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Ellen Waldman

Ellen Waldman

Emeritus Faculty


LL.M., University of Virginia in Mental Health Law, with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution;

J.D., New York University;

B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude

Prior to law school, Professor Waldman taught film and English at the American International School in Israel. Following law school, Professor Waldman clerked for the Honorable Myron Bright of the Eighth Circuit in Fargo, North Dakota and joined a litigation firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in insurance defense. While practicing in Washington, D.C., Professor Waldman received mediation training and subsequently was awarded a scholarship in 1990 to pursue an LL.M. in this area. While pursuing her LL.M. degree, she was a fellow at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A member of the TJSL faculty since 1992, Professor Waldman founded and supervises the school’s Mediation Program, which affords students an opportunity to mediate disputes in small claims court. In that capacity, she has secured grant funding from federal and local agencies, foundations and non-profits.  She has taught mediation-related courses nationally and internationally and has published over 25 articles and book chapters in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and bioethics. Most recently, she has published Mediation Ethics: Case and Commentaries, an in-depth treatment of the many hard cases that can arise in mediation practice.

Courses include:

Advanced Mediation, Bioethics, Mediation Ethics, Remedies


Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries (Jossey Bass, March 2011)

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Forgiveness & Reconciliation: Processes and Outcomes, in The Negotiators Desk Reference (with Loren Toussaint) (Chris Honeyman and Andrea Kupfer Schneider ed., American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Press, forthcoming 2017)

Inequality in America and Spillover Effects on Mediation Practice: Disputing for the 1 Per Cent and the 99 Per Cent, 35 Law In Context 24 (2017)

Palliative Care and End-of-Life Options, 34 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 627 (with Lynette Cederquist) (2016)

Mediators and Substantive Justice: A View from Rawls' Original Position, 30 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 391 (with Lola Akin Ojelabi) (2016)

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years: 30 Years behind and the Road Ahead for the Widespread Use of Mediation, 31 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 123 (with Lela P. Love) (2016)

Bioethics Mediation at the End of Life: Opportunities and Limitations, 15 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 449 (2014), available at

Story as Sermon and Seduction , 34 Cardozo L. Rev. 2443 (2013), available at

Elegy for Mrs. G: Mediating Losses at the End of Life, 23 Quinnipiac Prob. L. J. 411 (2010)

Mindfulness, Emotions and Ethics: The Right Stuff?, 10 Nev. L.J. 513 (2010)

Baby Doe Regulations and Tragic Choices at the Bedside: Accepting the Limits of “Good Process”, 25 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 1019 (2009)

Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Growing Up and Looking Forward, 30 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 345 (2008)

Mediation at the End of Life: Getting Beyond the Limits of the Talking Cure, 23 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 143 (2007)

Restorative Justice and the Pre-conditions for Grace: Taking Victim’s Needs Seriously, 9 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 91 (2007)

Proactive Ethics Consultation in the ICU:  A Comparison of Value Perceived by Healthcare Professionals and Recipients, 18 J. Clinical Ethics 140 (2007) (with Felicia Cohn, Paula Goodman-Crews, William Rudman, and Lawrence J. Schneiderman)

Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Negotiation, in The Negotiator's Field Book (Honeyinan and Schneider)(2006)

Cultural Priorities Revealed: The Development and Regulation of Assisted Reproduction in the United States and Israel, 16 Health Matrix  65 (2006)

What Do We Tell the Children? 35 Cap. U. L. Rev. 517 (2006)

The Concept of Justice in Mediation: A Psychobiography, 6 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 247 (2005)

Eyes Wide Shut: Erasing Women’s Experience from the Clinic to the Courtroom, 28 Harv J.L. & Gender (2005) (with Marybeth Herald)

Book Review, Peter, D. Jacobson, Strangers in the Night: Law and Medicine in the Managed Care Era (2002) 29 J. Health Pol. Pol'y & L. 1241 (2004)

The Parent Trap: Uncovering the Myth of "Coerced Parenthood" in Frozen Embryo Disputes, 53 Am. U. L. Rev. 102 (2004)

Healing Hearts or Righting Wrongs? A Mation on the Goals of "Restorative Justice," 25 Hamline J. Pub. L. and Pol'y 355 (2004)

San Diego Moveable Feast: Competition in Cooperation-Building (With Chris Honeyman, et al), 5 Cardozo J. of Conflict Resol. 173 (2004)

Disputing Over Embryos: Of Contracts and Consents, 32 Ariz St. L.J. 897 (2000), reprinted in Rights and Resources 123 (Frances H. Miller, ed., Ashgate, 2003)

King Solomon in the Age of Assisted Reproduction, 24 T.Jefferson L. Rev. 217 (2002)

Credentialing Approaches: The Slow Movement Toward Skills-Based Testing Continues, Disp. Resol. Mag., Fall 2001, at 14-16, 21

