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<xTITLE>What Would You Ask Russ Feingold ? (an actual request for help)</xTITLE>

What Would You Ask Russ Feingold ? (an actual request for help)

by Michael Moffitt
October 2011

ADR Prof Blog by Andrea Schneider, Michael Moffitt, Sarah Cole,Art Hinshaw, Jill Gross and Cynthia Alkon.

Michael Moffitt

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.

As part of Senator Feingold’s visit, he has agreed to spend an hour or so with ADR-interested faculty and students. The format of the time is not a pre-planned speech. Instead, I’m to interview him (or at least ask a bunch of questions that create direction and focus for the conversation). The title of the talk is “A Candid Conversation with Russ Feingold: Arbitration Fairness and the Prospects for Reform.” (Details here.)

Here’s where the request comes in. I have a handful of obvious things I would certainly imagine asking him. But I would really, really (REALLY) value others’ suggestions or thoughts about questions that you think would be helpful or interesting. If you have any ideas, please drop them in the comments box below or shoot me an email.

Many, many thanks in advance for your help.


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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