Posted on Jul 02, 2018 |Community Events

New York, NY (July 2, 2018) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), one of the nation's leading providers of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), is proud to announce that NAM neutral Susan Hernandez, Esq. will present on Diversity in the Workplace at The Scales of Justice Academy, Inc.'s 10th annual Summer Academy session. Ms. Hernandez will provide Academy attendees – comprised of under-served female high school students – with an unmatched opportunity to learn about the advantages, challenges and real-life experiences related to diversity in the legal profession. The session will be held at Fordham University School of Law in New York, NY on Tuesday, July 10th. The Summer Academy will commence on Monday, July 9th and continue through Friday, July 27th.

Over the last decade, the Academy has graduated over three hundred, diverse female high school students who have expressed an interest in the legal profession. Those who have successfully completed the Academy's sessions have enrolled, thereafter, in colleges, universities and law schools throughout the United States. The Academy was established in 2009 by the Honorable La Tia W. Martin, who recognized early on that many young women from diverse backgrounds were not receiving the training and support to be guided through the “pipeline” entrance into universities and ultimately law school. She created the Academy to provide these women with the early life skills necessary to succeed academically in law school.

Renowned for her advocacy, legal acumen and insight, Ms. Hernandez is a staunch supporter of women's rights and diversity in the workplace and frequently lectures on ways to establish procedures and policies to increase the appointment of women and minorities in the courtroom and as arbitrators and mediators in ADR. Ms. Hernandez is a highly regarded neutral at NAM and was voted the #1 mediator in New York State in the 2017 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey and was ranked a Top 10 Mediator for the past 3 years in that same survey. She has also been named a National Law Journal Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion for the second year in a row in 2017. She has mediated disputes involving contracts, discrimination, employment, personal injury, real property/partition, and sexual harassment.

Roy Israel, NAM's founder and CEO stated, “Who better than Susan to volunteer her time and address these young women about diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias in the workplace. I am certain that everyone who attends the Academy session will benefit from her passion and personal insight on the subject. The NAM Gives Back program recognizes how education is so vitally important to the growth and understanding of the dispute resolution process, and presentations like these are an excellent way to enlighten and educate students as well as those in the legal community on advancing the discussion of these important issues. I would like to thank the Academy for inviting Susan to speak and I am certain the young people who attend will be enlightened by Susan's knowledge and experience.”

The NAM Gives Back program was established to develop partnerships and support organizations to encourage the advancement of effective, efficient and balanced ADR initiatives as well as designed to drive positive change in communities both locally and on a national scale.


Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the third year in a row, NAM was named the Best ADR Firm in the United States by the 2018 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was also was voted the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. Further, seven of NAM's neutrals were named National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. The New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the No. 1 ADR firm for the past seven years. NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the 2018 Best of the Midwest and 2017 New Jersey Law Journal annual surveys.

NAM works with more than 10,000 commercial entities, including more than 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of more than 2,500 top-tier former judges and practicing specialists uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes in a private forum. NAM maintains rosters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and in major cities around the world, with specific expertise in the areas of complex commercial, construction, employment, entertainment, financial services, international, insurance, medical malpractice, personal injury (including third-party and first-party actions), professional liability and real estate dispute resolution. NAM is an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation.

NAM provides complimentary continuing legal education programs for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments, and other legal and business organizations.

Click here to view the 2017 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey.

Click here to view The National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions