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Professors Coben, Thompson author treatise


Hamline Law professors James Coben (pictured right) and Peter Thompson recently co-authored the third edition of the West Thomson Treatise, Mediation: Law, Policy & Practice.

Together with co-authors Nancy Rogers and Sarah Cole from the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University and Craig McEwen from Bowdoin College, the Hamline duo has authored the third edition of Mediation: Law, Policy and Practice, a three volume comprehensive treatise published by West as part of the company’s trial practice series. The treatise, available in hard copy and online in the Westlaw database, analyzes the mediation-related law and social science research as it bears on the wide diversity of roles that lawyers play in the mediation process.

The treatise is an outgrowth of Coben and Thompson’s long-term collaboration in building the mediation case law project, a multi-year, multi-media resource devoted to studying failed mediations – those unhappy situations where people who thought they were using mediation to resolve a conflict end up creating altogether new litigation about the mediation process itself.

Coben and Thompson offer special thanks to their talented and energetic research assistants, including Brian R. Christiansen (3L), Joseph Cooch (2L), Emily C. Johnson (J.D., ’10), Alex Meyer (3L), Joseph Schultz (3L), Devin Shanley (3L), and Renee I. Uzong (J.D., ’09). Without them, the project and treatise would never have been completed.

Professor James Coben, a senior fellow in Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI), which he directed from 2000-2009, teaches civil procedure, dispute resolution practices, mediation, and negotiation. He also pioneered a variety of innovative ADR clinical opportunities for law students, including mediation advocacy on behalf of clients in family law and employment cases. More recently, he has focused his energies on development of international ADR educational opportunities. Learn more about Professor Coben.

Professor Peter Thompson has been a consultant and special master to the U.S. District Court in numerous cases, including the Reserve Mining environmental law case and the Consolidated Dalkon Shield and Searle Copper Seven IUD cases. His expertise in the areas of evidence and criminal law is reflected in his published works and research. Thompson has written a major treatise, Minnesota Practice: Evidence. He also has coauthored books on class action suits and courtroom practice, and has done extensive research and publication relating to mediation within the context of a litigated dispute. Learn more about Professor Thompson.