Center for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Shaping the future of dispute resolution

About Us

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) offers superior education and cutting-edge scholarship in dispute resolution to law students, attorneys, judges, practitioners, and international visitors. In the heart of San Francisco, steps away from Federal and State Courts, CNDR collaborates on projects and events with non-profits, commercial ADR providers, and government agencies.

CNDR has been consistently recognized by US News & World Report as one of the Top ADR programs in the country, was the winner of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Education Award by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2007 and 2018, and, was winner of the prestigious Louise Otis Award for Excellence in Mediation Education in 2011 and 2013 by the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy.

Lawyers from all over the world come to UC Hastings to study ADR, citing the wide selection of dispute resolution courses and its international reputation among practitioners.

About Us

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) offers superior education and cutting-edge scholarship in dispute resolution to law students, attorneys, judges, practitioners, and international visitors. In the heart of San Francisco, steps away from Federal and State Courts, CNDR collaborates on projects and events with non-profits, commercial ADR providers, and government agencies.

CNDR has been consistently recognized by US News & World Report as one of the Top ADR programs in the country, was the winner of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Education Award by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2007 and 2018, and, was winner of the prestigious Louise Otis Award for Excellence in Mediation Education in 2011 and 2013 by the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy.

Lawyers from all over the world come to UC Hastings to study ADR, citing the wide selection of dispute resolution courses and its international reputation among practitioners.

Learn more about CNDR and its history

Connect with CNDR

Address: 100 McAllister, Suite 408, San Francisco, CA 94012

Contact us: CNDR@uchastings.edu or call 415.581.8941

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What We Do

CNDR offers a wide range of courses and experiential learning opportunities for UC Hastings students, as well as interactive training for practitioners.

In addition, CNDR has partnered with local courts and other professional ADR organizations to give students real-world opportunities to learn and practice their dispute resolution skills.

CNDR also participates in many innovative conferences and events that keep our program on the forefront of the dispute resolution community.

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Upcoming Events

Jan 27

Creative Commons: Non-Linear Art for Brainstorming (For Students Only)

Brainstorming is an important skill set for exploring options and solutions, and key to creating a successful legal career. Developing the ability use new information to see things from new perspectives is integral to the law. In this fun and engaging workshop, we will use non-linear drawing and explore current neuroscience research on activating language and memory development. No artistic experience required, just bring something to draw on and with! Students, faculty, and staff only. Not open to the public.

Virtual Event
3:40 pm - 4:40 pm
Feb 10

Advanced Mediation Training Series: Handling Emotions Productively

From CNDR: Human emotions are vital in mediation: They let us know what matters, they help us connect with others, and they propel us to action. At the same time, people in conflict often experience intense negative emotions that can derail a mediation. This session will provide a basis for understanding the neurobiology of emotion, as well as provide tools for enhancing the positive emotions – and managing the negative emotions – of participants, attorneys, and mediators themselves.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Feb 17

How to Disagree Online Workshop

From CNDR: So many of us are relying on social media to keep connected with others during these challenging times, yet few of us know how to effectively disagree online, and there’s so much to disagree about! Join this interactive workshop where we’ll discuss better ways to disagree online. We’ll go over simple techniques that can help you keep friends, and create openness to other ways of thinking. There will be practice and group discussion to cultivate ideas for more effective ways to disagree online.

3:40 pm - 5:40 pm
Feb 19

Northern California Faculty ADR Conference 2021 – Faculty Only

2021's conference theme is Virtual Learning & Inclusion. Hosted by the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR), with our co-host, the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law, this annual gathering brings together law, business school, and undergrad ADR and Negotiation faculty from throughout Northern California to share best practices, and explore new topics and innovations in pedagogy in dispute resolution.

Virtual Event
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Recent Events

Catch up on CNDR’s virtual and recorded events – watch and listen for free!

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Book Event – Dispute System Design: Preventing, Managing, and Resolving Conflict

Online book party to celebrate the release of “Dispute System Design: Preventing, Managing, and Resolving Conflict” by Lisa Blomgren, Janet K. Martinez, and Stephanie E. Smith. A labor of love and expertise, this new textbook draws from its authors decades of experience to show how dispute systems can be designed to effect change within all types of organizations and across issues, through both theory and practice.

Director Purcell on Turkish Podcast

Interview from the conflict resolution podcast We Can Find a Way, by Idil Elveris, a former student from CNDR’s International Court ADR Institute. Director Purcell discusses creating one of the first court ADR programs in the country; the importance of connecting people and focusing on the design of a system; creation of the Institute course; the Center’s many opportunities for experiential learning, and, how technology will lead the future of ADR.

New Frontiers in ADR: Grande Lum



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New Frontiers In ADR – Grande Lum: America's Peacemakers

CNDR’s New Frontiers Series brings you Grande Lum, co-author of “America’s Peacemakers,” Provost of Menlo College, and former Director of CNDR. This book tells the story of The Community Relations Service (CRS), a federal agency within the DOJ that assists and mediates in communities as they reconcile and recover from discrimination, hate crimes, and unrest based on issues like race and religion. Provost Lum was Director of CRS under the Obama Administration.

New Frontiers in ADR: John Lande



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New Frontiers In ADR – John Lande: How to Combine “Positional” and “Interest-Based” Negotiation

CNDR’s New Frontiers Series brings you Professor Lande discussing how to go beyond traditional mediation labels, and explore using techniques from both positional and interest based models of risk assessment in complementary ways to more effectively meet clients needs, and help them move through disputes. Based on his new book, “Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation Decisions.”

Our Faculty and Staff

Sheila Purcell

Clinical Professor and Director of CNDR
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Mattie Robertson

Deputy Director of CNDR
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Hind A.

Senior Academic Program Coordinator
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Hanifa Baporia

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Jasmine Blackmeir

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Darshan Brach

Adjunct Professor of Law
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John Dean

Adjunct Professor of Law
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John Ford

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Jonathan Gross

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Shirish Gupta

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Sally Harpole

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Howard Herman

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Carol Izumi

Clinical Professor of Law
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Melissa Nelken

Emerita Honorable Raymond Sullivan Professor of Law
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Jessica Notini

Adjunct Professor of Law
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James Schurz

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Gail Silverstein

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Clinical Professor of Law
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Joe Sorenson

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Craig Tighe

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Clint Waasted

Director of the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Team
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Over a third of the student body takes an elective course through CNDR each year. We are shaping the future of dispute resolution and we invite you to join us. – Sheila Purcell, CNDR Director and UC Hastings class of ’86