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

Feb 10

Advanced Mediation Training Series: Handling Emotions Productively

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.

Virtual Event
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Feb 19

Northern California Faculty ADR Conference 2021 – Faculty Only

SAVE THE DATE! The February 19, 2021 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.

Virtual Event
May 12

Advanced Mediation Training Series: Legality & The Neutral’s Basis in Law

Explore the legal basis and professional standards underlying mediation, and develop a key base for practice covering mediation statutes, confidentiality, ethics, competence, and new developments in the law.

Virtual Event
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sep 29

Advanced Mediation Training Series: Dynamic Mediation Approaches

This session delves into specific step-by-step process details of the mediation session itself, while also exploring specific scenarios and challenges that mediators encounter in complex, and multi-party cases.

Virtual Event
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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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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Jan Gruen ’87

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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Peeyush Jain

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Mallika Kaur

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Elizabeth Link

Adjunct 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