Jean Sternlight
Professor Sternlight, who joined the Boyd faculty in 2003 as the Director of the Saltman Center, is one of the nation's leading experts on alternative dispute resolution. Co-author of books on mediation, arbitration, and dispute resolution generally, Professor Sternlight has also published numerous articles in law reviews in the field of conflict resolution.

She is particularly well known for her work critiquing companies for mandating that consumers and employees resolve claims against the company using binding arbitration. Sternlight is regularly invited to give talks on dispute resolution to groups of both academics and practitioners, and is also frequently quoted by both courts and the popular press.

Before her arrival at Boyd, Professor Sternlight taught first at Florida State University College of Law and then at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, as well as an experienced litigator.


Lydia Nussbaum
Professor Nussbaum is the Director of the Mediation Clinic and Associate Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. Before joining the faculty at Boyd, she taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law and also taught at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as a fellow in the Leadership, Ethics, and Democracy Building Initiative.

Professor Nussbaum’s research interests focus on the benefits and challenges of relying on informal justice, as opposed to formal adjudication, to resolve conflict. As an experienced mediator, she is particularly interested in how alternative dispute resolution processes can be used to strengthen civil society, empowering communities by reducing their reliance on intervention from state institutions. Her most recent article, published in the Cardozo Law Review, examines the potential for mediation programs to protect homeowners during the foreclosure crisis.


Advisory Board
Our advisory board is comprised of preeminent experts in public affairs and conflict resolution. The board helps publicize the Center’s work on a national and international scale and provides valuable advice and assistance in fundraising and outreach efforts.


Richard J. Goldstone, Constitutional Court of South Africa

Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Georgetown Law

Robert Mnookin, Harvard Law School

Dick Morgan, Lionel Sawyer & Collins

The Honorable Philip Pro, United States District Court, District of Nevada

Andrea Schneider, Marquette University Law School