Lana S. Flame, Esq.
Professional Work History:
Impartial Hearing Officer (1995 ? present) Preside over due process administrative hearings between parents and New York State school districts involving special education issues. Responsible for fact-finding and issuing decisions of law. Conducted over several hundred hearings. Panel Member: New York City Contract Dispute Resolution Board (March 2012 ? present) Hear final appeal in resolution process contained in New York City contracts for construction, goods and services. Director, Child Care Law Project: Lawyers Alliance for New York Developed and supervised a legal support program to represent and advise child care organizations on incorporation, tax exemption, human resource issues, employee discipline, employment discrimination, employment contracts and manuals, real estate, risk management, contracts, tax compliance, confidentiality and child abuse. Legal Consultant (1986-1991); Assistant General Counsel (1981-1986): Victim Services, Inc. Advised Executive Director and General Counsel on legal and policy issues including real estate, human resources, and litigation strategy concerning domestic violence and child abuse matters. Drafted employer personnel policies and manual. Litigation responsibilities included representing the corporation at hearings before the NLRB, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Division of Human Rights as well as in Criminal and Family Courts in support of victim?s rights. Associate: Gould & Reimer (1980 - 1981) Represented clients in a wide array of civil litigation in a small general practice firm. Areas of practice included real estate, domestic relations, defamation, immigration, employment and trusts and estates.
Dispute Resolution Experience
Impartial Hearing Officer (1995 ? present) Over fifteen years of conducting due process hearings, related to special education, under federal and state laws. Panel Member: New York City Contract Dispute Resolution Board (March 2012 ? present) Hear final appeal in resolution process contained in New York City contracts for construction, goods and services. Mediator: Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts MediateArt Panel (2012 - present)
Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)
Cornell University ILR School, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution: Essentials of Labor Arbitration; Arbitration Award Writing; Employment Law Arbitrator; Training; Employment Law Mediator Training; Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mediating and Arbitrating in the Federal and Public Sector (2011-2012)
Other Dispute Resolution Training
American Arbitration Association: Tough Contract Cases to Call Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Mediation Training Safe Horizon Community Mediation Program (currently The New York Peace Institute): Special Education Mediation Program
New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
EDUCATION Certificate Program, Cornell University, Industrial Labor Relations, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Labor Arbitrators Development Program, certificate expected 2012 J.D., New York University, School of Law, 1980 B.A., New York University, Washington Square College, 1976 (Magna Cum Laude)
Per Diem Fee: $1,400 plus expenses. Per diem cancellation fee applies for cancelled or postponed hearing dates, unless notice is received more than 21 calendar days before the scheduled hearing date.