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New York, NY (February 25, 2019) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), one of the nation's leading providers of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, is is pleased to announce that the Hon. Melvin L. Schweitzer (Ret.) will join a New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) panel discussion entitled The Commercial Division: Past, Present and Future on Monday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m. The 90-minute presentation will be held at the New York City Bar Association offices at 42 West 44th Street, New York. NY.

Hon.Schweitzer will be joined by a distinguished panel of judges that include, Hon. Eileen Bransten (Ret.), Hon. Shirley W. Kornreich (Ret.) and Hon. Charles E. Ramos (Ret.). The panel will engage in a wide-ranging discussion addressing the relationship between the court and the business community, the features that make the court unique, key doctrinal developments, recent rule changes and other innovations, and the future trajectory of the court. The discussion will be moderated by the Hon. Carolyn Demarest (Ret.).

Additionally, this is a watershed year for the Commercial Division, New York County, as Justice Kornreich, Justice Bransten and Justice Ramos will each be leaving the bench.

Hon. Melvin L. Schweitzer (Ret.) remarkable and distinguished legal career includes a decade of service on the New York State bench, six of those years as Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice, First Judicial Department, Commercial Division. He served with distinction on this specialized court, handling all manner of complex commercial cases. Prior to his judicial service, Hon. Schweitzer practiced law for more than 30 years, primarily as a Senior Partner, for a prominent New York law firm, and focused on corporate and securities law, public finance and insurer insolvency. He is a member of NAM's (National Arbitration and Mediation) Hearing Officer Panel and is available to arbitrate and mediate cases nationwide.

The New York City Bar Association, through its 160 committees, works to improve and reform the law and its application in a wide variety of areas. Our committees participate in shaping public policy in multiple ways, including writing on pending or proposed legislation, testifying at hearings, writing letters to public officials, drafting amicus briefs and making lobby visits.

Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the third year in a row, NAM was named the Best ADR Firm in the United States by the 2018 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was also voted the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. Further, seven of NAM's neutrals were named National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. The New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the #1 ADR firm for the past eight years and was voted the #1 Online ADR Resource by this year's survey respondents – a testament to the depth and breadth of knowledge, information and thought leadership provided by the firm to the ADR community at large. In 2018, NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the Best of the Midwest and New Jersey Law Journal Annual surveys and a “Best Online ADR Resource” by the Best of Connecticut Law Tribune and Texas Lawyer surveys.

NAM works with more than 10,000 commercial entities, including more than 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of more than 2,600 top-tier former judges and legal practitioners uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes in a private forum. NAM maintains rosters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and in major cities around the world, with deep experience in the areas of complex commercial, construction, employment, entertainment, financial services, international, insurance, medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability and real estate dispute resolution. NAM is an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation.

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