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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution Newsletter

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PUBLISHED ON: April 1, 2016

Peter Halprin ’09 is currently an attorney at Anderson Kill in New York where he was a summer associate in the Summer of 2008 and has been employed since graduating Cardozo in 2009. Peter is also the coach of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Wilhelm C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team. Mr. Halprin's practice concentrates in commercial litigation and insurance recovery, exclusively on behalf of policyholders. He engages in different forms of dispute resolution processes including domestic and international mediation, arbitration, and litigation. His international arbitration work has involved both institutional and ad hoc arbitration. He finds the latter particularly interesting and challenging because the parties, and arbitrators, must work together to make the process work in the absence of institutional case management, guidance, and rules.

While attending Cardozo, Mr. Halprin was a participant in the Sixteenth Annual Wilhelm C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. He was also an Articles Editor of the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law. In addition to taking traditional classes that focused on arbitration with Professor Pew, Peter enrolled in an independent study course with Professor Pew in which he wrote a paper about anti-suit injunctions in arbitrations. The paper has since laid the foundation for professional publications on the subject. Peter credits Professor Pew with sparking his interest in international arbitration and giving him the tools to succeed in the area.

Peter’s advice to current students is to “try everything.” He said that if you are interested in an area of law, you should try it – do an internship or take a course in the area. He experimented with election law, employment law, and international arbitration during law school. Once one graduates from law school and is practicing, it is very hard to find time to try new areas of law or to experiment. An internship is a great way to try things and, with international arbitration being so popular, there are many internship opportunities. One could go to Paris and work for the ICC, or go to London and work for the LCIA, or go to Hong Kong and work for the HKIAC. And that is just the tip of the iceberg!

Finally, Peter says that, “If you want to learn more about a subject, then do an LLM or register for a certificate program.” To buttress his professional work in the area without taking a leave of absence, he did a diploma program, primarily online, in international commercial arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London. Since many scholarship programs exist, such as the Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholarship, it is worth inquiring about those opportunities if you are interested in pursuing an LLM in this area.