Carrie Menkel-Meadow Selected for Prestigious American Bar Foundation Fellows Outstanding Scholar Award


Carrie Menkel-Meadow
Carrie Menkel-Meadow

IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 21, 2017 - Chancellor’s Professor of Law Carrie Menkel-Meadow has been selected to receive the 2018 American Bar Foundation Fellows Outstanding Scholar Award.

The award recognizes Prof. Menkel-Meadow’s decades-long work in creating, building, shaping, and internationalizing the field of alternative dispute resolution, and for her major contributions to the studies of the legal profession and feminism.

Awarded annually since 1957, the Outstanding Scholar Award is given by the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) to an individual who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in the law or government. The ABF Fellows is a global honorary society of leading professionals whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Previous recipients of the award include Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgLaurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School; Lawrence M. Friedman, Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Richard Posner, former Circuit Judge, 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Erwin Griswold, Solicitor General of the United States (1967 - 73) and former dean, Harvard Law School; and Archibald Cox, Solicitor General of the United States (1961 - 65.) For a full list of previous winners, click here.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by an institution I love and respect, the American Bar Foundation, for its own path-breaking empirical work on law and legal institutions and to be nominated by one’s own research peers — there is nothing better than that in our work as legal academics,” said Prof. Menkel-Meadow.

“It is a true honor for all of us at the ABF – our faculty, staff, board of directors, and especially our honorary Fellows – to bestow this award upon Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow," said Ajay Mehrotra, executive director and research professor, American Bar Foundation, and professor of law and history, Northwestern University. "She has not only been a pioneer in the type of empirical and interdisciplinary research that is the hallmark of the ABF, she has also been an institutional leader in shaping socio-legal scholarship, particularly in the field of dispute resolution.”


A founder of the dispute resolution field, Prof. Menkel-Meadow is an international expert in alternative dispute resolution, international dispute resolution, the legal profession, legal ethics, clinical legal education, feminist legal theory, and women in the legal profession. Her scholarship includes more than 15 books and 150 articles in these areas. She is the author of Mediation and Its Applications for Good Decision Making and Dispute Resolution (2016); Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model (2nd ed. 2011); Negotiation: Processes for Problem Solving (2nd ed. 2014); Mediation: Theory, Policy & Practice (2nd ed. 2013); and Dispute Processing & Conflict Resolution (2003). She has also been a 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, including Foundational ProcessesMulti-Party Processes, and International Dispute Resolution.

In 2011, Prof. Menkel-Meadow received the first-ever Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work presented by the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution section. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2007, Prof. Menkel-Meadow taught and conducted research in Chile, Argentina, and China. She has won the Center for Public Resources’ First Prize for Scholarship in Alternative Dispute Resolution three times (1983, 1990, and 1998.)

Prof. Menkel-Meadow joined UCI Law in 2008 as a member of its founding faculty. She is also the A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure Emerita at Georgetown University Law Center, and director of the Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving.

Professor Menkel-Meadow 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.

Prof. Menkel-Meadow earned her A.B., magna cum laude, from Barnard College, and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


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The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. Established in 1955, the Fellows support the research of the American Bar Foundation through their annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to the legal profession.


The American Bar Foundation (ABF) seeks to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. To further this mission the ABF produces timely, cutting-edge research of the highest quality to inform and guide the legal profession, the academy, and society in the United States and internationally.


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