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    Three-Day Commercial Mediation Training

    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fordham University School of Law - 150 West 62nd Street, New York City

    We are delighted to let you know that this March, Steve Hochman and I will be presenting the Three-Day/24 Credit Commercial Mediation Training which we have conducted for more than 20 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.

    Also, as an early warning, on June 11th-12th, we will be offering our 2-day Advanced training, which combined with this course, satisfies the training requirement. Registration for the 2 day training can be found at

    This year’s program will be held on Tuesday-Thursday, March 19th-21st. It is co-sponsored and hosted by the ADR program of Fordham University School of Law and will be held at Fordham Law's amazing new Lincoln Center facility. A detailed flyer is pasted below. Registration is open and now live at

    It would be great if you can join us. Please forward this note and flyer to anyone who might be interested.

    Many thanks and best regards.

    (Approved under Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge, NYS Unified Court System)
    March 19-21, 2019
    Fordham University School of Law
    140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
    Presented by:
    Simeon H. Baum, Esq., litigator, mediator & President,
    Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. (
    Stephen A. Hochman, Esq., mediator & arbitrator


    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.

    We 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
    Includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee, and program materials
    $845 for NYSBA Members ($795 for Dispute Resolution Section members)
    and $945 for Non-Members
    To Register: Go to or call (518) 487-5630.

    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

    Co-sponsored by the Fordham Law School ADR & Conflict Resolution Program 

    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 fifth 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.

    Praise from Court & Participants for this Commercial Mediation Training:

    “Thanks to you, we are confident that these new mediators bring to their role a strong grasp of mediation techniques and genuine understanding of the diverse issues they may confront. They can achieve the best results for the parties if they have a solid foundation in mediation, and that you have provided them.”
    Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann (retired), then Administrative Judge, 1st Judicial District

    “[Y]our work on this project was magnificent.”
    Hon. Stephen G. Crane (retired), then Administrative Judge, 1st Judicial District


    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 1,000 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 and 2014.

    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.

    NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section
    Commercial Mediation Training
    Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62nd Street, New York. NY
    Tuesday March 19, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday March 20, 2019 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
    Thursday March 21, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration at 8:00 a.m. each day.
    Includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee, program materials.
    $845 for NYSBA Members ($795 for Dispute Resolution Section members)
    and $945 for Non-Members
    24 MCLE credits (4 Ethics)

    3-Day Commercial Mediation Training March 19-21 2019