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Michael Moffitt

Michael Moffitt, a Mobius Senior Consultant, is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he teaches negotiation, mediation, dispute resolution, and civil procedure. He is also the Associate Director of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Oregon. He was formerly Clinical Supervisor of the Harvard Mediation Program and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he continues to serve on the faculty of the Harvard Program of Instruction for Lawyers. Michael has spent more than a decade delivering mediation services, negotiation coaching, and training workshops around the world. His clients have ranged from senior judges to tribal leaders, from unionized prison guards to accountants, from railroad officials to diplomatic academy trainees.

His practical experience includes a wide range of complex public and private sector efforts. In conjunction with the World Health Organization, he worked to help developing countries in Africa and Asia improve their negotiations regarding health sector funding. This effort included training, strategic consultation, and the publication of a customized negotiation workbook for ministry officials in dozens of developing countries. He helped lead intervention and assistance programs to disputing parties in the ethnically divided Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union. He has also provided strategic assistance and advice to teams preparing for important negotiations, including land and water claims, dispute settlements, and labor contracts. He has recently assisted a number of school districts and teachers’ associations with their collective bargaining processes, serving as mediator and as factfinder.

In addition to the mediation and negotiation training programs at Harvard Law School, Michael has consulted with and conducted programs for universities, lawyers, business leaders, government officials, and practicing mediators. He co-designed and led a series of workshops for the Singapore Mediation Centre. Among these was a workshop conducted for the Justices of the Supreme Court of Singapore – the first such training ever delivered. He also delivered a series of advanced mediation training programs for government tenancy mediators in New Zealand.

Michael has published a number of scholarly articles on mediation and negotiation. He is also the lead editor of The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2005), an award-winning compilation of 31 original chapters by leading scholars and practitioners in the field. The Oregon law school faculty awarded Michael with the law school’s Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. In 2004, he was also one of two faculty members at the University of Oregon to receive the University’s Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.

A graduate of Marietta College and Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Ann Aldrich. He is a devoted but mediocre snowboarder and an avid wine taster.