Aggie Dispute Resolution Program
Faculty Activities

   

On Monday, September 23, 2019, Professor Nancy Welsh presented the Overton Lecture at the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s inaugural Institute for Dispute Resolution Faculty Workshop in Gainesville, Florida. Her presentation was titled “Bringing Transparency, Accountability--and Competition Perhaps?--to Court-Connected Dispute Resolution." 

West Academic has just published the 6th edition of Dispute Resolution and Lawyers. Professor Nancy Welsh is one of the co-authors, along with Leonard Riskin, Chris Guthrie, Jennifer Robbennolt, Richard Reuben and Art Hinshaw.

On September 4, 2019, Professor Nancy Welsh presented on “ADR at Texas A&M University School of Law and in Texas Courts” for the Tarrant County Bar Association’s ADR Section.

ADR Conf Aug2019 Prof WelshOn August 16, 2019, Professor Nancy Welsh delivered a keynote address at the 27th ​Annual Dispute Resolution Center Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Over 1,000 Florida mediators, neutrals and lawyers attended the conference. Professor Welsh’s keynote was titled "What We Do and Don't Know About Court-Connected Mediation."

As Chair of the ABA’s James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Competition on ADR, Professor Peter Reilly was involved in selecting this year’s winning essay: "Wampum, Buffalo, and Taliban: How embracing lessons on violence and negotiation from the American Indian Wars will help end the War in Afghanistan,” written by Jonathan McClurg from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School (August, 2019).

Professor Michael Z. Green was interviewed by​ University of Oregon School of Law Professors Liz Tippett and Jennifer Reynolds regarding his article, "A New #MeToo Result: Rejecting Notions of Romantic Consent with Executives." They discuss, among other things, the role of ADR in producing the #MeToo movement. The interview is available on YouTube.

On July 29, 2019, Professor Cynthia Alkon led a Dispute Resolution Workshop titled "Using Dispute Resolution Skills to Teach Current Events" at the annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools in Boca Raton, Florida. Professor Nancy Welsh was also one of the discussants.

On July 18, 2019, Professor Nancy Welsh submitted "Preliminary Recommendations on Data Elements to be Collected by Courts" to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), on behalf of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution Research. The NCSC has established a National Data Standards Workgroup and invited these recommendations. Professor Welsh chairs the Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution Research.

June 18-19, 2019 all of the Aggie Dispute Resolution Program faculty participated in the “Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging the Future” conference in Malibu, California. Professor Nancy Welsh was one of the organizers of the conference. She and Professor Michael Z. Green presented during the second plenary on “Engaging the Future: Opportunities and Challenges.” Professor Welsh also moderated a workshop on “Research and Scholarship with a Real World Focus – Methodologies and Terminology.” Professor Cynthia Alkon presented on a panel regarding “ADR and Access to Justice.” Professor Peter Reilly presented on a panel regarding “Learning Styles and Pedagogy;” Professor Carol Pauli presented on a panel regarding “Bridging the Social Divide;” and Professor Guillermo Garcia presented on a panel regarding “Research and Scholarship Across Borders.”
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Professor Peter Reilly conducted negotiation training for the Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program held in Washington, DC. The program is geared toward directors, managers, board members and other leaders of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations worldwide (June 14, 2019).

Professor Guillermo Garcia participated by invitation in the Book Workshop “International Investment Law: An Analysis of Major Decisions” at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law (June 6-7, 2019).

Professor Guillermo Garcia met with ​faculty and the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University to build different areas of collaboration, including ​live online negotiation and arbitration exercises between Texas A&M Law & Maastricht students as well as organizing an upcoming field trip to Maastricht to study the policies and litigation regarding communities affected by the development of gas fields in the ​Netherlands (June 4, 2019).

Guillermo Garcia UiBOn June 2, 2019, Professor Guillermo Garcia presented by invitation his article "The Footprint of the Chinese Petro-Dragon: The Future of Investment Law in Transboundary Resources" at the University of Bergen in Norway.

Professor Guillermo Garcia presented his research on international energy dispute resolution at the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission in late May 2019. The Commission is an autonomous, government agency in charge of regulating, overseeing and evaluating all hydrocarbons exploration and production activities in Mexico. The lecture was attended by the commission president, Dr. Alma America Porras, and Commissioner Sergio Pimentel, along with other thirty officers of the Commission. The visit serves as a basis to establish further academic collaboration between Texas A&M University School of Law and the National Hydrocarbons Commission.

