Two Chamberlain D'Amanda Attorneys Appointed as Federal Court Mediators
July 2, 2012—Starting July 2012 all civil cases filed in Federal Court will be automatically referred to mediation. That is several hundred cases a year. To handle the case load the local federal judges selected 48 attorneys from the Rochester area to serve as mediators. Chamberlain D’Amanda partnersMatt Fusco and Cindy Lapoff were among those selected.
In order to be certified as a Federal Court Mediator all the attorneys had to complete a 20 hour training course conducted by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). Fusco and Lapoff were certified in June 2012 after having taken the oath required of all Federal judges and magistrates.
CPR assisted the Federal District Court for the Western District in setting up the initial pilot program in Buffalo which began in 2006. The Western District of NY has the 5th highest case/judge ratio of all the district courts in the nation, with each judge have around 700 cases both civil and criminal. Chief Judge William Skretny reports that the Buffalo program has resulted in a settlement rate of more than 70% of cases referred to mediation.
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