The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution
at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law provides a forum for the advanced study of the nature of conflict and how to resolve it. Through our scholarly research, coursework, lectures, conferences, workshops, and competitions, we explore a wide array of disputes--public and private as well as regional, national, and international.
Saltman Center Director and Michael and Sonja Saltman Professor of Law Jean Sternlight
is teaching her students how to use cognitive and social psychology to best represent clients in her course on Psychology and Lawyering. In her Civil Procedure course Professor Sternlight shows students why lawyers must be expert in both litigation and non-litigation approaches in order to help their clients resolve disputes most effectively. Saltman Center Associate Director Lydia Nussbaum
developed a new community law practicum in family mediation that provides law students the opportunity to mediate and help resolve real family law disputes.
Professor Sternlight’s most recent article examines the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed regulation of forced arbitration through the lenses of economics, psychology and political philosophy. In her latest article, forthcoming in the Maryland Law Review
, Professor Nussbaum analyzes state legislatures’ experiments with different kinds of ADR for medical malpractice claims.
Professor Sternlight took a leading role in drafting and coordinating a letter filed by more than 200 law professors favoring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposal to prevent companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses to insulate themselves from class actions. The Center added new professional skills courses for mediators, attorneys, and other members of the public to develop their conflict resolution skills.