Professor Peter Reilly presented “Negotiation for Nonprofit Professionals” for New York State Industries for the Disabled, a nonprofit membership organization with the mission of “advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities” (May 8, 2019).

Three members of the Aggie Dispute Resolution Program faculty presented at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s annual spring conference, held April 10-13, 2019 in Minneapolis. Professor Cynthia Alkon discussed her forthcoming book as part of “Criminal-Side ADR: Problems and Possibilities.” Professor Michael Z. Green presented a forthcoming article in “#MeToo: Exploring Dispute Resolution Angles.” Professor Nancy Welsh was a panelist in “A New World for ADR: The ABA’s Guidelines on the Use of Special Masters in Civil Litigation.” The Aggie Dispute Resolution Program was a bronze sponsor of the conference.

Professor Nancy Welsh’s article, "Dispute Resolution Neutrals’ Ethical Obligation to Support Measured Transparency," 71 Okl. L. Rev. 823 (2019), was the subject of a March 22, 2019 blog post authored by Jennifer Shack, Director of Research for Resolution Systems Institute. See “Should There Be an Ethical Obligation for Mediators to Support Transparency?”.

Professor Peter Reilly was invited to submit a post for Columbia Law School’s Blue Sky Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets. The post discussed Reilly's article “Sweetheart Deals, Deferred Prosecution, and Making a Mockery of the Criminal Justice System: U.S. Corporate DPAs Rejected on Many Fronts” appeared on the Blog on March 5, 2019.

On March 4, 2019, Professor Nancy Welsh presented on the organization and objectives of Texas A&M Law’s 1L ADR Survey course in a webinar titled “Building ADR and Client Practice Skills Education into the 1L Curriculum.” The webinar was sponsored by the ADR Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education.

On March 1, 2019, Professor Guillermo Garcia and Professor Nancy Welsh moderated panels at the conference titled “NAFTA 2.0: The Puzzle of North America as a Region.” Professor Garcia’s panel addressed natural resource extraction and sustainable development in North America. Professor Welsh’s panel focused on dispute resolution for North America under NAFTA 2.0. Texas A&M Law’s Global and Comparative Law Program sponsored the conference. The Aggie Dispute Resolution Program was a co-sponsor.

Professor Carol Pauli led a workshop on negotiation for the Poynter Institute's Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media in St. Petersburg, Florida, February 24-March 1. She will return to conduct another workshop in October for an upcoming Leadership Academy.

On February 19, 2019, Professor Nancy Welsh presented “Bringing Transparency, Accountability and Competition to Court-Connected Dispute Resolution” at a faculty workshop at Marquette University Law School.

On February 15, 2019, Professor Michael Z. Green participated, via video conference, in a public discussion at Brandeis University about the Harvard Law School Negotiation Journal special issue devoted to negotiation topics related to President Trump. Professor Green’s article "Negotiating Race in the Workplace After Trump" was published in volume 39, issue 1 of the Negotiation Journal. More than 30 invited experts contributed to the special issue that has received media attention on Huffington Post and Indisputably Blog.

On January 22, 2019, Professor Nancy Welsh participated by invitation in a workshop organized by the National Center for State Courts and held in Austin, Texas to consult with key stakeholders regarding measures and metrics for Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) in state and local courts.

Professor Michael Z. Green's 2005 Journal of American Arbitration (vol. 4, p.1) article "An Essay Challenging the Racially Biased Selection of Arbitrators for Employment Discrimination Suits" was quoted in the November 29, 2018 Observer article "Jay-Z Halting His $204M Lawsuit Over a Lack of Black Arbitrators Could Be Historic."

On November 17, 2018, Professor Guillermo Garcia Sanchez presented "Chasing Dragons in the Gulf of Mexico" (work in progress) at the Texas A&M Aggie Dispute Resolution Schmooze.

Peter Reilly at ADR symposium 2018On November 16, 2018, as part of the 2018 Dispute Resolution Symposium at Texas A&M University School of Law, Professor Peter Reilly presented on the need for greater transparency regarding the deferred prosecution agreements negotiated by the Department of Justice with corporate defendants.  Professors Alkon, Green and Welsh moderated panels focusing on the need for metrics, transparency and empirical research in the areas of plea bargaining, diversity/inclusivity among dispute resolution neutrals, and court-connected mediation and online dispute resolution.