Substituting Needs For Rights in Mediation: Therapeutic or Disabling?, 5 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 1103 (1999)

Therapeutic Jurisprudence/Preventive Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution: Substituting Needs for Rights in Mediation: Therapeutic or Disabling?, 5 Psych. Pub. Pol'y & L. 1103,1111-13 (1999)

Family Law Conundrums in Assisted Reproduction, 21 Whitter L. Rev. 451 (1999)

The Evaluative-Facilitative Debate in Mediation: Applying the Lens of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, 82 Marq. L. Rev. 155 (1998)

Identifying the Role of Social Norms in Mediation: A Multiple Model Approach, 48 Hastings L.J. 703 (1997)

The Challenge of Certification: How to Ensure Mediator Competence While Preserving Diversity, 30 U.S.F. L. Rev. 723 (1996)

Role of Legal Norms in Divorce Mediation: An Arguent for Inclusion, 1 Va. J. Soc. Pol'y & L. 87 (1993)

ADR in the Private and Public Sector, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution Eleventh Annual Symposium, New York, NY, Nov. 2009

The Challenge of Mediation Ethics, Faculty Colloquium Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Central Islip, NY, Nov. 2009

Elegy for Mrs. G: Dispute Resolution in the Wake of Loss, Connecticut Bar Foundation Symposium on Bioethics and the Law, Hamden, CT, Oct. 2009

Negotiating Tragic Choices, XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health, New York, NY, June 2009

A Health Care Primer for Dispute Resolution Professionals, American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Apr. 2009

What Mediation Can and Can’t Do at the End of Life, Faculty Colloquia Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, CT, Mar. 2009

Mediating End of Life Conflict, The Willis Cunningham Memorial Lecture at Queens University Law School, Kingston Ontario, Canada, Mar. 2009

Mediating Futility Disputes, Georgia State Symposium on The 25th Anniversary of the Baby Doe Regulations, Atlanta, GA, Feb. 2009

A Whole New Mind: Our Right Brain Future and Mediation, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2009

A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approach to Training Attorneys, International Conference on Justice and Policing in Diverse Societies, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 2008

Mediation Orientation and Its Impact on Interpreting the Model Standards, The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, Apr. 2008

Commercial Mediators and Ethical Codes, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Jan. 2008

Risk and Uncertainty in End-of-Life Disputes, 2007 Hamline University School of Law’s Symposium on Conflict Resolution in Health Care, St. Paul, MN, Nov. 2007

Ethical Intuitionism and Casuistry Toward a Method for Ethical Decision Making, South Texas Annual Ethics Symposium: Ethics in the Expanding World of ADR, Houston , TX, Nov. 2007

Challenges and Opportunities in the Mediation Clinic, 2007 Mountain West Regional Clinical Conference, San Diego, CA Oct. 2007

Mediation at the End of Life: The Limits of the Talking Care, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Jan. 2007

The Right to Refuse Medical Care - Whose Choice Is It?, Kaiser Permanente Bioethics Symposium, Long Beach, CA, Dec. 9, 2006

Ethical Issues in Donor Insemination: What Should We Tell the Children?, University of California, San Diego Biomedical Ethics Seminar, San Diego, CA, Nov. 15, 2006

Restorative vs. Retributive Justice: Exploring the Psychology of Victim Need, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, New York, New York, Nov. 10, 2006

Selected Topics in Mediation, Cardozo Law School, New York, NY, Sept. 2005

Conflict Resolution at the End of Life, Santa Clara Law School, Santa Clara, CA, Aug. 2005

Personality Disorders in Family Court, International Academy on Law and Mental Health, 29th Annual Conference, Paris, France, July 2005

Conflict Resolution in Ethics Consultation, University of California San Diego Ethics Committee, San Diego, CA, July 2005

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Balancing Medical Training and Patient Privacy, UCSD Medical School, La Jolla, CA, June 2005

Musing on the Justice in Restorative Justice, Marquette Law School Faculty Colloquia, Milwaukee, WI, Feb. 2005

The Limits of Narrative: Story-telling and “Magical Thinking” in Restorative Justice Schemes, Law and Humanities Conference, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2005

Conflict Resolution Procedures and Skills in the Health Care Setting for Hospital Bioethics Committee, Sharp Hospital, San Diego, CA, Oct. 2004

Negotiating Social Divisions: Lessons from ADR for Responding to Structural Injustices, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 2004

The Parent Trap: Uncovering Bias in Judicial Treatment of Frozen Embryo Disputes, Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA, June 2004

Is There a Place for Justice in Mediation? The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Sixth Annual Conference, New York, NY, Apr. 2004

Competing Visions of the Lawyer's Role - Gladiator or Problem-Solver, Dialogue on Doing Justice in a Conflict-Ridden World, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Apr. 2004

The Dialectic of Justice in Mediation, Cardozo Symposium on Justice in Mediation, New York, NY, Mar. 2004

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.