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  • Tue

    Three-Day Commercial Mediation Training

    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Online Training

    We are delighted to let you know that Steve Hochman and Simeon H. Baum will be presenting a Three-Day/24 Credit Commercial Mediation Training which they have conducted for more than 25 years, first through the Courts and now, for the tenth year in a row, through NYSBA’s Dispute Resolution Section. The program is approved under Part 146 as three of the five days required for mediators on the Court's Commercial Mediation Panel.

    For over two decades, the Commercial Division of New York’s Supreme Court has provided focused training for its highly qualified panel of mediators. That same training is being offered, now for the sixth year in a row, through the Dispute Resolution Section of NYSBA, presented by the original trainers-mediators, supported by a team of highly experienced mediators acting as facilitators.

    (Approved under Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge, NYS Unified Court System)

    Presented by:
    Simeon H. Baum, Esq., litigator, mediator & President,
    Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.
    Stephen A. Hochman, Esq., mediator & arbitrator

    SIMEON H. BAUM, ESQ.: Mr. Baum has practiced law in New York City for over 30 years as a commercial and general civil litigator, and has served as a neutral since the early 1990s. He is a principal of the firm of Simeon H. Baum, Esq., and President of Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. ( He was the founding Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, and has conducted over 2,000 mediations, including numerous commercial disputes. Mr. Baum has taught, lectured, and written extensively on ADR, including teaching “Fundamentals of ADR” at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Development, and negotiation, mediation, and processes of dispute resolution at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He was selected as "Lawyer of the Year" for ADR in New York by Best Lawyers for 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2020.

    STEPHEN A. HOCHMAN, ESQ.: Mr. Hochman practiced law for over 40 years, specializing in corporate, commercial and securities law. He has mediated over 350 commercial and other types of disputes, including class actions and financial, employment, insurance, real estate, partnership and bankruptcy disputes, approximately 98% of which have settled. Mr. Hochman now practices exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator and writes, consults and lectures frequently on ADR subjects. For over a decade Mr. Hochman has trained the mediators in New York County and various other downstate counties. He also served on the investment committees and boards of various non-profit corporations, including several hospitals and a captive insurance company.


    This three-day course will present a thorough examination of mediation principles and techniques. The program faculty will analyze the structure of a typical mediation, highlight ethical issues that may arise in mediation, and explore solutions for generating movement and overcoming impasse.

    Participants will explore differences between facilitative and evaluative or directive approaches in mediation, from both practical and ethical perspectives, and will discuss advantages and disadvantages of these styles. The instructors will focus on experiential learning through role-plays and dialogue to help prepare you for the real world of commercial mediation.

    24 CLE credits
    (6.0 Professional Practice, 12.5 Skills, 4.0 Ethics, 1.5 Law Practice Management)

    Topics & Skills:

    • Cultivating ideal Mediator orientation, attitude & awareness
    • Effective Preparation
    • Effective Communication
    • Deep Listening Skills
    • Effective Openings
    • Maximizing Opportunities in Joint Session
    • Wise Caucusing
    • Power Risk Analysis – art, timing & tact in engaging in evaluative processes
    • Impasse Breaking
    • Coming to Closure
    • Theoretical tools to Grasp the underlying Negotiation
    • Mediation Ethics
    • Attorney & Party Roles in Mediation


    Tuesday, October 25, 2022; 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 26, 2022; 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 27, 2022; 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    For registration use this link: Registration