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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

Professor Riskin’s scholarship can be found on:


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.

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.

Books and Monographs

  • Dispute Resolution and Lawyers (with James E. Westbrook, Chris Guthrie, Richard Reuben, Jennifer Robbennolt & Nancy Welsh) (5th ed.) (West, forthcoming, 2014)
  • Dispute Resolution and Lawyers (4th ed., Westgroup, 2009) Leonard L. Riskin, James E. Westbrook, Chris Guthrie, Richard Reuben, Jennifer Robbennolt & Nancy A. Welsh
  • The Farmer-Lender Mediation Program: Implementation by the Farmers Home Administration (Administrative Conference of the United States, 1991).

Book Chapters

  • “Two (or More) Concepts of Mindfulness in Law and Conflict Resolution, ” in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness (Amanda Ie, Christelle Ngoumen and Ellen Langer, eds.) (Wiley-Blackwell) (2014)
  • "Eastern and Western Psychological Concepts of Mindfulness in Conflict Resolution and Law,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness (Amanda Ie, Christelle Ngoumen and Ellen Langer, eds.) (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

Law Reviews / Journals / Articles

  • "Beginning with Yes: A Review Essay on Michael Wheeler's 'The Art of Negotiation: Improvising Your Way to Agreement in a Chaotic World,' 16 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 605-624 (2015)
  • "Managing Inner and Outer Conflict: Selves, Subpersonalities, and Internal Family Systems," 18 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 1 (2013)
  • “The ‘Negotiation’ Within: Connecting and Managing Inner and Outer Conflict,” 18 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 1(2013)
  • ”Awareness and The Legal Profession: An Introduction to the Mindful Lawyer Symposium,” 61 Journal of Legal Education 634 (2012)
  • "Further Beyond Reason: Mindfulness, Emotions, and the Core Concerns in Negotiation," 10 Nevada Law Journal 289 (2010).
  • "What’s it All About?: Problem-Definition in Mediation," (with Nancy A. Welsh) 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)
  • "Is That All There Is?: 'The Problem' in Court-Oriented Mediation," (with Nancy A. Welsh) 15 George Mason Law Review 863-932 (2008).
  • "The Place of Mindfulness in Healing and the Law," in Shifting the Field of Law and 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).
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