Winter Symposium

Mediation 2020:
Now What?


FRIDAY, December 4  


9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Virtual Symposium)

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Kahoot! Happy Hour!)





Mediation 2020:
Now What?

Mediation: Exploring the Current State of Domestic Violence

Learn perspectives and innovative solutions from DV service providers and mediators who are developing leading-edge strategies. Focus will be on:

  • Developing creative solutions with the use and collaboration of public and private DV resources
  • Expanding our tool kits and resources as mediators 
  • Understanding the litigator’s perspective on DV and the courts: Real-time update during Covid-19

Moderator: Concetta G. Spirio, Esq.

Panelists: Rebecca Ramos, Senior Educator and Coordinator of Policy and Community Engagement, LI Against Domestic Violence
Christine Perumal, Esq., Litigator and Director, Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project
Michelle Exline Minovi, Esq., Minovi Law & Mediation, former DV Litigator

1.5 CEs, CLEs and Social Worker CEs Pending


Mediating Post-Judgment Financial Modifications During COVID-19

Post-judgment considerations due to changed earnings during the Covid-19 Pandemic. What mediators need to know about:

  • The importance of filing a modification application when there is an existing child support order 
  • Re-evaluating partial losses of income, dealing with total loss of income, impact of devalued business
  • Child support and maintenance modifications

Moderator: Joelle Perez, Esq.

Panelists: Hon. Patricia Brimais-Tenemille, Support Magistrate, Rockland and Putnam Counties 
Jeffrey Gibralter, CPA, Klein Liebman & Gresen
Liz Vaz, Esq., Vaz Law 

1.5 CEs, CLEs Pending

Presentation of the 2020 Abel Award


Ethical Jeopardy: Find the Violations

During this session, a detailed fact pattern will be presented. Attendees will be divided into breakout rooms where they will address a number of ethical considerations.

  • For mediators, how can we mediate ethically?
  • Are there different considerations for attorneys, therapists and other professionals?
  • How do we channel the advocacy brain into effective mediating?

Moderator: Maxine Park, Esq.

Panelists: Rachel Green, Esq., NYSCDM Ethics Chair
Kate Bar-Tur, LCSW, FIPA

1.5 CEs, CLEs and Social Worker CEs Pending


Whose Judgment is it, Anyway?

It is gospel among divorce mediators that parties have the power and flexibility to chart a good course for their post-divorce lives and family. When the Covid Pandemic forced all-but-essential court closures throughout the State, many couples pursuing divorce were left without recourse as the system froze. To this day, the effects of the backlog remain significant, and the future remains uncertain. It has made some people wonder afresh whether we really need to burden every divorcing couple with the need to go to court. This interactive conversation will address the historical and logistical role of the law, and of the court system in particular, in the dissolution of marriage in New York. Speakers and audience members will begin to re-imagine what the courts’ roles should be in divorce, if any, for couples who do not need judicial wisdom or imprimatur.

Moderator: Lara Traum, Esq.

Panelists: Alla Roytberg, Esq.
Charles Newman, Esq.

1.5 CEs, CLEs Pending

Happy Hour!

PLEASE READ: If you opted for the COMBO RATE when you signed up for the Fall Symposium, please DO NOT register again for the Winter Symposium. You are already registered for Part 2. If you are unsure, please contact [email protected]. If you did not attend the Fall Symposium, but want to register for the Winter Symposium, please proceed and register for this event!


Registration Now Open!

Early Bird Pricing (Now through Nov. 27): $100 NYSCDM Members; $120 Non-members

Regular Pricing (From Nov. 28-Dec. 4): $120 NYSCDM Members; $140 Non-members

COMBO RATE: Sign up for the Fall Symposium and the Winter Symposium to save $50. Details on the registration form. 

* Includes all sessions, materials, virtual happy hour entertainment, networking.
** Does not include any refreshments.


If you have questions about the symposium content, please contact the co-chairs:

Lara Traum, Esq.  Mark Josephson, Esq.

For technical questions about your registration, please contact NYSCDM Executive Director:

Patty Murray

Special thanks to FamilyKind


Important Details 

REFUNDS: This virtual event will be recorded, so you can attend live or watch on demand. Refunds will not apply for this event. 

SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have any special requirements, please email [email protected] Attendees will provide their own food an beverages.

SYMPOSIUM MATERIALS: About a week before the symposium, you will receive conference materials via an online link/file share.

*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] 

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/Scoial Workers are approved for select presentations and co-sponsored by FamilyKind at NO additional cost.

CONTINUING EDUCATION for other professionals will be provided for all sessions by NYSCDM at NO additional cost.

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.

New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
1732 1st Ave #21294, New York NY 10128
516) 227-2595 - [email protected]