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

    • Thursday, February 06, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • John Jay College: 899 Tenth Avenue, Room L61, Manhattan


    ACR-GNY CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College present:

    DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Mediating Employment Discrimination Disputes at US EEOC

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (U.S. EEOC) is responsible for enforcing the federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. In 1991, the U.S. EEOC first piloted its Mediation Program in four regional offices, and, in 1999, rolled out the Program nationally. The U.S. EEOC’s Mediation Program offers parties to a charge the opportunity for a fair and efficient means to resolve their employment disputes. A neutral mediator assists the parties in reaching a voluntary, negotiated agreement.

    Listen to mediators from the U.S. EEOC’s New York District (New England, New York and most of New Jersey), who will discuss the mediation process in employment discrimination disputes at the U.S. EEOC. Panelists will address U.S. EEOC mediation processes and procedures, as well as draw upon their own experiences and the techniques they have used to resolve employment related disputes.

    David L. Reinman, Esq., Supervisory ADR Coordinator for the U.S. EEOC’s NY District Mediation Program.
     Previously, he served as a Staff Mediator with the U.S. EEOC. He mediated hundreds of charges involving allegations of employment discrimination and other workplace disputes.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for the U.S. Department of Justice. David also worked as a supervising attorney with the Seton Hall University School of Law Conflict Management Program’s S.D.N.Y. Representation in Mediation Practicum, providing pro se litigants with no-cost legal representation in court-ordered mediation and teaching law students mediation advocacy and negotiation skills. David earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law, LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, B.A. from Rutgers University. He conducts trainings and frequently guest lectures on negotiation, mediation and employment law.

    Deborah Reik, Esq., Staff Mediator with the U.S. EEOC’s NY District Office. She was an Appellate Attorney at the U.S. EEOC in Washington D.C., a trial attorney in the U.S. EEOC NY District Office, and since 1998, a Staff Mediator in the ADR Unit in the New York District Office.  Deborah has mediated more than two thousand cases. As a mediator, she resolves disputes brought under the laws the U.S. EEOC administers, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and The Americans with Disabilities Act.  Deborah has won awards as a mediator, including the Federal Executive Board Distinguished Government Service Award in 2014, U.S. EEOC Sustained Performance Award in 2011, NY Federal Executive Board Alternative Dispute Resolution Award in 2005, the Congressional Certificate of Achievement, the Director’s Award in 2003, and the Special Achievement Award in 2007.  She is a certified mediator through the NYU Employment Law and Mediator Skills Training in 2001.  Deborah is on the panel of mediators for the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of NY and the American Arbitration Association panel for Hurricane Sandy mediations.  In October 2013, she received an Edmund Muskie Fellowship to present a series of workshops on mediation in Ukraine. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, magna cum laude, and the University of Connecticut Law School. She is a member of the Connecticut and NYS Bars.

    Joy H. Kemppainen, Esq., Pro Bono Mediator with the U.S. EEOC’s New York District Office. Joy has been serving as a pro-bono mediator since 2011.  She began mediating for the U.S. EEOC in 2015.  Previously, Joy was an independent securities compliance consultant and a Principal Consultant with ACA Compliance Group.  Prior to that, Joy was responsible for compliance in the NY office of an advisory group managing over $380 billion worldwide.  Joy served as General Counsel to a $3 billion investment adviser in Washington, D.C. which managed hedge funds, a mutual fund, and separate accounts.  Joy has also served on the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management in Washington D.C. and the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Seattle.  She also held a compliance position in Hong Kong with a Chinese investment adviser, and with the Hong Kong operation for a large international investment bank based in Amsterdam.  She has also worked in the securities litigation departments of a Seattle and NY law firm and served as General Counsel to an investment adviser in Seattle. Before becoming a lawyer, Joy served as a branch manager of examiners in the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) and worked as a CPA in the audit and tax departments of a large Seattle CPA firm.  Before becoming a CPA, Joy worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Federal Aviation Administration. Joy earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington, with an emphasis in accounting.  She earned her J.D. from the same university in 1990 and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1990. 

