November 10, 2017
NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is proud to announce that Susan Hernandez, Esq. and Hon. Peter B. Skelos have been invited by the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA) to present a 1-hour CLE presentation entitled Gender Diversity in Arbitration and Mediation Selection: If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR. The program’s title, taken from a July 2017 report prepared by the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar was compiled by the section’s Task Force on Women’s Initiatives. The CLE program will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the law offices of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Suite 1010, Uniondale, NY 11553 at 6:30 p.m.
Ms. Hernandez and Judge Skelos will address why women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented both in the courtroom and as arbitrators and mediators in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). They will also provide commentary on the survey’s findings about the continued disparity and gender imbalance both in the public and private sectors and discuss ways to move the needle forward to establish procedures and policies to increase the appointment of women and minorities as neutrals in complex commercial and international matters.
Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM stated, “Gender diversity in ADR is an incredibly important issue in today’s legal landscape and I am very pleased that the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association has invited Ms. Hernandez and Judge Skelos to speak. And while the New York State Bar study does report a dearth of women in ADR, NAM prides itself on its diversity in the workplace. Presenting continuing legal education programs such as these to the legal community is a significant step in advancing the discussion about gender equality in both the courtroom and in ADR.”
Susan Hernandez was voted the #1 Mediator in New York State in the 2017 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey and has was ranked a Top 10 Mediator for the past 3 years in that same survey. For the second year in a row, she was also named a National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select group of only 37 nationwide. Ms. Hernandez has mediated disputes involving contracts, discrimination, employment, personal injury, real property/partition, and sexual harassment.
Hon. Peter Skelos was voted a Top Ten Neutral by the 2017 New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey for the second year in a row. He was also named a National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select group of only 37 nationwide and was also chosen as a 2017 New York Super Lawyer. Judge Skelos is a former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, 2nd Department. He is well-versed in the law and is a highly regarded arbitrator and mediator for NAM. Hon. Skelos hears a wide variety of case types including matrimonial, construction, commercial, professional liability, insurance coverage, medical malpractice and personal injury matters.
Ms. Hernandez and Hon. Skelos are available to mediate and arbitrate cases throughout the New York Metro area.
Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the second year in a row, NAM was named Best ADR firm in the United States by the 2017 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey. Additionally, 6 of NAM’s neutrals were named National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 37 nationwide. The company was also ranked a Best National ADR Provider by the 2017 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. Consistent with being the nation’s premier ADR provider, the New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the #1 ADR firm for the past seven years. NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the 2017 Best of The New Jersey Law Journal and Best of the Midwest annual surveys.
NAM actively works with more than 10,000 commercial entities, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of more than 2,500 top-tier former judges and practicing specialists uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes in a private forum. The company maintains rosters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and in major cities around the world, with specific expertise in the areas of Complex Commercial, Construction, Employment, Entertainment, Financial Services, International, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury (including 3rd party and 1st party actions), Professional Liability and Real Estate dispute resolution. NAM is often an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and often time-consuming litigation.
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