On November 2, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh presented a lecture at the "Law and Economics" conference hosted by Brazilian FGV Rio-Law School at Columbia Law School. Welsh discussed recent developments and trends in mediation Nancy Welsh Nov2 Brazil conf at Columbia Lawand dispute resolution mechanisms in the United States on the Law, Economics and ADR/Mediation panel – a “hot topic” in Brazil according to conference organizers. Other conference participants included Brazil's Supreme Court Chief Justice Dias Toffoli and Justice Gilmar Mendes, Superior Appellate Court (STJ) Chief Justice Jaoa Noronha, and ten justices from the STJ.

On October 18, 2018, Professor Guillermo Garcia Sanchez presented comments on the International Law Association’s Rule of Law and International Investment Law Committee report during ILA’s International Law weekend in New York.

Nancy Welsh at mediation moves conferenceOn October 6, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh made two plenary presentations at the Viadrina International Mediation "mediation moves ..." Conference 2018 in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. The conference was sponsored by the Master Program Mediation and Conflict Management of the European University Viadrina, the Master's Program on Mediation at the University of Nancy Welsh mediation moves conferenceCopenhagen, and the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy at Singapore Management University. Professor Welsh spoke on “Regulation … the systemic death of mediation as we know/love it?” and “Mediation moves in the digital world – glimpses into the future.” She also led a workshop on empirical research regarding mediation and online dispute resolution.

On October 6, 2018, Professor Guillermo Garcia Sanchez presented "Chasing Dragons in the Gulf of Mexico" (work in progress) at Marquette University Law School’s sixth annual junior faculty scholars work-in-progress conference.

Professor Michael Z. Green presented "The Promise of Mediation in Accommodating Psychiatric Disability in the Workplace" and Professor Cynthia Alkon presented “Does It Matter Who Your Lawyer Is?” at the Twelfth Annual American Association of Law Schools Dispute Resolution Scholarly Works-in-Progress Conference at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore in early October.

Professor Michael Z. Green presented his work-in-progress paper, "Statutory Non-Consent to Sexual Harassment by the Boss," at the Thirteenth Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL) held at the University of South Carolina School of Law in late September.

In June 2018, Professor Carol Pauli served as a faculty member at the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. The Poynter Institute is a leading journalism training center and think tank, and the young women participants work for news outlets including USA Today, Politico, PBS, HuffPost, Newsday, Vox, NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

From May 7 to 19, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh and Professor Gabriel Eckstein ​led a field study for Texas A&M law students -- Intro to Israel: Water, Energy and Dispute Resolution.

From May 7 to 19, 2018, Professor Guillermo Garcia and Professor Randy Gordon ​led a field study for Texas A&M law students -- ​Scotland: Natural Resource Management and Dispute Resolution.

On April 13, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh welcomed attendees to Natural Disasters, Stakeholder Engagement and Dispute Resolution, the first annual conference of the Texas A&M Aggie Dispute Resolution Program. Also co-sponsoring were Texas A&M’s Program in Natural Resources Systems, Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law, and Global Programs.

Professor Nancy Welsh’s presentation at the March conference organized by the SMU Center for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia was featured in an April 9, 2018 story, "From Zero-Sum to Win-Win," in the Asian Scientist Magazine.

Nancy Intro KaineOn April 6, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh introduced the plenary presentation of her Harvard Law School classmate, Senator Tim Kaine, at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, in Washington D.C.

On April 6, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh and Marvin Johnson presented “How the Preference for Third Party Decision Making and Substantive Expertise in ‘Major’ Cases Fosters Bias in Neutral and Process Selection” at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, in Washington D.C.

Welsh in MalaysiaOn March 15, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh presented “Combining Mediation and Arbitration: Procedural Safeguards” at the Asian International Arbitration Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

On March 15-16, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh presented on dispute resolution topics to faculty, administrators and students at the International Islamic University and the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

On March 12-13, 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh presented “Trustworthiness, Transparency and Procedural Safeguards” at Expanding the Scope of Dispute Resolution and Access to Justice: The Use of Mediation Within the Courts, a research forum sponsored by Singapore Management University and the Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia, in Singapore. The forum was supported by the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy and the Singapore International Mediation
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On February 9, 2018, Professors Cynthia Alkon, Peter Reilly and Nancy Welsh conducted a program in College Station for Texas A&M University department heads. The program was titled “Department Heads as Negotiators: Working to Improve Your Skills.”

