2017 Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Symposium

Speaker Bios

Prof. Lisa Blomgren Amsler

Professor Lisa Blomgren Amsler (formerly Bingham) has served as the Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington since 1992. She is an expert in collaborative governance, public engagement, dispute resolution, and labor law with more than 100 published works. Recently, Amsler’s 2005 article on new governance practice (co-authored with Tina Nabatchi and Rosemary O’Leary) was named one of the “75 Most Influential Articles” of the past 75 years by Public Administration Review. Her lead article on workplace mediation (co-authored with Cynthia J. Hallberin, Denise A. Walker and Won-Tae Chung) and published in Harvard Negotiation Law Review, is on the Social Science Research Network all-time Top 10 list of most downloaded articles in conflict resolution.

Amsler has received national awards from four different professional associations. In 2014, the American Bar Association honored Amsler for Outstanding Scholarship foundational to the field of dispute resolution. She received the Rubin Theory-to-Practice award from the International Association for Conflict Management for research that affected practice and the Abner award from the Association for Conflict Resolution for excellence in research on labor and employment relations in the public sector. Professor Amsler’s book titled The Promise and Performance of Environmental Conflict Resolution, co-edited with Rosemary O’Leary, was designated the Best Book Award by The American Society for Public Administration.

Terry Amsler

Terry Amsler is the Program Director Emeritus of the Institute for Local Government’s Public Engagement Program, having served as the initiating program director beginning in 2005 and until his move to Bloomington, Indiana in late 2013. Terry is presently an Adjunct Instructor with Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Terry holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York/College at New Paltz and a M.P.A. from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining the Institute for Local Government, Terry was a Program Officer and then Program Director for The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Conflict Resolution funding area. Prior to work with Hewlett, he served as the executive director of the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission and of San Francisco’s Community Board Program, and as the Director of U.S. Initiatives with Partners for Democratic Change.

Terry continues to serve in executive and advisory committee roles with the Institute for Local Government, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, and others. He was recognized for his work in the public engagement field with the “Hero Award” from the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation in 2014.

Jacob Appelsmith, Esq.

Jacob Appelsmith graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1985 and from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1988. While at Boalt, he worked as a student clerk to Justice Allen Broussard on the California Supreme Court.

Jacob began his career as a lawyer with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco, where he worked for six years as a commercial litigator. Jacob joined the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, in 1994, and in 2008 became a Special Assistant to Attorney General Jerry Brown on matters pertaining to law enforcement and the criminal justice system, and the Chief of the California Bureau of Gambling Control.

In January 2011, Jacob joined Governor Brown’s administration as a Senior Advisor to the Governor and the Director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In these roles, he served as the Governor’s negotiator for tribal-state gaming compacts and tribal land-use matters, advised the Governor on a range of issues from public safety to veteran’s affairs, and was responsible for criminal enforcement and regulation of California’s 82,000 licensees in the alcohol industry.
Jacob was appointed Chief Campus Counsel for the University of California, Davis, in September 2013. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of the university’s legal affairs, including its $3.5 billion budget, its 35,000 students, its hospital and health system, and its operations throughout California, the United States, and the world. In June 2017, Jacob returned to Governor Brown’s administration as Director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and as an advisor to the administration.

Dean Jennifer Gerarda Brown

Dean Brown received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to entering law teaching, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harold A. Baker, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and practiced law in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn, Chicago, Illinois. Before she joined the faculty at Quinnipiac, she taught at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Fellow. She has been a visiting professor at Santa Clara, University of Illinois, Georgetown, and Harvard law schools. From 1998 until she became dean in 2013, she served as director of the Quinnipiac Center on Dispute Resolution. She teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Civil Procedure, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility; her scholarship focuses on these areas as well as gender and sexual orientation. She is widely published in the ADR field. Her ADR articles have appeared in, for example, the Emory Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Nevada Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, and Quinnipiac Law Review. Representative book chapters include “Addressing Partisan Perceptions,” in Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture (C. Honeyman, J. Coben, and G. De Palo, eds., 2009); and “Apology in Negotiation,” in The Negotiator’s Field Book (Honeyman & Schneider, eds., 2006).

Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton

Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton is the inaugural Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Auburn University. Dr. Clayton and her team are tasked with expanding Auburn’s diversity and inclusion footprint within the institution and nationally. Dr. Clayton formerly served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at East Carolina University.

Throughout her 20-plus year career as an executive administrator leading diversity and inclusion efforts at major universities, Dr. Clayton has served students, faculty, staff, community, visitors and alumni. Dr. Clayton is the designated executive administrator for coordinating the University’s diversity and inclusion strategy and is the principal advocate and adviser to the Provost, President and senior University leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Clayton is known nationally for her presentations on faculty diversity recruitment and retention, integrating diversity and inclusion in higher education institutions, strategically positioning diversity and inclusion, and translating corporate diversity and inclusion promising practices into the higher education context. She is a former Convener for North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners, a statewide network of diversity and inclusion professionals. Dr. Clayton is an Educational Associate with The Conference Board, a board member and membership committee co-chair for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and a member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity.

Prof. Rafael Gely

Professor Rafael Gely joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty after 18 years of teaching, including academic positions at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Chicago-Kent College of Law and most recently at the University of Cincinnati, where he served as the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law.

Professor Gely earned his J.D. and Ph.D. in labor and industrial relations at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. His scholarship, which reflects his interdisciplinary academic training, primarily focuses on the regulation of labor markets, incorporates a variety of theoretical paradigms and methodological approaches, and draws from the expertise of co-authors in a wide range of disciplines. Professor Gely has published more than 40 articles in nationally and internationally recognized academic journals, including the Rand Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, the Texas Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review. Professor Gely has received various scholarship awards including the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers’ Eisenberg Prize for his recent co-authored article in the Wisconsin Law Review, “The Supreme Court and DIGs: An Empirical and Institutional Analysis.”

At the University of Missouri School of Law, Professor Gely teaches courses in employment law, labor arbitration and labor law, among others. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is the director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution.

Julie Huff

Julie Huff is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications for the Provost’s Office at Auburn University. In this position, which she has held since 2009, she provides administrative leadership to the implementation of Auburn University’s Strategic Plan, is responsible for coordinating the strategic plan implementation process, and manages multiple projects designed to advance the university’s attainment of institutional goals and commitments. Working with internal and external stakeholders, Huff coordinates strategic communication and marketing coordination for multiple campus units and provides leadership to the development of new initiatives designed to support the university. Some key initiatives include the university’s 2016 Campus Climate Study for Inclusion, Equity and Diversity, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), the development of on-campus childcare, student mental health programs, recruitment and retention efforts to support underrepresented students, and financial literacy programs. Her expertise includes strategic planning, crisis management, project management, designing rhetorical strategies, data collection and assessment, case study analysis, and strategic marketing.

Huff joined Auburn University in 2001 as a faculty member in the School of Communication and Journalism and has also worked in the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Vice President for Student Affairs at Auburn. Prior to working at Auburn, Huff served as a press agent with the Alabama Legislature. Huff received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication from Auburn.

Prof. Robert Jerry

Robert H. Jerry, II is the Isidor Loeb Professor of Law at the School of Law. He returned to the faculty at MU in the fall of 2015, having previously held the Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professorship at the School of Law from 1998 to 2003. From 2003 to 2014, he served as dean of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. From 1994 to 1998, he held the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis, and he was a professor of law at the University of Kansas from 1981 to 1994, where he also served as dean from 1989 to 1994. He practiced law in Indianapolis from 1978 to 1981 with the firm of Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd (now Barnes & Thornburg), and he clerked for Judge George E. MacKinnon in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit during the 1977-78 term. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University. His research and teaching specialty is insurance law, and he is the author of numerous books, book chapters, articles, and essays in this field. In 2016, he chaired the University of Missouri’s Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Protests, Public Spaces, Free Speech and the Press. He has been affiliated with MU’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution as a Senior Fellow since 2003, and he is currently engaged with CSDR in developing an insurance dispute resolution subspecialty.

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky

Lyrissa Lidsky became the Dean and Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law on July 1, 2017. She came to Missouri from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, where during her 23-year career at UF Law she served in a variety of leadership roles, including Associate Dean for International Programs, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and Associate Dean for Graduate and Non-J.D. Programs. She also held the Stephen C. O’Connell Chair at Florida. Lidsky is an award-winning teacher, receiving student-selected awards such as Teacher of the Year (twice) and Faculty Graduation Speaker (three times), and a faculty-selected award as Teacher of the Year. Her courses include Torts, Media Law, Internet Law, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, First Amendment Law, Business Torts, and Introduction to Lawyering. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of tort law and the First Amendment, and her research often focuses on new legal challenges presented by social media. She has published numerous books, book chapters, articles, and essays, the newest of which is titled “Considering the Context of Online Threats” and is forthcoming in the California Law Review in December 2017. Prior to her academic career, she served as a clerk for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Lidsky received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law with high honors. Before law school, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University in England, studying medieval legal history. She received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English and political science from Texas A&M University.

Prof. Grande Lum

Grande Lum is the Director of the Divided Community Project, hosted by the Program on Dispute Resolution at the Moritz College of Law. He is also the founder and a Senior Advisor at Accordence, Inc., a research fellow and lecturer at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School and a Senior Advisor for Nextdoor. Previously he directed the Community Relations Service at the United States Department of Justice.

Azhar Majeed, Esq.

Azhar Majeed is the Vice President of Policy Reform at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. He received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History from the University of Michigan in 2004 and is a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. At FIRE, he works with university officials and general counsels to reform their campuses’ speech codes and related policy materials, and also oversees FIRE’s legal scholarship program. He has been published in the Journal of College and University Law, the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, and the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal.

Prof. Robert Post

Robert Post is a Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and served as the School’s 16th dean, from 2009 until 2017. Before coming to Yale, he taught at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. Post’s subject areas are constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and equal protection. He has written and edited numerous books, including Citizens Divided: A Constitutional Theory of Campaign Finance Reform (2014), which was originally delivered as the Tanner Lectures at Harvard in 2013. Other books include, Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State (2012); For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (with Matthew M. Finkin, 2009); Prejudicial Appearances: The Logic of American Antidiscrimination Law (with K. Anthony Appiah, Judith Butler, Thomas C. Grey & Reva Siegel, 2001); and Constitutional Domains: Democracy, Community, Management (1995).

He publishes regularly in legal journals and other publications; recent articles and chapters include “Theorizing Disagreement: Reconceiving the Relationship Between Law and Politics” (California Law Review, 2010); “Constructing the European Polity: ERTA and the Open Skies Judgments” in The Past and Future of EU Law: The Classics of EU Law Revisited on the 50th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty (Miguel Poiares Maduro & Loïc Azuolai eds., 2010); “Roe Rage: Democratic Constitutionalism and Backlash” (with Reva Siegel, Harvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review, 2007); “Federalism, Positive Law, and the Emergence of the American Administrative State: Prohibition in the Taft Court Era” (William & Mary Law Review, 2006); “Foreword: Fashioning the Legal Constitution: Culture, Courts, and Law” (Harvard Law Review, 2003); and “Subsidized Speech” (Yale Law Journal, 1996). He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society.

R. Douglas Schwandt

Chief Doug Schwandt began his 38-year career in law enforcement in 1979 at the Columbia Missouri Police Department as a Community Service Aid. During his tenure at CPD, he had experience in all aspects of policing and then serving in management or leadership roles in patrol, investigations, crime prevention, training, personnel and SWAT operations. He retired from CPD as one of two District Commanders. In that position, he oversaw all police services and operations for the eastern half of Columbia, Missouri, which included the University of Missouri properties. In May 2000, he began his career at the University of Missouri Police Department as Assistant Chief of Police. As Assistant Chief, he oversaw Operations, which included patrol, investigations, crime prevention, and special operations and events. In March 2015, he was named Interim Chief of Police, and in August 2015 he was appointed Chief of Police. Chief Schwandt is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree from the College of Public and Community Services (1980). He is also a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Program through the University of Missouri Graduate Program in Business and Public Administration (1988). He also graduated from the FBI National Academy (194th Session, 1998) and the Administrative Leadership Development Program (ALDP) through the University of Missouri (2008). He has over 4000 hours of police and leadership training. Chief Schwandt has been an active member of the Columbia and MU community for his entire career. Some of the notable past and current department, civic, and university involvements include representing State of Missouri Law Enforcement at the International Special Olympics in Squaw Valley California, organizing the first Missouri State Police Olympics, participating in the International Police and Fire Games, and serving on the boards of CRIMESTOPPERS and the Boone County 911 System (advisory). He also serves on numerous university committees and is a member of numerous professional organizations.

Dr. Baishakhi Banerjee Taylor

Dr. Taylor joined Middlebury College in 2015 as the Dean of Students. As dean of students, she oversees residential life, judicial affairs, health and wellness education, student activities, orientation, and parts of the Commons system. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies. Her notable initiatives include co-leading the Presidential Committee, Alliance for an Inclusive Middlebury, charged with developing a strategic plan for making inclusion a priority for the institution. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University.

A native of Kolkata, India, Baishakhi holds a master’s degree in women’s studies from the University of Northern Iowa and a PhD in sociology from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin

Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwestern University. Her responsibilities include providing the leadership for the Division of Student Affairs to accomplish its goals of being full partners in the student learning experience and fulfilling the mission of educating, engaging, and enriching.

From 2004-2011, Dr. Telles-Irvin was Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida, and prior to that, was Sr. Vice President for Student Affairs and Human Resources at Florida International University. Before moving to Florida, Dr. Telles-Irvin an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and psychologist in the Counseling Center at the University of Texas.

Dr. Telles-Irvin is the Past President of NASPA, the leading national association for student affairs professionals with over 13,000 members, representing 1,400 institutions in 29 countries. She is the first Hispanic to serve as president of NASPA.

She received a B.A. in Education from Duke University and an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. She has been licensed in the states of Florida, Texas, and Massachusetts and practiced psychology for close to 20 years.

Dr. Telles-Irvin’s interests include issues of leadership, student development, college mental health, and diversity/inclusion.

Prof. Ben Trachtenberg

Professor Trachtenberg joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2010. Before coming to Missouri, Professor Trachtenberg was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School from 2008-2010 where he taught Criminal Law and Environmental Law.  From 2006-2008, he was a Litigation Associate at Covington & Burling LLP, assigned to white collar investigations and civil securities cases. While in practice, Professor Trachtenberg also handled pro bono representations in housing and employment law matters.

Professor Trachtenberg received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review and recipient of several academic awards. He has an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland and a B.A. from Yale in Political Science, with distinction. After graduating from law school, Professor Trachtenberg clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with Judge Jose A. Cabranes. He has numerous law review publications in the fields of criminal procedure and evidence, and his opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times and the ABA Journal. He teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Trial Practice.

In 2012, Professor Trachtenberg received the Gold Chalk Award for excellence in teaching from the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council.  In 2014, he won the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, and in 2015, he received the Husch Blackwell Distinguished Faculty Award from the School of Law. Professor Trachtenberg represents the law school on the MU Faculty Council, which he chaired during 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

Prof. Howard Wasserman

Howard Wasserman is Professor of Law at Florida International University (FIU) College of Law, where he has taught since 2003. Professor Wasserman teaches civil procedure, evidence, federal courts, civil rights, and First Amendment; he writes about the freedom of speech, the role of procedure and jurisdiction in public law and civil rights litigation, and recently on baseball’s Infield Fly Rule. He blogs at PrawfsBlawg and is the Section Editor for the Courts Law Section of JOTWELL. Professor Wasserman graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was an associate articles editor of the Law Review and was named to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he clerked for Chief Judge James T. Giles of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Judge Jane R. Roth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has been a visiting professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and Florida State University College of Law.

Professor Chris Wells

Professor Wells joined the faculty in 1993 after having been an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in Chicago and Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe in Los Angeles, primarily in the area of business litigation. While in school, she was Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.

In 2001, Professor Wells was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic, studying and lecturing on constitutional rights at Masaryk & Palacky Universities. In 2002, she was invited back to present a series of lectures on American constitutional decision making. In 2003, Professor Wells received the Sustained Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the University of Missouri Law School Foundation.

Professor Wells focuses her research on issues involving free expression and access to government information and teaches Freedom of Speech, Gender and the Law, Remedies and Administrative Law.

Evonnia Woods

Evonnia Woods is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, at the University of Missouri. Her research areas include Inequalities and Political Economy, and Power and Movements. In 2016, she served as the graduate student representative on the Chancellor’s and Faculty Council’s Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Protests, Public Spaces, Free Speech, and the Press.