Date Chartered: 5/31/1983


The Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution promotes members’ interests, activities, and communication of ideas, and provides a forum for discussion of matters of interest in the teaching, research, and improvement of the law and practice relating to Alternative Dispute Resolution (negotiation, arbitration, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes).

Annual Meeting Programs








Section of the Year

2024 Winner
2019 Winner

Best Scholarly Article Award

The AALS ADR Section annually selects an article that makes a significant contribution to the field of dispute resolution and reflects excellent scholarly analysis and writing.

New Voices in Dispute Resolution

The AALS Section of Dispute Resolution announces the New Voices in Dispute Resolution program that pairs a “new voice” with a distinguished mentor. The program involves year-long mentoring on a paper or project, culminating with the mentor hosting the new scholar in a hybrid event consisting of an in-person talk at the mentor’s own institution with a invitation to the DR community to attend virtually.


YearAward NameRecipientLaw School
2024Best Scholarly Article AwardLeslie BellwoodAnthony Ostlund Louwagie Dressen & Boylan P.A.
2024Best Scholarly Article AwardMitchell ZamoffUniversity of Minnesota Law School
2024New Voices in Dispute ResolutionAshley VotrubaUniversity of Nebraska Department of Psychology
2024New Voices in Dispute ResolutionHenry WangFlorida State University College of Law
2021Best Scholarly Article AwardMichael MoffittUniversity of Oregon School of Law
2020Best Scholarly Article AwardDonna ShestowskyUniversity of California, Davis School of Law
2019Best Scholarly Article AwardEllen DeasonThe Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law