Areas of Expertise
- Alternative Dispute Resolution and Problem Solving
- Consumer Law
- Contract Theory
- International Arbitration
- Law and Technology
- Online Dispute Resolution
- Secured Transactions
- Service Learning
- Smart Contracts and Blockchain
About Amy Schmitz
Professor Amy J. Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a professor at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz was in private practice with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age, Major Research Projects, Secured Transactions, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumers and the Law (service learning). Her current research explores online dispute resolution in varied exchange contexts, with special focus on consumer claims and means for consumers to obtain remedies. She also has been active in recent debates regarding consumer protection more generally, consumer arbitration and contracting behavior, and is often an invited speaker on these topics.
Recent speaking engagements include events at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.; University of Leicester in England; University of Ghent in Belgium; Stanford Law School; University of Arizona Law School; Pepperdine Law School; University of California Hastings; Loyola in Chicago; Wake Forest University; Fordham University; Penn State; and American Bar Association Meetings. She also serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Related Consumer Law, and has been an Amici in several United Supreme Court cases involving arbitration. She also has taught in Paris and in England, and has been an expert and liaison for the United Nations working group seeking to create a global online mechanism for resolution of e-contract disputes.
Professor Schmitz’s outreach work involves various projects, including production of a consumer film (“Fine Print Foils”), a non-profit consumer outreach website and companion app, and various service-learning courses. Her most recent service-learning projects have led to a consumer empowerment blog and free public seminars on pressing consumer issues through a joint project with the Boulder County (Colo.) Community Services. This work aimed to provide the public with valuable information while inspiring the student presenters from Professor Schmitz’s Consumers and the Law classes to gain deeper understandings of consumer and contract law “in action.” Students in Professor Schmitz’s service learning classes at the University of Colorado also created written materials and presentations covering consumer topics.
- March 2016 Consumer Empowerment presentation
- March 2015 Outreach presentation
- 2014 Consumer Empowerment Workshop presentation
- Consumer Tips booklet
Latest News Featuring Amy Schmitz
- Commentary and podcasts posted by Professor Schmitz on Arbitrate.com
- Professor Schmitz presents at international cyberjustice meeting
- Professor Schmitz: Consider user-centric design for ODR in the courts
- Professor Schmitz provides commentary in new book about decentralized justice
- Professor Schmitz talks to Uniform Law Commission about ODR
Latest Publications from Amy Schmitz
- Measuring ‘Access to Justice’ in the Rush to Digitize
- Real Feedback from Real People: Emphasizing User-Centric Designs for Court ODR
- ODR Providers Operating in the U.S.
- Beneficial and Ethical ODR for Family Issues,
- Reviving the “New Handshake” in the Wake of Epidemics