[History or Biography]
Scope and Content
Title: Kenneth Cloke Papers,
Collection Number: Consult repository
Cloke, Ken, 1941-
(13 linear feet)
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Dr. Kenneth Cloke,
a Los Angeles-based pioneer in the field of mediation and dispute resolution.
It includes correspondence, publications, proposals, training manuals, professional
organization and conference materials, course descriptions and syllabi, and
subject reference files.
Language: Collection material is in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
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[Title of item], Ken Cloke Papers, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California
State University, Dominguez Hills
The materials were donated to California State University at Dominguez Hills in
[History or Biography]
Kenneth Cloke (1941- ) is a Southern California-based pioneer in the area of alternative
dispute resolution. He received his B.A at the University of California, Berkeley, and
graduated with a juris doctor degree from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall in 1966. He earned a Ph.D.
in History at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Laws degree from
the UCLA Law School. He has done post-doctoral work at Yale University School of Law, and
is also a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked as an Administrative
Law Judge for the California
Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the Public employment Relations Board, and was
Judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Since the 1980s, he has served as an
Arbitrator in labor management disputes. He has taught subjects such as history, conflict
studies, urban studies and other subjects at colleges such as Antioch University, Occidental
College, Southwestern University School of Law, UCLA, and University of Southern California.
As of this writing he is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law and
Harvard University School of Law.
In the 1980s, Cloke began to explore mediation as a means to solve disputes in ways
less adversarial than possible with traditional courtroom-based methods. In 1986, he
co-founded the Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR) in Santa Monica, California, and has
served as director since its inception. He has explored and expanded the use of mediation
and conflict resolution techniques into many areas, including divorce and child custody,
workplace and grievance issues, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, school complaints,
neighborhood tensions, and international conflicts. He is also currently the director of
Mediators Without Borders, an international organization he co-founded in 2006.
In addition to a large number of journal articles (many included here), Cloke has
published a number of books, including Mediation: Revenge and the Magic of Forgiveness (1994),
Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution (2001), and The Crossroads of
Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution (2006). He has also co-written,
with longtime collaborator Joan Goldsmith, Thank God It’s Monday! 14 Values We Need to Humanize
the Way We Work (1996), The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Democracy (2001),
Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict: Stories of Transformation and Forgiveness (2001),
The Art of Waking People Up: Cultivating Awareness and Authenticity at Work (2003),
Resolving Conflicts at Work: Eight Strategies for Everyone on the Job (2005).
Scope and Content
This collection documents Cloke’s professional activities
and interests relating to the field of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Included are drafts or completed versions of Cloke’s publications, among them those written
with longtime collaborator Joan Goldsmith. Also included is extensive
correspondence with individuals, organizations, professional associations, and
courts, primarily related to the filed of alternative dispute resolution.
A large number of files are dedicated to the operations and projects of the
Center for Dispute Resolution, which Cloke co-founded in Santa Monica, California
in 1986 to provide mediation services and training in conflict resolution. The reference
subject file gathers articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, and
other materials on subjects of professional interest to Cloke. This collection documents the
growth and development of mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and its use in
legal, social, and educational settings in Southern California, the United States, and
throughout the world.
Whenever possible, original folder titles have been retained and the folders kept in
their original order.
Arbitration (Administrative law)
Dispute resolution (Law)
Dispute resolution (Law) – California – Los Angeles
Mediation – International
Mediation and conciliation – Industrial
Neighborhood justice centers
Cloke, Ken, 1941-
Academy of Family Mediators
American Arbitration Association
Association for Conflict Resolution
Center for Dispute Resolution
Community Board Program (U.S.)
Los Angeles County Bar Association. Labor Law Section
National Institute for Dispute Resolution (U.S.)
Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (U.S.)
The following sources were used in the creation of this finding aid:
Kenneth Cloke - Biographical Information. Statement provided to the author of this finding aid, June 1, 2007.
Neutral Loves Magic That Mediation Makes Possible. Don Ray's Exclusive News Group. June 1, 2007.