The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law May 2012
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Record Number of Students Receive Certificate in Dispute Resolution


A record 20 students received the Moritz College of Law Certificate in Dispute Resolution in 2012. The Mortiz College of Law has one of the top 5 dispute resolution programs in the country, and the Certificate in Dispute Resolution is a way for students interested in dispute resolution to distinguish themselves as knowledgeable and particularly committed to this area of law. Students who complete the requirements for the certificate are honored by the College of Law with a special notation on their transcript as well as a separate document, which certifies the student as having advanced knowledge and practical experience in the field of dispute resolution.

The students earning the certificate this year are Kristi Hsu, Wan Kim, Heather Sobel, Jennifer Nielsen, Margaret Prunte, Joseph Barsalona, Larissa Murakami, Jamie Giangreco, Joseph DiPasquale, Maureen Fulton, Allison Tuesday, Fair One Park, Troy Adams, Jillian Smith, Lindsay Smith, Elizabeth Keefe, Daniel Lautar, Joseph Manning, Amanda Zerhusen, and Jennifer Herman.

“I am very proud of the twenty students who completed and, in many cases, exceeded the requirements for obtaining our certificate in dispute resolution this year,” said Sarah Cole, Director of the Program on Alternative Dispute Resolution. “What an amazing group of dedicated and hard-working students. They have really made a difference both within the law school and throughout the community at large.”

To receive the Certificate, students must earn 15 course credits at the College of Law related to dispute resolution and successfully complete a 112-hour externship requirement. As part of the course requirement, a student must take either the Mediation Practicum or the Multiparty Mediation Practicum. The student must also earn credit in an approved dispute resolution seminar in which the student completes a substantial and high quality scholarly paper in the dispute resolution field.

Students earn the 112 externship hours by gaining practical experience in the dispute resolution field outside the classroom setting. This year, students earned externship hours from a vast array of activities, including working for the Ohio Auto Dealers Association in their mediation program, running organizations such as the Dispute Resolution & Youth program or Truancy Mediation Project, competing in negotiation and mediation competitions, and attending lectures and activities in dispute resolution.

“The certificate allows interested students to not only gain practical experience and distinguish themselves as a leader in the dispute resolution field, but also give back to the community. Several of our students volunteered hours to teach young students conflict resolution skills or help parents resolve absence issues with their children, among other great service”, said Rishi Batra, Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution.

Students interested in the Certificate should see the web site or contact the Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution, Rishi Batra, for more information.

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The Caucus, the newsletter published by the Moritz Program on Dispute Resolution, is designed to share ADR news with the Moritz community and beyond, as well as provide Moritz students with information regarding externship and employment opportunities. Questions regarding this publication should be directed to Erin Archerd, Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution.