April 25, 2020

Dear Inn Members:

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on where we are and what is in store for the coming months. We have had a successful and enriching Inn Year, with programming addressing such timely topics as ADR in the European Union, an update on arbitration law, managing emotions in crisis situations, mediation in the environmental context, the current state of court-annexed ADR programs, and cybersecurity for neutrals. Along the way, we held our first joint meeting with the Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court and once again brought together the three principal ADR organizations in New Jersey - the Garibaldi Inn, the New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators.

With the entire world responding to an unprecedented health crisis and in-person gatherings postponed for the foreseeable future, the Inn has quickly converted to a virtual format and held its inaugural meeting via Zoom last week. With nearly two-thirds of our members in attendance, we heard from a representative of the Charter Institute of Arbitrators, and then held a program on international ADR updates with a distinguished and experienced panel. We will continue to hold our regular monthly meetings via Zoom, and, in fact, we will be extending the Inn Year into the summer with substantive programming, peer practice groups, and social events and activities so that we can stay connected as an ADR community.

This is undoubtedly an extraordinary time for everyone, and the Garibaldi Inn remains committed to providing its members with an Inn experience consistent with our resolve to uphold and promote the values of the American Inns of Court movement. Please continue to join us virtually in the months ahead, and I wish you and your family all the very best.

With warmest regards,

Theo Cheng

President, Garibaldi Inn (2018-2021)

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June 1, 2019

Dear Inn Members:

We have just completed another successful year of programming at the Garibaldi Inn, and I want to thank you for your continued membership and participation.  Once again, the Programming Committee strived to offer a diverse calendar of programming on topics as wide-ranging as multi-party mediations, on-line dispute resolution, electronically stored information, and litigation funding, as well as an opportunity to engage in peer-learning and education with ourselves about mediation best practices.  We also stayed up-to-date with the ever-changing landscape of arbitration law through a program addressing recent developments (including the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on class action waivers) and a short pre-program on recent cases from the New Jersey federal and state courts.  We also invited notable outside speakers this past year, including Eileen Hoffman, Colin Rule, the Honorable Ronald Hedges, and Professor Elayne Greenberg, capping off the year with our second joint program with the Pepperdine/Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution.

This past year was also a sad one.  Last October, we were devastated to learn of the loss of Nick Stevens, our then President, in a tragic bicycle accident.  The Executive Committee will soon be announcing a way in which we plan to honor Nick's contributions and commitment to both the Garibaldi Inn and the ADR field.  Accepting the responsibilities of the presidency has been challenging, rewarding, and exciting.  One of the things we will be sharing with you is an Inn Strategic Plan that is currently being finalized by the Executive Committee.  Among other things, that plan will focus on increasing outreach, recruiting new members, re-engaging lapsed members, and increasing member engagement to enhance the Inn experience.  So please stay tuned for these and other announcements.

In the meanwhile, on behalf of the Officers, the Executive Director, and the Executive Committee, I wish you all the very best during the summer break, and we look forward to seeing you again at our first meeting on Thursday, September 12th.

With warmest regards,

Theo Cheng

President, Garibaldi Inn (2018-2021)