Jean R. Sternlight

Emeritus Fellows / Lifetime Achievement
Practicing In: Nevada
Member Since: 2015


UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451003

Las Vegas, NV 89154-1003


Jean Sternlight is the recipient of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators 2015 Lifetime Achivement Award.

As Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution and Michael and Sonja Saltman Professor of Law at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada, Jean hosts numerous conferences and lectures, designs the Saltman Summer Institute, and oversees the law school’s mediation clinic. She also teaches courses on dispute resolution and psychology and lawyering, and coaches the UNLV client counseling team.

A distinguished leader in the field of dispute resolution for two decades, Professor Sternlight is recognized for her scholarship, teaching, and law reform activities nationally and internationally. She has co-authored leading casebooks and other texts on alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, and mediation, and most recently on the relationship between psychology and lawyering. Her most recent book, Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Ne;tiation, Litigation and Decisionmaking (with Jennifer Robbennolt) was published by the American Bar Association in 2012. She has also published numerous articles in many journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, Law and Contemporary Problems, and the Journal of Legal Education.

Education / Training

Professor Sternlight received her B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors) from Swarthmore College and her J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard University, where she served as editor in chief of the Harvard Civil Liberties – Civil Rights Law Review.

Types of Cases Mediated