News About CCA Fellows

The latest news and updates from the Fellows:

Deborah Coleman received one of the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico awards at the annual meeting in Chicago in August. This was in recognition both of her direct pro bono service and her role in developing the innovative ACT 2 program of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, which engages late career and retired attorneys to provide pro bono services. More than one hundred lawyers are now part of the growing ACT 2 corps. They staff quick advice clinics, take on cases for clients referred by Legal Aid, work in-house as members of Legal Aid’s staff or provide staff training.

Mitch Marinello has been appointed as the co-chair of the ADR Committee of the ABA Litigation Section and will continue as editor of the section’s web page. On June 20, he spoke at a Chicago Bar Association and AAA sponsored CLE program along with Judge Thomas Mulroy of the Illinois Circuit Court on The Practical Differences Between Commercial Litigation and Arbitration.

Sally Harpole was appointed to the advisory board of the IBA Arbitration Committee for a two-year term beginning in 2018. The board consists of selected former chairpersons of the Committee.

Gary Benton has joined the ranks of CCA Fellows who devote time to education. He started teaching on the subject of international arbitration at Santa Clara University this fall.

David Allgeyer and Harrie Samaras presented two webinars on arbitration through ABA CLE in March and April. The seminars were based on their ABA published books, ADR Advocacy, Strategies, and Practices for Intellectual Property and Technology Disputes and Arbitrating Patent Disputes, A Practical Guide and on Patent Neutral, Expanding the Use of ADR in Settlement of Patent Disputes at the PTAB by David Newman. Recordings of the programs and books are available at

Melinda Jayson has been selected to the Dispute Resolution Review Board of the American Health Lawyers Association, which determines challenges to arbitrator appointments.

Steven Certilman has published a comparison of selected international arbitration rules in the May 2018 issue of Alternatives. You can also find the article on the CCA website under ‘Articles by Fellows.’

Michael Diamant was one of four individuals who spoke at the John M. Manos American Inn of Court in Cleveland on March 13 at a program entitled Kent State, May 4, 1970: The Shots Heard Around the World and its Legal Aftermath. The program was part of the Manos Inn’s focus on significant cases tried in the Northern District of Ohio. The presentation highlighted the events surrounding the shooting of students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, one of the defining early events of the Vietnam War protests, and the legal proceedings following in its wake, both civil and criminal. Michael was chosen as a speaker because, as a young lawyer, he was part of the legal team that represented the Ohio National Guard.

Crain’s has published an opinion piece by Neal Eiseman discussing the impact that the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis may have on construction workers’ claims for unpaid wages. Neal is also again teaching construction law at Cardozo Law School for the fall semester. On October 11, he presented a program for the American Arbitration Association in New York entitled Seeking Efficiency and Economy in Arbitration: The Attorney’s Role. He has also been named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America for Construction Litigation.

Stew Cogan has been named a Washington State Super Lawyer in the Alternate Dispute Resolution category for the 20th consecutive year, and that in nine of those years, he has been named as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state, which is more than any other neutral. Stew is also a Distinguished Fellow and the Immediate Past President of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

Patricia Galloway has been elected to the Board of Directors of SCANA Corporation in Cayce, South Carolina. She was also named chair of a special litigation committee formed for the purpose of investigating claims alleged against current and former directors of SCANA in shareholder derivative suits and determining whether it is in the best interests of SCANA to pursue such claims. On September 27, she was a panelist at the Society of Construction Law Annual Conference in Chicago. The subject was After the Dust Settles: Exploring Common Causes and Cures of Mega Projects. She also wrote an article entitled “The Art of Allocating Risk in an EPC Contract to Minimize Damages” in the Fall issue of The Construction Lawyer, the journal of the ABA Forum on Construction Law.

Alan Kanter has been recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America as a Lawyer of the Year in the field of arbitration and a Best Lawyer in the fields of arbitration and mediation.

Gary McGowan has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the fields of arbitration and mediation.

Joe Matthews taught at a two-day conference on international arbitration and mediation to a group of fifteen justices and judges from Nigeria, including two members of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. The conference took place in Dubai on July 25-27 and was sponsored by the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) International, an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the promotion of alternate dispute resolution with offices in Geneva and Lagos.

Gilda Turitz has been named as Best Lawyer’s 2019 Arbitration Lawyer of the Year in San Francisco and as one of the top 50 women lawyers in San Francisco for 2018.

Laura Kaster has written an article in the Fall issue of the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Journal entitled “Consent or Agreed Awards Under the New York Convention–What is the Status?” The article is also on the CCA website under ‘Articles by Fellows’.


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