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Arbitration Conversation No. 3: Amy interviews Prof. Bob Bailey of Mizzou Law

by Robert Bailey, Amy Schmitz

June 2020

In this episode of Arbitration Conversation Amy Schmitz interviews Prof. Bob Bailey of Mizzou Law on the new unanimous Supreme Court decision (authored by Justice Gorsuch) around the enforceability of arbitration for gig workers in the transportation sector and the interpretation of the FAA's applicability in state court.


Robert Bailey joined the University of Missouri Law School in 1979. He left full-time employment at the Law School from 1983-87 to serve as Municipal Judge for the City of Columbia, while continuing to work at the Law School part-time. In 1987 he returned full-time to the Law School and now serves as Assistant Dean Emeritus and CSDR Senior Fellow. He directed the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution from 2008 to 2014. He continued to serve as Associate Municipal Judge until June 2005. He teaches Arbitration, Life Skills Seminar, a FIG and a course in the Kinder Institute. Dean Bailey has an active arbitration practice serving on several arbitration panels including having served on Major League Baseball’s Salary Arbitration panel. He is on the FMCS Labor Arbitration panel. He is a vice president of the National Academy of Arbitrators and has been or is Chair of the Audit, Nominations, and New Member Orientation Committees, and is the Academy’s Parliamentarian.


Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.  She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.

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