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Mediation as a Cost-Effective Time-Saving Docket Management Tool

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 90 minutes
Recorded Date: May 05, 2022
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  • The advantages and disadvantages of incorporating mediation into the work of an administrative law tribunal.
  • The types of cases or issues most suitable for mediation.
  • Suggestions for successful mediation, including the importance of confidentiality.
  • Wearing two hats: Serving as both judge and mediator in one’s tribunal.
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Recorded: May 5, 2022

For NY - Difficulty Level: For experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)
For NY - Difficulty Level: Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


This panel discussion on mediation will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating mediation into the work of an administrative law judge. The goal of this program is to promote adoption of mediation programs as a time-saving and cost-effective measure for administrative tribunals with very heavy caseloads handling issues suitable for alternative dispute resolutions. Panelists will discuss the types of cases or issues most suitable for mediation; how their tribunals use mediation to resolve contested issues of fact or law; and how each agency or tribunal chooses mediators for various cases or issues. Panelists will provide general observations on how well their mediation programs function; what they would change and what they would keep; and how they would make improvements in their programs. Panelists will also cover important considerations such as confidentiality and settlement enforcement.

This program was recorded on May 5th, 2022.

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Hon. Ira Sandron

Administrative Judge
National Labor Relations Board

Judge Sandron was appointed in September of 2002. He previously served as both an SSA judge in Evansville, Indiana (2001 – 2002) and an Immigration Judge in Miami, Florida (1990–2001).

Before that he was a senior trial attorney for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Arlington, Virginia (1989–1990) and for the FLRA in Washington, D.C. (1984–1988). He also served for almost 10 years as a field attorney in the NLRB's two offices in Los Angeles, California: Region 21 (1981–1984) and Region 31 (1974–1980).

A native of Brooklyn, New York, he received a B.A., cum laude, from Occidental College in 1971, and a J.D. from Duke University Law School in 1974. Active in the American Bar Association, he is coordinator for the Judicial Division's NLRB Judges Group, on the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division Council, and on committees of the Judicial Division and the National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary.

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Michelle 'Miki' McGovern

Retired Deputy Commissioner
Workers Compensation for the State of Iowa

McGovern began working for the Iowa Division of Labor, the precursor to Iowa Workforce Development, in January 1982. In 1988, she became a Deputy Workers' Compensation Commissioner. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Iowa State University, a Master's degree from the University of Iowa and a law degree from Drake University. Miki and her husband, Jack Janda, reside in Woodward, Iowa.

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Ann Breen-Greco

Independent Administrative Judiciary Professional
America Bar Association

Judge Breen-Greco is the Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division. She has been appointed a Commissioner of the ABA’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and formerly served as liaison from the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) to the Commission and previously to the ABA’s Task Force on Human Trafficking. She is NAWJ past Vice President of Districts and past Chair of the ABA Judicial Division’s National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NCALJ), and a past co-chair of the Judicial Division’s Outreach Network Committee.

She has also served as Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Administrative Law Section and the ISBA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges (IAALJ), and is a past board member of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges (NAALJ).

Judge Breen-Greco has organized a number of conferences for administrative law judges and has been a faculty member at seminars for administrative law judges. She also developed the first Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program in Illinois for Administrative Law Judges, which was sponsored by IAALJ. Most recently she developed several CLE programs on police/community relations. She is also a certified restorative justice facilitator/peacemaker for peace circles. She has organized a number of seminars on human trafficking and violence against women. She was a presenter on “Human Trafficking in Persons”, to the Mid-East and North Africa Judges (MENA) for the International Association of Women Judges.

Judge Breen-Greco is the recipient of a number of awards and recognition. She is actively involved in mentoring law students at her alma mater, Chicago Kent College of Law, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She has for a number of years worked with the ABA’s Judicial Clerkship Program and the ABA’s Law School Student Committee, as well as serving as a judge in numerous ABA and Law School mediation/negotiation competitions for law students.

Judge Breen-Greco obtained her J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law.

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