May 2020

Using Zoom to Efficiently and Effectively Conduct a Virtual Arbitration

May 6, 2020

This 60-minute online training session is designed to teach neutrals and advocates how to use Zoom Professional to effectively conduct their arbitrations.

This course will be divided into two parts:

1. Security concerns with Zoom and how to set up your account to minimize risk

2. Using Zoom Professional in arbitrations, including instructions on how to:

  • take witness testimony
  • share documents
  • draw on photographs
  • show videos
  • illustrate expert testimony.

The program will be followed by a Q&A.

SPEAKER: Thomas P. Valenti, ACIArb. Attorney, Arbitrator, Facilitator, Trainer

MODERATOR: Terry Moritz, FCIArb

Prevention of Disputes and Resetting Project Engagement Towards a Successful Outcome

May 12, 2020

SVAMC New Zealand Member, Gerard Doolin, will be presenting with Professor Hans Mulder of the Antwerp Management School, IT expert, mediator and European research director for the Standish Group (producer of the Chaos Report on software project outcomes and Robert Tettelaar Managing Director of the International Certification Council and ADR Register, on their developing collaboration on preventative tailored dispute resolution processes.   

Virtual Spring Conference

May 18-22, 2020

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s 22nd Annual Spring Conference, which was scheduled for New Orleans, will be replaced by the Section’s 2020 Virtual Conference. The newly envisioned Virtual Conference will take place online for five days, from May 18 to May 22.

The Virtual Conference Platform will allow attendees to participate in educational programs and social networking activities from their computers, telephones, and mobile devices. Each day will include at least three live webinars, some of which will provide CLE credits, featuring esteemed experts who were going to present in New Orleans. There will also be a broad array of engaging, informal social and networking opportunities, including virtual coffee chats and happy hours.

Registration and further details will open soon.

Dealing with Crises: Resolving Aviation, Aerospace, and Defense Issues Through Mediation

May 27, 2020

The aviation, aerospace, and defense sectors are reeling from the impact of COVID-19, as it severely disrupts traditional markets, development projects, production, delivery, maintenance, funding, and supply chains. Legal relationships at all levels are being tested and strained. In many cases, traditional methods of dispute resolution will not be able to provide the pragmatic and expeditious solutions needed to realign legal obligations quickly.

The Aviation, Aerospace, and National Security Panel (AANS) of arbitrators and mediators selected for their specific industry knowledge and expertise by the American Arbitration Association® (AAA®) and its international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution® was assembled to address these issues swiftly.

Join members from the panel and other authorities in the field as they examine the key issues arising from COVID-19 for these sectors and discuss the effectiveness of mediation (currently virtual, eventually in-person) as a crucial mechanism to employ in this crisis.

Moderator: Wolf von Kumberg, Int Arb Arbitrators and Mediators, AAA-ICDR AANS Panel, London and Washington


Les Schiefelbein, SVAMC Founder, Independent Arbitrator-Mediator, AAA-ICDR AANS Panel, San Francisco
Marine Assadollahi, General Counsel for North America, Fives, Montreal
Catharine Biggs Arrowood, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, AAA-ICDR AANS Panel, Raleigh
Karl Hennessee, Senior Vice President, Head of Litigation, Investigations & Regulatory Affairs, Airbus, Paris

February 2021

Stanford Law School Advanced IP/Tech Mediation and Arbitration Course

A Comprehensive Training in IP/Tech ADR Advocacy Skills

in conjunction with SVAMC and the California Lawyers Association

February 23-24, 2021
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, CA, USA
A two-day comprehensive advocacy training course on intellectual property and technology arbitration and mediation for litigation counsel. This course features lecture and interactive segments and is designed for experienced lawyers.

Participants completing the course will receive a Stanford Law School course certificate. CLE credit pending approval.

This course is designed to provide experienced counsel legal knowledge and practical expertise in technology and patent alternative dispute resolution. It covers pre-filing considerations, pleading, selecting arbitrators and challenges, jurisdiction, and how best to present patent, copyright, trade secret and other US and international IP technology cases in arbitration and mediation, including post-award enforcement and challenges, and ethics.

Course materials, including practical resource guides edited by faculty, will be provided.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: November 13, 2020.

Save the Date – Registration details to be announced soon.