New York – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Ariel Belen (Ret.) was selected to receive the 2019 ADR Achievement Award from the Greater New York Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR-GNY). The award recognizes Judge Belen’s achievements as an international neutral and his leadership role in facilitating complex and contentious commercial, civil and criminal matters, including New York’s high-profile stop-and-frisk remedial process.
As the federal facilitator for the stop-and-frisk remedial process, Judge Belen was charged with assisting the City of New York and its residents in developing sustainable reforms to the stop-and-frisk and trespass enforcement practices of the New York City Police Department through a community-based civic engagement process. In this capacity, Judge Belen presided over meetings reaching more than 2,700 civilians and police officers, as well as over 80 local and national organizations. Judge Belen filed his final report and recommendations with the Southern District of New York in May 2018.
Judge Belen joined JAMS in 2012 as an arbitrator and mediator in complex domestic and international disputes spanning a wide array of practice areas. During his nearly 18-year tenure on the bench, he served as an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department and as administrative judge of the Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn. Judge Belen also helped create and presided over the Commercial Division.
Judge Belen is an experienced arbitrator and mediator who brings a high-level of professionalism and fairness to every dispute he helps to resolve. We congratulate him on this latest honor and the outstanding contributions he’s made to ADR over the course of his accomplished career.
- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO
Judge Belen will be presented with the award at a ceremony during the ACR-GNY’s Annual Conference on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the New York Law School.
About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. With 28 locations, JAMS and its nearly 400 panelists are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases every year.
JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.
The Greater New York Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution serves the entire Greater New York Region, including parts of Northern New Jersey and Southern Connecticut.
Its membership includes professional and volunteer mediators, government employees, lawyers, arbitrators, environmental public policy specialists, community and consensus-building facilitators, ombuds specialists, educators, students and others involved in alternative dispute resolution.
ACR-GNY provides information and educational programs to its members and the public to promote understanding and the improved use of conflict resolution methods and services.
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is the preeminent national not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of peaceful, effective conflict resolution.
ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 7,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making. ACR’s members come from diverse backgrounds but share a common commitment to advancing the field of conflict resolution.