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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. – 9:00 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. – 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Address by NYS Chief Justice Rowan D. Wilson

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.
 The Bully in the Locker room & Unconventional Approaches to Dispute Resolution in Sports; The Unintended Consequences of the Larry Nasar Scandal 

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

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
How Does Technology Impact the Dispute Resolution Process, Outcome, and Participant Satisfaction?

This panel will explore how technological advances have and continue to impact the dispute resolution process.  The discussion will feature both new and seasoned participants, who will provide perspectives about the use of technology in dispute resolution. The discussion will address how traditional dispute resolution practices are evolving due to technological advancements, including those in Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and generative AI. The panel will also discuss whether and how these changes are impacting rates of success and participant satisfaction.

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


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

Deborah Reperowitz, Esq., Stradley Ronon, New York NY

Elizabeth Shampnoi, Esq., Shampnoi Dispute Resolution & Management Services, Inc., New York NY

Rachel Thorn, Esq., Cooley LLP, New York NY

1.5 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice

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

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 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.  
1.5 Credits in Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias

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

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


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