Professor Reuben joined the Law School in 2000, coming from Harvard Law School, where he was a William and Flora Hewlett Senior Fellow in Dispute Resolution and an Instructor in Negotiation. He had previously earned his Masters and Doctor of Law at Stanford Law School, and his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.
Professor Reuben is coauthor and executive editor of one of the country’s leading ADR casebooks, Dispute Resolution & Lawyers (5th ed. 2014) (with Leonard L. Riskin, James Westbrook, Chris Guthrie, Jennifer K. Robbennolt, and Nancy A. Welsh). His articles have appeared in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems (Duke), the Journal of Legal Education, and the SMU Law Review, among many others. His research emphasizes the relationship between dispute resolution and law, as well as democratic governance. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on confidentiality in ADR processes, and is also leading the first empirical study of the effects of mindfulness training for first year law students.
Professor Reuben is also the director of the Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media, a partnership of the Law School and the internationally regarded Missouri School of Journalism. He is also a member of the American Law Institute, the Executive Committee of the AALS Section of Dispute Resolution, and founding chair of the Mindfulness Affinity Group of the AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education.
A lawyer and journalist, Professor Reuben covered the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal issues for the ABA Journal, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, and other publications for more than a decade. He was the founding editor and board member of Dispute Resolution Magazine, a quarterly publication of the American Bar Association, from 1996-2007, and served as the ABA’s reporter for the Uniform Mediation Act, which already has been adopted in several states.
Professor Reuben also founded the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Committee on Public Policy, Participation, and Democracy. Professor Reuben also served for two years as the Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford University, and on the Board of Directors of the Conflict Resolution Information Project for five years.
He frequently serves of counsel in litigation involving governmental entities, and also conducts trainings in negotiation and conflict management, as well as mindfulness meditation.
Professor Reuben’s primary teaching assignments at the School of Law are Administrative Law, Election Law, Conflict and Conflict Management, and Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers. He also teaches Labor and Employment Law, Negotiation, Legislation, and Local Government Law. He has also taught at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Hamline Law School, Central European University in Hungary, and Johannes Kepler University in Austria.