2020 Lawrence Lecture and Negotiation Competition

2020 Lawrence Lecturer Alyson Carrel presents Reimagining Negotiation for the 21st Century

September 22 @ 12:10, on ZOOM – Prof. Carrel’s talk is now available here!

The current pandemics have forced the ADR field (and the world) to embrace the growing role of technology and reckon with the continuing racism plaguing our society. It is at this moment that we must reflect on the history of the dispute resolution field and recognize opportunities to harness our newfound comfort with technology to address often ignored or sidelined social critiques of our field. In this presentation, Professor Carrel will discuss her recent articles exploring how tools such as litigation analytics and multi-party secure computation may innovate our processes in ways that allow us to address longstanding debates or concerns and reimagine negotiation in the 21st-century.

2020 Schedule of Events

September 22 @ 12:10 on ZOOM  Lawrence Lecture with Alyson Carrel – Register here.

September 24 between 6 and 9 – Lawrence Negotiation Competition Crash Course – Moritz students can register on TWEN

September 29 to October 2 – Lawrence Negotiation Competition – Moritz students can register on TWEN

Every fall, Moritz students compete in the intramural Lawrence Negotiation Competition, named for James K.L. Lawrence (’65). The winners and runners-up in this week-long competition move on to Regional and National Negotiations Competitions, which the American Bar Association conducts.

During the competition, teams of two law students working as advocates for a fictitious client negotiate against one another. They are judged on their ability to work together, establish rapport with the opposing team, and maximize the interests of their client. Every team competes in the first two rounds, after which the competition becomes single elimination.

Working with the Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program, the Program on Dispute Resolution enriches the competitors’ experience in two ways. First, the Program hosts a speaker with a distinguished career as a negotiator. Second, the Program conducts a negotiation workshop for students who have no prior experience in negotiating to introduce them to effective negotiation skills and strategies and to prepare them for the competition.

These events, together with the competition itself, create an engaging and stimulating learning experience for all participants.

Any Moritz student may participate in any aspect of the week-long event; those students pursuing the Certificate in Dispute Resolution may earn Externship hours through their participation.

About Alyson Carrel

Alyson Carrel is a clinical associate professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Co-Director of the law school’s nationally-ranked Center on Negotiation and Mediation.  She has mediated a wide range of disputes and participated as a neutral in class action employment discrimination settlements. Carrel is an active leader, presenter, and trainer in dispute resolution. She has provided negotiation and dispute resolution trainings for a wide variety of clients including large law firms like Baker McKenzie, court systems/programs such as the Cook County Juvenile Court Child Protection Mediation Program, government organizations such as HUD, corporations such as Coca-Cola, and nonprofit organizations including the Umoja. Until 2019, she led the law school’s legal technology & innovation initiatives as the Assistant Dean of Law & Technology. In these roles, she received a grant to purchase wearable cameras for negotiation simulation courses, a fellowship to integrate the A2J Author platform in mediation advocacy courses, launched TEaCH LAW, a faculty instructional technology initiative, and was awarded the student-voted Outstanding Professor of a Small Class. Carrel has worked in the dispute resolution field for her entire career and is passionate about encouraging others to try something new, look at an issue a little differently, and recognize there are many paths forward. Carrel is currently researching the impact of emerging technology in dispute resolution and developing a new client-driven competency model for the 21st-century legal professional called the Delta Model.

Prior to her appointment at Northwestern Law, Carrel was the Training Director at the Center for Conflict Resolution, one of the nation’s largest and longest-running community mediation centers, where she directed and lectured in the 40-hour mediation skills training and mediated court-referred cases. Before attending law school and prior to working at CCR, Carrel managed the Dependency Mediation Program for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which provides mediation services to parties involved in child protection/dependency matters. She also worked with the Juvenile Mediation Clinic at the University of Florida School of Law, where she helped train and manage law school clinic students in small-claims mediation, victim-offender mediation, and conflict resolution skills.

Carrel received her JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she published a case note on drafting an effective ADR contract clause and was the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. She received her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida where she wrote a thesis focused on domestic relations mediation.

About James K. L. Lawrence ’65

James K. L. Lawrence (’65) is a retired partner with Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati. Following graduation from law school, he worked as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board. He left the Board to join his firm and, for more than 30 years, practiced labor-relations and employment law. He is a skilled advocate in arbitration and an astute negotiator in collective bargaining and settlement discussions.

He has pursued vigorously the sustained study of dispute resolution materials at programs throughout the country, including the Program on Negotiation at Harvard, and has blended that study and practice into teaching courses in negotiation and mediation at Moritz and at the University of Cincinnati Law School.

He has given generously of his time, talent, guidance and resources to Moritz and our Program on Dispute Resolution over the years, so it is perfectly fitting that this expanded educational enterprise with Negotiation at its core be conducted in his name.