Bar Dispute Resolution Group Forum (Counsel Forum)

Minutes of Meeting held on January 23, 2015 

Members Present:                                                                          

Philippa Samworth (Chair)
Robert Smith
Michelle Friedman
Jonathan Schrieder
Catherine Korte
Geoffrey Keating
Brenda Cuneo
Tricia Hannigan
Eric Grossman
Catherine Zingg
Laura Emmett via teleconference
Leanne Zawadzki via teleconference

FSCO Attendees                                                               

Asfaw Seife
Jessica Kelly
John Lobo
J.R. Richards
Christina Pearce
  1. Meeting on November 28, 2014.
    Approved as amended.
  2. DRS Status Report – Statistics and Staffing Updates
    Asfaw Seife, J.R. Richards and John Lobo provided statistical updates for Mediation, Arbitration and Appeals with reference to the reports distributed to members.

    Judicial Review:
    Updates since January 23, 2015 were provided in a memo from Asfaw Seife to Forum members and reviewed.


    Mediation Unit:
    No staffing update.

    Arbitration Unit:
    No staffing update.

Other items:

  • FSCO Remote Access:
    Senior Arbitrator Richards advised members that an upgraded FSCO-GUEST account was launched to provide improved access to its WiFi services in the public areas of the 14th Floor. 
  • John Lobo, Manager of Mediation Unit informed members that a draft mediation statistical report will be distributed at the next scheduled meeting.
  • Philippa Samworth, Chair provided an update following a recent meeting with Allan Stitt of ADR Chambers regarding the formation of a Counsel Forum with ADR Chambers, similar to FSCO’s. The first meeting is scheduled for May 1, 2015.
  • Philippa Samworth, Chair asked Christina Pearce to tabled “Abandoned FSCO Arbitration applications” as agenda item at the next scheduled meeting.  

Next Meeting – March 27, 2015.