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Center for Dispute Resolution History and Mission

  • To provide teaching, training, direct services, program consultation,materials development, and research to individuals and organizations interested in using conflict management and dispute resolution skills and processes to effectively prevent and resolve disputes.

    Capital University Law School has a national reputation for innovation and training in the field of dispute resolution. In 1970, the law school began a collaboration with the Columbus City Attorney's Office that led to the creation of the Night Prosecutor Mediation Program, which has been a model for mediation programs across the country. To formalize its commitment to dispute resolution, the law school established the Center for Dispute Resolution in 1984. The Center's mission is to serve as a resource for and to be engaged in teaching, training, experimentation, application, development, and research with regard to the processes that are available to resolve disputes, with particular emphasis on negotiation and mediation.

    The Center for Dispute Resolution has successfully expanded the awareness and use of dispute resolution in the insurance industry, court system, legal profession, state and local government sector, educational system, business sector and community realm through its projects. Training programs, grant projects, direct service contracts, publication sales, and general presentations comprise the majority of the Center's activities. Thanks to Nationwide Insurance, the Center for Dispute Resolution has the Peter F. Frenzer Nationwide Insurance Enterprise Foundation Training Facility that includes a large training room, large conference room, and small conference room.

    Capital University Law School provides dispute resolution learning opportunities for members of the student body, as well as the general public. The teaching of dispute resolution concepts and skills is strongly supported by the faculty at Capital University Law School. Law students may choose from a variety of dispute resolution courses including Dispute Resolution; Dispute Resolution Seminar; Interviewing; Counseling and Negotiation; Labor Arbitration; Mediation Clinic; Mediation Practicum; and Negotiation. Law students have the option to complete a dispute resolution concentration. These courses are taught by faculty members who are experienced practitioners.