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Exploring ADR's Potential to Advance Justice

 All Straus Faculty

Devising Creative Solutions for Complex Global Challenges

Our distinguished faculty regularly push the boundaries of dispute resolution scholarship and teaching through insightful scholarship and presentations on a myriad of ADR-related topics. We invite you to explore their recent scholarly efforts. 

  Professor Stephanie Blondell

Professor Blondell has convened and facilitated a weekly meeting of clinical faculty from across the country as they adapt clinical courses to COVID-19 challenges. The group, called the Clinical ADR New Normal Think Tank, discusses topics including online dispute resolution, anti-racism curriculum, and online pedagogy. While clinicians serve as the group's core participants, ADR podium professors also join and contribute to the conversation.

  Professor Jack Coe

Professor Coe is the principal author of Arbitration's Actual and Perceived Features—Cases and Commentary , in Franco Ferrari (ed.) International Commercial Arbitration, A Global Perspective (forthcoming 2021, NYU Law School Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law). Recently, he has also been part of legal teams retained in connection with arbitration arising out of international distribution contracts involving global companies and well-known products.

  Professor Michael Helfand

Professor Helfand's current projects include "The Peculiar Genius of Private-Law Systems: Making Room for Religious Commerce" in Washington University Law Review (forthcoming 2020) and "From Public Law to Private Law: Promoting Religious Values Through Private Dispute Resolution," in Christianity and Private Law (Robert Cochran & Michael Moreland eds. Routledge Press) (forthcoming 2020). He is also working on The Future of Religious Arbitration in the United States: Looking Through a Pluralist Lens, Oxford Legal Handbook on Global Legal Pluralism (Paul Schiff Berman ed. Oxford University Press) (forthcoming 2020).

  Professor Peter Robinson

Professor Robinson taught Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation for Straus' summer Professional Skills Series on August 21. The course will center upon his recent book by the same title which covers a variety of approaches to apology and forgiveness and provides strategies to intentionally manage personal and professional relationships.

  Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh

Professor Singh's Fordham Law Review article, "Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution Across Cultures," examines ADR's role in the access to justice continuum for underserved communities. He is also working on an article for the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal that delves into broad global trends in ADR. He is co-authoring an arbitration casebook by Thomson Reuters (forthcoming 2020), that focuses on the intersection of international commercial arbitration and the Indian legal system.

  Professor Tom Stipanowich

Professor Stipanowich's research on mixed-mode dispute resolution processes led to a chapter, Multi-Tier Commercial Dispute Resolution Processes in the United States , for a new book, Multi-Tier Approaches to the Resolution of International Disputes: A Global Comparative Study, (forthcoming from Cambridge U. Press). He is also completing a major article entitled, "A Fresh Look at Med-Arb, Arb-Med, and Settlement-Oriented Activities by Arbitrators: Seeking Workable Solutions for Creative Problem-Solving," and the piece will serve as a white paper for the development of practice guidelines by the International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution and its U.S. counterpart, the Mixed Mode Committee of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Additionally, he is writing an article that explores a pivotal period in Abraham Lincoln's life and career in which he grappled with two critical conflicts involving his honor and reputation. Lastly, Professor Stipanowich contributed an autobiographical chapter entitled Synchronicity, Paradox and Personal Evolution to Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution, edited by Howard Gadlin and Nancy Welsh.

  Professor Maureen Weston

Professor Weston's recent scholarship includes "Buying Secrecy: Non-Disclosure, Arbitration, and Professional Ethics in the #MeToo Era," forthcoming in the Illinois Law Review (2020), "Ethical Issues for Lawyering and Representing Organizational Clients in a Public Health Crisis," in the Gonzaga Law Review (forthcoming 2020), and "The Lasting Impact of COVID-19 on Sports: Financial, Legal, and Innovation," in the Santa Clara Law Review (forthcoming 2020).

In the News

  • Professor Tom Stipanowich Quoted in "How Olivia de Havilland Took on the Studio System and Won" -- Variety Magazine | Read More

  • Professor Maureen Weston, "COVID-19's Lasting Impact on the Sports Industry" -- Santa Clara Law Review (forthcoming) | Read More

  • Professor Maureen Weston Engages Sports Law and ADR Experts From Across the Spectrum | Read More

  • Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh Leads International ADR Dialogues Amid Pandemic and Unrest | Read More

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