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Program on Alternative Dispute Resolution

2006-07 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

Good Lawyers Should be Good Psychologists: Insights for Interviewing and Counseling Clients

April 4, 2007 | Noon | Saxbe Auditorium

Jean R. SternlightJean R. Sternlight
Saltman Professor of Law and Director, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution
University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law

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This year's Schwartz Lecturer, Professor Jean R. Sterlight, Saltman Professor of Law and Director, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, will give her lecture, entitled "Good Lawyers Should be Good Psychologists: Insights for Interviewing and Counseling Clients" on April 4, 2007 in the Saxbe Auditorium.

The most effective attorneys are not only great legal analysts but also great with people. Whether an attorney is dealing with his or her own clients, opposing clients, opposing counsel, judges, jurors, witnesses, or alternative dispute resolution neutrals, effective lawyering requires an excellent understanding of how people think, learn, remember, and communicate. Yet, law school education focuses almost exclusively on sharpening a student's ability to perform legal analysis and rarely even attempts to teach good people skills. Drawing extensively from psychology, the field that specializes in the working of the human brain, this talk will offer key insights for lawyers involved with negotiation, mediation, and arbitration of client disputes.

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.