April 2017

April 2017

The Caucus, the newsletter published by the Moritz Program on Dispute Resolution, is designed to share ADR news with the Moritz community and beyond.  Questions regarding this publication should be directed to William Froehlich, Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution.


Nolan-Haley Focuses on Consent at 2017 Schwartz Lecture

On March 9, 2017 Fordham Law Professor and director of Fordham’s ADR & Conflict Resolution Program, Jaqueline Nolan-Haley delivered the 2017 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution.  Titled, Access to Justice, ADR and the Erosion of Consent, Professor Nolan-Haley discussed how alternative dispute resolution processes have been promoted as efficient tools to improve overburdened court systems and to secure access to justice and explored the erosion of consent in ADR processes and offer some reflections on how we should respond.

During her presentation she identified how alternative dispute resolution was designed to increase access to justice and was designed as a better alternative–not a replacement–for a court decision.  She identified how consent in alternative dispute resolution has withered over the past four decades.  She emphasized “consent is a universal value that still matters to people” engaged in alternative dispute resolution process.  Prof. Nolan-Haley concluded her remarks encouraging law students and practitioners to focus on consent as a core value of dispute resolution.

Prof. Nolan-Haley’s lecture will be featured in a forthcoming edition of The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. 

Pictured above: JDR editor-in-chief Brooks Boron, Moritz Prof. Sarah Cole, Schwartz Lecturer Jacqueline Nolan-Haley & Moritz Dean Alan Michaels.

Moritz Teams Thrive in Regional Mediation Competition

Congratulations to Maggie Flood, Jana Al-Akhras, Alyssa Williams and Courtenay Balvin who placed third and fourth, respectively, at the ABA’s regional representation in mediation student competition.  Michigan State graciously hosted the regional contest on March 24-26, 2017.  Longtime coaches Marya Kolman and Dottie Painter supported the teams in their competition preparation efforts.  Great work!

OSU’s Grande Lum Headlines Harvard Symposium

On February 17, 2017, Divided Community Project Director Lum delivered the keynote address of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review’s 22nd Annual Symposium, “Reflections on the Intersection of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Activism.”  An article featuring Director Lum’s address is available here.  A video of Director Lum’s Keynote address is available here.

Deason AALS ADR Chair-Elect

Congratulations to Moritz Prof. Ellen Deason on her recent selection as American Association of Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Chair-Elect.  Pace Law Prof. Jill Gross is the current section chair.  Prof. Deason will work with ADR colleagues from across the country to organize dispute resolution events and support dispute resolution scholarship.  For more information take a look at this blog post on Indisputably (Prof. Sarah Cole is a co-blogger).