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Arbitration Conversation No. 8: Prof. Richard Frankel of Drexel University School of Law

by Richard Frankel, Amy Schmitz

July 2020

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Richard Frankel, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic at the Drexel University Thomas Klein School of Law.

Richard Frankel studies the intersection of civil rights, civil procedure and federal courts. He is the founder and director of the law school's Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic. Professor Frankel's publications include “The Arbitration Clause as Super Contract” in the Washington University Law Review.


Richard Frankel studies the intersection of civil rights, civil procedure and federal courts. He is the founder and director of the law school's Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic. Professor Frankel's publications include “The Arbitration Clause as Super Contract” in the Washington University Law Review, "The Disappearing Opt-Out Right in Punitive Damages Class Actions," in the Wisconsin Law Review, “Regulating Privatized Government through Section 1983,” University of Chicago Law Review, “The Failure of Analogy in Conceptualizing Private Entity Liability Under Section 1983,” in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, and “Illegal Emigration: The Continuing Life of Invalid Deportation Orders,” in the SMU Law Review. Professor Frankel also is a co-author of the treatise, “Consumer Arbitration Agreements.” Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Frankel served as a teaching fellow and supervising attorney for the Georgetown University Law Center’s Appellate Litigation Program. Before that, he was the Goldberg-Deitzler Fellow for Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Washington, D.C., where he litigated class-action consumer protection and civil rights cases. A graduate of Yale Law School, he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, articles editor of Yale Law & Policy Review and student director of the Community Legal Services Clinic. After law school, he clerked for Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge William C. Canby Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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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