The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law March 2012
ADR @ Moritz

Mediator of Secret Talks that Ended Apartheid Shares His Experience at Moritz

Michael Young, a critical player in the fall of apartheid in South Africa, spoke at Moritz College of Law on March 7th. During the Lawrence Lecture, attendees had the rare opportunity to learn from someone who had changed the course of history. In 1986, while working for Consolidated Gold Fields, a British mining consortium, Young organized secret meetings at Mells Park House, a private mansion in Somerset, U.K., between representatives of the South African government and the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC). More than a dozen covert meetings occurred over a five-year period, all of which were purposefully kept out of the media spotlight. These secret negotiations laid the groundwork for the public negotiations which ended apartheid and freed Nelson Mandela. ››Read More

Truancy Mediation Project Trains New Set of Mediators to Keep Kids in School

On February 10th and 11th, the Truancy Mediation Project held its training for their new set of mediators. The all-weekend training prepared law students to conduct discussions between parents and teachers of elementary and middle school students in order to help address the causes of student absences and reduce truancy in local schools in the Columbus area. ››Read More

Annual Schwartz Lecture to feature Deborah Kolb

The 2012 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution will be given by Deborah M. Kolb, an internationally renowned expert on gender issues in negotiation and leadership. On April 4th at noon in Saxbe Auditorium, she will speak on “Negotiating in the Shadow of Organizations: Doing Well by Doing Good.” ››Read More

Negotiation Team Competes at ABA National Competition

The Midwest Regional Negotiation champions, Kwame Christian ’13 and Chris Bordenave ’12, competed in the 28th annual ABA Negotiation National Competition on February 3 and 4 in New Orleans. Twenty-four teams competed in the National Competition. The Moritz team advanced beyond the opening round and was ranked as high as fifth place going into the semifinals but ultimately did not advance to the finals. ››Read More
Moritz ADR Links

Moritz Program on Dispute Resolution

Widely regarded as one of the nation's finest programs in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Moritz ADR program was established in recognition of the need for future lawyers to be trained in an array of dispute resolution methods beyond litigation, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. ››Program Home

Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution ("JDR") is a student-initiated, student-run publication and is the official law journal of the American Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution. ››JDR Home

Mayhew-Hite Report

The Mayhew-Hite Report is a quarterly report focused on dispute resolution developments across the nation. It is run by the editors and staff of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. ››Mayhew-Hite Report Home


Indisputably is a blog operated by law professors from around the United States concentrating on issues involving dispute resolution. ››Indisputably Home

Bridge Initiative @ Mershon and Moritz

The Bridge Initiative, which combines resources from Moritz College of Law and the Mershon Center for International Securities Studies, is an indispensable resource for those doing research in issues involving dispute resolution. ››Bridge Initiative Home
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The Ohio State University
Moritz College of Law
55 West 12th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1391

Erin Archerd
Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution
(614) 688-4192

The Caucus, the newsletter published by the Moritz Program on Dispute Resolution, is designed to share ADR news with the Moritz community and beyond, as well as provide Moritz students with information regarding externship and employment opportunities. Questions regarding this publication should be directed to Erin Archerd, Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution.