American Bar Association
ADR In Law Schools

ADR In Law Schools

Who We Are and Goals

This committee focuses on education in all forms of ADR at the law school level by organizing different activities for law school students and faculty. These activities, among others, include the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, the James Boskey Essay Competition, the Directory of Dispute Resolution Courses and Programs, and the Legal Educator's Colloquium (co-sponsored with AALS). The committee works with both full-time and adjunct faculty to provide information about course offerings, exchange syllabi, and enrich the law school experience. Liaises with the Law Student Division; Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

We encourage involvement from all interested persons.

Message From The Chair

The Education Committee will continue its numerous activities throughout the year linking law school dispute resolution students and educators with ABA dispute resolution section members. We encourage involvement from all interested persons. Education Committee goals for this year include:

  • The continued sponsorship and support of the Regional and National Representation in Mediation Competitions.

  • We will also continue to sponsor the Boskey Essay Competition.

  • The committee will also continue to offer the annual Legal Educator's Colloquium (in conjunction with the AALS ADR Section).

  • We also have a goal of updating the Directory of Law School Courses and Programs (listing all ADR offerings at all law schools) in partnership with the University of Oregon School of Law.

We would like to increase membership in the Committee and to increase the level of involvement of the members. More use of the email list and more regular communication with members is a goal.

As you can see, we have an ambitious year planned. Again, we invite participation. If you are interested in any of our activities, please let us know.


Legal Education, ADR and Problem Solving (LEAPS) Project The Legal Education, ADR and Problem Solving (LEAPS) website is available for professors as they plan courses for the academic year. The materials are available to help law school instructors incorporate some instruction in practical problem-solving in various courses. Many of the ideas would require little or no additional time for instructors or students. For example, when discussing selected cases in doctrinal courses, faculty can frame questions in the context of client interviews, counseling, or negotiation between lawyers instead of appellate arguments. The LEAPS project has also assembled panels of consultants in eight subject areas to provide advice and materials specific to those subjects. These include: civil procedure, clinics, contracts, criminal law, family law, labor and employment law, professional responsibility, and torts. The website has a lot of useful information about teaching techniques generally, curriculum models, and links to other resources. If this sounds interesting to you, please take a look at the website:

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Batra, Rishi
Newell, Lauren

Committee Roster  

ADR in Law Schools Committee Projects

Directory of ADR Courses and Programs

See the online directory of Dispute Resolution Courses and Programs taught at US law schools.

Related Resources

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    3rd Annual Negotiation Institute

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    Program Description: This program is designed to help you develop practical skills in legal bargaining. To ensure an interactive experience, the Institute is limited to 50 attendees. You will participate in hands-on roleplaying and receive individual feedback from a faculty of leading attorneys, ...

    Mediation's '1%': What Distinguishes the Very Best Commercial Mediators?


    What makes the very best mediators the very best? Four of the country's most sophisticated consumers of commercial mediation services tell what distinguishes the very best mediators. What are the skills? The techniques? The values? The mind-set? Learn new insights and, more importantly, learn what ...

    What You Need to Know: Threats Your Technology Poses to Confidentiality and Attorney-Client Privilege


    The event will be held on 10/11/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Center For Professional Responsibility,Section of Dispute Resolution,Law Practice Division,Section of Litigation,Section of Intellectual Property Law,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

Modified by Gina Brown on September 20, 2017

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