Center for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Shaping the future of dispute resolution

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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 Law SF to study ADR, citing the wide selection of dispute resolution courses and its international reputation among practitioners.


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*NEW* Physical Address: 198 McAllister Street, Suite 230, San Francisco, CA 94102

Mailing Address: 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Contact us: 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 Law SF 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.

Click the links to the right for more information.

Upcoming Events

Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation Certificate Training

CNDR presents its’ annual 40-hour comprehensive mediation practitioner training. Held completely in-person on the UC Law SF Campus.

Jul 15
Event Date July 15th
8:30 am
Event Location UC Law SF, 200 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

International Training Program

September 9-13, 2024 International Training Program: Promoting Mediation Through Private and Court-Connected Mediation Centers The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) at UC Law SF, in partnership with the […]

Sep 9
Event Date September 9th
8:00 am
Event Location Deb Colloquium Room

Advanced Practitioner Mediation Training Series: Breaking Impasse: How to Close the Deal

UC Law’ San Francisco’s Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) offers high-quality dispute resolution training on in-depth topics for practitioners. This Certificate is designed to engage participants in advanced […]

Nov 15
Event Date November 15th
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Event Location 333 Deb Colloquium and Sky Deck, 5th Floor Cotchett Law Center

Recent Events

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

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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

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

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.”

New Frontiers in ADR: Susan Stone & David Cherniss

CNDR’s New Frontiers Series brings you a conversation with Susan Stone and David Cherniss on their innovative past and present Restorative Justice programs in San Francisco and San Mateo, CA. With a focus on system design, integration, sustainability, we will explore the evolution of Restorative Practices in Juvenile Justice, and concluded with a conversation that envisions how courts and dispute resolution might look in a post-2020 world.

Book Party: Dispute System Design

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.

CNDR in the News

Our Faculty and Staff

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Hiro Aragaki

Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
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Mattie Robertson

Deputy Director of CNDR, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law
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Karen Grayson

Senior Academic Program Coordinator of CNDR
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Thalia González

Professor of Law and Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair, Co-Director of the Center for Racial and Economic Justice
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Sally Harpole

Affiliated Scholar, International Arbitrator and Mediator
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Melissa Nelken

Emerita Honorable Raymond Sullivan Professor of Law
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Sheila Purcell

Emerita Clinical Professor and Former Director of CNDR
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Gail Silverstein

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, Co-Director of Public Interest and the Social Justice Center, and Clinical 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, Former CNDR Director and UC Law SF class of ’86