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2019 Conference Agenda

(subject to change)

Monday, June 3

Kick-Off Program and Cocktail Reception 

Kick-Off Program and Cocktail Reception to take place at 

The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

Cornell University, ILR School

570  Lexington Ave., 12th Floor

New York, NY 10022

6:00PM – 7:30PM

Panel Discussion

Mediating Public Policy Matters:
Stop and Frisk and the New York City Joint Remedial Process

  • Moderator:
  • Mediator, Arbitrator and Special Master, JAMS;
    Federal Facilitator, New York City Joint Remedial Process


  • Thomas Giovanni, Esq. 
    Executive Assistant for Government Policy and Chief of Staff,
    New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel  

  • Joo-Hyun Kang
    Director, Communities United for Police Reform 

  • Sam Magavern, Esq.
    Lecturer, ILR School Cornell University

  • Jonathan C. Moore, Esq.
    Partner, Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP  

  • Katrina Nobles
    Director of Conflict Programs, Scheinman Institute, ILR

7:30PM – 9:30PM

Cocktail Reception with Hors D’Oeuvres 

Conference registrants receive complimentary admission to the Kick Off Program & Cocktail Reception.

Tuesday, June 4

Full-Day Conference

All conference sessions to take place at

New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY

7:30AM – 8:30AM:  Registration and Breakfast

8:30AM – 8:45AM:  Welcome Remarks

8:50AM – 10:05AM:  Session 1

1A: The Bold Future of ADR in the Courts

NY CLE Credit Pending: 1.5 hours - Areas of Professional Practice - Click here for materials

Hon. Anthony Cannataro, Administrative Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York

Lisa M. Courtney, Statewide ADR Coordinator, NYS Unified Court System

John S. Kiernan, Chair of Advisory Committee on Advancing ADR in the New York Court System
Sarah Rudgers-Tysz, Executive Director, Mediation Matters 
Glen Parker, Office of ADR, NYS Unified Court System (Moderator)

Description: The Statewide ADR Advisory Committee was formed last year by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks as an important component of the Excellence Initiative. Encouraged to boldly develop alternatives to conventional litigation, the Advisory Committee has explored ways to expand New York courts’ use of alternative methods of dispute resolution, including court-sponsored presumptive mediation. The initiative envisions key roles for CDRCs and the bar. Come to learn more about new ADR initiatives in New York State Courts.

1B: Building Your Solo Practice

NY CLE Credit Pending: 1.5 hours  - Law Practice Management - Click here for materials 
Elizabeth Clemants, Founder, President and Principal Trainer, Planning Change

Genesis Fisher, Founder, Fisher Law Practice, P.C.

Description: Being a successful mediator requires more than being a good mediator. Making money in this business seems to be the elusive aspect of mediation we are all chasing.  In this session we will review concrete ways to get your private practice up and running, or take it to the next level. We will cover pivotal steps in this process such as building a vision for your business, marketing your practice, and converting the conflicts around you into paid mediation cases. Having a successful private practice requires two things: being a great mediator and being a great small business owner. This program will explore the latter as we discuss strategies and best practices for your entrepreneur toolbox.

1C: Accountability in a Restorative Framework

Kay Pranis, Circle Keeper and Trainer

Description: We will explore, in circle, the meaning of accountability in Restorative Justice philosophy and relate that to our own personal experience. We will then look at how that definition of accountability can be manifested through five distinct elements. We will also examine the conditions necessary to support the kind of accountability sought in a restorative process. This conversation will include consideration of both individual and collective accountability.

10:15AM – 11:15AM Session 2

2A: Ethics and Neutrality in Mediation

NY CLE Credit Pending: 1.0 hours - Ethics and professionalism - Click here for materials 

Lauren Flicker, JD, MBE, Associate Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics

Adira Hulkower, Chief, Bioethics Consultation Service at Montefiore Medical Center 
Daniel Serviansky, Mediator, DSSADR, LL

Description: Using case studies from bioethics, real estate, and family conflicts, we will examine the core value of neutrality in mediation and how it interacts with other values, such as life, safety, dignity, and the resolution of conflict. We will examine how we as mediators manage challenges to neutrality from parties, from our professional context, and from within ourselves. Taking participatory workshop-style approach, we will review hypothetical situations that may arise in practice, how to think about such situations, and how we might establish processes that move us toward their resolution.

