Faculty Advisors

Sarah Rudolph Cole

Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Designated Professor of Law; Director, Program on Dispute Resolution

Professor Rudolph Cole can be contacted at cole.228@osu.edu.



In law school at the University of Chicago, Professor Cole was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Legal Forum and won the award for best paper written in the law school in 1990.  She graduated with honors.  Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Eugene A. Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Cole practiced labor and employment law with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in Seattle and Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson in Chicago before joining the faculty at Creighton University School of Law. While at Creighton, and now at Ohio State, Professor Cole has focused her research on the legal issues and policy that have arisen as a result of the increased use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

She teaches primarily in the ADR area, but has also taught TortsRemedies, and Administrative Law. Professor Cole has published articles in U.C. Davis Law Review, Houston Law ReviewBYU Law ReviewGeorgia Law ReviewHastings Law Journal, the UNLV Law Review, and the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Professor Cole is co-author, with Professors Nancy H. Rogers, Craig McEwen, Jim Coben, and Peter Thompson of Mediation: Law, Policy and Practice (3d. ed. 2011), the leading treatise in the field of mediation, and co-author with Nancy H. Rogers, Frank Sander and Stephen Goldberg of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Other Processes (6th ed. 2012), one of the leading dispute resolution casebooks in the country.

In 2012, she was named the John W. Bricker Professor of Law and was previously the Squire, Sanders and Dempsey Designated Professor of Law.  In 2012, she also received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Ohio State University. In 2006, she became Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution.

She is chair-elect of the Dispute Resolution Committee for the AALS and a regular speaker on ADR topics at national meetings. She was a member of the academic advisory faculty that consulted with NCCUSL and the ABA regarding the drafting of the Uniform Mediation Act. She also consults regularly with the OSBA dispute resolution committee and the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution on dispute resolution issues arising in Ohio.

She is also on the panel of arbitrators for AAA, OCB, OCSEA, NASD, BBB, and SERB in Ohio.

Katrina Lee

Clinical Professor of Law

Professor Lee can be reached at lee.2558@osu.edu.



Professor Katrina Lee joined the faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2011 after an accomplished career in complex litigation spanning more than 12 years. Professor Lee has represented Fortune 100 companies in all litigation phases, including discovery, trial, appeal, and dispute resolution proceedings. At a national law firm, she was elevated to equity partner in her seventh year of practice, making her one of the youngest ever in that firm’s history to achieve that distinction.

Professor Lee writes and presents on topics related to the business of law; legal ethics; legal writing; negotiations; and mentoring. She is the author of several scholarly articles and the business of law coursebook, The Legal Career: Knowing the Business, Thriving in Practice (West Academic 2017).

Professor Lee brings to her work leadership experience at a law firm and in the legal community. While a corporate litigator, she chaired her law firm’s recruiting committee and ran the firm’s San Francisco office summer associate program. She served on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as an advisory board member and mentor in the BASF School-To-College diversity pipeline program. In 2019, Professor Lee was elected President-elect of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. Professor Lee chairs the 2019 ALWD Biennial Conference Program Committee and co-chairs the 2020 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference Committee. Professor Lee is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio and Chair of its Mentorship Committee.

Professor Lee teaches Business of Law, Legal Analysis and Writing 1 and 2, Legal Negotiations, and LL.M. Legal Writing. She has also taught Business Negotiations in a Global Environment in the University of Oxford-Ohio State University Summer Law Program. Professor Lee is Director of the LL.M. Legal Writing program. Professor Lee triple-majored at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1994, and received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. She is a member of the California State Bar.