Adding Mediating to Your Career: How to Get Started in 2024

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Format: In-Person

Program Co-Chairs:

Theo Cheng
Arbitrator and Mediator, ADR Office of Theo Cheng

Nancy Kramer
Mediator, Arbitrator & Facilitator, JAMS

  • Is mediating something you want to do? Are you thinking of taking mediation training? Wondering how to get started after that training?

    There is an expanding interest in mediation and new opportunities available in 2024. The New York State Court system has instituted presumptive mediation and the pandemic made remote sessions a new norm. This interactive seminar will discuss what mediating entails today and its likely future role in New York’s legal community.

    The panelists are mediators with very different backgrounds and current positions who will share experiences and offer concrete, practical advice. They will cover the various types of mediation and fields in which mediation is most utilized. Volunteer and paid opportunities for mediators will be explored. There will be ample time for questions and answers. This annual program will be held in-person without remote attendance possible. However a recorded version will be available at a later date.

    Program Fee:
    $199 for Members | $299 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm: $99 for Members
    Members who are Law Students, Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2021-2023), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, and attorney members who practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Lisa Courtney
    Director, Division of Alternative Dispute Resolution, NYS Office of Court Administration

    Lawrence (Larry) Rothbart
    Wall Street Matrimonial Attorney | Matrimonial Attorney

    Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Sociology Director, Dispute Resolution Program & CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY

  • 9:00 am – 9:25 am            
    Introduction and Basics
    Nancy Kramer

    9:25 am – 10:15 am
    Different Pathways to a Mediation Career: Who We Are, How We Got Here and Where We Are Now

    • Blending the Academic and DR Practice Worlds
      Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D.
    • Family/Divorce Law and Mediation
      Lawrence N. Rothbart
    • Moving from Commercial and IP Litigation to ADR
      Theodore K. Cheng
    • Moving from Public Sector Practice to JAMS
      Nancy Kramer 
    • New York State Court System Career
      Lisa M. Courtney

    10:15 am – 10:40 am
    ADR in New York State Courts
    Lisa Courtney (with panel)

    10:40 am – 10:55 am             

    10:55 am – 11: 25 am           
    Video-Conferencing Mediations
    Theodore Cheng (with panel)

    11:25 am – 11:50 am             
    How Does Mediation Fit For You?

    11:50 am – 12:00 pm
    Audience Questions & Discussion   

  • New York: 3.0 Professional Practice
    New Jersey: 3.0 General
    California: 3.0 General
    Pennsylvania: 2.5 General
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution, Philip Goldstein, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Yelena Balashchenko, Manager, Business Development & Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |