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NYIAC's Weekly Around Town Message

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Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director of NYIAC, runs a weekly Around Town: Upcoming Events in International Arbitrations Message. We at the Section of Dispute Resolution of NYSBA greatly appreciate her thoughtful messages to our ADR community worldwide and run them weekly in this blog. The Section is a proud Founding Organization of NYIAC.

Dear Friends,

Today, let's talk about wishing.

A top Netflix movie now airing, Wish Dragon, made a recent entry on my big screen. The title alone may turn you off, but hopefully, you can push past that. Who doesn't like wishes? We as a global legal community have come to honor (and even prepare for) mythical, magical protagonists ... the leprechaun of Irish folklore, as one example, who's pot of gold hides at the end of the rainbow. Yeats described the leprechaun as a solitary fairy, and the Wish Dragon is similarly solitary, with a teapot abode.

It reminded me of the famous quote of Roald Dahl's: "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Have you ever made a wish at 11:11, honoring synchronicity (available for wishes two times/day)? Perhaps wishing and magic abound when we can be true to ourselves -- to allow invention and imagination to spring forward.

Many events below, demonstrative of the dynamism within our #strongertogether circle. (I also share a circle of another ilk: New York will honor essential workers in a forthcoming Circle of Heroes, with renderings here.)

Stay safe + well, dear friends. NYIAC and I remain at your disposal. If we can be of service, drop an email.

Ever yours,
Rekha

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Note Taking by Arbitrators - What are your thoughts?

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Some arbitrators take extensive notes during hearings even if there is a court reporter. Do you find this to be necessary, a distraction? What are the best practices for taking notes during an arbitration hearing?

Please provide your thoughts/comments below.

Feliu Case Summaries June 2021

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Please see the following:

Feliu Case Summaries - June 2021 (2).pdf

NYIAC's Weekly Around Town Message

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Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director of NYIAC, runs a weekly Around Town: Upcoming Events in International Arbitrations Message. We at the Section of Dispute Resolution of NYSBA greatly appreciate her thoughtful messages to our ADR community worldwide and run them weekly in this blog. The Section is a proud Founding Organization of NYIAC.

Dear Friends,

Today, as the U.S. honors Juneteenth (Emancipation Day), I share another passage from the beloved Children's Book, Charlotte's Web, that speaks to the important of friendship + allies. In the most accessible books, drafted for children, we find some of life's most important lessons.

"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that."
- Charlotte to Wilbur on The Last Day

Stay safe + well, dear friends. NYIAC and I remain at your disposal. If we can be of service, drop an email.

Ever yours,
Rekha

P.S. An additional quote, Charlotte to Wilbur ...
"I feel peaceful. Your success in the ring this morning was, to a small degree, my success. Your future is assured. You will live, secure and safe, Wilbur. Nothing can harm you now. These autumn days will shorten and grow cold. The leaves will shake loose from the trees and fall. Christmas will come, and the snows of winter. You will live to enjoy the beauty of the frozen world, for you mean a great deal to Zuckerman and he will not harm you, ever. Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy, Wilbur--this lovely world, these precious days..."

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Lonely Profession - What are your thoughts?

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Some claim that the arbitration profession can be a "lonely profession" for the sole arbitrator. Do you deem that to be the case? Is there a solution to making it less lonely (does it matter?) or is that just the nature of the profession?

Please provide your thoughts/comments below.

NYIAC's Weekly Around Town Message

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Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director of NYIAC, runs a weekly Around Town: Upcoming Events in International Arbitrations Message. We at the Section of Dispute Resolution of NYSBA greatly appreciate her thoughtful messages to our ADR community worldwide and run them weekly in this blog. The Section is a proud Founding Organization of NYIAC.

Dear Friends,

Today, let's talk about creativity in all its kaleidoscope colors.
(Give a look here on the State of Creativity in pandemic times, complete with impact infographics.)

It can anchor the choice of where we live -- a place where something new, valuable, and of our own production is encouraged. The Global Liveability Index 2021 captures variety of lifestyle; Auckland thrives in first place, demonstrating the prowess of island nations generally in contrast to the world's mega-cities. Notwithstanding, urban metropolises are re-opening with momentum, aptly captured in Roaring 20's at Tribeca Film Festival (now ongoing), an ode to how great cities like Paris can emerge from pandemic in zigzag exuberance. Of another ilk, a gastronomic look at where you'll be eating next in NYC.

Creativity (and courage) embodies the unlikely pioneer of the mRNA vaccine. Give a listen here to Dr. Katalin Kariko's inspired voice. To believe is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. Equally important is that creation comes in many forms. Consider a new twist on Gladwell's Talking with Strangers ... sharing internet with strangers via Amazon's Sidewalk. (NB: clients must opt-out of service on compatible devices.) An interesting query in parallel: Is there now more joy in those unplanned encounters? Tribeca Film Festival responds again, and with a yes!

In trying to label and code human behavior by generation, do we thereby place limits on creativity (through expected or acceptable behavior)? If curiosity begets creativity, give a few taps here through the quiz Are You Secretly a Millennial (even if you know where you stand). We're (re)defining in real time and IRL who we stack up to be in a BitClout (powered by bitcoin) world.

As a passing, final question: What can happen when you give yourself the opportunity to be free, i.e., to be authentically you? Stay safe + well, dear friends. NYIAC and I remain at your disposal. If we can be of service, drop an email.

Ever yours,
Rekha

"I dwell in possibility." -- Emily Dickinson

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." -- Albert Einstein

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have." -- Maya Angelou

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Younger arbitration practitioners are often told that one of the best career development moves they can make is to develop their language skills. So what is the most important second/third/etc. language(s) for an arbitration lawyer to be focusing on right now? Or is it whatever language has meaning to you (family connections, just enjoy learning about the language and culture) / your market / your career goals geographically?

Please provide your thoughts/comments below.

Thank you to Travis Gonyou for contributing this week's question.

NYIAC's Weekly Around Town Message

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Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director of NYIAC, runs a weekly Around Town: Upcoming Events in International Arbitrations Message. We at the Section of Dispute Resolution of NYSBA greatly appreciate her thoughtful messages to our ADR community worldwide and run them weekly in this blog. The Section is a proud Founding Organization of NYIAC.

Dear Friends,

Today, in lieu of meanderings, a simple passage on the importance of together time, from a beloved book.

Time as the one priceless gift we can give to one another - most precious because it is also irreplaceable. There is both a fondness and excitement for the experiences to be unearthed when we allow the time to just be together ... in the same space ... actively engaged with one another.

"I lifted the bucket to his lips. He drank, his eyes closed. Then I drank. It was like a feast of water. This was not ordinary food of course, but it might just as well have been. The sweetness of this water was born from the long walk under the stars, from the song of the pulley, and for the effort of pulling up that bucket. It made me feel good, made me happy, as a present does."
- The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)

Stay safe + well, dear friends. NYIAC and I remain at your disposal. If we can be of service, drop an email. Bon week-end.

Ever yours,
Rekha

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Consumer Arbitration - What are your thoughts?

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A Wall Street Journal article earlier this week reported that Amazon recently changed its terms of service to allow customers to file lawsuits rather than arbitrations. The article stated that, "[t]he retail giant made the change after plaintiffs' lawyers flooded Amazon with more than 75,000 individual arbitration demands on behalf of Echo users. That move triggered a bill for tens of millions of dollars in filing fees, according to lawyers involved, payable by Amazon under its own policies."

What are your thoughts on this decision by Amazon? What are your thoughts in general about consumer arbitration matters?

Please provide your thoughts/comments below.

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