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Party-Appointed Arbitrators - Dealing with the Presumption of Partisanship

Session ID: 16PRW038

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    Always Available
  • Duration

    Self Paced
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General $80.00
AAA Panelist $70.00

Online Course

Recorded Webinar

Faculty and Summary

Robert Huber
Robert J. Huber

Stinson Leonard Street
Minneapolis, MN

60 Minutes

Party-appointed arbitrators traditionally have been perceived as partisans for the party that appoints them. This presumption of bias, which is still recognized by many courts, creates practical and ethical issues for both arbitrators and parties.  

This 60-minute recorded webinar explores the peculiarities and challenges presented by the use of party-appointed arbitrators and how they can be addressed in the arbitration agreement and managed before and during the arbitration hearing. Areas covered include—

  • the shift away from the common law presumption of non-neutrality to the current trend of presuming neutrality unless the arbitration agreement designates otherwise;
  • determining the role of an arbitrator: what should a party, an arbitrator, and the neutral chair  do?;
  • arbitrator disclosure under the FAA, state statutes, and arbitration rules;
  • the effect of ethics codes on disclosure;
  • conduct of party-appointed arbitrators;
  • grounds for vacating awards;
  • the nexus between conduct and prejudice;
  • allowable contacts with non-neutrals;

    and more.

What others are saying about this presentation...

As someone who just became a party-appointed arbitrator for the first time, I found the program to be extremely helpful.

While it may sound simple, this is an involved and complex topic requiring understanding by party-appointed arbitrators.  The presenter has significant experience that he was able to convey to the attendees in an understandable manner.

I thought this program was very useful for those who are party appointed arbitrators; it addressed questions and issues which I took for granted.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS PRESENTATION:  Arbitrators, advocates, academics, and anyone interested in the dynamics of arbitration.

^ A link to this recorded webinar's supplemental material appears above at left.  You may download the materials once you have registered for the recording.

This program does not qualify for the AAA's annual Arbitrator Continuing Education (ACE) requirement. 

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CLE Information:

CLE is currently not offered on AAA recorded webinars.  Some jurisdictions will allow CLE credit for online programs, and we suggest that you confirm CLE credit availability for this type of program with the appropriate state CLE regulator.  A Certificate of Attendance will be provided upon request.


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