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Russell Korobkin to Speak at Schwartz Lecture

Korobkin will discuss "Psychological Impediments to Mediation Success: A Theoretical Look at Practical Problems" at 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 24

September 10, 2004


Russell Korobkin

Russell Korobkin

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law invites you to hear Professor Russell Korobkin as he explores the role of cognitive and social psychology as it relates to mitigating impediments to successful mediation in the Fall 2004-2005 Schwartz Lecture, which is free and open to the public.

“Psychological Impediments to Mediation Success: A Theoretical Look at Practical Problems” will be presented by Professor Korobkin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2004 in the Saxbe Auditorium of John Deaver Drinko Hall at the Moritz College of Law.

Some litigation disputes should not settle out of court because there is no agreement that is preferable to adjudication for all of the parties. Of the remainder, however, many fail to settle in mediation.

In this fall's Schwartz Lecture, Professor Korobkin will analyze research in cognitive and social psychology for clues about why this is the case, focusing on how the fundamental attribution error, the overconfidence bias, loss aversion, and notions of interactional justice can impede mediation success to the detriment of the litigating parties. He will also analyze what steps mediators might take to attempt to mitigate these impediments and help disputants reach mutually acceptable settlement agreements.

Russell Korobkin is professor of law at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he teaches Negotiation, Contracts, Health Care Law and Law and Behavioral Science. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2001, he held appointments at the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and he taught as a visitor at the University of Texas School of Law.

Professor Korobkin is the author of the textbook Negotiation Theory and Strategy (Aspen Law & Business, 2002), as well as more than 25 scholarly articles on negotiating in the transactional and dispute resolution contexts and other topics that combine law, economics, and psychology.

Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Korobkin received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Stanford University, clerked for the Honorable James L. Buckley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and worked as an associate at the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, DC. His most recent publications include Bounded Rationality, Standard Form Contracts, and Unconscionability (University of Chicago Law Review, 2003), and The Endowment Effect and Legal Analysis (Northwestern University Law Review, 2003).

The Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution was established in 1992 through the generosity of the late Stanley Schwartz, Jr. '47, and the Schwartz family. Each lecture is published in the interdisciplinary Ohio State Journal of 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 nonprofit organizations and public interest law firms.