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Fireside chat with the Honorable Harry T. Edwards

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NAA President Richard I. Bloch is introduced by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Harry T. Edwards. President Block proposes that arbitrators engage in more experimentation and innovation in the processes by which they resolve disputes, and describes several approaches he has used.

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A mock arbitration and trial – by judge and by jury – of a single set of stipulated facts, reveals the differences between each adjudicatory process. The elements of the case involve just cause, the Federal ADA, and a state law against discharge due to mental disability. Judge Edwards’ instructions to the jury include a …

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Discipline, discharge, external law and procedure -Roundtable discussion

A roundtable discussion, based upon hypothetical examples, of off-duty misconduct as cause for discharge. Subjects addressed include representation of the employee by independent counsel – a plea of guilty vs. an equivalent verdict – admissibility of and reliance upon a verdict – due process including search and seizure – deciding the case on an issue …

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The presidential address: The adversary system in arbitration

A review of the limitations of adherence to a strictly adversarial format in labor management arbitration and the preeminent role of the arbitrator in setting and ensuring standards of fairness and a full and fair hearing. Arbitrators, as opposed to the parties, are viewed as setting and ensuring standards of fairness in the arbitration hearing. …

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Judge Edwards discusses the advantages of arbitration over the litigation of labor disputes, and endorses arbitration for employment disputes, including discrimination.

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A review of the arbitration award concerning the discharge of Alexander and the court cases leading to the Supreme Court’s decision in Alexander v. Gardner-Denver. This is followed by an analysis of the results of a survey of Academy members concerning their experience and their self-defined expertise in disputes dependent on Federal law and judicial …

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A review of the arbitration award concerning the discharge of Alexander and the court cases leading to the Supreme Court’s decision in Alexander v. Gardner-Denver. This is followed by an analysis of the results of a survey of Academy members concerning their experience and their self-defined expertise in disputes dependent on Federal law and judicial …

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