Cheryl Howard is presently Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Director of the Pipeline to Justice Program at the City University of New York School of Law. From 2000 until 2012, Associate Dean Howard maintained a mediation and consulting practice. She has practiced law for thirty years as a member of the New York State Bar, and has been a mediator for twenty-five years. During her practice, she trained both lawyers and non-lawyers in mediation, conflict resolution, and employment law. She has also conducted confidential employment discrimination investigations for private companies.
Employment Law Experience
Associate Dean Howard served as General Counsel at the New York City Commission on Human Rights for ten years. As chief legal officer for the agency, she defended the agency in employment-related suits, as well as in labor arbitrations and contract disputes. Additionally, she drafted legislation and was responsible for reviewing decisions of the agency’s administrative law judges for legal sufficiency and consistency with The City’s Human Rights Law. Before becoming General Counsel, Associate Dean Howard served as an administrative law judge at the Commission, where she presided over hearings on discrimination complaints. Before working for the City, she defended members of Local Union 1199 in labor arbitrations.
In addition to her duties as General Counsel at the Commission on Human Rights, Associate Dean Howard was the director of the Commission’s Office of Mediation and Conflict Resolution. The program consists of three full time mediators who are available to mediate cases brought at the Commission. In 1988, during her tenure as an administrative law judge, she was trained as a mediator. The Commission instituted a pilot program in which judges mediated one another’s cases before they went to trial. The success of this program gave rise to the Commission’s Office of Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Afterward, in private practice as a mediator, Associate Dean Howard was a contract mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Training & Teaching
Associate Dean Howard has an extensive training background. She has conducted mediation trainings at the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has also designed training programs for non-legal staff at the Commission on Human Rights and at Bailey House, an AIDS service organization. Associate Dean Howard gives trainings on conflict resolution to federal and state agencies, as well as private sector corporations. From 2002 to 2010 she was an adjunct professor at the City University of New York School of Law, where she taught in the Mediation Clinic. She has also taught Advanced Issues in Employment Law, EEO Law II, and Principles of Management and Organization I at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and Workplace Rights and Responsibilities at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.