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Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Dispute Resolution in the NY/Metropolitan Area

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The Public Religion Research Institute has reported that seventy-five percent (75%) of New Yorkers are religiously affiliated. This means that if you, as an attorney or dispute resolution professional, are actively serving New Yorkers, it is practically impossible to avoid religious beliefs, considerations, and values as part of your practice.

Join us and our panelists, three masters of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish dispute resolution, as they discuss faith-based dispute resolution processes available in the New York metropolitan area.

Learn how and when religious legal principles and values can, must, or do not apply towards resolving a variety of civil disputes and the interaction between these principles and values and secular law, such as the Federal Arbitration Act and Article 75 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules.

Hear about faith-based dispute resolution procedure and real-life examples of disputes successfully resolved outside of the traditional litigation process. Acquire practical dispute resolution tips and knowledge of resources that you can use to broaden your cultural horizons and assist your religious neighbors even if you don’t practice their specific faith.

In the current era of presumptive alternative dispute resolution, this is certainly not a program you can afford to miss!

Lecturer Bios

Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann, Esq.

Rabbi Weissmann received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001 and advanced rabbinical ordination (Yadin Yadin) in 2014. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms, including Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

Professor Ronald Colombo

Professor Colombo teaches Business Organizations, Securities Regulation, Contracts, and a seminar in corporate and securities law at Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law. His scholarship has focused largely on issues of securities fraud, corporate law, and financial regulation, and has done so via the application of natural law theory, economic theory, moral philosophy, and neuroscience. More recently, his scholarship has addressed the constitutional rights of business entities. In 2015 he authored a book on the subject, entitled “The First Amendment and the Business Corporation,” published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Colombo has earned the Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, and has addressed academic and professional associations around the country, including the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, the Federal Bar Council, and a number of law schools and business schools. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Newsday, Bloomberg, and The Daily Beast, and his op-eds / letters have been published in The Washington Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Financial Times, and The Huffington Post. He has also appeared on “Brad and Britt in the Morning” (FM Talk 101.1 WZTK Radio), “The John Williams Show” (830 AM WCCO [CBS] Radio), and Hofstra’s Ed Ingles’ Show “Newsline” (88.7 FM WRHU). Professor Colombo serves on the editorial review board of the Review of Business, and as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). From 2013-2015, Professor Colombo served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Hofstra Law School.

Before joining the Hofstra faculty in 2006, Professor Colombo served in the Complex Global Litigation Group of Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., as vice president and counsel. In this position, Professor Colombo supervised investigations, litigations, and regulatory inquiries affecting Morgan Stanley's investment banking franchise. Prior to that, Professor Colombo practiced as a litigation associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell, where, among other things, he represented corporate and banking clients in civil and criminal investigations conducted by the S.E.C., the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the Federal Reserve Bank; in matters before state courts, federal courts, and arbitration panels; and in appeals before the Third Circuit, the D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. From 2000-2003, Professor Colombo also served on the Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Professor Colombo graduated, magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law. At NYU, Professor Colombo served as a note and development editor of the NYU Law Review, published a note on the clergy-penitent evidentiary privilege, interned at the Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, NY, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Immediately following graduation, Professor Colombo clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professor Colombo serves as Associate Dean for Distance Education where he oversees the Law School’s online degree programs. From 2013-2015, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law School.

Brian Noble

Brian Noble is Executive Pastor at Valley Assembly and Executive Director of Peacemaker Ministries. Pastor P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has a wife and four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a masters of arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. An ordained minister with the Assemblies of God for the past 18+ years (3 years as a youth pastor, 14 years as a senior pastor, and 1 year as an executive pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails to internationally in Uganda. He is also trained secularly through Fulcrum Dispute Resolution Clinic, handling small claims court cases and parenting plan cases for the state of Idaho and Washington. At the beginning of 2010 Brian started a private dispute resolution business to meet the ADR needs of his community.

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