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Professor Elayne E. Greenberg Receives Prestigious ABI Annual Service Award -- Marking Second Consecutive St. John’s Law Faculty Win

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

At its thirty-second Annual Spring Meeting last week, the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) presented the ABI Annual Service Award to Elayne E. Greenberg, Assistant Dean for Dispute Resolution Programs, Professor of Legal Practice, and Director of The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution. The organization’s highest membership award, the Service Award recognizes the ABI member whose contributions over the past year have been extraordinary, as determined by ABI’s Advisory Board of past presidents.

Professor Greenberg became the Carey Center’s first Director in 2009. She offers an unmatched breadth and depth of experience in dispute resolution. She is a mediator and conflict management consultant who has developed programs, educated, trained, written, and lectured internationally on the subject of negotiations, mediation, hybrid dispute resolution processes, dispute resolution ethics, and advocacy in dispute resolution.

Professor Greenberg has a successful history developing dispute resolution programs for courts, government agencies, and national organizations like ABI. Her deep involvement in the field is evidenced by her leadership in designing the ABI-St. John's Bankruptcy Mediation Training, the first mediation program that focused solely on bankruptcy. Since the inaugural training in December 2011, bankruptcy lawyers, judges, financial professionals, and practicing mediators from around the country have participated in the training program, applying their bankruptcy expertise to the practice and process of bankruptcy mediation. Utilizing lectures, exercises, and simulations focusing solely on bankruptcy conflicts, the training covers both the core skills essential for all good mediators and the specialized bankruptcy issues inherent in Chapter 7, 9, 11, and 13 mediations.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition from ABI,” Professor Greenberg said. “ Bankruptcy practice has always been a culture of assessing the bottom line, understanding what are viable business options and settling. Sometimes, however, despite bankruptcy attorneys’ best efforts, particular cases are unable to be settled. For those cases, mediation might be the appropriate process. The success of the Bankruptcy Mediation Training program reflects the deep commitment of bankruptcy professionals to further hone the skills needed to help resolve even the most challenging bankruptcy cases.”

This marks the second consecutive year that a St. John’s Law faculty member has received this high honor from ABI. Last year, the ABI Service Award was presented to G. Ray Warner, Associate Dean for Bankruptcy Studies and Professor of Law. “Professors Greenberg and Warner are dedicated legal scholars, educators, and practitioners,” said Dean Michael A. Simons. “Their work advancing bankruptcy mediation is interdisciplinary in the best sense of the word: at once highly innovative and eminently practical.”