Reinventing Your Career: The Practice and Profession of Dispute Resolution

Designed as the preliminary module, this program sets the foundation for building a viable career as a neutral. Throughout two days, we explore the nature of self-employment and development of your future practice, with the long-term goal of helping you to build a business plan that will launch your career. Upon completion, you will be far better able to focus your interests and select those electives that align with your career interests.

We start by exploring the evolving profession of Mediators, targeting employment in the commercial, international and employment areas. From there, we explore the evolving profession of commercial and employment Arbitrators. Finally, we will explore careers in other less-known neutral roles such as conflict coaching, conflict diagnostics, conducting investigations, fact-finding, ombudsman, facilitation, dispute systems design, and serving as a hearing officer. Woven into the curriculum is an examination of entry qualifications, marketing tips, setting fees, office logistics, and finding work in the federal and private sectors.

This program will be highly participative with significant time for answering questions. The instructors are Richard Fincher and Rocco Scanza. Richard Fincher is a full-time mediator and arbitrator of commercial and employment litigation. He is a Member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, a Cornell alumni, and long-standing Instructor at the Scheinman Institute. Rocco Scanza is the Executive Director of the Scheinman Institute, a former National Vice President of the American Arbitration Association and an active mediator, arbitrator and author.

Oct 26-27, 20159:00 am - 5:00 pm
16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
United States


Richard D. Fincher, Esq.

Richard D. Fincher, Esq., is the Managing Partner of Workplace Resolutions LLC, a Phoenix-based dispute resolution practice with a national clientele. He is a full-time mediator and arbitrator of employment, commercial, and class action litigation. He serves on the Commercial, Mass Claims, Labor, and Employment Panels of the American Arbitration Association. Richard is currently a Visiting Fellow and Instructor at the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University, teaching in the neutral education and student clinical programs. From 2009 to 2013, he served as a USAID Scholar in Workplace ADR for the country of Vietnam. In 2013, he was appointed as Director of the Asian Labor Arbitration Project at Cornell University. The project serves as a global repository of knowledge and research on the facilitation, mediation and arbitration of workplace disputes in eastern Asia, primarily China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Richard's primary practice includes labor and employment arbitration. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and serves on numerous permanent panels. He is the Former Chairman of the Phoenix Employment Relations Board (PERB). He currently serves as teaching faculty for the FMCS Institute. He has served on the National Board of Directors for the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and for the Association for Conflict resolution (ACR). He has authored several journal articles on employment mediation, and is co-author of the text "Emerging Systems for Managing Workplace Conflict," published by Jossey-Bass.