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Dispute Resolution Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law | Yeshiva University Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution

Cardozo Law’s Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution is ranked the No. 6 dispute resolution program in the nation. —U.S. News & World Report

This past year the Cardozo Mediation Clinic turned 30! We celebrated with an abundance of clinic alumni and friends. Judge Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) and Special Master Kenneth Feinberg enhanced the celebration with a conversation about their remarkable careers in dispute resolution. There are currently 31 Mediation Clinic classes helping to promote collaborative outcomes around the world. And we’re not stopping now! This year we will focus on the Pound Conferences, past and current. In 1906, Roscoe Pound’s speech to the American Bar Association meeting addressed “The Causes of Popular Dissatisfaction with the Administration of Justice.” In 1976, the second Pound Conference ushered in the modern ADR movement in the legal arena. And 2016 celebrates the Global Pound Conference series, which aims to convene all stakeholders in dispute resolution to gather and share information about ADR processes and explore how to best address the needs of users and providers. We are challenged, now more than ever, to apply both theory and practice skills to ever more threatening and heartbreaking conflicts in the United States and around the world. From divorce to international commercial disputes to hostage negotiations, dispute resolution skills are critical. As disputes proliferate, so must our efforts to respond to conflict in constructive ways. Lela P. Love Director, Kukin Program of Conflict Resolution Cardozo School of Law


Concentration in Dispute Resolution

Clinical Programs

Cardozo students may complete a concentration in dispute resolution that is akin to an undergraduate major. The competencies required for the Dispute Resolution concentration correspond to the foundational dispute-resolution processes: negotiation, mediation and adjudication/ arbitration.

Mediation Clinic The Mediation Clinic is a year-long clinical program in which students are trained and supervised in mediating cases at community dispute-resolution centers, in small claims and pro se civil courts, and through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while studying the broad field of appropriate dispute resolution.

Certificate in Dispute Resolution Students can earn a certificate in dispute resolution. To qualify, students must satisfy competency requirements in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, counseling and disputeresolution processes, earning a minimum of 15 credits. They also must complete field work and write a paper on a conflict resolution topic.

LL.M. in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy The LL.M. in dispute resolution and advocacy requires students to take a minimum of 24 credits overall and to complete a paper focusing on a topic in conflict resolution or advocacy.

ADR Field Clinic Students selected for the Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Field Clinic have the opportunity to extern for various dispute resolution programs, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. They also participate in a weekly seminar. Divorce Mediation Clinic Students serve as mediators in court in matrimonial cases referred from the New York State Supreme Court through a program of the Office of Court Administration. Students co-mediate with an instructor at the start of the semester, go on to act in student co-mediation teams, and may eventually have an opportunity to mediate solo, all under direct faculty supervision. Securities Arbitration Clinic Students represent claimants in securities or commodities-related claims arising from improper actions by retail securities brokers or brokerdealers or to correct mistakes or problems with executions of customer orders.



ADR Competition Honor Society

Lela Porter Love

ADR Field Clinic ADR in the Workplace ADR Writing Seminar Advanced Mediation Practicum Collaborative Family Law Dispute Resolution Processes Divorce Mediation Clinic

Program Director Courses: Introduction to Mediation, Mediation Clinic, Advanced Mediation Practicum, ADR Writing Seminar, Mediation (Budapest), ADR Competition Honor Society

Lela Love is a practicing mediator and former chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. She has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Academy of Mediators and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. She has co-authored three law school textbooks and a book on mediation practice, The Middle Voice, as well as co-edited the popular collection Stories Mediators Tell.

Divorce Mediation Seminar Domestic Commercial Arbitration International Commercial Arbitration International Dispute Resolution Interviewing and Counseling Introduction to Mediation

Robert K. Collins Courses: Divorce Mediation Clinic, Divorce Mediation, Family Law, New York Matrimonial Drafting and Procedures

Bob Collins has practiced and taught divorce and family mediation for the past 30 years. He is considered among the pioneers of divorce mediation in New York and is regularly invited to teach divorce mediation around the country.

