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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:04:40 GMT

We want to know more about how you became a neutral - what profession did you start from? How did you become interested? What was your first case like? Let us know!

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:15:04 GMT

This is posted on behalf of Nancy H., a neutral who has primarily been working in the public sector the last 3 years. After 38 years of representing employees, unions and management in the area of labor and employment law, including presenting cases in arbitration on both sides, attorney Nancy H. recently transitioned from being an advocate to a neutral. She says her “most important training came from doing....hands-on experience in arbitration as an advocate and "front of the room" trainer experience in teaching advocacy skills in arbitration to non-attorneys. Additionally, "informal" training comes from a myriad of collateral experience and personal development opportunities that provided a solid grounding in dealing with people, communicating orally and in writing, planning strategically, and knowing how & when to remove myself from the equation.”

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:16:54 GMT

This is posted on behalf of David H. an attorney who became a neutral in 2008 and has been working steadily in the field since 2009. He describes his first case and explains what skills and experiences helped him with a successful transition. “My first case involved a Long Island bus operator charged with discipline for a preventable accident. It was not very complicated. The employer – based on the employee’s prior record - sought termination. I wrote a decision that sustained the charge but with a penalty just short of discharge. It may be obvious to some but I believe active listening with a truly open mind is essential. A well-reasoned decision is impossible without it. I was also very lucky to have had some very good labor lawyers as opponents. They made me a better lawyer. I was even luckier to have advocated hundreds of times before star-quality arbitrators, including Marty Scheinman. I am also indebted to my past employers (unions and management) for being given the chance to be deeply involved in contract negotiations.”