2B: Understanding Identity, Privilege, and Power in ADR Practice

Alli Finn, Partner & Co-Founder, Seachange Collective

Hannah Weitzer, Partner & Co-Founder, Seachange Collective

Description: Even as ADR embraces principles of inclusion and self-determination, our practice is still fraught with questions and implications of our various identities, privileges, and power. How can we ensure that good intentions aren’t reinforcing inequalities, injustices, and oppression? How can we identify and name power dynamics, to better promote gender, racial, and economic justice through ADR practice?

This interactive, 75-minute workshop uses hands-on exercises and real-life case studies to help participants reflect on their own identity and positionality, in relation to their ADR practice. We will explore the distinctions between good intentions and effective impact, and assumed knowledge and community needs. Participants will reflect on their own experiences and complexities of identity in ADR, and leave with practical tools to integrate meaningful anti-oppression practices into their work in ADR and beyond.

This workshop is appropriate for people engaged directly in ADR work, including circles and community mediation, as well as folks using restorative principles within schools, companies, non-profits, and beyond.

2C: The Neuroscience behind Social Pain and Empathy (in Conflict, and its Resolution)

Laura Martocci, Consultant, Author 


Social Pain—including rejection, exclusion, humiliation—registers in the same pain-centers of the brain as does physical harm to the body. The implications of this are game-changing.  They require us to understand that parties in conflict are often limited by the same disruptions to cognitive functioning those who sustain physical injury.  In other words, their inability to self-regulate, to problem-solve, or to exhibit compassion for others often has a situationally-based neurological component. 


What are the implications of this for mediation and ADR?


To understand, as we must, that all behaviors are purposeful (and to shed light where there is only blame) requires two things:  1) that we have a deeper understanding of the workings of shame, and 2)  that we grasp the relation between manifestations of shame and our own capacity for empathy.  This workshop will explore how a capacity to empathize is caught up with the potential to engage mirror neurons, and how that potential is readily interrupted by cultural norms that influence how social pain is experienced (and thus, how we respond to, and resolve, conflict).   

11:30AM – 12:30PM Session 3

3A: Careers in Dispute Resolution: Tips, Tools, and Takeaways

NY CLE Credit Pending: 1.0 hours - Areas of Professional Practice - Click here for materials 

Deborah Enix-Ross, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Matthew E. Draper, Draper & Draper LLC

Kenneth Kramer, JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator

Dana C. MacGrath, Bentham IMF

Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director, New York International Arbitration Center 

Description: This panel will explore how to build a career in domestic and international dispute resolution, with candid tips, tools, and takeaways, including a discussion on the variety of opportunities available in this growing field.  Delegates are invited to come with questions!

3B: Breaking Walls, Making Connections - NICEly

Tara Fishler, Director of Learning and Development for Creative Response to Conflict 

Priscilla Prutzman, Executive Director, Creative Response To Conflict

Description: When you stand in a room alone, your voice is the only one to echo. In many classrooms, the echo among varying cultural voices can be loud and divisive. What if our classrooms were respectful enough to engage differing opinions that fostered understanding and support? They have, with the NICE (Nurturing Inclusive Community Environment) program!

As a program of CRC (Creative Response to Conflict), NICE began in 2 high schools in Rockland County, New York. Our staff run community building circle activities in classes and support students in managing the conflict in their lives 1:1. In just 2 years, NICE has become part of the fabric of these schools and is about to begin replication. Experience a sample lesson and learn how the NICE program intertwines the 3 prongs of Restorative Practices, Social Emotional Learning and Conflict Resolution for maximum impact! We have expanded to serve the needs of our students after school with our “Girl’s” and “Young Men’s” circles. Our large immigrant population has flocked to our new “Multi-Cultural” club. See how you can replicate the success of our program in your school or youth organization.

3C: Intelligence, Strategy, and Ethics in Conflict Resolution

NY CLE Credit Pending: 1.0 hours  - Ethics and professionalism - Click here for materials 

Richard Horowitz, Principal, Richard Horowitz & Associates, Attorneys at Law

Description: Conflict resolution is a much needed yet difficult skill to develop, and is a skill that can be applied to interpersonal as well as international relations. Acquiring intelligence about your adversary and developing strategic options based on this intelligence are similarly important yet difficult skills to develop. Along with this, the complexities of competing interests often generate ethical dilemmas that may interfere with or influence decision making. Experience teaches ways of improving the ability to acquire intelligence and to develop strategies accordingly, as well as thinking through how to recognize and handle ethical dilemmas that arise from your planning and decision making. The nature of conflict resolution makes it fraught with these situations and challenges. This presentation explains methods of thinking and techniques that that enables the practitioner to improve their ability to utilize better intelligence and strategy needed for conflict resolution and discusses ethical dilemmas that result from implementing these necessary techniques and how to handle them.

3D: Real Talk: Creating Space to Talk Trauma by and For Teens

Ashley Johnson, Youth and Community Advocate - Brownsville Community Justice Center

Brownsville Keepers

  • Description: In Brooklyn, a significant force for healing and community building are the youth in the neighborhood of Brownsville. The Brownsville Keepers, an empowered group of young people working out of the Brownsville Community Justice Center, use circle and restorative practices in a peer-led diversion program that evolved from its origins as a youth court. Come hear from members of the Brownsville Keepers about their work. In this session, participants will be invited to sit in circle as they learn about centering youth voices and youth leadership in diversion and recidivism as well as how to equip young people with tools for advocacy to support one another.

12:30PM – 2:30PM:  ACR-GNY Award Luncheon

Keynote Address: 

Lucas Johnson

ADR Achievement Award: 

Ariel Belen 

ADR Achievement Award: 

Kay Pranis

2:45PM – 4:00PM Session 4

4AIs Jay-Z the ADR Diversity Champion We Need?

NY CLE Credit Pending: 1.5 hours  - Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias - Click here for materials 

Chris KwokMediator at JAMS

Simon Kyriakides, Senior Counsel at American Arbitration Association

Jen Lupo, Managing Member at Lupo Law, Arbitration & Mediation PLLC

Eldonie Mason, Founding Member, Attorney & Arbitrator, Mason Firm, LLC

F. Peter Phillips, Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program

Salman Ravala, Commercial Litigator, Arbitrator & Mediator, Professor of Law

  1. Description: What are the aftereffects of the Jay-Z Order to Show Cause? Filed in New York Supreme Court Commercial Division, it sought to stay of arbitration in the company’s licensing dispute.  There, Jay-Z argues, amongst other things, “the AAA’s arbitration procedure, and specifically its roster of neutrals deprive black litigants like Mr. Carter and his companies of the equal protection of the laws, equal access to public accommodations, and mislead consumers into believing that they will receive a fair and impartial adjudication.”  Our panel will consider 1) the impact of celebrity attention on matters that concern us; 2) If a motion like this will be filed again, will there be a different response?; 3) How are institutions reacting to this case?; What is the role of the ADR village – institutions, neutrals, market users, law schools?; and lastly what are we doing right about diversity and inclusion in the field of ADR? If we are to identify some champions in the field, who will they be?

4B: Supporting Income-Challenged Families in Mediation

NY CLE Credit Pending: 1.5 hours  - Professional Skills - Click here for materials 

Antoinette Delruelle, Mediator and Senior Attorney, New York Legal Assistance Group

Jean Norton, Director, Collaborative Family Law Center, New York State Unified Court System

Mark Kleiman, Founder, Community Mediation Services

Valerie Waldeier, Court Attorney Referee, Kings County Family Court

Description: A significant diversity question in the field is around working with individuals and families of different economic backgrounds. If we are to be truly empathetic and impartial neutrals, it is important to be mindful of the economic realities facing many of our clients and seeing past even the most innocent of assumptions we have about people’s financial capabilities. Using case studies from parenting conflicts, this panel will explore the unique challenges of mediating cases with families facing poverty. We will also explore how mediators can manage these challenges to move towards better service to our clients and creating a resolution in a space of increased sensitivity to their lived experience.

