James H. Stark

Roger Sherman Professor of Law Emeritus, Oliver Ellsworth Research Professor
Headshot of Professor Stark.
Office: Hosmer 280
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Evidence

Jim Stark is a nationally recognized expert in mediation and alternative dispute resolution who has been a member of the UConn School of Law faculty since 1979. As a former staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, Professor Stark began his tenure at the school as Director of Civil Clinical Programs, supervising and training students in the litigation of civil and disability rights cases. From 1990 to 1993, he served as associate dean for faculty affairs, presiding over a faculty process that produced major revisions in the curriculum, including the creation of the first-year Lawyering Process program. In 1994, he founded the Mediation Clinic, the Law School’s first foray into the field of alternative dispute resolution and 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 (2nd ed. 2012), the top-selling law school dispute resolution text as listed by Amazon.com.  His 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 won the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Award as Best Professional Article of 2014 in the field of dispute resolution. Professor Stark has lectured on mediation and clinical legal education topics widely throughout the United States, as well as in Germany and Italy.

In addition to directing the Mediation Clinic, Professor Stark teaches courses in negotiation and evidence, including a new “laboratory” version of the basic evidence course. His numerous professional activities include having served as an editor of the Clinical Law Review, as chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Committee on ADR Clinics, and as 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)

Douglas N. Frenkel & James H. Stark, Improving Lawyers’ Judgment: Is Mediation Training De-Biasing?, 20 Harvard Negot. L. Rev ___ (forthcoming fall 2015) 

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)