Synopsis By: Lurie - Proceeding Author: Alex Elson

Arbitrator Elson suggests that the length of opinions be reduced by omitting reiteration of the CBA at length; omitting a full restatement of the parties’ positions but, instead, explaining their positions in the contentions portions of the decision; and giving only a cursory description of frivolous arguments. He also recommends dropping third-person references to “the Arbitrator” in favor of the word “I,” believing the former to be “stiff and pompous.” Arbitrator Elson recommends that the Code of Professional Responsibility be amended to include a definition of competency, that parties be invited to submit complaints regarding competency to the Academy’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Grievances, and that court decisions vacating awards be reviewed and referred to the Committee for consideration of the arbitrators’ competence.