CLE Webinar: Child Victims Act Update – Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Strategies

CLE Events | Webinar Date: October 25, 2023 @ 1:00 p.m. ET

When the New York State Child Victims Act was enacted in April 2019, the legislature created a look back window that allowed survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits through August 2021. During that look back window, more than 10,000 lawsuits were filed, and are now making their way through the court system. This program will discuss updates in case law, and the use of mediation to resolve these cases.

NAM neutral, Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (Ret.) will be joined by Jordan K. Merson, Esq (Founder, Merson Law). and Lewis R. Silverman, Esq. (Silverman & Associations) will share their respective mediator, plaintiff-counsel, and defense-counsel perspectives on the unique concerns in mediating these types of matters, including the determination of value, roles of the parties, assessing liability, evaluating damages, and the importance of selecting the mediator. The presenters will also offer guidance and best practices in mediating sexual abuse cases.

This complimentary 60-minute CLE webinar, “Child Victims Act Update – Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Strategies,” will be presented on Wednesday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

To register, visit the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers website here.

About our presenter

The Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (Ret.) is a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County and is a member of NAM's (National Arbitration and Mediation) Hearing Officer Panel. She has successfully mediated numerous high-profile sexual abuse matters and has facilitated the settlement of cases involving a wide range of other practice areas that include personal injury, premises liability, labor law, sports and recreation, and employment law. Judge Bonina has consistently been voted a Top Mediator and Arbitrator since the inception of the New York Law Journal Best Of Survey. In 2022, she was voted the #1 Arbitrator and a Top 10 Mediator in the state. In 2020, she was voted the #1 Mediator / #1 Arbitrator in New York State and has been named the #1 Arbitrator five times in the last ten years. Judge Bonina is available arbitrate and mediate cases throughout the New York Metro area. 

NAM provides complimentary continuing legal education (CLE) programs virtually, on-site at your office, or in any of NAM's dedicated conference facilities. Our Continuing Legal Education department will work with your firm or organization to customize a CLE program that is designed to meet your specific CLE issues and topics of interest. Our respected faculty provides participants with an interactive presentation that will engage and educate your audience as they earn relevant CLE credit.

Please contact NAM's CLE department at 800-358-2550, ext. 145 or email Sharon Pedersen at for information on how we can customize a CLE program for your organization.