Hamline News

February 07, 2012

Coben & Thompson Author Treatise

Hamline Law professors James Coben and Peter Thompson recently co-authored the third edition of the West Thomson Treatise, Mediation: Law, Policy & Practice.

Together with co-authors Nancy Rogers and Sarah Cole from the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, and Craig McEwen from Bowdoin College, the Hamline duo authored a three volume comprehensive treatise published by West as part of the company’s trial practice series. The treatise, available in hard copy and online in the Westlaw database, analyzes the mediation-related law and social science research as it bears on the wide diversity of roles that lawyers play in the mediation process.

The treatise is an outgrowth of Coben and Thompson’s long-term collaboration in building the mediation case law project, a multi-year, multi-media resource devoted to studying failed mediations – those situations where people who thought they were using mediation to resolve a conflict end up creating altogether new litigation about the mediation process itself.

Coben and Thompson have offered special thanks to their talented and energetic research assistants, including Brian R. Christiansen (3L), Joseph Cooch (2L), Emily C. Johnson (J.D., ’10), Alex Meyer (3L), Joseph Schultz (3L), Devin Shanley (3L), and Renee I. Uzong (J.D., ’09). Adding that without them, the project and treatise would never have been completed.