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Kenneth Cloke Papers

Identifier: SPC-2006-001

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.


  • 1970-2021; undated



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Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


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).


59 boxes

20.67 Linear Feet

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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.


Arranged in 5 series:

  1. Series I. Working Papers, 1986-2021; undated
  2. Series II. Organizations, 1986-2020; undated
  3. Series III. Training Manuals, 1970-2014
  4. Series IV. Reference Publications, 1987-2006; undated
  5. Series V. Subject Files, 1970-2004; undated

Acquisition Information

The materials were donated to California State University at Dominguez Hills in Summer, 2006.


The following sources were used in the creation of this finding aid:
  • Cloke, Ken, Kenneth Cloke - Biographical Information. Statement provided to the author of this finding aid, June 1, 2007.
  • Ray, Don, Neutral Loves Magic That Mediation Makes Possible. Don Ray's Exclusive News Group. June 1, 2007.
Kenneth Cloke Papers
Finding aid prepared by Thomas Philo; Karen Clemons
©2007; 2023
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Revision Statements

  • March 26, 2014: Revisions made by Madeline Morehouse to reflect an addition of new materials.
  • January 2023: accruals added to finding aid

Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747