Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution


The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution promotes scholarship and professional development and offers strategic consultation in the areas of advocacy and dispute resolution.

The Center supervises the academic and administrative direction of Emory's Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques which develops the advocacy skills of second- and third-year law students. The Center also hosts applied research forums and conferences that elevate advocacy and dispute resolution through the examination of theory and application in case studies.

Strategic Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Consulting

The Center's consultation mission is directed through two applied research projects. The Rule of Law Reform Project consults with governments and NGOs in developing nations to formulate and implement practical and lasting solutions to chronic injustices. The Consensus Project consults with state and local governments, faith-based and civic organizations, and civil rights and grassroots groups throughout the United States, to develop and implement transformative solutions to conflicts arising out of the design and management of public policy formation and implementation processes.

Online Advocacy Skills Center

The Center maintains an Online Advocacy Skills Center that includes an advanced searchable archive of advocacy videos and materials designed to assist lawyers and advocates in their professional development in the areas of public speaking, trial advocacy, negotiations and dispute resolution. The Online Advocacy Skills Center also lists Continuing Legal Education programs sponsored by the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.