Cardozo Symposium on October 23 on Presumptive ADR and Court Systems of the Future

From EFOI Lela Love:

Dear Friends,

Following this year’s adoption by the NY Courts of Presumptive ADR, the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution is holding its Jed D. Melnick Symposium on Presumptive ADR and Court Systems of the Future on Friday, October 23.

Register via Eventbrite.  CLE credits will be available.  The virtual event will be held over Zoom Webinar. After registration, you will receive the link to the event several days before October 23. Details regarding receiving CLE credits will also be shared after registration and before the event.

Following a welcome and keynote address by the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, Janet DiFiore, at 9:00 AM, the Symposium will feature many distinguished panelists from across the country throughout the day, each panel exploring a unique aspect of presumptive, mandatory or easy-opt out ADR and its implications. Those panels will include:

9:30 – 10:45 AM: Leadership and Implementation: Presumptive ADR in NY, with Lisa Courtney, Esq. (Statewide ADR Coordinator – NYS Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration), Lisa Denig, Esq. (Special Counsel for ADR Initiatives – NYS Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration), Joel R. Kullas, Esq. (ADR Coordinator for the 3rd, 4th, 9th& 10thJudicial Districts), Bridget O’Connell, Esq. (ADR Coordinator for the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8thJudicial Districts & the Court of Claims), and Daniel Weitz, Esq. (Director of the Division of Professional & Court Services – NYS Unified Court System).

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Innovative Programs and Pilots, with Judge Doris Gonzalez (Bronx County) and Judge Deborah Kaplan (New York County) and ADR Coordinators Amy L. DiFranco, Esq. (Upstate New York), Lauren Jones, Esq. (Surrogate’s Court, New York County), Yvonne Marin, Esq. (Nassau County), Jean Norton, Esq. (New York County), and Robyn Weinstein, Esq. (US District Court, Eastern District of New York).

12:15 – 1:15 PM:  Assessment, Direction, and Vision for the Future, with Edwina Richardson-Mendelson (Deputy Chief Administrative Judge – Office for Justice Initiatives), Jennifer Shack (Director of Research – Resolution Systems Institute), and Professors Donna Erez-Navot (Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law), and Nancy Welsh (Texas A&M University School of Law).

1:45 – 2:45 PM: Other Mandatory, Presumptive or Strongly Encouraged ADR Initiatives: From State to Federal Courts, and Beyond, with Giuseppe De Palo, Esq. (Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes), Tamara Lange, Esq., (ADR Program Director – US District Court, Northern District of California), Professor Sharon Press (Mitchell Hamline School of Law), Maurice Robinson, Esq. (EEO Officer for NYCHA Department of Equal Opportunity), and Douglas Van Epps, Esq. (Director, Office of Dispute Resolution Michigan Supreme Court).

2:45 – 3:35 PM: The Court Systems of the Future and ODR, with Professors Brian Farkas, Esq. (Arent Fox), David Larson (Mitchell Hamline School of Law), and Colin Rule (President and CEO –

3:45 – 5:00 PM: Keeping up with the Times: ADR in Legal Education, with Professors James Coben (Mitchell Hamline School of Law), Homer La Rue (Howard University School of Law), Lela Love (Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law), Carrie Menkel-Meadow (University of California, Irvine School of Law), Thomas Stipanowich (Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law), and Joseph Stulberg (The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law).

Hope to see you there!


Lela Porter Love, Professor of Law
Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law


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