David M. White
Director, Conflict Management Program
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 (UPS). He was editor-in-chief of a UPS publication, wrote speeches for senior management, liaised with media, evaluated community grant proposals and facilitated launch of the company’s Total Quality initiative. Subsequent service 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 has been honored by the American Bar Association 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 served as law clerk to NYPD Deputy Commissioner (Trials) Rae Downes Koshetz and subsequently held a summer associate position with a leading commercial litigation firm.
Following law school graduation, 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 case study team under the auspices of former Chief Judge Charles L. Brieant, Jr., U.S.D.J. 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.
Professor White is a past Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Lawyer-as-Problem Solver Committee and member of the Legal Educators’ Colloquium.
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 allegedly fraudulent sale of $88 million of automated teller machines.
Professor White maintains a strong commitment to the rule of law. He is an alumnus of the elite FBI Citizens Academy, a member in good standing of the FBI InfraGard Alliance and a frequent invited quest of both the New York City Citizens Crime Commission and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Respect for Law Alliance, Inc. and performs pro bono service as trial counsel to members of the NYPD before that agency’s internal disciplinary forum.
Professor White is an acknowledged expert in the arena of interschool competitions, endeavors which realistically approximate the practice of law. He has served as an ABA interschool competition draftsperson and judge. Professor White 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; Seton Hall: 2010). He has coached teams to honors in the ABA Arbitration Competition, the ABA Negotiation Competition, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Hong Kong, SAR, People’s Republic of China) and the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition.
Professor White is a member of the Fordham and Benjamin N. Cardozo adjunct faculties. 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. Professor White holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Fordham University.
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 (2005) (Co-Author Cathy Cronin-Harris)