James F. Henry Speaker Series

The series honors James F. Henry, founder and first president of CPR. All events are open to the public, and offer 1.5 Continuing Legal Education credits.  Refreshments are served starting at 5:00 pm.  The program is offered 5:30 p.m.–6:50 p.m., followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and networking opportunity with the speakers.

The speaker program for the 2018-19 academic year has concluded.  The schedule for the 2019-20 academic year will be announced in mid-summer.

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April 23, 2019: Cutting-Edge Topics in Commercial Arbitration

In this perennial favorite, renowned arbitrators discussed the hottest topics in commercial dispute resolution.  A Co-Presentation with the American Arbitration Association.  Video available here.

March 19, 2019: LGBTQ Issues in The Modern Workplace

Om March 19, 2019, New York Law School Professor Arthur Leonard led a discussion of the legal and managerial issues presented by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.  Panelists included Ezra Cukor of THE NYC Human Rights Commission, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan of Lamda Legal, and Jillian Weiss of Outten & Golden LLP.  A video of the presentation is available here.

January 31, 2019: Fifth Annual ADR Symposium: “ADR and Diversity”

This annual event was a co-presentation with the ADR Inclusion Network and the American Arbitration Association.  Speakers included New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deborah Enix-Ross, Deborah Masucci, William Johnston, Dean Anthony Crowell, and others.

November 20, 2018: From Adversarial Confrontation to Constructive Dialogue

Jane Gunn, Chair of the Board of Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, led a discussion on effective techniques mediation for both the neutral and the client adviser. Part of the James F. Henry Speaker Series.  For a video of the event click here.

October 29, 2018: Training in Mediation Advocacy

This full-day course trained client representatives to get the most out of mediation.  A Co-Presentation with the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association.

September 5, 2018: Court-Sponsored ADR in New York

Panelists discussed the ongoing initiative to expand and increase the effectiveness of court-sponsored mediation and other ADR efforts in New York courts, including through the work of the ADR Advisory Committee recently formed by Chief Judge DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Marks. Part of the James F. Henry Speaker Series.  A video of this event is available here.

Cutting Edge Topics in Commercial Arbitration

On April 11, 2018Jeff Zaino, Senior Vice President of the American Arbitration Association, returned with an expert panel to address cutting edge issues that all commercial arbitrators need to be aware of. Speakers included Steven C. Bennett, Park Jensen Bennett LLP; Richard Mattiaccio, FCIArb; Steven Skulnik, Independent Arbitrator; Richard H. Silberberg, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Rosemary A. Townley, Independent Arbitrator; and Conna Weiner, Independent Arbitrator. Three topics were addressed: whether independent research by an arbitrator constitutes grounds for vacatur; the role of the arbitrator in fostering efficient resolution of a dispute; and arbitrators’ assisting with settlement.

Fourth Annual Symposium, Diversity in ADR

This special event on Wednesday January 17, 2018, explored the reasons why, in a diverse economy driven by diverse participants, the practice of arbitration and mediation has been persistently homogeneous.  Faculty included Paulette Brown, Locke Lord LLP, Past President, American Bar Association; Prof. Ben Davis, University of Toledo, Chair, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution; Deborah Enix-Ross, Debevoise & Plimpton, Chair, ABA House of Delegates; William Johnston, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, Past Chair, ABA Business Law Section; James A. Tricarico, former General Counsel Edward Jones; and Prof. Thomas J. Stipanowich, Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law.

Built to Last: Creating Enduring Commercial Relationships 

On Wednesday November 15, 2017, a panel hosted by President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”), Noah Hanft explored how a commercial relationship can be structured so as to limit conflict and optimize its likelihood of success, and the important role transactional lawyers can – and must — play in this process.  Speakers included Prof. Joan Stearns Johnsen, University of Florida, Levin College of Law and Greg Gallopoulos, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, General Dynamics Corporation.

The Lawyer as Facilitator

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, a program was offered on skills of facilitation. In public discourse about essential matters of civic concern, we talk to each other with more skill than we listen to each other.  In this session, Professor Bordone and Danielle Bart shared a new initiative at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program investigating the role of lawyers in facilitating dialogue among communities to increase understanding, resolve a dilemma, or re-build trust. They discussed the purpose of the initiative, why it matters for law school students at this point in U.S. history, and some of the activities and teaching tools the initiative has created so far.

Transforming Justice, Lawyers, and the Practice of Law

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Touro College Law Center Professor Marjorie Silver hosted a panel of contributors to her new and much discussed volume published by the Carolina Academic Press and challenging the very premises of adversarial client representation.  The panel discussion addressed the abundant ways in which lawyers, judges, law professors and others are employing more communitarian, peaceful and healing ways to resolve conflicts and achieve justice.