Hanan M. Isaacs to present at NJAPM General Meeting, “Bringing Experts Directly to the Table: Does It Really Take a Village to Get These People Divorced?” New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Many mediators refer parties to outside mental health, accounting, valuation or other experts. But sometimes it is helpful to bring subject matter experts directly to the mediation table.

This panel will discuss when direct expert participation should be considered, the proper roles for experts at the mediation table, important limitations on those roles, how to assure expert confidentiality, and related ethical and practical considerations.
Presenters:  Hanan M. Isaacs
       Kingston, NJ

       Douglas C. Smith
       Lawrenceville, NJ

       Eric D. Johnson
       Lawrenceville, NJ

Hanan M. Isaacs is a mediator, arbitrator, and trial lawyer with offices in Kingston, New Jersey. An experienced commercial and personal injury arbitrator, formerly for the American Arbitration Association’s New Jersey Regional Office, Mr. Isaacs is also an Accredited Professional Mediator (“APM”) in general civil and divorce matters by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (“NJAPM”). He served as NJAPM’s President for the 1999 to 2001 term. His law practice emphasizes employment litigation, business litigation, personal injury law, family law, and alternative dispute resolution in those fields. He is also a long-time member of the NJSBA Family Law Section.

Douglas C. Smith has had over seventeen years experience in corporate and public accounting in the areas of audit, financial statement preparation, tax planning and preparation (business, personal, estates & trusts), management consulting, business valuations and litigation support. He is currently a partner with the accounting firm, Bartolomei Pucciarelli, LLC where he serves as the firm’s specialist in business valuations and litigation support services.

Eric D. Johnson holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Kingston Theological Seminary. He has taught in the graduate schools of Social Work at both Rutgers and Fordham, and is currently Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Department, College of Nursing & Health Professions, Drexel University, where he has also served as the Interim Director of the Ph.D. Program.

Date: April 13, 2011

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick

CLE Credits: 1.8 Hours

Fee: No Charge for NJAPM Members; $10.00 for Non-Members

Schedule: 6:00pm Gather

6:30pm Business Meeting

6:45pm Presentation

8:15pm Adjourn