Alternative Dispute Resolution and The Rule of Law: Making the Connection
October 15, 2010, Hulston Hall, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, Missouri

In cooperation with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
and the Missouri Center for the Study of Conflict, Law & the Media


Michal Alberstein

Michal Alberstein is a law professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where she teaches classes in alternative dispute resolution, jurisprudence, and multicultural mediation. She has written two books -- Jurisprudence of Mediation and Pragmatism and Law: From Philosophy to Dispute Resolution – and numerous law review articles that have been published in both Israel and the United States. Prof. Alberstein received a B.A. and LLB from Tel-Aviv University, and an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Lisa Blomgren Bingham

Lisa Blomgren Bingham is the Keller-Runden Chair in Public Service at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at the University of Indiana at Bloomington, and director of the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute. She has co-edited three books and authored more than 70 articles, monographs, and book chapters on dispute resolution and collaborative governance. Bingham received research awards from the Association for Conflict Resolution, the American Society of Public Administration, and the International Association for Conflict Management, and the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Her current research examines dispute systems design and the legal infrastructure for collaboration, dispute resolution, and public participation in governance.

Amy Cohen

Amy Cohen is an associate professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she teaches property, international dispute resolution, law and development, and mediation. Her research interests include the practice and theory of dispute resolution and democratic governance, particularly in international and transnational development contexts.

Prior to joining the Moritz faculty, Professor Cohen taught at the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar. Upon her return to the U.S., she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado. At Ohio State, she is associate director of the Project on Law and Democratic Development and affiliated faculty at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, Italy, Faculty of Law (Fall 2009), and is currently a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Professor at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, India (Fall 2010). She has also worked on community development initiatives in Nepal, Thailand, and Ghana.

Professor Cohen is a graduate of Rutgers University and Harvard Law School. During law school, she was a Hewlett Fellow in the Program on Negotiation, and worked at the White House and State Department.

William Davis

William Davis is one of the founders of DPK Consulting, a company that helps nations plan and implement government agencies and justice systems. Before DPK, Mr. Davis has worked in the administration of justice locally, nationally and internationally for more than 35 years, including service as Circuit Executive for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Administrative Director for the Courts of California. He also worked for 20 years in developing ADR programs throughout Latin America and the Middle East, and served a senior mediator for the World Bank International Finance Corporation on major environmental conflicts in Latin America and the republic of Georgia. Mr. Davis received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky School of Law and his B.A. from Transylvania University.

Jay Folberg

Jay Folberg is a mediator and arbitrator for JAMS, and the Executive Director of the JAMS Foundation. A former dean and professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Folberg has authored many articles and books on dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, and family law. He has also served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and president of the Academy of Family Mediators. He has also been appointed by the California courts to chair studies on ADR and arbitration ethics. Considered one of the founders of ADR practice with decades of experience as a mediator and arbitrator he is particularly skilled at getting to the heart of multifaceted issues and dealing with the human factors that create obstacles to settlement.

Mariana  Hernandez-Crespo

Mariana Hernandez-Crespo is an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas. At St. Thomas, Prof. Crespo founded the UST International ADR Research Network, which researches ways to improve alternative dispute resolution systems in Latin American countries. Her other research focuses on ADR, mediation and international and comparative law. Her first law degree was from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (UCAB) in Caracas, Venezuela. She taught criminal law at UCAB (as a student professor appointed by the university president), and founded a program for children under state custody. After coming to the states, Prof. Crespo received her J.D. and L.L.M. from Harvard Law School and worked at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City.

Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff

Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff is an Associate Professor at Washington University School of Law, where her research focuses on the intersection of law and psychology in the context of dispute resolution. Her work has been published in Law & Social Inquiry, the Iowa Law Review, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and International Negotiation. Professor Hollander-Blumoff received her A.B. in History and Literature, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Professor Hollander-Blumoff is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology at New York University.

Ambassador James Michel

Ambassador James Michel recently completed service as Counselor to the United States Agency for International development (USAID), a governmental agency responsible for administering foreign aid. He previously served as Deputy Legal Adviser, US Department of State (1977-1982), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (1983-1987), U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala (1987–1989), USAID Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean (1990-1992), and Acting Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of USAID (1992-1993). Ambassador Michel received a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law graduating with the distinction of cum laude.

Peter Muhlberger

Peter Muhlberger is a Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Communication Research in the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University. His main research areas are political psychology, democratic engagement and deliberation, and statistical analysis of textual data. Previously, as E-Democracy Research Director at Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society (InSITeS), he designed and analyzed data from the Virtual Agora Project, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded grant project investigating the impact of online public engagement processes. Professor Muhlberger received a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago, a Masters in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

Richard C. Reuben

Richard C. Reuben is the James Lewis Parks Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. He is also a Senior Fellow at the school’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, co-director of the Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and Media, and co-author of one of the nation’s leading ADR textbooks, Dispute Resolution & Lawyers. Prof. Reuben’s research emphasizes the relationship between ADR, law, and democratic governance; he is also one of the country’s foremost experts on confidentiality in ADR processes. He received his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Georgia in 1979, a B.A. (1982) and a J.D. (1986) from Georgia State University. In 1996 he received a JSM and a JSD from Stanford Law School.

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith has taught negotiation and dispute systems design at Stanford Law School since 1997. She was the first Director of ADR Programs for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and served as the reporter for the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Kaiser Permanente Arbitration. She has trained and consulted on dispute systems design, negotiation and mediation throughout the U.S. and abroad, working with lawyers, judges and businesspeople from Jordan, Slovenia, Canada, Egypt, India, Gaza and the West Bank, Abu Dhabi and Bhutan. She is the grant-making advisor for the Compton Foundation’s Peace and Security Program and previously served as Consulting Program Officer for the Hewlett Foundation’s Conflict Resolution Program. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.

R. Wayne Thorpe

R. Wayne Thorpe is the chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. He has been an Atlanta lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, special master, and neutral case evaluator for 30 years, the last 12 devoted exclusively to neutral work at JAMS. Previously he was a litigation partner at Alston & Bird and a law clerk to a federal judge. Mr. Thorpe has mediated more than 1000 cases and arbitrated more than 300, including class actions and other complex and multi-party cases in many practice areas, including: class actions, commercial and consumer, construction and construction defects, employment, environmental and toxic tort, healthcare, insurance coverage, intellectual property, and products and professional liability. Mr. Thorpe is a past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Section of Dispute Resolution, a past member of the Atlanta Bar Dispute Resolution Section board, and a past member of the Georgia Dispute Resolution Commission to which he was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court. He has been recognized in both Georgia Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America for ADR for a number of years, and he has been named a fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. He has taught Dispute Resolution courses in the law schools at both the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, and he has written more than a dozen articles on ADR topics and made well over 100 presentations in more than 20 cities to bar and ADR professional groups about mediation, arbitration, and related subjects. He has a JD, cum laude, from UGA where he was an editor on the Georgia Law Review, and a BA with distinction from UVA. His family has a cabin in West Yellowstone, MT where they enjoy fly fishing and hiking.

Tom Tyler

Tom Tyler is a University Professor at New York University, where he is chair of the Psychology Department and is also on the faculty of the Law School. Prof. Tyler’s research focuses on the dynamics of authority within social groups and organizations. Specifically, he focuses on procedural justice – the fairness of group rules and processes, and how they influence how people evaluate authorities and institutions. The author of numerous acclaimed books and articles on how social psychology affects legal systems, Prof. Tyler received his B.A. in psychology from Columbia University, a M.A. in social psychology and a Ph.D. from UCLA.