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The  Scheinman Institute blog provides the latest information and news about the Institute's research, education, student engagement and outreach.

New International and Comparative Labor and Employment Challenges: Dean Colvin and Director Katz Share Insights

Dean Colvin and Director Katz participate in LERA international discussion on employment relations issues.
Worker wearing hard hat
New International and Comparative Labor and Employment Challenges: Dean Colvin and Director Katz Share Insights

Conducting Investigations while Social Distancing

Scheinman Institute experts outline practical considerations for conducting investigations while social distancing.
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Conducting Investigations while Social Distancing

The Expansion and Implications of Various Forms of Collective Representation in the United States

Director Harry Katz's farewell address as President of the Labor Employment Relations Association.
A group of seven people stand in front of floor to ceiling windows with blue skies beyond.
The Expansion and Implications of Various Forms of Collective Representation in the United States

The Growing Use of Mandatory Arbitration

Dean Alexander Colvin's study of how workers are increasingly being required to sign mandatory arbitration agreements.
Alexander Colvin
The Growing Use of Mandatory Arbitration

Individual Employment Rights Arbitration in the U.S.: Actors and Outcomes

The authors examine disposition statistics from employment arbitration cases administered over an 11-year period by the American Arbitration Association.
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Individual Employment Rights Arbitration in the U.S.: Actors and Outcomes

Summer Interns Help With DEI Certificate Workshops

Judy Young shares her experience with student interns this summer.
 Judy Young, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Public Programs
Summer Interns Help With DEI Certificate Workshops

Vietnam Program Goes Virtual

The Scheinman Institute's Vietnam Program was conducted virtually this year.
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Vietnam Program Goes Virtual

Scheinman Program Explores Native American Conflict Resolution

The Scheinman Institute has developed an innovative program exploring dispute resolution among Navajo and Hopi tribes.
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Scheinman Program Explores Native American Conflict Resolution

ILR/Scheinman Institute Announce New Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution

Starting this fall, the ILR School is offering a new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Conflict Resolution. The MPS in Conflict Resolution, Ithaca Campus, draws upon the strengths of Cornell’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.
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ILR/Scheinman Institute Announce New Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution

ILR/Scheinman Institute Offers Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Conflict Resolution

The ILR School/Scheinman Institute is pleased to announce a one-year postdoctoral fellowship for the 2021-22 academic year.
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ILR/Scheinman Institute Offers Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Conflict Resolution

ILR Students Learn Dispute Resolution Used by Hopi and Navajo Nations

A new course explores indigenous Native American dispute resolution processes.
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ILR Students Learn Dispute Resolution Used by Hopi and Navajo Nations

Student Activities

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Intern Althea Brennan Learned Real-World Skills at the NLRB

Watch Althea Brennan ’23 describe her work as a field intern with the Chicago National Labor Relations Board Regional Office.
Althea Brennan
Intern Althea Brennan Learned Real-World Skills at the NLRB

Hannah Young ‘23: What I Learned as a Research Assistant in Employment Law and Internal Investigations

Hanna Young describes her experience as a research assistant in employment law and internal investigations.
Hannah Young
Hannah Young ‘23: What I Learned as a Research Assistant in Employment Law and Internal Investigations

Student Opportunities at the Scheinman Institute

The Scheinman Institute offers students a number of ways to learn about the field of conflict resolution by combining education, real-world skills, innovative learning experiences, and networking with professionals. See how we do it.
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Student Opportunities at the Scheinman Institute

Conflict Resolution Club Embraces Being Back in Person

SCRC students share what it's like being back to engaging in activities on Cornell's campus.
SCRC students engage in a mediation simulation.
Conflict Resolution Club Embraces Being Back in Person

Student Research: Removing Hate and Amending Harms

Patrick J. Mehler discusses student mediation as a potential pathway to restorative justice.
Patrick J. Mehler
Student Research: Removing Hate and Amending Harms

Student Research: Niamh O’Connor ‘23 Investigates New York State Police Reform

ILR undergraduate Niamh O’Connor has recently worked with the Scheinman Institute’s Dan McCray, Director, Labor Relations, to investigate Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 203.
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Student Research: Niamh O’Connor ‘23 Investigates New York State Police Reform

Discover How Three Women Rose to Leadership Positions at the NLRB

The upcoming event will cover the paths women have taken to becoming leaders in the world of labor law.
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Discover How Three Women Rose to Leadership Positions at the NLRB

Director’s Update - Harry C. Katz

Institute Director Harry Katz provides an update for October.
Harry Katz
Director’s Update - Harry C. Katz

Scheinman/Hotel School Hospitality Conference Tackles Hot Button Labor Issues

The recent Scheinman/Hotel School HR in Hospitality Conference brought professionals in the industry together to discuss a multitude of labor issues.
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Scheinman/Hotel School Hospitality Conference Tackles Hot Button Labor Issues

Pride and Purpose: U.S. Park Ranger, Betty Reid Soskin, turns 100

John August shows what we can learn about finding shared purpose from America's oldest park ranger and her story.
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Pride and Purpose: U.S. Park Ranger, Betty Reid Soskin, turns 100

Mutual Goals Are Not Enough to Achieve Success for Labor-Management Partnerships!

