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Where are we Going?

by Jen Reynolds
June 2017


Jen Reynolds

From FOI Tom Stipanowich (Pepperdine):

I recently had the chance to deliver reflections on almost four decades of experience with dispute resolution as keynoter for Cardozo School of Law’s Symposium on the “The Pound Conferences: Where Do We Come From? What are We? Where are We Going?” Like many of you, my whole career has unfolded against the backdrop of the “Quiet Revolution in dispute resolution” that began in the U.S. in the late seventies. Since my first experiences as an advocate in arbitration and mediation in ‘80 and ‘81, I’ve focused on these subjects as a scholar, commercial arbitrator and mediator, trainer, policymaker, a leader of two organizations in the field, and even a party in mediation.

My keynote, now published in written form, draws on this background and many other sources, including recent empirical studies of mediators and arbitrators as well as new findings on mediation in the Maryland court system. I’ve identified ten overarching themes, surface related concerns and pose key questions:

Thomas J. Stipanowich, Living the Dream of ADR: Reflections on Four Decades of the Quiet Revolution in Dispute Resolution, 18 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 513 (2017) (Symposium issue for Jed. D. Melnick Symposium).

The article may be accessed and downloaded here. All the articles from the symposium are available here.

What are your perspectives? I invite you to read the article and then share your own reflections.


Jen Reynolds is an expert in the area of dispute resolution. Professor Reynolds received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago. While at Harvard, Professor Reynolds served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review; as a research assistant for Professor Arthur Miller on his treatise, Federal Practice and Procedure; and as a teaching assistant, researcher, and Harvard Negotiation Research Project Fellow for the Program on Negotiation.

Before law school, Professor Reynolds worked for seven years as a systems analyst and associate director for information technology at UT Austin. After law school, Reynolds was an associate at the Atlanta office of Dow Lohnes PLLC, working primarily on First Amendment and employment cases. She joined the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law as a Visiting Associate Professor in 2008 before joining the Oregon faculty the following year.

Professor Reynolds teaches civil procedure and negotiation. Her research interests include organizational dispute systems design, problem-solving in multiparty scenarios, judicial decisionmaking within the context and constraints of rules of procedure, and cultural influences and implications of alternative processes.

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