Dispute Resolution Symposium & Schmooze

Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research

November 16-17, 2018
Texas A&M University School of Law
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Registration now open

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Texas A&M Law’s Dispute Resolution Program will hold its 2018 annual symposium: Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research.  Panels will focus on:

  • Mediation and online dispute resolution (ODR) in the courts
  • Plea bargaining, and
  • Diversity/inclusivity among neutrals 

Tom StipanowichThe keynote will be presented by Tom Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University of School of Law and Dean of the Straus Institute. Dean Stipanowich is in residence at Texas A&M this semester as a Hagler Institute Faculty Fellow.

Confirmed presenters include:

  • Pat Chew (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Sarah Cole (Ohio State University)
  • Ben Davis (University of Toledo)
  • Paula Hannaford-Agor (National Center for State Courts)
  • Pamela Metzger (SMU)
  • JJ Prescott (University of Michigan)
  • Erika Rickard (Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Andrea Schneider (Marquette University)
  • Donna Shestowsky (UC-Davis)
  • Donna Stienstra (Federal Judicial Center)
  • Maria Volpe (John Jay College-CUNY)
  • Ron Wright (Wake Forest University)

Texas A&M Law's Program in Law and Social Science is also co-sponsoring the symposium.

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Texas A&M also will hold a half-day Regional Dispute Resolution “Schmooze.”  This will be an opportunity for participants to:

  • Present and receive feedback on dispute resolution-related scholarly works-in-progress and
  • Provide feedback to the National Center for State Courts and Pew Charitable Trusts regarding their proposed evaluation metrics for court-connected ODR pilots. 

We encourage attendance by dispute resolution professionals, judges, lawyers, court administrators, academics, policy makers and all of those interested in the need for and challenges of transparency, metrics and empirical research in dispute resolution.

There is no registration fee for either day, but all attendees must register

Location Information

Texas A&M School of LawDirections & Map

Driving directions to our campus located at 1515 Commerce Street can be found using the map below. The main entrance to the law school is on Commerce Street, across from the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

Free parking for ​symposium attendees is available in the Law School parking lots.

Hotel Information

SheratonThe Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel is directly across the street from the law school. Other downtown Fort Worth hotel options include the Omni, several Hilton properties (Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites, Embassy, etc.), several Marriott properties, Fairfield Inn and Suites, and the Ashton Hotel. Most are within walking distance of the law school.


Airports:  Texas A&M University School of Law is located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, just 30 minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The second largest airport in the ​United States, DFW has direct flights to over 200 locations around the world and is a hub for American Airlines (AA). The Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), about 40 minutes from the Law School, is a hub for Southwest Airlines (SWA).

To and From the Airport:  The ​​​hotel does not offer a shuttle from the airport, but ground transportation options, such as taxi, SuperShuttle, shared ride (Uber, Lyft, etc.) and rental cars, are available.

Rental Cars:  The Sheraton Hotel is directly across the street from the Law School. So there is no need for a rental car or other transportation between the Law School and the hotel.

Navigating Downtown Fort Worth

Molly the TrolleyFree Trolley:  "Molly the Trolley" offers free trolley routes throughout downtown Fort Worth to Sundance Square and picks up directly in front of the Sheraton ​Hotel.

Enjoy the walk:  Download a walking map of Downtown Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Bike Share:  https://fortworth.bcycle.com/

Shared Ride:  Uber and Lyft service this area.

Explore Fort Worth

Sundance SquareDiscover "Where the West begins" in the city of cowboys and culture. Experience world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities and sports (Go Rangers!). Explore one of the best downtowns in America, complete with a visit to Sundance Square or venture to the vibrant West 7th area or Near Southside Magnolia District. ​Find your zen in the Water Gardens directly across the street from the law school or explore your wild side at the Fort Worth Zoo, one of the top 5 zoos in the nation.


For all questions, contact Professor Nancy Welsh, Aggie Dispute Resolution Program Director, at nwelsh@law.tamu.edu or 817-212-3864.