Avoiding the Adversarial Collision:
A Crash Course on Mediation, Collaboration
and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

5.0 CLE credits (1.0 Ethics)

Friday, Oct. 16, 1-5:30 p.m.
Open Bar Cocktail Hour, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Niagara University, St. Vincent's Hall, 4th Floor
$85 for BANC Members/$105 non-members

Lunch & Cocktail Hour Included

Graphic Mediation


  • Barry Radlin Esq., US District Court ADR Coordinator for the Western District of New York

  • Bridget O’Connell Esq., Mediation Manager, Erie County Family Court, Center for Resolution & Justice

  • Mary Lou Hayden Esq., ADR Program Administrator for 8th Judicial District of New York State

  • Patricia McGrath Esq., Bar Association of Niagara County Vice President

  • Paul Pearson Esq., Past-President, WNY Collaborative Law Professionals

  • Steven Sugarman Esq., Partner with Pusatier, Sherman, Abbott & Sugarman, and Director of SUNY Buffalo Law School Mediation Clinic

Some of Western New York's most prominent mediators will cover topics both substantive and procedural, including an introduction to mediation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and conflict resolution; collaborative matrimonial law, Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs), the Martin P. Violante ADR Program for the 8th Judicial District, the federal court ADR program for the Western District of NY, and ethics. 

Register ONLINE or call 716.286.8181.

This course offers 2.5 CLE credits in Professional Practice, 1.5 CLE credits in Law Practice Management, and 1.0 CLE Credit in Ethics, and is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.


Niagara Law Center & NU CLE Fall Calendar

Oct. 28 (Wednesday) 3:30-6:30 p.m., Niagara University, St. Vincent's Hall

  • EVIDENCE & PROCEDURE: “When Criminal and Civil Law Collide: Evidence, Hearsay and Collateral Consequences of Recent Sex Offender Litigation” - This CLE course will cover a wide range of criminal/civil law considerations for representing sex offenders, including Article 10 proceedings, as well as the collateral effects of the Floyd Y case on all NYS evidence law. Speakers: Niagara Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch Sr., NYS Mental Hygiene Legal Service attorney Margot Bennett, defense attorney Barry Covert, and NYS Assistant Attorney General Roseanne McMorrow. Light refreshments will be served. ($55 non-members/$45 for BANC members; 3.0 CLE credits)

Nov. 13 (Friday) 2-4:30 p.m., U.S. District Court, Downtown Buffalo

  • THOMAS MORE TRIAL: “The Trial of Thomas More: And the Modern-Day Role of Oaths and Ethics” - with U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy and Center for Thomas More Studies research fellow Barbara Panza, Esq.; includes dramatic rendition of historic trial performed by NU Theatre students. Light refreshments will be served.  ($60 non-members/$45 for St. Thomas More Guild members; 3.0 CLE credits, (1.0 Ethics))
    This is an NU CLE program, not in affiliation with the Niagara Law Center.

Nov. 20-21 (Friday-Saturday) 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Niagara University, St. Vincent's Hall

  • COLLABORATIVE LAW II: “Collaborative Matrimonial Law Training II (Intro & Advanced), w/ Suzanne Brunsting” - A two-day training for new and novice collaborative law practitioners, with advanced workshops and mock scenarios on Day 2 for those who have previously completed an intro course. Social event at Brickyard Pub in Lewiston on Friday night. Continental breakfast and lunch provided both days. ($350 for Day 1 & Day 2, $180 for Day 2 only; 13.0 CLE credits for Day 1 & Day 2, 6.5 CLE credits for Day 2). 
    This program is sponsored in part by Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman LLP and WNY Collaborative Law Professionals.

Dec. 10 (Thursday) 4:30 p.m. CLE course, 6:30 p.m. Holiday party;
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

  • HOLIDAY PARTY CLE w/ TOY DRIVE & BAR INSTALLATION: "CLE Topic TBD (by You!): A Holiday Party Toy Drive” - The Niagara Law Center, NU CLE and the Bar Association of Niagara County (BANC) host a holiday party, during which the new officers and directors of BANC will be installed; CLE topic is to be chosen by popular demand; guests pay with toys, which will be distributed to in-need families of Niagara County ($50 worth of new, unwrapped toys; 2.0 CLE credits)
    Submit CLE topic suggestions via email to or click here! 

Register ONLINE or call 716.286.8181.

Please contact NU CLE Program Director Ryan Thompson Esq. at or 716.286.8324 for additional details.