The Year of the Arbitrator

Dear ARIAS Membership,

In Chinese Culture, 2023 is The Year of the Rabbit. As a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity, the rabbit signifies that 2023 will be a year of hope. In our world, the ARIAS Board has decided to make 2023 The Year of the Arbitrator! While we have many important constituencies that contribute tremendously to the ARIAS community, The Year of the Arbitrator is intended simply to take a moment to express our appreciation for the objectivity, hard work, and good judgment that our ARIAS arbitrators bring to the dispute resolution process.

In the coming weeks, you will hear more about the initiatives the Board is developing in connection with The Year of the Arbitrator, but I’ll mention a few here. On March 1, for a reception at Mintz Levin’s new offices in New York City, we will host the first of four quarterly networking events. This free event will be attended by the ARIAS Board, as well as company representatives and outside lawyers. In addition to general networking and cocktail merriment, arbitrators will be invited to introduce themselves briefly to the group. Look for a save the date and additional details in the coming weeks.

Secondly, beginning with Q2, the ARIAS Quarterly will contain a Spotlight on a Newly Certified Arbitrator and an interview-style piece with a current arbitrator. Anyone interested in being considered to feature in either of these articles should reach out to an ARIAS Board member or email me directly at or Larry Schiffer at

Lastly, we intend to roll out an Arbitrator Benefits program in the coming months. This program is still in the development stage but will (hopefully) include group discounts in a variety of areas.

As many of you know or have experienced firsthand, the transition from MCI to our new management company has not been without challenges. The biggest challenge we currently face is ensuring adequate technical support for our Arbitrator Database. To that end, the Board recently convened a Task Force consisting of (in alphabetical order) Frank DeMento, Mike Kurtis, Mike Menapace, and Larry Schiffer. They have been very hard at work trying to get the Arbitrator Database updated and operating properly. We expect to report back on their extraordinary efforts in the coming weeks.

While the most recent few years have been challenging and unexpected for many of us, we are looking forward to a terrific 2023. Each of you – company representatives, outside counsel, consultants, and arbitrators – are critical to the success of ARIAS. Cheers to 2023!


All the best,

Alysa Wakin
Chairperson, ARIAS-US