Lela P. Love

Professor of Law

Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution

Director, Cardozo Mediation Clinic


B.A., 1973, Harvard University

M.Ed., 1975, Virginia Commonwealth University

J.D., 1979, Georgetown University



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 Love serves on the Council of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section and the NYS Unified Court System Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee.
In addition to her work in ADR, she developed and directed the Small Business Clinic at George Washington University's National Law Center. She is a member of the Bar in New York, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia.
Professor Love is the Director of Cardozo's Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, the sixth ranked alternative dispute resolution program in the country*, and the Cardozo Mediation Clinic.
For further information, see Professor Lela Love's CV.
*U.S. News & World Report

Honors and Awards

 •Monrad G. Paulsen Award from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law “in recognition of devoted service to the ideals and purposes of Legal Education” with other members of the clinical faculty (1998)
ADR Achievement Award from the Association of Conflict Resolution of Greater New York (2012)
Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Mediators (2012)
Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (2010)
“Front Line Champion” Award at the Association of the Bar of NYC on Mediation Settlement Day (2009)
Honored on Recognition Night by the Network for Peace Through Dialogue (2009)
Award from Victim Services Mediation Programs "in appreciation for years of unwavering commitment, support, training, guidance, mediation and friendship" (1997)
•Honorary Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (1997)
Citation from City of Glen Cove for mediating a long-standing dispute between the city and Salvadoran day laborers (1993)

Mediation and Arbitration Training Programs

•NY County Lawyers Association, Part 137/Fee Dispute Arbitration Training, The 1st and 12th (Manhattan and Bronx) Judicial Districts, (2/13)
•Deusto University, Mediation Course (Bilbao, Spain 12/12)
•ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute, Breaking Impasse, (Boston, 11/12)
•New York State Bar Association/Dispute Resolution Section and Cardozo School of Law Commercial Arbitration Training (6/11)
•Safe Horizon Mediation Programs, Civil Court Training, (Brooklyn Mediation Center 9/08, 9/09)
•The Annual ADR Institute of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Provision of Justice in Dispute Resolution: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Neutrals, (Philadelphia 2/08; Pittsburgh 3/08)
•ABA Annual Meeting, Mediate Better!!—Party, Counsel and Mediator Preparation for Mediation, Case-by-case Customization, Mediator Process and Subject Matter Experience, and Mediator Analytical Techniques (8/08, NYC)
•Association of Conflict Resolution-Greater New York Chapter 6th Annual Conference, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Neutrals and Panel on Mediator Confidentiality in NY in Light of the Hauzinger Case (6/08)
•ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training, (San Antonio 10/07)
•Roundtable Mediation and Devine Millimet, Advanced Mediation Workshop (Bedford, NH, 4/07)
•New York City Bar Center for CLE, Representing Clients in Mediation: How To Be A Zealous Advocate Outside the Courtroom (11/06)
•ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Fifth Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training (Toronto 10/06)
•Suffolk County Supreme Court Mediation Training, 3 day Basic Mediation Training for matrimonial and guardianship attorneys to develop a panel of mediators in Long Island (4/06)
•Safe Horizon, Manhattan Mediation Center, New York City, Co-mediation Training for Community Mediators (3/05)
•Practicing Law Institute, New York City, Securities Arbitration and Mediation (broadcast live via satellite to over 70 locations) (12/03)
•U.S. Department of Justice, New York City, ADR Training for Assistant US Attorneys (with Jeff Senger) (11/03)
•State of NY, Office of Court Administration, full-day Arbitration Training for arbitrators of Attorney-Client Fee Disputes to qualify them for service on court panels: NY County Lawyers Association Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation (11/10) (12/08); 1st and 12th Judicial Districts (2/07); NY County Lawyers Association Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation (10/04); First and Twelfth Judicial Districts (5/03); First Judicial District, New York; Third Judicial District, Albany (2000); Eleventh Judicial District, Queens County; Twelfth Judicial District, the Bronx (1999); Tenth Judicial District, Central Islip (1999); First Judicial District, Manhattan (1999); Second Judicial District, Brooklyn (1998); Fifth Judicial District, Syracuse (1998); Nassau and Suffolk Counties (1997); Brooklyn, Bronx, Nassau, New York, Queens and Suffolk, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties (1993-94)

