Michael Moffitt

Michael Moffitt

Michael Moffitt is the Dean for University of Oregon School of Law, Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law, and Associate Director, ADR Center. 

Before joining the Oregon law faculty in 2001, Michael Moffitt served as the clinical supervisor for the mediation program at Harvard Law School and taught negotiation at Harvard Law School and at the Ohio State University College of Law. Following a federal judicial clerkship, he spent several years with Conflict Management Group, consulting on negotiation and dispute resolution projects around the world. Professor Moffitt has published more than twenty scholarly articles on mediation, negotiation, and civil procedure. He co-edited The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2005), an award-winning compilation of 31 original chapters by leading scholars and practitioners in the field. He also co-authored the innovative, student-focused book, Dispute Resolution: Examples & Explanations (Aspen 2008). The Provost of the University of Oregon named Professor Moffitt in the first group of recipients of a five-year award from the Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence. The Oregon law school faculty awarded Professor Moffitt with the law school's Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. He is also the recipient of the University's Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. He is a devoted but mediocre snowboarder, an aggressive tennis player, and an avid wine taster. He spends most of his energy in a futile effort to keep up with his daughters.




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Articles and Video:

A Maddening Nevada Supreme Court Case (06/06/15)
Three days ago, the Nevada Supreme Court released an opinion in the case of Weddell v. Sharp et al. (Here). Although it has facts that would make ADR & Civ Pro professors fairly swoon, the opinion itself is maddening. Both the majority and the dissent.

Whisper, "Here's My Contact Information; Don't Accept Anything Until We've Talked." (04/24/15)
In this morning’s Chronicle of Higher Education, an article entitled “Time to Change the Rules of Negotiation,” focusing on entry-level employment negotiations, what’s negotiable, what’s reasonable, and what’s not.

A Requirement Without Consequence? Federal Circuit Mediator Conflict Disclosure Case (07/11/14)
The Federal Circuit recently handed down its decision in the CEATS v. Continental case. If I were teaching Mediation this year, I’d spend some real time on it.

Deliberations, Interrupted (06/20/14)
In June 2014, the Washington Supreme Court reversed a conviction in State v Lamar on the grounds that jury deliberations must be “full and complete.”

Sunshine in Litigation Act Reintroduced (06/03/14)
From a recent National Law Journal: Federal lawmakers have renewed legislation that would require judges to consider the public’s interest before agreeing to seal court records about products liability lawsuits with companies.

5.15B Environmental Settlement in Anadarko v. Kerr-McGee (04/04/14)
For those law school ADR Evangelists looking for opportunities to woo colleagues from other doctrinal disciplines, the Anadarko / Kerr-McGee settlement yesterday should have you scrambling to talk with your faculty colleagues in Environmental Law and in Bankruptcy.

The Four Ways to Assure Mediator Quality (and why none of them work) - video and materials (08/10/12)
What, if anything, reasonably provides mediation consumers with confidence about the quality of mediators’ services?

Book Review: Psychology for Lawyers (08/06/12)
The book Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation, and Decision Making, is now out. Available here). It’s simply fantastic. Jennifer Robbennolt and Jean Sternlight have done our field an enormous service. My only criticism of their work is that it is so thorough that it does not lend itself easily to simple exceprt-creating for those of us charged with creating casebooks or course assignments. But that is, of course, a sign that the book tackles its important topics with depth and substance. Bravo to both of the authors!

U of O Law Dean Moffitt Chats with Sen. Russ Feingold Re: Arbitration Fairness Act (07/22/12)
Senator Russ Feingold and Dean Michael Moffitt engage the Oregon Law ADR community in a lively conversation about the Federal Arbitration Fairness Act. November 7, 2011

What Would You Ask Russ Feingold ? (an actual request for help) (10/31/11)
In about a week, Russ Feingold will be visiting the University of Oregon. Most in the ADR community know Feingold best for his work promoting the Arbitration Fairness Act in the Senate for many years. This is not a “yay for us” posting. This is an “I need help” posting.

David Toth is Manly (05/02/11)