June 2017

June 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.


Eleven Graduate with Certificate in Dispute Resolution

This year eleven graduated with the program’s Certificate in Dispute Resolution.  Certificate students take at least 15 dispute resolution course credits, complete the mediation clinic, write a seminar paper on a dispute resolution topic and complete 112 dispute resolution externship hours.  This year’s certificate students are as follows:

  • Courtenay Balvin spent significant time as an extern with the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Dispute Resolution Section
  • Brooks Boron worked as a research assistant for Prof. Cole and for the Divided Community Project.
  • Holly Cline served as a research assistant for Prof. Cole.
  • Christian Davis participated in an online dispute resolution competition, served as a volunteer negotiator in Prof. Lee’s negotiation class, and engaged in ADR activities while working for private employers
  • Jackie Fisher was a research assistant for Prof. Cole and worked to develop Moritz’s Truancy Mediation Program.
  • Jennifer Mensah served as a research assistant for the Divided Community Project and worked on grievance and arbitration projects for a private employer.
  • Mary Kate Moller observed several mediation sessions and was a research assistant for the Divided Community Project.
  • Alex Pribil participated in a number of dispute resolution activities, including the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education.
  • Robby Southers worked as a research assistant for the Divided Community Project and mediated disputes with AUTOCAP.
  • Devin Spencer participated in collective bargaining activities with a private law firm.
  • Callie Tucker served as a volunteer negotiator in Prof. Lee’s negotiation class and engaged in numerous dispute resolution projects including several mediations for OSU’s Student Mediation Program.

Collectively these eleven students completed more than 1900 hours of dispute resolution externship work!

Program Launches Mentoring Lunches

In winter 2017, the Program on Dispute Resolution kicked off a dispute resolution mentoring lunch program where a handful of students meet with a seasoned ADR practitioner over lunch.  Each month ADR practitioners share lessons for developing a dispute resolution career with Moritz Certificate in Dispute Resolution students.

In March, students met with Ohio Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Section Manager Catherine Geyer (pictured above).  In April Students met with The Ohio State University’s faculty Ombudsman, Lynne Olson.

We look forward to continuing the dispute resolution mentoring program in the 2017-18 school year.

Program on Dispute Resolution Honored Among the Nation’s Best

Moritz’s Program on Dispute Resolution was recently ranked among the best Programs on Dispute Resolution housed at a Law School in several publications.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the Program on Dispute Resolution as the second-best dispute resolution program in the country for training “law students to handle clients’ conflicts through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and problems-solving.”

The LLM Guide online publication for Master of Law Programs Worldwide ranked the Program on Dispute Resolution among the top LL.M. Programs for Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2017.

The Program on Dispute Resolution is honored to be recognized as one of the best dispute resolution programs in the county

Four LL.M. Students Earn ADR Concentration

The Ohio State University Moritz College of LL.M. Program is designed for foreign lawyers who wish to advance their legal education in a stimulating academic environment. The College offers the dual advantages of a highly-regarded law curriculum at a major U.S. university and an LL.M. program of limited size that allows for individualized attention and support.  The program offers concentrations in Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Information Law, International and Comparative Law, and Labor and Employment Law.

Students completing the Dispute Resolution Concentration must complete twelve semester hours in Moritz’s Dispute Resolution Program.  This year four LL.M. students graduated with a Dispute Resolution Concentration: Ivan Bracho, Kraisit Sethameteekul, Handy Trinova, and Juan Carlos Vargas Alvarez.  Congratulations!

Rogers Writing Prize Winners Announced

The program on dispute resolution is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Rogers Writing Prize.  Thanks to the dozen upper-class students who entered dispute resolution seminar papers.  This year’s winner is recent graduate Brooks Boron for his paper “Let the Healing Begin: Building Consensus in the City of Strongsville Through the Strong Model”.  Rising 3L Alex Karcher took second prize for his paper “An Argument for the Integration of Dogs in Mediation: The Impact of Dogs on the Building and Maintenance of Trust and Cooperation”.

The Rogers Writing Prize was created in 1999 by an anonymous donor, with the stipulation that it be named in honor of Nancy H. Rogers, who, at that time, was the Joseph S. Platt-Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution.  Each year, the award recognizes two students who, in the judgment of a committee of faculty members who teach dispute resolution, wrote research papers on a dispute resolution topic that, in the donor’s language, “reflect the analytical rigor and intellectual breadth associated with highly-regarded scholarly contributions.”