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May 3rd: Getting to the Heart of Conflict: A Workshop on Practical Techniques

David A. Hoffman, Esq.
Mediator, Arbitrator, Collaborative Lawyer 

Boston Law Collaborative, LLC

John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law Harvard Law School

TEDx Talk on “Lawyers as Peacemakers” 

Spousal Support: 
A View from the Bench

The Honorable Richard A. Dollinger
Monroe County Acting Supreme Court Justice

May 4th & 5th: 

Navigating The New Tax Laws When Mediating Divorcing Couples
Mark Josephson Esq., CPA, CFP, CFE, CGMA 
Founder & Senior Partner 
Murray & Josephson, CPAs

Update on the Law
Steve Abel, Esq., Accredited Mediator
The Center for Mediation and Training

Session 1: 
Pension Primer for Mediators
Session 2: 
Navigating the Retirement Landscape
Carolyn A. D’Agostino, Esq. Pension Consultant, The Law Office of Carolyn D’Agostino, PLLC

Addressing Diversity, Inclusiveness and Implicit Bias: 
Concerns Facing Mediators
- Maria R. Volpe, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Director, Dispute Resolution Program, Director, CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
- Bathabile Mthombeni, JD, University Ombudsman, Binghamton University - SUNY
- Sheila Sproule, JD, Assistant Statewide ADR Coordinator, NYS Unified Court System

Making the Case for Caucusing in Divorce Mediation
David Hoffman, Esq.

Debate: Is There a Place for Consulting Attorneys in Divorce Mediation?
Moderator: Dan Burns, Esq., Accredited Mediator, Burns Mediation
- Renée LaPoint, MS, NYSCDM President, Accredited Mediator, The Mediation Center
- Deborah Hope Wayne, Esq., Accredited Mediator, Deborah Hope Wayne, PC
- Bob Collins, Esq., Attorney Mediator, Common Sense Divorce Mediation
- Ron Heilmann, LCSW, LMFT, Accredited Mediator, Mediation Network of Syracuse, NY

Trends, Resources & Techniques to Know When Mediating Domestic Violence Cases
- Gwen Wright, Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) 
- Ellen Schell, Esq. OPDV General 
- Bonnie Allen OPDV Domestic Violence Pgm. Admin. 1 

Mediating Past Gender Stereotypes
Dorothy Weaver, MBA, EdD, Barnard College, Columbia University
Charles Newman, Esq., Charles M. Newman Law, Mediation and Arbitration

Breaking Through Stalemates: Understanding What Impasses are Really About
Barbara Badolato, CSW, Accredited Mediator, Divorce Mediation Professionals
Katherine Weall, Esq., Attorney, Mediator, Actor
Steven Bettman, Esq, Mediate For Life

Converting Calls to Clients
BJ Mann, Accredited Mediator, BJ Mann and Associates Mediation Services 

What the Heck is HECM? (Reverse Mortgages are not what you think!)
Bill Donofrio, Reverse Mortgage Specialist, High Tech Lending

35th Anniversary Party, Dinner and Dancing

Full Conference Brochure


What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation is a voluntary settlement process used frequently and successfully by married couples who want to divorce, and by domestic partners who want to separate. Divorce mediation gives couples the option to plan their futures rationally, and in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect. With the assistance of a trained divorce mediator, you can reach an agreement that is custom-made for your family, your finances and your future.

Divorce mediation is the preferred choice for couples and families facing separation and divorce because it provides a cost-saving means to reach agreements in a cooperative setting. At the same time, divorce mediation gives couples more control over the process and decision-making. As a result, communication between couples is better so resolutions take less time. Learn more.


 The Divorce Mediation Quiz

 The Divorce Mediation Quiz

Even if you and your partner do not agree on much, divorce mediation could still be for you. Check out The Divorce Mediation Quiz for typical issues to think about when considering divorce mediation. If you and your partner think that divorce mediation could be a sensible solution for your family, you should learn more by meeting with a divorce mediator who can answer questions specific to your situation.

Take the Quiz Now!

 Member Spotlight

Mark Josephson on LookTV

Mark Josephson on LookTV

Watch NYSCDM President Mark Josephson and Jesse Jackson of LookTV discuss how divorce mediation can help couples communicate better, work through challenging financial issues and enable them to develop equitable divorce agreements while maintaining greater control over their futures. 

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