Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

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2013-14 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

Reducing Polarization: Whose Job Is It?

March 25, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Saxbe Auditorium (Reception to Follow)

Please click here for a narrated slideshow of the 2014 Schwartz Lecture.


The 2014 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution will be given by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s own Nancy Hardin Rogers.  She will be presenting on her current project looking at the role of institutions and dispute resolution providers in reducing polarization in public conflicts.

Public institutions fund interventions by dispute resolution practitioners into highly-charged, wide-ranging conflicts, such as the 2001 Cincinnati riots following a police shooting and the unrest after the 2012 Trayvon Martin shooting and the acquittal of the shooter.  With more and more stories of these interventions, the time seems right to assess how courts or executive branch agencies can intervene effectively without undermining other key roles they play in society, including their roles as neutral decision-makers, investigators, or prosecutors.

Professor Rogers reviews the formidable challenges to institutionalizing these customized interventions and suggests a series of questions to ask before deciding what institution should manage them.

A reception with Professor Rogers will follow her lecture. Register now.

About Nancy H. Rogers

Professor Rogers teaches and writes primarily in the dispute resolution area. Her co-authored treatise on mediation received the CPR legal Program Book Prize in 1989 and her co-authored short text on mediation received the same national prize in 1987. The Emeritus Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution, she also has coauthored a leading law school textbook in dispute resolution, now in the sixth edition, and in 2013 coauthored a textbook on dispute system and process design.

Since joining the Moritz faculty, she has served as Ohio Attorney General, Dean of the Moritz College of Law, Vice Provost for Academic Administration of The Ohio State University, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Moritz. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Lambros in Cleveland and practiced in the Glenville-area office of the Cleveland Legal Aid Society.

Professor Rogers was President of the Association of American Law Schools in 2007 and was a member of its Executive Committee for five years. She served for nine years on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, a Presidential appointment that requires U.S. Senate confirmation. Professor Rogers had a gubernatorial appointment as one of Ohio’s five commissioners on the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws for seven years and was Reporter for the Conference’s Uniform Mediation Act, now enacted in 11 jurisdictions. She chaired the Judicial Advisory Committee, which reviewed candidates for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for U.S. Senators Brown and Voinovich.

Her awards include: the College of Law Alumni Association’s Outstanding Professor Award in 1996, the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution’s D’Alemberte-Raven Award in 2002 for outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of dispute resolution, the American Arbitration Association’s Whitney North Seymour, Sr. Medal in 1990 for outstanding contributions to the dispute resolution field, the Mortar Board Alumni Achievement Award in 2008, the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Ritter Award in 1998 for outstanding contributions to the administration of justice, the Ohio State Bar Association’s Ohio Bar Medal in 2008, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus’ Service Recognition in 1996, the Columbus Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy’s Judge Robert M. Duncan Award for Progressive Public Service in 2010, the Ohio State University Council of Graduate Students’ Distinguished Service Award in 2004, the Columbus YWCA Women of Achievement Award in 2008, the Columbus Bar Foundation’s President’s Award in 2008, the Columbus Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 2012, and the Ohio Mediation Association’s Making a Difference Award in 2013.

About the Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

The Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution was established in 1992 as a result of the generosity of the late Stanley Schwartz Jr. (a 1947 Moritz College of Law graduate) and the Schwartz family. Each lecture is published in the interdisciplinary Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, in keeping with Mr. Schwartz’s interest in the promotion of scholarly publication in the area of dispute resolution.

Please click here for a narrated slideshow of the 2014 Schwartz Lecture.

Previous Schwartz Lectures

  • 2012-13: “Error Correction and the Supreme Court’s Arbitration Docket,” Christopher R. Drahozal, John M. Rounds Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the University of Kansas School of Law
  • 2011-12: “Negotiating in the Shadow of Organizations: Doing Well by Doing Good,” Deborah M. Kolb, Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women and Leadership (Emerita) and Distinguished Research Fellow, The Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons School of Management
  • 2010-11: “The Timing of Truth, Reconciliation and Justice After War,” John Braithwaite, Australian Research Council Federation Fellow
  • 2009-10: “Making Deliberative Democracy Practical: Public Consultation and Dispute Resolution,” James Fishkin, Stanford University
  • 2008-09: “Never Say No: The Law, Economics and Psychology of Counteroffers,” Ian Ayres, William K. Townsend Professor, Yale Law School
  • 2007-08: “Deliberative Democracy and Dispute Resolution,” Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT, Vice-Chair for Instruction at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Founder, Consensus Building Institute
  • 2006-07: “Good Lawyers Should be Good Psychologists: Insights for Interviewing and Counseling Clients,” Jean R. Sternlight, Saltman Professor of Law and Director, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
  • 2005-06: “Developing the MRI (Mediation Receptivity Index),” Frank E.A. Sander, Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard College
  • 2004-05: “Mercy, Clemency, and Capital Punishment: Two Accounts,” Austin Sarat, Professor of Law at Amherst College
  • 2004-05: “Psychological Impediments to Mediation Success: A Theoretical Look at Practical Problems,” Russell Korobkin, Professor of Law at UCLA
  • 2003-04: “Strategic Mediation,” Francis McGovern, Professor of Law at Duke University
  • 2002-03: “Gender, Human Rights, and Peace Agreements,” Christine Chinkin, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics
  • 2001-02: Lecture was delivered by I. William Zartman, Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organization and Conflict Resolution, and Director of African Studies and Conflict Management Programs at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.