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The 2019 Annual Conference will be 

held as follows:
- Pre-conference: Thursday, May 2nd
- Annual Conference: Friday, May 3rd, and Saturday, May 4th

Doubletree Tarrytown
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, New York, 10591

2019 Conference Agenda

We are extremely excited to announce that our pre-conference speaker will be Kenneth Cloke JD, PhD, LLM, world-recognized mediator, dialogue facilitator, conflict resolution systems designer, teacher, public speaker and author. Ken will lead a 5-hour workshop entitled: When Civility Breaks Down: Designing Interest-based Approaches to Chronic Conflicts.

In addition, Ken will start our annual conference with his opening plenary on: Designing Questions that Reveal Hidden Dynamics & Release People from Conflict.

Additional plenary and breakout sessions include:

- Anatomy of Divorce: How Mediators and Courts Collaborate featuring: the Honorable Matthew F. Cooper, Esq., NY Supreme Court Justice; Joan Levenson, Esq., Chief of Staff to Administrative Judge for NY County; Referee Carol Swidler, Esq., Head of Post Judgment in Westchester; Jean Norton, OCA Assistant Deputy Counsel for ADR/CIP for NYS; and Michele Kern-Rappy, Esq., Sr. Settlement Coordinator, NYS Supreme Court

- Spousal Maintenance Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act featuring Dan Burns, Esq., Attorney & Accredited Mediator, Burns Mediation; Julie Mersereau, Esq., Attorney & Mediator Mersereau Law Office, Pllc; Rod Wells, Mediator; Steve Linker, Founder and Chairman, Linker LLC

- Annual Update on the Law featuring Steve Abel, Esq., Attorney & Accredited Mediator Center for Mediation and Training, Editor, Federal Family Law

- Magistrates Share Insights on Child Support and Shared Custody featuring: the Honorable Patricia Brimais-Tenemille, Esq., Family Court Support Magistrate, the Honorable Richard Mandell, Esq., Family Court Support Magistrate (Ret.); the Honorable Allen Hochberg, Esq., Family Court Support Magistrate (Ret.); Jill Sanders-DeMott, Esq., Moderator

- Critical Incidents in Mediation: Saving the Process featuring Renée LaPoint, MS, NYSCDM President, Accredited Mediator, The Mediation Center; Don Boice, LCSWR, Mediator & Clinical Social Worker, Boice Mediation

- Alternative Ways of Dealing with Conflict & Trauma featuring Elizabeth Clemants, MSW, Founder, Hidden Water

- College Planning 101 for Divorced Families featuring Stephanie Mauro, President, College Planning 101

- Power Balancing in Divorce Mediation: Things are not always as they seem! Featuring Ron Heilmann, LCSW, LMFT , Accredited Mediator, Mediation Network of Syracuse, NY; William Hoefer, Esq., Divorce and Family Law

- Better Together Apart: The Five Pillars of an Elegant Divorce featuring Gabrielle Hartley, Esq., Hartley Law and Mediation, Your Elegant Divorce

- From QDRO to COAP and RBCO: Decoding the World of Federal Pensions featuring Steve Abel, Esq., Attorney & Accredited Mediator, Center for Mediation and Training, Editor, Federal Family Law

- What Every Mediator Needs to Know About Parental Alienation: Psychological and Legal Perspectives featuring Linda Gunsberg PhD, Washington Square Institute; Jordan Trager, Esq., Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.

- Lessons Learned from Divorce Mediations Involving Law Enforcement Officers: Strategies for All Challenging Personalities featuring Thomas Stedina, Director of Divorce Empowered and Smart.

For more details, please follow this link.

Hotel Room Block:

Doubletree Tarrytown
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, New York, 10591


The special rate for our room block is $159 per night, available on first-come, first-serve basis. Please make your reservations before the cutoff date, March 31st, 2019, by calling 914-524-6418.

You can also book your hotel room online via then enter the group code CDM under the Special Rate/Group code. 
Room cancellations need to be made 72 hours in advance of hotel stay.

Additional details:

REFUNDS: For requests received via email by April 15, 2019, refunds will be granted as follows: amount paid, less a $75 administrative fee. Thereafter, no refunds will be granted.

SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have any dietary, ADA or other special requirements, please email [email protected] unless you have already indicated them on the registration form.

CONFERENCE MATERIALS: About a week or two before the conference, you will receive conference materials via Dropbox.

*NYSDRA members and MEMBERS OF OTHER STATE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO NOT PRACTICE IN NEW YORK, are eligible for NYSCDM member rates. Government employees are eligible for member rates as well. Please email [email protected]. 

We offer a $25 discount for presenters; for details, contact [email protected].

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION: “New York State Council on Divorce Mediation has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York from July 25, 2018 – July 24. 2021.” CLE credits will be earned depending on sessions attended. All sessions are suitable for newly appointed and experienced attorneys. Continuing Education credits are provided for beginning and advanced mediators."

CONTINUING EDUCATION for Mental Health Professionals are approved for select presentations and co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Attendees can choose to purchase MH CEs during or shortly after the conference via an online portal provided by R. Cassidy. For details, please consult the brochure or contact Kate Bar-Tur at [email protected]

FINANCIAL HARDSHIP: NYSCDM’s Financial hardship policy is available upon written request. To apply, write Connie Fraser at 95 Allens Creek Road, Building 2, Suite 123, Rochester, New York 14618.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact 
Patty Murray, NYSCDM Executive Director.