Speaking Engagement

ACAN 2024 Annual Meeting

Academy of Court-Appointed Neutrals

B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale
1140 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Blank Rome’s Deborah Greenspan, who serves as partner and co-chair of the firm’s Energy, Environment, and Mass Torts practice group, will be a speaker on two panels at the Academy of Court-Appointed Neutrals’ (“ACAN”) 2024 Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting, being held March 7 through 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will focus on the theme of “Making It Happen” by turning recent changes in the profession and the legal and public landscape in which the profession serves into changes in action.

Deborah, who also serves as the president-elect and treasurer of ACAN, will hold her first panel discussion, “Making It Happen: Why? Why Not? A Conversation with Judges and Experienced Neutrals Discussing the Use of Court-Appointed Neutrals,” on Friday, March 8, from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.


  • Interviewer: Deborah Greenspan, Blank Rome LLP
  • Interviewer: Randi Ilyse Roth, Complex Settlements, P.C.
  • Hon. Denise L. Cote
  • Hon. Paul L. Friedman (D.D.C)
  • Hon. Judith Levy (E.D. Mich.)

Deborah’s second panel discussion, “Making It Happen: Cutting-Edge Dispute Trends,” will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m.


  • Hon. Gail Andler (Ret.)
  • Deborah Greenspan, Blank Rome LLP
  • Tina Patterson, Jade Solutions, LLC 
  • Janice Sperow, Sperow ADR Services


ACAN’s members include former state and federal court judges and thought leaders on the use of court-appointed neutrals as tools to assist in the administration of justice and on how to develop and broaden the profession. To learn more, please visit

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage.