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Annual Conference Honorees

Year

Honoree

2023

U.S. Special Envoy Jessica Stern

2022

Center for Anti-Violence Education and Catherine Amirfar

2021

Dr. Kabir Duggal and Supported Decision-Making New York

2020

Baruch Bush and Ana Bermudez

2019

Hon. Ariel Belen (Ret.) and Kay Pranis

2018

Marvin Johnson and Charlotte Carter

2017

Common Justice and James Carter of Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

2016

Center for Court Innovation and John Kiernan

2015

Gary Friedman, Jack Himmelstein, and Hon. Danny Weinstein

Chuck Newman Award Past Honorees

ACR-GNY’s Chuck Newman Award (formerly the Frontline Champion Award) recognizes individuals who have made a meaningful impact on the field of mediation or helped others through their commitment to the effective practice of mediation. Chuck Newman Award honorees are named and celebrated at each year's Mediation Settlement Day event. 

About the Chuck Newman Award for Impact in the ADR Community

In 2022, we lost a beacon of light in New York's ADR community. Chuck Newman was a former ACR-GNY president and member of the Roundtable Breakfast organizing committee. Chuck spent over a decade supporting the growth of the ADR field. Still, more than that, he was deeply invested in our ADR community: the people who spend their time and emotional resources to explore peaceful resolutions.

In recognition of Chuck and his legacy, ACR-GNY has named an award in his honor. Every year at Mediation Settlement Day, we will now bestow the Chuck Newman Award for Impact in the ADR Community to an individual or organization.


2023The Honorable Kristin Booth Glen
2022 New York Peace Institute

2021

Alexandra Carter, Columbia Law School

2020

Chris M. Kwok, Mediator, Arbitrator and Neutral at JAMS

2019

Rebecca Price, Director of ADR Programs at the US District Court of the Southern District of New York

2018

Daniel Weitz, Esq, Director, Division of Professional & Court Services, NYS Unified Court System

2017

Johnston Barkat, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General

2016

Hon. Kathleen A. Roberts (Ret.), Mediator, Arbitrator, and special discovery master, JAMS

2015

Gerald P. Lepp, retired ADR Administrator for the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

2014

Kenneth Andrichik, Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel, and Director of Mediation Strategy, FINRA Dispute Resolution

2013

Roger M. Deitz, Distinguished Mediator and Arbitrator

2012

Commissioner Timothy Germany, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

2011

Maria Volpe Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City of University of New York

2010

Margaret Shaw Esq., JAMS mediator

2009

Professor Lela Love, Director, Cardozo Law School’s Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution

2008

Roger Brach, Safe Horizon Brooklyn/Manhattan;

Bill Powell, Center for Dispute Settlement Inc.; and

Bill Carroll, Mediation Center of Dutchess County


(tri-champions recognized for 25 years of volunteer service as mediators in the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program)

2007

Former Chief Judge Tina Brozman, Southern District Bankruptcy

2006

Professor Carol Liebman, Columbia Law School

Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York Chapter

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