Arbitrator-Mediator James Francis McKeever, Esq.
Professional Work History:
Present Occupation: Full-time Arbitrator-Hearing Officer Licenses: Admitted to practice as an attorney in the State of New York, the District of Columbia and the State of New Jersey-state and federal courts. Issues: Areas of Expertise: 1) Discipline and discharge, including performance, competency, misconduct and attendance/absenteeism; 2): Title VII claims based on gender, sexual harassment, race, national origin and religion; 3) Student Discipline hearings filed under the IDEA; 4) Employment Plans involving vocational rehabilitation hearings filed under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973; 5) Special Education Due Process Hearings filed under the IDEA; and 6) Discrimination cases involving students filed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Previous Work Experience: 2010-2013-Hearing Officer for Special Education Due Process Hearings under the IDEA in the District of Columbia; Impartial Hearing Officer for Vocational Rehabilitation Hearings pursuant to the Federal Rehabilitation Act. Impartial Hearing Officer for Student discipline hearings filed on an expedited basis under the IDEA in the District of Columbia. 1998-2002-Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer-Associate-cases involving environmental, products liability and personal injury matters. Practiced in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts, and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. 1996-1998-MFY Legal Services, Inc., New York, New York-Staff Attorney-Represented clients of a federally funded Legal Services organization; managed heavy caseload from intake to trial involving social security/disability rights, housing and matrimonial matters. 1995-1996-NYC Commission on Human Rights, New York-Externship-evaluated complaints for probable cause involving employment/housing discrimination matters based on gender, sexual harassment, race, national origin and religion; researched issues pertaining to New York City Human Rights Law and prepared cases for trial.
Dispute Resolution Experience
Rosters: New York City Department of Education/United Federation of Teachers, Local 2, AFT, AFL-CIO 3020-a Panel. Hearing Officer for special education due process hearings filed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the State of New York and the District of Columbia. Hearing Officer for Section 504 Discrimination Hearings and Vocational Hearings involving disabled adults under the Federal Rehabilitation Act 1973. Impartial Hearing Officer for Student Discipline Hearings filed on an expedited basis under the IDEA in the District of Columbia.
Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)
Cornell University Labor Arbitrator Development Program, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution-(candidate). Mediating and Arbitrating in Federal and Public Sectors; Essentials of Labor Arbitration and Conflict Resolution; Labor and Employment Arbitration Award Writing; Labor Relations Law. What Labor Arbitrators Need to Know about Unions The Employment Law Arbitrator Training Program Building Your Career as a Workplace Neutral
Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)-NYC and LI Chapters. New York State Bar Association: Labor and Employment and Dispute Resolution Sections. Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR), Workplace Section. Admitted to practice in the State of New York, the District of Columbia and the State of New Jersey. Also admitted to practice in the United States District Court of New York: Eastern and Southern Districts and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Cornell University Labor Arbitrator Development Program, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution-(candidate). City University of New York Law School, Juris Doctor 1996. American University School of Law, Santiago, Chile-International Human Rights and Comparative Law Program-Certificate, 1994; Hunter College, BA-European History, 1992.
Labor Arbitration: $1,400/day Employment Mediation-$350 hour Cancellation Policy: Per Diem charge for cancelled hearing dates less than 14 days prior to scheduled hearing.