Now in its 31st year of publication, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (“JDR“) 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, such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, summary jury trials, and mini-trials.

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 (“ADR”).

The JDR publishes five issues annually, consisting of articles issues, a bibliography issue, and a symposium issue. Articles issues contain articles by scholars and practitioners, notes and comments by student staff members, and recent development notes by third-year student staff members. The annotated bibliography issue contains abstracts of over 500 articles, books, other resources on ADR published during the calendar year, and the role of ADR in election dispute.

In addition to its editing and publishing activities, the JDR sponsors symposia to facilitate discussion on cutting-edge issues within the field of alternative dispute resolution. Recent symposia include discussion on the Model Mediation Project, the structure of court-connected mediation programs, the role of ADR in settling on-line disputes, the intersection of legal ethics and ADR, and ADR in end-of-life decisions..

The JDR also sponsors the annual Schwartz Lecture, which brings a nationally recognized scholar in the field of alternative dispute resolution to the College of Law to address issues of interest and concern to both students and practitioners.

The JDR has a circulation of more than 800 subscribers. Out of more than 100 submissions the JDR receives each year, approximately six to eight are chosen for publication.

As a result of the hard work of its student editors, the JDR has won several prestigious awards. Recent awards include:

CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Outstanding Student Note Award
2012 – first and second place
2011 – first and second place
2009 – first place
2005 – first and second place
2003 – honorable mention
2001 – first place
1999 – first place
1998 – first and second place
1997 – second place
1996 – first place
1993 – first place
1991 – second place
CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Outstanding Professional Article
2014 – first place
2011 – first place
2010 – first place
2007 – first place
2004 – first place and honorable mention
1998 – second place
1993 – first and second place
1990 – honorable mention
CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Outstanding Book Award
1998 – finalist

Students are invited to join the JDR in two ways. The JDR invites students receiving the top two grades in each of the college’s first-year legal writing sections to become staff members. In addition the JDR invites students drafting the best papers for the annual summer writing competition, held jointly with the Ohio State Law Journal and open to all students.

Members of the JDR gain invaluable research and writing experience through participation in the editing process and authorship of a student note, several of which are selected for publication each year in the JDR.