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The 2020 – 2021 CCA Officers, Board and Committees are listed below.
(Updated as of 1/6/2021)

Officers

President:  John R. Holsinger
President-Elect: Mark J. Heley
Vice-President: Neal M. Eiseman
Secretary/Treasurer: Barbara A. Reeves

Executive Committee

John R. Holsinger (Chair)
John M. Barkett
Neal M. Eiseman
Mark J. Heley
Susan H. Nycum
Barbara Reeves
Dana Welch

Board of Directors (Term Expiration)

Joanne Barak (2022)
John Barkett (2022)
Gary L. Benton (2023)
Trey Bergman (2022)
John K. Boyce III (2022)
Louis Coffey (2021)
Neal M. Eiseman (Officer)
Stephen P. Gilbert (2023)

 

Mark J. Heley (Officer)
John R. Holsinger (Officer)
Alan Kanter (2022)
Laura A. Kaster (2021)
Paul B. Klaas (2021)
A.J. Krouse III (2023*)
Mitchell L. Marinello (2022)
John (Jay) McCauley (2023)

Susan H. Nycum (Imm. Past President)
Elliot E. Polebaum (2023)
Barbara Reeves (Officer)
Jose Antonio Rodriguez Marquez (2021)
Gerald G. Saltarelli (2021)
Harrie Samaras (2021)
John A. Sherrill (2022)
Allison J. Snyder (2021)
Dana Welch (2021)

Committees

NOTE: Not all committees have been appointed for the 2020-2021 year.

2021 Annual Meeting Committee:

Mark J. Heley (Chair)

Members:

Neal Eiseman
Angela Foster
L. Tyrone Holt
Allison Snyder

CCA Retreat Planning Committee

A.J. Krouse (Chair)

Members:

Joanne Barak
Eugene Farber
Mark Heley
L. Tyrone Holt
Paul Klass
Barbara Reeves

CCA Summit Planning Committee:

Barbara Reeves (Chair)

Members:

John Barkett
John Boyce
Neal Eiseman
Matthew Geyer
Richard Silberberg

CCA Best Practices Guide (4th Edition) – (On Hiatus)

Editorial Staff:
James M. Gaitis (Editor-in-Chief)
Laura A. Kaster (Editor)
John J. McCauley (Editor)

Branding and Image/Strategic Planning Committee:

Mark J. Heley (Chair)

Members:

John Boyce
Neal Eiseman
John R. Holsinger
David Huebner
Paul Klaas
Jose Antonio Rodriguez Marquez
Barbara Reeves
Harrie Samaras
Richard Silberberg

Construction Practices & Procedures Committee:

(TBA)

Members:

Albert Bates, Jr.
Trey Bergman
John T. Blankenship
Philip L. Bruner
Louis Coffey
Neal M. Eiseman 
Patricia D. Galloway
James M. Gansinger
Herbert H. “Hal” Gray, III
Richard F. Greenleaf
James Groton
John W. Hinchey
L. Tyrone Holt
Carl F. Ingwalson, Jr.
Harvey J. Kirsh
Robert A. Korn
B. Christopher Lee
Larry R. Leiby
Paul M. Lurie
James R. Madison
Deborah B. Mastin
Roy S. Mitchell
Barbara Reeves
Robert Rubin
Charles M. Sink
Stanley P. Sklar
Richard Smith
Allison J. Snyder
Thomas J. Stipanowich
John A. Templer, Jr.
Robert W. Wachsmuth

Corporate Outreach Committee (On Hiatus):

Barbara Reeves (Chair)

Members:

Harold Coleman
James W. Durham
Thomas S. Fraser
Walter G. Gans
George Gluck
Carl F. Ingwalson, Jr.
Joia M. Johnson
Phillip A. Lacovara
William H. Lemons
William H. Levit, Jr.
Mitchell L. Marinello
Gary V. McGowan
Peter L. Michaelson
Lawrence W. Newman
David C. Singer
Stanley P. Sklar
Martin S. Tackel
Curtis E. von Kann
Robert W. Wachsmuth
Robert Wax

Diversity / Outreach Committee:

Joanne Barak (Co-Chair)
L. Tyrone Holt (Co-Chair)

Members:

Louis Coffey
Roy De Barbieri
Angela Foster
Hugh Fraser
Hal Gray
Lucy Greenwood
Mark Heley
Joshua Martin III
Susan Nycum
Shira Scheindlin
Allison Snyder

Editorial & Publications Committee:

Paul J. Dubow (Chair)

Members:

Robert Bartkus (Vice Chair)
David Singer (Vice Chair)
Alan Kanter
Mitchell Marinello

Education Committee:

Eugene J. Farber (Chair)

Members:

Deborah Mastin (Vice Chair)
Laura Kaster
John McCauley
Harrie Samaras

Ethics Committee:

James R. Madison (Chair)

Members:

John A. Chalk, Sr.
Deborah Coleman
Robert B. Davidson
James M. Gansinger
Judith P. Meyer
Bruce E. Meyerson
Howard R. Reiss
Henry J. Silberberg

“Future Opportunities for Mediation” Committee:

Matthew J. Geyer (Co-Chair)
John A. Sherrill (Co-Chair)

Members:

John F. Byrne
Harold Coleman, Jr.
Neal M. Eiseman
Eugene I. Farber
Herbert H. “Hal” Gray, III
Mark J. Heley
Hon. Louise A. LaMothe
Paul M. Lurie
Richard R. Mainland
Bruce E. Meyerson
Thomas J. Stipanowich

History & Archives Committee:

Michael A. Williams (Chair)

Members:

John Morrison

International Arbitration Practices & Procedures Committee:

Sally A. Harpole (Co-Chair)
Klaus Reichert (Co-Chair)

Members:

Gerald Aksen
C. Mark Baker
Joanne Barak
Gary L. Benton
Jeffrey G. Benz
John P. Bowman
Thomas J. Brewer
Charles N. Brower
Philip L. Bruner
James H. Carter
Robert B. Davidson
John Fellas
James M. Gaitis
Patricia D. Galloway
Walter G. Gans
Barry H. Garfinkel
Gerald W. Ghikas
George Gluck
Thomas D. Halket
Steven A. Hammond
Judith B. Ittig
William R. Jentes
Jean E. Kalicki
Mark A. Kantor
Jennifer Kirby
Paul B. Klaas
Thomas Klitgaard
A.J. Krouse III
Urs M. Laeuchli
Phillip Allen Lacovara
Mitchell L. Marinello
Jonathan B. Marks
José Antonio Rodríguez Márquez
Richard L. Mattiaccio
Gary V. McGowan
Lawrence W. Newman
Susan H. Nycum
Philip D. O’Neill
William W. Park
David W. Rivkin
Arthur W. Rovine
David Sandborg
Abraham D. Sofaer
Gilbert K. Squires
Thomas J. Stipanowich
Stephen S. Strick
Stacie I. Strong
Edna R. Sussman
John M. Townsend
Eric van Ginkel
Rebecca J. Westerfield
J. Warren Wood III
Stephen G. Yusem

Judicial Liaison Committee (On Hiatus):

Hon. Timothy K. Lewis (Ret.) (Co-Chair)

Members:

Robert M. Ackerman
Hon. William G. Bassler (Ret.)
Hon. Christine W.S. Byrd
Steven A. Certilman
Eugene I. Farber
Barry H. Garfinkel
Herbert H. “Hal” Gray, III
Carl F. Ingwalson, Jr.
Hon. Louise A. LaMothe
Larry R. Leiby
Judith P. Meyer
Hon. E. Leo Milonas (Ret.)
Connie L. Peterson
Hon. George C. Pratt
Abraham D. Sofaer
Hon. Susan S. Soussan
Hon. James F. Stapleton (Ret.)
Martin S. Tackel
John A. Templer, Jr.
Hon. Rebecca J. Westerfield (Ret.)

