Harriett E. Cummings, Esq., in her article entitled “The Role and Need for Settlement Judges in Appellate Cases” published in the Nevada Lawyer Magazine, explains that the Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judges “aren’t traditional judges, because they do not decide the outcome of the matter on appeal. Rather, they assist the parties in communicating their positions and interests to each other, in order to promote understanding, reconciliation and a mutually acceptable solution to their dispute. Mediation provides the parties an opportunity to resolve their case themselves, guided by the settlement judge’s expertise in the mediation process.”
Cummings highlighted examples of how the program has settled over 50% of all matters referred to the program, a total of almost 5,000 cases that otherwise would have had to be decided by the Nevada Supreme Court. One settlement judge commented the position “is one of the most rewarding aspects of my law practice. It is gratifying to step out of my usual role of advocate, to act as a quasi-judicial mediator — helping parties revisit their interests and positions in the litigation where one side has lost (and appealed) and one side has won. I enjoy the challenge of helping parties and their counsel see the benefit of creating a resolution to their dispute, and agree to a settlement, and thereby avoid the time and expense of the appellate process and further litigation. I like to think it’s a win-win for all involved: for the parties and for the courts.” Read the rest of the article here.
Jay Young is a Las Vegas, Nevada arbitrator and mediator with a successful neutrals practice. His mediator, arbitrator, and ADR training include: 36 hour ADR certification in 1994. 40 hour mediator training. Appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court as a Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge. Appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court as an Arbitrator (2003-Present) in the 8th Judicial District Court (Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada). Judge Pro Tem (2011-present). Appointed Special Master to the Business Court, 8th Judicial District Court (Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada). Arbitrator and Mediator for American Arbitration Association (Complex Commercial Litigation Arbitration and Mediation National Panel Member); Better Business Bureau Arbitrator. Arbitrated and/or mediated over 250 disputes. Training courses include: Supreme Court of Nevada: “Impasse Prevention & Communication”; Supreme Court of Nevada: “Implied Bias”; Supreme Court of Nevada: “Breaking Impasse”; Supreme Court of Nevada: “Ethics, Comprehensive Review”; AAA Arbitrator Subpoenas: Are They Worth the Paper They’re Printed On?, 2015; AAA Roundtable – Las Vegas, 2015; AAA Essential Mediation Skills for the New Mediator, 2015; AAA Fundamentals of Effective Mediation Advocacy, 2015; AAA Confronting Arbitrability & Jurisdiction in Arbitration, 2015; AAA Award Writing, 2014; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2013; AAA “Arbitrator’s Role, Authority, and Responsibility”; AAA “Arbitrator’s Ethics, Practice Standards and Disclosures”; AAA “Preparing for and Conducting a Preliminary Hearing”; AAA: “Managing Issues Involving Self-Represented Parties”; AAA: “Managing Evidentiary Hearing Issues”; AAA: “Managing Panel Dynamics”; AAA: “Preparing for and Writing the Award”; AAA: “Managing Post-Hearing Issues”; Better Business Bureau, Arbitrator Training, 2006; “Succeeding In Mediation,” AAA, 2003; “Mediation and Arbitration Advocacy”; AAA, 2002, “Cutting Edge Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers”; Negotiation Strategy Institute, 2002; “Arbitrator Training,” Supreme Court of Nevada, State Bar of Nevada, 2000; “Arbitration 101”, Clark County Bar Association, 1994.