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Past events

Thursday, January 09, 2020 Portraits of Reconciliation
Monday, January 06, 2020 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting & Elections
Thursday, December 05, 2019 Promoting Fairness in Dispute Resolution: Addressing Implicit Bias, Identity Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat.
Thursday, November 07, 2019 WALKING THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY: Lessons for Conflict Resolution
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 2019 Mediation Settlement Day: The Multiplicity of Mediation
Thursday, October 03, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Building a Culture of Conflict Tranformation in Brazil
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Practice Group: Commercial & Employment Mediators
Sunday, August 18, 2019 ACR-GNY Summer Social
Thursday, August 01, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: When Privilege, Race and Culture Converge: Conflict with "Allies" in the Workplace
Thursday, July 11, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST:Expanding NY State Courts' ADR Initiative: A Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, June 06, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST:RESPECT MATTERS: How Procedural Fairness Can Improve Client Engagement and Public Trust
Tuesday, June 04, 2019 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2019
Thursday, May 02, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Slavery's Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation
Thursday, April 04, 2019 (copy) ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Adaptive Mediation: Navigating Conflict Dynamics and Derailers
Thursday, April 04, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Adaptive Mediation: Navigating Conflict Dynamics and Derailers
Thursday, February 07, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: The Intersectionality of Leadership and Conflict: Embracing 3.0 Best Practices with a Refined Playbook
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting & Elections
Thursday, January 03, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Restorative Practices in the Schools: What are We Restoring?
Thursday, December 06, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Bandaging Wounds: Mediation as a Tool for Healing
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 ACR-GNY Holiday Party 2018
Thursday, November 01, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Repairing Relationships, Strengthening City Government: Dispute Resolution in NYC Government
Thursday, October 04, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Dispute Resolution for Blockchain and Smart Contracts
Thursday, September 06, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Towards Reconciliation in the West Bank Using Photography
Thursday, August 02, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Roots of Diversity in the ADR Field
Thursday, June 07, 2018 ROOM CHANGE! Microaggressions: Applications to Mediation
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2018
Thursday, May 03, 2018 Workplace Gender Dynamics
Thursday, April 05, 2018 Dissonance in Mediation
Thursday, March 01, 2018 THE BIGGER TABLE: Mediating and Facilitating Multi-Party Disputes
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Transform Conflict with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Thursday, December 07, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Rikers Island Training: Think Like a Mediator
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting/Holiday Party/Board Elections
Thursday, November 02, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Facilitating Difficult Conversations about Race and Racism
Thursday, October 05, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Fairness and Bias: Mitigating Implicit Bias in Mediation
Thursday, September 07, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Negotiating Past Stereotypes
Thursday, August 03, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Providing ADR Services to FEMA'S Disaster Employees
Thursday, July 06, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST:Internet Marketing for Word-of-Mouth Referrals
Thursday, June 15, 2017 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2017
Thursday, June 01, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Rainbow in the Cloud: Revealing the Invisible through a Relational Orientation to Conflict
Monday, May 08, 2017 The Forgiveness Project: a Conversation
Thursday, March 02, 2017 MEDIATION SANS VALUES: Mediation in Autocratic and Feudal Cultures
Thursday, February 02, 2017 PEACEMAKING IN THE COMMUNITY
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Conference Planning Meeting
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 ACR-GNY Holiday Party and Annual Meeting 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016 MEDIATION ON THE BEAT: Embedding Mediation Skills in the NYPD
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Roundtable Talk with UN Assistant Secretary General Barkat
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 “Accountability” in Restorative Justice: What Does it Mean?
Thursday, October 06, 2016 MEDIATING IN INDIA
Thursday, September 08, 2016 Arbitration and Mediator Ethics: What you have a right to do and what is right to do.
Thursday, August 04, 2016 Violence Prevention Project: A Behavioral and Cognitive Viewpoint
Thursday, June 16, 2016 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2016
Thursday, June 02, 2016 NYC Muslim Communities: Building Civic Engagement and Restoring Trust in Government
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 How Mediators Can Use Their Skills to Help Family-Owned Businesses
Thursday, May 05, 2016 ISRAEL:ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND PEACE: A Land of Milk and Honey?
Thursday, April 07, 2016 WORDS CAN BE WINDOWS OR WALLS
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 Helping Clients Forgive: The Ultimate Tool of Conflict Resolution
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Mediation: It's All in the Timing
Thursday, January 07, 2016 ADR'S ROLE IN FIGHTING OPPRESSION
Thursday, December 03, 2015 Race Matters in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Transformative Practices
Thursday, November 05, 2015 Facilitation of the New York City Stop and Frisk Joint Remedial Process: Progress and Dialogue
Thursday, October 01, 2015 Unbearable Lightness of European Mediation: From old Greek Legends to Winnie-the-Pooh
Thursday, September 10, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Building Rapport, Building Peace
Thursday, August 06, 2015 Mindfulness Stress Reduction and Heartmath for Conflict Resolvers
Thursday, July 09, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - The Use of Consensus Building Processes in Public Policy Disputes
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast (Rescheduled) -The Master Practitioner and Leonardo Da Vinci Meta-Cognition, Creativity and Neuroscience
Thursday, May 07, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Community Engagement: Urban Complexities, Race and Police Community Relations,
Thursday, April 09, 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation by Kay Pranis - Co-sponsored by John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Thursday, April 02, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediating Gentrification: Creating Unity out of Divisiveness in one Community
Thursday, February 05, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Dismantling Religious Violence through Peacemakers
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast -NYPD Hostage Negotiations
Monday, December 15, 2014 ACR-GNY Holiday Party
Thursday, December 04, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Debunking ADR Myths
Thursday, November 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - A Conversation with Wendy Kamenshine, Ombudsman forConsumer Financial Protection Bureau
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 From Volunteer to Career: How to use your volunteer mediation experience to build a career in ADR
Friday, October 10, 2014 International Arbitration Institute
Thursday, October 02, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement
Thursday, September 04, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Restoration, Reconciliation and Healing: Is There Room for Them in America's Criminal Justice System?
Thursday, August 07, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Transforming Conflict from Within: Learning to Lead with Wisdom
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution
Thursday, June 19, 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2014
Thursday, June 05, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Innovative Community-Based Responses to Conflict
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation by Jeffrey Zaino, VP of the AAA
Thursday, May 01, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Stories Mediators Tell
Thursday, April 03, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Disaster Mediation: Storm Sandy Insurance Claim Dispute Resolution Mediation
Thursday, March 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Cross Cultural Issues in International Mediation
Thursday, February 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Dealing with Differences
Thursday, January 09, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Compassionate Communication
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thursday, December 05, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Urban Peacemaking: The Red Hook Community Justice Experience in Brooklyn
Thursday, November 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Envisioning Alternatives through Peacebuilding and the Arts
Monday, October 21, 2013 ACR-GNY Conference Planning Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 03, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Loosening Our Attachment to Possessions
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Collaborative Agreements in Police-Community Conflicts
Thursday, August 01, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Creating Collaboration in the Work Place
Thursday, July 11, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Death, Dying and Conflict Resolution
Thursday, June 20, 2013 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Peacemaking After Deadly Conflict
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Hands-on Blogging Workshop
Thursday, May 02, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediator Ethics: 'no view from nowhere'?
Thursday, April 25, 2013 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thursday, April 04, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - IDENTIFYING GOOD AND BAD MEDIATION PRACTICE
Thursday, March 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - RESPONDING TO THE MEDIA WHEN CONFIDENTIALITY IS AT STAKE
Thursday, February 21, 2013 Join ACR-GNY's Youth & Diversity Committee at Columbia's Annual Conflict Resolution Internship Fair
Thursday, February 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - UNDERSTANDING-BASED MODEL OF MEDIATION
Sunday, February 03, 2013 Bringing the NYC Dispute Resolution community together in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy: An Open Space Forum
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Class Arbitration
Thursday, January 03, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - OPERATION RESPECT
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thursday, December 06, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - THE TRANSFORMING CONFLICT LAB
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Youth and the Criminal Justice System
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Mediation Settlement Day
Thursday, October 04, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - WHAT SHAMAN CAN TEACH US ABOUT MEDIATING
Thursday, September 06, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Lessons Learned in Construction Conflict Resolution: Their Application in the Broader ADR Field
Thursday, August 02, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation When Mental Illness Is a Factor
Thursday, July 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Turkey: Failed in VOM; Headed for Paradise in Civil Mediation?
Thursday, June 21, 2012 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2012
Thursday, June 07, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - BURUNDI: Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities
Thursday, May 03, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Using Theater to Transform Conflict and Create Social Change
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thursday, April 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - KAVI: KINGS AGAINST VIOLENCE INITIATIVE
Thursday, March 01, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Nuts & Bolts of Building a Practice in Arbitration, as an Ombuds, in Elder Mediation & with Youth
Thursday, January 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL
Thursday, December 08, 2011 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thursday, December 01, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - OCCUPY WALL STREET and the DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMUNITY
Thursday, November 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - TRIBAL CONFLICT AND MASTERY
Thursday, October 06, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - AMEENA MATTHEWS from The Interrupters
Thursday, September 08, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - CHANGE IN PROGRAM
Thursday, August 04, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation through the Eyes of New York Litigators
Thursday, July 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - How Our Values Shape Our Practice
Thursday, June 23, 2011 ACR-GNY Annual Conference
Thursday, June 02, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - The Five Percent
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thursday, May 05, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Strategic Drafting of Mediation Forms
Monday, April 11, 2011 Member Monday Presentation: "The Art of Perception"
Friday, April 08, 2011 ACR-GNY and Safe Horizon Mediation Program Screening: "Fairly Legal": Fair to Mediation?
Thursday, April 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Effective Ways to Deal with Stress
Thursday, April 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Top Ten Challenges for a Corporate Ombudsman
Monday, March 21, 2011 Member Monday: Members-Only Cocktails & Networking Party
Thursday, March 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Anger Management and Mediation
Monday, February 28, 2011 Med-Arb Is Here to Stay: Why Not Learn About It?
Thursday, February 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION
Thursday, January 20, 2011 Increasing Public Awareness of Mediation
Thursday, January 06, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Conflict Resolution within a Chaotic Reality
Thursday, December 02, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Understanding and Addressing Humiliation
Thursday, November 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - The Colors of War
Thursday, October 14, 2010 Fall Networking & Noshing
Thursday, October 07, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - What Can We Do, in a Polarized World, to Restore Civil Dialogue?
Thursday, September 02, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Using Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) as a Tool in Mediation
Thursday, August 05, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - How to Succeed in Your Mediation Practice
Thursday, July 01, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation Potential in Racially Charged Police Community Relations
Thursday, June 24, 2010 ACR-GNY Annual Conference
Thursday, June 03, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Interfaith Initiative: Community of Living Traditions
Thursday, May 06, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - SEEDS OF PEACE
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thursday, April 01, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - ADR in the Ismaili Muslim Community
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Emerging Role of the Corporate, Organizational & Transnational* Ombuds
Thursday, March 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediating With People with Disabilities
Thursday, February 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Alternatives to Violence Project
Thursday, January 07, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Conflict Resolution Programs in Schools
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 Roundtable Breakfast - The Importance of Forgiveness in our Individual and Collective Lives
Thursday, November 05, 2009 Roundtable Breakfast - A Roadmap for Mediation in Turkey
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