Posted on Oct 29, 2019 |CLE Events

NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), one of the nation's leading providers of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, is proud to announce that as part of its partnership with the New York State Academy Lawyers, two of NAM's highly regarded neutrals, the Honorable Elizabeth Bonina, J.S.C. (Ret.) and Susan Hernandez, Esq., have been invited to present a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar entitled, Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution, to its members.

The CLE program will be held in two locations – one in Manhattan (FPWA Conference Room, 40 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY) and the other on Long Island (Holiday Inn, 215 Sunnyside Blvd., Plainview, New York), October 22nd and October 29th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., respectively.

Judge Bonina and Ms. Hernandez will address how to reduce the uncertainty and expense often associated with litigation by attempting to resolve disputes through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, such as arbitration and mediation.

This course will cover the latest developments and hot button issues that arise in arbitrating and mediating personal injury, nursing home, and medical malpractice matters, address best practices designed to help reduce and resolve those matters, and help in-house legal professionals understand their role in the dispute resolution process.

The New York State Academy has more than 2,800 members that include plaintiff and defense attorneys, members of the judiciary and others in the legal profession from every corner of New York State.

About NAM's Featured Neutrals

Hon. Elizabeth Bonina, J.S.C. (Ret.)

Judge Bonina has arbitrated and mediated a myriad of case types including employment, professional malpractice, premises liability, labor law, sports and entertainment, products liability and personal injury. In 2019, for the seventh year in a row, she was voted a Top Ten Individual Arbitrator in New York State in the New York Law Journal Best of Survey and was voted #1 in three of those years. She has also been ranked one of the Top Ten Mediators in the state for ten consecutive years.


Susan Hernandez, Esq.

In 2019, Ms Hernandez was voted a Top Three Mediator in New York State and ranked the #1 Mediator in the state in the 2017 and 2018. In 2012, She was appointed to spearhead the Mediation Pilot Program in the Bronx Supreme Court, administered by the Appellate Division, First Department and the Bronx County Supreme Court. Her mediation experience includes a range of case types that include personal injury, real property/partition contracts, employment, discrimination and sexual harassment matters.  She is renowned for her advocacy, legal acumen and insight and 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.

NAM's CLE Programs

Ranked the #1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Provider in the nation by the 2019 New York Law Journal Best of Survey, the 2019 National Law Journal Best of Survey and the 2019 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey, NAM offers complimentary continuing legal education programs
for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments, and other legal and business organizations.