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Arbitration Variations in Real Time

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Time: 3:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Place: UC College of Law Room 114

CLE: Application for 3 hours of general CLE credit has been approved for Ohio and Kentucky

Professor Marjorie Aaron and UC Law hereby invite all attorneys seeking some truths about arbitration and decision-making to participate in our experiment with arbitration process variations, while earning CLE credit, of course!

On Wednesday, November 11, from 3:00 – 6:15, we will conduct a “grand scale” arbitration, in which a single arbitration case presentation will be made to all attendees, sitting in various arbitrator configurations and with varying information and instructions.  All will deliberate and render solo or panel decisions and awards, generating original Cincinnati data as to how arbitrator panel configurations and instruction variables impact the likelihood of liability and award amounts.  

After your work is done, program faculty - attorneys who often arbitrate, John Van Winkle, John Cruze and Marjorie Aaron -  will discuss differences in arbitration through court, under AAA rules, or CPR rules, what advocacy choices are best suited for arbitration, and when litigation or arbitration might better serve your client.  The program will conclude with presentation of current research on arbitral decision-making, results from a similar experiment, and preliminary analysis and insight from our experiment, based upon your data.  

Bio of Presenters:

Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron, is Professor of Practice and Director, Center for Practice, University of Cincinnati College of Law. Professor Aaron teaches alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, mediation advocacy, interviewing and counseling, and decision analysis at the College of Law and directs the College’s Center for Practice.  A private arbitrator and mediator in Cincinnati, Professor Aaron is a panelist, academic member and training faculty of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and an AAA commercial arbitrator.  She is the former Executive Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and a former Vice President and Mediator at Endispute, Inc. (now JAMS).  Professor Aaron designs and teaches workshops on ADR, negotiation, mediation, and decision analysis for law firms, corporations and governmental organizations.  She is the author of numerous articles in her field. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, she practiced civil and criminal litigation before entering the field of dispute resolution.

John Cruze, Jr., Esq. has served as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) neutral in both the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and county courts in southwest Ohio for many years.  He has often chaired arbitration panels for the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court and currently serves as the Supervising Mediator with the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office.  Mr. Cruze also arbitrates and mediates private cases in Hamilton and neighboring counties.

Mr. Cruze’s ADR training includes programs at Harvard and NITA’s program at Northwestern University.  

John Van Winkle, Esq. To be added.


Registration Here. Registration fee is $25.00.


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Refreshments will be served before and after the program; we very much hope you will join us!