The Center for Resolution and Justice Celebrates Over 160 Years of Volunteer Mediator Service

Neil B. McGillicuddy PhD. was one of the volunteer mediators honored by Child & Family Services’ Center for Resolution and Justice (CRJ) at their annual holiday recognition event.  In December, Neil was celebrated for his 30 years of service as a volunteer mediator. 

Neil works as a Senior Research Scientist with the Research Institute on Addictions.  He entered the field of mediation during graduate school at the University at Buffalo where he worked and published with SUNY Distinguished Scholar Emeritus Dean Pruitt, Ph.D.  “Neil completed CRJ’s first-ever mediation training course in the early 1980’s. He is inspired not only by the program but by the people who come in to give the conflict resolution process a chance. He saw it work 30 years ago and has not looked back since,” said Julie M. Loesch, Esq., Director of CRJ.

In addition to Neil McGillicuddy’s 30-year award, the following volunteer mediators also attained years of service milestones: Larry Finkelstein and Samuel Giansante (25 years); Raymond “Bud” Baker and Eugene Setel (20 years); Ryon Fleming, Linda Friedenberg, Margery Nobel (10 years); Terrie Caisley, Jane Monaghan and Jane Schmieder (5 years).

Child & Family Services’ CRJ operates the New York State Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program in eight Western New York counties.  CRJ’s community mediators offer free and low cost alternative dispute resolution services in cases addressing custody and visitation, divorce, neighborhood disputes, landlord/tenant issues, workplace conflicts and more.

For an extended conversation with 30-year mediator Neil McGillicuddy, click here.

To learn more about mediation services offered through Child & Family Services’ Center for Resolution and Justice, please visit, email or call (716) 362-2323.