David M. White

Director, Seton Hall University School of Law Conflict Management Program; Director, Seton Hall University School of Law Investor Advocacy Project, Visiting Professor of Law

B.A., M.A., J.D., Fordham

Professor David M. White is a leader in the field of skills-based experiential legal education. Prior to law school, Professor White served as a human...

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Professor David M. White is a leader in the field of skills-based experiential legal education.

Prior to law school, Professor White served as a human resources executive with United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (“UPS”). His experience as a management representative to the 1997 UPS / International Brotherhood of Teamsters Master Agreement talks provided the impetus for his scholarly interest in negotiation.

As a student, Professor White founded the Fordham School of Law Dispute Resolution Society, an organization which the American Bar Association has honored as a model for other institutions. He holds the rare distinction of being a two-time national champion in interschool competition (National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament: Team Title & Best Brief – Appellant Award; ABA Representation in Mediation Competition).

Professor White has served as an ABA interschool competition draftsperson and judge. He is the only individual to have coached three separate schools to Regional Championship titles in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition: Fordham - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - 2008; and Seton Hall - 2010, 2011. He has also coached teams to honors in the ABA Arbitration Competition, the ABA Negotiation Competition, and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Hong Kong, SAR, People’s Republic of China).

Professor White served as Fellow with the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, an entity today known as CPR: International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. He was appointed to a Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) case study team under the auspices of former Chief Judge Charles L. Brieant, Jr. The team revisited Roberts v. Texaco, one of the largest settlements of an employment discrimination class action. Professor White co-authored the resulting report Negotiating Enduring Corporate Change: How the Task Force on Equality and Fairness in Roberts v. Texaco Helped to Facilitate Corporate Change (21 ADR & THE LAW 21ST EDITION).

Prior to his initial teaching appointment, Professor White refined his conflict management skills at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.

As a practicing attorney, Professor White specializes in the resolution of federal complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Notable representations include firearms distributors in NAACP v. AcuSport, et al. (seminal case in public nuisance law recognized by the National Law Journal as among the Top 10 Defense Verdicts in 2003) and United States v. LoCascio, et al. (prosecution recognized by both the FBI and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York as the largest non-securities consumer fraud in United States history). Most recently he represented an individual who stood accused of the fraudulent sale of $80 million of automated teller machines.

Professor White maintains a strong commitment to the rule of law. He is an alumnus of the FBI Citizens Academy and a frequent invited guest of the New York City Citizens Crime Commission.

Professor White’s commitment to pro bono service includes trial counsel representation of New York City police officers before the NYPD internal disciplinary forum and neutral service as a SDNY mediator in employment discrimination suits.

Professor White supervises the Seton Hall School of Law Investor Advocacy Project, an initiative that promotes securities investment education and advocacy in arbitral matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). He has also taught the Advanced Negotiation Seminar, the Consumer Arbitration Practicum, and the SDNY Representation in Mediation Practicum. He has co-taught Family Law Mediation, and Negotiation Skills & I.P. Issues in Sports Law during that school’s Winter and Summer intersessions.

Professor White is a member of the Fordham School of Law adjunct faculty where he has taught the Dispute Resolution Perspectives, Fundamental Lawyering Skills, and Advanced Client Counseling seminars. He taught International & Domestic Dispute Resolution at Queens University (Belfast, Northern Ireland) and University College Dublin (Republic of Ireland) as a member of the Fordham Belfast / Dublin Summer Program. He instructs the Dispute Resolution Processes course at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Professor White is a past Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Lawyer-as-Problem Solver Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Fordham University.

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