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Fall 2020

Course Description
This course will examine the field of designing disputes resolution systems and give students the opportunity to analyze, deconstruct and reconstruct systems to function in accordance with their explicit and implicit goals. Students will be provided with a practical framework in dispute resolution concepts and have the opportunity to incorporate strategies/structures in systems of their choice. Through this process, past students have explored a variety of systems including: direct filing in juvenile justice, access to healthcare benefits, the ways in which tickets to the Olympics are distributed, FIFA salaries, the school of choice lottery system, grievance procedures within corporations, several pro se advocacy projects, rural legal assistance projects, the bid process for municipal contracts, and more. Students are supported in design work through readings, guest speakers, peer critique of drafts and individualized feedback. Knowledge of, or interest in, mediation/negotiation is recommended.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   M  2:00 PM-3:40 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: In-class participation, exercises, presentation and a paper.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes:
Distance Learning
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Rogers, Bordone, Sander, and McEwen
    Publisher: Aspen
    Edition: Second
    ISBN: 9781454880820
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Dear Students: I look forward to seeing you on the 17th in our classroom. In the interim, please take the time to read chapter one of Getting to Yes. If you have previously read it, please skim anew, contemplating the text in a legal context by revisiting the principles with attention to the experiences you have had in internships/clerkships. The book is intended to be reviewed for understanding of the concepts, not memorization. Focus on the theory/approaches and let go of the notion of absorption of each detail. We will be discussing the concepts, so your task is to become conversant in the theory. If you were not able to purchase the book, for "educational purposes" and accessibility a PDF has been attached.   

    Getting To Yes - Chp 1.pdf



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2599
Office: B447