I am presently, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Director of the Pipeline to Justice Program at the City University of New York. From 2000 until 2012 I maintained a mediation and consulting practice. I have practiced law for thirty years as a member of the New York Bar. I have been a mediator for twenty-five years. During my practice, I trained both lawyers and non-lawyers in mediation, conflict resolution, and employment law. I also conducted confidential employment discrimination investigations for private companies.
Employment Law Experience
I served as General Counsel at the New York City Commission on Human Rights for ten years. As chief legal officer for the agency, I defended the agency in employment related suits, as well as, in labor arbitrations, and contract disputes. Additionally, I 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, I served as an administrative law judge at the Commission where I presided over hearings on discrimination complaints. Before working for the City I defended members of Local Union 1199 in labor arbitrations.
In addition to my duties as General Counsel at the Commission on Human Rights, I 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 my tenure as an administrative law judge, I 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. I was a contract mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Training & Teaching
I have an extensive training background. Among the organizations where I have conducted mediation trainings are the American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I have also designed training programs for non-legal staff at the Commission on Human Rights and at Bailey House, an AIDs service organization. I give trainings on conflict resolution to federal and state agencies, as well as, private sector corporations. From 2002 to 2010 I was an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Law School where I taught in the Mediation Clinic. I have 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.