Cardozo is ranked #4 in the nation in the dispute resolution category in U.S. News & World Report, and #1 in New York City. The Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution was one of the first alternative dispute resolution programs in the country. The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution is the top ADR journal in the country.
The Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution
We cannot imagine a more challenging era for conflict resolvers, who are facing rifts between individuals, in our communities, in our courts, in our nation, and among nations. Political divides challenge us. Environmental conflicts abound. What an important era for lawyers to add their talents and perspective to the major issues of our day—not only as advocates, but also as thoughtful and innovative peacemakers.
The Kukin Program was established in 1990 through a generous gift from the late 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.
In addition to introducing Restorative Justice into our curriculum and expanding our classrooms into prisons, we are planning exciting new ventures and participation in domestic and international dispute resolution competitions this year.
Our Arbitration and Mediation Faculty
Professor Robert Collins
Professor Collins has practiced and taught divorce and family mediation for the past 35 years. He served as a founder and president of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and as chair of the Ethics Committee of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. He holds a B.A. from Yale College, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to teaching, he worked in private practice for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and was a partner at Davidson, Dawson & Clark, and an Assistant D.A. in the New York County District Attorney’s office.
Professor Donna Erez-Navot
Professor Erez-Navot is the Assistant Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Cardozo Law School where she also directs the Cardozo Mediation Clinic. Before joining the faculty at Cardozo, Donna was the founding Director of the Mediation Clinic at University of Wisconsin. As part of the Mediation Clinic, Donna was instrumental in setting up several mediation programs including Waukesha County Child Protection Mediation Program, Dane County Small Claims Mediation Program, and Dane County Child Protection Mediation Pilot Program.
Professor Myriam Gilles
Professor Gilles specializes in class actions and aggregate litigation, and has written extensively on class action waivers in arbitration clauses. She also writes on structural reform litigation and tort law. She is the #5 most cited civil procedure professor in the country. Her articles have appeared in top law reviews, including Chicago, Columbia, Michigan, and Penn. Professor Gilles teaches Torts, Products Liability, Class Actions & Aggregate Litigation. She has testified before Congress on consumer protections.
Professor Elizabeth Goldman
Professor Goldman, who directs the Securities Arbitration Clinic and teaches courses on securities arbitration, securities regulation and pretrial practice, joined Cardozo as an adjunct in 2001. In 2005, Professor Goldman left the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to join the faculty full time. During seven years of service as senior counsel at the Division of Enforcement of the SEC in the Northeast Regional Office in New York, she prosecuted numerous federal securities law violations.
Professor Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin
Professor Greenberg-Kobrin is the director of The Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, which is supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Professor Greenberg-Kobrin served as the dean of students at Columbia Law School from 2005 to 2016, where she also taught courses in deals, negotiation and leadership. Prior to her work at Columbia Law, she was an associate at the New York office of Arnold & Porter, where her practice focused on international corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, sovereign debt issuances and financial institutions. Professor Greenberg-Kobrin also serves as senior fellow and director of the Leadership Program at the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.
Professor Lela Love
In addition to two decades of teaching, training, consulting and writing in the dispute resolution field, Professor Love serves as a mediator, arbitrator and dispute resolution consultant in a wide range of cases. Since 1985, with Cardozo students, she has mediated hundreds of community, civil court and employment discrimination cases. Independently, she has served as the mediator of family, human rights, civilian and police-officer, school-based and commercial cases. She has arbitrated numerous cases in NYC Civil Court, Small Claims Court and Attorney-Client Fee Disputes. Her mediation of a public policy dispute in Glen Cove, NY, brought widespread publicity to the use of mediation in resolving complex litigation.
Professor Leslie Salzman
Leslie Salzman currently directs Cardozo's Bet Tzedek Legal Services clinical program where she has been teaching since 1990. The clinic represents low-income individuals in matters relating to public and private disability and health-related benefits and insurance, housing, and consumer transactions. In 2002, Professor Salzman was trained as a community mediator and currently mediates community, custody/visitation, and criminal cases in the community mediation centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She has recently joined the mediation panel of the Southern District of New York to mediate cases involving the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Professor David J. Weisenfeld
Professor Weisenfeld teaches ADR in the Workplace and Negotiation Theories & Skills in Cardozo’s Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, as well as Contract Drafting, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Labor Law, and Public Sector Labor & Employment Law. He also serves as coach and faculty advisor to the Cardozo Dispute Resolution Competition Honor Society.
Prior to joining Cardozo, Professor Schneider was the director of the nationally-ranked ADR program at Marquette University Law School in Wisconsin, where she has taught ADR, Negotiation, Ethics, and International Conflict Resolution for over two decades. In addition to overseeing the ADR program, Professor Schneider was the inaugural director of the university’s Institute for Women’s Leadership.
In 2009, Professor Schneider was awarded the Woman of the Year Award by the Wisconsin Law Journal and the Association for Women Lawyers. She was named the 2017 recipient of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work, the highest scholarly award given by the ABA in the field of dispute resolution.
You definitely see these topics from a different perspective. It’s really fortunate that they offer [dispute resolution] courses to first year students.
Application for Certification in Dispute Resolution and Related Materials
Application for Certificate in Dispute Resolution
Cardozo Graduates with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution
Certificate in Dispute Resolution: Course Offerings
Representation in Arbitration
Each winter break, students have an opportunity to delve into the law and procedure governing this common form of private, binding dispute resolution in the introductory “Representation in Arbitration” course.
Adjunct Professor Brian Farkas ’13, who previously taught within Cardozo’s Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, created the course to provide students with an overview of the aspect of law that he said its central to today’s legal landscape.
“Our goal in this intensive course is to give students some fundamental understanding of the law,” Farkas said. “And beyond that, we want them to grapple with client counseling, drafting, and advocacy issues that are specific to arbitration.”
LL.M. in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy
The LL.M. in dispute resolution and advocacy requires students to take a minimum of 14 credits in courses or clinics focused on mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution topics and to complete a paper focusing on conflict resolution or advocacy.
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.
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 broker-dealers or to correct mistakes or problems with executions of customer orders.
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’s ADR Competition Honor Society placed first in arbitration and third place in negotiation at the Tenth Annual St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, second place at the 2019 Regional ABA Representation in Mediation competition, third place in mediation at the INADR International Law School Mediation Tournament in Athens, Greece, and second place at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law National Sports Law Negotiation Competition. They also received the “Distinction in Creative Solution Generator Award” at the 14th Annual ICC Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France and an Honourable Mention for Best Oralist at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna Austria.
The [Representation in Arbitration] course offered a good balance. It’s always helpful to have different perspectives.
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 an annual symposium that addresses pivotal topics in the ADR community. CJCR instituted and administers the International Advocate for Peace Award, honoring 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, Senator George Mitchell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, playwright Eve Ensler, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Honorable Daniel Weinstein, folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary, filmmaker Abigail Disney, and Sir Paul McCartney.
Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society
Under dynamic student leadership, Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society (CDRS) programs complement the curriculum, offering workshops, brown-bag lunches, films 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.