The University of Washington School of Law will be presented with the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Education Award at the 2010 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, an annual gathering of the federal bench and bar from the western United States. Judge Valerie P. Cooke of Nevada, the chair of the Ninth Circuit ADR Committee, will present the award to Dean Kellye Testy on August 18 following the conference's bench-bar program.
The award recognizes institutions which have advanced ADR scholarship and research. ADR is a dispute resolution process and/or technique that act as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation.
The UW School of Law has an integrated ADR curriculum, and more than 50 percent of all JD students have taken an ADR course before graduating. The law school also offers the Mediation Clinic, which provides hands-on experience for students in dispute resolution of small claims, landlord-tenant, workplace and consumer-merchant disputes, and inter-personal conflicts. UW law school faculty, including Mediation Clinic Director Julia Gold and law professor Alan Kirtley, and students also participate in the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference held each spring.
The school also sponsors student teams to competed in local, national, and international contests focusing on arbitration, mediation and negotiation. Last spring, UW School of Law students Charlotte Williams and Joel Emans won the regional American Bar Association Representation in Mediation Competition.