The Kukin Program was established in 1990 through a generous gift from the late Ira and Doris Kukin. With deep appreciation, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law acknowledges the leadership, financial support, and friendship extended to the Kukin Program by the Kukin family.

Dr. Ira Kukin was an honorary member and his son, Jonathan Kukin (CSL ‘87), was a member of the Board of Overseers of Cardozo School of Law. Dr. Kukin was the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University and the former chairman of its Committee on Academic Affairs. Dr. Kukin was a founder of Apollo Technologies International Corporation, a leading company in the field of air pollution control and energy conservation in Livingston, New Jersey.

Frank J. Scardilli Lecturership

In creating the Kukin Program, the Kukin family also sought to honor the late Frank J. Scardilli, the Chief Circuit Mediator of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the longest serving appellate court mediator in the nation. As part of the Kukin Program, the Frank J. Scardilli Lectureship in Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution ensures in perpetuity that students at Cardozo are offered a course in the theory and skills of conflict resolution. Frank Scardilli was the first appointed lecturer, teaching a course on negotiation at Cardozo from 1989 until 2003.