Biography

Dan is the Director of the Division of Professional and Court Services for the New York State Unified Court System (UCS).  Dan oversees the statewide responsibilities of alternative dispute resolution, attorney for the child contracts, judiciary civil legal services contracts, office of language access, office of grants and contracts, guardianship and fiduciary services, legal information, office of the court record, parent education and awareness program, records management, the federally funded child welfare court improvement project, the court appointed special advocates assistance program, the children’s centers program, and operational issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dan has over nineteen years of experience as a court administrator and twenty-seven years of experience in the field of ADR, serving as an administrator, professor, trainer and practitioner.  He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Mediation at Cardozo School of Law, an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law and has taught ADR and conflict resolution related courses at Vermont Law School, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Pepperdine School of Law, Idaho College of Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Long Island University.  Dan is an international ADR speaker having presented across the United States and beyond including Japan, China, Thailand and South Africa.  He has also served as mediator in a wide range of matters including, general civil, family, employment, human rights, community, and police conduct cases.

Dan received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he participated in the Mediation Clinic and was a Teaching Assistant in Legal Negotiation.  He has worked at JAMS, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (The Civil Appeals Management Plan), and served as an original member of FutureLinks Inc., working in South Africa with youth leaders from all backgrounds to conduct workshops in non-violent social change, conflict resolution, and community development.

Highlighted Awards and Recognition:                   

The Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence “In the Trenches Award” Recognizing Indomitable Courage, Vision and Dedication to Ending Domestic Violence 2013

The New York City Bar Bernard Botein Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Administration of the Courts 2011