Judicial Advisory Members (On Hiatus):

Hon. E. Leo Milonas (Ret.)
Hon. James F. Stapleton (Ret.)

Law Firm CLE Committee (On Hiatus):

Richard L. Mattiaccio (Co-Chair)
Philip D. O’Neill (Co-Chair)
David J. Abeshouse (Vice-Chair)
Louis Coffey (Vice-Chair)
M. Scott Donahey (Vice-Chair)
Herbert H. “Hal” Gray, III (Vice-Chair)
Laura A. Kaster (Vice-Chair)
Lawrence R. Mills (Vice-Chair)

Members:

Trey Bergman
Joseph F. Canterbury, Jr.
Stephen A. Certilman
Peter M. Collins
Roy L. De Barbieri
Paul J. Dubow
Jerald P. Esrick
Michael D. Friedman
Thomas D. Halket
Robert A. Holtzman
Carl F. Ingwalson, Jr.
Larry R. Leiby
James R. Madison
Joseph M. Matthews
Joseph P. McMahon, Jr.
Charles J. Moxley, Jr.
Abigail Pessen
Connie L. Peterson
Deborah Rothman
John A. Sherrill
Allison J. Snyder
Holly Stein Sollod
James F. Stapleton
Stephen G. Yusem
Maurice L. Zilber

Legislative Committee:

John K. Boyce, III (Chair)

Members:

Robert M. Ackerman
John T. Blankenship
Carl A. Calvert
James H. Carter
John Allen Chalk, Sr.
Richard Chernick
Louis Coffey
Stew Cogan
Deborah A. Coleman
Peter D. Collisson
Roy L. De Barbieri
Paul J. Dubow
Jerald P. Esrick
Sherman D. Fogel
James M. Gansinger
Matthew J. Geyer
Herbert H. “Hal” Gray, III
A. Holt Gwyn
Mark J. Heley
John R. Holsinger
Mark A. Kantor
A.J. Krouse III
Larry R. Leiby
William H. Lemons
Paul M. Lurie
James R. Madison
Abigail Pessen
Gerald G. Saltarelli
Allison J. Snyder
Hon. Susan S. Soussan
Edna R. Sussman
John A. Templer, Jr.
John M. Townsend
Dana Welch
John H. Wilkinson
Maurice L. Zilber

Membership Committee:

Stephen S. Strick (Chair)

Members:

Alfred G. Feliu (Vice-Chair)
Joshua W. Martin III
Deborah B. Mastin
Elliot Polebaum
Gerald Saltarelli
Gilda Turitz

New Fellows Orientation Committee:

Joane Barak (Acting Co-Chair)
Neal Eiseman (Acting Co-Chair)

Members:

Joanne Barak
Neal M. Eiseman
Eugene I. Farber
Mark J. Heley
Judith B. Ittig
William H. Levit, Jr.
Susan H. Nycum

Officer/Director Nominating Committee (2020):

John F. Byrne (Chair)

Members:

Richard Silberberg (Vice-Chair)
John Boyce
Deborah Coleman
Jane Michaels

Public Policy Committee:

James H. Carter (Chair)

Members:

Gerald Aksen
Louis Coffey
Louis A. Craco
Reginald A. Holmes
Paul M. Lurie
James R. Madison
Hon. E. Leo Milonas (Ret.)
Michael S. Oberman
Richard H. Silberberg
Edna R. Sussman
Michael A. Williams
Michael S. Wilk

Regional Fellowship Committee:

Roy L. De Barbieri (Chair)

Members:

Deborah Coleman (Vice Chair)
Dana Welch

Technology Committee:

Mark J. Heley (Chair)

Members:

Stephen Gilbert
B. Christopher Lee
Paul M. Lurie
Lawrence W. Newman
Susan H. Nycum
Harrie Samaras

Website & Social Media Committee:

Gary L. Benton (Co-Chair)
Nancy F. Lesser (Co-Chair)

Members:

Mark J. Heley
Susan H. Nycum
Edna R. Sussman

Committee Mission Statements

Education Committee

The mission of the Education Committee is twofold:

  1. Education targeted for Fellows. The Education Committee works to provide educational resources to Fellows to enhance their professional skills. These resources will include written guides and protocols, template procedural orders, as well as presentations on specific topics of interest to the Fellows.
  2. Education targeted to advocates and neutrals. The Education Committee will endeavor to design tools and seminars available to advocates and to neutrals which disseminate best practices for conducting fair and efficient arbitration proceedings.

Implementation:

In carrying out its missions, the CCA will endeavor to provide content that does not replicate or duplicate educational materials already provided by other organizations. However, collaboration with other organizations is likely.

Ethics Committee

The mission of the Ethics Committee is to monitor and study case decisions and other developments and issues relating to arbitrator ethics and report the Committee’s conclusions on ethical standards and best ethical practices to the Board, recommend presentations to the Annual Meeting Committee, and inform the membership as a whole.

International Arbitration Practices and Procedures Committee

Mission: Promote exchanges, programs and activities that will enhance understanding regarding international arbitration practices and procedures.

Membership: The membership of this committee is large and diverse in the sense that some members are international practitioners, while others are not but have a level of interest in international arbitration. All are interested in participating in exchanges and learning. In a sense, this is more an interest group with general purposes rather than a committee which holds a mandate to carry out a specific goal. The co-chairs would like to update the list of committee members in order to facilitate communications.

Activities: The Committee meets during a scheduled time at the CCA annual meeting. Apart from that, we occasionally hold scheduled telephone conferences, email exchanges and virtual meetings. The Committee supports the CCA annual meeting with planning for at least one International-related program each year (sometimes with the involvement of international speakers). Other international-related events may take place during the balance of the year, depending upon member interest and availability. Activities which are currently under discussion include monthly or bimonthly Zoom calls to discuss a specific international-related topic and organizing overseas meetings (on a smaller scale) when the overseas travel schedules of Committee members coincide at a particular location.

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee collects information from state and provincial legislatures in North America about the status of bills that may have an impact on commercial arbitration. The committee relies on Fellows volunteering and being assigned to periodically monitor local legislatures and to send to the committee Chair and Vice Chair(s) a detailed summary of the information for compilation twice a year into reports.

After careful editing by the committee and Publications and Editorial Committee members, the reports will be posted on the CCA website for the use of Fellows. They will also be made available to the general public through the website with an appropriate copyright and disclaimer notice. They may also be made available to administrators such as the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and CPR.

In an appropriate case, the committee may submit particular information to the CCA’s Public Policy Committee for evaluation of potential consideration by the CCA Board of Directors to develop, draft and submit a position paper on behalf of the CCA to the relevant legislative body.

This mission may also expand, if appropriate, to have Fellows present information about particularly relevant commercial arbitration cases pending in their local appellate courts.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee’s mission is to initiate and/or consider recommending to the CCA Board that the CCA take public positions with respect to developments in U.S. courts or Congress insofar as they relate to alternative dispute resolution, either by filing amicus briefs, comment letters or otherwise.

Action Plan

  1. The Public Policy Committee is authorized to initiate and/or consider recommending to the CCA Board that the CCA take public positions with respect to developments in the following form insofar as they relate to alternative dispute resolution, either by filing amicus briefs, comment letters or otherwise:
  • Supreme Court cases
  • Other domestic courts if the issue is of exceptional importance
  • Pending legislation before Congress
  • ABA proposed rules, guidelines, protocols or other standards
  • Proposed new rules, guidelines, protocols or other standards or materials  of the AAA, JAMS, CPR or other dispute resolution organizations, domestic and international, with respect to which comments are sought.
  1. The Public Policy Committee will make recommendations as to positions to be taken to the CCA Board. No position can be taken without Board approval. The Board may elect, but will not be required to, poll the membership for its views on any issue.

