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Harvard expert on conflict resolution lectures at UI College of Law
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert H. Mnookin, one of the nation's foremost authorities
in the field of resolving conflicts without the court system, will discuss
the role of lawyers in negotiating such disputes Thursday, April 3 at the
University of Iowa College of Law.
Mnookin, the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School,
will present the 1997 John F. Murray Lecture at 4:10 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium
of the Boyd Law Building.
The talk, "Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law: The Lawyer as Negotiator,"
is free and open to the public.
As a leading scholar in his field, Mnookin has applied an interdisciplinary
approach to mediate a wide range of conflicts, including an environmental
dispute between the Motorola Corp. and Siemens Corp. and a multi-party
dispute involving 10 international banks, an indentured trustee and a large
accounting firm, as well as disputes involving families and children.
Since 1985, Mnookin has served as a neutral arbiter between IBM and
Fujitsu in a landmark dispute over operating systems software.
His 1995 book, "Barriers to Conflict Resolution," (a joint
project with members and associates of the Stanford Center on Conflict
and Negotiation) won the 1995 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Alternative
Dispute Resolution, Book Prize, from the Center for Public Resources Inc.
His 1992 book, "Dividing the Child: Social and Legal Dilemmas in
Custody," (with Eleanor Maccoby), won the 1993 William J. Goode Book
Award from the American Sociological Association for the "most outstanding
booklength contribution of the year to family scholarship."
Mnookin earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Harvard. From
1988 to 1993, he directed the Center on Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford
University, where he also was the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law.
He joined the law faculty of Harvard in 1993. He also chairs the steering
committee of Harvard's Program on Negotiation and directs the Harvard Negotiation
The Murray lecture, which began in 1952, is the oldest and most distinguished
series presented by the College of Law. The series was established in honor
of John F. Murray, a native of Iowa and founder of the American Home Products
Co., by his wife, Bessie Dutton Murray, through gifts to the UI.