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 of the nation, particularly those who are members of the Law Student Division of the American Bar.


The competition is open to anyone, age 21 or older, who was a full-time or part-time J.D. law student at an ABA-accredited law school during the 2019-20 academic year. Officers, directors and employees of the American Bar Association and their immediate household and family members are ineligible to enter the competition.

Previously published essays are not eligible. If a student’s essay has been accepted for publication, the student must inform the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution at the time of initial submission to the competition. If the student’s essay is accepted for publication after submission to the essay competition but before a decision is reached by the Essay Committee, the student must inform the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution of this acceptance immediately. By entering, participants agree that the ABA shall have the right of first publication of the winning essay. Only one entry per participant. Winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement if winning entry is selected for publication.

Competition Prize

One prize of $1,000 dollars will be awarded for the best entry as judged by the Boskey Essay Committee, comprised of representatives from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. In addition, the winning essay will be considered for possible publication in Dispute Resolution Magazine. Winner will be required to submit a completed W-9 prior to receiving the award. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with the award.


By entering, participants agree that the decision of the judges is final. ABA is not responsible for any error, computer malfunction, or failed transmission.

Entry Procedure

  1. All fields on the official entry form below must be completed.
  2. The entry should be submitted to Gina Brown (gina.brown@americanbar.org) at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in PDF format.  The e-mail should have the subject header “Attn: Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition.”
  3. The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry.
  4. The staff of the American Bar Association will assign a random number to each entry and record this number on all copies of each essay submitted.
  5. Neither the contestant’s identity nor his/her academic institution will be known to the Boskey Essay Committee members or the Chair of the ABA Section doing the judging
  6. Contestants will receive confirmation of the entry. The winner(s) will be notified by electronic mail of their selection.

Entry Deadline

Entries for the competition must be received by Friday, June 12, 2020, by 11:59 PM (Central Time). 

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



Olivia Stitz
Arizona State University

Casting a Wide Net Over Consent



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

Wampum, Buffalo, and Taliban: How embracing lessons on violence and negotiation from the American Indian Wars will help end the War in Afghanistan

Honorable Mention

Ariel Cox
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Serve & Protect, Honor & Respect: Restoring the Victims and Rebuilding Police and Community Ties After Racially Charged Civilian-Police Incidents



John Kelly
Loyola School of Law

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

Honorable Mention

Brian Holb
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Making the Case for Mediation in Public Sector Labor Relations



Emily Chumas
Quinnipiac University Law School

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

Honorable Mention

Olga Y. Bykov,
University of California, Davis School of Law

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



Joseph Kammerman
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

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

Honorable Mention

Brian Kelso
The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

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



Joshua M. Whitaker
Harvard Law School

Rethinking The Relationship Between Mediator Pressure and Party Self-Determination

Honorable Mention

Margaret E. Randels
University of Georgia School of Law

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



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



Franklin Branch
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

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




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



Flora Go
Harvard Law School

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



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



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



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



Carol Pauli
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

News Media as Mediators

Honorable Mention

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

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

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



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



Kristen Blankley
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

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

Lowell Pearson
University of Missouri-Columbia

The Case for Non-Party Discovery Under the Federal Arbitration Act

Honorable Mention

Michael Pappas
The University of Texas at Austin

Flexible Framework for the Prevention and Resolution of Construction Disputes

Philip Kimball
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Syndi-Court Justice: Judge Judy and Exploitation of Arbitration



Heidi Marie Tauscher
Emory University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Division of Religion

Spiritual Practices for Mediation Challenges: Pragmatic Mediation Approaches from Five Major World Religious Traditions

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 
University of California-Hastings College of Law

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

Clarissa Keil
Monash University

The International Criminal Court and International Law 



Stephen Anway
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Mediation in Copyright Disputes: From Compromise Created Incentives to Incentive Created Compromises

Jessie Sutherland
The University of Victoria

Colonialism, Crime, and Dispute Resolution: A Critical Analysis of Canada's Aboriginal Justice Strategy

Honorable Mention

Alyssa Shenk
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements: The Key to Avoiding a Charge of Unconscionability

Edward R. Ergenzinger, Jr.
Wake Forest University School of Law

Conversations With Phineas Gage: A Neuroscientific Approach to Negotiation Strategies

Gregory Todd Jones
Georgia State University

Evaluative ADR, Uncertainty & Information 



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

David Perlman
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mediation and Ethics Consultation: Towards a New Understanding of Impartiality 

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



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.