The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York fulfills part of its mission through regular programs relevant to the field. See below for upcoming programs.

Upcoming events open for Registration

    • Thu, May 04, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • John Jay College of Criminal Justice: 899 Tenth Avenue, Room L61 - NYC

    sponsored by
    The Association for Conflict Resolution
    of Greater New York
    The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College


    Coffee and networking 8:00 AM.

    Program begins promptly at 8:30 AM.



    Long before Alternative Dispute Resolution gained popularity, George Nicolau was laying the groundwork. He became a Major League Baseball arbitrator, described by one of his colleagues as "the foremost and most respected arbitrator in the field of sports arbitration in North America," although that hardly describes his professional path.

    Read of Nicolau's extraordinary journey, below, and come be part of a conversation with this revered pioneer in our field.

    GEORGE NICOLAU, returning after service in World War II, entered the University of Michigan in 1945 and graduated in 1948, with a degree in Political Science and Economics. Hearing the difficulties that his father, a Greek immigrant, had in his early days in the United States, Nicolau,  hoping to be a Union Lawyer, went to New York and enrolled in Columbia Law School. While there, he worked part-time for locals of the Teamsters Union and the Textile Workers Union of America. Upon graduating in 1951 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, he went to work for a Union law firm and in 1954,  joined another firm that represented, among others, the National Maritime Union, Actors Equity Association, the Communication Workers of America, the Newspaper Guild of New York and the Gas, Coke & Chemical Workers.


    In 1963, Nicolau temporarily left labor law and joined the staff of the Peace Corps, where he was the Deputy Director of Special Projects. In 1965, as the national anti-poverty program was beginning, he returned to New York at the request of Sargent Shriver as the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for the Northeast Region of the United States. Shortly after John Lindsay was elected New York’s Mayor in 1965, Nicolau was asked to run the City's anti-poverty program and became the first Commissioner of the City's Community Development Agency.


    Leaving CDA in 1968 after expenditures in the Vietnam War had drastically cut funds for anti-poverty programs, Nicolau became the first Executive Director of the Fund for the City of New York, an organization funded by the Ford Foundation to seek innovated ways to assist the City's Government.


    In 1970, two well-known arbitrator/mediators, Ted Kheel of New York and Ronald Haughton of Detroit, established the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IMCR) and Nicolau became its Vice President and Executive Director. Though he had mediated a number of conflicts during his union lawyer and anti-poverty days, this was his first opportunity to teach the subject. Discovering that no one had written a teaching manual or guide on mediation, he and Columbia Law School Dean Mike Sovern wrote one. During the course of ten years at IMCR, Nicolau taught mediation, using televised role plays and other techniques, to countless  government and community leaders. In addition to these bi-annual Seminars in Community Disputes and the Resolution of Conflict, IMCR trained the first Task Force of the Department of Justice's Community Relations Service and the entire Community Affairs and Precinct Command Force of the New York City Police Department. Beyond this, Nicolau, in conjunction with Washington's Center for Community Justice, established inmate grievance procedures ending with advisory arbitration in prison systems in California and New York.

    Among the disputes Nicolau mediated during his time at IMCR was the 1972-74 Seward Park controversy on the Lower East Side between Hispanics and the Orthodox Jewish community. He and colleague Arthur Barns were also involved in the 1975 clash between African Americans and the Hassidic community in Brooklyn's Crown Heights.


    In 1980, after leaving IMCR, Nicolau became a full-time arbitrator and some-time mediator of labor-management disputes across the United States. He is the long-time Industry Chairman of the League of Voluntary Hospitals/ 1199, SEIU, Health Care Workers East, has served as Impartial Arbitrator in Basketball, Baseball, Indoor Soccer and Hockey, was an Impartial Member of NYY's Office of Collective Bargaining for twenty seven years, and has been arbitrator for all of the major airlines and networks and, though he once represented unions in the television, newspaper and the theatrical fields, he now serves, at the request of both sides, as Impartial Arbitrator in those areas.


    In the 1990's, he taught at Cardozo Law School in New York and Pepperdine Law School in California and has published numerous papers in the field.


    Nicolau was President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (1987-88), President of the National Academy of Arbitrators (1996-97), Recipient of the Distinguished Service Wise Owl Award of the American Arbitration Association (Arbitration Day, New York, NY, May 1987), a Participant in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyer's Video History Project (2008) and CLEL's film, the Art and Science of Labor Arbitration  (2013), Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Peggy Browning Fund (2011), Recipient of a Proclamation in recognition of his public service, in which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared April 4th, 2012 George Nicolau Day in the City of New York, and the only Recipient of a Life time service to the Field Award of the National Academy of Arbitrators (2016).




    • Thu, June 15, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Cardozo Law School: 55 Fifth Avenue, New York City, 10003

    presents its

    16th Annual Conference

    June 15, 2017



    Our Resolve

    Conference registration is available on this page.  Please view your registration options on the left, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the 'register' button. 

    For full conference details, including information on our keynote speaker, ADR Achievement Award Honorees, cocktail hour speaker, a full program agenda, and much more, click here

    Questions?  Please contact co-chairs Glen Parker and Regina Ritcey at


    Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation must be received by June 6, 2017. There will be a $25 administrative fee charged for cancelled registrations. Registrants who do not attend and who have not cancelled by the cancellation date are liable for the entire registration fee. If you have requested us to bill your organization/agency, we will do so in accordance with these conditions.  Substitutions for registered participants are accepted at any time without charge.

Past events

Thu, March 02, 2017 MEDIATION SANS VALUES: Mediation in Autocratic and Feudal Cultures
Tue, January 31, 2017 Conference Planning Meeting
Tue, December 06, 2016 ACR-GNY Holiday Party and Annual Meeting 2016
Thu, December 01, 2016 MEDIATION ON THE BEAT: Embedding Mediation Skills in the NYPD
Thu, November 03, 2016 Roundtable Talk with UN Assistant Secretary General Barkat
Tue, October 18, 2016 “Accountability” in Restorative Justice: What Does it Mean?
Thu, October 06, 2016 MEDIATING IN INDIA
Thu, September 08, 2016 Arbitration and Mediator Ethics: What you have a right to do and what is right to do.
Thu, August 04, 2016 Violence Prevention Project: A Behavioral and Cognitive Viewpoint
Thu, June 16, 2016 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2016
Thu, June 02, 2016 NYC Muslim Communities: Building Civic Engagement and Restoring Trust in Government
Wed, May 25, 2016 How Mediators Can Use Their Skills to Help Family-Owned Businesses
Wed, April 06, 2016 Helping Clients Forgive: The Ultimate Tool of Conflict Resolution
Tue, March 22, 2016 Mediation: It's All in the Timing
Thu, December 03, 2015 Race Matters in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Transformative Practices
Thu, November 05, 2015 Facilitation of the New York City Stop and Frisk Joint Remedial Process: Progress and Dialogue
Thu, October 01, 2015 Unbearable Lightness of European Mediation: From old Greek Legends to Winnie-the-Pooh
Thu, September 10, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Building Rapport, Building Peace
Thu, August 06, 2015 Mindfulness Stress Reduction and Heartmath for Conflict Resolvers
Thu, July 09, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - The Use of Consensus Building Processes in Public Policy Disputes
Thu, June 18, 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2015
Thu, June 04, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast (Rescheduled) -The Master Practitioner and Leonardo Da Vinci Meta-Cognition, Creativity and Neuroscience
Thu, May 07, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Community Engagement: Urban Complexities, Race and Police Community Relations,
Thu, April 09, 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation by Kay Pranis - Co-sponsored by John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Thu, April 02, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediating Gentrification: Creating Unity out of Divisiveness in one Community
Thu, February 05, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Dismantling Religious Violence through Peacemakers
Thu, January 15, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast -NYPD Hostage Negotiations
Mon, December 15, 2014 ACR-GNY Holiday Party
Thu, December 04, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Debunking ADR Myths
Thu, November 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - A Conversation with Wendy Kamenshine, Ombudsman forConsumer Financial Protection Bureau
Tue, October 28, 2014 From Volunteer to Career: How to use your volunteer mediation experience to build a career in ADR
Fri, October 10, 2014 International Arbitration Institute
Thu, October 02, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement
Thu, September 04, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Restoration, Reconciliation and Healing: Is There Room for Them in America's Criminal Justice System?
Thu, August 07, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Transforming Conflict from Within: Learning to Lead with Wisdom
Thu, July 10, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution
Thu, June 19, 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2014
Thu, June 05, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Innovative Community-Based Responses to Conflict
Tue, May 06, 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation by Jeffrey Zaino, VP of the AAA
Thu, May 01, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Stories Mediators Tell
Thu, April 03, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Disaster Mediation: Storm Sandy Insurance Claim Dispute Resolution Mediation
Thu, March 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -
Tue, February 25, 2014 Cross Cultural Issues in International Mediation
Thu, February 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Dealing with Differences
Thu, January 09, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Compassionate Communication
Wed, December 11, 2013 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thu, December 05, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Urban Peacemaking: The Red Hook Community Justice Experience in Brooklyn
Thu, November 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Envisioning Alternatives through Peacebuilding and the Arts
Mon, October 21, 2013 ACR-GNY Conference Planning Committee Meeting
Thu, October 03, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Loosening Our Attachment to Possessions
Thu, September 12, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Collaborative Agreements in Police-Community Conflicts
Thu, August 01, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Creating Collaboration in the Work Place
Thu, July 11, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Death, Dying and Conflict Resolution
Thu, June 20, 2013 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2013
Thu, June 06, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Peacemaking After Deadly Conflict
Thu, May 16, 2013 Hands-on Blogging Workshop
Thu, May 02, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediator Ethics: 'no view from nowhere'?
Thu, April 25, 2013 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thu, April 04, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - IDENTIFYING GOOD AND BAD MEDIATION PRACTICE
Thu, February 21, 2013 Join ACR-GNY's Youth & Diversity Committee at Columbia's Annual Conflict Resolution Internship Fair
Thu, February 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - UNDERSTANDING-BASED MODEL OF MEDIATION
Sun, February 03, 2013 Bringing the NYC Dispute Resolution community together in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy: An Open Space Forum
Tue, January 22, 2013 Class Arbitration
Thu, January 03, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - OPERATION RESPECT
Wed, December 12, 2012 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thu, December 06, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - THE TRANSFORMING CONFLICT LAB
Thu, October 18, 2012 Youth and the Criminal Justice System
Wed, October 17, 2012 Mediation Settlement Day
Thu, October 04, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - WHAT SHAMAN CAN TEACH US ABOUT MEDIATING
Thu, September 06, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Lessons Learned in Construction Conflict Resolution: Their Application in the Broader ADR Field
Thu, August 02, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation When Mental Illness Is a Factor
Thu, July 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Turkey: Failed in VOM; Headed for Paradise in Civil Mediation?
Thu, June 21, 2012 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2012
Thu, June 07, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - BURUNDI: Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities
Thu, May 03, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Using Theater to Transform Conflict and Create Social Change
Wed, May 02, 2012 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thu, April 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - KAVI: KINGS AGAINST VIOLENCE INITIATIVE
Thu, March 01, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?
Wed, February 29, 2012 Nuts & Bolts of Building a Practice in Arbitration, as an Ombuds, in Elder Mediation & with Youth
Thu, January 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL
Thu, December 08, 2011 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thu, December 01, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - OCCUPY WALL STREET and the DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMUNITY
Thu, November 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - TRIBAL CONFLICT AND MASTERY
Thu, October 06, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - AMEENA MATTHEWS from The Interrupters
Thu, September 08, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - CHANGE IN PROGRAM
Thu, August 04, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation through the Eyes of New York Litigators
Thu, July 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - How Our Values Shape Our Practice
Thu, June 23, 2011 ACR-GNY Annual Conference
Thu, June 02, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - The Five Percent
Wed, May 18, 2011 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thu, May 05, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Strategic Drafting of Mediation Forms
Mon, April 11, 2011 Member Monday Presentation: "The Art of Perception"
Fri, April 08, 2011 ACR-GNY and Safe Horizon Mediation Program Screening: "Fairly Legal": Fair to Mediation?
Thu, April 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Effective Ways to Deal with Stress
Thu, April 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Top Ten Challenges for a Corporate Ombudsman
Mon, March 21, 2011 Member Monday: Members-Only Cocktails & Networking Party
Thu, March 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Anger Management and Mediation
Mon, February 28, 2011 Med-Arb Is Here to Stay: Why Not Learn About It?
Thu, February 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION
Thu, January 20, 2011 Increasing Public Awareness of Mediation
Thu, January 06, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Conflict Resolution within a Chaotic Reality
Thu, December 02, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Understanding and Addressing Humiliation
Thu, November 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - The Colors of War
Thu, October 14, 2010 Fall Networking & Noshing
Thu, October 07, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - What Can We Do, in a Polarized World, to Restore Civil Dialogue?
Thu, September 02, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Using Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) as a Tool in Mediation
Thu, August 05, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - How to Succeed in Your Mediation Practice
Thu, July 01, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation Potential in Racially Charged Police Community Relations
Thu, June 24, 2010 ACR-GNY Annual Conference
Thu, June 03, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Interfaith Initiative: Community of Living Traditions
Thu, May 06, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - SEEDS OF PEACE
Wed, April 21, 2010 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thu, April 01, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - ADR in the Ismaili Muslim Community
Tue, March 16, 2010 Emerging Role of the Corporate, Organizational & Transnational* Ombuds
Thu, March 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediating With People with Disabilities
Thu, February 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Alternatives to Violence Project
Thu, January 07, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Conflict Resolution Programs in Schools
Tue, December 08, 2009 Roundtable Breakfast - The Importance of Forgiveness in our Individual and Collective Lives
Thu, November 05, 2009 Roundtable Breakfast - A Roadmap for Mediation in Turkey
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