James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution


Sponsored by The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in memory of James B. Boskey, an intellectual, humanitarian, Seton Hall University law professor, and mediator.  Professor Boskey became known and beloved world-over for his publication of The Alternative Newsletter, a resource guide on ADR published quarterly. It was in its tenth year when Professor Boskey died in 1999. The publication provided a comprehensive yet very accessible window into the diverse dimensions of the ADR field. In many respects, Professor Boskey-through the alternative newsletter-was the voice of the ADR community.

Purpose of the Boskey ADR Writing Competition
The purpose of the competition is to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among all law students of the nation, particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.

The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Essays are limited to 15-25 typewritten pages, including footnotes or endnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.

First Prize: $1000 to the Competition winner and posting of the winning essay and runner-up online.

Entry Information and Procedures
The 2014 entry deadline is June 13, 2014 Click HERE for the Competition Guidlines and Entry Form

The James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.

The James Boskey ADR Writing Competition is a project of the ADR in Law Schools Committee.  The Boskey Writing Competition is Chaired by Professor Andrea Kupfer Schneider, Director, Dispute Resolution Program Marquette University Law School .

Current and Past Law Student Division Winners Include:


2014

Winner:

Joshua M. Whitaker

Rethinking The Relationship Between Mediator Pressure and Party Self-Determination

Harvard Law School


Honorable Mention:

Margaret E. Randels

But We can Consent to that, Right?: The Constitutionality of Arbitration Under Article III Doctrine

Universtity of Georga School of Law


2013

Winner:

Sarah Gonski

Easing Gridlock in the United States Congress through Mediation: Letting Our Cities and States Teach Us Lessons on Getting Along

Harvard Law School

2012

Winner:

Franklin Branch
Mediation over Prosecution: The Right Approach to Increasing School Attendance in Baltimore City
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

2011

Winner:

Jon Philipson
The Kids Are Not All Right: Mandating Peer Mediation as an Anti-Bullying Measure in Schools
University of Florida, Levin College of Law

Honorable Mentions:

Emily Bennett
The Innovation of Collaboration: When "Win-Win" Wins
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Samuel Permutt
The “Honor” Killing Problem in Arab-Israel Communities: A Case for Sulha
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


2010

Winner:

Flora Go
Mediation as Practiced in Criminal Law: The Present, the Pitfalls, and the Potential
Harvard Law School  



2009

Winner:

Andrea Yang
Ethics Codes for Mediator Conduct: Necessary But Still Insufficient
Georgetown University Law Center

Honorable Mention:

Ari Fontecchio
Naming, Framing and Taming: Why Timing and Emotional Intelligence Really Matter in Crisis Intervention  
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law



2008

Winner:

Adam Gregg
Contractual Expansion of the Scope of Judicial Review After Hall Street: Time to Amend the FAA
Drake University School of Law

Honorable Mention:

Michael Kleinman
Diaspora Discussions: Moving From Jewish Enclave Deliberation to Interfaith Dialogue--A Case Study in Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

 


 

2007

Winner:

Kimberly Grant
Ten Dollars for Twenty Years: Providing Justice for Exonerees Using Victim-Offender Mediation
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Honorable Mention:

Christopher McKinney
Too Many Motions for Vacatur of Commercial Arbitration: The Eleventh Circuit Sanctions Unwary Litigants
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law


 

2006

Winner:

Carol Pauli
News Media as Mediators
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


Honorable Mention:

Gillian Goldberg
A Second Look at Community Mediation as a Means to Increase Access to Justice for the Poor
UCLA School of Law

Megan Dunham
Evaluative Mediation: The Usefulness of Evaluative Techniques Within a Mediation
University of California Hastings College of Law

Michelle Robinson
Mediator Certification: Realizing Its Potentials and Coping With Its Limitations
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


2005

Winner:

Nivine Zakhari
ADR Class Action Waivers
University of Houston Law Center


Honorable Mention:

Tracey Pastan
Permission Plus: Reaching the Pareto Optimal Guideline for Contingency Fees in Mediation
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Jeff Goldfien
Negotiated Rulemaking and the Public Interest
University of Missouri School of Law


2004

Winner:

Kristen Blankley
Confidentiality or Control: Which Will Prevail as Confidentiality and "Good Faith" Negotiation Statutes Collide in Court-Annexed Mediations?
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Honorable Mention:

Philip Kimball
Syndi-Court Justice: Judge Judy and Exploitation of Arbitration
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law


2003

Winner:

Henry Abromson
The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy: Will Alternative Dispute Resolution Succeed Where the Courts Have Not: A Proposed Solution to an Imperfect System.
Marquette University Law School

Honorable Mention:

Cynthia Miller Jones
NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitration and The Minimum Standard of Treatment Under NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitration Article 1105: What Does International Law Guarantee to Investors?

University of California-Hastings College of Law


2002

Winner:

Stephen Anway
Mediation in Copyright Disputes: From Compromise Created Incentives to Incentive Created Compromises.
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Honorable Mention:

Alyssa Shenk
Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements: The Key to Avoiding a Charge of Unconscionability
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Edward R. Ergenzinger, Jr.
Conversations With Phineas Gage: A Neuroscientific Approach to Negotiation Strategies
Wake Forest University School of Law


2001

Winner :

Rene Rimelspach
Mediating Family Disputes in a World with Domestic Violence: How to Devise a Safe and Effective Court-Connected Mediation Program
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Honorable Mention:

Alexandra Zylestra
Good Faith Requirements in Mandatory Family Mediations: Process Protection or Potential Disaster?
University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law

Christopher Todd Hagins
University of South Carolina School of Law

Marcus J. Rael, Jr.
The Storm on the Horizon: Mediator Certification in New Mexico
University of New Mexico School of Law


2000

Winner :

J. Keith Essmeyer, Jr.
Are We Playing the Same Game: The Black Self-Image and Negotiations
University of Missouri College of Law

Honorable Mention:

Lydia Lazar
When Mandatory is not Mandatory: The Case of Eco Swiss China Time Ltd. V Benetton International NV Case C-126/97
Chicago-Kent College of Law

Brenda Tofte
When Public Policy, Public Perception and Public Employment Collide: The Public Policy Exception to the Finality of Arbitration Awards. Why the Narrow Interpretation Best Furthers the Goals of Labor Arbitration City of Minneapolis v. Policy Officers' Federation of Minneapolis.
Hamline University School of Law

Past Graduate Student Division Winners Include:

2004

Winner:

Lowell Pearson
The Case for Non-Party Discovery Under the Federal Arbitration Act .
University of Missouri-Columbia

Honorable Mention:

Michael Pappas
A Flexible Framework for the Prevention and Resolution of Construction Disputes
The University of Texas at Austin


2003

Winner:

Heidi Marie Tauscher
Spiritual Practices for Mediation Challenges: Pragmatic Mediation Approaches from Five Major World Religious Traditions
Emory University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Division of Religion

Honorable Mention:

Clarissa Keil
The International Criminal Court and International Law
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


2002

Winner:

Jessie Sutherland
Colonialism, Crime, and Dispute Resolution: A Critical Analysis of Canada's Aboriginal Justice Strategy.
The University of Victoria

Honorable Mention:

Gregory Todd Jones
Evaluative ADR, Uncertainty & Information
Georgia State University


2001

Winner:

David Perlman
Mediation and Ethics Consultation: Towards a New Understanding of Impartiality
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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