Yishai Boyarin

Yishai Boyarin

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Attorney-in-Charge, Hofstra Mediation Clinic
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., University of California School of Law (Boalt), Berkeley
LL.M., Maurice A. Deane School of Law


Professor Boyarin specializes in ADR processes and conflict resolution with an emphasis in family law. He studied mediation and received a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship (FLAS) to study Arabic as part of his work on conflict resolution while obtaining his J.D. from UC Berkeley. After law school, he worked for three years as a business litigation associate at the Los Angeles office of the firm Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, LLP. After leaving Orrick, Professor Boyarin reengaged with his earlier interest in mediation and conflict resolution and dedicated himself to the study and practice of ADR and family law, which was the focus of his LL.M. studies.

In the Mediation Clinic, Professor Boyarin’s students will primarily mediate disputes between parents and teens while working side by side with mental health specialists as part of a program intended to divert these cases from the juvenile justice system. Students will actively engage with issues surrounding mediation and ADR, juvenile and family justice, professional responsibility, and most of all, what it means to be a lawyer and counselor.

Professor Boyarin has contributed to, and written about, the drafting of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA). The UCLA represents an attempt to create a uniform national statutory scheme for the practice of collaborative law, as well as integrate collaborative law within the broader legal community without compromising this ADR innovation. His research interests are mediation practice, theory and public policy, and the role of lawyers and the law in ADR processes.

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