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Jennifer Reynolds

Orlando John and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs | Faculty Director, ADR Center

Law, Law-JD, Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, Business Law
Phone: 541-346-3691
Office: 320A Knight Law Center



Professor Reynolds teaches civil procedure, conflict of laws, negotiation, and mediation. Her research interests include dispute systems design, plea bargaining and specialty courts, and cultural influences and implications of alternative processes. View published and in-progress works by Professor Reynolds here.

Professor Reynolds has received the University of Oregon's Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and the law school's Orlando J. Hollis Teaching Award. She is the Faculty Director of the nationally ranked Oregon ADR Center, which in June 2016 received the Ninth Circuit Award for Excellence in ADR Education. She has served as the national chair of the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools and is an active blogger for the ADR professor blog, indisputably. In 2016, Reynolds served as the interim ombudsperson at the University of Oregon.

Professor Reynolds received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, her master's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago. While at Harvard, Professor Reynolds was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; a research assistant for Professor Arthur Miller on Federal Practice and Procedure; and 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 has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Previous Positions:

Achieving Diversity in the Legal Profession: Lessons from Dispute Systems Design (moderator), Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium (Nov. 10, 2017). 

Challenging and Improving ADR Norms, Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Negotiators, Cambridge, MA (Nov. 7, 2017). 

Negotiation for Lawyers: A Bird’s Eye View of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Harvard Bicentennial, Cambridge, MA (Oct. 27, 2018).

The New ABA Standards: What Clinics Should Know, ABA Clinical Section (teleconference) (Aug. 28, 2017). 

What I’m Reading, 5; and The ABA Standards and Dispute Resolution Courses: Quintessentially Experiential, Annual Meeting, ABA Dispute Resolution Section, San Francisco, CA (Apr. 19-22, 2017).

Symposium: “It’s Complicated: A Student Forum on How Universities Help and Hinder Activism,” Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, Eugene, OR (panelist) (Feb. 8, 2017).

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Judicial Reform in Ghana and Beyond (discussion with Georgina Wood, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana), U.S. District Court of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Nov. 1, 2016).

Conflict Resolution, UO Professional Development, Eugene, OR (Oct. 28, 2016, and Dec. 9, 2016).

Foundations of Negotiation, UO Portland Program, Portland, OR (Oct. 21, 2016).

Telling the Spotted Owl Story, Works-in-Progress Conference for the Association of American Law Schools Dispute Resolution Section, Marquette Law School, Milwaukee, WI (Sep. 24, 2016).

Negotiation, UO Academic Extension, Eugene, OR (Sep. 16, 2016).

Thoughts on Erskine’s ‘The Moral Obligation To Be Intelligent, Great Books Project for the Opportunity Village of Eugene, Eugene, OR (Aug. 9, 2016).

Advanced Email Topics, UO Research Compliance Services, Eugene, OR (June 23, 2016).

Harvard Negotiation Institute, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (served as senior working group leader) (June 4-10, 2016).

Conflict and Email, UO Department Heads Workshop Series, Eugene, OR (Apr. 27, 2016).

Conflict Resolution: Are We Making Things Better or Worse?, OA Strategic Leadership Conference, Eugene, OR (Apr. 18, 2016).

What I’m Reading, 4; and Reevaluating the Role of Autonomy in ADR, Annual Meeting, ABA Dispute Resolution Section (Apr. 7-9, 2016).

Activism Plus, University of St. Thomas Law Review Symposium (Nov. 13, 2015).

What I’m Reading, 3; and Mediation: The New Social Engineering?, Annual Meeting, ABA Dispute Resolution Section, Seattle, WA (Apr. 15-17, 2015).

People’s Law School, v. 2.0. Works-in-Progress Conference for the Association of American Law Schools Dispute Resolution Section, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 7, 2014).

Leveraging Legal Education for Non-Lawyers, Annual SALT Teaching Conference, University of Nevada Law School, Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 10-11, 2014).

The History of ADR, Great Books Project at the Opportunity Village of Eugene, Eugene, OR (Aug. 13, 2014).

Ethics in Negotiation, Negotiation MOOC on “Navigating Professional and Personal Interactions” (July 29, 2014).

Harvard Negotiation Institute, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (served as senior working group leader) (May 31-June 6, 2014).

What I’m Reading, 2; Representation and ADR: Ethical Issues Created by Non-Lawyer and Lawyer Representation in Mediation and Arbitration; and Using Emerging Technologies in Simulation-Based Courses, Annual Meeting, ABA Dispute Resolution Section, Miami, FL (Apr. 4-5, 2014).

ADR in the Workplace, NWEEO, Portland, OR (Feb. 25, 2014).

Canon of Negotiation Workshop, Milwaukee, WI (Dec. 5-8, 2013).

