Leonard Riskin is Harris H. Agnew Visiting Professor of Dispute Resolution at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Previously, he held and endowed professorship at the University of Missouri School of Law, where he also served as Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S.), New York University (J.D.) and Yale (LL.M.). He served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Land and Natural Resources Division and as general counsel of the National Alliance of Businessmen, both in Washington, D.C.
Since 1999, he has regularly taught mindfulness to law students, lawyers, judges, mediators, executives, and educators, and has published numerous articles about how mindfulness can benefit these groups and many others. Len has practiced mindfulness meditation since about 1990 and completed mindfulness meditation teacher training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center through the program then directed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and through the Forest Way Insight Meditation Center under the direction of Matthew Flickstein.
Much of Len’s work has centered on the perspectives with which lawyers and other dispute resolvers approach problem-solving. Since 1980, he has been mediating, writing about mediation, and teaching lawyers, law students, judges and executives alternative methods of dispute resolution. He has published numerous articles and several books on dispute resolution, including Dispute Resolution and Lawyers (with others) (6th Ed., Westgroup. Forthcoming 2018). He also has published many articles in academic journals and personal essays in popular publications, such as the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times Magazine. Len proposed a widely-used system for understanding mediation based on the facilitative-evaluative and narrow-broad dimensions, and has received awards for his work from the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the International Academy of Mediators.