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Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution

Living the values, honing the skills


The Hugh L. Carey Center educates aspiring lawyers and accomplished practitioners in the essential values and effective skills necessary to resolve clients’ legal problems in today’s practice of law.  Although images of lawyers cross-examining hostile witnesses and making verdict-winning summations to a jury dominate media representations of the law, the practice of law today bears little resemblance to those depictions. In today’s legal reality, most lawsuits are settled and fewer than five percent go to trial. To practice effectively today, a lawyer must not only know how to resolve his client’s legal problems in court, but also how to negotiate settlements out of court. And as clients become more attuned to the costs of litigation, lawyers can no longer focus on winning at all costs. Instead, the lawyer of today must know how to work with her client and the other side to achieve a better win. Achieving a better win requires working with the client, the other party, and the other party’s attorney to try to find the most effective and expeditious solution, all the while respecting the humanity and dignity of all.

Whether you are interested in a career in international law, corporate, bankruptcy, criminal, labor and employment, public interest, family, intellectual property or have not yet decided your practice area of choice, the Hugh L Carey Center for Dispute Resolution will educate you about the problem-solving advocacy and dispute resolution skills you will need to become an effective lawyer in both the domestic and global arenas of today’s legal practice.

With its mission of developing conflict resolution as both a value and a practice in students' professional lives, communities, and the world, The Hugh L Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John's School of Law offers courses, conferences, clinics and co-curricular activities that make the Law School a leader in the growing field of alternative dispute resolution. The Center is named in honor of Hugh L. Carey '51, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and as the 51st Governor of New York, was a master of the better win. The Governor is known for helping to save New York City from bankruptcy during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s.

We encourage you to explore our site to see the many ways we promote conflict resolution as a value and as a practice. You can also read the Center's 2017 newsletter and contact us directly by email or by connecting with us on Facebook.

To support the Center and its initiatives, please visit the Law School's online giving page or contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at [email protected] or 718-990-5792.


Elayne E. Greenberg
Director, Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution
St. John's School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY  11439