Jean Sternlight, Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution and Michael and Sonja Saltman Professor of Law at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, was recently honored with the 2015 American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM) Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also welcomed by the ACCTM as a Fellow Emeritus.
"While Jean is not a mediator she admires mediators greatly (they are some of her best friends!) and has written three books discussing the subject. Specifically, she is co-author of Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation, and Decision Making (ABA 2012), Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model 2d ed. (Aspen 2011), and Mediation Theory and Practice 2d ed. (Lexis 2006). A dispute resolution eclectic, Jean also authored Arbitration Law in America: A Critical Assessment (Cambridge Univ. Press 2006). In addition, Sternlight has written many law review and other articles on mediation and arbitration, often publishing in journals such as the Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, and the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. She frequently presents her work to both academics and practitioners in settings around the country. She has been quoted often by both courts and the press," according to an ACCTM announcement about the award.
Professor Sternlight is nationally and internationally recognized for her scholarship and law reform activities in the field of dispute resolution. She often teaches Civil Procedure/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Psychology and Lawyering, and other courses in Dispute Resolution.
Professor Sternlight received her B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors) from Swarthmore College and her J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard University, where she served as editor in chief of the Harvard Civil Liberties - Civil Rights Law Review. She then clerked for federal judge Marilyn Hall Patel in California and subsequently practiced plaintiff-side employment law in Philadelphia.
After teaching at Florida State University School of Law and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where she was the John D. Lawson Professor of Law and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, she joined the Boyd School of Law faculty in 2003.