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Harvard expert on conflict resolution lectures at UI College of Law April 3

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 Research Project.

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.