JD Hofstra University School of Law, 1983; BA Stony Brook University (Political Science),1980.
Substantial experience in commercial litigation; familiarity with issues attendant to a wide variety of commercial contracts, leases and related agreements in matters involving purchase and sale agreements of business entities, real estate and zoning (Article 78) Consultant for Management Sciences for Development, Checchi & Co. Consulting, & NYU School of Professional Studies; Facilitator with International Center for Cooperation & Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; 1985-present: Attorney/Mediator, Law Offices of Clare B. Connaughton; 1983-5: Attorney, Law Office of Barnello & Capria; 1981: Summer Associate, NYC Police Department; 1978-80: Research Associate, Health Systems Planning Foundation.
Mediator on several court panels; mediated numerous cases involving variety of commercial issues; Frequently deployed by various NGO's , State Department, to Latin America to work with large employers and unions, as independent ADR consultant since 1998. Member: Federal Mediator Panel, USDC; Certified Community Mediator--mediated antagonistic community disputes focusing on "empowerment & recognition" & cultural sensitivity; Prepared reports on mediations, outcomes & recommendations. More than 20 years in her own civil litigation and mediation practice; conducts mediation training in academic and corporate settups in both the U.S. and Latin America (with U.S.A.I.D.).
Languages: Spanish & English.