January 2017

January 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.


Moritz Hosts Conversation on “Judicial Conflict Resolution”

On October 14, Amy Cohen welcomed Bar Ilan University  Professor Miki Alberstein to discuss Prof. Alberstein’s recent empirical work on “judicial conflict resolution” (JCR) activities.  Prof. Alberstein’s project is part of a 1.3 million euro grant from the European Union that examining JCR across several countries.  The grant objective describes the hypothesis of Prof. Alberstein’s research “various Conflict Resolution methods which are used outside the courtroom, as alternatives to adjudication, could have a strong and positive influence, both theoretical and practical, on judicial activities inside the courts. . . . Judicial conflict resolution activity is performed in the shadow of authority and in tension with it, and crosses the boundaries between criminal and civil conflicts. It can be evaluated, studied and improved through criteria which go beyond the prevalent search for efficiency in court administration.”

Moritz Faculty Travel Coast-to-Coast

In a matter of months Moritz faculty delivered presentations and participated on panels from coast-to-coast.  Here is a sample of the recent events which Moritz dispute resolution faculty participated.

  • On November 14, Amy Cohen, presented her forthcoming Florida Law Review Article “Trauma and the Welfare State: A Genealogy of Prostitution Courts in New York City” at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley Law in Berkeley, California.  She delivered a similar presentation on October 20 at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.
  • On November 5, Josh Stulberg, spent the day in Cambridge, Massachusetts participating on a panel titled “Dispute Systems Design: Expanding Horizons” at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program‘s 10th anniversary celebration.
  • On November 4, Grande Lum, traveled to San Diego, California to speak on behalf of the Divided Community Project as part of a panel titled “When Civil Unrest Ignites: Resolving Racial Tensions through ADR” at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s annual conference.
  • On September 29, Nancy Rogers and William Froehlich joined the Divided Community Project‘s newest steering committee member Michael Lewis in Baltimore, Maryland on a panel titled “Bridging Divided Communities: implementation of distilled lessons designed to tackle community division.”  On October 1, Froehlich participated in a town hall forum discussing alternative dispute resolution practitioner responses to civil unrest.  Both presentations were part of theAssociation for Conflict Resolution‘s Annual Conference.
  • On September 28, 2016, Grande Lum participated on a panel titled “Race and Policing” at the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California.
  • On September 22, Grande Lum and William Froehlich headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to present at the 10th Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Works in Progress Conference hosted by Marquette University.
  • On September 12, Josh Stulberg was in New York moderating a panel titled “How can Dispute Resolution be Improved? (Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges)” as part of the Global Pound Conference.

Moritz Hosts Regional ABA Negotiation Competition

On November 11 and 12 the Moritz College of Law hosted the American Bar Association’s regional student negotiation competition.  Twenty-four teams from Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Alabama traveled to Columbus for this two-day long competition.  Students from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law took home the trophy.


Moritz sent two teams to this year’s competition.  Holly Cline and Tessa Kelbley were well-prepared and performed admirably.   Lauren Davis and Madison Berry were an effective negotiating team and scored high marks.  Both teams represented Moritz admirably.