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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.
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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

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

Campus Mediation Practicum Revamped Virtually

Campus Mediation Practicum goes online revamping both courses and student mediations.
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Campus Mediation Practicum Revamped Virtually

Student Activities

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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

Scheinman Senior Spotlight: Sarah Rim

Graduating senior Sarah Rim reflects on the Scheinman Institute courses, research opportunities, and student activities that have profoundly influenced her academic and professional goals.
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Scheinman Senior Spotlight: Sarah Rim

Student Research: Comparing Navajo Peacemaking & Restorative Justice: A Discussion of the Advantages of Peacemaking for Community

Hanni Wiegand explores Navajo peacemaking and restorative justice
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Student Research: Comparing Navajo Peacemaking & Restorative Justice: A Discussion of the Advantages of Peacemaking for Community

2nd Annual Mock Baseball Salary Arbitration

On April 1st, members of the ILR Sports Business Society (SBS) and the Scheinman Conflict Resolution Club (SCRC) squared off in a Mock Baseball Salary Arbitration.
Zoom meeting for the 2nd Annual Mock Baseball Salary Arbitration
2nd Annual Mock Baseball Salary Arbitration

Evaluating the Role of Arbitration in Industrial Disputes: Perspectives from the United States and India

While many may think of labor strikes as features of a more tumultuous American, and global, past, they persist into and dominate our most recent memories. Most laborers, regardless of where or in which field they worked, recall the GE strike of 2019,
Resolved Publication Fall 2020
Evaluating the Role of Arbitration in Industrial Disputes: Perspectives from the United States and India

NYC Tenant Harassment During COVID-19

For some New York City residents, COVID-19 has caused immense financial strain that has impacted their ability to make rent each month; both residential and commercial tenants are finding themselves in this position.
Resolved Publication Fall 2020
NYC Tenant Harassment During COVID-19

The Powerful Possibility of Workplace Collaboration

Institute Director of Healthcare and Partner Programs John August profiles a hospital whose collaborative approach during the pandemic is a model for other institutions.
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The Powerful Possibility of Workplace Collaboration

Director’s Update

Institute Director Harry Katz provides an update for July.
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Director’s Update

More Neutrals are Better Than One: A Progressive Approach to Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Scheinman Institute Employment and Labor ADR Hub will mark its one-year anniversary, with a very special webinar discovering how Scheinman Arbitration and Mediation Services is leading the way via a collaborative team approach along with the motto “Several heads are better than one.”
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More Neutrals are Better Than One: A Progressive Approach to Alternative Dispute Resolution

Negotiating Police Reform

The Scheinman Institute hosts an important discussion on police reform.
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Negotiating Police Reform

The Collaboration Council of the North Central Bronx Hospital

Scheinman Director of Healthcare and Partner Programs John August examines the collaborative employee structure of a major inner city hospital.
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The Collaboration Council of the North Central Bronx Hospital

Patient Centered Collective Bargaining

Scheinman Institute Director of Healthcare and Partner Programs John August continues his examination of patient centered collective bargaining.
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Patient Centered Collective Bargaining

Advisory Board Members

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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

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 Institute Advisory Board Spotlight: Nancy E. Hoffman

Scheinman Advisory Board Spotlight: Nancy E. Hoffman
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Scheinman Institute Advisory Board Spotlight: Nancy E. Hoffman

John Bickerman Recieves ILR Honor

Scheinman Institute Advisory Board member John Bickerman has been named the 2021 recipient of the ILR School’s Groat Award. 
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John Bickerman Recieves ILR Honor

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

Scheinman Institute Advisory Board Spotlight: Cheryl Teare

“I truly believe that one of the biggest areas of conflict is in fact, agreement. The alignment of goals, ideas and actions that is invisible to the parties but that a third party can help discern and reveal.”
Cherly Teare
Scheinman Institute Advisory Board Spotlight: Cheryl Teare

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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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

Scheinman Faculty Mediation Program Contributes To Cornell Culture

Since the spring semester of 2020, Katrina Nobles, Director of Conflict Programs at the Institute, and Ariel Avgar, ILR Associate Professor Labor Relations, Law and History and Associate Dean for Outreach, have worked to develop a peer mediation program designed for faculty.
Nobles and Avgar
Scheinman Faculty Mediation Program Contributes To Cornell Culture

Police Reform Options

Recently, Dan McCray, Director of Labor Relations Programs for the Scheinman Institute, hosted an important and timely discussion on police reform.
McCray, Herriot-Sullivan, Dorrity, and Brewington
Police Reform Options

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 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