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Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (JDR), currently in its 36th year of publication, is a student-initiated, student-run publication of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. The JDR is dedicated to the exploration of alternative forums for and methods of dispute resolution.

The JDR is the official law journal of the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution and is a major component of the college’s nationally recognized program on Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition, the JDR is the most cited journal by other journals.

Certificate in Dispute Resolution

The Program on Dispute Resolution offers over 20 courses on various topics in the field, from commercial arbitration to inter-ethnic conflict resolution. Students who enroll in a minimum 15 credit hours of ADR courses and complete an externship requirement are awarded a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. The Program’s signature course, the Mediation Clinic, is offered every semester. As part of this course, students are able mediate legal disputes in courts and other venues throughout the Columbus area.

Schwartz Lecture

Through the generosity of the family of Stanley Schwartz Jr. ’47, the College annually offers a lecture on a dispute resolution topic by distinguished scholars and practitioners. Recent presenters have included such preeminent scholars as Lisa Blomgren Amsler (Indiana), Jean Sternlight (UNLV), Nancy Rogers (Moritz), Jacqueline Nolan-Haley (Fordham), Theodore St. Antoine (Michigan), Jim Fishkin (Stanford), Larry Susskind (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Francis McGovern (Duke), and Amy Gutmann (Princeton) and such distinguished jurists as Harry T. Edwards and Dorothy Nelson.

Lawrence Negotiation Competition

Each year, students can participate in the Lawrence Negotiation Competition. Students can participate in a range of activities, including a targeted workshop or classes designed to assist students understand theoretical concepts and performance skills; speakers, both academics and practitioners, discuss frameworks and strategies for conducting negotiations; and the competition.