Education Services

Witness Preparation & Brief Writing

Session ID: ED5219002O

Witness Preparation & Brief Writing


  • Start Date

    May 21, 2019 9:00 AM
  • End Date

    May 21, 2019 4:30 PM
  • Duration

    7.5 hours
Registration Status: WAITLIST

Registration for this program closes on May 20, 2019 5:00 PM

Registration Fee
Price (USD)
Before Apr 22, 2019
General $170.00 $150.00
Group - 3 or more $150.00 -

Refund Policy

Refunds (less a $25 administrative fee) are available if a written cancellation request is received no later than 10 business days before the start of the program. Substitution of attendees can be made at any time.


American Arbitration Association
250 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14202

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Faculty and Summary

Rocco Scanza
Rocco Scanza

Cornell University
Ithica, NY

Charles S.DeAngelo

Fessenden Laumer & DeAngelo, PLLC
Jamestown, NY

Marilyn L.Fiore-Lehman

City of Jamestown
Jamestown, NY

This program is designed to teach participants the do’s and don’ts for witness preparation and examination to present to an arbitrator.

The program will also discuss the primary function of the closing argument and how to make it as easy as possible for the arbitrator to reach a favorable determination.

During this program, an experienced AAA® Arbitrator and two skilled professionals will also address:

  • Direct Examination
  • Cross-Examination
  • How to write an effective closing statement
  • Tips and techniques for the best briefs
  • What arbitrators need regarding closing arguments and briefs

Participants will role-play aspects of the witness preparation process and the closing arguments – where the task will be to utilize skills learned throughout the day.

Who should attend:
Labor and management representatives including union representatives, human resources professionals, attorneys, shop stewards, business agents, and individuals who assist advocates in the preparation and presentation of evidence for labor arbitration cases will find the information in this program invaluable.


As part of its long-standing, ongoing educational mission, the American Arbitration Association grants a limited number of scholarships that cover the cost of educational program registration. Scholarship eligibility is limited to students, government workers, retired professionals, arbitrators/mediators who are no longer active on the AAA roster, and others as may be determined by the AAA. To request a registration fee scholarship, please send an email to Include your current position and affiliation, and a brief description of the basis for your registration fee scholarship request. The American Arbitration Association reserves the right to grant or deny any request based on the information provided by the requesting individual and available space in the program.


If you are an AAA Panelist please note this program does not satisfy your annual Arbitrator Continuing Education requirement.

CLE Information:

West LegalEdcenter is procuring continuing legal education (CLE) credits on behalf of American Arbitration Association.  This program is available for CLE credits in New York and Pennsylvania.  Credit amounts vary by attendance verification and jurisdictional rules.


Please contact Maggie Lalowski at or 212-484-3283.