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Our Faculty

St. John's boasts a wealth of faculty with expertise in the field of Dispute Resolution.  The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution is guided by:

Elayne E. Greenberg
Assistant Dean of Dispute Resolution Programs
Professor of Legal Skills
Director, Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution

Elayne E. Greenberg became the first Director of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John's in 2009. She offers an unmatched breadth and depth of experience in dispute resolution. She is a mediator and conflict management consultant who has developed programs, educated, trained, written and lectured nationally on the subject of negotiation, mediation, hybrid dispute resolution processes, dispute resolution ethics and advocacy in dispute resolution.

Elaine M. Chiu
Professor of Law
Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
Elaine Chiu teaches a wide range of classes including Family Law, Criminal Law, Comparative Criminal Law, Introduction to Law and Contemporary Criminal Justice.  She incorporates dispute resolution skills in her Family Law course with a negotiation simulation.  In her scholarship, Professor Chiu focuses on the intersection between family law and criminal law.  Most recently, she has written about domestic violence and the legal regulation of culturally motivated parenting.  Professor Chiu is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Cornell University and was a state prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for several years upon graduation. Additionally, Professor Chiu has taught at Cardozo School of Law and Harvard Law School.

Our Securities Arbitration Clinic is led by:

Christine Lazaro
Acting Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic

Christine Lazaro is an experienced securities dispute resolution advocate.  She supervises students in the Securities Arbitration Clinic and coaches dispute resolution competition teams.

In addition, St. John's boasts an impressive roster of full-time faculty members who teach, write, and/or practice in the field of Dispute Resolution, and contribute their energies and expertise to the growth of Dispute Resolution at St. John's, including:

David L. Gregory
Dorothy Day Professor of Law
David Gregory is a nationally-recognized scholar in the fields of Labor and Employment Law, with several books and more than two hundred academic and professional publications to his credit. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, and he is on the Labor and Employment Arbitrator Panels of the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, and the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining.  He is also a designated arbitrator on many private and public sector labor contracts.

Mark L. Movsesian
Frederick A. Whitney Professor of Contract Law
Mark Movsesian teaches International Commercial Arbitration, as well as Contracts and Comparative Law & Religion. A former clerk to Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court, his publications have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Virginia Journal of International Law, Washington & Lee Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review, among many others.

Ettie Ward
Professor of Law and Director, International and Comparative Sports Law LL.M. Program

Ettie Ward is a practicing mediator who also specializes in international dispute resolution and complex litigation. She has coached and helped train St. John's law students for mediation competitions.  Her publications include "Mandatory Court-Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United States Federal Courts: Panacea or Pandemic", published as part of St. John’s School of Law’s Symposium on Transatlantic Perspectives on ADR. She is active in professional and bar associations in the area of dispute resolution, including the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the AALS Section of Dispute Resolution, and is a frequent lecturer on dispute resolution.

Peter J. Bernbaum
Mediator, Arbitrator, and Attorney 

Professor Bernbaum has more than 30 years of experience negotiating settlements and other agreements for parties to disputes and for clients in a broad spectrum of industries and encompassing a wide range of legal matters.  He teaches Drafting ADR Documents and Intensive Negotiation.

Nancy M. Thevenin
Special Counsel, Baker McKenzie LLP.

Professor Thevenin is global coordinator for Baker & McKenzie’s International Arbitration Practice Group.  Her experience includes both arbitration and mediation under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association.  She specializes in international commercial litigation, international arbitration, creditors’ rights and business torts. She teaches Internation Commercial Arbitration.

Scott E. Mollen
Partner, Herrick Feinstein, LLP. 

Professor Mollen is an experienced mediator and attorney.  He serves on the Board of Editors of the New York Law Journal, for which he writes a weekly column.  Professor Mollen teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Patricia Montana 
Professor of Legal Writing and Director of St. John’s Street Law Program
Professor Montana currently teaches Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II, and Drafting: Federal Civil Practice.  As the Director of the Street Law program, she teaches the Legal Education in the Community seminar and oversees the law students’ teaching at a local high school in Flushing, New York.  Professor Montana’s scholarship focuses on legal writing theory and pedagogy as well as professional skills instruction.  Professor Montana will begin teaching the Lawyering course, a mandatory 2-credit intersession course for all first-year students, in January 2015.        

Jeff Sovern
Professor of law at St. John's University School of Law where he covers dispute resolution in his course in Civil Procedure and arbitration in his Consumer Protection class. He recently collaborated with Professors Greenberg and Kirgis and the Carey Center in obtaining a grant from the American Association for Justice to study consumer arbitration; a draft of their article on consumer arbitration should be posted to the web this fall. He is the co-author of a casebook on consumer law (along with Professors Spanogle, Rohner, Pridgen, and Peterson), published by West in 2013, which includes cases and materials on arbitration and he blogs on arbitration at the Consumer Law and Policy Blog, at