Authority and Protocols

  1. No brief or other document prepared on behalf of the CCA may be released unless the CCA Board is first given an opportunity to review and comment and approves the brief or document. The CCA Board, if it has approved the position to be taken, may delegate review of the final product to the Public Policy Committee.
  2. If the Public Policy Committee votes to develop a position on an issue, it will, before bringing it to the attention of the CCA Board for approval, ascertain if there is capacity to develop the position and, if it is an amicus brief, if there is also capacity to produce the brief in the form required. The Public Policy Committee may seek funding from the CCA Board as necessary to enable it to present its positions in the appropriate fora. The Public Policy Committee may canvass the membership for volunteers to develop the document.
  3. The Public Policy Committee will review any brief or other document prepared and will be the final arbiter of whether it reflects the position agreed to by the CCA Board and whether the presentation of the position reflects well on the CCA. The Chair or Co-Chairs of the Public Policy Committee may delegate such review to two members of the Committee, both of whom must be in agreement before the document is presented to the CCA Board for review or, if final review authority has been delegated by the CCA Board, released by the CCA.  In the event of a disagreement, the decision will be made by a third member of the Committee to be selected by the President of the CCA.
  4. There is a presumption against the CCA taking a public position on an issue arising from an arbitration in which one or more Fellows of the CCA served as a neutral, an advocate, a witness, a party or otherwise had a direct interest in the outcome, provided that the presumption can be overcome by a compelling showing that (a) the issue presented is one of significant general importance to the law or practice of arbitration such that a contribution by the CCA might have a special value in clarifying or deciding it; (b) the proposed vehicle for conveying the CCA’s public position (e.g., letter urging review by a court, amicus brief, etc.) would appropriately and effectively communicate that position; and (c) the CCA’s position on the issue can be advanced without prompting a perception that its position was motivated by a desire to support a Fellow.
  5. The Public Policy Committee may meet in person, by teleconference and/or e-mail, and members may vote by phone or e-mail. A majority of the member of the Committee is empowered to make decisions on behalf of the Committee.

Publications and Editorial Committee

The mission of the Publications and Editorial Committee is to publish the Newsletter, approve articles that are posted on the College’s website, and encourage Fellows to write articles about commercial arbitration.

Committee members will monitor the publication of unfavorable or inaccurate articles about commercial arbitration in legal journals or elsewhere, either directly or after input from other Fellows, and will then arrange for the preparation and publishing of a favorable and accurate article in the same publication or similar or other appropriate media (e.g.: journals, op eds, letters to the editor, or the CCA’s own social media outlets).

In order to carry out its mission, the Committee will (1) select local coordinators who will nurture Fellows in their geographic area to write the favorable articles and letters; and (2) develop a brief bank to be posted on the College’s website in the Fellows-only area which may be used as source material for the articles and letters.

Technology Committee

The CCA Technology Committee shall investigate relevant technology, advise Fellows of available technology, encourage innovation and report on current trends, benefits and potential risks of available technology. The committee will discuss best practices in the use of technology to support the administration and execution of commercial arbitration proceedings and work to educate Fellows through written materials, programs and tutorials.

The committee has been largely inactive over the past two years, with its activity limited to 1) preparing articles for the newsletter on a quarterly basis; and 2) preparing programs for the Annual meetings on roughly an every other year basis. The last program was a cyber-security program at the San Francisco meeting in 2019.

Website and Social Media Committee

The purpose of the Website and Social Media Committee is to develop and implement strategies with respect to CCA’s online presence. This includes CCA’s activities with respect to online content posted on the CCA website, social media platforms (such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter), email platforms and other online marketing resources. The Committee has been charged with updating and improving the design and functionality of the CCA website. The Committee also oversees implementation of CCA’s policies with respect to online publication of CCA and Fellow external events, speaking activities, articles and posts.

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