Marketing Mediation, Lane County Bar ADR Committee, Eugene, OR (Nov. 20, 2013).

Luck Distortions in Civil Consent Regimes: The Garage Door Mediation (University of Nevada at Las Vegas) (2013).

ADR and Compromise (2013 Law & Society International Annual Meeting).

Judicial Reviews: What Judges Write when They Write About Mediation (2013 Penn State Yearbook on Arbitration & Mediation Annual Symposium on Arbitral Awards and Mediated Agreements, Carlisle, PA).

Exhibition Review: State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda (2012 Sixth Annual AALS Dispute Resolution Works-in-Progress Conference, The Ohio State Moritz College of Law, Columbus, OH).

The ADR Brand (2012 Law & Society International Annual Meeting).

Miller’s Courts: Media, Rules, Policy, and the Future of Access to Justice (Organizer and Emcee, 2012 Oregon Law Review Annual Symposium, Eugene and Portland, OR).

Games, Dystopia, and ADR (Willamette Law School, Salem, OR) (2012).

Negotiating with the Past: Commitments as Embedded Interests (2011 New Directions in ADR Roundtable, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO).

Multiparty When? (2011 Fifth Annual AALS Dispute Resolution Works-in-Progress Conference, Omaha, NE).

Managing Conflict in the Workplace (Professional Women’s Forum, Eugene, OR) (2011).

Fixing Gasperini (2010 Fourth Annual AALS Dispute Resolution Works-in-Progress Conference, Eugene, OR).

Mediators as Change Agents (2010 Oregon State Bar ADR Section Meeting, Portland, OR).

Supreme Court Wrapup (2009 ACS Event at the University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, OR).

What Does (or Should) an Ombudsman Do? Reflecting on the Ombudsman Role in Environmental Dispute Resolution and Beyond (2009 Fireside Chat Series, ENR Center at Oregon Law).

Honors and Awards:

Fund for Faculty Excellence Award (2021)

Elected Co-Marshal for Class of 2021 (2021)

Pillar of the Community Award (2020)

Oregon Faculty Star (2019)

Elected Co-Marshal for Class of 2019)

Elected Co-Marshal for Class of 2016 (2016)

Elected Co-Marshal for Class of 2014 (2014)

University of Oregon Ersted Teaching Award (2012)

University of Oregon School of Law Hollis Teaching Award (2012)

Elected Co-Marshal for Class of 2012 (2012)

Board of Advisors Faculty Achievement Award, University of Missouri School of Law (2008-2009)

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Selected Publications

Lawyer Negotiation (4th ed. 2021) (with Jay Folberg).

Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice, and Law (4th ed. 2021) (with Jay Folberg, Dwight Golann, Thomas Stipanowich & Amy Schmitz).

Star Wars and Conflict Resolution (forthcoming 2022) (co-edited with Noam Ebner).

Designing Informal Mechanisms for Claims of Campus Sexual Misconduct (with Brian Pappas & Art Hinshaw), __ Ohio St. J. Disp. Resol. __ (2021).

Oversimplifying, Overselling, Overreaching, in Discussions in Dispute Resolution: The Formative Articles (2021).

Talking About Abortion (Listening Optional), 8 Texas A&M L. Rev. 141 (2020).

Does ADR Feel Like Justice?, 88 Fordham L. Rev. 2357 (2020).

Snap Disputes, 25 Harv. Negot. L. Rev. 37 (2019).

The A is for Activism, in The Negotiator’s Fieldbook: The Desk Reference for the Experienced Negotiator (2d ed.).

Capturing Corruption (book review of Captured by Evil: The Idea of Corruption in Law, by Laura J. Underkuffler), 66 J. Legal Educ. 956 (2017).

Truth and the Trial Lawyer, Trial Lawyer Magazine (Summer 2017).

The Activist Plus: Dispute Systems Design and Social Activism, 13 St. Thomas L. Rev. 334 (2017).

Breaking BATNAs: Negotiation Lessons from Walter White, 45 N.M. L. Rev. 611 (2015).

Luck v. Justice: Consent Intervenes, but for Whom?, 14 Pepp. Disp. Resol. L.J. 93 (2014). 

The Case for Compromise (book review of The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, by Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson), 20 No. 1 Disp. Resol. Mag. 35 (2013).

Judicial Reviews: What Judges Write When They Write About Mediation, 5 Penn. St. Y.B. on Arb. & Med. 111 (2013).

The Lawyer with the ADR Tattoo, 14 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 395 (2013).

Epilogue: On Miller, Mini-Fujis, and the Meaning of Access, 90 Or. L. Rev. 1181 (2012).

Foreword: ADR for the Masses, 90 Or. L. Rev. 691 (2012)

On Commitments, 39 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 231 (2012).

Games, Dystopia, and ADR, 27 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 477 (2012).