BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Drake University (’92)
JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Minnesota Law School (’95)
Professor Amy J. Schmitz is a professor at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law and Program on Dispute Resolution as the John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Endowed Chair in Law. She is a co-director of the Translational Data Analytics Institute's Responsible Data Science Research Community of Practice, and is also affiliated with The Ohio State Program on Data Governance and the Divided Community Project. Before teaching at Ohio State, Professor Schmitz taught at the University of Missouri School of Law and Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law, starting in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering and Problem-Solving, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in Arbitration and ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.
Professor Schmitz has delivered over 150 presentations on various topics throughout the world and is regularly interviewed and quoted on consumer law in the media – this includes the NY Times, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, Wallethub, Kiplinger’s, Bottom Line, Consumer Reports, Money mag., NBC, ABC, and many others. Some of her awards include the Loyd E. Roberts Memorial Prize in the Administration of Justice (2021), various teaching awards, the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Professional Best Short Article Award (Feb. 2020), Shook Hardy Bacon Best Publication Award (2017), 4-time winner of the Sandgrund Award for Best Consumer Rights Work: and the Calhoun Award for Outstanding Public Service at University of Colorado.
Professor Schmitz also hosts The Arbitration Conversation, a highly regarded podcast that has reached over 100 episodes. She also is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and dispute resolution at the Cyberjustice Lab in Montreal. She has published over 60 articles in law journals and books, is a co-author of the leading casebook, Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice and Law (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer 2021), the new book with Stipanowich, Arbitration: Theory, Practice and Law (Forthcoming Aspen/Wolters Kluwer 2022) and a book with C. Rule, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection.