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COURT ROSTER ARBITRATOR FOR CIVIL MATTERS
APPLICATION FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS

The 8th Judicial District ADR Program is assembling a Court Roster of arbitrators to handle civil matters pending before the Court.

Arbitrators will not be compensated for the first two (2) hours spent in ADR. Thereafter, arbitrators, not employed by an agency having a contract with the Office of Court Administration, will be paid at the hourly rate they have listed on the Court Roster for arbitration work. Billable time will include actual time spent in arbitration sessions and up to one-half hour of pre or post preparation time for each scheduled session. Compensation exceeding $1,500.00 is subject to prior court approval.

Arbitrators responsibilities may include:

• Coordinating with Court staff;
• Managing cases promptly and efficiently;
• Conducting arbitration in accordance with the procedural and ethical standards related to arbitrations;
• Preparing decisions and/or disposition forms in a format acceptable to the Court.

Requirements for roster membership include completion of at least six (6) hours of training in procedural and ethical matters related to arbitration and either be:

1) A lawyer admitted to the practice of law for at least five (5) years AND have at least five (5) years of substantial experience in the specific subject area of the cases that will be referred; OR

2) A Judge, JHO, Court Attorney-Referee or Confidential Law Clerk to a Judge AND have at least five (5) years of substantial experience in the specific subject area of the cases that will be referred; OR

3) A “Subject Matter Expert” defined as a professional with at least five (5) years of professional experience in the specific subject area of the cases that will be referred to arbitration.

Appointment to the Court Roster is at the discretion of the Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District in consultation with the Coordinator of the Unified Court System’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs. Admission will be competitive and will be based on each applicant’s training, experience, education, and availability to arbitrate. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview process before a review committee appointed by the Administrative Judge.

Arbitrators may be removed from the panel at the discretion of the Administrative Judge in consultation with the Coordinator of the Unified Court System’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs.

To be considered for the Eighth Judicial District Court Roster of Arbitrators, please complete the enclosed application and return it to:

Sheila Schwanekamp, Esq.
8th Judicial District ADR Program Administrator
One Niagara Plaza, 5th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202

Include a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae including references along with your hourly rate. Please also indicate if you utilize a sliding fee scale in appropriate cases.

Answer all questions completely.

Inform your references that they may be contacted by the 8th District Administrative Judge’s Office.

Sign and date the declaration at the end of the application.

COURT ROSTER ARBITRATOR CIVIL APPLICATION
(in .PDF format)

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