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Gender Equality in Alternative Dispute Resolution: If Not Now, When? CLE
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When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Registration 2:00 PM, CLE 3:00-5:45 PM
Where: Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York  12208
United States

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When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 3 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (registration and light refreshments at 2 p.m.)


Where:  Albany Law School


What: Gender Equality in Alternative Dispute Resolution:  If Not Now, When?


Who: Sponsored by the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee. Growing list of co-sponsors includes: Albany County Bar Association; Albany Law School; Capital District Women’s Bar Association; New York State Bar Association (Judicial, Commercial and Federal Litigation, Women in the Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections); Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association; The Legal Project.


Presenters: Confirmed speakers include: Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, former judge of the New York Court of Appeals and current partner at Harris Beach who leads the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group;  Susan Hernandez, Esq., an arbitrator with NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) who was voted the #1 mediator in NYS in the 2017 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey; James E. Hacker, managing partner at E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy and immediate past president of the Albany County Bar Association renowned for his talents in the courtroom and as a mediator; and Hon. Mae A. D’Agostino, Northern District U.S. Judge.


Moderator: Hon. Rachel Kretser, Albany City Court Judge (ret)., adjunct faculty member, Albany Law School, chair, Third JD Gender Fairness Committee


Details: Women are grossly under-represented among the ranks of paid mediators and arbitrators statewide, and especially so in the Third Judicial District. Why? This CLE will explore that question, reveal how the selection process really works and provide insight from experienced mediators/ arbitrators on how to break-in, fit-in and practice as a mediator/ arbitrator.


CLE credit:  It is anticipated that 3 CLE credits will be awarded, including 1 credit to fulfill the new requirement for CLE in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, and 1 credit for ethics.


Registration: Register using the button above. This is a free event!


More information: Please contact Judge Kretser,


Webcasting: Individuals inside the court system can watch live at

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Handouts: CLICK HERE to download the handouts for the event ahead of time.

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