John August explores the concept of a shared vision and its affects on labor-management partnerships.
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Mutual Goals Are Not Enough to Achieve Success for Labor-Management Partnerships!

Understanding the Successes and Failures of Today’s Labor Movement

Director Katz describes the environment and predicaments the labor movement finds itself in.
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Understanding the Successes and Failures of Today’s Labor Movement

Advisory Board Members

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Interview with Timothy S. Taylor, Esq.

Advisory Board Member Timothy Taylor shares valuable insights into the world of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Timothy S. Taylor, Esq.
Interview with Timothy S. Taylor, Esq.

Making History

Newly appointed NLRB member Gwynne A. Wilcox's statement to the U.S. Senate as part of her confirmation process.
Gwynne Wilcox
Making History

ADR Hub Webinar Explores Collaborative Team Approach to Dispute Resolution

The Scheinman ADR Hub hosted a webinar on using a collaborative team approach to dispute resolution.
Scheinman, Peek, Torrey, and Taylor
ADR Hub Webinar Explores Collaborative Team Approach to Dispute Resolution

Colvin and Fincher Named LERA Fellows

ILR Dean Alexander Colvin and Scheinman Institute Advisory Board Member Richard Fincher were named Fellows of the Labor Employment Relations Association (LERA), an organization where professionals interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations network to share ideas and learn about new developments, issues, and practices in the field.
Colvin and Fincher
Colvin and Fincher Named LERA Fellows

Scheinman Institute Board Member Gwynne Wilcox Nominated To Serve On NLRB

Gwynne A. Wilcox, a member of the Scheinman Institute Advisory Board, has been nominated to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by President Joe Biden. Wilcox, a noted attorney and union representative, has been associated with the Institute since 2012.
Gwynne Wilcox
Scheinman Institute Board Member Gwynne Wilcox Nominated To Serve On NLRB

Scheinman Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

The Scheinman Institute Advisory Board recently expanded its membership with the addition of three noted figures in the conflict resolution field.
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Scheinman Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

John Bickerman ’78, MS ’80

“My professors became friends,” says the 2021 Groat Award winner, in sharing his ILR experiences. “I consider them all part of my Cornell family.”
John Bickerman with Professor David Lipsky
John Bickerman ’78, MS ’80

Alumni Spotlight: Mac Barreca

Mac Barreca, both as a student and an alumnus, has been set on a trajectory by the Scheinman Institute. He has conducted his own research regarding the overlap in skills between mediation and crisis/hostage negotiation, and continues to pursue crisis negotiation as an end goal. 
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Alumni Spotlight: Mac Barreca

Alumni Spotlight: Shaloni Pinto

Alum Shaloni Pinto served as President of the Scheinman Conflict Resolution Club and Editor of the Institute's newsletter among many other distinctions.
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Alumni Spotlight: Shaloni Pinto

Alumni Spotlight: Keith Greenberg

Scheinman Institute alum Keith Greenberg credits his studies at ILR as key to his success as an arbitrator.
Keith Greenberg
Alumni Spotlight: Keith Greenberg

Alumni Spotlight: Veronika Koziel  

Alum Veronika Koziel is on the front lines of employee relations.
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Alumni Spotlight: Veronika Koziel  

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Espinosa

ILR alum Sarah Espinosa '95 discusses her educational experience with the School and Institute and her noted career as an arbitrator and mediator.
Sarah Espinosa
Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Espinosa

Faculty and Program Directors

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Katrina Nobles Receives ILR Teaching Award

Director of Conflict Programs Katrina Nobles received an Engaged Learning Teaching Award for her innovative work.
Katrina Nobles
Katrina Nobles Receives ILR Teaching Award

Institute Director Katz Named President of the International Labor and Employment Relations Association

Institute Director Harry Katz, ILR’s Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining, began his three-year term as president of the International Labor and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) on June 24.
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Institute Director Katz Named President of the International Labor and Employment Relations Association

Katrina Nobles Receives Teaching Award

Scheinman Institute Director of Conflict Programs Katrina Nobles was a recipient of an “Engaged Learning Teaching Award”.
Katrina Nobles
Katrina Nobles Receives Teaching Award

Scheinman Institute Program Director Spotlight: Art Wheaton

For Program Director Art Wheaton, working with the Ford Motor Company and the UAW has been very rewarding. With Harry Katz and Sally Klingel, he assisted in teaching negotiation skills with both union and management leadership – using real world bargaining examples in preparation for multi-billion dollar negotiations.
Program Director Art Wheaton
Scheinman Institute Program Director Spotlight: Art Wheaton

Scheinman Institute Faculty Spotlight: Alice Lee

Alice Lee, Assistant Professor in Organizational Behavior, has concluded that negotiations are rarely just an exchange of numbers; rather, negotiators surround their offers with explanations, accounts, and varying degrees of politeness that seek to justify, explain, and soften the potential offense of whatever terms they are proposing.
Alice Lee
Scheinman Institute Faculty Spotlight: Alice Lee

Scheinman Institute Program Director Spotlight: Susan W. Brecher

Susan W. Brecher, Director Employment Law, Employee Relations and Internal Investigations Programs at the Institute, aided the employee relations leadership at one of the largest global computer technology providers.
Susan Brecher
Scheinman Institute Program Director Spotlight: Susan W. Brecher