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August 18, 2008

Michael Moffitt Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor Michael Moffitt has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Oregon Law Dean Margaret Paris named Professor Moffitt to the position in February after Professor Susan Gary announced she would be stepping down as associate dean in order to take sabbatical leave. Professor Moffitt will serve as associate dean until summer 2011.

Professor Moffitt says he looks forward to working closely with members of the law school in the coming years. “I am very eager for the opportunity to work with and learn from the outstanding team of faculty, staff, and administration we have here at the law school.”

In addition to being an associate professor, Moffitt is the associate director of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, and a Goodwin Senior Faculty Fellow. He will continue teaching Civil Procedure and Appropriate Dispute Resolution in the law school, and Negotiation in the conflict and dispute resolution master’s program. Most of his research and writing has centered on the practice of mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution.

Professor Moffitt joined the faculty in 2001 and has been involved in a number of university and law school organizations and committees since that time. Presently, he serves as chair of the President’s Faculty Advisory Council, and is a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee and the Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace Committee.

Before coming to Oregon, Professor Moffitt served as the clinical supervisor for the mediation program at Harvard Law School and taught negotiation at Harvard and at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He served as the president of the Harvard Mediation Program during his final year of law school and was a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Ann Aldrich in the Northern District of Ohio. He then spent several years with the Conflict Management Group, consulting on negotiation and dispute resolution projects around the world. Professor Moffitt’s clients have ranged from senior judges to tribal leaders, from unionized prison guards to corporate executives, and from national political leaders to diplomatic academy trainees.

In 2004 Professor Moffitt received the University of Oregon’s Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. In 2005 he received the National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution Book Award for The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (co-edited with Robert C. Bordone) (Jossey-Bass 2005); and in 2007 he was the recipient of the University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence Award.
 

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