On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, during the ABA’s Mediation Week, the ADR Subcommittee of AABANY’s Litigation Committee co-sponsored a free CLE panel program with JAMS and NYCLA on “Best Practices in Employment Mediation.”  Held at the JAMS NY Resolution Center, the program was moderated by retired Appellate Division Judge Ariel Belen, and the panelists were Jane Kauh (Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and former AABANY Recording Secretary), Karen Yau (pro bono EEOC mediator and co-chair of AABANY’s Government Service and Public Interest Committee), Jyotin Hamid (partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), and Douglas H. Wigdor (partner at WIGDOR LLP).  The topics addressed by the panelists included how to prepare a case for mediation, effective negotiation techniques, getting beyond impasse, and considerations if a case does not settle.  The program was well received and well attended, and it was followed by a valuable networking reception hosted by JAMS.  For more information on AABANY’s efforts and initiatives in the ADR field, please contact the chair of the ADR Subcommittee, Theo Cheng, at [email protected].