The Annual Conference Committee invites you to register today!

The May 3rd Pre-Conference will address:

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” 

The annual conference on May 4th and 5th will feature:

Spousal Support:
A View from the Bench

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

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

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

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

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

Tour of the New York State Court of Appeals

35th Anniversary Party, Dinner and Dancing

Location: Albany Hilton
40 Lodge Street, Albany, New York, 12207, 518-462-6611

The special rate for our room block is $139 per night, available on first-come, first-serve basis. Please make your reservations before the cutoff date, March 30th, 2018, by calling 800-445-8667.  You can also book your hotel room using this link then enter the group code 2CDM under the Special Rate/Group code. Room cancellations need to be make 72 hours in advance of hotel stay.

Full Conference Brochure

If you have questions, please feel free to contact:
Mark Josephson, Annual Conference Chairperson, or
Patty Murray, NYSCDM Executive Director.