Thu20Oct201612:30 - 2:00 p.m.Touro Law Center
E.D.N.Y. Mediation Settlement Day Luncheon & CLE Program
Mr. Baum was excited to participate in a panel discussion for the First Annual E.D.N.Y. Mediation Settlement Day Luncheon and CLE program entitled “Moving the Needle: Diversity and Inclusion in ADR.” The event marked the 15th anniversary of Mediation Settlement Day in New York, which is a celebration designed to raise awareness about the many benefits of mediation and the wealth of available resources for people in conflict. The program was held at Touro Law Center in Central Islip, on Long Island.
Mr. Baum joined other leaders in the ADR field to participate in a panel discussion – moderated by Professor Joan Foley, Touro Law Center – on inclusion and diversity in ADR. The distinguished panelists included Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown, Joan D. Hogarth - Law Offices of Joan D. Hogarth, Robyn Weinstein - ADR Administrator at U.S. District Court of the E.D.N.Y., and Professor Hal Abramson - Touro Law Center. Not surprisingly, it turned out to be a lively, thoughtful and interactive discussion of the role inclusion and diversity play in ADR.
During the program, E.D.N.Y. Chief Judge Dora Irizarry presented the first Jack B. Weinstein Mediation/Settlement Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of mediation and settlement and have helped others in their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution. U. S. District Judge Weinstein is a creative and innovative jurist who has presided over many complex and seminal cases. He is an educator and has written on the policy and real word implications of alternative dispute resolution in a variety of complex cases.
This year’s Award recipients were a truly terrific threesome – Magistrate Judges Gary R. Brown, Cheryl L. Pollak, and Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. Magistrate Judges Brown, Pollack, and Reyes were chosen unanimously by the committee in recognition of their critical work in handling over 1,400 Super Storm Sandy cases. Under their innovative leadership, the U.S. District Court for the E.D.N.Y. formed the Super Storm Sandy Mediation Program as a means to quickly, efficiently, and justly resolve the massive and complex litigation surrounding the claims brought by homeowners and businesses devastated by Super Storm Sandy. Mr. Baum was fortunate to produce and take part in the program which trained the mediators that would make up the E.D.N.Y. Sandy Mediation Program, and carry out the duty of settling these cases.
The following is a link to a video presented during the program, which provides a brief history and overview of the EDNY's court-annexed Superstorm Sandy Mediation Program: An Overview: Superstorm Sandy Mediation Program