Committee on ADR in the Courts

The ADR in the Courts Committee, chaired by Jennifer Lupo and Steven Carl Bennett, Esq., has set an ambitious agenda to improve the court-annexed mediation programs in both the State and Federal courts.  One focus will be to increase the number of cases sent to mediation, either by court order or voluntarily, by various means, including educating members of the bar and the judiciary as to the advantages of mediation and other ADR processes and organizing a network of practitioners around the State to work with their local judges on increasing the utilization of mediation services.  Another focus will be to improve the methods of administrating the court-annexed programs in order to deal with the anticipated increased demand for mediators, including the process by which mediators are selected to accommodate the needs and preferences of the litigants.

The Committee coordinates and consults regularly with Dan Weitz, Director of ADR for the New York State Office of Court Administration and other court representatives involved in the ADR programs.  The Committee has also met with Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, as well as Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler, the Administrative Judge for Civil Matters in the First Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court, and will continue to coordinate with them to improve their mediation programs

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