Lectures, Presentations, and Professional Activities

•Presenter, Tips from the Mediation Clinic, the 12th Annual Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York, (6/20/13)
•Lunch Address and Presenter, Ethics and Heuristics, NYS Bar Association Commercial Arbitration Training, (Cardozo School of Law 6/19/13)
•Presenter, Negotiating a Shared Solution: The Challenge of Effective Communication and Creative Problem Solving, John Corser Bioethics/NYC Health and Hospitals Corp. Symposium on Shared Decision Making (Harlem Hospital 5/7/13)
•Presenter, Representation in Mediation, NY Legal Assistance Group’s Storm Response Unit on Insurance Mediation (5/7/13 at NYLAG)
•Presenter, Staying Out of Court: Better Mediation in Trust and Estate Disputes, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Program (5/3/13 in Washington, DC)
•Host and Speaker for a Delegation from Taiwan, including Mr. Wen-Lung CHENG, Partner, Justice Law Firm, Ms. Tsai-Shiuan LIN, Section Chief, Foreign Affairs Section, Pingtung County Police Bureau, and Ms. Fang-Ju YUEH, Prosecutor, Taiwan High Prosecutors Office (4/23/13 Cardozo Law School)
•Welcoming Remarks, 13th Annual International Advocate for Peace Award for President Jimmy Carter, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution (4/10/13)
•Featured Speaker, Inside the Mind of a Mediator/Stories Mediators Tell, Southern California Mediators Association (3/22/13 in Santa Monica, CA, with Eleanor Barr and Lee Jay Berman)
•Featured Speaker, Stories Mediators Tell, UCLA School of Law Negotiation Colloquium (3/21/13 in Los Angeles, with Woody Mosten, Jeff Kichaven and Ken Cloke)
•Featured Speaker, Stories We Tell: First-Hand Accounts of Mediation and the Lessons We Learn, sponsored by the Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society, the New York Peace Institute, and the Center of Global Affairs’ Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (PACT) Group (3/18/13 at Cardozo Law School)
•Faculty, Introduction to Law School: ADR for talented Yeshiva undergraduate students (2/15/13 at Cardozo Law School)
•Guest Speaker, The Ultimate Pet Care Tele-Summit (1/17/13 Broadcast)



Stories Mediators Tell—World Edition (editor, with Glen Parker) (ABA Publishing 2017)


Mediation: Practice, Policy and Ethics, 2nd Edition, (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Andrea Schneider) (Wolters Kluwer 2013)


The Middle Voice: Mediating Conflict Successfully, 2d ed. (with Joseph Stulberg) (Carolina Academic Press 2013)


Stories Mediators Tell (editor, with Eric Galton) (ABA Publishing 2012)


Teacher’s Manual for Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model, 2nd Edition (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Andrea Schneider and Jean Sternlight) (Aspen Publishers 2011). For more information or to request a copy, please contact Aspen Publishers at 800-950-5259 or legaledu@wolterskluwer.com.


Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model, 2nd ed. (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Andrea Schneider and Jean Sternlight) (Aspen Publishers 2011)


The Middle Voice: Mediating Conflict Successfully (with Joseph Stulberg) (2007).


Mediation: Practice, Policy and Ethics (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Andrea Schneider) (Aspen Publishers 2006).


Negotiation: Appropriate Process and Problem-Solving (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Andrea Schneider) (Aspen Publishers 2006).


Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Andrea Schneider and Jean Sternlight) (Aspen Publishers 2004).



