Attorney/Client Arbitration Board Celebrates Volunteer Milestones

May 20, 2014

ACAB ReceptionOn May 1 volunteer mediators and arbitrators gathered at Brasserie Beck for the annual Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (ACAB) Volunteer Arbitrator and Mediator Appreciation Reception. The event is held to recognize volunteer mediators and arbitrators for their time and service to the ACAB, the D.C. Bar, and the community.

D.C. Bar President Andrea Ferster gave opening remarks and provided some background on the work of the ACAB, noting that two-thirds of ACAB cases are initiated by clients, and one-third by lawyers.

“This program would not be possible without the people standing in this room today; the volunteer arbitrators and mediators who generously give of their time and talent,” Ferster said.

Michael Wolf, the ACAB chair, recognized volunteers who had reached significant milestones of service with the ACAB during the past year. Awards were given to volunteers who had reached 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service.

In closing, Wolf paid homage to ACAB’s volunteers. “As you can see from the awards presented tonight, and by looking around this room, the ACAB has an incredible volunteer base, which allows it to provide the ADR services it has since 1982 for the D.C. Bar and the D.C. community.”

Service award recipients included Susan Borke and Paul Chassy who received 15-year service awards; Nathalie F. P. Gilfoyle, Susan Green, and Carol Stuart, who received 20-year service awards; Thomas Mierzwa and Barbara David Solomon, who received 25-year service awards; and Jerry Romansky and Hubert Schlosberg who received awards for 30 years of service.