"Very Off-Broadway" Arbitration Event an Industry Hit

Published May 14, 2015 8:32 AM by The Maritime Executive

On May 1, the New York Maritime Consortium (a coalition of leaders from New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR), the Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA), the Maritime Law Association (MLA) and the Association of Shipbrokers and Agents (ASBA)) hosted an event  called “Seven Days in May:  Resolving your Arbitration Insecurities” and Maritime TV was there to record it and provide video sequences for the on-stage production.  A real world scenario involving a marine casualty was played out culminating in an arbitration hearing and award. In the words of NYMAR Chairman, Clay Maitland, it was a “Very Off- Broadway production”.

Industry professionals played the roles of participants in the events and hearing, which highlighted the benefits of New York arbitration.  Throughout the program, which featured a combination of stage performances and video production written by Freehill Hogan & Mahar’s Don Murnane, the audience was asked to vote on how they would have acted in the circumstances and how they would resolve the disputes.  The results of each vote were immediately tabulated and displayed. The event was approved for 3 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.