News: ADR Center Wins Ninth Circuit Award

Sep 29, 2015

ADR Center's "Big Question" Receives Ninth Circuit Education Award

The University of Oregon School of Law is proud to announce that its Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center is the 2015-16 recipient of the Ninth Circuit’s ADR Education Award. The Ninth Circuit presents this award to law schools within its jurisdiction for outstanding work in ADR education.

“Our school’s strength in modern dispute resolution education is one of our largest points of pride,” said Oregon Law School Dean Michael Moffitt.  “I am delighted by this recognition from the Ninth Circuit.”

In its award letter, the Ninth Circuit award committee stated that it was impressed not only with the Oregon ADR Center’s long tradition of excellence in ADR teaching and research, but also with the Center’s commitment to pursuing social justice through scholarship, student projects, and programs.

Each year, the Oregon ADR Center asks a “Big Question” around social justice and ADR that suggests new research directions, sparks project and service initiatives, and provides context and focal points for discussions, symposia, and other events.  Professors Erik Girvan, Michael Musheno, Jen Reynolds, and Liz Tippett collaborate and consult on the Big Questions. 

In 2015-16, the Oregon ADR Center’s Big Question focuses on implicit bias and ADR.  Neutrality is foundational to ADR theory and practice.  Implicit bias is a ubiquitous psychological phenomenon.  How does implicit bias affect neutrality?  Can ADR practices reduce the effects of implicit bias?

“I am excited to watch and participate in the Oregon ADR Center’s annual themes of inquiry,” said Dean Moffitt.  “These are exactly the kinds of questions a first-rate Center at a major research university should be exploring.”  


For more information about the University of Oregon School of Law ADR Center or this year’s Big Question, please visit the Oregon ADR Center website or contact Program Manager Aileen Carlos at (541) 346-3987 or