A Conversation About Facts, Stories, and Truth in Mediation, (with James Coben and Kenneth Fox) Dispute Resol. Magazine (Winter 2018)


Chapter on The Uses of Mediation, The Negotiator’s Desk Reference (DRI Publishing 2017)


The Hopes and Fears of All the Years: 30 Years Behind and the Road Ahead for the Widespread Use of Mediation, 31 Ohio State J. on Disp. Res. 123 (2016) (with Ellen Waldman).


Chapter on Mediation and Property Issues in the Estate Planning Process (with Stewart Sterk) in Mediation for Estate Planners Susan Gary, ed. (2016 ABA Publishing). 


Success and Failure in ADR: A Dialogue between Partners (with Joseph Stulberg), International Journal on Conflict Engagement and Resolution 1-2014.


Chapter on Generosity for Educating Negotiators for a Connected World, Volume 4 in Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series (with Sukhsimranjit Singh) (2013, DRI Press).


Silver Linings: Re-Imagining the Role of ADR Education in the Wake of the Great Recession, 6 Northeastern Law J. 1 (with Brian Farkas) (2013).


Stories Mediators Tell: The Editors' Reflections, 34 Cardozo L. Rev. 2409 (with Eric Galton) (2013)


Chapter on Following the Golden Rule and Finding Gold: Generosity and Success in Negotiation for Educating Negotiators for a Connected World, Volume 4 in Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series (with Sukhsimranjit Singh) (2013, DRI Press)


Commentary in Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries, edited by Ellen Waldman (Jossey-Bass 2011)


Trick or Treat? The Ethics of Mediator Manipulation, 17 Dispute Resolution Magazine 17 (with Jim Coben) (Fall, 2010)


Plenary Session Panel The Sixth John A. Speziale Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium, 27 QUINNIPIAC LAW REV. 791 (with Harry Mazadoorian, Deborah Hensler, Lawrence Mills, Paul Bland and Tim Fisher) (2009)


In Appreciation of our Friend and Colleague Jack Cooley (a tribute), (with Homer La Rue) in JustResolutions eNews, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution (July 2009)


From the Chair, 4 columns, Dispute Resolution Magazine (Fall, 2008, Winter, Spring, Summer 2009)


Problem Solvers Have Never Been More Needed, Vol. 30, No. 47, Nat’l. LJ (8/4/2008)


Leaving More Than Money: Mediation Clauses in Estate Planning Documents, 65 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 539 (2008) (with Stewart Sterk).


Midstream Mediator Evaluations and Informed Consent, DISPUTE RESOLUTION MAGAZINE (Winter 2008, vol. 14, Number 2) (with John W. Cooley).


Voice of Experience, advice to beginning practitioners in JustResolutions eNews (publication of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution/March 2007).


Classroom Conversations About Race, Poverty and Social Status in the Aftermath of Katrina, DISPUTE RESOLUTION MAGAZINE (Fall 2006, vol. 13, no. 1, 22) (with Homer La Rue).


The Uses of Mediation, chapter in The Negotiator’s Fieldbook, (ABA Publishing 2006) (with Joseph Stulberg).


The Intersection of Evaluation by Mediators and Informed Consent: Warning the Unwary, 21 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 45 (2005) (with John W. Cooley).


Trials on Trial: Are Trials Vanishing and Why?, JUST RESOLUTIONS (April 2005).


Symposium, Justice in Mediation, 5 CARDOZO J. OF CONFLICT RESOL. 59 (2004).


Boundaries to Practice, 5 CARDOZO J. OF CONFLICT RESOL. 147 (2004) (with Chris Honeyman).


Partnerships and Facilitation: Mediators Develop New Skills for Complex Cases, DISP. RESOL. MAG. (Spring 2003) (with Joseph Stulberg).


Twenty Five Years Later With Promises to Keep: Legal Education in Dispute Resolution and Training of Mediators, 17 OHIO STATE J. ON DISP. RESOL. 597 (2002).


If Portia Were a Mediator: An Inquiry Into Justice In Mediation, presented at the Fifth UCLA/IALS Conference, 9 CLINICAL L. REV. 157 (2002) (with Jonathan M. Hyman).


