Robert Kirkman Collins celebrated his 30th anniversary as a divorce mediator in 2012, and during the course of his career Bob has guided well over a thousand couples through the difficult passage of divorce. Trained in 1982 in the first group in New York City taught by John Haynes, the originator of divorce mediation, Bob was one of the founders, an original Board Member, and a past President of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York. He has has been cited by Cardozo Law School as being “among the pioneers of divorce mediation in New York”.
Formerly a partner in the law firm of Davidson, Dawson and Clark and then an independent family law practitioner in Manhattan for over twenty years, Bob is now a Visiting Clinic Professor of Law and the Director of the Divorce Mediation Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At Cardozo, he teaches divorce mediation and supervises law students who conduct mediations at the Clinic with couples referred by New York State’s Office of Court Administration.
Bob has been teaching divorce mediation for close to 20 years, and has trained many of the mediators currently practicing in New York City, using his manual Common Sense and the Crisis of Divorce. A founding member of The New York Mediation Group, he teaches annually at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, has trained divorce mediators for The New York Peace Institute (formally Safe Horizons), and for a dozen years has taught Family Mediation at the Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Idaho College of Law. During the course of his career, Bob has trained mediators in many states across the country, and lectured on mediation in England, South America and Asia. Bob has previously been a Professor of Law and the Director of Clinical Programs at the American Justice School of Law, and has taught both Family Law and Dispute Resolution at Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey. Bob graduated with Honors from Yale College, and was on Law Review at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.