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NELA Nite: A Conversation with Mediators on Diversity and Cultural Competency Issues in Employment Mediation

We’ve invited three wonderful mediators -- Genesis Fisher, Denise Quarles, Susan Salazar -- for a conversation about issues related to diversity and cultural competency that come up in employment mediation. We will discuss the benefits of and barriers to having ADR professionals of diverse backgrounds in mediation and discuss hypothetical employment cases from the mediator’s perspective. We are also setting aside time after the panel discussion for attendees and panelists to get to know each other in the hopes of creating a more diverse network of ADR professionals and employment advocates as well as opportunities for future collaborations. We hope you can join us!
DEI 1.5 Credits
Location: Outten & Golden LLP
685 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Mediation Advocacy Training

The EDNY Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, in conjunction with NELA/NY, is conducting a training for attorneys interested in the EDNY Mediation Advocacy Program [MAP]. The EDNY MAP matches pro se litigants with limited scope pro bono counsel for employment discrimination mediations.

This training offers attorneys interested in participating in MAP with a basic overview of employment law, tools for working with pro se parties, and mediation advocacy skills. Upon completion of this training you will be eligible to apply to serve as a pro bono advocate for the EDNY MAP.

This is a free event.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided  (4 CLE Credits).

Nina Martinez, Outten & Golden
Ralph Charles, EEOC Deborah Reik, EEOC David Reinman, EEOC
Professor David Weisenfeld, Cardozo Law School
Location: EDNY Brooklyn Courthouse
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY

Fall Conference on Representing Employees!

Please join us for our full day conference on at Fordham Law School!  Breakfast, snacks and lunch is included in your registration!

Rates: Members $315; Non-members $395; Non-profit Attorneys $145; Student Rate $105.  Financial Aid to attend the conference is available.  If you would like to apply for financial aid, please email nelany@nelany.com for the application.

9:00 – 9:20  Welcome : Miriam Clark, President NELA/NY

9:20 – 10:20 New Legislation (1 CLE Professional Practice): Review of amendments to state and city human rights laws, whistleblower protections, and state pay equity laws. 
  • Alison Greenberg, Law Offices of Alison Greenberg, LLC 
  • Michael Grenert, Law Office of Michael Grenert, PLLC 
  • Margaret McIntyre, Attorney at Law (moderator) 
  • Laurie E. Morrison, Law Office of Laurie E. Morrison 
  • Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Commission on Human Rights
10:20 – 11:10 Case Law Developments (1 CLE Professional Practice): Steven Bergstein and Professor James Brudney review 2019’s decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Steven Bergstein, Bergstein & Ulrich, LLP
  • Professor James J. Brudney, Joseph Crowley Chair in Labor and Employment Law, Fordham University, School of Law
  • Erica Sanders (moderator), Phillips & Associates
11:10 - 11:25 PM  Break

11:25 – 12:15 – Breakout Programs
Diversity in ADR (1 CLE Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias):The current state of diversity in ADR, the impact of implicit bias on panel selection, how diversity improves the ADR process, and suggested techniques for enhancing diversity in ADR and mediation through difference. 
  • Rekha Rangachari, New York International Arbitration Center 
Legal Writing – Better Written Advocacy (1 CLE Skills) Strategies and tips to improve briefs and correspondence. 
  • Rachel Geman, Leiff Cabraser Heiman & Bernstein, LLP 
  • Judith Padow, Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, LLP 
  • Mark D. Risk, Mark Risk, P.C.
 12:15 – 1:30 – Lunch
1:30 – 2:20 Wage and Hour: Do’s and Don’ts (1 CLE Professional Practice): Practitioners discuss best practices and avoidable pitfalls, from the beginning of the case through to class certification.
  • Patricia Kakalec, Kakalec Law (moderator)
  • Armando Ortiz, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP
  • Lesley Tse, Getman, Sweeney & Dunn
2:20 – 2:30 Break

2:30 – 3:20 Using Your Judgment (1 credit professional practice):Techniques and strategies for the enforcement of civil judgments.
  • Richard Blum, The Legal Aid Society
  • Amy Hong, The Legal Aid Society (moderator)
  • Andrew Kulak, Kulak & Zaslowsky
 3:20 – 4:10 Litigating Against the Government (1 CLE Professional Practice): Pre-litigation requirements, special rules and pitfalls in cases against city, state and federal employers.
  • Joshua Parkhurst (moderator), Law Offices of Joshua Parkhurst
  • Donna Williams Rucker, Tully Rinckey PLLC
  • Zoe Salzman, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP
  • Laura Wong-Pan, Law Office of Laura Wong-Pan PLLC
4:10- 5:00 Social Hour
Location: Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

22nd Annual Gala

Join us for our 22 nd  Annual Gala!

Live music, delicious food, open bar and great company!
Location: Manhattan Penthouse
80 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011