Brian A. Pappas
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law & Associate Director of the ADR Program
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 425
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6979 Intercom: 180
LL.M. in Dispute Resolution 2008, University of Missouri; J.D. 2005, Wayne State University Law School; M.P.P. 2003, University of Michigan; B.A. 2000, University of Michigan
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Contract Negotiation, Mediation Advocacy, Mediation Advocacy and Civil Facilitative Mediator Training, Mediation Advocacy and Domestic Relations Mediator Training, Negotiation, Negotiation Advocacy, Online Dispute Resolution
A Ph.D. candidate in public administration at the University of Kansas, Professor Pappas’s academic interests lie at the intersection of law, dispute resolution, and public administration. His dissertation focuses on the role of procedural fairness in formal and informal university grievance processes. His writings on dispute resolution have been published in local and state journals, and in the UCLA Journal of Law & Technology.
An expert in mediation confidentiality, Professor Pappas served on the Michigan Supreme Court’s Mediation Confidentiality Committee. In 2008, he authored a study of the proposed Uniform Mediation Act on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section. His other areas of expertise include conflict coaching, multi-party dispute processes, public policy dispute resolution, and organizational ombudsman.
Trained in both facilitative and transformative methods, Professor Pappas has mediated hundreds of civil and domestic relations cases. He is a State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) approved civil and domestic relations mediator and trainer.
Professor Pappas has presented dispute resolution topics at numerous conferences, including the American Association of Law School’s Dispute Resolution Works-in-Progress Conference; the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference; and before the Detroit Metropolitan, Oakland County, and Washtenaw County Bar Associations.
Professor Pappas is active in several organizations, including the American Bar Association and the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw and Livingston Counties. He serves as a member of the governing council of the State Bar of Michigan’s ADR Section, and is the co-chair of the ADR Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Professor Pappas teaches mediation, negotiation, online dispute resolution, dispute resolution competition courses, and the 1L contract negotiations course at MSU College of Law.