April 25, 2012

Hamline Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute Faculty Attend ABA Conference

Hamline Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) faculty made significant contributions to this year's American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Conference held April 18-21 in Washington, D.C. Professors Allen Blair, James Coben, Ken Fox, David Larson, Bobbi McAdoo, and Sharon Press attended, and the DRI faculty made the several presentations. 

Professor James Coben presented at two sessions. "The Rethinking Negotiation Teaching" poster session highlighted the recent publication of Assessing Our Students; Assessing Ourselves and Tan Pan: The Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation in addition to all of the work of the project. Secondly, the "Teaching with Videos, Using Open-Source Materials" session highlighted the mediation case law video library housed on the Hamline University website. Coben and his fellow presenters shared a variety of open-source video materials and ideas for use in the classroom.

Professor Ken Fox presented on "Getting Engaged: Learning Conflict Theory and Practice through Kinesthetic Experience."  Along with associate professor Sharon Press, and colleagues from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Marquette University Law School, and United Kingdom, Fox introduced physical/movement-based approaches for teaching conflict theory and practice.

Professor David Larson presented on "Multiple Perspectives on Student Competitions in Dispute Resolution." Along with colleagues from Quinnipiac University School of Law, St. John's Law School, and Penn State Law, Larson shared his experience as chair of the ABA Arbitration Competition.

In a presentation on International Perspectives on Judicial Dispute Resolution, Professor Bobbi McAdoo presented with colleagues from the Federal Judicial Center, the Netherlands, and Canada. She shared her work developing survey instruments for judicial settlement activities as part of the International Research Collaborative in Comparative Judicial Dispute Resolution of the Law and Society Association.

Associate Professor Sharon Press joined professor Fox as a member of the presentation team for "Getting Engaged: Learning Conflict Theory and Practice through Kinesthetic Experience." She also presented with colleagues from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, CEDR (UK), and Zefat Academic College (Israel), in an interactive session on "Debriefing the Debrief." The session grew out of the work the team did for a chapter in the final book from the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching project, Educating Negotiators for a Connected World.

In addition to presenting, Hamline Law was well represented at the conference in other ways. The Dispute Resolution Institute hosted an authors' reception to celebrate three new publications through the law school's own DRI Press: Assessing Our Students; Assessing Ourselves, co-edited by Coben and including chapters authored or co-authored by Coben, McAdoo and Press; and Educating Negotiators for a Connected World, co-edited by Coben and including chapters authored or co-authored by Coben, Fox, and Press. In addition, the inaugural issue of Tan Pan: The Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation, co-edited by Coben, was available for viewing.

Hamline Law also was represented at the ABA Mediation Representation Competition national finals, which took place at the ABA conference. After winning the regional competition, teammates Amanda LeBlanc (3L) and Jamie Tester (2L) were invited to participate in the national event. Lynn LeMoine (J.D., ’11) and DRI Director Sharon Press coached the team.

The DRI faculty participated in an alumni breakfast hosted by the Hamline Law Alumni Office for alumni living and working in the Washington, D.C. area as well.