On Friday, October 19, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University will host the third annual Settlement Day, a mass settlement initiative of personal injury claims by Travelers insurance company. Parties with personal injury claims against persons or corporations insured by Travelers will negotiate, mediate or arbitrate those claims with Travelers claims adjusters. Mediators and arbitrators will be provided by The Jansen Group, an independent vendor of ADR services located in Jericho, New York.
At last year’s Settlement Day, more than 75 attorneys and claims adjusters negotiated, mediated or arbitrated approximately 100 cases beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing well into the afternoon.
We invite all Hofstra Law alumni to participate. If you have one or more clients with personal injury claims against a Travelers policyholder that you would like to negotiate, mediate or arbitrate, please contact The Jansen Group at 516-433-3474. To qualify, the claim must be “ripe” for settlement — for example, all medicals/reports/authorizations must be sent.
There is the possibility that other insurance companies will participate in Settlement Day, so if you have any personal injury claims that you would like to negotiate, mediate or arbitrate, please provide all relevant information about those claims, including the names of the insurance companies, to Leslie Cohen.
Hofstra Law students are encouraged to attend and observe the proceedings. Last year, approximately 100 students attended at different times during the day. Proceedings were held simultaneously in as many as seven different classrooms. Students sat in small semicircles facing the negotiators or at the conference table during a mediation session or in the gallery during arbitration. They had the opportunity not only to observe the proceedings but also to ask and answer questions and otherwise interact with the attorneys, claims adjusters, mediators and arbitrators. For example, during a break in a negotiation, an attorney might ask the students for their views on what had transpired, or during a mediation, the mediator might ask the students for their views on the case before the mediator met separately with each side. Virtually all the students subsequently reported that Settlement Day was for them an invaluable learning experience about how cases are settled in the real world.
If you are interested in attending Settlement Day, please check in with Professor Silberfeld in the Student Lounge on October 19 at any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The earlier you check in, the better, but since the proceedings should last most of the day, you should have ample opportunity to observe at whatever time you arrive. We look forward to seeing you there.