Your Way to Succeed - Arbitration CLE

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School of Law


The objective of this course is to provide basic information regarding arbitration. Students will learn practical and legal applications of the arbitration process. This one day course is appropriate for law students and practicing attorneys. It is intended to provide attorneys with training required by N.D.R. Ct 8.9

N.D.R. Ct 8.9 states that to be listed on the civil arbitrator roster an arbitrator must complete 30 hours minimum of arbitration training. An arbitrator must also complete 9 hours of continued arbitration training during each 3 year period. The training must include the following topics: A) Prehearing communications between parties, and between parties and the neutral; B) Components of the hearing process including evidence, presentation of the case, witnesses, exhibits, objectives, awards, and dismissals; C) Settlement techniques; D) Rules, statutes, and practices covering arbitration, including these rules.


8:30 a.m. - Registration 9:00 a.m. - Introduction; Arbitration versus other ADR procedures; Types of Arbitration 9:30 a.m. - Federal Arbitration Act & ND Uniform Arbitration Act 10:00 a.m. - Pre-dispute provisions & agreements to arbitrate, selecting a forum 10:30 a.m. - Break 10:45 a.m. - The arbitration process; before the hearing, during the hearing, after the hearing. 11:45 a.m. - Prehearing communication between the parties, and between the parties and arbitrator. 12:00 p.m. - Arbitrator’s agenda for the initial prehearing conference. 12:15 p.m. - Lunch 1:15 p.m. - Arbitration discovery 1:30 p.m. - Rules of arbitration procedure & ADR providers 2:00 p.m. - Awards: reasoned, dissenting, dismissals, post hearing submissions 2:15 p.m. - Code of ethics 2:30 p.m. - Practical considerations: court reporters, hearing location 2:45 p.m. - Break 3:00 p.m. - Retention of jurisdiction and record retention 3:15 p.m. - Pros & cons of arbitration 3:30 p.m. - Appeals 3:45 p.m. - Discussion, questions & answers, wrap up

Sherry R. Wetsch

Sherry R. Wetsch, a 1984 graduate of the UND School of Law, is licensed to practice law in Texas, North Dakota, and Missouri. Her practice centers on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms. Wetsch has served as a third party neutral on hundreds of cases including labor, employment, contract, business, commercial, consumer and securities. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.


Registration will close Friday, June 12th.

This CLE is free and qualifies for 6 ND CLE credits.