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The theme for the 2021 Mediation Settlement Day event is Mentorship

Paying it Forward by Giving Back

And we are proud to honor  Alexandra Carter as the 2021 Frontline Champion! 

Please join us Thursday, October 21st, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (online)

The presentation of the Frontline Champion Award to Alexandra Carter will be followed by a panel discussion on How can we Increase Mentorship Access and Broaden the Opportunities for Everyone?

Featuring these ADR Leaders:


  • Genesis Fisher, Founder and Principal Attorney, Fisher Law Practice, P.C. 


  • Alexandra Carter, Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Lisa Courtney, Statewide ADR Coordinator, NYS Unified Court System 
  • Antoinette Delruelle, Senior Staff Attorney/Mediation Project, NYLAG
  • Charles M. Newman, Principal, Charles M. Newman Law, Mediation & Arbitration Services
  • Iyana Titus, Assistant Commissioner, EEO, NYC Parks & Recreation


About Frontline Champion Award Recipient Alexandra Carter

Alexandra Carter is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School. In 2019, Professor Carter was awarded the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia’s highest teaching honor.  Her first book, Ask for More: Ten Questions to Negotiate Anything, was published by Simon & Schuster on May 5, 2020 and became an instant Wall Street Journal Business bestseller.

Professor Carter’s teaching and research interests lie in the field of alternative dispute resolution, primarily in mediation and negotiation. She is a leading trainer on negotiation and mediation for many from the private and public sectors, including the United Nations, where she has conducted dozens of workshops for more than 80 nations, U.S. courts and federal agencies.

Professor Carter is a frequent media commentator on negotiation and pay equity for women, with appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and MSNBC Live, Hardball with Chris Matthews, the CBS Early Show and NPR Marketplace. She is a contributor for NBC News’ Know Your Value, a news site devoted to helping women grow in their careers and reach their full potential.

Alex 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.

About our other Esteemed Panelists:

Lisa M. Courtney, Esq. is the Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Coordinator for the NYS Unified Court System, where she works to promote the growth of alternative dispute resolution programs. Lisa oversees the Statewide ADR office within the Office of Court Administration. She assists courts in developing local ADR programs, and teaches mediation, neutral evaluation, and settlement skills workshops to attorneys and court staff. She is an advisor to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks’s Statewide ADR Advisory Committee, and co-chair of the New York Women’s Bar Association’s ADR Committee. In 2019, she won the NY Peace Institute’s Peace Raiser Award.

Lisa first joined the Statewide ADR office as Special Projects Counsel, where she set up the nation’s first Collaborative Family Law Center. Previously, she coordinated the NYC Civil Court’s Mediation Program, the NYC Housing Court’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Community Seminar Series, and Help Centers. Lisa has worked as a Court Attorney, a legal writing instructor, a litigation associate, and as a volunteer mediator. 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. She speaks Spanish and Hebrew.

Antoinette Delruelle has been a mediator since 2009 and an attorney since 1994. Before starting the Mediation Project in 2013, she was a senior attorney in NYLAG’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit of which she also served as director from 2001 to 2004, representing survivors of domestic violence in divorce and family actions.  She has taught mediation to legal services attorneys and court staff professionals and participated as a teaching assistant for the Center for Understanding in Conflict.  She is on the rosters of the NYC Family Courts, and the Kings, New York and Queens Supreme Courts’ mediation programs.  She was the president of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York from 2014 to 2016 and is on the board of the Center for Understanding in Conflict.  She is a member of the statewide ADR Advisory Committee formed by Chief Judge DiFiore in April 2018 to give recommendations on how to increase the use of ADR in the NYS court system.  

Charles M. (Chuck) Newman has his own law and ADR firm in Manhattan, concen­trating on commercial, family and divorce, employment discrimination and harassment, wage-and-hour, civil rights, ADA and community matters.  Chuck is a regular speaker on ADR matters and has been a judge or coach in numerous mediation and negotiation competitions, trainings, and continuing profes­sional education programs.

Chuck is the immediate past Chairman of the New York City Bar Association’s Alter­native Dis­pute Resolution Committee, having previously served on other Citibar committees.  As a member of the ADR Committee, he helped develop and implement a medi­ator quality assurance pro­gram for the SDNY.  He is a member of the NYC Bar’s Council on Judicial Administration.  He taught an EEOC mediation clinic at Col­um­bia Law School and is on the inaugural panel of outside mediators of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sec­ond Circuit’s CAMP program.  He mediates for the Commercial Division of Manhattan’s Supreme Court and for the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.  At the SDNY, he was elected to the Mediator Advisory Com­mittee.  He is on the commercial, divorce and general mediator panels of most of the state courts in New York City that are being implemented under the Office of Court Adminis­tra­tion’s Presumptive ADR program that was announced in May 2019.

Iyana Titus currently serves as an Assistant Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for NYC Parks & Recreation, where she is responsible for creating and implementing the agency’s diversity and inclusion policies and practices, conducting EEO investigations and ensuring that the agency is in compliance with all federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. As an Assistant Commissioner she has also been instrumental in creating and implementing an ADR program for her agency and facilitating and mediating employment related disputes. 

Prior to this position, Ms. Titus served as the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) Chief Diversity Officer and as an Employee/Labor Relations manager for a small air carrier.

Ms. Titus holds a BA from Emory University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.  She further holds a Masters degree in Comparative Labor and Organization Studies from the University of Amsterdam where she wrote her thesis on diversity management and the Dutch police.

Ms. Titus is an active member of the New York State Bar Association. She sits on the mediation panel for the U.S. District Court-Southern District of New York and is a pro bono advocate for the Mediation Advocacy Program-Eastern District of New York.  Ms. Titus has also served as an adjunct professor at BMCC where she taught Human Resources Management.

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