Mediation (Budapest)

Elizabeth Goldman

Mediation Clinic

Courses: Securities Arbitration Clinic, Securities Regulation, Pre-Trial Practice

Negotiation Theory and Skills Representation in Mediation Securities Arbitration Clinic Study Abroad Programs

Prior to Cardozo Law, Elizabeth Goldman served as senior counsel at the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, receiving multiple awards during her tenure including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman’s Award for Excellence. Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin Courses: Negotiation Theories and Skills, Indie Film Clinic

Michelle-Greenberg Kobrin is the director of the Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo Law, which is supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Professor Greenberg-Kobrin previously served as the dean of students at Columbia Law School, where she also taught courses in deals, negotiation and leadership. Leslie Salzman Courses: Interviewing and Counseling, Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic, Disability Rights Law and Its Implications, Social Welfare Litigation

In addition to her advocacy work as the director of Cardozo’s clinical education program and its civil clinic for the elderly, Bet Tzedek, Leslie Salzman is an active mediator. David J. Weisenfeld Courses: ADR in the Workplace, ADR Competition Honor Society, Negotiation Theories and Skills, Contract Drafting, Employment Law, Public Sector Labor and Employment Law

In addition to teaching, David Weisenfeld is an active arbitrator of labor, employment and commercial disputes. He serves on numerous neutral panels including the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, among others.

VISITING FACULTY Harold (Hal) I. Abramson

Ellen Waldman

Professor, Touro Law Center Course: Representation in Mediation

Professor and Founding Director of the Mediation Program, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Course: Representation in Mediation

Joseph (Josh) B. Stulberg Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Courses: Mediation Clinic, Negotiation Theory and Skills


Curtis E. Pew

President, Resolve Mediation Services Course: Negotiation Theory and Skills

Courses: Domestic Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Arbitration

Adam J. Berner

Michael Tsur

Principal, Law and Mediation Offices of Adam J. Berner Courses: Collaborative Law, Family and Divorce Mediation

Founder, Shakla and Tariya, Multi-Discliplinary Program for Negotiation Specialists Course: Negotiation Theory and Skills

Donna Erez-Navot Assistant Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution Courses: Introduction to ADR in NYC and Beyond, ADR Field Clinic

Robyn Weinstein ADR Administrator, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York Course: Mediation Clinic

Tracey B. Frisch Staff Attorney, American Arbitration Association Course: Mediation Clinic

Daniel M. Weitz

Peter Halprin

Director, Office of ADR and Court Improvement Programs, New York State Unified Court System Courses: Mediation Clinic, Introduction to Mediation

Attorney, Anderson Kill Course: ADR Competition Honor Society

David M. White

Chair and Board Member, International Mediation Institute Course: International Dispute Resolution

Founding Principal, White & Associates Director, Conflict Management Program at Seton Hall Law School Courses: Dispute Resolution Processes, Representation in Mediation, Interviewing and Counseling

Charles J. Moxley

Hope B. Winthrop

Distinguished ADR Practitioner, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution Principal, MoxleyADR

Mediator, New York Peace Institute Course: Mediation Clinic

Deborah Masucci

Glen Parker Principal Court Analyst, Office of ADR and Court Improvement Programs, New York State Unified Court System Course: Mediation Clinic

Steven A. Yadegari Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn Course: Negotiation Theory and Skills


The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution Founded in 1998 by a group of dedicated students, the highly regarded Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution (CJCR) each year publishes three volumes of cutting-edge scholarly articles and student notes that contribute to academic discourse in the field. The journal also regularly hosts symposia that address pivotal topics in the ADR community. CJCR instituted and administers the International Advocate for Peace Award, which honors individuals who embody a passion for and commitment to the pursuit of peace and resolution of international conflicts. Past recipients include the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, playwright Eve Ensler, Betty Murungi and filmmaker Abigail Disney.

