Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work honors individuals whose scholarship has significantly contributed to the dispute resolution field. 

Nominations should address one or more of the following:

  • Nominee has authored a scholarly publication or a body of work exhibiting excellence in research, writing, and analysis.
  • Nominee has introduced new concepts in dispute resolution.
  • Nominee has embodied “scholarship in action” for a collective body of work that brings theory to practice in developing (for example) laws, uniform acts, codes of conduct, protocols, competitions, or new programs and services over a sustained period of time.

Submit a nomination for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work.

Curent Recipient

Joseph B. “Josh” Stulberg selected as 2019 Recipient of Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work

Professor Joseph B. “Josh” Stulberg, the Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law, is the 2019 recipient of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work. This award honors individuals whose scholarship has contributed significantly to the field of dispute resolution.

Professor Stulberg’s accomplishments are almost too numerous to mention. A prolific and influential scholar, Professor Stulberg has published more than 60 articles in professional journals on theoretical, policy, and practice issues in dispute resolution. In particular, his piece The Theory and Practice of Mediation: A Reply to Professor Susskind has become a classic of dispute resolution scholarship, and was the subject of its own symposium on the 30th anniversary of its publication, at Marquette University in 2011. In addition, he has co-authored multiple books on mediation, including The Middle Voice (with Lela P. Love) as well as a co-authored law school textbook, Mediation Theory and Practice. His is the recipient of The Ohio State University Faculty Award for Excellence in Community-Based Scholarship (2003), a testament to his impact of his scholarship beyond academia.

Professor Stulberg has also been influential in promoting the development of Dispute Resolution. He led the formation of the country’s first LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution, at the University of Missouri School of Law, and created and co-directed Wayne State’s Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution. Stulberg served as the reporter for the Joint Committee on the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. He was co-chair of the editorial board of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Magazine and a former Vice President of the American Arbitration Association (heading the Community Dispute Services). He is the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.  Most recently, he co-founded and serves on the steering committee for The Ohio State University’s Divided Communities Project, which was named the recipient of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s 2018 institutional Lawyer as Problem Solver Award.

His scholarship is also put into action through his teaching. One of the nation’s pre-eminent mediator trainers, he is the only individual to participate in conducting mediator training for the U.S. Attorney General’s original Neighborhood Justice Center programs in Atlanta, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. Professor Stulberg has trained nearly 10,000 people across the nation and the world to serve in court, agency-based, or community-based dispute resolution programs. He developed and conducted the prototype 40-hour mediator training programs for the supreme courts of Florida and Michigan; designed and implemented the first peer-mediation program in New York City public schools; teamed with Partners for Democratic Change to deliver dispute resolution training to governmental and NGO leaders in Central and Eastern Europe; and has taught courses on mediation theory and practice at multiple U.S. law schools and for university students in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe.

The Scholarly Work Award will be presented to Professor Stulberg on April 13th, 2019 during the Legal Educators Colloquium Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Spring Conference. For tickets to the Luncheon and more information about the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference and the Legal Educators Colloquium, go to Spring Conference page.

Past Recipients

2018 - Charles Craver

2017- Andrea Kupfer Schneider

2016 – Robert Mnookin

2015 – Jean Sternlight

2014 – Lisa Blomgren Amsler

2013 – Leonard Riskin

2012 – Frank Sander

2011 – Carrie Menkel Meadow