Professor Nina W. Tarr, Visiting Professor of Law, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Tarr’s primary teaching responsibility at M.S.U. College of Law is to develop and run the Conflict Resolution Clinic. Students in the Conflict Resolution Clinic study the theory and practice of the skills associated with conflict resolution including effective interviewing and information development, mediation, negotiation, problem solving, advocacy and drafting. The students in the CRC provide mediation services to parties in conflict through the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan and other dispute resolution agencies. Professor Tarr is admitted to the Michigan Bar and has been approved as a Mediation Trainer by the Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office, Office of Dispute Resolution.
While on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Professor taught courses in family law, mediation, food policy, professional responsibility, evidence, and domestic violence. She served two terms as the Director of Clinical Education after developing their first clinical education program in 1995. The clinic programs offered experiential learning opportunities for students to examine issues of professionalism, provide legal services to low income members of the community, explore issues of social justice, and develop skills while synthesizing their law school education.
Professor Tarr's published articles include, amongst others, “Food Entrepreneurs and Food Safety Regulation;” "Ethics, Internal Law School Clinics, and Training the Next Generation of Poverty Lawyers;” "Civil Orders for Protection: Freedom or Entrapment;” "The Cost to Children When Batterers Misuse Order for Protection Statutes in Child Custody Cases;” "Clients’ and Students’ Stories: Avoiding Exploitation and Complying with the Law to Produce Scholarship with Integrity;” and "The Skill of Evaluation as an Explicit Goal of Clinical Education.” Professor Tarr is co-author of the third edition of Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law with Richard A. Zitrin and Carol M. Langford (LexisNexis) published in 2007.
In addition to teaching at the University of Illinois, Professor Tarr has taught at California Western School of Law, Washington University School of Law (St. Louis), Washburn School of Law, Northern Illinois University School of Law, and William Mitchell School of Law. She also spent time at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London on an Inns of Court Fellowship.
Professor Tarr graduated cum laude from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was a member of the Iowa Law Review. After clerking for the Minnesota Supreme Court, she worked for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in the areas of family law and legal problems of the elderly poor. She is active in both national and international associations of clinical professors and helped establish the Clinical Law Review. Professor Tarr has served on a number of ABA site inspection teams.