ADR: An Eclectic Array Of Processes, Rather Than One Eclectic Process, 2000 J. DISP. RESOL. 295 (with Kimberlee K. Kovach).


Mediation of Probate Matters: Leaving a Valuable Legacy, 1 PEPP. DISP. RESOL. L.J. 255 (2001).


Images of Justice, 1 PEPP. DISP. RESOL. L.J. 29 (2000).


Teaching a New Paradigm: Must Knights Shed their Swords and Armor to Enter Certain ADR Arenas,1 CARDOZO ONLINE J. OF CONFLICT RESOL. 3 (1999).


Should Mediators Evaluate?: A Debate Between Lela P. Love and James B. Boskey, 1 CARDOZO ONLINE J. OF CONFLICT RESOL.1 (1999).


A Tribute to James B. Boskey, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Summer 1999, at 33.


Training Mediators to Listen: Deconstructing Dialogue and Constructing Understanding, Agendas and Agreements, 38 FAM. & CONCILIATION CTS. REV. 27 (January 2000), reprinted in MEDIATION: ESSAYS FROM THE FAMILY COURT REVIEW (Assn. Of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2005).


Training Mediators for the 21st Century,  23 SPIDR NEWS 25 (Winter & Spring 1999).


Letters to the Editor, response to Jonathan Hyman’s Slip-Sliding Into Mediation: Can Lawyers Mediate Their Clients’ Problems?, 5 CLINICAL L. REV. 641 (Spring 1999).


Mapping Mediation: The Risks of Riskin's Grid, 3 HARV. NEGOT. L. REV. 71 (1998) (with Kimberlee K. Kovach).


A Tale of Two Cities: Day Labor and Conflict Resolution for Communities in Crisis, DISP. RESOL. MAG. At 8 (Fall 1997) (with Cheryl B. McDonald).


Mediation: The Romantic Days Continue, 38 S. TEX. L. REV. 735 (1997).


The Top Ten Reasons Why Mediators Should Not Evaluate, 24 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 937 (1997),  reprinted in Mediation: Theory, Policy and Practice (The International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory, 2nd Series) (Ashgate Publishing 2000).


Evaluative Mediation is an Oxymoron, 14 ALTERNATIVES TO THE HIGH COST OF LITIG. 31 (Mar 1996) (with Kimberlee Kovach).


Practice Guidelines for Co-Mediation: Making Certain That "Two Heads Are Better Than One", 13 MEDIATION Q. 179 (1996) (with Joseph B. Stulberg).


Standards of Professional Conduct in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1995  J. DIS. RES. 95 (1995).


Using Mediation to Overcome Conflict, 26 SPECTRUM, THE JOURNAL OF ST. GOV’T. 34 (Winter 1994).


Beryl Blaustone, Settle or Sue: What Else Can I Do?,  12 ALTERNATIVES TO THE HIGH COST OF LITIGATION 98, (Aug 1994) (book review).


Imparting a Vision: Teaching Dispute Resolution in Law School, DISPUTE RESOLUTION: THE NEXT GENERATION (J. Stulberg, ed.), essays in honor of Robert Coulson's retirement as president of the American Arbitration Association.


Glen Cove: Mediation Achieves What Litigation Cannot, CONSENSUS (a quarterly newsletter of the MIT-Harvard Public Dispute Program), no. 20, p. 1 (Oct. 1993), reprinted in THE NEW YORK MEDIATOR, (Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program of the Unified Court System of the State of New York), vol. 12, no. 2 (fall/winter, 1993-94).



Mediator's Manual for Louisiana Workers' Compensation Mediation, Office of Workers' Compensation, State of Louisiana (1993) (with Joseph B. Stulberg).


Instructor's Manual for Conducting the Mediator Skill-Building Training Program, Michigan Supreme Court, Lansing, MI (1991; revised, 1994; revised, 1996) (with Joseph B. Stulberg).