Chancellor's Professor of Law
Joint appointment in Law and Political Science
A founder of the dispute resolution field, Professor Menkel-Meadow came to UC Irvine School of Law from Georgetown University Law Center, where she is the A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving. She has been the Faculty Director of Georgetown’s innovative partnership with 20 law schools from around the world, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, in which faculty and students from participating programs study international and comparative law in a multi-national setting.
Professor Menkel-Meadow was a professor of law at UCLA for nearly 20 years, also serving as a professor in the Women's Studies program, Acting Director of the Center for the Study of Women, and Co-Director of UCLA's Center on Conflict Resolution. She has taught as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Legal Theory at the University of Toronto, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and as a clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
As a Fulbright scholar in 2007, Professor Menkel-Meadow taught and conducted research in Chile, Argentina and China. An international expert in alternative dispute resolution, including international dispute resolution, the legal profession, and legal ethics, clinical legal education, feminist legal theory, and women in the legal profession, Professor Menkel-Meadow has written and lectured extensively in these fields.
She is the author of Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model (2nd ed. 2011); Negotiation: Processes for Problem Solving (2nd.ed 2014); Mediation: Theory, Policy & Practice (2nd ed. 2013); Dispute Processing & Conflict Resolution (2003), and over 150 articles. She has also been co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education, and the International Journal of Law in Context. In 2012, she published a three-volume set of edited books on Complex Dispute Resolution (Ashgate Press, 2012), including Foundational Processes, Multi-Party Processes and International Dispute Resolution.
In January 2011, Professor Menkel-Meadow was the recipient of the first-ever Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work presented by the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution section. The ABA lauded her as a "tireless, prolific and influential researcher and writer" who put forth the transformative idea of lawyer as problem solver 25 years ago.
She also has won the Center for Public Resources' First Prize for Scholarship in Alternative Dispute Resolution three times (in 1983, 1990, and 1998), and she won the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching at UCLA and the Frank Flegal Teaching Award at Georgetown (2006).
Professor Menkel-Meadow also sits on numerous boards of public interest organizations and the editorial boards of journals in dispute resolution, law and social science and feminism. She has chaired the AALS Sections on Law and Social Science, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Women in Legal Education, and has been on the Executive Committee of the Section on Clinical Education. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an elected member of the Academy of Civil Trial Mediators. She served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation and is currently a member of the Board of the International Center for Prevention and Resolution of Disputes (CPR).
In addition to her scholarship, research and teaching, Professor Menkel-Meadow often serves as a mediator and arbitrator in public and private settings and has trained lawyers, judges, diplomats, and mediators in the United States and on five continents. She has consulted for such organizations and institutions as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Federal Judicial Center on conflict resolution systems and processes.
Comparative Constitutional Law, Feminist Legal Theory, International Legal Analysis, Negotiations & Mediation, International Dispute Resolution Processes and Institutions, Pre-Trial Lawyering Process, Civil Procedure, Process and Society (civil procedure in special enriched curriculum), Trial Advocacy, Legal Negotiation, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, Administrative Advocacy, Employment Discrimination, Legal Profession, Feminist Jurisprudence, Women and the Law, Jurisprudence of Sexual Equality, Multi-Party Dispute Resolution Workshop, Global Justice Summit
- “Nelson Mandela: Transition from (Violent) Cause Activist to Peace and Justice Seeking Activist,” Nevada Law Review (forthcoming, 2015) (article)
- “Process Pluralism in Transitional/Restorative Justice: Lessons from Dispute Resolution for Cultural Variations in Goals Beyond Rule of Law and Democracy Development in Argentina and Chile,” International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution (2015)
- “Mediation and Dispute Resolution Programs,” Oxford Bibliography in Criminology (2015)
- “In the Land of Blood and Honey: What’s Fair or Just in Love and War Crimes: Lessons for Transitional Justice,” in Framing Crime and Film: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, (C. Picart, M. Hviid Jacobsen & C. Greek, eds) (Rowman & Littlefield)
- “Variations in the Uptake of and Resistance to Mediation Outside of the United States,” in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation (The Fordham Papers 2014, A. Rovine, ed. Nijhoof Publications) 2015
- “Mediation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR),” entry in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed.) James D. Wright, editor (Elsevier, 2015) vol 15, pp. 70-74
- “Dispute Resolution Mechanisms,” in Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance, Amadine Orsini & Jean-Frédéric Morin, eds. (Routledge/Earthscan, 2014)
- “Unsettling the Lawyers: Other Forms of Justice in Indigenous Claims of Expropriation, Abuse and Injustice,” 64 U. Toronto L. J. 620-639 (2014)
- “Crisis in Legal Education? or The Other Things Law Students Should be Learning and Doing,” 45 McGeorge Law Review, 1-28 (2014)
- Negotiation: Processes for Problem Solving (with Lela Love, Andrea Kupfer Schneider), 2nd ed., 2014 (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business) (book)
- Mediation: Practice, Policy and Ethics (with Lela Love, Andrea Kupfer Schneider), 2nd ed., 2013 (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business) (book)
- Regulating Dispute Resolution – ADR and Access to Justice at the Crossroads (edited, with Felix Steffek, Hannes Unberath, Reinhard Greger & Hazel Genn), Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2013. (book)
- Complex Dispute Resolution (edited, in 3 volumes, Foundations, Multi-Party and Democratic Deliberation and Decision Making, and International Dispute Resolution), Ashgate Press, Aldershot, UK and USA, 2012 (books)
- Feb. 10, 2016:
Awardee, Honorary Doctorate, presented by KU Leuven University, Belgium
- Oct. 30, 2015:
Speaker, “Cultural Variations in Restorative/Transitional Justice,” Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop lecture series, Yale Law School
- Oct. 8, 2015:
Keynote Speaker, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 8th Mediation Symposium, London
- April 15, 2015:
Co-Leader, Asian Law Academy Workshop on Cross-Cultural Interactions in Legal Practice, Victoria, Canada
- March 16, 2015
Featured Speaker, “What is Happening to Mediation in the U.S. and Elsewhere? Acceptance, Resistance or Transformation?” OC Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section meeting
- March 12, 2015
Presenter, 2015 Mawhinney Lecture, University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law
- Nov. 1, 2014
Speaker, “Nelson Mandela’s Procedural Transition From (Violent) Cause Activist to Peace and Justice Seeking Activist”, Saltman Center 10th Anniversary Celebration, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
- Oct. 17, 2014:
Presenter, “Cultural Variations in Restorative/Transitional Justice: Process Pluralism, Not ‘one size fits all,’” Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, UC Irvine
- June 13, 2014:
Speaker, “Resistance to Mediation Outside the United States,” Ninth Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, Fordham Law School, New York
- May 19, 2014:
Speaker, “Cultural Variations in Transitional and Restorative Justice: One Size Will Not Fit All,” Transitional Justice and Civil Society: Learning from International Experience Conference, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- March 21, 2013:
CLEANR Guest Speaker Kenneth Feinberg at UCI Law
- March 2, 2013:
Panelist, “The Future of Dispute Resolution,” Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium
- Feb. 19, 2013:
CLEANR Literature Series: Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality at UCI Law
- Nov. 8, 2012:
CLEANR Guest Speaker Kent Syverud at UCI Law
- Nov. 1, 2012:
CLEANR Literature Series: The Death and Life of Great American Cities at UCI Law
- Oct. 2, 2012:
CLEANR Guest Speaker Joseph Sax at UCI Law
- Sept. 27, 2012:
CLEANR Guest Speaker Dan Farber at UCI Law
- Feb. 25, 2012:
Keynote speaker and panelist, Does ADR Work? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Harvard Law School
- Feb. 7, 2012:
CLEANR Guest Speaker Richard J. Lazarus at UCI Law
- The New York Times: “Don’t Skimp on Legal Training” (with Erwin Chemerinsky)
- The Washington Post, Wonk Blog: Prof. Menkel-Meadow comments on fiscal cliff negotiations
- Forbes: Prof. Menkel-Meadow gives advice on settling budget mess
- Huffington Post/History News Network: Professors Menkel-Meadow and Camacho sign petition to change Senate voting rule