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James Alfini: Proud Moment in Mediation - Video

by James J. Alfini
May 2010

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&featureJames Alfini shares an account of when he was able to give someone voice in a situation where there was a power imbalance. It involved a female vs corporate heavyweights. He was successful in giving her voice. He talks about the power of her voice and how once she told her story how strongly it affected the other side.


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.

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