Basic mediation training in 1982 led to becoming a volunteer community mediator and director of the first high school based mediation program in New York City.
I introduced school mediation programs to city schools in Boston, where I also attended law school.
As the Director of Court Services for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, I represented children in high conflict custody cases in Family Court and Supreme Court in New York County. I became painfully aware of the emotional devastation warring parents inflict upon their children and the toll that litigation takes on families.
While at NYSPCC, I collaborated with several agencies to establish the first court-based mediation program in Manhattan Family Court to give families the opportunity to separate and divorce more peaceably.
My next stops were matrimonial law firms in Manhattan and Westchester. I thought that my orientation towards peaceful settlement would discourage litigation. I was wrong! Many of the clients were extremely angry and they were out to get their spouses at any cost. Both the emotional and financial costs were extremely high.
My extensive training includes basic mediation training, divorce mediation training both basic and advanced, elder law training, and mediating with same sex couples. In addition I have worked as a collaborative attorney. Through my years of experience working with families, I have developed an expertise in parent child mediation as well.