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Dispute Resolution Section Upstate Spring Meeting 2024

Dispute Resolution Section Upstate Spring Meeting 2024

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Dispute Resolution Section
Upstate Spring Meeting 2024

Thursday, May 16, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17, 2024
 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The New York State Bar Association, 1 Elk Street, Albany, New York, 12207
This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted.

4.5 CLE Credits

3.0 Areas of Professional Practice; 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Thursday, May 16, 2024

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Section Leadership Welcomes Attendees
Jeff Anderson, Chair
Managing Partner
Anderson, Moschetti and Taffany, PLLC
Albany, NY
Jill Pilgrim, Chair-Elect
Pilgrim & Associates Arbitration,
Law & Mediation LLC
 New York, NY

5:00 p.m.
 New York State Bar Association President Richard C. Lewis

5:30 p.m.
Keynote Address by NYS Chief Judge Rowan D. Wilson

6:00 p.m.
 Additional Remarks

NYS OCA Division of Alternative Dispute Resolution Director

Lisa Courtney

NYS OCA Regional ADR Coordinator (3rd, 4th, 9th, and 10th Judicial District)

Joel Kullas

Friday, May 17, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
 Welcoming and Administrative Remarks

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.
 Youth Sports After the Nassar Gymnastics Scandal: The Critical Role of Dispute Resolution 

This panel will address how the rules intended to protect athletes from predators are being weaponized against parents, grandparents, peer youth athletes, and others. This panel will discuss how dispute resolution mechanisms at the grassroots, high school, college, Olympic and professional levels of sport can help balance the scales and remedy the unintended consequences of the Larry Nassar scandal.

Moderator: Jill Pilgrim, Esq., Managing Attorney, Pilgrim & Associates Arbitration, Law & Mediation LLC; NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Chair-Elect


Jenna Karadbil, Esq., CIPP/US, Law Office of Jenna F Karadbil, P.C., Former Gymnast, Gymnastics Judge 

Renee L. James, Esq., Counsel, Hancock Estabrook, LLP

Carla Varriale-Barker, Esq., Shareholder, Segal McCambridge, chair of the firm’s Sports, Recreation & Entertainment practice group

1.5 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch in the Great Hall
 Keynote Address by former NYSBA President, Claire Gutekunst

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

 Why is he saying that? Why is she doing that? Why are they so upset? Raising the Bar of Cultural Awareness in Mediation

Cultural awareness can help the neutral decipher and defuse fraught situations. Understanding and working with cultural differences can profoundly impact the environment and the pace of a mediation. In this session we will explore how to recognize cultural factors that may affect the parties and the mediator. We will also cover how mediators may choose to respond to cultural differences in ways that help the parties work together.  

Moderator: Jennifer Lupo, Esq., Lupo Law, Arbitration and Mediation PLLC, New York, NY


William Crosby, Esq., Vice-Chair of the Section; Interpublic Group, New York, NY

Felicia Farber, Esq., Farber Resolutions LLC, Wayne, NJ

N Damali Peterman, Esq., BreakthroughADR, New York, NY

Nydia Shahjahan, Esq., Nydia Shahjahan, Esq., P.C., New York, NY
1.5 Credits in Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Coffee and Refreshments Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

 For Better or Worse:  The Marriage of Technology and Dispute Resolution: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and What Lies Ahead

Before the Pandemic, the vast majority of disputes were resolved face to face, with the exception of limited “online” video conferencing, and the use of algorithmic software for simple, relatively low dollar consumer disputes. The Pandemic forced a paradigm shift to video conferencing; and in 2023, yet a second paradigm shift has begun with the introduction of Generative AI and tools, such as ChatGPT, Gemini and Co-Pilot, and other machine learning, into dispute resolution practice. A panel comprised of new and seasoned practitioners, and technical experts, will discuss whether a tectonic shift in dispute resolution practice has begun, and if so, what lies ahead. The panel will also address the level of success in present forms of dispute resolution, and participant satisfaction in the process. 

Moderator: Jeffrey Kyle Anderson, Esq., Managing Partner, Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC., Latham NY; Chair-Dispute Resolution Section


Susan Guthrie, Guthrie Consulting and Media, Chicago, IL

Colin Rule,, San Jose, CA

Victoria M. Craft, Esq., Lippes Mathias, LLP, Albany NY

Deborah Reperowitz, Esq., Stradley Ronon, New York NY
1.5 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks 

Jill Pilgrim

Jeff Anderson

Suggested hotels within walking distance:

 Hampton Inn by Hilton

 Hilton Albany

 Renaissance Albany by Marriott

Things to do  in Albany:

Trip advisor link to restaurants in Albany by rating:
Suggested restaurants:


677 Prime—Steakhouse
Druthers on Broadway.

Cafe Capriccio 


If you are having any trouble registering, please contact our Member Resource Center Team at 800-582-2452.



Cancellations received more than 10 days from the scheduled event date: 100% refund

Cancellations received between 1-10 days from the scheduled event date: 50% refund

Cancellations received day of or after the scheduled event date: No refund


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Start Date:
  • May 16, 2024
End Date:
  • May 17, 2024
Start Time:
  • 5:00 PM
End Time:
  • 5:30 PM
Areas Of Professional Practice Credit(s):
  • 3.0
Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias Credit(s):
  • 1.5
Total Credit(s):
  • 4.5
  • Albany
  • Virtual Participation
  • New York State Bar Association
    1 Elk Street
    Albany, NY 12207
  • Hybrid
Product Code:
  • DRSSP24
Section Member Price: $125.00
NYSBA Member Price: $150.00 Join (or renew) for special member pricing
Non-Member Price: $250.00
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Dispute Resolution Section
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee