CCA Associates Program

Invitation to Apply for CCA Associates Program

Application Deadline: August 5, 2022


Founded in 2001, the College of Commercial Arbitrators is one of the world’s most prestigious alternative dispute resolution professional organizations. The Fellows of CCA are recognized as some of the most highly experienced and sought after members of the commercial arbitration profession.


CCA is dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of commercial arbitration throughout the United States and internationally by providing a meaningful contribution to the profession, the public, and the businesses and lawyers who depend on commercial arbitration as a primary means of alternative dispute resolution. Please visit to learn more about its Mission and Guiding Principles and the CCA Associates Program.


The CCA Associates Program is designed to share the Fellows’ highest standards of ethics and professional conduct and their innovative best practices with arbitrators from diverse backgrounds who currently (A) have an active ADR practice of some sort but less than five (5) years of experience serving as a commercial arbitrator, and (B) are committed to learning and developing the skills that will be needed to provide meaningful, high quality professional services throughout a career in the field of commercial arbitration.


The three (3) Associates who are chosen to participate in the inaugural two-year program will benefit from the educational, practical experience, and networking opportunities that only the Fellows of CCA – as the thought leaders of the profession – can offer to others who are willing to diligently explore rewarding careers in the field of commercial arbitration. A Fellow will be assigned to serve as a mentor for each Associate to encourage their active participation in upcoming CCA events and facilitate their networking within the profession.


Applicants must demonstrate (A) a genuine desire to distinguish themselves as commercial arbitrators, and (B) a strong interest in the Mission and Guiding Principles of CCA, including its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Qualified attorneys and non-attorneys are welcome to participate in the program.

Upcoming Events

Application Deadline: August 5, 2022.

Associate and Mentor Selection Announcement: August 22, 2022.

Initial Virtual Meeting of Associates and Mentors: August 29 – September 2, 2022 [1 virtual meeting within this date range will be selected].

Second Virtual Meeting of Associates and Mentors: September 19 – 30, 2022 [1 virtual meeting within this date range will be selected].

CCA’s 22nd Annual Meeting: October 14-15, 2022. Fellows and Associates only at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. To include participation in the New Fellows Breakfast and orientation.

CCA’s 23rd Annual Meeting: October 26-28, 2023. Fellows and Associates only at The Park Hyatt in Washington, DC. Additional details to follow.

Fellows, Mentors, and Associates will communicate regularly between annual meetings via committee meetings, CCA’s listserv, and other means, and collaborate informally throughout the year with a view towards sharing professional experiences and ideas in a collegial manner that encourages and promotes rewarding careers in the profession.

Tuition Waiver

All registration and other participation fees will be waived for all upcoming events that are part of the program, and Associates will be promptly reimbursed by CCA for reasonable travel expenses, including meals, lodging, and travel insurance, incurred by you to attend CCA’s 22nd and 23rd Annual Meetings in person (reimbursable travel expenses not to exceed $3,000 per year).

Application Requirements

Complete application packets must be submitted electronically to the Fellows identified below at, on or before the submission deadline.

On behalf of all Fellows in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, we welcome and encourage your participation in this unprecedented career development program.


Associates Program Subcommittee of the CCA Standing Committee on Diversity

Co-Chairs:  Joanne Barak, Esq. and L. Tyrone Holt, Esq.

Application Form

Download Application for CCA Associates Program

In the event of any conflict between this General Description, the Associates Program Subcommittee and the CCA Bylaws, the Bylaws, as interpreted by the Board of Directors, shall govern. Decisions of the Board of Directors are made in its sole and absolute discretion.

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