Love Odih Kumuyi

Admitted to the Bar

The Mediation Option

Love Odih Kumuyi is a mediator in the New York State Unified Court System. Under New York law, mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution, or ADR. The mediation option allows a neutral mediator like Love Odih Kumuyi to help parties resolve their disputes without going to court. The mediator does not decide the case, but instead helps the two sides communicate so they can settle the matter themselves.

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Love Odih Kumuyi: Social Justice

Love Odih Kumuyi has always had a strong sense of social justice. She is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica, and is currently using her legal training as a volunteer mediator in the New York State Unified Court System.


Over a nine year period, Love Odih worked as a volunteer with the Electoral Office of Jamaica, which facilitates the day-to-day operations of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica. She served as a presiding officer and a supervisor of elections from 2002 to 2011 and campaigned for free and fair elections. During that period she volunteered as a specialist electoral worker, and was trained to work in potentially violent neighborhoods and political hot spots in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica.


As Love Odih Kumuyi knows, the Electoral Office of Jamaica is a public government agency that was established in 1943. Then and now, its purpose is to administer the holding of Parliamentary and local government elections in Jamaica. These elections, and all activities that are pertinent to them, are regulated by the Representation of People Act, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Act, and the Parish Council Act.


Love Odih Kumuyi has also been a staff member with the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps is an International service organization based in the United States, and sends volunteers to developing countries throughout the world. Love Odih served as a language and Cross Cultural Facilitator from 2007 to 2011. The Peace Corps worked with local staff like Love Odih Kumuyi to ensure volunteers are prepared to work with grassroot people to achieve sustainable change in the host nation.

Love Odih Kumuyi: Turning Conflict into Conversation

Love Odih Kumuyi is a trained mediator currently volunteering in the State of New York's Unified Court System. She has been a mediator in the UCS since June 2014.


Love Odih Kumuyi was trained as a mediator at the Medication Center of Dutchess County, where they have a saying that sums up their objectives: "Turning Conflict into Conversation." Mediators like Love Odih Kumuyi are trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution, which attempts to have opposing sides in a disagreement resolve their differences without having to go to trial. This can save the parties to a dispute time and money, and is also a benefit to the community by reducing the number of cases that come before courts that are already overburdened.


As a qualified mediator, Love Odih Kumuyi works with parties involved in family disputes, and in conflicts involving general civil and commercial law disputes. Mediators like Love Kumuyi also serve in reduced-free, collaborative divorce situations.


Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Other forms include arbitration, where a neutral arbitrator hears arguments from opposing sides in a dispute and then renders a decision. This is the main distinction between arbitration and mediation. In her mediation cases, Love Odih Kumuyi does not decide the outcome of a case.


Other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution include Case Conferences, Collaborative Family Law, Neutral Evaluation, Parenting Coordination, and Summary Jury Trials.


Love Odih attended the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica, and received her Legal Education Certificate of Merit in October of 2012. She was admitted to the Jamaica Bar the following November.

Jamaicans for Justice

Love Odih Kumuyi has always been concerned about equal rights, and with doing what she can to make sure everyone has an equal voice in society. She is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica, where she received her Legal Education Certificate of Merit in October 2012, and was part of a team of Norman Manley law students who successfully argued social and economic issues at the World Human Rights Moot Court competition in South Africa in 2011. The Norman Manley team won the competition two years in a row, including the year that Love Odih Kumuyi was on the team.


Love Kumuyi has also been a volunteer with the Electoral Office of Jamaica, serving as a Presiding Officer and a supervisor of elections over a nine year period. The Electoral Office of Jamaica carries out the day-to-day operations of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, a permanent, independent and autonomous authority that reports to the Jamaican Parliament. The Commission conducts national elections and works to safeguard Jamaica’s democratic foundations by enabling eligible voters to elect their representatives through free and fair elections. With volunteers like Love Odih Kumuyi, the Commission, through the Electoral Office of Jamaica, ensures that the ideal of one man, one vote is achieved..


Love Odih Kumuyi is currently living in the United States, where she is a volunteer mediator in the State of New York Unified Court Systems. She is trained in conflict theory, the experience of conflict and how to work through it with mediation, and Ethics and Confidentiality. She trained at the Dutchess County Mediation Center in Poughkeepsie, recognized as one of the leading centers for training people in conflict resolution.