Welcome to Young California Arbitration (Young CalArb).  We are sponsored by California Arbitration and dedicated to fostering the next generation of lawyers in international arbitration.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to empowering and engaging young professionals under 40 and law students with a keen interest in international arbitration.

At Young CalArb, we believe that the future of international arbitration in California lies in the hands of our promising young professionals. Our mission is to provide a dynamic platform that nurtures their growth and strengthens their network within the arbitration community. To this end, we organize a variety of events, workshops, and networking opportunities tailored for our young members. Through these initiatives, we aim to cultivate a shared understanding of best practices, stimulate constructive dialogues, and inspire innovation in international arbitration.

We are committed to advancing the cause of California Arbitration in developing and promoting California as a hub for international arbitration. Our vision is to shape a progressive future for international arbitration in California.

Young CalArb Steering Committee


Tuyana Molokhoeva
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Katie Connolly
San Francisco, CA, USA

Steering Committee Members

Ibrahim Ati
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Pragya Sharma
Atlanta, GA, USA
Gabi Lopez Stahl
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Anlin Ye
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Join Us

Are you a young practitioner or a law student, and a member of California Arbitration? We invite you to join Young CalArb. Fill out the form here to register and start your journey with us in shaping the future of international arbitration in California.

Additionally, if you have questions, thoughts, or are interested in getting more involved, we would love to hear from you. Our Young CalArb Committee is always open for fresh ideas and collaborations. Feel free to reach out to the Young CalArb Co-Chairs directly – your active participation is instrumental to our shared success.

Upcoming Events

Arbitration & ADR Networking Happy Hour

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ace Hotel Rooftop, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Join Young CalArb, ICC YAAF, and SVAMC-YP for a networking happy hour in Los Angeles.

This event is open to members and prospective members alike who are interested in arbitration and ADR. This casual event will provide young practitioners and law students with an opportunity to build their networks and make connections in a welcoming, relaxed setting. Advance registration is encouraged but not required. We look forward to seeing you there!

Past Events

March 20, 2023 – Pepperdine University, “A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration series

This insightful panel discussion was organized by Pepperdine Caruso Law School International Arbitration Society (PIAS) in collaboration with Young CalArb. Giorgio Sassine, an associate at Musick, Peeler & Garrett, co-chair of Young CalArb; Tuyana Molokhoeva, general counsel at Quandary Peak Research and co-chair of Young CalArb; and Donald Smiley, a commercial and entertainment arbitrator with AAA and ICDR-IFTA, engaged in a comprehensive dialogue about the role of international arbitration practitioners in California. The conversation delved into the essential steps needed to break into the field. The panelists provided a thorough understanding of the sector and shared effective strategies to pave a successful career path during law school, including participating in moot court and internships and pursuing an LLM degree.

March 17, 2023 – “Arbitrating Technology Disputes: Present Realities, Future Possibilities”

Young ICCA and Young CalArb joined forces on 17 March 2023 to host an event titled “Arbitrating Technology Disputes: Present Realities, Future Possibilities.” This event was held in Los Angeles as a part of the buzzing California International Arbitration Week.

A stellar panel including independent arbitrator Lexi Menish, Dr. George Edwards from Quandary Peak, Los Angeles, Han Ah Lee from Lee & Ko, South Korea, John Muse-Fisher from Arnold & Porter, San Francisco, and Giorgio Sassine from Musick, Peeler & Garrett, tackled the increasingly important subject of technology disputes. They brought to light the current and future landscape of such disputes, illustrating the advantages and adaptability of arbitration in resolving these intricate issues. Topics covered the benefits of arbitration such as specialized knowledge of arbitrators, procedural flexibility, and confidentiality, as well as its potential concerns or downsides, along with possible future issues like investment disputes involving tech companies, space law, AI, and NFTs. A detailed report about the event is available on Young ICCA website.

February 24, 2023 – University of San Diego, Career in International Arbitration

Young CalArb hosted an informative event titled “Career in International Arbitration” as part of the Willem C. Vis Pre-Moot at the University of San Diego, held from February 24-26, 2023. The panel of speakers included Katie Connolly from Norton Rose Fulbright, Giorgio Sassine from Musick Peeler, and Gabi Lopez Stahl from White & Case, with Charlotte Klinger from Pepperdine University moderating the discussion. This event provided insights into developing a career in international arbitration, offering practical advice from experienced professionals in the field.

February 7, 2023, 5:15 PM, UC Law San Francisco, “Career in International Arbitration”

Town Hall Style event provided an insider’s view into the practice of international arbitration and how it differs from domestic litigation. Junior and senior practitioners working at law firms, arbitral institutions, and in-house counsel shared diverse experiences and offered guidance about how students can begin preparing for a career in this dynamic and truly global field.

November 2, 2022, USC Gould School of Law, “A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner”

November 2, Young CalArb hosted the first event in a series “A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner” at USC Gould School of Law. The event was organized in collaboration with the USC Gould Dispute Resolution Society. Our distinguished speaker and CalArb Member Brody Greenwald (White & Case) spoke about his career path, the specifics and perks of international arbitration as an area of practice and the skill set one should have in order to succeed in the field. The discussion also touched upon some hot topics in international commercial and investment arbitration, such as corruption and diversity. It was a great event and we have received a lot of positive feedback from law students. The discussion was moderated by the Young CalArb Co-Chairs, Giorgio Sassine and Tuyana Molokhoeva.