The Advocates- with Mr. Norman Solovay 4-23-08

“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

April 23, 2008

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM on your dial, or you can listen to the program’s live streaming at  One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. Our special guest today is Norman Solovay, author, long-time litigator, expert in mediation and arbitration and currently, of counsel to Hartman $ Craven LLP, NYC. Our subject today is “How Divorce Has Social Consequences for Our Society: The Decline of the Nuclear Family!”


Norman Solovay, is a former editor of the Columbia Law Review and law secretary to the late Judge Charles Breitel. He served for a number of years as a litigation associate at the firm of Rosenman, Colin, Goldmark & Kaye. Mr. Solovay subsequently formed, and for some 20 years headed, the litigation department of Holtzmann, Wise & Shepard. The Holtzmann firm had an unusual practice for its then size, primarily based on its representation of Allen & Company, the Onassis interests, and a significant number of the corporations financed by Allen & Company, such as Syntex, Ogden, Bunker Ramo, among many others.


Eventually Mr. Solovay founded Solovay, Marshall & Edlin, with his son, Michael Solovay (then a senior associate in Skadden Arps corporate department), and Paul Marshall, a leading entertainment/intellectual property lawyer. While there, Mr. Solovay authored Alternative Dispute Resolution, dealing with both arbitration and mediation and, subsequently, a book entitledThe Internet & Alternate Dispute Resolution: UntanglingThe Web, also dealing with both mediation and arbitration on the internet.  Mr. Solovay is presently a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City Of New York and is Chairman of its Subcommittee dealing with the expansion of Collaborative Law.   


Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public policy of the United States. Also, over time great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction of “public policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs. emancipation, state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces or the “draft.”


The Program is sponsored by the Green Briar Adult Home, in Millbrook, Dutchess County, NY.

One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at and one can also see all of the archived shows at: The Advocates will be off for a week, and Ithe program will be back on May 7th with our special guest, local baseball legend Ralph Branca and our panelist Alan Rosenberg, an avid sports collector. Both men graduated from AB Davis HS in Mount Vernon, and NYU, and are going to talk about baseball over the past 60 years, and the growth of mega sports in America.


Richard J. Garfunkel


914-261-6587 (cell) 






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