Barbara McAdoo, is a professor and Senior Fellow at Hamline University Dispute Resolution Institute. Herb expertise is in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), mediation and negotiation; empirical research on ADR; design and development of court ADR programs
Professor McAdoo has taught at the law school since 1984 and founded and directed the Dispute Resolution Institute from 1991 to 1998. She also started the successful summer program of courses at Hamline, taught by nationally prominent ADR professors and practitioners. She is a leader in the provision of negotiation and mediation skills training for lawyers and judges in Minnesota and nationally. From 1998 to 2001, Professor McAdoo was professor and director of the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution degree program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She has worked with state courts institutionalizing ADR, and has written and lectured widely on mediation and her research into the expectations of lawyers and judges in court-annexed mediation programs. Professor McAdoo frequently speaks on evaluation in the ADR field and was a member of the advisory bodies to both the Minnesota and Missouri Supreme Court ADR efforts. She served as a trainer for the national USPS REDRESS mediation program and was an arbitrator for class action claims involving Northwest Airlines and the Dalkon Shield Claimants’ trust.
Professor McAdoo’s current national service includes the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution CLE board, and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. She was co-chair of the first Legal Educator’s Colloquium sponsored by AALS and the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA. Professor McAdoo is a past chair of the AALS Dispute Resolution Section. Consistent with her interest in evaluation, her current teaching includes an innovative ADR research course for J.D. and international LL.M. students to accomplish research and evaluation in the ADR field. She was Hamline’s director for the Dispute Resolution Institute Italy program in (summer) 2004 and the India program in 2005.
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Interview with Barbara McAdoo
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Barbara McAdoo, longtime mediator and faculty at Hamline Law School, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Barbara McAdoo: Negotiation Skills Fundamental in Teaching - Video
Barbara McAdoo discusses why a negotiation class is the most important class a law school student can take.
McAdoo, Barbara: Transparency and Clarification - Video
Barbara McAdoo emphasizes the importance of clearly defining what the party is and is not getting through mediation.
Barbara McAdoo: Disappointing that Mediation is not Defined - Video
Barbara McAdoo shares her disappointment with how the field has not been defined and how mediators cannot communicate what mediation is to consumers.
Barbara McAdoo: Importance of Defining Mediation - Video
Barbara McAdoo explains reasons why the mediation profession should be clearly defined.
McAdoo, Barbara: Ethical Issues with Judge - Video
Barbara McAdoo shares an anecdote about a judge who revealed to her that he mediates all his cases before he tries them.
Barbara McAdoo: High School Project Leads to 'Helping' Values - Video
Barbara McAdoo shares a life-changing experience she had as a senior in high school when she chose to do a project on segregation.
McAdoo, Barbara: Lack of Research - Video
Barbara McAdoo observes the little research that has compared parties' settlements and experience from mediation to parties' settlements through other processes.
McAdoo, Barbara: Seeing Litigation as Wrong Path in Many Cases - Video
Barbara McAdoo speaks of her experience with litigation and feeling like the clients were not addressing the problem in the right way. She felt they could have communicated more openly and directly with each other.
McAdoo, Barbara: Consequences From Spread of Mediation - Video
Barbara McAdoo discusses that the spread of mediation is what most pleases her about the field. However, she is also concerned with the institutionalization of the practice.
McAdoo, Barbara: Neutral Evaluation - Video
Barbara McAdoo shares her concern with mediators not being able to clearly define what mediation is compared to neutral evaluation as well as the acceptable, ethical boundaries that each has.
McAdoo, Barbara: Lawyers Need Communication Skills - Video
Barbara McAdoo describes her concern with lawyers waiting for mediators or others to be able to relate bad news or other news to their clients.
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