Become a Volunteer Neutral

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Whether you’re interested in becoming a professional mediator or simply looking for ways to offer ADR services, you may be able to get the experience you’re looking for through the various volunteer opportunities that are available for qualified neutrals.  

 Volunteer with the Court 

The New York City Small Claims Court Mediation Program relies on professionals who volunteer their time as mediators.  Eligibility to serve on this roster (and any other roster in NYS Courts) is governed by Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge, which outlines the minimum training and experience required to be on a court roster. Qualified individuals are invited to complete our online application to mediate for a NYS trial court. Learn more about the qualifications to become a court mediator.  

Volunteer arbitrators are used by the court in these programs:  

Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program (FDRP) 

Small Claims Arbitrators Association

Learn more about becoming a small claims arbitrator. 

 Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) 

Community Dispute Resolution Centers rely on the service of their volunteers to in offering ADR services to their clients. These services include: 

  • Arbitration 
  • Circle Keeping 
  • Coaching 
  • Facilitation 
  • Mediation 
  • Restorative Justice 

Learn more about the qualifications to become a community mediator with a CDRC.  

Find a CDRC in your area. 

 Other Opportunities  

Arbitrators hear cases as a part of the NYS Attorney General’s Lemon Law Program, which is administered by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA). Cases are conducted locally through a Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC).