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Samantha Adler manages the Civil Court diversion program, the Community program and Lemon Law arbitration program for New York Peace Institute. She earned her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Delaware. She then earned her M.S. at NYU studying Global Affairs and concentrating in human rights, international law, and conflict resolution. Samantha wrote her graduate thesis on unusual forms of international and local conflict resolution.


Halley B. Anolik, Esq. serves as Director of Education and Training at the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution at OATH. Halley creates and delivers training to city agencies on ways to understand and incorporate conflict resolution theory and techniques in their workplace. Halley is continuously learning and teaching from a place that examines opportunities for increased understanding and party self-determination in conflict. Prior to joining the Center, Halley worked at New York Center for Interpersonal Development where she mediated a variety of case types and collaborated with courts, schools and community groups to implement mediation programs and provided training. She also teaches Brooklyn Law School's Mediation Clinic.


Jessica Baen, Conflict Resolution Specialist at the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution at OATH, has devoted her career to bridging divides, whether interpersonal, professional or religious. That passion led her from East Bay Community Mediation, where she provided mediation and case management services for neighbor, workplace and family disputes, all the way to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, where she advocated for prisoners’ right to a fair trial and humane treatment with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Prior to joining the Center, Jessica served as a Senior Facilitator and Trainer with Soliya’s Global Connect Program and as a consultant with Mediators Beyond Borders’ Democracy, Politics and Conflict Engagement Initiative.


Richard Brewster is a full-time mediator with a 40-year background as a government and commercial litigator. I spent half of my career as a lawyer in the criminal justice area, leading to an interest in mediation and circle based programs for inmates and others impacted by the criminal justice system. I went to Harvard Law School and am an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cardozo School of Law.

Rosie Chawla has a master degree in Conflict Resolution & Negotiations from Columbia University, a business post graduate certification from Wharton Business School and bachelor degree in Finance from Temple University. She has worked in the business field for 16 years and has varied  global experiences . She traveled to Greece in 2016 with a scholarship from Columbia University to research the lives of Syrian Refugees. In 2016, she also worked for the UN in Myanmar for 6 months as a conflict researcher . In 2017, she was awarded a fellowship from UN consultative agency to go to Palestine and meet twenty NGO's working on the conflict between Palestine & Israel. In 2017, she was selected attended the prestigious OECD Forum in Paris, and in 2018 she was selected as one of the top 10% delegates for Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations. In 2018, with the Rotary Club of Chengdu she supported a ngo that stops child marriages. Currently, her role in China is of a Global Projects Advisor in which she develops educational projects on Conflict a Resolution/ Peace education and launches projects that focus on above   for educators, youth and community hoping to improve relationships between China’s  56 minorities . I hope to share  knowledge of developing  sensitive programs  in China and globally with participants.


Stephanie Chow is a partner and mediator at Mediated Negotiations where she mediates a wide range of civil disputes. She negotiates complex commercial settlements for major clients including Apple, Facebook, and Google, along with high growth startups. She facilitates closure of business negotiations in situations in which a deal may be in jeopardy as a result of impasse on specific issues, or where time deadlines dictate accelerated negotiations. Stephanie has successfully mediated hundreds of cases with settlements in the hundreds of millions. Stephanie is a lecturer at Columbia University. She is a member of the California, New York, and Washington Bar.


Harold Coleman Jr. is an attorney, arbitrator, mediator, teacher, trainer, speaker, writer and conflict coach.

He is senior vice president for mediation at the American Arbitration Association (AAA)... the global dispute

resolution leader, and mediator/executive director for AAA Mediation.org...an AAA technology innovation

that trains and develops mediators, promotes their practices, and connects them with a diverse community of

users and ADR thought leaders worldwide. Harold also trains new AAA arbitrators and aspiring mediators in

basic/advanced arbitration case management techniques and basic/advanced mediation skills. A former

multi-disciplinary project manager and complex litigation attorney, Harold’s mediated and arbitrated

multiplied hundreds of litigated and non-litigated disputes over a 30+ year legal and ADR career. His formal

education encompasses studies in civil engineering, business, real estate and law, leading to the academic

degrees of Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor. He is a former member of the AAA’s international board

of directors, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), and currently officer/director for

the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He is program co-chair for the American Bar Association’s 2018-

2019 Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Training Institute. He is a recipient of the State Bar of

California’s Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession citation and was nominated, vetted for, and

profiled in the National Law Journal’s Legal Times as an ADR Champion for 2017. Most recently, Harold

was conferred the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s 2018 Chair’s Distinguished

Service Award. Harold serves the global ADR community from the Association’s Southern California and

New York offices. Contact: ColemanH@aaamediation.org; direct 619.794.6001; www.aaamediation.org


Lisa Courtney, Esq. is the Statewide ADR Coordinator for the NYS Unified Court System, where she works to promote the growth of alternative dispute resolution programs throughout New York State.  Lisa oversees the ADR office, which includes the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program, the Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, the Collaborative Family Law Center, and the Part 146 training program approval process.  She assists courts in developing ADR programs, teaches mediation and settlement skills workshops for judges, court attorneys, legal services attorneys and private practitioners, and coaches attorneys and law students in bar-sponsored mediation training programs.  She is an advisor to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks’ Statewide ADR Advisory Committee.  She is a co-chair of the New York Women’s Bar Association’s ADR Committee.  She received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and graduated cum laude from Columbia College.  


Lisa Denig, Esq. is Special Counsel for ADR Initiatives for the NYS Office of Court Administration, working under the direct supervision of Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, George Silver. In this role, Ms. Denig serves as the coordinator of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s new initiative to bring early, presumptive ADR to all civil litigation matters in New York State. Ms. Denig is tasked with overseeing the implementation of this program in the five boroughs of New York City.   Ms. Denig recently finished a one-year term as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and also served a two-year term as President of Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County. She is a member of the Pace Law School Board of Visitors, the Pace Women in Law Committee, the Westchester Community College Alumni Council, is Secretary for the Mount Pleasant Democrat Committee and administers the children’s program at First Baptist Church of Brewster. Ms. Denig is a regular volunteer for Hillside Food Outreach and Compassion International as well as teaching six spin classes a week at local area gyms.


Morgan Evans, Founder, Business Casual – http://thisisbusinesscasual.com,  is an organizational designer who works with a range of clients to create clear systems of support and accountability for culture, values, and people-related operations. She has a strong track-record of providing value for large, established companies on the forefront of the tech industry, such as Slack and Etsy, as well as owner-operated businesses navigating growth in creative fields such as experiential design and film production. Morgan has worked with a wide range of organizations, from small nonprofits to creative agencies, in addition to tech companies at various stages of development, as well as city government. With a Masters in Organizational Change Management, she is a trained mediator, an experienced facilitator, and a community organizer. She is passionate about designing processes that enable organizations to tackle complex challenges, see mistakes as opportunities, and give effective feedback. 


Lauren Fishel, M.Sc. [she/her/hers] is a conflict navigator, consensus builder, and educator who works as a consultant specializing in conflict, culture, and communication. Her work is anchored in emotional intelligence, social-consciousness and sensitivity, self-care, media literacy, and systems thinking. Lauren provides a variety of interactive-educational programming such as workshops and seminars for diverse audiences ranging from middle and high school youth to professionals. She's delivered workshops ranging from consent and healthy relationships, diversity and inclusion, emotional attunement, and more. In the summer of 2019, Lauren founded The Gray Collective LLC which focuses on helping people navigate the gray in life.  She also serves as a Conflict and Strategy Consultant with Harmony Strategies Group, a Teaching Associate at Columbia University's NECR Program, and recently served as an adjunct professor of Conflict Analysis at Pace University.


Beth Fisher-Yoshida is a Facilitator, Educator, Mediator and Executive Coach, who partners with clients to develop initiatives that will strengthen their core negotiation and conflict resolution skills and effectiveness. She is President and CEO of Fisher Yoshida International, LLC, and Professor of Professional Practice and Academic Director of the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program, Vice-Chair of Faculty at School of Professional Studies, Co-Chair of the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) and Director of the Youth, Peace and Security Project at the Earth Institute, all at Columbia University. She serves on the Board of ACRGNY.

Tara Fishler, Director of Learning and Development for Creative Response to Conflict (CRC), has taught conflict resolution and related skills to thousands of adults and students in schools and organizations. She is a NYS Certified Trainer for the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), training educators about bullying. She is a facilitator, a strategic planning expert and a passionate defender of individuals with special needs. She has authored several articles and is writing her memoir. Tara is a former board member of ACR (Association for Conflict Resolution), ACR-GNY and NYSDRA (New York State Dispute Resolution Association). 


Claire Hortens, MSW is currently working as a facilitator of restorative circles at a program in the Bronx called Project Reset, an initiative of Bronx Community Solutions. She has directed international service and cultural exchange programs for youth, provided resources to people dealing with homelessness and poverty, researched the intersection of trauma and community development, and, along the way, has tended many a bustling bar. Claire’s entire personal and professional trajectory has been shaped by early experiences spending time as an outsider on the Northern Cheyenne, Blackfeet and Flathead reservations in Montana, where she was introduced to the enormous potential for learning that exists in the exchange between people whose experience of life is vastly different. Undergirding all her work is a powerful commitment to examining and improving the systems of communication and service delivery that allow for meaningful dialogue between people or communities who might not otherwise understand each other. 


Joan Camilo Lopez is program manager of the Youth, Peace, and Security Program at AC4--Earth Institute. His work is situated in the threshold where sociopolitical processes led by youth community leaders meet with the production of spaces of peace in areas where violent conflicts are rampant. He focuses on understanding the ways youth leaders make sense of violent conflicts, and on how they construct practices and technologies to respond peacefully to the dynamics of such conflicts. He is also interested on how the concrete practices and technologies designed by community youth leaders can inform and further develop academic approaches to peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and leadership; and on how the work of youth leaders can benefit from applying some of the practices and theories that are produced in academia. In short, his work lays where theory and praxis melt. Part of his work at AC4 looks to develop qualitative and quantitative methods to monitor and evaluate the impact of the work led by the youth community leaders with whom we work. In addition to his work at AC4, he is also an adjunct professor of cultural anthropology at City College and Lehman College, CUNY.


Tricia S. Jones is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Social Influence at Temple University, past Vice- President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Conflict Management and past President of the International Association of Conflict Management. She has been awarded the Jeffrey Rubin Award from IACM and the Kreidler Conflict Education Award from ACR. Her scholarship has received approximately $4,500,000.00 in external funding from federal and state agencies and private foundations. She has authored 8 books and 75 articles and book chapters and has given more 300 presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Jones is the Project Director of the Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) project.


Lauren A. Jones, Esq. is the ADR Coordinator for New York City Surrogates' Courts.  Immediately proceeding this role, Ms. Jones was a principal court attorney in New York County's Commercial Division where she focused on conducting settlement conferences and mediations.  She enjoyed a very high success rate in resolving complex commercial business disputes as well as contractual disputes that do not meet the Commercial Division threshold. Prior to joining the NY court system, Ms. Jones was a litigation partner at a large national firm.  Her experience as both a litigant and an ADR facilitator has made her an effective, relatable and creative neutral. Ms. Jones is the co-chair of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association's task force on ADR. She is also a commissioner on the Franklin H. Williams Commission, as appointed by Chief Judge DiFiore in 2018. Ms. Jones often serves as a panelist and speaker on dispute resolution.  She obtained her BA from Duke University and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.


Michele Kern-Rappy, Esq. is the senior mediator and senior settlement coordinator of a MEDNJ Supreme Court mediation program in New York county Supreme Court with over 31 years of experience. Ms. Kern-Rappy is responsible for helping to establish a very successful Med NJ Part - facilitating the settlement of numerous complex and varied matters from 2014 to 2018. Additionally, she creates, coordinates, and conducts ADR-related trainings with the Administrative Judge, Supreme Court Justices, the Bar, court personnel, the public, and is currently a member serving on the Chief Judge’s ADR Task Force. Ms. Kern-Rappy has researched and analyzed complex legal questions and issues, leading to settlements in areas of the law which include: Business and Commercial Law, Insurance Law, Construction and Labor Law, Real Property/Co-Op Condo Law, Family and Divorce Law, Employment Law, Premises Liability, Landlord Tenant, Personal Injury and Torts, Article 81 Guardianship Matters.  She is the co-chair of the New York Women’s Bar Association’s ADR Committee.


Nancy Kramer, Esq. is a veteran mediator, arbitrator and facilitator known for her attention to the issues presented by diverse parties and her flexibility and tenacity to work through them. She conducts virtual mediation and arbitration hearings as well as the traditional in-person sessions. Adept at bridging gaps in communication, identifying obstacles to settlement, and pursuing creative solutions to complex issues, Ms. Kramer has mediated more than 650 cases with an emphasis on business/commercial, co-op/condo, employment, family law, and real estate matters. She is a member of the JAMS Title IX panel. Ms. Kramer is a member of the FINRA Dispute Resolution Panels (arbitration and mediation); New York County Supreme Court Commercial Division ADR Roster; United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York mediation Panel and United States Postal Service mediation panel. She served for ten years as Special Master for the Appellate Division, First Department and was a recent Chair of the New York City Bar Association ADR Committee.


The Hon. Raymond E. Kramer serves as Executive Director for the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution and Director of the Administrative Judicial Institute at OATH. An Administrative Law Judge and Mediator, Judge Kramer leads the Center's Dispute Systems Design initiative. He has many years of experience mediating in the Family Court and workplace contexts and assisting parties in settling matters before OATH. He holds an Adjunct Professor post at New York University Law School, where he co-teaches the Mediation and Advanced Mediation: Dispute System Design Clinics, and New York University's School of Professional Studies, where he teaches Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in the Master's Degree

Program in Human Resources.


Kamiya Kumar is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Studies Education at Columbia University. As a Teacher, Curriculum Specialist and Counselor, Kamiya has designed multi-modal learning environments with the goal of developing highly motivated, independent and passionate learners. She holds a EdM in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, she completed a MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology from London School of Economics. She has worked in school contexts across North America, South America, Europe & Asia and applies cross-cultural learning to innovatively address challenges faced by students. Her current research is geared towards Peace Education and how young people, schools and communities are currently engaging with the concept of peace.


Joan Levenson, Esq. is principal law clerk to Honorable Deborah A. Kaplan, Administrative Judge, New York County, Civil Branch, and counsel to the NYS Judicial Committee on Elder Justice.  Previously, Ms. Levenson served as Justice Kaplan’s Chief of Staff at the Office of the Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases. Prior to that, Ms. Levenson worked at the New York State Judicial Institute where she developed educational programs for judges and court attorneys. Ms. Levenson has had extensive mediation training. She graduated cum laude from New York University and cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a notes editor for the Brooklyn Law Review.  


Lela Porter Love is a professor of law and director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NYC). Her program has been ranked by U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT among the top ten law school programs in the US in dispute resolution since 2000. She founded (in 1985) Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic—one of the first clinical programs to train law students to serve as mediators. Lela serves as mediator, arbitrator and dispute resolution consultant in community, employment, family, human rights, school-based and commercial cases. An active educator and participant in dispute resolution activities, she regularly conducts mediation training programs and courses both domestic and international. Lela is Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. In her chair year she initiated the first International Mediation Leadership Summit in the Hague. She has written widely on the topic of dispute resolution, including co-authoring three law school textbooks. Among her books are: The Middle Voice, co-authored with Joseph Stulberg, and two collections of stories about mediations—Stories Mediators Tell and Stories Mediators Tell—World Edition. The International Academy of Mediators gave Lela a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012; the American College of Civil Trial Mediators gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010; and she received the “Front Line Champion” Award at the Association of the Bar of NYC on Mediation Settlement Day (2009).


