This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with James Alfini, long-time professor of dispute resolution at Northern Illinois University, filmed as part of the Mediate.com "Views from teh Eye of the Storm" Video Series.
James Alfini has been very active in the field of ADR for two decades. He served as Director of Research and Assistant Executive Director of the American Judicature Society from 1976 to 1985. In 1985, he accepted a position as Professor at Florida State University College of Law and Director of Education Research at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center. While in Florida he served on the initial Supreme Court committee on arbitration and mediation. Mr. Alfini moved back to Illinois in 1991 to become Dean of Northern Illinois University's College of Law. In 2003, he left for Texas to take on the responsibilities of President and Dean of South Texas College of Law in Houston. He is past Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has written numerous books and articles on the subject of ADR, including ADR Personalities and Practice Tips, published by the ABA, and "Trashing, Bashing and Hashing It Out: Is this the End Of ‘Good Mediation?’", which appeared in the FSU Law Review.