On January 2-5, 2018, Professors Cynthia Alkon, Michael Green, Carol Pauli, Peter Reilly and Nancy Welsh conducted the law school’s first one-credit ADR Survey for 1Ls.

On January 4, 2018, Associate Professor Peter Reilly was elected to the position of Chair-Elect of the AALS (Association of American Law Schools) Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

In December 2017, Professor Guillermo Garcia Sanchez presented a work in progress on U.S.-Mexico transboundary hydrocarbon agreements at CIDE University in Mexico City. 

In December 2017, the SMU Law Review published a two-part symposium issue that included articles by Professors Michael Green (“Reconsidering Prejudice in Alternative Dispute Resolution for Black Work Matters”) and Nancy Welsh (“Do You Believe in Magic? Self-Determination and Procedural Justice Meet Inequality in Court-Connected Mediation”).

On December 12-18, Professors Cynthia Alkon, Charlotte Ku and Nancy Welsh visited with Israeli and Palestinian judges, lawyers and other dispute resolution and legal professionals, as part of a U.S. Dispute Resolution Law Professor delegation sponsored by Academic Partners for Peace.

On November 13, 2017, Associate Professor Carol Pauli was an invited speaker on “Persistent Human Divides,”  the theme of the  2017 Jed D. Melnick Symposium at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.  She spoke about the role of journalism in “Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Through the Media,” with her co-panelist John Marks, founder of the nonprofit organization Search for Common Ground.

On November 7, 2017, Professor Michael Z. Green discussed the Ezekiel Elliott case in an interview by Steven Johnston, East Texas Radio, broadcast on KPLT 1490 AM, 96.3 FM.

On October 30, 2017, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in the Southern District of New York issued an opinion citing Professor Michael Z. Green’s recently published article in the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, co-authored with recent graduate and ​Law ​Clerk for the Texas Eleventh Court of Appeals, Kyle Carney, Can NFL Players Obtain Judicial Review of Arbitration Decisions on the Merits When A Typical Hourly Union Worker Cannot Obtain This Unusual Court Access? in the Ezekiel Elliott case, National Football League Mgmt. Council v. National Football League Players Ass’n. 

On October 28, 2017, Professor Nancy Welsh presented on “Procedural Fairness and Self-Determination in Mediation: Promises Kept?” at the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association 13th Annual Symposium held at Texas A&M University School of Law.

On October 27, 2017, Professor Nancy Welsh spoke on “A Need to Update the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators” at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium held at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina.

On October 20-21, 2017, four members of the Aggie Dispute Resolution Program faculty presented drafts of their articles at the AALS 11th Annual Dispute Resolution Works in Progress Conference held at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law:

  • Professor Cynthia Alkon (Losing Empathy While Gaining Technology: Concerns for Criminal Practice and Reform)
  • Associate Professor Carol Pauli (Enemy of the People: Negotiating News at the White House)
  • Associate Professor Peter Reilly (Corporate Deferred Prosecution as Discretionary Injustice)
  • Professor Nancy Welsh (An Ethical Obligation to Support Transparency?)

On October 20, 2017, Associate Professor Guillermo Garcia Sanchez presented at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law on the renegotiation of NAFTA and the resolution of disputes between indigenous communities and foreign investors. The presentation was part of the symposium titled “The United States Mexico Relationship in International Law and Politics” organized by the Maryland Journal of International Law.

Associate Professor Peter Reilly, along with Professor Mike Koehler (Southern Illinois School of Law), organized “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at Forty: A Look Back and a Look Ahead,” a day-long conference that took place at Texas A&M School of Law on October 12, 2017. Learn more.

On October 7, 2017, Professor Nancy Welsh presented on “Ethical Issues in Bargaining” at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Negotiation Institute held in Washington D.C.

On September 20, 2017, Professor Michael Z. Green presented “The Promise of Mediation in Accommodating Bipolar Disorder and Other Psychiatric Disabilities Versus Workplace Hostilities” at the Tarrant County Bar Association Joint Luncheon Meeting of the Labor and Employment and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections in Fort Worth, Texas.

On September 15-16, 2017, Professor Michael Z. Green coordinated a gathering of workplace law scholars as part of the Twelfth Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL) held at Texas A&M University School of Law. Learn more.

On September 11, 2017, the Corporate Crime Reporter interviewed Associate Professor Peter Reilly about his Utah Law Review article, Corporate Deferred Prosecution as Discretionary Injustice.  The interview can be found here: https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/corporate-deferred-prosecution-discretionary-injustice/.