Bob Bailey joined the law school in 1979. He left full-time employment at the Law School from 1983-87 to serve as municipal judge for the City of Columbia, while continuing to work at the law school part-time. In 1987 he returned full-time to the law school and now serves as assistant dean emeritus and CSDR senior fellow. He directed the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution from 2008 to 2014. He continued to serve as associate municipal judge until June 2005. He teaches Arbitration, Life Skills Seminar, a FIG and a course in the Kinder Institute.
Bailey has an active arbitration practice serving on several arbitration panels including having served on Major League Baseball’s Salary Arbitration panel. He is on the FMCS Labor Arbitration panel. He is a vice president of the National Academy of Arbitrators and has been or is chair of the Audit, Nominations, and New Member Orientation Committees, and is the Academy’s parliamentarian.
Bailey is also very involved in university and community projects and has served as chair or a member on the boards of numerous community organizations, for which he has received numerous honors. Bailey served as chair of the Athletics Department’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Professional Sports Counsel Panel for almost two decades. He is also vice-chair of the Health Science’s Institutional Review Board . He is a commissioner with the National Conference on Uniform State Laws and is serving on the Athlete Agent and Veterans Court Drafting Committees. He chairs or has chaired the Boone Family Resource Center, the Family Health Center, the Central Missouri Food Bank, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, and the Industrial Development Authority. He is active with the NCAA and has served as an accreditor at Division I universities and has conducted strategic planning for the Division I Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Bob is married to Sharon, a retired kindergarten teacher extraordinaire. They have two children, Tara and Jessica, and four grandchildren, Caden, Bryson, Nathan, and Sadie Jane.