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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boyd School of Law Names Saltman Senior Scholars

The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law congratulates Harold Abramson and Lisa Blomgren Amsler on being named Saltman Senior Scholars.

Hal Abramson is a full-time faculty member at Touro Law Center, New York, where he teaches, trains, and writes about how attorneys can effectively represent clients in domestic and international mediations. He also taught full-time for one year at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, as a visiting professor, and is now a Senior Scholar at UNLV’s Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. He is an experienced domestic and international commercial mediator and has taught or trained throughout the United States as well as in Australia, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Israel, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, and Turkey. He currently serves as the first Scholar in (virtual) Residence of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM), serves as a member of the planning committee for the ABA Asian-Pacific International Mediation Summit in Delhi, and is contributing to the work on the international treaty for enforcing mediated settlements pending before UNCITRAL. He served as Chair of the ABA Committee that drafted its mediation representation competition rules and assisted the ICC in Paris in launching its international mediation representation competition. He also served as co-chair of the IMI Task Force in The Hague that designed an Inter-Cultural Mediator Certification Program. Abramson’s publications include two books, Mediation Representation-Advocating as a Problem-Solver (3d ed., 2013, and Recipient of CPR 2004 Book Award) and International Conflict Resolution-ADR Consensual Processes (2005). Professor Abramson also served for nine years as Vice Dean responsible for academic programs, faculty development and international programs and has taught a range of courses including international business transactions, sales, and business organization. He currently teaches courses on dispute resolution and remedies.

Lisa Blomgren Amsler (formerly Bingham) is Professor and Keller-Runden Chair in Public Service at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs where she has taught since 1992. She is also a Senior Scholar at UNLV’s Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. She was Director of the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute from 1997 to 2007. She has held visiting faculty, scholar, or lecturer positions at the University of California Hasting College of Law, Indiana University School of Law, University of Aberdeen School of Law, and University of California Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society. She practiced labor law from 1979 to 1989 at Shipman and Goodwin, where she was a partner from 1984-1989. She has authored over ninety articles, monographs, and book chapters, and edited three books on dispute resolution and collaborative governance. Amsler's research has received awards from the American Bar Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the American Society of Public Administration, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. In 2007, she received the Rubin Theory-to-Practice Award from the International Association for Conflict Management and Harvard Project on Negotiation for research that makes a significant impact on practice. She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2014, she received the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution's Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work.