4CBehind Closed Doors: Using Conflict Coaching to fit Criminal Court Needs

Tricia Jones, CEO, Conflict Coaching Matters, LLC

Anthony Yost, Manager of Mediation & Conflict Coaching, New York Peace Institute

Description: The New York Peace Institute has been partnering with the King’s County District Attorney’s Office to adapt the Conflict Coaching Matters conflict coaching model for use in Criminal Court Cases to help those charged with criminal offenses engage in analysis of their conflict behavior and consider alternative courses of action and intervention as well as development of patterns of de-escalatory behavior. This 12-month pilot has proven successful on several levels and this session will explain the development of the partnership, best practices for implementation, the adaptation of the conflict coaching model to fit criminal case needs; and will present preliminary results of research being gathered on efficacy and impact.

4D: Making Noise: Dissonance, Instigation, and Intentional Disruption (An Applied Workshop)  

Amelia Foster, Interdisciplianry Artist, Amelia Foster Art 

Jerone Hsu, Apprentice, Prime Produce Apprentice Cooperative

Michelle Jackson, Executive Producer, Environmental Projects, Prime Produce Limited 

Adam Jacobs, Co-Founder at Kids Creative

Qinza Najm, Co-op Member, Prime Produce

Chelsey Ng, Actor, Sleep No More

Description: Participants will engage in a collaborative, creative instigation aimed to push them beyond their comfort zone (and outside their echo chamber). Performance art, intentional disruption, and presence are tools we can employ to explore themes of conflict, dialogue, and difference beyond conventional means of communication. Facilitated by an interdisciplinary team pulling from experiences in creativity facilitation, Sleep No More's immersive theatre and instigation, conflict resolution, community organization, performance art, and participatory art.  

4:15PM – 5:30PM Session 5

5A: Intellectual Property and ADR: Resolving Disputes Away from the Courtroom

NY CLE Credit Pending: 1.5 hours  - Areas of Professional Practice - Click here for materials 

Kyle-Beth Hilfer, Esq., Hilfer Law

Amy A. Lehman, Esq., Director of MediateArt and Legal Services at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

David L. Newman, Esq., Chair of the IP Practice at Gould & Ratner

Description: A mediator, an arbitrator, and a party advocate walk through a conflict - join us as this diverse panel of ADR professionals explores the options available to parties in an intellectual property conflict. Kyle-Beth Hilfer, Esq. of Hilfer Law, an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, moderates a discussion between herself, Amy Lehman, Esq. mediator with the SDNY and Director of MediateArt and Legal Services at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and David Newman, Esq.Chair of the IP Practice at Gould & Ratner. Together, the panel will unpack and analyze a variety of issues that can arise from an intellectual property dispute and explore how ADR options can benefit the unique challenges of these disputes. They will also highlight the differences between mediation and arbitration in an intellectual property dispute.

5BPeople with Disabilities: Best Practices for Inclusion in Dispute Resolution

Shari Greenleaf, Special Education Mediation Program Coordinator, NYSDRA 

Amber Kane, Mediation Program Coordinator, Genesee County Family Court

Description: How does the existence of a disability affect a party’s ability to access dispute resolution and how might it affect the process? What should dispute resolution practitioners know about this topic? This Workshop seeks to clarify how we as dispute resolution practitioners can develop a greater capacity to be inclusive and ensure that our services can be accessed by all members of our community who seek to resolve conflict. We will review (1) practitioner Codes of Conduct, (2) the capacity of individuals to engage in dispute resolution, (3) creating inclusivity through accommodation, modification and support, and (4) the application of inclusion practices.

5C: Conflict Resolution and the work of Social Healing

Eddie Gonzalez, Engagement Manager, Civil Conversations Project

Lucas Johnson, Executive DirectorCivil Conversations Project

The On Being, Civil Conversations Project is focused on the human transformation that makes social transformation possible. Grounded in the virtues and ethos of the On Being Project, this is work of inner engagement and engagement in the world. Deepened inner life creates space for the moral wrestling that can transform interpersonal relationships. The transformation of relationships — changing how we see each other — is necessary if we are to transform our communities and how we live together.

Conflict Resolution is essential to the work of social healing. We are working to take a conflict transformation and peacebuilding approach to the scale of change we believe our country needs and desires.

The United States is a deeply fractured society. What is the role of conflict resolution/mediation/transformation practitioners in the work of social healing? How can we build a collaborative network that equips and supports communities to wrestle with the important questions of our time?

5:30PM – 7:00PMCocktail Hour Reception 

Register here

Questions?  Please contact co-chairs Stephanie Crouch and Glen Parker at

Thank you to our sponsors:

Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York Chapter


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