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 law students.


The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Essays must be limited to 15-30 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 2019 entry deadline is June 14, 2019 Click HERE for the Competition Guidlines

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 Peter Reilly, Texas A&M University, School of Law.

 

Current and Past Winners

2019

Winner

Jonathan McClurg
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Wampum, Buffalo, and Taliban

2017

Winner

John Kelly

The Cannabis Industry: Harvesting the Benefits of a Counter-Narrative Model to Arbitration

Loyola School of Law

Honorable Mention

Brian Holb

Making the Case for Mediation in Public Sector Labor Relations

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

2016

Winner

Emily Chumas

How Alternative Dispute Resolution Encourages Subsequent Remedial Measures After Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, or Adverse or Unanticipated Events

Quinnipiac University Law School

Honorable Mention

Olga Y. Bykov

Escaping Arbitrability: Challenging Delegation Clauses Based on Cost, Choice of Law and Arbitrator's Self-Interest

University of California, Davis School of Law

2015

Winner

Joseph Kammerman

One Hundred Years of Local Conflict and One National Tragedy: Trayvon Martin & Dispute Resolution in Sanford, Florida

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Honorable Mention

Brian Kelso

Drawing Outside the Lines: Utilizing International Approaches to Resolve Due Process Concerns in Med-ARB

The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

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

University of Georgia School of Law

2013

Winner

Sarah Gonski
Harvard Law School

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

2012

Winner:

Franklin Branch
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law


Mediation over Prosecution: The Right Approach to Increasing School Attendance in Baltimore City

 

2011

Winner

Jon Philipson
University of Florida, Levin College of Law


The Kids Are Not All Right: Mandating Peer Mediation as an Anti-Bullying Measure in Schools

Honorable Mentions

Emily Bennett
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

The Innovation of Collaboration: When "Win-Win" Wins

Samuel Permutt
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

The “Honor” Killing Problem in Arab-Israel Communities: A Case for Sulha

2010

Winner

Flora Go
Harvard Law School

Mediation as Practiced in Criminal Law: The Present, the Pitfalls, and the Potential

2009

Winner

Andrea Yang
Georgetown University Law Center

Ethics Codes for Mediator Conduct: Necessary But Still Insufficient

Honorable Mention

Ari Fontecchio
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Naming, Framing and Taming: Why Timing and Emotional Intelligence Really Matter in Crisis Intervention

2008

Winner

Adam Gregg
Drake University School of Law

Contractual Expansion of the Scope of Judicial Review After Hall Street: Time to Amend the FAA

Honorable Mention

Michael Kleinman
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Diaspora Discussions: Moving From Jewish Enclave Deliberation to Interfaith Dialogue--A Case Study in Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University

2007

Winner

Kimberly Grant
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Ten Dollars for Twenty Years: Providing Justice for Exonerees Using Victim-Offender Mediation

Honorable Mention

Christopher McKinney
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

Too Many Motions for Vacatur of Commercial Arbitration: The Eleventh Circuit Sanctions Unwary Litigants

2006

Winner

Carol Pauli
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

News Media as Mediators


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
University of Houston Law Center

ADR Class Action Waivers

Honorable Mention

Tracey Pastan
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Permission Plus: Reaching the Pareto Optimal Guideline for Contingency Fees in Mediation

Jeff Goldfien
University of Missouri School of Law

Negotiated Rulemaking and the Public Interest

2004

Winner

Kristen Blankley
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Honorable Mention

Confidentiality or Control: Which Will Prevail as Confidentiality and "Good Faith" Negotiation Statutes Collide in Court-Annexed Mediations?

Philip Kimball
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Syndi-Court Justice: Judge Judy and Exploitation of Arbitration

2003

Winner

Henry Abromson
Marquette University Law School

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

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
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Mediating Family Disputes in a World with Domestic Violence: How to Devise a Safe and Effective Court-Connected Mediation Program

Honorable Mention

Alexandra Zylestra
University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law

Good Faith Requirements in Mandatory Family Mediations: Process Protection or Potential Disaster?

Christopher Todd Hagins
University of South Carolina School of Law

Marcus J. Rael, Jr.
University of New Mexico School of Law

The Storm on the Horizon: Mediator Certification in New Mexico

2000

Winner

J. Keith Essmeyer, Jr.
University of Missouri College of Law

Are We Playing the Same Game: The Black Self-Image and Negotiations

Honorable Mention

Lydia Lazar
Chicago-Kent College of Law

When Mandatory is not Mandatory: The Case of Eco Swiss China Time Ltd. V Benetton International NV Case C-126/97

Brenda Tofte
Hamline University School of Law

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.

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

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

 

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