Barbara "Bobbi" McAdoo

Phone: 651-523-2340


BA, Principia College (1970)
JD, National Law Center, George Washington University (1979)  


Areas of legal expertise: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), mediation and negotiation; empirical research on ADR; design and development of court ADR programs.

View Professor McAdoo's research: SSRN Author Page -- Barbara McAdoo

Recent courses taught: Negotiation, Mediation, and Practice, Problem-solving and Professionalism

Professor Bobbi McAdoo has taught at the law school since 1984 and founded and directed the Dispute Resolution Institute from 1991 to 1998. She is a leader in the provision of negotiation and mediation skills training for lawyers and judges in Minnesota and nationally. From 1998 to 2000, McAdoo was professor and director of the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution degree program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

McAdoo has worked with state courts institutionalizing ADR, and has written and lectured widely on dispute resolution, specifically her research about the expectations of lawyers and judges in court-annexed mediation programs and her evaluation of Minnesota’s state court appellate family mediation program. McAdoo is currently working with an International Research Collaborative of the Law and Society Association on a project to develop a research tool to study judicial dispute resolution. She frequently speaks on evaluation in the ADR field and about ADR-related curriculum efforts in law schools.

Professor McAdoo is a past chair of the AALS Dispute Resolution Section and was co-chair of the first Legal Educator’s Colloquium sponsored by AALS and the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA. At Hamline she worked with others to develop and teach a new lawyering course for first year students, "Practice, Problem-Solving and Professionalism." McAdoo was Hamline’s co-director for the Dispute Resolution Institute Italy program in the summers of 2004 and 2007 and its India program in 2005. She also was an active participant in Hamline’s multi-year international effort to rethink the teaching and training of negotiation.



It's Time to Get It Right: Problem-Solving in the First Year Curriculum, 39 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y 39 (2012). (with Sharon Press & Chelsea Griffin).

Orientation and Disorientation: Two Approaches to Designing 'Authentic' Negotiation Learning Activities, 31 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL'Y 483 (2010). (with Melissa Manwaring and Sandra Cheldelin); reprinted in VENTURING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM (in RETHINKING NEGOTIATION TEACHING SERIES) (Christopher Honeyman, et al., eds., 2010).
A Mediation Tune Up For the State Court Appellate Machine, 2010 J DISP. RESOL. 327 (2010).

Negotiating Learning Environments, in RETHINKING NEGOTIATION TEACHING: INNOVATIONS FOR CONTEXT AND CULTURE (Christopher Honeyman, et al., eds., 2009). (co-authors Melissa Nelken & Melissa Manwaring).
Teaching for Implementation: Designing Negotiation Curricula to Maximize Long-Term Learning, 24 NEG. J. 195 (2009). (with Melissa Manwaring).

Physicians: Listen Up and Take Your Communications Skills Training Seriously, 29 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL'Y 287 (2008).
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All Rise, the Court Is in Session: What Judges Say about Court-Connected Mediation, 22 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 377 (2007).

Eyes on the Prize: The Struggle for Professionalism, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Spring 2005, at 13.
Look Before You Leap and Keep on Looking: Lessons from the Institutionalization of Court-Connected Mediation, 5 NEV. L.J. 399 (2004/2005) (with Nancy A. Welsh).

Court-Connected General ADR Programs: Aiming for Institutionalization, Efficient Resolution and the Experience of Justice, in ADR HANDBOOK FOR JUDGES (Stienstra and Yates, eds. 2004).

If It Weren't for the Client I'd Have Done a Great Job, 20 CONFLICT RESOL. Q. 4 (2003). (with Sandra Kaufman).
Institutionalization: What Do Empirical Studies Tell Us About Court Mediation?, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Winter 2003, at 8.

The Challenge of Institutionalizing Alternative Dispute Resolution: Attorney Perspectives on the Effect of Rule 17 on Civil Litigation in Missouri, 67 MO. L. REV. 473 (2002) (with Art Hinshaw).

A Report to the Minnesota Supreme Court: The Impact of Rule 114 on Civil Litigation Practice in Minnesota, 25 HAMLINE L. REV. 401 (2002).

Not Quite Protocols: Toward Collaborative Research in Dispute Resolution, 19 CONFLICT RESOL. Q. 75 (2001). (with Christopher Honeyman & Nancy Welsh).

Here There Be Monsters: At the Edge of the Map of Conflict Resolution, THE CONFLICT RESOLUTION PRACTITIONER (Office of Dispute Resolution, Georgia Supreme Court 2001). (with Christopher Honeyman & Nancy Welsh).
Alternative Dispute Resolution in Minnesota - An Update on Rule 114, in COURT-ANNEXED MEDIATION: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON STATE AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS (E. Bergman & J. Bickerman, eds., 1998).
Does ADR Really Have a Place on the Lawyer's Philosophical Map?, 18 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL'Y 376 (1997). (with Nancy Welsh).
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Introduction: Minnesota's Alternative Dispute Resolution Provider Organizations, 16 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL'Y 313 (1995). (with Nancy Welsh).

The Minnesota ADR Experience: Exploration to Institutionalization, 12 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL’Y 65 (1991).

Local Government Use of Mediation for Resolution of Public Disputes, 22 URB. LAW. 179 (1990). (co-author with Larry Bakken).

The Class Action Notice under the FLSA: Denial Is a Threat To Effective Remedies in ADEA Actions, 91 DICK. L. REV. 357 (1987).
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