March 14, 2014
Hello and welcome to ACR-GNY!
My name is Elizabeth Clemants and I am currently serving as president of the Association of Conflict Resolution of Greater New York. What we call: ACR-GNY. As those that are members know, we are a non-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and contributing to the professional development of ADR practitioners.
For those of you who are not members, I invite you to become one. We offer many interesting and cutting edge programs throughout the year on topics such as International Arbitration, Restorative Justice, Non Violent Communication, Building a Career in ADR, Commercial Mediation, Family and Divorce, as well as programs on workplace issues. Our organization caters to the widest range of ADR professionals, and works to expand the field in various directions.
We also have many networking events that help you to get to know the others working in our field. This may even prove to diversify your practice, as you get to know and understand the multitude of ways ADR practitioners have found to resolve conflict in our communities. Our year ends with one of the countries best local conferences. This year’s conference will be co-sponsored by Cardozo Law School, and be held on June 19th.
The conference attracts a wide range of practitioners as well as potential users of ADR. We will be honoring Carol Liebman, an honored professor at Columbia Law School in negotiation and mediation, and Edna Sussman, Arbitrator and Mediator, and Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Fordham Law School. The conference will offer 16 workshops, a keynote speaker, and award luncheon as well as a networking cocktail party.
We are all looking forward to this year at ACR-GNY. Hope you will join us.