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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.

APPOINTMENTS
2010 - PRESENT

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PRITZKER SCHOOL OF LAW; VISITING PROFESSOR (FALL SEMESTERS 2010-2014); HARRIS H. AGNEW VISITING PROFESSOR OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION (2015-PRESENT)

2007 - 2016

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW: CHESTERFIELD SMITH PROFESSOR OF LAW (2007-2016); INSTITUTE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION: SENIOR FELLOW (2010)

1984 - 2006

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SCHOOL OF LAW: PROFESSOR OF LAW (1984-2006); DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION (1984-2006)

1983 - 2003

Visiting Professor

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW (SPRING 1983); VERMONT LAW SCHOOL (SUMMERS 1984-94, 1996-97); PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW INSTITUTE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION (SUMMERS 1993, 1995); UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SCHOOL OF LAW (SUMMERS 1995, 1998); UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL (WINTER 2003)

1974 - 1984

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LAW CENTER: ASSISTANT (1974-1976); ASSOCIATE, WITH TENURE (1976-1979); PROFESSOR OF LAW (1979-1984)

EDUCATION
1974
L.L.M

YALE LAW SCHOOL

1967
J.D.

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

1964
B.S. IN PSYCHOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON

SELECTED VIDEOS & PUBLISHED WORKS

VIDEO GALLERY

VIDEO GALLERY
Leonard Riskin: Changing Lawyers' Understanding of Resolving Disputes - Mediate.com Video
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Riskin, Leonard: Struggle not to impose 'the answer' in Conflicts - Mediate.com Video
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Leonard Riskin: Narrow v. Broad Problem Definition - Video
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PUBLISHED WORKS (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 scholarly papers, click HERE.