PLI PLUS 2.0 is now available – click here to test drive the new platform.
Skip to main content

18th Annual Municipal Law Institute

Speaker(s): Adam C. Dembrow, Daniel M. Weitz, David Fisher, Eric Eichenholtz, Hon. Kevin F. Casey, June A. Witterschein, Karen M. Griffin, Kathy Chang Park, Loren L. AliKhan, Martha J. Mullen
Recorded on: Jul. 30, 2018
PLI Program #: 222018

Adam Dembrow is an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the NYC Law Department’s Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Division.  He handles eminent domain proceedings, trials and appeals, litigates regulatory takings issues, and advises multiple City agencies on condemnation, land use and property acquisition matters.

Prior to entering City service, Mr. Dembrow spent three years at a non-profit organization which conducts civil rights litigation on behalf of foster children.  Prior to that, he spent many years in private practice in the areas of bankruptcy-related litigation and financial restructuring transactions.

Mr. Dembrow is a graduate of Cornell Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.

David Fisher has been the Deputy Attorney General for the Commercial Division since July 2015. He began his tenure with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Attorney General in September 2001 as Chief of the Tax, Bankruptcy and Finance Section in the Commercial Division.

Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, David had a 30-year career with the federal government, serving as an environmental attorney with the Department of the Interior for 17 years, and later as a tax attorney with the Resolution Trust Corporation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

David received his undergraduate degree in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He also holds a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. 

June Witterschein is the Law Department's Director of Professional and Organizational Development, where she creates and implements the Continuing Legal Education curriculum for the Department’s 900+ attorneys.  June and her staff are responsible for programming for the professional development of the Department’s employees, and they oversee the agency's diversity training programs, and the Department's Coaching Collaborative. June began her legal career in the Law Department in the Appeals Division, and then served as Deputy Chief of the Legal Counsel Division. In 1990, June left the Department and later served as a law clerk to the then Presiding Judge Sylvia Pressler of the New Jersey Appellate Division.  June taught for nine years at Seton Hall University School of Law, before returning to the Law Department in 2003.

June is admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of New York, the US Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Supreme Court. She currently serves on the Mediation Panel of the Southern District of New York.  June is also a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Kathy Chang Park joined the New York City Law Department’s Appeals Division in 2011 and has handled numerous state and federal appeals for the City of New York and its agencies. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. In 2015, she received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Municipal Affairs Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Kevin F. Casey is an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).  Prior to joining OATH in 2004, he was a supervisor in the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society in New York.  Kevin previously worked as a CPA for a public accounting firm and as a forensic accountant for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. He is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches Appellate Advocacy.

Loren L. AliKhan is the Solicitor General for the District of Columbia.  In this capacity, she oversees the District’s appeals in the D.C. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Before joining the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Loren was an attorney in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.  Loren has also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice; a Temple Bar Scholar in London, England; and a law clerk to the Honorable Louis H. Pollak on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and summa cum laude from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Loren has worked with O’Melveny’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Clinic at Harvard Law School and the legal writing program at Yale Law School.  She sits on the Board of Overseers of Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Dan is the Director of the Division of Professional and Court Services for the New York State Unified Court System (UCS).  Dan oversees the statewide responsibilities of alternative dispute resolution, attorney for the child contracts, judiciary civil legal services contracts, office of language access, office of grants and contracts, guardianship and fiduciary services, legal information, office of the court record, parent education and awareness program, records management, the federally funded child welfare court improvement project, the court appointed special advocates assistance program, the children’s centers program, and operational issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dan has over nineteen years of experience as a court administrator and twenty-seven years of experience in the field of ADR, serving as an administrator, professor, trainer and practitioner.  He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Mediation at Cardozo School of Law, an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law and has taught ADR and conflict resolution related courses at Vermont Law School, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Pepperdine School of Law, Idaho College of Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Long Island University.  Dan is an international ADR speaker having presented across the United States and beyond including Japan, China, Thailand and South Africa.  He has also served as mediator in a wide range of matters including, general civil, family, employment, human rights, community, and police conduct cases.

Dan received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he participated in the Mediation Clinic and was a Teaching Assistant in Legal Negotiation.  He has worked at JAMS, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (The Civil Appeals Management Plan), and served as an original member of FutureLinks Inc., working in South Africa with youth leaders from all backgrounds to conduct workshops in non-violent social change, conflict resolution, and community development.

Highlighted Awards and Recognition:                   

The Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence “In the Trenches Award” Recognizing Indomitable Courage, Vision and Dedication to Ending Domestic Violence 2013

The New York City Bar Bernard Botein Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Administration of the Courts 2011

Eric Eichenholtz is currently the Chief of the Labor and Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department. In this capacity, he oversees a Division of more than 50 attorneys and 15 support staff whose function it is to represent the City of New York and its agencies in a wide variety of litigation related to the City’s role as a municipal employer. Prior to becoming Division Chief, Eric has handled a wide variety of cases, including the representation of the former New York City Council Speaker in a highly publicized lawsuit that alleging improper termination of a City Council aide, a series of cases challenging the New York City Department of Education’s Teaching Fellows program (a program designed to attract teachers to schools), and several discrimination lawsuits against high ranking City officials. Eric has also served as the Co-Chairperson of the Law Department’s Electronic Evidence Committee since 2007. In addition to presenting at PLI, Eric has also presented CLE lectures on Professionalism, Brief Writing, Discovery and Electronic Discovery for the New York City Law Department. Eric has been a guest lecturer at Adelphi University, making presentations on legal research to graduate students taking classes on education and the law. Eric is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and volunteers as a judge for American Bar Association’s National Appellate Competition as well as various college moot court competitions. He also serves as a volunteer small claims arbitrator for the New York County Civil Court.

Karen Griffin is Chief Ethics Officer in the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, where she has worked since 1995. She is responsible for counseling and training City attorneys in a wide array of legal ethics and professional responsibility matters. Karen is also the Chair of the Law Department’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics and served on the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics from 2012-2016. Prior to her current role, Karen was a member of the Law Department’s Appeals Division and its Tax & Bankruptcy Litigation Division. In 1998, she was a recipient of the New York City Bar Association’s Municipal Affairs Award for outstanding achievement as an Assistant Corporation Counsel.

Martha J. Mullen is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Division for the District of Columbia’s Office of the Attorney General.  She has been with the office for twenty-three years during which time she has litigated major class actions, Section 1983, Title VII, ADA, FLSA, and WPA claims as well as wrongful death, survival actions, and medical malpractice cases. This is her 18th year co-chairing the Municipal Law Institute.