Recognizing a need for alternatives to litigation, Cardozo was one of the first schools in the nation to establish a Mediation Clinic. The Mediation Clinic was founded in 1985 and has been offered each year since. The Mediation Clinic students are trained and supervised in mediating cases at community dispute resolution centers, small claims court, and civil court, while they study the broad field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
Mediation Clinic Directors
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 Donna Erez-Navot
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.
Recognizing a need for alternatives to litigation, Cardozo was one of the first schools in the nation to establish a Mediation Clinic. The Mediation Clinic was founded in 1985 and has been offered each year since.
The Mediation Clinic is an eight-credit, two-semester clinical program in which 16 students are trained and supervised in mediating cases at community dispute resolution centers, small claims court, and civil court, while they study the broad field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). As well as studying the art and science of mediation, students practice techniques in conflict management that focus on legal counseling, negotiation, arbitration, and representation in mediation. Cases served by the clinic include disputes in community centers, small claims courts, civil courts and the EEOC between landlords and tenants, business partners, vendors and consumers, family members, neighbors, middle and high school students, and employees and employers.
In addition to the educational value of the Mediation Clinic, Cardozo is proud of the community service the clinic provides. Clinic participants are in training to be mediators in the fall semester of their program. In the spring semester they are full-fledged, approved mediators servicing difficult and diverse cases. Cardozo students participate in hundreds of cases each year, either as an apprentice mediator (observing or co-mediating) or as a mediator. Of those cases, a majority result in agreement between the parties. Supplementing their mediation service, each student gives a presentation on conflict resolution to high school, college, community or other audiences and writes a scholarly paper.
Alumni of Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic have become leaders in the field of dispute resolution.