Alternative Dispute Resolution
Fall 2003

Prof. Andrea Kupfer Schneider
Phone: 288-5373
Office: Suite 110

This course will introduce the concept and practice of alternative dispute resolution. The first half of the course will focus on particular forms of ADR – negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The second half of the course will then examine these forms in the context of different areas of the law and the judicial system.

The following text is required for the course: Appropriate Dispute Resolution by Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Lela Love, Andrea Schneider & Jean Sternlight –ADR Supplement available for purchase at Print World

Students will be expected to attend class regularly, to read the assigned materials before class, and to participate actively in class discussions. Grades will be based on the following:

  1. A final exam (80%)

  2. Course participation (20%)

Course participation will be judged on several criteria: (a) attendance; (b) response when called on in class; (c) participation in exercises; and (d) reporting on newspaper articles. Each student is required to bring in and report on at least one newspaper article concerning ADR during the course of the semester.



Topic 1 — Introduction
                  Chapter 1, pp. 1-24

Topic 2 — Development of ADR
                  Chapter 1, pp. 42-60


Topic 3 — Negotiation

A. The Negotiation Process
a. Concepts
       Chapter 2, pp. 1-21
b. Approaches to Negotiation
       Chapter 2, pp. 21-56

B. Skills in Negotiation

a. Talking & Criteria
       Chapter 3, pp. 1-25
b. Listening & Relationships
       Chapter 3, pp. 25-48
c. Creativity & Barriers
       Chapter 3, pp. 48-73

C. Law, Ethics & Public Policy

a. Ethics, Fraud & Civility
       Chapter 4, pp. 1-29
b. Differences & Agency
       Chapter 4, pp. 29-48, 52-61

Topic 4 — Mediation

A. The Mediation Process
a. Purposes
       Chapter 5, pp. 1-22
b. Examples of Mediation
       Chapter 5, pp. 22-48

B. Mediation Skills

a. Stages of Mediation
       Chapter 5, pp. 1-21, 26-31
b. Representation in Mediation
       Chapter 5, pp. 33-59

Topic 4 — Mediation Continued

A. Mediation Law, Policy & Practice Dilemmas

a. Mediation Representation/Evaluation/Good Faith
       Chapter 7, pp. 1-24
b. Confidentiality & Ethics
       Chapter 7, pp. 25-51

Topic 5 — Arbitration

A. Introduction to Arbitration

a. Why & What
      Chapter 8, pp. 1-28
b. Enforcement
      Chapter 8, pp. 32-46

B. Law & Policy of Binding Arbitration

a. Scope, Validity & Choice of Law
      Chapter 9, pp. 1-25
b. Challenges
      Chapter 9, pp. 25-58

C. Skills & Ethics

a. Skills
      Chapter 10, pp. 1-23
b. Ethics
      Chapter 10, pp. 23-53

Copyright 2003 Andrea Kupfer Schneider. Teachers are free to copy these materials for educational use in their courses only, provided that appropriate acknowledgment of the author is made. For permission to use these materials for any other purpose, contact the author.