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Small Claims Court Arbitrator Volunteers

With the consent of the parties, a volunteer Arbitrator hears and decides everyday New Yorkers' Small Claims disputes. Cases are interesting and fun.

Attorneys interested must be admitted to the New York State bar at least five years* and complete training consisting of a two-hour class (in which you earn 2 free CLE credits) plus one or two evenings observing an experienced arbitrator. Once you have completed the training, you will be sworn in and may choose where and how often you would like to sit throughout the year. Join the over 2800 Small Claims Court Arbitrators in New York City who preside over 95% of the cases heard in the Small Claims Court.

In addition, the Association of Arbitrators, Inc. (Small Claims Part) offers approximately four additional CLE classes throughout each year to its members who are current with their annual $50.00 membership fee. Past topics have included Bailments and License to Park, Consumer Law, Creative Legal Writing, Ethics, Tariffs and the Montreal Convention, and Real Estate Law and Practice.

For more information, contact Joseph A. J. Gebbia, Executive Director of the Association of Arbitrators, Inc. (Small Claims Part) at:

* 2 years admitted for NYS Unified Court System Court Attorneys - Atty General - Corporation Counsel for The City of New York



Important Notice to All Arbitrators: Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher has issued a directive regarding all inquests to be performed by arbitrators in Small/Commercial Claims Court, effective immediately. You may view the directive and the new additional form for inquests by following this link:



Upcoming Events

Register for all classes by contacting the Executive Director of the Association of Arbitrators, Inc. (Small Claims Part), Joseph A. J. Gebbia at:


We are kicking off the 2015 year with a very exciting CLE class!

The Wage and Hour Litigation Boom: Liquidated Damages, Hybrids and Collective Actions
(2 FREE CLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice – Members Only)
Presented by Association of Arbitrators, Inc. (Small Claims Part)
Speaker: Michael P. Mangan, Esq., Founding Member and Partner, Mangan Ginsberg LLP
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Civil Court of the City of New York
111 Centre Street
Room 325
New York, N.Y. 10013

This CLE class is open only to members of the Association of Arbitrators, Inc. (Small Claims Part) who have paid their 2015 dues of $50. If you have not done so already, kindly mail your check, made payable to "Association of Arbitrators," to:

Joseph A. J. Gebbia
Association of Arbitrators, Inc.
Civil Court of The City of New York
111 Centre St.
Room 322A
New York, N.Y. 10013

I look forward to seeing you at the class, and thank you for paying your dues!



Important reminder: If you have not already done so, kindly follow the link below and submit the contact information requested. It is extremely important that we have current contact information for you, especially email address(es), as we are no longer able to send notices of court directives, CLE classes or any other communique through USPS due to the court's budget cuts.

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