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Michael Moffitt

Dean, Philip H. Knight Chair

Phone: (541) 346-3836


Michael Moffitt has been Dean since 2011 and a member of the Oregon Law faculty since 2001. Before coming to Oregon, he served as the clinical supervisor for the mediation program at Harvard Law School and taught negotiation at Harvard and Ohio State. Following a federal judicial clerkship, he spent several years with Conflict Management Group, consulting on negotiation and dispute resolution projects in about twenty countries around the world. Dean Moffitt has published more than two dozen scholarly articles on mediation, negotiation, and civil procedure. He co-edited THE HANDBOOK OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION, 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. Dean Moffitt has won teaching awards from the law school and from the University. He is a devoted but mediocre snowboarder, an aggressive tennis player, and a happily exhausted parent.

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Selected Recent Publications

Islands, Vitamins, Salt, Germs: Four Visions of the Future of ADR in Law Schools, 25 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 25 (2010).

Three Things to Be Against ("Settlement" Not Included), 78 Fordham Law Review 1203 (2009).

The Four Ways to Assure Mediator Quality (and why none of them work), 24 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 191 (2009).

Customized Litigation: The Case for Making Civil Procedure Negotiable, 75 George Washington Law Review 461 (2007).

Pleadings in the Age of Settlement, 80 Indiana Law Journal 727 (2005).

The Handbook of Dispute Resolution, co-edited with Robert C. Bordone (Jossey-Bass 2005).

Dispute Resolution: Examples & Explanations, co-authored with Andrea Schneider (Aspen 3rd ed. 2014)

Suing Mediators, 83 Boston University Law Review 147 (2003).

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