Hamline News

March 15, 2012

Student Bar Association Awards

Professor James Coben, adjunct professor Cary Miller-Dolan, and program administrator Deb Lange have been chosen as Hamline’s 2011-2012 Student Bar Association (SBA) award recipients. The Hamline Law student body votes on the annual SBA awards.

Professor James Coben was named Professor of the Year. Coben is a senior fellow in Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute, which he directed from 2000-2009. He teaches civil procedure, dispute resolution practices, mediation, and negotiation. He also pioneered a variety of innovative alternative dispute resolution clinical opportunities for law students, including mediation advocacy on behalf of clients in family law and employment cases.

Professor Coben recently joined Professor Peter Thompson in co-authoring the third edition of the West Thomson Treatise, Mediation: Law, Policy & Practice. He was also selected to serve as a consultant for the Legal Education, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Practical Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Project of the American Bar Association section of Dispute Resolution’s Law Schools Committee, advising civil procedure faculty nationwide on incorporating practical problem-solving into first year courses.

The Hamline Law student body selected Professor Cary Miller-Dolan as the Adjunct Professor of the Year. Miller-Dolan has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline since 2010, and she earned her J.D. from Hamline Law in 1995. Miller-Dolan founded Dolan Mediation, LLC; she is a rule 114 qualified neutral for family law as a mediator, arbitrator, consensual special magistrate and early neutral evaluator for both financial and parenting time issues. Her alternative dispute resolution practice refocuses her extensive family law litigation experience toward providing effective mediation and adjudicative alternative dispute resolution services in all areas of family law, including marital dissolution, child custody, parenting time, spousal maintenance, complex financial issues, and post-decree modifications.

Program Administrator Deb Lange was named Administrator of the Year for the second-straight year. She joined Hamline Law in 2001, and her first assignment was to help launch the weekend J.D. program, including working in both admissions and marketing. Since then, her portfolio has grown to include managing a wide variety of programs and events, including orientation, graduation banquet, symposia, court visits, LL.M. admissions, room scheduling, and other special events.

The Hamline SBA honored the trio at the 2012 Barrister’s Ball at the International Market Square in Minneapolis on February 25.