Student Honors & Awards

Nancy H. Rogers Prize in Dispute Resolution Scholarship

This prize was created in 1999 by an anonymous donor, with the stipulation that it be named in honor of Nancy H. Rogers, who, at that time, was the Joseph S. Platt-Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution.

Each year, the award recognizes two students who, in the judgment of a committee of faculty members who teach dispute resolution, wrote research papers on a dispute resolution topic that, in the donor’s language, “reflect the analytical rigor and intellectual breadth associated with highly-regarded scholarly contributions.”


  • First Prize: Robby Southers (’17) European Union Involvement in the Middle East ConflictRogers Prize
  • Second Prize: Giuseppe Pappalardo (’17) Courts as the Mediator’s Temptress: A call for change in approval procedure of mediated class action settlements
  • Honorable Mention: Kate Selander (’16) Museum Restitution Ethics Regarding Holocaust-Era Art and Cultural Property: A Proposal for Mediation as a Mandatory Medium


  • First Prize: Collin Flake (’15), Third Party Funding in Domestic Arbitration: Champerty or Social Utility?
  • Second Prize: Avery Schumacher (’16), Hospital Ombuds: Theory, Implications, and a Suggestion for Universal Implementation

2014Rogers Prize 2014

  • First Prize: Adam Philipp (’14), Turkey: A Viable Broker of Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
  • Second Prize: Sarah Pomeroy (’15), The Arusha Accords: Parties at the Mediation Table Make All the Difference
  • Special Recognition: Brittany Doggett (’13), Katie Mayer (’13) & Whitney Siehl (’13), Starting A Human Trafficking/Solicitation Docket


  • First Prize: Elizabeth Wiseman (’13), Time to Settle Up: A Proposal for Redesigning Consumer Debt Mediation Systems in the Courts
  • Second Prize: Elisabeth McClear (’14), Empathy: Why Mediation Should Use the Lodestar of Human Behavior to Inform Design and Finely Tailor the Forum to the Fuss


  • First Prize: David Moritz (’12) and Nikki Baszynski (’13), SPEAK: A Dispute System Design for Solving Identity-Based Conflict at the Moritz College of Law
  • Second Prize: Nikki Baszynski (’13) School Based Racial Discrimination: A New Path
  • Honorable Mention: Amanda Zerhusen (’12) Who Has Responsibility to Protect the Palestinians?


  • First Prize: Alexandra Wolfe (’11), The Power of the Written Word: The Need for Reasoned Written Arbitration Opinions
  • Second Prize: William Froehlich (’11), Deviating from Cy Pres with Mediation
  • Honorable Mention: Katie Linehan (’12), The Gacaca Courts: A Mediator’s Perspective


  • First Prize: Ryan Smith (’11), Good Faith A La Carte: A Cafeteria-Style Approach to Defining Participation Standards in Contractual Compulsory Mediation Clauses
  • Second Prize: Joseph Lipps (’11), The Path Toward A Federal Mediation Privilege: Approaches Toward: Creating Consistency For A Mediation Privilege In Federal Courts


  • First Prize: Susan Landrum (’09), Ohio Courts and Unconscionability in Arbitration Agreements
  • Honorable Mention: Erin Butcher-Lyden (’10), Uncertain Terrain: Are Materials Prepared for Mediation Protected from Disclosure in Litigation and Richard (Rick) Miller (’10): A Mediation Lost: Was Haig Hexed?


  • First Prize: Lauren LaRochelle (’08), Access to Justice: An Analysis of the Debate over Sharia Arbitration in Ontario
  • Second Prize: Michelle Mann (’09), The Impact of State Law on the Advantageousness of Mediation for Same Sex Couples in Custody Disputes



  • First Prize: Leslie Siegel (’06), Game Time Decisions: An Analysis of Arbitration at the Olympics
  • Second Prize: Sarah C. McCarty (’06), The Role of Mediation in Economic Development Disputes


James B. Boskey Essay Contest: Law Division, Student Scholarship

Awarded by Dispute Resolution Section of American Bar Association


Center for Public Resources Award for Excellence in ADR: Student Articles




Archived Awards