Welcome to Cardozo’s Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution. Since 1985, when Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic began, we have fostered the development of the role of a lawyer as a problem solver, counselor, and peacemaker in addition to the traditional lawyer’s role of client advocate.
Alternative or appropriate or amicable dispute resolution (ADR) processes and practices are regularly and widely used to resolve disputes, including divorce, probate, commercial, intellectual property, on-line, environmental, construction, health care, and public policy matters (to name a few). In addition, ADR has far-reaching applications in international relations and crises, the corporate world, other professional disciplines, and in interpersonal relationships in general. ADR includes both consensual and adjudicatory dispute resolution processes, as well as the design of conflict resolution systems.
Consensual dispute resolution processes—negotiation and mediation—bring people in conflict together to discuss their interests and concerns and develop a resolution for their dispute. These processes are also used to develop more optimal deals. Thoughtful practitioners allow relationships, whether personal or professional, to continue in a constructive and healthy way and frequently help maintain a sense of dignity for clients and a restored faith in justice available without the intervention of courts.
Arbitration and other adjudicatory and evaluative processes can offer a fast and efficient dispute resolution alternative, custom-tailored to meet the needs of domestic and international clients.
Please take a look at our pages and contact me if you have any questions.
"As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good [person]. There will still be business enough."
--Abraham Lincoln, "Notes for a Law Lecture," 1850
"If lawyers are not leaders in marshaling cooperation and designing mechanisms that allow it to flourish, they will not be at the center of the most creative social experiments of our time."
--Derek Bok, “Law and Its Discontents," BAR LEADER, 1983