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Pioneer in Alternative Dispute Resolution Presents Schwartz Lecture

Frank E. A. Sander to present the annual Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution on March 30

March 21, 2006


Why are some jurisdictions so receptive to mediation and other so indifferent or even hostile to it? Can some type of metric (such as the Mediation Receptivity Index, or MRI) be developed to measure the extent to which a particular jurisdiction has institutionalized mediation (as well as other alternative dispute resolution processes)?

These are among the questions that Frank E. A. Sander will address when he presents the annual Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution on March 30, 2006 at the The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The topic of his lecture, which will be held at Noon in Saxbe Auditorium at Drinko Hall, 55 West 12th Avenue, is “Developing the MRI.”

Sander is the Bussey Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses in alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Sander is considered by many to be the originator of the field of alternative dispute resolution; in 1976, at the invitation of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, he delivered a paper (“Varieties of Dispute Processing”) at the Pound Conference in St. Paul, Minn., that many credit as the anchor point for the development of court-annexed mediation programs.

Sander has written many articles on various aspects of dispute resolution. He is the author of Dispute Resolution (Aspen, 4th ed. 2003), along with Moritz Law Dean Nancy H. Rogers, Moritz Professor Sarah Cole, and Professor Stephen Goldberg of Northwestern Law School.

Admission is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to those who respond by March 28, 2006 to Sara Grimm at (614) 292-8809 or grimm.127@osu.edu. If you have questions concerning access, or wish to request a sign language interpreter or accommodations for a disability, please contact us.

The Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution was established in 1992 as a result of the generosity of the late Stanley Schwartz Jr. '47 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.