Lydia Nussbaum

Lydia Nussbaum

Associate Dean for Experiential Legal Education

Director, Mediation Clinic & Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution

Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

ADR, Clinical Legal Education & Teaching, Mediation, Property Law, Poverty Law


Professor Nussbaum is a Professor of Law at the UNLV Boyd School of Law where she also serves as the 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 was a fellow in the Leadership, Ethics, and Democracy Building Initiative at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She teaches courses on dispute resolution and family law and also directs the law school’s Mediation Clinic.

Professor Nussbaum’s research interests focus on the benefits and challenges of relying on informal justice, as opposed to formal adjudication, to resolve conflict.  She is particularly interested in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) policy, or the role ADR can and should play in the American legal system. Her writing explores questions of how and why states use ADR procedural interventions as instruments for shaping public policy and instituting societal reform. Her articles have been published in the Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Maryland Law Review, Utah Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Professor Nussbaum earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland, where she was the executive articles editor for the Maryland Journal of International Law.  She received the Hoffberger Clinical Law Prize, the Law School Alumni Association Prize for character and leadership, and two consecutive Dean’s Scholarship Awards.  She received her double major B.A. in History and Italian from Cornell University.

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