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<xTITLE>McAdoo, Barbara: Seeing Litigation as Wrong Path in Many Cases - Video</xTITLE>

McAdoo, Barbara: Seeing Litigation as Wrong Path in Many Cases - Video

by Barbara McAdoo
November 2010

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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.


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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