Annual Dispute Resolution Symposium, 11/5

You’re invited! On Monday, 11/5, Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution will present its Annual Symposium entitled “Negotiating the Extremes: Impossible Political Dialogues in the 21st Century.” Despite the weather, we are moving full-steam ahead with this thought-provoking look into the intersection of ADR and polarized politics — all on the day before the 2012 election. The event is open to the public. Fabulous food and cutting-edge debate in election law, civil discourse, and the state of democratic dialogue.

Note that the event offers 1.5 CLE credits per panel. All events are in the Lobby and Moot Court Room:

CLE Articles for Attendees

International Dispute Resolution Article

HOD Resolution Civility Article

Election Law Article (Josh Douglas)

Amicus brief Supreme Court (Ben Davis)

Schedule of Events 

Breakfast and Check-in: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Statements: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Brian Farkas, Editor-in-Chief, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Dean Matthew Diller, Dean, Cardozo School of Law.

Professor Lela Love, Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Cardozo School of Law.


Panel I: 10:00-11:30 a.m.  Practical Examples of Promoting Civil Discourse

This panel will discuss examples from the United States and abroad of implementing ADR processes to promote public discourse. Panelists will explore approaches used to successfully resolve the most polarizing political debates.

Brad Heckman, (Moderator) Chief Executive Officer, The New York Peace Institute.

Ben Davis, Associate Professor, The University of Toledo, College of Law.

C.T. Butler, Author and Mediator. 

Lunch and Mingling in Lobby: 11:45-12:45 p.m.


Panel II: 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Civil Discourse: the Israel/Palestine Conflict

This panel will discuss the landscape of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and focus on the use of ADR processes for facilitating conversation and useful political dialogue.

Moderator: Lela Love, Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Cardozo School of Law.


David Matz, Professor, University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Muli Peleg, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University.

Michael Tsur, Adjunct Professor, Hebrew University, Hamline University and Cardozo School of Law.


Panel III: 2:45-4:15p.m.  Civil Discourse: the United States

In 1860, on the eve of the Civil War, President James Buchanan famously praised the “noise of democracy.” In 2012, our democracy has never been noisier. This panel will examine issues of civil discourse and decision-making in America in light of the current polarized political environment.

Moderator: Richard Reuben, Professor, University of Missouri Law School.


Susan Podziba, Public Policy Mediator.

Joel Gora, Professor, Brooklyn Law School.

Howard Bellman, University of Wisconsin Law School/Marquette University Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution.

Joshua Douglas, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law


Keynote Speaker & Closing Remarks: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Speaker: Jo Berry, Founder, Building Bridges for Peace

Closing: Brian Farkas, Editor-in-Chief, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution

Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Law School Lobby

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Questions? Contact Brian Farkas at