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Take the Initiative! Your Obligation to be a Proactive Arbitrator

Session ID: 15PRW009

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    Always Available
  • Duration

    Self Paced
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General $95.00
AAA Panelist $85.00

Online Course

Recorded Webinar

Faculty and Summary

David Waddell
David W.Waddell

Houston, TX

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90 Minutes

To optimize the value of the arbitration process and gain the cooperation of the parties and their counsel, the arbitrator must first convey the expectation that the arbitration will be conducted efficiently and that treating the process as if it were litigation isn’t beneficial or acceptable. This need to be proactive is not only a necessity to promote quick, efficient and economical arbitration proceedings, it is an ethical obligation, says attorney/arbitrator David Waddell.

During this 90-minute recorded webinar, you will gain an understanding of the authority and the ethical mandate for an arbitrator to be proactive and be provided with specific practices designed to promote efficient arbitrations.

Areas covered include:

  • techniques to ensure that the parties receive a “return on investment” in the arbitration process and you in particular as arbitrator;
  • review of the ethical mandates that authorize and require an arbitrator to be proactive in formulating scheduling orders and ruling on procedural matters;
  • specific wording for proactive orders and the attendant practicalities;
  • preliminary hearing techniques to ensure a fair, efficient and economical resolution of the dispute;
  • delay avoidance techniques.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS PRESENTATION – Arbitrators seeking to manage hearings more effectively, counsel interested in refining their arbitration advocacy skills, and anyone interested in the dynamics of arbitration.

What others are saying about this presentation...

"Excellent program and very practical information."

 "Excellent topic and information. Will be helpful in conducting future arbitrations."

"I was very impressed by the webinar and the ethical issues requiring one to be a proactive arbitrator.  The examples in the drafts of the preliminary scheduling order were also very helpful."

"It is always good to be reminded of the importance of taking control of the process."

"Highly recommend this program for new and experienced arbitrators!"

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

Launching the Course After Registration

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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.


Please contact AAA Education Services at or 212-716-3977.