Annual Dispute Resolution Symposium 

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SYMPOSIUM & Works-in-Progress “SCHMOOZE”
Texas A&M University School of Law
Fort Worth, Texas

Registration closed


Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the March 20, 2020 symposium was not held.  However, the symposium authors’ articles will be published in the Texas A&M Law Review and the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution.  In October, 2020, Texas A&M’s Aggie Dispute Resolution Program will begin to post online interviews and conversations with the symposium authors regarding their articles.


This symposium’s focus is inspired by the soul-searching going on generally, and within dispute resolution field. There has been substantial debate regarding the appropriateness (and, perhaps more importantly, the inappropriateness) of “ADR thinking and skills” during our current polarized times. ADR proponents tend to promote dialogue and mutual consideration—asking open-ended questions, using reflective listening, trying to be relatively open-minded (and even neutral), identifying underlying interests, using those interests to develop mutually-beneficial solutions, etc. But when are these approaches relevant? Are there times when the use of “ADR skills” is enabling--or even immoral?

During this symposium, we will consider when “ADR thinking and skills” are and are not appropriate (or sufficient) in dealing with current, divisive issues—and whether and how we can teach our students to be discerning in making appropriate use of these approaches and skills, both in their future representation of clients and in their future roles as leaders within their local, professional, religious, and political communities.

Confirmed presenters include:

  • Professor Jonathan Cohen, University of Florida, Levin College of Law
  • Professor Jill DeTemple, SMU, Department of Religious Studies
  • Professor Noam Ebner, Creighton University, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Professor Deborah Eisenberg, University of Maryland, Frances King Carey School of Law
  • Dr. Howard Gadlin, former Ombudsman and Director, Center for Cooperative Resolution, National Institutes of Health
  • Professor Sharon Press, Mitchell-Hamline School of Law
  • Professor Jennifer Reynolds, University of Oregon, School of Law
  • Dean Nancy Rogers, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

Articles from the symposium will be published in the Texas A&M Law Review and the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

Presented by the Aggie Dispute Resolution Program and co-sponsored by Texas A&M University School of Law’s Global Law and Policy Program, Professionalism and Leadership Program, and Residency Externship Program in Public Policy.

Regional Dispute Resolution “Schmooze”

Essentially, this is a works-in-progress opportunity. At last year’s event, we had presentations regarding draft articles on a variety of dispute resolution topics, as well as a presentation seeking input on a national initiative to evaluate court-connected ODR pilots. The feedback was supportive and very thoughtful. Be sure to put this event on your calendar as well.

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