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Sarah Espinosa J.D.

Sara Miller Espinosa
Arbitrator, Mediator, Ombudsman

Sarah Miller Espinosa, J.D. Arbitrator. Mediator. Ombuds. 673 Potomac Station Drive #815 Leesburg, VA 20176 120 Maplewood Drive Glenville, NY 12302  301-828-8566  EDUCATION: JD Law University of Connecticut 1999 BS Industrial & Labor Relations Cornell University 1995 ARBITRATION ROSTERS and PANELS: American Arbitration Association Labor Arbitration Panel; Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Labor Arbitration Panel; National Mediation Board Arbitration Panel; New York Public Employment Relations Board Public Sector and Private Sector Voluntary Grievance Arbitration Panels New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission Labor Arbitration Panel; Cornell University Roster of Neutrals; Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York and the United Federation of Teachers, Local 2, AFT, AFL-CIO §3020-a Teacher Tenure Panel; Maryland Transportation Authority & Amalgamated Transit Union; Nuclear Regulatory Commission Early ADR Mediation Panel; EEOC RESOLVE Mediation Panel; District of Columbia Public Employee Relations Board; City of Baltimore Civil Service Commission Chief Hearing Officer. ARBITRATION/LABOR RELATIONS EXPERIENCE: 2013-Present: Arbitrator. Mediator. Ombuds.: Arbitrate labor cases; mediate labor, employment, and regulatory disputes; serve as impartial ombuds. 2019-Present: Impartial Ombudsman for the Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, Virginia. 2017-Present: Adjunct Faculty/Instructor: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) (Public Personnel Management); Montgomery College (Conflict Resolution in the Workplace; Workplace Investigations & Employee Discipline); and Cornell University, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution (Ethics in Mediation & Arbitration). 2013-2016: established the Montgomery College Office of the Ombuds & served as Impartial College Ombuds. 2009-2013: served as the vice president of human resources and director of labor relations for Montgomery College. 2006-2009: served as labor relations manager and chief negotiator for Montgomery County Government. 2004-2006: Appointed and served as a full-time mediator charged with helping the parties to resolve disputes arising during collective bargaining as well as grievances by the Connecticut Department of Labor State Board of Mediation & Arbitration and as the assistant general counsel for the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations, drafting decisions, conducting research, and representing the Board in administrative appeals. 1999-2003: served as general counsel and chief negotiator for Service Employees International Union Locals 511 & 506; 1996: Legislative Assistant, AFSCME, District Council 37, Albany Legislative Office. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES/FELLOWSHIPS: Law New York Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner International Ombudsman Association 2015 Higginbotham Fellow American Arbitration Association Labor Arbitrator Certificate Scheinman Institute, Cornell University, ILR School Sarah Miller Espinosa, J.D. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Association for Conflict Resolution, ACR Ethics Committee Co-Chair ; American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section & Dispute Resolution Section; Labor & Employment Relations Association; Society of Federal Labor & Employee Relations Professionals D.C. Chapter, Treasurer; International Ombudsman Association PRESENTATIONS, PUBLICATIONS, TRAININGS: “Ombuds Office: One Way to Partner in a Post-Janus World?”, Panel Moderator, Labor & Employment Relations Association Annual Conference, 2019; “Disciplinary Issues”, Panel Moderator, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions Annual Conference, 2019; “Evidentiary Issues in Federal Sector Arbitration,” Panel Discussion, Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals Symposium, 2019; “Finding a Seat at the Table: Enhancing Ombuds Impact”, Co-Presenter, International Ombudsman Association Conference, 2019; “The Organizational Ombuds: Enhancing Government Through Conflict Resolution,” ABA Just Resolutions Newsletter, September 2018; “Discipline in the Federal Sector”, Panel Moderator at SFLERP Symposium, 2018; “Can an Ombuds Office help resolve conflict and positively impact labor relations?”, Panel Moderator at Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions Annual Conference, 2018; “Labor Relations: The Basics of Just Cause for Conflict Resolvers,” Co-Presenter at the International Ombudsman Association Annual Conference 2018, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution Annual Conference, 2017, and Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, 2016; “Ask the Arbitrators”, Panel Discussion American Arbitration Association/National Academy of Arbitrators, Philadelphia, November 2017; “Clarification – A Valid Exception to Functus Officio,” ABA Section of Litigation Update, Fall 2017; “Contract Language Interpretation in the Federal Sector”, Panel Discussion at SFLERP Symposium, 2017; “A Discussion of ACR Ethical Principles Across Workplace Practice Areas”, Panel Moderator, ACR Webinar 2017; “Options for Resolving Conflict,” Montgomery College, 2016; “Ask the Arbitrators,” Panel Discussion at the Maryland LERA, February 2016; “Organizational Ombuds: Roles, Responsibilities, and Opportunities,” Panel Discussion at the Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, 2015; “Mediation and Arbitration in Public Sector Collective Bargaining,” ACResolution Magazine, Summer 2014.