Dispute Resolution Roundtable Brings Scholars from Across U.S. and El Salvador

Drawing from 16 law schools across the U.S. and from El Salvador, the recent roundtable, New Directions in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, brought academics to the law school who are at the forefront of negotiation and dispute resolution scholarship, teaching, and practice. 

Coordinated by Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program Director Karen Tokarz and Associate Professor of Law Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, the scholarship development conference was co-sponsored with the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. The Journal will publish articles from the roundtable in its 39th volume later this year. 


The event was the second in a new series of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program scholarship roundtables, designed to generate cutting-edge scholarship in the field. The first roundtable, held in fall 2009, focused on New Directions in ADR and Clinical Legal Education. Articles from that conference were published in volume 34 of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. 

“It was terrific to welcome so many top experts in negotiation and dispute resolution to the law school,” says Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service. “The authors shared exciting ideas about negotiation theory, practice, and pedagogy – with insights from law, psychology, business, and social work.  The roundtable proved particularly valuable for us here at the law school as we prepare to embark on our new first-year Negotiation Intersession course this coming January.” 

Presenting papers at this year’s roundtable were: 

  • Jen Brown, Quinnipiac University, “Practicing Empathy in Values-Based Negotiation Role Plays”;  
  • Jim Cavallaro and Stephan Sonnenberg, Stanford University, “Name, Shame, and Then Build Consensus? Bringing Conflict Resolution Strategies to Human Rights Advocacy”;  
  • Mike Geigerman, U.S. Arbitration and Mediation–Midwest and Washington University adjunct, “The Value of Pre-Mediation Caucuses”;  
  • Art Hinshaw, Arizona State University, “Negotiation Ethics and Gender”;  
  • John Lande, University of Missouri, “Teaching Students to Negotiate Like a Lawyer”;  
  • Bobbi McAdoo and Sharon Press, Hamline University, “It’s Time to Get It Right: Teaching Problem-Solving in the First Year Curriculum”; 
  • Jen Reynolds, University of Oregon, “Negotiating with the Past: How Commitments Shape Interests”; and 
  • Andrea Schneider, Marquette University, “Labels Suck: Why Styles, Approaches, or Other Labels Don’t Really Teach our Students Negotiation Skills.” 

Commentators included Susan Brooks (Drexel University), Nancy Cook (University of Minnesota), Kimberly Emery (University of Virginia), Catherine Klein (Catholic University), Sue McGraugh (Saint Louis University), Judi McLean-Parks (Olin School of Business, Washington University), Peggy Maisel (Florida International University), Carol Needham (Saint Louis University), Jennifer Robbennolt (University of Illinois), Eva Rodriguez (University of El Salvador), Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff (Washington University), C.J. Larkin (Washington University), Rob Litz (Washington University adjunct), Ann Shields (Washington University), Adam Shulenburger (Washington University adjunct), and Karen Tokarz (Washington University).


By Timothy J. Fox