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THE UNIFORM MEDIATION ACT AND MEDIATION IN NEW YORK BY THE NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION’S COMMITTEE ON ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Gregory H. Hoffman Committee Chairperson

Elayne E. Greenberg Uniform Mediation Act Subcommittee Chairperson William R. Brick, Jr. Michael W. Brody Gregory H. Hoffman Norman J. Itzkoff Wayne N. Outten Subcommittee Members

Dated: November 1, 2002

Opinions expressed are those of the Committee preparing this report and do not represent those of the New York State Bar Association unless and until they have been adopted by its House of Delegates or Executive Committee.

Acknowledgements The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York State Bar Association and the Uniform Mediation Act Subcommittee express their sincere gratitude to the following individuals for their assistance: Teresa Campano, a law student at Hofstra University, for all of her help with research and preparing the citations in this Report. Richard Griffin for helping to organize the Subcommittee’s Rochester forum on the Uniform Mediation Act. Lisa Hicks for her participation in one of the Subcommittee’s forums on the Uniform Mediation Act. Christopher Mason for sharing with us research and thoughts on the Uniform Mediation Act and for participating in one of the Subcommittee’s forums on the Uniform Mediation Act. Teresa Ombres for her participation in one of the Subcommittee’s forums on the Uniform Mediation Act. Andrew Thomas for his participation in one of the Subcommittee’s forums on the Uniform Mediation Act. Dan Weitz for his participation in one of the Subcommittee’s forums on the Uniform Mediation Act.

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Table of Contents Page Acknowledgements ............................................................................................................ i I.

II.

Introduction ... ........................................................................................................ 1 A.

The History And Scope Of The UMA ....................................................... 4

B.

The Genesis And Structure Of This Report ............................................... 7

Evaluating The UMA ............................................................................................. 10 A.

Simplicity ................................................................................................... 10

B.

Uniformity.................................................................................................. 11

C.

Integrity Of Mediation ............................................................................... 14

D.

III.

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Notice ........... ................................................................................ 14

2.

Right To Opt Out............................................................................ 17

Highlights Of Problematic Language......................................................... 18 1.

Mediation ...... ................................................................................ 19

2.

Mediation Communication............................................................. 21

3.

Mediator ........ ................................................................................ 22

4.

Mediation Party .............................................................................. 23

The Impact Of The UMA On Mediation Practice In New York ........................... 24 A.

The Impact Of Adopting The UMA On Existing Mediation Rules And Statutes .... ................................................................................ 24 1.

Interface With Proposed Legislation And Rules............................ 24

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