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Leonard L. Riskin

Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law



Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0771

(352) 392-3005


LL.M., Yale Law School J.D., New York University School of Law B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Teaching and Scholarship

Negotiation, Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Processes; other courses related to dispute resolution and awareness.

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Chesterfield Smith Professor (2007). Serves as Director of the Initiative on Mindfulness in Law and Dispute Resolution.
  • Previous Teaching Experience: Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia MO 65211, June 1984-December 2006; C.A. Leedy Professor, beginning September 1991; Isidor Loeb Professor, beginning July 2003; Director, Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, 1984-2002, 2004-2006; Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Law School, winter 2003; University of Colorado School of Law, Summers 1995, 1998 (Charles Inglis Thomson Guest Professor of Law); University of Tennessee College of Law, Spring 1983; Vermont Law School, Summers 1984-94; 1996-97; Pepperdine Institute for Dispute Resolution, Summers 1993, 1995, 2001; Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center (1979-1984); Associate (1976-1979); Assistant (1974-1976).
  • Private Practice: General Counsel, National Alliance of Businessmen, Inc. (now National Alliance of Business), Washington, D.C., 1968-1973; Personnel Director 1968.
  • Professional Affiliations: Member, Association of American Law Schools Professional Development Committee; Member, Leadership Council, Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; Member, Advisory Committee, ProDialogo.
  • For a more complete listing see vita.

Negotiation, Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Processes (3 or 4 credits) - LAW 6389

  • Not available to students who have taken or are taking Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Processes (LAW 6383), or Negotiation (LAW 6385). A study of theories and skills involved in negotiation, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes. Student performances in role plays and simulations will be a primary means of instruction.

Current Books and Monographs

  • DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND LAWYERS (4th ed., Westgroup, 2009) Leonard L. Riskin, James E. Westbrook, Chris Guthrie, Richard Reuben, Jennifer Robbennolt & Nancy A. Welsh

Representative Law Reviews / Journals / Articles

  • Annual Saltman Lecture at UNLV School of Law, Mar. 27, 2009: Further Beyond Reason: Mindfulness, Emotions, and the Core Concerns in Negotiation, 10 Nevada Law Journal _____(forthcoming 2010). The article will be the centerpiece of a print symposium.
  • Leonard L. Riskin & Nancy A. Welsh, What’s It All About?: Problem-Definition in Mediation, 15 Dispute Resolution Magazine, summer 2009 at 19-22.
  • Awareness and Ethics in Dispute Resolution and Law: Why Mindfulness Tends to Foster Ethical Behavior, 50 South Texas Law Review 493-503 (2009) (Luncheon address at symposium on ethics in dispute resolution).
  • Leonard L. Riskin & Nancy A. Welsh, Is That All There Is?: “The Problem” in Court-Oriented Mediation, 15 George Mason Law Review 863-932 (2008).
  • The Place of Mindfulness in Healing and the Law, in SHIFTING THE FIELD OF LAW & JUSTICE 99-120, Center for Law and Renewal (Linda Hager, Bonnie Allen & Renee Floyd Meyers, eds) (2007).
  • Eleven Big Ideas about Conflict: A Superficial Guide for the Thoughtful Journalist, 2007 Journal of Dispute Resolution 157-66.
  • Awareness in Lawyering: A Primer on Paying Attention, in THE AFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL: PRACTICING LAW AS A HEALING PROFESSION 447-71 (Marjorie Silver, ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2007).