Assistant Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution and Adjunct Professor of Law for the Cardozo Mediation Clinic

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Department: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Location: Brookdale Center, 55 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
Categories: Education/Teaching, Academic Administration, Legal, Student Services

Position Summary:      

The Assistant Director of the Kukin Program will direct and lead Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic, including coordinating student supervision and teaching associated courses. The Assistant Director will play an integral role in the ongoing operations and planning of the Kukin Program, including working with students, publicizing the program, and building new events and activities.

Position Responsibilities:

Direct Cardozo Mediation Clinic

  • Lead and direct the Cardozo Mediation Clinic including:
    • Teach the Mediation Clinic Seminar in both in the Fall [the clinic and the mediation clinic seminar] (3 Hours) and Spring [advanced mediation practicum (1 credit) plus two credits in the classroom (3 Hours).
    • Supervise 16 clinic students in court/mediation centers and oversee/coordinate adjuncts mentors. 
    • Oversee and administer referrals from the NYC Small Claims Court, EEOC, NYC Family Court and other referral sources. 
    • Lead the student application review and interview process in the Spring Semester.
    • Oversee the NY Peace Institute video exam and facilitate the students’ applications to court rosters.
    • Administer student arbitration observation opportunities.

Assist in Developing the LLM Program in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy (DRA)

  • Teach 1 credit fall course to incoming DRA students with the goal of including them in a vibrant LLM community and introducing them to multiple ADR opportunities in NYC.
  • Organize regular events for LLM DRA students to encourage a sense of collegiality and community.
  • Assist the Director in creating and fostering relationships with local dispute resolution providers as possible mediation referral sources for new LLM DRA initiatives.

Kukin Program Publications/Website/Social Media

  • Write biannual Kukin Program newsletter.
  • Compile information for and edit annual Kukin Program brochure.
  • Manage Kukin Program website.
  • Manage (with a dispute resolution student fellow) Kukin Program social media including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
  • Manage and update as needed ADR concentration and certificate materials.
  • Publicize Kukin Program events.

Student Support

  • Meet with prospective LLM and JD students about Kukin Program offerings.
  • Meet with current students interested in taking dispute resolution courses or pursuing a career in ADR.
  • Serve as mentor to students participating in Kukin Program offerings. 
  • Provide dispute resolution-related networking and career advice and interact with Career Services to ensure posting of ADR related jobs.

ADR Competition Honor Society Advisor

  • Assist the ADR Competition Honor Society (ADRCHS) in its interaction with school administration.
  • Help in coordination of the ABA-Intraschool Negotiation Competition.
  • Ensure publicity of ADRCHS Successes.
  • Support the Cardozo ADRCHS by:
    • Providing administrative support for ADR Competition Team training.
    • Serving as Judge/Mediator/Coach for ADR Team practice rounds.
  • Together with other faculty, manage and administer all aspects of national competitions such as ABA Regional Negotiation Competition and ABA Regional Representation in Mediation Competitions when Cardozo is selected to host.

Events

  • Plan ADR faculty meetings and annual ADR faculty dinner.
  • Develop new programs and foster relationships with the local, national, and international ADR communities.

Other Administrative Tasks

  • Coordinate Kukin Program involvement with the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section including annual Spring Conference.
  • Manage Kukin Program alumni lists.
  • Will report directly to Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution.  

Experience & Educational Background:

  • Minimum: J.D. required, 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Preferred: Teaching experience, experience in dispute resolution, and administering dispute resolution programs and events. Knowledge of the local, national and international dispute resolution communities.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Knowledge of dispute resolution processes. 
  • Proficiency in writing.
  • High ability in teaching and training.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • The ideal candidate is self-motivated and able to work independently. 

Application Instructions:

Resume and cover letter required. 

About Us:       

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice.  Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.

Equal Employment Opportunity:           

Yeshiva University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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