James J. Alfini

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law of South Texas College of Law

Professor James J. Alfini has been very active in the field of ADR for more than three decades. He served as Director of Research and Assistant Executive Director of the American Judicature Society from 1976 to 1985. In 1985, he accepted a position as Professor at Florida State University College of Law and Director of Education Research at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center. While in Florida he served on the initial Supreme Court committee on arbitration and mediation. Professor Alfini moved back to Illinois in 1991 to become Dean of Northern Illinois University's College of Law. In 2003, he left for Texas to take on the responsibilities of President and Dean of South Texas College of Law in Houston. He is past Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has written numerous books and articles on the subject of ADR, including the co-authored book, “Mediation Theory and Practice,” published by LexisNexis and in its third edition, "Mediating in the Shadow of the Courts: A Survey of the Emerging Case Law," published in the Arkansas Law Review, and "E2K Leaves Mediation in an Ethics 'Black Hole'," which appeared in the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution's Dispute Resolution Magazine.