Center on Negotiation and Mediation

Whether practicing transactional, criminal law, or litigation, much of a lawyer's time is spent negotiating with other lawyers, clients, or colleagues, and most cases are ultimately resolved through settlement and, increasingly, mediation. The Center on Negotiation and Mediation, one of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Bluhm Clinic offerings, provides students with theoretical and practical experience in negotiation and mediation through a series of courses and workshops. More...

Activities & Announcements

November 30
Governor-elect JB Pritzker appoints Annie Buth, M.R. Bauer Foundation Fellow, to the Restorative Justice and Safe Communities transition team.


Designing AftercareNovember 27
Alyson Carrel facilitates a human centered design workshop for faculty and students from the Children and Family Justice Center to discuss their future initiatives related to pressing youth justice issues.


November 16
Annie Buth facilitates dialogue for the Women's Leadership Coalition event "The Kavanaugh Aftermath: How Society Treats Women Who Speak Out".

November 14
Students come together through Northwestern Circles for dialogue to reflect on family experiences.

November 8
rj-seminar-circles-11-8-18Lynn Cohn, Annie Buth, and Circles & Ciphers representatives Alicia Brown, Sherrif Da Greatest, and Shiyaa Mitchell facilitate circles to discuss the relationship between restorative justice, systems, and community. Participants include Northwestern law students, Restorative Justice Community Court representatives, a member of the International Indigenous Youth Council, Chicago Police Department officers, Peace Ambassadors from Alternatives, and Catherine Cook Middle School students.

November 1
Alyson Carrel presents on her Delta Model Project at the Chicago Legal Innovation Meet-Up. The Delta Model Project is a new competency model for the 21st century legal professional highlighting the importance of emotional intelligence and practical problem-solving in addition to an understanding of data and technology.


November 1
Circles & Ciphers in collaboration with Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration and the Northside Transformative Law Center hosts a teach-in examining the criminalization of survivors of domestic violence and opportunities for participatory defense. Annie Buth facilitates a circle for the event.



October 30
Alyson Carrel hosts a game night for #NLawBizTech students to practice problem-solving, creativity, and cognitive flexibility.

October 30
National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA) names the Center on Negotiation and Mediation Teaching Assistant, Jude Baldo, as a NFALA Presidential Scholarship winner. Jude is one of four law students selected nationally to receive this scholarship award, which recognizes students with an exceptional aptitude for the study of law and a strong commitment to serve or contribute to the Filipino-American community.

October 26
Alyson Carrel joins Professor Noam Ebner in presenting a daylong workshop on the future of mediation at the University of Florida Institute on Dispute Resolution. Alyson discusses the potential benefits technology can play in our mediation practice and leads a human-centered design thinking exercise about innovation in the mediation field.

October 25
peace house rjsem2The I Grow Peace House, a community in West Englewood dedicated to healing, connection, and restorative justice values, welcomes the Restorative Justice Seminar. Northwestern law students learn with and from students in the after school program.  

October 25
Alyson Carrel joins Professor Noam Ebner to speak with faculty at the University of Florida Levin College of Law about the future of court services and the impact on legal education. She introduces the Delta Model and discusses the increasing need to include practical problem solving and emotional intelligence as lawyer competencies in light of a growing reliance on artificial intelligence in the delivery of legal services.

October 24

Agnew negotiationsMegan Agnew, Senior Counsel, M&A ConAgra Brands, discusses the role of the attorney at a large corporation with Professor Kevin Agnew's negotiation class and emphasizes the importance of establishing trust with clients.


October 23
Annie Buth co-hosts a public interest lunch with the Associate Director of Public Interest Katie Shelton. 





October 19
Daniel Gandert and Annie Buth teach mock negotiation classes for Chicago public high School students participating in StreetLaw’s “Law in Action” program.


October 17
Annie Buth facilitates a circle for Domestic Violence Awareness month at a restorative justice peace hub. There will be a follow-up community event on November 1.

October 17
Northwestern Circles discusses the Northwestern Law community.

