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Mediation Settlement Day 2020

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online

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Please join us on Thursday, October 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm virtually through Zoom for ACR-GNY's much anticipated Mediation Settlement Day event!

We have planned a special webinar featuring the presentation of the Frontline Champion Award followed by a panel discussion engaging key ADR leaders to discuss the future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the “New Normal.”

Learn About Mediation Settlement Day HERE

Learn About 2020 Honorary Chairs and Panelists HERE.

2020 Mediation Settlement Day Agenda

Welcome by Honorary Chairs

Denise Shaw
Co-Founder, ADR Inclusion Network

Sheila Sproule

Co-Founder and Executive Director, ADR Inclusion Network, and
Assistant ADR Coordinator and, NYS United Court System

Introduction of Honoree

Yang Chen

Executive Director, Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Presentation of the 2020 Frontline Champion Award to

Chris M. Kwok

Panel Discussion

ADR Leaders Discuss Current & Future Opportunities for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

How Can We Leverage the New Normal to Help Move the Needle?


  • Chris Kwok, JAMS Neutral
  • David Reinman, Supervisory ADR Coordinator, US EEOC
  • Maria Volpe, Professor and Director of Dispute Resolution Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY; Director of Dispute Resolution Program
  • Honorable Shahabuddeen Ally - Supervising Judge, New York Country Civil Court, New York, County

We look forward to "seeing you” on Zoom on Thursday, October 15th!  

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Salman Ravala and Rebecca Liebowitz 

Co-chairs, Mediation Settlement Day

About Frontline Champion Award Recipient Chris M. Kwok

Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Chris can attest to his kindness, intellect, and generosity. As a full-time neutral with JAMS, Chris serves as an arbitrator and mediator on a wide variety of matters, specializing in complex employment disputes and issues involving cross-border and culturally diverse parties. His stellar 15-year career at the New York District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) translates to an unparalleled depth of knowledge concerning employment-related matters, and he is widely respected for his knowledge and experience in helping find solutions to the most complex challenges.


Beyond his commercial practice, Chris offers his time, talent and visionary leadership to many community organizations and affinity bars, including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), where he is the founding Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York, and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). Through his passion, dedication and efforts, Chris helps bring awareness of dispute resolution and concrete mediation tools to historically underrepresented areas of the legal community. 


Serving, as a mentor and guide to countless individuals beginning their dispute resolution journeys, teaching a Mediation Advocacy Practicum Court, and leading many D&I efforts in ADR, Leads D&I efforts in ADR by playing key roles in AABABY - integrated the spirit giving back to the organization (one result: creation of pro bono clinics in Chinatown), served as a model for minority bar associations across the country and is an active voice in the fight against discrimination and racism. 


Chris exemplifies the spirit of this award as an exceptional individual who has made a meaningful impact on the field of mediation or helped others through their commitment to the effective practice of mediation, we are now accepting nominations of mediation professionals, pioneers, and volunteers who deserve recognition of their significant contributions to the field of mediation.

Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York Chapter


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