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academy membership

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Membership is by invitation only and limited to professional mediators and arbitrators who are well established as trusted neutrals amongst the legal community within their state of practice. All Academy members have been found to meet stringent practice criteria and are amongst the most in-demand neutrals in their respective states, as nominated by both peers and litigation firms.

Criteria and Requirements:

  • Two existing Academy members are required to nominate/second a neutral for consideration. If the applicant is not known to the membership, then the Exec. Committee may offer approval for due diligence to proceed.
  • Only attorneys in good standing with their local State Bar associations are considered eligible. 
    (Exceptions may be made for non-attorneys who are nonetheless in high demand among local litigators)
  • Nominees should ideally be certified/ registered in their state of practice, if formal ADR practice protocols applied by the local Bar or courts. (e.g.; "Circuit-Civil" certification in Florida, "Rule31 Approval" in Tennessee) 
  • All Members are professional neutrals, in civil/commercial mediation or arbitration practice for a minimum of 5 years, with a minimum of 30% of their professional efforts dedicated to civil/commercial ADR practice. 
  • All members must receive remuneration for such ADR practice at least 60 days annually.
  • Members identified as MEDIATORS must have mediated a minimum of 200 private civil disputes*, excluding pro bono and family law cases.
  • Members identified as ARBITRATORS must have arbitrated to final award a minimum of 20 civil cases. (Exceptions may be made in the case of former judges/justices, whose decisions from the bench can be considered)
  • Nominees who are believed to meet all these criteria must then submit materials for consideration, including biography/CV, and contact info for 8 local attorneys (4 plaintiff, 4 defense counsel) for whom the neutral has 
    a) mediated civil disputes in the preceding 90 days, or, 
    b) arbitrated civil disputes within the previous 12 months. References will then be contacted by phone and interviewed by NADN staff as to nominee's approach, effectiveness, professionalism and reputation as a neutral within his/her firm. 

Following above due diligence, the final decision to approve or decline membership rests with the Executive Director. **

Please note that new members are considered only in the fourth quarter of each calendar year.

NOTE: As of 2013, NADN also considers annual survey data from law firms affiliated with both the AAJ (Plaintiff Bar) and DRI (Defense Bar) in order to identify widely-acceptable nominees for consideration.

* Waivers of the mediations total benchmark may be considered by NADN and Exec. Committee members in cases of substantially sufficient experience and qualifications (e.g.; those practitioners dividing their time between academic and private practice, or those involved exclusive in lengthy complex cases, major Special Master assignments, etc.) Academy Members may be recognized as 'serving' more than one state, provided attorneys in those additional states can vouch for their established local ADR practice.
** This executive discretion applies to active members once approved to the roster in any US State.

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Academy Member Dues
$840 per annum*. Paid annually by credit card or prorated to monthly card payments of $70 on 1st of each month.
* Once confirmed by peer vote/committee review, member commitment is to a minimum of one full year's membership.

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