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The Times
  • Dispute resolution center director attends NYSDRA conference

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  • HERKIMER — Michael Kapala, program director of the Herkimer County Dispute Resolution Center, represented his center and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association Board of Directors at NYSDRA’s 2013 annual conference on Oct. 27 and 28 in Albany.
    NYSDRA is a not-for-profit professional membership organization committed to the promotion of quality conflict management and peaceful dispute resolution. Through leadership, education, promotion of professional standards and training and development of statewide programs, NYSDRA provides opportunities for people, communities, organizations and businesses to respond effectively to conflict, according to a news release.
    Dan Weitz, statewide alternative dispute resolution coordinator for the New York State Office of Court Administration, delivered the conference keynote. Twelve workshops representing new areas of need, ranging from mediating family business to using social media to build a conflict engagement practice, were well received, according to the release.
    Attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 4.5 continuing education credits and had access to faculty who are leaders in the ADR field.
    Roz Magidson was honored with the Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award during the awards luncheon on Oct. 28. Magidson, who is executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center serving Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties, began her career in alternative dispute resolution in 1990. A long-standing member of NYSDRA, Magidson served on NYSDRA’s Board of Directors for many years.
    Over 100 people attended the luncheon, including the children of former Chief Judge Lawrence Cooke, for whom NYSDRA’s Peace Innovator Award is named. These distinguished guests included George Cooke II, Lauren Cooke Opie and Edward M. Cooke.
    The Herkimer County Dispute Resolution Center is a program of Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. To learn more about the Dispute Resolution Center’s dispute resolution services, call 894-9917.
    Information is also available at www.DisputeResolutionCenterofHC.org.
    Further information about NYSDRA is available at www.NYSDRA.org.
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