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Mr. Raff was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York in 1969. He serves as a federal court appointed Special Master in three complex employment and discrimination law cases. He is also an active labor arbitrator, mediator and fact finder on panels from the American Arbitration Association, National Mediation Board, New York State Mediation Board, New York City Office of Collective Bargaining and the New York State-CSEA Disciplinary Panel. He has served as a member of the New York State Human Rights Advisory Council and the American Arbitration Association's National Alternative Dispute Task Force.
As a full-time member of the faculty of New York University School of Law for ten years, Mr. Raff taught labor and employment law, arbitration, administrative law and trial practice. He has served as a consultant to New York City's Bureau of Labor Services, New York State's Financial Control Board and the New York State Deputy Comptroller for New York City Affairs. He has also served as the Chairman of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Civil Rights from 1981 to 1985, and is currently a member of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, and New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, the New York City Bar Association, and the Society for Professionals In Dispute Resolution. Mr. Raff is listed in Who's Who in American Law. Mr. Raff was honored by the New York City Chapter of the National Organization for Women for his legal work supporting women's rights. Mr. Raff was also honored by being elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, elected to the Academy of court Appointed Masters, and selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of Labor and Employment Law.
Appointments of David Raff as a Federal Court Appointed Special Master
What is a Special Master?
A Special Master is a person appointed by the Court to monitor compliance with the Court's orders. Among other duties, a Special Master hears and decides disputes between the parties and has the authority to issue remedial orders. Mr. Raff has performed these and related duties for the federal district court since 1975.
• Appointed by United States District Court Judge Henry F. Werker to administer the Court's orders, affirmative action plan and other remedial relief in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the City of New York v. Local 638, Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, Local 28 Joint Apprenticeship Committee et al., Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' Association of New York City, Inc., 478 U.S. 421 (1986). This case, which is on-going, involves assuring minorities fair opportunities to obtain union membership and employment in the New York City metropolitan area sheet metal trade.
• Appointed by United States District Court Judge Henry F. Werker to supervise the performance and implementation of Chief Judge Mitchell H. Cohen's order in United States of America v. Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, Local Union No. 10, et al., 6 FEP Cases 1036 (D.N.J., 1973). This case, which is on-going under the present case name of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, involves assuring minorities fair opportunities to obtain union membership and employment in the Northern New Jersey area sheet metal trade.
• Appointed by United States District Court Judge Robert L. Carter to administer the Court's orders, affirmative action plan and other remedial relief in E.E.O.C. v. Local 580, International Association of Bridge Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers, Joint Apprentice Journeyman Education Fund, Allied Building Metal Industries, Inc., 669 F. Supp. 606 (S.D.N.Y. 1987) (Remedial Orders dated April 15 and October 19, 1988) aff'd, 925 F.2d 588 (2nd Cir. 1991). This case, which is on-going, involves assuring minorities fair opportunities to obtain union membership and employment in the New York City ornamental ironwork trade.
• Appointed by United States District Court Judge Hatfield Chilson in Yarborough v. Sheldon, Civ. Action No. 74-HC-4337 (D. Colo. 1980, Consent Decree). This case involved a claim that minorities were denied equal employment opportunities by the federal government. Mr. Raff conducted hearings and made decisions regarding back pay entitlement to victims of discrimination in eleven cities around the country.