Sethu Nair is a mediator, facilitator, coach, and trainer in the fields of alternative dispute resolution and restorative practices. sethu improves interpersonal and social dynamics by enhancing leadership capacity and conflict competence among leaders and groups. Currently, she serves as Senior Conflict Resolution Specialist at the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution at OATH. A member of Hidden Water, sethu facilitates restorative circles to heal the impact of child sexual abuse in the family system. She offers training in restorative practices at the Center for Justice and teaches at Columbia University’s School of Social Work and School of Professional Studies.


Jean Norton, Esq. is the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator for the Supreme Court, New York County.  Ms. Norton is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration of many ADR programs, including the Commercial Division ADR Program, the Non-Division Commercial Mediation Program, the Matrimonial Neutral Evaluation Program and the Early Mediation and Early Settlement Conference Parts.  In addition, Ms. Norton will oversee the upcoming rollout of the Tort Evaluation Program and Matrimonial Mediation Pilot Program.  Ms. Norton is also responsible for organizing ADR training for judges, non-judicial staff and volunteer attorneys as well as ADR-related community outreach events and programs.  

     A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Norton previously served as the Director of the Collaborative Family Law Center and as an Assistant Deputy Counsel in the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Before joining the Office of Court Administration ADR office, she was the Senior Director of the Safe Horizon Domestic Violence and Immigration Law Projects. 


Priscilla Prutzman is co-founder and Executive Director of Creative Response to Conflict. She has taught Conflict Resolution in Education at SUNY New Paltz for several years. On the Fulbright Roster for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Priscilla has written articles and books on mediation, conflict resolution, bias awareness, bullying prevention and intervention and restorative practices.  She is a co-author of the Peer Mediation Standards of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field.  She is currently working in several New York City Schools, helping to implement whole school approaches to restorative practices.


Bradley Roth is an Adjunct Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches the course “Mediation & Meditation” and from which he received a 2019-2020 Teaching Excellence Award. He is a long-time meditator and has mediated in civil and small-claims courts, community mediation centers, and at the EEOC. Bradley is co-founder and chair of Mediators Beyond Borders International – New York, which works to build mediation capacity and advocates for inclusive mediation policies. He graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was a Mediation Clinic participant, and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University.  

Nicholas Schmitt manages and administers the court-annexed mediation programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Harlem courts for New York Peace Institute. He graduated from Cardozo School of Law in 2015 where he studied under the tutelage of renowned mediator, trainer, and professor, Lela Porter Love, in the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution. He is the co-author of a paper on mediating Intellectual Property disputes and was one of the subjects of a U.S. News & World Report article on the changing landscape of lawyering skills in law school. Nicholas is also on the panel of mediators for the Civilian Complaint Review Board.


Danielle Shalov is the Director of the Mediation Clinic at New York Law School and the Representation in Mediation Clinic at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Ms. Shalov also teaches Advanced Appellate Advocacy and Forensic Evidence at Pace. In addition to teaching, Ms. Shalov has offices in Rye Brook, New York where she mediates cases for clients in a wide practice area including family, divorce, workplace and business conflicts.  She serves on the Westchester Surrogates’ Court Mediation Program Working Group.  Ms. Shalov volunteers with the New York Peace Institute and Cluster.


Eric Shanks, Conflict Resolution Specialist at the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution at OATH, is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and Circle Keeper. Prior to joining CCCR, Eric had a personal psychotherapy practice and served as a Circle Keeper at Hidden Water. Eric has experience working in the non-profit and private sector on issues including juvenile justice, trauma and substance abuse, affordable housing, and proactive dialoguing for workplace relationships. Currently, Eric is also working on a joint venture with the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab developing a podcast, Men’s Reckoning, holding innovative conversations designed to explore the possibility of masculinity as pro-social, adaptive and a scalable construct.


Ailie L. Silbert, Esq. is President of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and is appointed to the inaugural New York County Supreme Court Roster of Matrimonial Mediators, New York City Bar Association ADR Committee, Queens County Roster of Matrimonial Mediators. and served on FDMC’s Continuing Education Committee. Prior to launching her family law and mediation firm in 2012, Ailie helped litigate and settle high-conflict, high-net-worth divorces alongside NYC’s preeminent divorce litigators. Prior to that, Ailie served as a small claims court mediator as part of her duties as a Judicial Law Clerk for Hon. Ira E. Kreizman, Sup. Ct., NJ. 


Peter Silverman chairs the ABA Early Dispute Resolution Committee of the Dispute Resolution Committee, the Early Dispute Resolution Task Force of the International Franchise Association, and the Dispute Resolution subcomittee of the Corporations Section of the Ohio Bar Association.  He speaks on early dispute resolution nationwide, and founded the Early Dispute Resolution Institute, which has published the Early Dispute Resolution Practice Protocols.  He is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Toledo, Ohio, and has been an arbitrator and mediator for over 30 years.


Emily Skinner is an experienced teacher, trainer, and consultant. She holds a B.A. in Modern Languages with a focus in Spanish and Portuguese from Rutgers University, an M.S. in Conflict Resolution and Analysis from Nova Southeastern University and a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution and Analysis.  She specializes in designing training and intervention methods to connect the audience with theory and practice. She has worked abroad developing social programs for women and children in South America and is committed to developing and transforming the social sciences and the conflict resolution field. Her doctoral research in alternative dispute resolution focused on taking an introspective lens on the field of conflict resolution with intent to lessen the gap between the high social need for conflict resolution services and overt low social demand.


Chaim Steinberger chairs the custody committee of the ABA FLS, served on its council, is a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA FLS, is a mediator, arbitrator, and litigator, and  is the author of “Divorce Without Destruction,” NYLJ 7/30/18, “Father? What Father? Parental Alienation and its Effects on Children,” 22 NYS App. Div. Law Guardian Reporter 3 (Aug., 2006), and “Make More Money by Being More Ethical,” 33 Family Advocate 2 at 12 (ABA Family Law Section, Fall, 2010).


Miles Vigilante, Esq. began working in the Mediation Part (now the Early Settlement Conference Part) in New York County Supreme, Civil Division in 2010. He conducts settlement conferences in post note of issues cases (with jury demands) coming from the General IAS parts , which are assigned to him by the Trial Support Office upon the plaintiff’s filing of the note of issue. The bulk of the cases conferenced in the part are personal injury cases, such as premises liability and labor law cases, with small mix of property damage cases, contract disputes that do not meet the Commercial Division threshold, insurance coverage disputes and employment discrimination cases. He conducts conference calendars five days a week, with an average of 25- 30 cases a day. Last year, there were approximately 500 cases marked “Settled Before Trial” in his part.


Robyn Weinstein is currently the ADR Administrator at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  Prior to her current role, Ms. Weinstein served as a fellow at the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she currently serves as an adjunct professor of mediation and negotiation.  Previously, Ms. Weinstein served as the program director for the Los Angeles office of Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services at California Lawyers for the Arts and as an adjunct clinical professor of mediation at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law. In 2015, Ms. Weinstein was the president of the Southern California Mediation Association. Throughout her career, Ms. Weinstein has mediated a wide range of state and federal matters including employment discrimination, wage and hour, commercial, real estate, and family disputes.


Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq. is the Vice President of the Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association in New York. He oversees administration of the large, complex commercial caseload, user outreach, and panel of commercial neutrals in New York. He joined the Association in 1990. Mr. Zaino is dedicated to promoting ADR methods and services. His professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section - Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Blog Committee and Blog Administrator for the Section), New York City Bar Association (Member of the Arbitration Committee and Affiliate Member of the ADR Committee), Board of Advisors of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, New York Law School Advisory Committee, and Westchester County Bar Association. He has also written and published extensively on the topics of election reform and ADR and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and Bloomberg to discuss national election reform efforts and the Help America Vote Act.


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