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Leonard L. Riskin

Harris H. Agnew Visiting Professor of
Dispute Resolution

 

Phone:

312-503-1847

 

Email:

l-riskin@law.northwestern.edu

 

Address:

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

375 E. Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60654

MEET Leonard Riskin.

 

Leonard L. Riskin was appointed the Harris H. Agnew Visiting Professor of Dispute Resolution at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2015, where he has been a visiting professor since 2010. He also has been the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida College of Law since 2007. He previously served as Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and Isidor Loeb Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He teaches and writes about mediation, negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution, and has led a major project to integrate dispute resolution into standard law school classes. He also works at integration of mindfulness into the education of lawyers and other dispute resolution professionals. Professor Riskin has published several books and numerous articles in scholarly journals, as well as essays in popular publications; has led training workshops around the world; and has won numerous awards for his work, including the Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in 2013.

 
SELECTED VIDEOS
 
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HIGHLIGHTED VIDEO
PROGRAM ON NEGOTIATION | HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
MINDFULNESS IN THE LAW & ADR (2002)
 
Leonard Riskin, Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation’s Robert Mnookin, and a panel of distinguished professors and professionals discussed the role of mindfulness in the law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). (47:01)
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VIDEO GALLERY ONE
CSDR | UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SCHOOL OF LAW
DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND LAWYER VIDEOTAPES
 
Modern lawyers need to understand different ways to resolve disputes. The Dispute Resolution and Lawyer Videotape  Series are designed to provide instruction in negotiation, mediation and other alternative methods of dispute resolution. The four videotapes are suitable for training both lawyers and judges and for use in law school courses on dispute resolution, the lawyering process, and professional responsibility. 
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VIDEO GALLERY TWO
MEDIATE.COM | PIONEER SERIES
INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT BENJAMIN
 
Robert Benjamin interviews Leonard Riskin about the importance of self-awareness, narrow vs. broad problem definition and changing lawyers' understanding of resolving disputes.
SELECTED WRITINGS
 
SCHOLARLY PAPERS (LINKS)
Understanding Mediators' Orientations, Strategies, and Techniques: A Grid for the Perplexed 
Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 7, 1997

This Article begins with a review of previous efforts to categorize mediation and their shortfalls, including the lack of any widely-shared comprehensive method for describing the various approaches to mediation practice. The Article then offers a new grid system for classifying mediator orientations, strategies, and techniques and describes the potential utility of the grid, particularly its effectiveness in selecting mediators.

The Contemplative Lawyer: On the Potential Contributions of Mindfulness Meditation to Law Students, Lawyers, and Their Clients

Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Vol. 7, pp. 1-66, 2002

This Article proposes that introducing mindfulness meditation into the legal profession may improve practitioners' well-being and performance and weaken the dominance of adversarial mind-sets. By enabling some lawyers to make more room for - and act from - broader and deeper perspectives, mindfulness can help lawyers provide more appropriate service (especially through better listening and negotiation) and gain more personal satisfaction from their work.

Mediator Orientations, Strategies and Techniques

Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, Vol. 12, p. 111, 1994

This is an excerpt from an extensive work-in-progress dealing with mediator orientation

and behavior.

For more writings, visit the author SSRN page by clicking HERE.