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DISPUTE RESOLUTION AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW
Jonathan R. Cohen is Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution. Professor Cohen has lectured at dozens of professional conferences and published more than twenty articles in the field. His writings, especially concerning the role of apologies in legal disputes, have prompted significant changes to legal practice both domestically and internationally. He received his A.B., J.D., and Ph.D. (economics) from Harvard University, where he also served as a post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Program on Negotiation.

Robin Davis, Senior Legal Skills Professor, has been a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator since 1993 and is a Diplomate of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. She served as the ADR Director for the Florida Eighth Judicial Circuit for 14 years and has served as an appointee on various Florida Supreme Court Mediation Committees since 1997. Professor Davis has mediated over 2,000 civil and family cases.

Joan Stearns Johnsen, Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution and Senior Legal Skills Professor at UF Law, is Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Council Member of the International Institute for Conflict Resolution and Prevention (“CPR”), Vice Chair of the International Bar Association Mediation Committee, and an Academic Board Member of the Miami International Arbitration Society. Professor Johnsen is a Fellow of the Chartered Trust of Arbitrators and certified by the International Mediation Institute. Professor Johnsen has extensive professional experience as a commercial arbitrator and mediator and is on the panels for the American Arbitration Association, CPR, FINRA, and the American Health Law Association.
 
ROBUST CURRICULUM

Full Semester Dispute Resolution Courses. UF Law has a full slate of semester-long dispute resolution courses, including Mediation, Mediation Advocacy, Arbitration, International Arbitration, Negotiation, and Collaborative Law.

Introduction to Lawyering. UF Law also previews these important dispute resolution skills to all 1L students during our innovative Introduction to Lawyering course (ITL). This required first-semester course prepares students with fundamental lawyering skills, including those associated with dispute resolution. ITL also introduces students to the core skills related to professional identity, reputational skills, and ethics.

County Court Mediation Clinic. Students gain valuable experience by observing and serving as co-mediators of civil matters filed in small claims courts. Upon completion of program requirements, students will have satisfied the requirements necessary to obtain Florida Supreme Court status as a County Court Mediator.

Intensive Arbitration Workshop. UF Law regularly offers advanced arbitration workshops for students. These intensive compressed courses include workshops by lawyers and arbitrators, exposing students to different forms of arbitration. Past courses have focused on topics as diverse as International Arbitration and FINRA Securities Arbitration.
INSTITUTE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION

UF Law's Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) seeks to encourage and enhance teaching, research, and service in the field of dispute resolution. IDR has over the years sponsored many events, including its premier annual conference with renowned speakers from around the world. IDR also hosts legal scholars, who address faculty and students on issues related to ADR. IDR supports a distance learning library of content for its student body with recognized leaders in various areas of dispute resolution. A sampling includes:
  • "The Difference Between Arbitration and Arbitration", featuring: 
    • Cristina Cardenas of Reed Smith;
    • Laura Reich of Reich and Rodriguez;
    • Leslie O'Neal, Associate General Counsel of Brasfield Gorrie;
    • Richard Berry, EVP and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; and
    • Joseph Sellers of Cohen, Millstein, Sellers & Toll
  • A three-part distance learning program on the Court of Arbitration for Sport presented by international arbitrators Dan Visoiu and Jeffrey Benz; and
  • Upchurch Watson founder and UF alum Larry Watson’s program on “Bracketing in Mediation”.
DYNAMIC STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Students compete in international competitions held in Vienna, Hong Kong, and other cities. In addition to numerous individual awards for its students, the UF Law Vis Moot team has won the Willem C. Vis Pre-Moot at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France and the Shanghai Pre-Moot in Shanghai, China. The UF Law team was a Quarter-Finalist at the Hong Kong Vis Moot in 2019.

Florida ADR Team. The Florida ADR Team is the student organization for competing in dispute resolution related competitions other than Vis Moot. The ADR Team fields several teams each year for competitions selected by the students. In recent years, ADR Team has competed in various ABA-organized arbitration, negotiation, mediation, and mediation advocacy competitions. In Fall of 2020, UF Law was host to the first-ever ABA virtual arbitration competition.

Gators for Alternative Dispute Resolution. This student-run organization provides students with opportunities to learn about ADR practice by connecting them with practitioners and international networks of students.
RECENT AND FORTHCOMING SPEAKERS AND EVENTS
  • Prof. Alyson Carrel, Clinical Assistant Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Prof. Noam Ebner, Professor, Creighton University School of Law
  • Prof. Jill Gross, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law
  • Prof. John Lande, Isidor Loeb Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri School of Law
  • Prof. Carrie Menkel Meadow, Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law
  • Prof. Christine Lazaro, Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, St. John’s University School of Law
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