Alan Kirtley is an associate professor of law at the University of Washington School of Law and a founding director of its Clinical Law Program. He teaches in the law school’s Mediation Clinic and offers courses in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. He has a private mediation practice and does volunteer work in public policy disputes and with community dispute resolution centers. He is a frequent presenter at mediator training programs. Professor Kirtley served as chairman of the Washington State Bar Association’s alternative dispute resolution section. Kirtley co-founded this Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference in 1993. He has published several articles in this field, and he was awarded a writing prize by the Center for Public Resources for his article on the mediation privilege. Prof. Kirtley was an academic advisor to the national drafting committee of the Uniform Mediation Act (“UMA”), and he was instrumental in the passage of the UMA in Washington State. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Ohio State University College of Law.
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Alan, welcome! Happy to see you here! Didja think when you started this section decades ago something like this would come about? Maybe you can remember back that far -- I'm starting to lose it. Do poke around, mill about, dive-in and let us know if there's anything we can do in the section or on this network that would be valuable to you. And what can we do to get law students involved here? At $12 a year student section membership, we can't make it much easier to join than that. What if they could have some substantive involvement, hmmm? Worth maybe starting a discussion about in the Members' Forum?
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