The National Academy of Arbitrators’ 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, June 22 – 25, 2016, and in order to qualify for the Early Registration Rate you must register on or before March 14, 2016. Registration is open to members and non-members.

The Annual Meeting program theme will be: “Arbitration in Practice”. Some of the topical concurrent and plenary sessions being offered are: PRE-HEARING ISSUES: An Interactive Exploration of Pre-Hearing Issues in U.S. and Canadian Labor Arbitration; “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”: Grappling with Post-Hearing and Post-Award Issues in Labor Arbitration; The Postal Industry: Consideration of Evolving Practices; The Case of the Handcuffed Suspect – Or was there Excessive Force?; Re-Thinking Arbitration; Persuading the Arbitrator: Influences on Arbitration Decision Making; Developing Human Rights Issues: Practical Considerations for Adjudication; The Media’s Portrayal of Arbitration and the Academy’s Response: Understanding How Journalists Understand Arbitration.

The Distinguished Speaker will be Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Shribman, Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Another highlight of the program will be the address by NAA President Allen Ponak. The meeting will also feature a much anticipated “fireside chat” with NAA Member James M. Harkless.

Detailed information is available on the NAA’s web site ( and a short cut to the non-member registration form is at