James H. Stark

Professor of Law and Director, Mediation Clinic
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Office: Hosmer 280
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Evidence

A nationally recognized expert in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Jim Stark has worked as a clinical law professor for 40 years, first at American University’s Washington College of Law and, since 1979, at the UConn School of Law, where in 1994 he founded the Law School’s Mediation Clinic, a program he continues to direct.

A graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School, Professor Stark is the co-author (with Douglas Frenkel) of The Practice of Mediation: A Video-Integrated Text, a leading law school mediation skills text, now in its second edition. His many scholarly publications also include a Clinical Law Review article, Preliminary Reflections on the Establishment of a Mediation Clinic, which was selected for inclusion in the first edition of Clinical Anthology: Readings for Live-Client Clinics, and Changing Minds: The Work of Mediators and Empirical Studies of Persuasion, an article that was published in 2013 in the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution. He also has lectured on mediation and clinical legal education topics throughout the United States, as well as in Germany and Italy.

In addition to directing the Mediation Clinic, Professor Stark, a former dean of academic affairs at the Law School, teaches Evidence and Negotiation. His numerous other professional activities include serving as an editor of the Clinical Law Review, chair of the Association of American Law School’s Committee on ADR Clinics, and the Reporter to the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice Mediation Standards Committee, work that earned him that organization’s Outstanding Service Award.  

Douglas N. Frenkel & James Stark, The Practice of Mediation - A Video-Integrated Text, (Wolters Kluwer, 2008, 2d. ed. 2012)

James H. Stark & Douglas N. Frenkel, Changing Minds: The Work of Mediators and Empirical Studies of Persuasion, 28 Ohio State J. Dispute Resol. 263 (2013)

James H. Stark,The Ethics of Mediation Evaluation: Some Troublesome Questions and Tentative Proposals, from an Evaluating Lawyer Mediator 38 S. Tex. L. Rev. 769 (1997)

James H. Stark, Preliminary Reflections on the Establishment of a Mediation Clinic, 2 Clinical L. Rev. 457 (1996)

James H. Stark, Jon Bauer & James Papillo, Directiveness in Clinical Supervision, 3 B.U Pub. Int. L.J.35 (1993)