October 13
Lynn Cohnn begins a three-day negotiation workshop with the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Master of Science in Law (MSL) students. The MSL curriculum centers on the intersection of law, business, and technology, with specific focus areas in business law and entrepreneurship, intellectual propery and patent design, and regulatory analysis and strategy.

October 11
Annie Buth guest lectures at the Conflict: Transformation, Intervention, Negotiation, Advocacy class, which is part of the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program at DePaul College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

October 11
The Center on Negotiation and Mediation collaborates with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement to facilitate dialogue using the circle process. Participants have the opportunity to reflect, discuss, and share about issues raised by recent events like the verdict in the trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke for the killing of teen Laquan McDonald and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

October 10
Mark Agnew, CEO of Lou Maltnati’s Pizza, speaks to students about the importance of understanding your own strengths and weaknesses during a negotiation. He stresses the importance of one’s reputation and brand – and how critical it is to keep those in mind when negotiating with long-term vendors, employees and customers.

October 6
Daniel Gandert presents at the 12th Annual AALS Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. 

October 3
The Center on Negotiation and Mediation hosts Northwestern Circles, which provides an opportunity for the law school community to connect and discuss different issues through the circle process. Lynn Cohn and Annie Buth facilitated circles for reflection and dialogue concerning the Kavanaugh hearings. 

September 29
Students in Alyson Carrel's Mediation & Advocacy class participates in a full day mediation training with the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), getting personalized and intensive feedback from dispute resolution professionals. 

September 27
Annie Buth's Restorative Justice Seminar class meets in a community space in North Lawndale to hear Carlos De La Vega and Annette Toscano share the work of Semillas y Raíces, an organization dedicated to preserving culture and advancing traditional practices of restorative justice and community healing. Students participate in a circle focused on exploring relationships with themselves, others, nature and institutions. 

September 8
Professor Cohn leads a three day mediation program for the National Association of Realtors where Realtors from across the country gather to learn about the process, develop their mediation skills and become ambassadors of the process in their local and state associations. 

September 5
Annie Buth hosts the first Northwestern Circle of the semester. Northwestern Circles is a bi-weekly event open to the law school community, using the circle process to connect, discuss important issues, and reflect. 

September 5
Annie Buth co-facilitates a circle for the women of color group at a restorative justice peace hub. 

August 21
1L Orientation 2018: The Center participates in welcoming incoming students to the Law School. Four of our Center faculty give presentations on their current work. Professor Cohn leads a 2 hour training on working in teams for the MSL students and speaks on a panel welcoming diverse students to our campus.

August 2018
Conflict Resolution Quarterly publishes "New directions in whole-school restorative justice implementation," an article co-authored by Annie Buth, Thalia González, and Heather Sattler, which presents a multiyear case study.  

August 15
Cohn and Carrel
Professors Lynn Cohn and Alyson Carrel celebrate their awards from CPR and ABA-DR.

August 3
Professor Len Riskin gives plenary presentation on the future of mindfulness in law and a workshop on qi gong at the Mindfulness in Law Society-ABA national conference in Chicago.

July 25-27
Professor Leonard Riskin leads a workshop on Negotiation for Professionals [along with Dan Shapiro of Harvard Medical and Law Schools and Katie Zouhary (JD '11) of Schiff Hardin, LLP] for the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. 

June 20-22
Professor Leonard Riskin leads a workshop (along with Rachel Wohl) on Mindfulness in the Heat of Conflict at the Pepperdine University Institute for Dispute Resolution in Malibu, CA. 

June 2018
Professor Daniel Gandert heads to the World Cup, observing the impact of FIFA disputes in person as well as the potential precedent which may undermine the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ability to bring about provisional suspensions.

April 29
Professor Carrel speaking at podiumProfessor Carrel speaks at Vanderbilt’s Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI). Carrel uses Michael Moffit’s Islands, Vitamins, Germs, Salt model for the future of ADR curriculum to predict the future of legal technology & innovation in legal education. View presentation. #SOLI2018

Center on Negotiation and Mediation Overview Video