Statewide Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution

In early 2018, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore appointed the Statewide ADR Advisory Committee to support and guide the implementation of Presumptive ADR, a systemwide initiative in which appropriate civil cases are referred to mediation or some other form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as the first step in the case proceeding in court. The Committee is led by John S. Kiernan, a retired litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLC. This expert group of judges, lawyers, ADR practitioners and academics are charged with examining the services currently accessible within the court system and making recommendations for improvement and expansion.
 

 Committee Members

Chair
John Kiernan
Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
John S. Kiernan | Professionals | Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


Members
Simeon H. Baum
President, Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.

Cynthia Boyce
Attorney-Advisor, for the FEMA ADR Department

Hon. Anthony Cannataro
Associate Judge, Court of Appeals

Sasha A. Carbone
Associate General Counsel, American Arbitration Association

Alexandra Carter
Professor and Director, Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Program, Columbia Law School

Theo Cheng
Arbitrator and Mediator, ADR Office of Theo Cheng LLC

Hon. Andrew A. Crecca
District Administrative Judge, Suffolk County 

Antoinette Delruelle
Senior Staff Attorney, Mediation Project

Hon. Paula Feroleto
Justice of the Supreme Court, Eighth Judicial District 

Elayne Greenberg
Director of Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, Professor of Legal Practice at St. John's University School of Law

Adrienne Holder
Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Practice, Legal Aid Society

Elena Karabatos
Past President, Nassau County Bar Association
Partner, Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos

Michele Kern-Rappy
Senior Settlement Coordinator, Supreme Court, New York County

Daniel Kolb
Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Tashi Lhewa
Consumer Attorney at The Legal Aid Society of NYC

Lela Porter Love
Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Hon. Rita Mella
Surrogate, New York County

Hon. Edwina Mendelson
Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives

Charles J. Moxley, Jr.
Principal, Moxley ADR LLC

Melissa H. Nickson
ADR Program Administrator/Director
Martin P. Violante ADR Program, 8th Judicial District

Rebecca Price
Director, ADR Program, U.S. District Court for the Southern District on New York

Alia Razzaq
Chief Clerk, NYC Civil Court

Hon. Robert R. Reed
Supreme Civil Court Justice, 1st Judicial District

Hon. Walter Rivera
Judge of the New York State Court of Claims

Sarah Rudgers-Tysz
Executive Director, Mediation Matters

Hon. Brandon Sall
Surrogate, Westchester County

Paul Sarkozi
Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Hon. Saliann Scarpulla
Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Dept. 

Hon. Carol Sherman
Chief Family Court Magistrate, Bronx Family Court

Hon. Jeffrey S. Sunshine
Statewide Coordinating Judge for Matrimonial Cases

Daniel M. Weitz
Director, Professional and Court Services, New York State Office of Court Administration


Advisor
Lisa Courtney
Statewide ADR Coordinator, New York State Office of Court Administration


Counsel
Ming Ming Yang
Litigation Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton


Staff
Joel Kullas 
ADR Coordinator
New York State Judicial Districts 3, 4, 9 & 10

Jean Norton
Special Counsel for ADR Initiatives (NYC)
Office of Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Deborah Kaplan

Bridget O’Connell
ADR Coordinator
New York State Judicial Districts 5,6,7,8 & Court of Claims
 

 Subcommittees

Matrimonial/Family

Surrogates

Commercial

Joint Poverty/Life Essentials & High-Volume Courts

Mechanics of Inventorying, Evaluating, Replicating and Expanding

Development/ Selection of Neutrals

Promoting/ Educating about ADR

Non-Mediation ADR
 

 Publications

2019 Interim Report from ADR Advisory Committee