Alternated dispute resolution (ADR) practice with emphasis on mediation. Richard has completed mediation training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine University), the New York Peace Institute and the New York State Bar Association’s commercial mediation training program. He is a member of the mediation panels in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York and the Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York County. He is a certified mediator with the New York Peace Institute and mediates in Civil Court and Community Mediation Centers in New York and Kings County. He is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the Association for Conflict Resolution – Greater New York Chapter.
Available as a monitor in public policy matters, including prison reform. Based on over 20 years federal and state experience in criminal justice, Richard is available as a special master, auditor or monitor in private or court-approved settlements to assist parties and courts in the implementation of agreed or mandated reforms and in resolving compliance issues. Richard brings to these tasks not only extensive correctional and criminal justice experience, but also mediation skills and training in collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution, helpful in avoiding, where possible, referral of compliance issues to the court for adjudication.
Richard is actively involved in developing and promoting the use of mediation-based and restorative programs for those impacted by the criminal justice system, whether incarcerated, in re-entry or in diversion programs. With other mediators, in 2017 Richard designed and presented a six-week mediation-based conflict resolution program to inmates at Rikers Island’s Rose M. Singer Center. This experience demonstrated the powerful restorative value of such mediation-based programs for offenders impacted by the criminal justice system, as well as security staff working in criminal justice environments in which conflicts and tension are endemic. Richard is actively working to expand such programs and the restorative benefits which they provide in prison, jail, re-entry and diversion settings. Richard also participates as a coach in the New York Peace Institute mediation training program for NYPD Community Police Officers (NCOs).