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Arbitration Conversation No. 7: Prof. Sarah Cole of the Moritz College of Law at OSU

by Sarah Rudolph Cole, Amy Schmitz

June 2020

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Sarah Cole of the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.


In law school at the University of Chicago, Professor Sarah Rudolph Cole was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Legal Forum and won the award for best paper written in the law school in 1990.  She graduated with honors.  Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Eugene A. Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Professor Cole practiced labor and employment law with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in Seattle and Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson in Chicago before joining the faculty at Creighton University School of Law. While at Creighton, and now at Ohio State, Professor Cole has focused her research on the legal and policy issues that have arisen as a result of the increased use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  She teaches primarily in the ADR area, but has also taught Torts, Labor Law, and Administrative Law. Professor Cole has published articles in U.C. Davis Law Review, Houston Law Review, BYU Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, the UNLV Law Review, and the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. Professor Cole is co-author, with Professors Nancy H. Rogers, Craig McEwen, Jim Coben, and Peter Thompson of Mediation: Law, Policy and Practice (3d. ed. 2011), the leading treatise in the field of mediation, and co-author with Nancy H. Rogers, Frank Sander and Stephen Goldberg of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Other Processes (7th ed. 2020), one of the leading dispute resolution casebooks in the country. In 2020, she will publish with Oxford University Press, Discussions in Dispute Resolution, with Andrea Schneider and Art Hinshaw, eds. In 2019, she was named Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution and was previously the John W. Bricker Professor of Law.  In 2012, she also received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Ohio State University. In 2006, she became Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution.


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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