Mediation Settlement Day — Thursday, October 16, 2014

This annual event is sponsored by FINRA Dispute Resolution, the New York State Unified Court System and a coalition of over 100 alternative dispute resolution programs, bar associations, community based programs, schools, public and non-profit organizations concentrated in the New York City area, and extending beyond to upstate New York, New Jersey, Illinois, California and Washington, DC. To learn how to become a sponsor and to see the list of sponsoring organizations, see the sponsorship page.


Mediation Settlement Day will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2014, and will have a Kick-Off Celebration Event on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, New York, NY.


What Mediation Settlement Day Is

Mediation Settlement Day is organized by a coalition of mediation providers with the objective of raising awareness about the many benefits of mediation and the wealth of available resources. On Mediation Settlement Day, organizations conduct special programs designed to promote mediation and to educate potential parties and attorneys about the mediation process. Our aim is to encourage parties to try mediation for the first time and to reinforce its value and effectiveness to those who have benefited from it before. Mediation is an efficient, user-friendly means for resolving differences.


Who Should Attend the Mediation Settlement Day Kick-Off Celebration Event

Anyone interested in becoming a mediator or learning more about mediation as an alternative means for resolving disputes should attend. This event provides excellent networking and learning opportunities for parties, attorneys, mediators, and individuals, corporate and law firm representatives. There is no fee for attending the celebration event, and no registration is required.


The Kick-Off Celebration Event – Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Please join the sponsoring organizations at the Open House and Kick-Off Celebration Event on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the:


New York Law School
185 W. Broadway,
New York, NY


Open House

4:30 p.m.
Representatives of the participating organizations will be present at the Kick-Off Celebration Event to provide information about the mediation programs offered by their organizations.


Keynote Presentation
6:45 p.m.


Mediation Settlement Day Honorary Chairperson

Honorable Sol Wachtler, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.


2014 Frontline Champion Award Recipient

Kenneth L. Andrichik, Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel and Director of Mediation and Strategy, FINRA Dispute Resolution.


Frontline Champion Award Presentation
6:30 p.m.


What happens on Mediation Settlement Day on Thursday, October 16, 2014

Many sponsors actively participate by commemorating Mediation Settlement Day by sending announcements to clients, parties, judges, arbitrators, displaying posters to publicize the benefits of mediation, or setting up a table at the celebration event or in their own facilities with a mediator or representative to discuss mediation, explain the process and its benefits, and to answer questions. Some organizations provide extra neutrals standing ready to mediate cases on or around Mediation Settlement Day. Other programs arrange for mediators to serve at reduced rates for the event or hold special training sessions.

A printable version of the Mediation Settlement Day poster is available.


What Mediation Is

Mediation is an effective tool for resolving disputes that is gaining in its popularity and use. It is a cost-saving, efficient approach to resolving disputes in which a trained, impartial mediator helps parties negotiate and reach a settlement. The process is unique because rather than having one side "win" and another side "lose," the mediator assists the parties with reaching a resolution that is acceptable to all. Once an agreement is reached, the parties usually conclude the mediation process by voluntarily signing a binding settlement agreement.


Contact Us

For further information about Mediation Settlement Day, please call your ADR Administrator or contact one of the sponsoring organizations.

View information about Mediation Settlement Month.