Cornell University

Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

456 ILR Research Building, 607-255-9298

Effectiveness in Arbitration LR104


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Contractual or disciplinary disputes that cannot be resolved by the parties are ultimately tried and resolved in arbitration. Instructed by experienced arbitrators and advocates, this workshop is designed for those who need to develop a strategy for preparing or presenting evidence in a labor arbitration case.

Key Topics

  • How to select an arbitrator
  • Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your case
  • Evidence and testimony necessary to win an arbitration
  • How to frame an issue for arbitration
  • Techniques for presenting an opening statement
  • Guidelines for developing the theory of your case
  • Approaches to identifying and preparing witnesses
  • Key points in preparing an opening statement
  • Understanding important evidentiary concepts
  • Approaches to evidentiary problems
  • Oral closing arguments and written briefs

Special Features

A mock arbitration exercise before an experienced arbitrator

Who Will Benefit

Labor relations, human resource, and operations professionals as well as attorneys who present arbitration cases or prepare cases for arbitration


Effective Discipline and Contract Language or equivalent knowledge.

Open enrollment workshops can be taken individually or as part of a certificate in Contract Administration Studies or Collective Bargaining Studies. They are also available as Labor Relations Customized Programs for your organization.


Marlene A. Gold, Esq., Arbitrator and Mediator of labor disputes, is currently director and chairperson of New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, serving as its chief mediator and overseeing its dispute resolution services. Formerly, Ms. Gold was deputy commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Labor Relations.

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Donald W. Savelson, Esq., Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, handles a wide variety of labor and employment matters for the firm, including WARN, NLRA wage/hour, unemployment, ADA, FMLA, workers compensation, and occupational safety and health matters. He regularly litigates before government agencies and in the courts and has been actively involved in litigating numerous complex OSHA cases. He has written and lectured widely for almost twenty years and co?authored the first law book on OSHA in 1976, entitled Occupational Safety and Health Law and Practice. Formerly, he was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.

Martin F. Scheinman, Esq., Arbitrator, Martin F. Scheinman, Esq., has decided more than 10,000 cases in his 20 years as an arbitrator in the private sector in health care, broadcasting, retail, transportation, manufacturing, and wholesale industries. He also has extensive experience in the municipal and education sectors. He is author of Evidence and Proof in Arbitration.