April 10, 2014


April 10, 2014 – NEW YORK, NY – In recognition of distinguished alumnus Jed Melnick’s service to the law school and his generous gift in support of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Dean Matthew Diller has announced that the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution’s annual symposium will now be titled the Jed D. Melnick Symposium of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution

Melnick ’99 was a founder of the Journal and was its first Editor-in-Chief.  In 2011 he joined JAMS as the youngest member of the panel and quickly established a thriving practice. 

“The same energy, vision and resolve that Jed Melnick displayed in starting and leading the Journal of Conflict Resolution has ultimately led to him being a star in the mediation field,” said Professor Lela Love, Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution. “Jed would not quit until the Journal was founded. I am sure he never gives up as a mediator, and the parties benefit from that. Alumni like Jed are the reason that Cardozo’s program is so prominent.” 

Melnick was actively involved in the mediation program as a Cardozo student. He was a proud member of Professor Love’s Mediation Clinic and, while in law school, was part of the team from the Center for Court Innovation (a public/private partnership that helps the justice system aid victims, reduce crime, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve public trust in justice) that founded and built the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. The Crown Heights Mediation Center works to improve community problem-solving, collaboration, and inter-group relations in that diverse area of Brooklyn.

Jed has been involved in hundreds of cases with aggregate settlements in the billions of dollars, published numerous articles on mediation of complex disputes and has been frequently invited to speak and act as a panelist on issues related to the mediation of complex commercial litigation. He is one of the hosts of an annual panel presentation on legal developments and strategies for resolving securities class actions in Bermuda to the Bermuda insurance market.

Over the past few years, Jed has been involved in settling many of the securities matters that came out of the Adelphia and Lehman Brothers bankruptcies, numerous subprime matters, Madoff-related matters, Chinese reverse merger cases, a major class action resolution of a sexual assault claim and claims coming out of the bankruptcy of an international law firm. He is also the Managing Partner of the Weinstein Melnick Team and works with Judge Daniel Weinstein (ret.), one of the nation’s pre-eminent mediators of large complex disputes.

The yearly Jed D. Melnick Symposium of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution will gather high-profile lawyers and scholars in dispute resolution to discuss important and timely topics. Recent past topics have included “Bioethics, Health Policy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Age of Obamacare” and “Negotiating the Extremes: Impossible Political Dialogues in the 21st Century.”  

“The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution is deeply grateful to Jed Melnick for his incredible support,” said Shawna Benston, the Journal’s current Editor-in-Chief. “Furthermore, speaking with him was truly a pleasure; despite his inspiring success, he remains connected to, interested in, and supportive of the workings of the Journal.”

The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution consists of articles in alternative dispute resolution and mediation, and is ranked eighth* in the country in the field of civil litigation and dispute resolution. Published three times a year, it is a key component of Cardozo’s Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution. Ranked seventh** in the U.S., the Kukin Program is one of the top dispute resolution programs in the country. Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic, Divorce Mediation Clinic, Securities Arbitration Clinic and Dispute Resolution Society are all part of the Kukin Program, as well as many courses, an ADR competition team, and multiple symposia and panels—including the International Advocate for Peace Award, whose awardees have included President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, Abigail Disney, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


*Washington & Lee University School of Law

**U.S. News & World Report


For more information contact:

John DeNatale

Assistant Dean of Communications




Jacqueline Reeves

Assistant Director of Communications