UPDATE - March 23, 2021 - The CLE roundtable discussion following presentation of the awards described
below, which includes an interesting response from New York State Unified Court System personnel on mediator
compensation for New York mediators serving in court-annexed mediation programs, is now available for purchase from NYCLA. If you are interested in lobbying for a New York mediator
compensation enabling statute, please visit the "Contact Us" page and use the form there to send TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq.
a message indicating your interest.
March 4, 2021 - The New York County Lawyers Association's ADR and Supreme Court Committees Honor New York Unified Court System
Personnel - On a memorable Thursday evening, March 4, 2021, members of the New York Unified Court System were honored at an award ceremony and program for their invaluable service
in promoting and otherwise making ADR and Online Dispute Resolution ("ODR") initiatives, options and services accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards--in a not-too-subtle nod to The
Oscars--were called the ODRs (pronounced "Odders") in recognition of the
tremendous expansion of Online Dispute Resolution occasioned by the pandemic.
The event was sponsored by NYCLA’s ADR Committee, Supreme Court Committee, and
the American Arbitration Association. ADR Committee Co-Chair and TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq., Co-Chair Christopher Fladgate, Esq., and Vice-Chair Nelson E.
Timken, Esq. served as moderators of the event along with Supreme Court Committee Co-Chairs Alyssa Goldrich,
Esq. and Russell D. Morris, Esq. Clara Gross, a student member of the ADR Committee, also served as
The Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, J.S.C. received the Group Excellence Award for her remarkable leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Members of her team receiving individual Excellence awards were
Simone Abrams, Deborah Edelman, Kevin Egan, Michele Kern-Rappy, Joan Levenson, Jean Norton, Denis Reo, Vincent Riccobene, Loren Schwartz, Peter Sorrento, Miles Vigilante and Sam Wilkenfeld.
In addition, several Office of Court Administration officials received ODRs. Lisa Courtney received the Education Award, Lisa Denig received
the Pioneer Award, Amy Pontillo was the recipient of the Leadership Award, Carol Swidler was recognized with the Resilience Award, and Daniel Weitz received the Visionary Award.
Following the ceremony, Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq.,
Vice President, Commercial Division American Arbitration Association and several of the honorees, including but not limited to Justice Kaplan, Dan Weitz, and Lisa Courtney, participated in
a panel discussion on how they and other Unified Court System personnel kept things running during the pandemic. The panelists also discussed the future of ADR and ODR in the post COVID-19