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H. Jay Folberg

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus H. Jay Folberg has authored many articles and books on dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, and family law. Folberg was the dean of the USF School of Law from 1989 to 1999. He has served as chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, chairman of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section, and president of the Academy of Family Mediators. In 1998, Folberg was appointed by the chief justice of the California Supreme Court as chair of a state wide task force on alternative dispute resolution and in 2001 to chair the Judicial Council's Blue Ribbon Panel on arbitration ethics. He was honored in 2003 with the Judicial Council's Bernard Witkin Amicus Curiae Award "for his leadership in the field of alternative dispute resolution and his outstanding contributions to the California courts." Folberg now serves as a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS and is executive director of the JAMS Foundation.

  • BA, San Francisco State University
  • JD, UC Berkeley
Prior Experience
  • Visiting Professor, University of Washington School of Law
  • Professor, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College
  • Founding Director, Oregon Legal Services
  • Executive Director, Legal Aid Services (Portland, Ore.)
  • Associate, Rives & Schwab (now Stoel Rives)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2011) from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators
"Lawsuits: Unclogging Courts - A Civil Alternative"The Press Enterprise01/30/15
"35 Years of Getting to Yes: San Francisco's Community Boards"City Visions Radio
(KALW 91.7 FM)
"Learning by Teaching"Daily Journal06/11/10
"Change Meant For The Boeings May Hit the Krafts, Too"Daily Journal04/16/10
"Time on Your Side" — Part 4 in 4 Part SeriesSan Francisco Daily Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal04/17/08
"Hallmarks of Haggling" — Part 3 of 4 Part SeriesSan Francisco Daily Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal03/13/08
"Pros vs. Joes" — Part 2 of 4 Part SeriesSan Francisco Daily Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal02/19/08
"Lessons from the Pawnshop" — Part 1 of 4 Part SeriesSan Francisco Daily Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal01/25/08
    Law Review and Journal Articles
    • "Principles for Designing Negotiation Instruction," 33 Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy 299 (2012). (Co-authored with John Lande, Ximena Bustamante & Joel Lee.)
    Book Contributions
    • "As We See It," in Educating Negotiators for a Connected World edited by Christopher Honeyman, James Coben, and Andrew Wei-Min Lee (DRI Press, 2013). (Co-authored with Bee Chen Goh, Habib Chamoun-Nicolas, Ellen E. Deason, and Sukhsimranjit Singh.) Read More
    • "Principles for Designing Negotiation Instruction," in Educating Negotiators for a Connected World edited by Christopher Honeyman, James Coben, and Andrew Wei-Min Lee (DRI Press, 2013). (Co-authored with Ximena Bustamante, John Lande, and Joel Lee.) Read More
    Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
      Other Publications
          Court Citation of Research
            • Presenter, "Future Directions in Dispute Resolution," Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Symposium,, Columbus, Ohio (February 2015).
            • Presenter, "Changes in the Process of Mediation," Consumer Attorneys of California 53rd Annual Convention, San Francisco, Calif. (November 2014).
            • Workshop leader, "Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Disputes," Kiev, Ukraine (May 2014). (The workshop, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program, was attended by 40 practicing lawyers, industry representatives, judges, and government officials)
            • Presenter, "Thursday Morning Plenary," American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, "15th Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference," Chicago, Ill. (April 2013).
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              Written Testimony and Commentary
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