The Kukin Program was established in 1990 through a generous gift from Ira and Doris Kukin. Dr. Ira Kukin and his son, Jonathan Kukin ’87, were both members of the Board of Directors of Cardozo School of Law. The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law acknowledges with deep appreciation the leadership, financial support and friendship extended to the Kukin Program by the Kukin family.

For further information, contact: Professor Lela Love, Director Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution or The Office of Admissions Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Yeshiva University 55 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003-4391 For Kukin Program and other Cardozo news, visit:

ADR Competition Honor Society Cardozo’s ADR Competition Honor Society is a student-run organization that selects approximately 18 competitors each year to participate in an ADR moot camp and prepare for and compete in domestic and international competitions. The competitions—sponsored by the ABA, other law schools, and various international entities such as the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris—simulate negotiation, client counseling, representation in mediation, and arbitration. Cardozo faculty assist in preparing students for the competitions.

Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society Under dynamic student leadership, Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society (CDRS) programs complement the curriculum, offering workshops, brown-bag lunches and panels. CDRS is active in the greater ADR community, working closely with such organizations as Mediators Beyond Borders, the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association to promote and expand the field of conflict resolution.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS The Cardozo Journal for Conflict Resolution’s 2015 International Advocate for Peace Award Goes to Folk Legends Peter, Paul and Mary

Over 100 Students and Judges Participate in the 2016 Cardozo/ABA Intra-School Negotiation Competition

Members of the 2015–16 ADR Competition Honor Society celebrate with the Cardozo winners of the 2016 Cardozo/ABA Intra-School Negotiation Competition. Peter Yarrow accepted the International Advocate for Peace Award on behalf of himself, Paul and Mary, and he performed several songs for the audience. Photo Credit: Sarah Coale

On February 22, 2016, law students, alumni, administration, faculty and practitioners raised their voices in a packed Jacob Burns Moot Court Room and sang together: “Music Speaks Louder Than Words” and “Light One Candle.” In his acceptance speech, Peter Yarrow said, “I’m honored to accept this award for two reasons: First, it reinforces to a very important group of people—future lawyers—the idea that this kind of work is meaningful. Further, it is proof that the value system that was embraced in ‘the movement’ is still active, isn’t naive, isn’t yesterday. It’s every bit today.”

Cardozo Hosts the First U.S. Global Pound Conference On September 12, 2016, Cardozo hosted the Global Pound Conference, one of 40 identical events to be held around the world. The Conference series will gather reliable, comparable data on the needs of users and professionals involved in ADR and will spark a global discussion about whether and how the current dispute resolution landscape and structures can address those needs.

On May 4, 2016, the ADR Competition Honor Society hosted the 2016 Cardozo/ABA IntraSchool Negotiation Competition. There were over 100 students and judges at this year’s competition, and a total of 46 teams competed. The winners of the competition were Rachael Schuman ’18 and Stephanie Kapinos ’18. Alexander Stolls ’18 and Kevin Andrade ’18 were the runners up, and Ruma Mazumdar ’17, a solo negotiator, came in third place.

Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution to Host the 2016 Jed D. Melnick Symposium, “The Pound Conferences: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” On November 7, 2016, the CJCR Symposium will examine the meaning and relevance of the three Pound Conferences (held in 1906, 1976 and 2016), each of which sought to reexamine the field of conflict resolution and generate critical changes in line with societal needs and aspirations. In addition to reviewing the history and impact of the Pound Conferences, the symposium panels will focus on designing new dispute-resolution processes, examining new trends in the quantitative study of ADR, and discussing how new technologies may impact traditional ADR processes.







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Read about Cardozo School of Law's nationally ranked dispute resolution program, the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution.

Cardozo Law's Dispute Resolution Program Brochure  

Read about Cardozo School of Law's nationally ranked dispute resolution program, the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution.