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About Mediation Settlement Day

Mediation Settlement Day (MSD) is a free annual event that celebrates the importance and value of conflict resolution for the Greater New York community.

The event was first held in 2003, hosted by the New York State Unified Court System, FINRA and the NYC Bar Association, ADR Committee. ACR-GNY was proud to pick up the mantle in 2018 and continue this tradition. 

Each year a theme is selected for MSD activities. ACR-GNY convenes members of the conflict resolution community for a conversation on the selected topic and to celebrate the new Chuck Newman Award (formerly Frontline Champion Award) honoree(s).

About the Chuck Newman Award

ACR-GNY’s Chuck Newman Award (formerly the Frontline Champion Award) recognizes individuals who have made a meaningful impact on the field of alternative dispute resolution. Chuck Newman Award honorees are named and celebrated at each year's Mediation Settlement Day event. 

Remembering Chuck Newman

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.

Past Chuck Newman Award Honorees



2022 New York Peace Institute

Alexandra Carter, Columbia Law


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


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


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


Johnston Barkat, United Nations Assistant Secretary General 


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


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


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


Roger M. Deitz, Distinguished Mediator and Arbitrator


Commissioner Timothy Germany, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service


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 


Margaret Shaw Esq., JAMS mediator


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


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)


Former Chief Judge Tina Brozman, Southern District Bankruptcy 


Professor Carol Liebman, Columbia Law School

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Photos from Mediation Settlement Day

Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York Chapter


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