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James Reeves

Lecturer in Law

Jim Reeves has been teaching at Washington University Law School in the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program since 2005. He also works closely with students in the International and Graduate Studies Program as a professor and advisor for international students. He has served as a co-coach for Washington University’s ABA Representation in Mediation Team and sits on dissertation committees for JSD candidates. In other professional activities, Jim

has been a mediator and facilitator for 30 years. His dispute resolution experience includes mediation of business and legal disputes involving general tort liability, medical malpractice, products liability, employment and workplace disputes, education, condemnation, family business issues, partnership disputes, and general business and commercial disputes. Jim also has expertise convening multi-party processes to resolve legal, organizational, community, and public policy disputes. Jim was a litigation attorney for over 19 years and has operated his own firm providing mediation, facilitation, and conflict management services to individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. He has also held executive management positions in corporate and small business environments.

In other teaching activities, Jim has been on the adjunct faculty at St. Louis University School of Law teaching courses in pre-trial litigation and negotiation; Visiting Professor at Fontbonne University in the English and Communications Department teaching Conflict Communication; and Guest Lecturer in the Webster University Leadership in Science Program teaching workplace conflict management.

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  • Education
    • LL.M. University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004
    • J.D. St. Louis University, 1984
    • BS University of Central Missouri, 1980 magna cum laude
    • CDR Associates Mediation Training, Boulder, CO 1991
    • CDR Associates Conflict Management Systems Design training, Boulder, CO 1995
    • Advanced Mediation Training, USA&M
  • Courses
    • Multi-Party & Public Policy Dispute Resolution Theory & Practice
    • Business Negotiation Theory and Practice
    • Mediation Theory and Practice
    • Negotiation
    • Comparative Business Negotiations Theory & Practice
    • Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution
    • Introduction to U.S. Law and Methods
  • Activity and Affiliations


    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
    • Served on various mediation panels: USA&M, EEOC, US Veterans Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, and various federal and state courts.
    • Volunteer facilitator in the Victim-Offender Dialogue Program in the St. Louis County (Missouri) Family Court, Juvenile Division.
    • Missouri Bar, former chair, ADR Committee
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, former chair, ADR Committee
    • Association of Missouri Mediators, former President
    • Human Resource Management Association, member
    • St. Louis Organization Development Network, member
    • Bar memberships: Missouri; Illinois; Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit; United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; Missouri Supreme Court; Missouri Court of Appeals
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