OSU Navigation Bar

The Ohio State University

Moritz College of Law

Moritz Home Page

Moritz College of Law

Moritz College of Law

News and Events

News & Events RSS feed

Annual Schwartz Lecture Looks at Strategic Mediation

Francis McGovern, Professor of Law at Duke University, will present the lecture

March 29, 2004


“Strategic mediation” is the topic of the annual Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Presented by Francis McGovern, Professor of Law at Duke University, the lecture will focus on a mediator’s thought processes in ways that extend beyond traditional concepts of mediation. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2004 in the Saxbe Auditorium of John Deaver Drinko Hall, 55 West 12th Avenue. The lecture is free and open to the public.

McGovern has the unusual ability to integrate practical experience, abstract thinking, and teaching. This has earned him the "triple crown" in the legal community as premier practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was among the first in the nation to write about and to use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques to avoid or to improve the litigation process. Two decades later, the federal judiciary, many state courts, and institutions around the world, such as the United Nations, all seek his guidance on practical and conceptual issues in dispute resolution.

A prolific writer, McGovern is the co-author of two published books, Successful Litigation Techniques and The Preparation of a Product Liability Case, and two books in progress, Toxic Substances Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Professor McGovern has been motivated in all of his undertakings—practical, conceptual and educational—by the public’s decreased faith in traditional governmental institutions and procedures for resolving disputes. He wants these institutions, like the courts, and procedures, including litigation, to work better. Working better, to him, means operating both more efficiently and in a manner that leaves participants feeling more satisfied about the process and results.

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

Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. Senators and Representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with non-profit organizations and public interest law firms.