what do all these folks have in common?

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These are among the professions who just survived our intensive, 5-day, bootcamp-meets-bandcamp Basic Mediation Training: NYPD cops, teachers, an acupuncturist, lawyers, activists, a dentist, therapists, a food industry worker, a United Nations staff member, and more.

One of the things we love about these trainings is the community that we build through 40 hours of learning, laughing, eating and playing together. People who might not ever meet in real life — and may hold a stereotype or two about each other — bond and connect in incredible and unpredictable ways. Over the years, we’ve seen more than 2,000 people build mini-communities through holing them up in Brooklyn for five days.  We figure we’re only about 7.125 billion people away from building world peace.

And what we love about mediation is that you can be great at it regardless of your background, education, or profession.  You may need to un-learn stuff as well as learn stuff, but if you’re committed to building peace, willing to honor clients’ self determination, able to check your ego at the door, and resist the urge to be judgey, mediation may be just the jam for you.


raise some peace with us on november 5th!


We are delighted to invite you to our 2nd Annual PeaceRaiser!

Let’s face it — you deserve some fun.  And who doesn’t want a more peaceful New York City?

Have we got the event for you. Join us on
Wednesday, November 5, 6-9pm, for great company, tasty delights to tantalize your palates, high & low octane beverages to slake your thirst, a lovely venue, and fun and creative activities.

The best part — while you’re schmoozing, noshing, and imbibing, you’ll be doing your part to build peace and reduce violence in our city.  Proceeds from this event will help New York Peace Institute to continue to provide free conflict resolution services to our communities.

New York Peace Institute is a vital part of our community, providing more than 10,000 New Yorkers with the resources they need to resolve their conflicts peacefully, creatively, and durably.  Our wonderful staff and more than 400 mediators represent New York’s largest civilian peacebuilding force — catalyzing countless acts of healing, understanding, agreement, forgiveness and trust among families, neighbors, businesses parties, community groups and more. 

So, we’re all about cooperation.  But for one night only, we’re gonna throw a bit of competition into the mix. In addition to getting to know and reconnect with some amazing people, you’ll have a chance to compete in our specially-curated silent auction and in our potentially raucous trivia game. And, we’ll also have a fun interactive art project.

The cost? $100. By the way, a couple of tickets covers the cost of a mediation session for our clients — and the result can be priceless.

The event with take place at a fabulous venue — the WeWork space at 25 Broadway, 9th Floor.  Come as you are.
Get your tix HERE!

Wishing you the very best,

is mediation a sleeping beauty?


Find out at the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution Symposium!

I’ll be among the spielers, and I also drew the above posters, using many magic markers.  Here are the deets:

The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution is proud to present the 2014 Jed D. Melnick Annual Symposium and hopes you join us on November 3, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Key Note: Guiseppe De Palo (ADR Center, Rome)Speakers and Moderators Include:

Robert A. Baruch Bush (Hofstra University School of Law)
James Coben (Hamline University School of Law)
Dona Erez Navot (University of Wisconsin Law School)
Tracey B. Frisch (American Arbitration Association)
Douglas Frenkel (University of Pennsylvania Law School)
Eric Galton (Lakeside Mediation Center)
Brad Heckman (New York Peace Institute)
Laurel Kaufer (Kaufer Mediation)
Kimberlee Kovach (Kovach Dispute Resolution)
Carol B. Liebman (Columbia University School of Law)
Lela P. Love (Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University)
Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley (Fordham University School of Law)
James H. Stark (University of Connecticut School of Law)
Joseph P. Stulberg (Moritz College of Law/The Ohio State University)
Nancy A. Welsh (Dickinson School of Law/Penn State University)

The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

RSVP here, and please direct any questions to eic@cardozojcr.com.



A very special Special Education Mediation episode.

Folks, here’s a great little video on YouTube, featuring our very own Special Education Coordinator, Carol Lieb Himes.  Thanks to the wonderful non-profit Resources for Children With Special Needs, we’re getting the word out on this amazing service — which helps families and schools work together to ensure that special needs kids are getting thei education they deserve. Big shoutout to friends at the New York State Dispute Resolution Association for supporting this program statewide.



Challah! Last call for our benefit concert with the Klezmatics.


Folks, tickets for our benefit concert with the Klezmatics have been selling like latkes.  But we still have a few left, and would love to celebrate with you on Thursday, May 8th, 6-8pm at the historic Cafe Wha. 

I’ve been a fan of the Klezmatics since back in the day, and still can’t really describe them. Their music comes from the Jewish Klezmer tradition (check out their albums Jews with Horns and Rhythm & Jews), but that’s just their starting point.  They mash it up with blues, rock, Balkan brass, Latin, folk, rock, and more. They won a Grammy for their amazing Woody Guthrie tribute album, Wonder Wheel. They are New York City personified – a raucous cultural mishmash that somehow manages to produce great harmony.

I’m still hoping we’ll get a hip hop album out of them entitled Challah at Yo Boy. (You’re welcome, Klezmatics.)

Oh, let’s not forget the venue — Cafe Wha, the West Village landmark that launched Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Pryor, Jimi Hendrix and many more.

The Klezmatics and the Wha are donating their talent and space to help build peace in New York City.  Every scheckel we bring in from this event will go directly toward helping thousands of New Yorkers resolve their differences peacefully creatively, and durably.

Learn more about the gig here…and go here to snap up your tickets.