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Sharon B. Press

Phone: 651-523-2356


BA, The George Washington University School of Public and International Affairs
JD, The George Washington University National Law Center  


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Professor Sharon Press, director of the Dispute Resolution Institute, joined Hamline on July 1, 2009. Press served as director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center for 18 years. She has been an adjunct professor, teaching mediation theory and general ADR survey courses at Florida State University College of Law, Hamline University School of Law, Capital University Law School and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School.

Press is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Mary Parker Follett Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dispute Resolution presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution and CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution's Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field and Future of Dispute Resolution. She is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator and also has mediated in a number of community mediation centers in Florida and New York.

Press is the co-author of an ADR textbook: Mediation Theory and Practice, with J. Alfini, J. Sternlight and J. Stulberg, 2001, second edition 2006 (LexisNexus). She is chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution Day Committee and serves on the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Legal Education Committee. Press also served on the committee that re-drafted the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005) which have been adopted by the American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution. She has worked with numerous states throughout the U.S. contemplating the use of court-connected mediation. Internationally, she has done work in Haiti, Argentina, Uruguay, Hungary, Jordan, and the Caribbean.



Family Court Services: A Reflection on 50 Years of Contributions, 51 FAM. CT. REV. 48 (2013).

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

The Role of Attorneys in ADR - Novel Approaches or More of the Same?, 94 JUDICATURE 244 (2011).
Court-Connected Mediation and Minorities: A Report Card, 39 CAP. U. L. REV. 819 (2011).

Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation in Florida - Implementation Challenges for an Institutionalized Program, 11 NEV. L.J. 306 (2011).

A Second Dive into Adventure Learning, in VENTURING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM (in RETHINKING NEGOTIATION TEACHING series) (Christopher Honeyman, et al., eds., 2010). (co-author with Christopher Honeyman).
Straight Off the Deep End in Adventure Learning, in VENTURING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM (in RETHINKING NEGOTIATION TEACHING series) (Christopher Honeyman, et al., eds., 2010). (co-author with James Coben & Christopher Honeyman).

SENIOR JUDGE AS MEDIATOR: ETHICAL ISSUES (2009) (Dispute Resolution Center DVD). (with Janice Fleischer).
MEDIATION THEORY AND PRACTICE (2006). (co-author with James J. Alfini, Jean R. Sternlight & Joseph B. Stulberg).
Institutionalization of Mediation in Florida: At the Crossroads, 108 PENN ST. L. REV. 43 (2003).
Ethics for Provider Organizations, in DISPUTE RESOLUTION ETHICS: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE (2002).
Florida Provides Forum for Grievances Against Mediators, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Spring 2001, at 8.
COUNTY COURT MEDIATION: A MEDIATOR'S MANUAL (1999). (co-author with Kimberly Kosch).
The Name of the Game is Movement: Concession-Seeking in Judicial Mediation of Large Money Damage Cases: Commentary, 15 (4) MEDIATION QTRLY (1998).

Institutionalization: Savior or Saboteur of Mediation?, 24 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 903 (1997).

FLORIDA MEDIATION/ARBITRATION PROGRAMS: A COMPENDIUM (ed. 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997). (with Jennifer L. Mason).
Introduction to Mediation; Mediator Qualifications and Training; and County Civil Mediation, in ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN FLORIDA (1995).
MEDIATION WORKS: MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU (1995). (with Gregory Firestone).
What Happens When Mediation Is Institutionalized?: To the Parties, Practitioners and Host Institutions, 9 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 307 (1994).

Building and Maintaining a Statewide Mediation Program: A View from the Field, 81 KY. L.J. 1029 (1993).

ADR: A Critical Review of the Recent Literature, 14(2) JUST. SYS. J. 257 (1991).