Faculty

  • Summer Dispute Resolution Institute Faculty Members

    Thomas J. Addesa is an Adjunct Professor at Capital University Law School and is approved to teach Divorce Mediation and the Mediation Clinic.  Tom was a trainer for the Ohio Governor's Commission on Dispute Resolution 1988, and he is on the Franklin County Domestic and Juvenile Court approved list of mediators. 

    Tom began his legal career in 1985 as an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Columbus, Ohio.  In that that role he conducted nearly 100 jury trials.   In 1990 he was appointed Assistant City Attorney in the Civil Litigation Section for the Columbus City Attorney's Office.  Mr. Addesa joined the present law firm of Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP in 1998 with a primary focus in litigating Family Law including co-parenting.  In 2005, Tom obtained a specialty certification in family law and has maintained his credentials as an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Family Relations Law Specialist. 

    Jeanne A. Clement received her doctorate in nursing education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently Associate Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry at The Ohio State University. In addition, she has completed training programs in basic mediation skills at Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University as well as in Health Care Mediation and Designing Dispute Resolution Systems at CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado,Adult Guardianship Mediation from The Center for Social Gerontology, Ann Arbor, Michigan and in mediation of child protection issues the Ohio Supreme Court dispute resolution training program.

    She has collaborated with College of Law faculty in mediation skills training for law students and graduate students in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Dr. Clement is a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on the Mentally Ill and the Courts. She has published and conducted research in the use of mediation in the mental health field.

    Scot Dewhirst was a Co-Founder and has been Co-Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at Capital since 1984, plus serving as an Adjunct Professor in Mediation and Negotiation since 1997. He was the Director of the Columbus Night Prosecutor Mediation Program for 8 years, he co-authored The Mediator Handbook, and he has also coproduced 16 mediation and negotiation training videos.  He has actively been involved in dispute resolution since 1977 as a mediator, arbitrator. public speaker, trainer, and program director.  He was instrumental in the 2005 beginning of Capital’s Certificate Program in Mediation and Dispute Resolution for the general public.

    Terrence Wheeler has vast ADR experience including his service as Board President of the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) in 2005-2006; Associate Director Ohio’s Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management; a lead negotiator in merger negotiations when  ACR was formed; an ACR rep. to the Joint Committee to Review the Model Standards of Conduct; and presently Co-Director and Adjunct Professor at Capital. His national reputation as an ADR teacher, trainer and service provider extends from the U.S.  to Spain, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands.

    Floyd Weatherspoon teaches Labor Law; Labor Arbitration, Employment Discrimination, ADR, and a seminar on African-American Males and the Law. He serves on a number of labor arbitration/mediation panels and is an external administrative judge for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Prior to joining Capital he managed the Mediation and Settlement Program at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He is the founder of Capital’s ADR Program for Minority Professionals.

    Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute Faculty

    Angela Upchurch, Associate Professor of Law at Capital University Law School, will teach ICWI. Professor Upchurch is a scholar in the area of children's legal rights and procedural law. She is a contributing author to the ABA Center on Children and the Law, A Judge's Guide: Making Child-Centered Decisions in Custody Cases (2001). She is also the author of The Deep Freeze: A Critical Examination of the Resolution of Frozen Embryo Disputes Through the Adversarial Process, 33 Florida State University Law Review 395 (2005); A Postmodern Deconstruction of Frozen Embryo Disputes, 39 Connecticut Law Review 2109 (2007) and Can Granny Have a New Home?: A Proposal for Determining a Change in an Incompetent’s Domicile for Diversity Jurisdiction, 79 University of Colorado Law Review (2008).

    Professor Upchurch graduated first in her class at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. A former law clerk to The Hon. Michael Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Salt Lake City, Upchurch joined the law faculty at Capital in 2003. She teaches a course on children, families and the state, as well as civil procedure, dispute resolution and adoption.