Professional Experience

Judith A. La Manna, Esq.
Self-employed as a Labor Arbitrator and Civil Mediator
Attorney and Officer of Rivette & Rivette, PC, Syracuse, NY

Arbitrator and Mediator since 1974.
Civil Litigation Mediator/Case Evaluator.
Admitted to the New York State Bar, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York;
the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Court of the Oneida Indian Nation.

Chronology of Work Experience, as of November, 2010:
Between 1971 and 1983:Spanish Teacher, Benefits administrator with Social Security Administration, ad hoc employee benefits and safety, television/filming and training, Human Resources and Benefits Administrator and later Administrative Assistant to the Vice President at the State University of New York (SUNY), Environmental Science and Forestry; free-lance reporting on consumer issues; ad hoc Oral Examiner for the NY State Department of Civil Service, including for security and safety positions.

Between 1977 and 1986: Adjunct faculty of Labor Relations, Personnel and Human Resources, Arbitration Law, Labor History, Conflict Resolution, Employment Discrimination Law, Personnel Management and other employment related courses, on graduate or undergraduate levels,
at Syracuse University College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, State University of New York College of Technology, Cornell University, NY State School of Industrial and Labor Relations and for the Department of Industrial Relations at LeMoyne College.

Between 1983 and 1991: general practice of law and Assistant District Attorney, Onondaga County, NY

Between 1974 and the present: Dispute resolution in public and private sector labor relations, listed with all major arbitration panels and many private panels, civil mediation and employment arbitration.
Commercial arbitrator, beginning 1975, AAA Upstate NY.
Mediator/Arbitrator, National Center for Dispute Settlement, 1974-1984.
Mediator/Fact Finder, NYS Public Employment Relations Board, since 1981.
Provided Mediator Training for Community Dispute Resolution Services, Rochester and Buffalo, 1985.
Statutory Ad hoc Hearing Officer under State and Federal laws; including Statutory Employment Hearings (NYS General Municipal Law 207a and 207c; NYS Civil Service Law §§72, 73, 75, NY Comp Codes R&R. 4§5.9, NYS Education Law §3020-a (teacher hearings), 1989 to date.
Specialty certification in 1985 by the American Arbitration Association for ERISA/MEPPA, pensions, withdrawal and trustee deadlock matters.
Mediator/ENE (Early Neutral Evaluator), U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1995-2000.
Approved mediator trainer for U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York panel on ADR, 1996.
Appointment to the National Roster of Employment Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association in 2010.

Professional Publications
Topic author, How Arbitration Works, supplement/5th ed., Elkouri.
Author, “Mediation Can Help Parties Reach Faster, Less Costly Results in Civil Litigation,” New York State Bar Journal, May 2001.
Author, "Video Teleconferencing of Hearings Provides Savings in Time and Money," New York State Bar Journal, September 2000.
Author of four best selling local histories, other books, beginning 2000, including a 25-year history of the New York State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section.

Onondaga Community College (AAS); Le Moyne College (BA); Syracuse University (MPA, JD).