list of commemorations for 10/20 are below.

Volpe is best known for pairing scholarship with practice in her establishment of a New York City ADR-oriented list serv within days of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  Her online efforts, designed to produce deliverable products and services from ADR professionals to confront the nation's post-9/11 needs, has grown to a worldwide community of more than 2,100 professionals.

Last year's award winner was JAMS neutral and veteran ADR trainer, lecturer and author Margaret Shaw.

The 2011 Honorary Chairman is Michael Sardo, who is creator and executive producer of the USA Network’s Fairly Legal. Sardo will give a keynote at 6:45 pm.

The Mediation Settlement Day events begin with an open house at 4:30 p.m., where representatives of many of the sponsor organizations will have table set up to greet people interested in the mediation, and discuss their efforts.  The CPR Institute will participate in the open house.

Attorneys also will be able to earn 1.5 CLE credit hours at a 5:30 pm panel discussion, "Mediation in the Mainstream Panel." RSVPs for the CLE go to shthomas@nycourts.gov.

Finra's web page is the go to spot for more information on all of the participants and activities.  Go here.

Today, Thursday, October 20, 2011, has been officially proclaimed as Mediation Settlement Day by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael M. Bloomberg.

Supporting statements have been issued by Chief Judge Carla E. Craig, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District, based in Brooklyn, and Ricardo Granderson, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer at New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Tonight, in observance of Mediation Settlement Day landmarks statewide will be lit in blue after sundown including, for the second consecutive year:
Mediation Settlement Day sponoring organization Albany Law School; both the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls, and the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie.

In New York City, for the first time, the Staten Island Ferry Terminals in Manhattan are displaying a Mediation Settlement day message: "Involved In A Conflict?  Try Mediation. October 20, 2011 is Mediation Settlement Day. Learn More About Mediation at www.nycourts.gov/adr."

Illuminated in blue for the first time will be:

  • 7 World Trade Center in Manhattan, and
  • The Peace Bridge, which connects Buffalo and New York state to Canada.
Today, there is a link on website of the New York State Unified Court System-- www.nycourts.gov--to mediation services provided by the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program.

Finally, the Training and Events Calendar at www.nycourts.gov/adr has details about a variety of Mediation Settlement Day.