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Professor of Law Robert Rubinson
and Co-Director, Mediation Clinic for Families
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 420

Administrative Assistant: Deborah Thompson
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 433


J.D., New York University, 1988
B.A., summa cum laude, Columbia University, 1984

Curriculum Vitae


Alternative Dispute Resolution
Clinical Education
Critical Legal Theory
Professional Responsibility

Professor Rubinson’s primary teaching and scholarly interests are in professional ethics, critical theory, and alternative dispute resolution. His work has been anthologized and has appeared in, among other publications, the Clinical Law Review, the Arizona State Law Journal, and the Journal of the Legal Profession.  He is co-author of a law school text on family mediation.  Professor Rubinson has served as reporter for the Maryland Court of Appeals Ethics 2002 Committee, which proposed changes to the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct.  He has also spoken widely on ethics issues in the popular media and before national and international groups of academics and practitioners.  He has been chair of the Maryland State Bar Association's Section Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and UB’s Director of Clinical Education.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Family Mediation: Theory and Practice (co-author with Jane Murphy) (2d ed., Lexis/Nexis 2015)

Articles and Essays

Indigency, Secrecy, and Questions of Quality: Minimizing the Risk of “Bad” Mediation in Court-Annexed Programs, __ Marq. L.Rev. __ (forthcoming)

Of Grid and Gatekeepers: The Socioeconomics of Mediation, 17 Cardozo J. of Conflict Resol. 873 (2016)

There Is No Such Thing as Litigation: Access to Justice and the Realities of Adjudication, 18 J. Gen., Race & J. 185 (2015)

The Holmes School of Law: A Proposal to Reform Legal Education through Realism, 35 B. C. J. L. & Soc. Just. 33 (2015).

Professional Identity as Advocacy , 31 Miss. Coll. L. Rev. 7 (2012)

Pro Bono Mediation Project: Providing Free Representation to Self-Represented Litigants in Child Access Cases, in INNOVATIONS FOR SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANTS (Bonnie Hough and Pamela Ortiz, eds.) (2011)

Mapping the World: Facts and Meaning in Adjudication and Mediation, 63 Me. L. Rev. 62 (2010)

The Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Serving the Non-Legal Needs of Clients: Professional Regulation in a Time of Change, The Professional Lawyer (2008)

The Ethical and Legal Basis for Student Practice in Clinical Education in the United States and Japan: A Comparative Analysis, 4 Omiya Law Review 97 (2008) (Japanese Law Review)

A Theory of Access to Justice, 29 J. Legal Prof. 89 (2005).

Domestic Violence and Mediation: Responding to the Challenges of Crafting Effective Screens, 39 Fam. L. Q. 53 (2005) (with Jane C. Murphy)

Client Counseling, Mediation, and Alternative Narratives of Dispute Resolution, 10 Clin. L. Rev. 833 (2004)

Attorney Fact-Finding, Ethical Decision-Making and the Methodology of Law , 45 St. Louis Univ. L.J. 1185 (2001)

Constructions of Client Competence and Theories of Practice, 31 Ariz. St. L.J. 121 (1999)

The Polyphonic Courtroom: Expanding the Possibilities of Judicial Discourse, 101 Dick. L. Rev. 3 (1996)

Articles on Social Science Research Network

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