Marjorie C. Aaron
Professor of Practice and Director, Center for Practice
Marjorie Corman Aaron is a Professor of Practice and the Director of the Center for Practice. She teaches courses in negotiation, client counseling, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and decision analysis and recently developed a website - clientsciencecourse.com - for delivering client counseling courses in law schools. As Director of the Center for Practice, she oversees UC Law’s trial practice program and coaches student teams participating in negotiation and dispute resolution competitions.
Professor Aaron is an active mediator, arbitrator, and trainer in negotiation and dispute resolution. She is a mediator panelist, sustaining academic member of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and serves on CPR's ADR Training Faculty. She has mediated and arbitrated disputes involving general commercial contracts, employment, age and gender discrimination, business torts, products liability, personal injury, complex construction and design claims, corporate partnership, environmental claims and allocation issues, real estate and business valuation, real estate trusts, and medical, legal and other professional malpractice.
Professor Aaron also has designed and taught numerous workshops on mediation, negotiation, decision tree analysis, client counseling, and professional communication for law firms, corporations, universities, and governmental organizations.
She is the author of Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients through Bad News and Other Legal Realities (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Risk and Rigor: A Lawyer's Guide to Decision Trees for Assessing Cases and Advising Clients (DRI Press 2019), as well as numerous articles, book chapters, cases, dvds, and guides in the field of negotiation, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution.
Professor Aaron also is an arbitrator for the national panel of the American Arbitration Association and the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution. She previously served on the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Ethics Commission of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the Publications Committee of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.
Until July, 1998, Professor Aaron was the Executive Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School ("PON"), where she also was a lecturer teaching negotiation. Prior to joining PON, she was a Vice President at Endispute (now known as JAMS-ADR) and a panel mediator for the Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse.
She began her practice as a litigator at the Boston firm of Goodwin Procter and then an assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Professor Aaron is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University.
Bachelor of Arts: Princeton University
Juris Doctor: Harvard Law School
- Client Counseling
- Decision Analysis
- Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Marjorie C. Aaron, Wayne Brazil (2015. ) “Shaking Decision Trees for Risks and Rewards” .Dispute Resolution Magazine,
Marjorie C. Aaron (2014. ) “The Client Science Course” .
Marjorie C. Aaron (2023. ) “Strategy at the Negotiation Table: From Stereotypes to Subtleties” .Alternatives, 30 (4 ) ,
Marjorie C. Aaron, Dwight Golann (2010. ) “Using Evaluations in Mediation” .American Arbitration Association Handbook on Mediation, 2nd edition, 327 JurisNet, LLC
Marjorie C. Aaron, Dwight Golann (2009. ) “Evaluation and Decision Analysis” .Mediating Legal Disputes, 145 American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution
Marjorie C. Aaron (2006. ) For the General Practioner: Dispute Resolutions: Do's and Don'ts for Mediation .Best Articles Published by the ABA, GP Solo, American Bar Association
Marjorie C. Aaron (2002. ) At First Glance: Maximizing the Mediator's Initial Contact, 20 Alternatives .
Marjorie C. Aaron, David P. Hoffer (1997. ) Decision Analysis as a Method of Evaluating the Trial Alternative, in Mediating Legal Disputes 307 .Mediating Legal Disputes 307,
Marjorie C. Aaron, David P. Hoffer (1997. ) Evaluation in Mediation .Mediating Legal Disputes 267,
Marjorie C. Aaron, Dwight Golann (1997. ) Using Evaluations in Mediation .52 Dispute Resolution Journal 26,
Marjorie C. Aaron (1996. ) ADR Toolbox: The Highwire Art of Evaluation, 14 Alternatives to High Cost Litig. 62 .
Majorie C. Aaron, David P. Hoffer (1996. ) Using Decision Trees as Tools for Settlement, 14 Alternatives to High Cost Litig. 71 .
Majorie C. Aaron (1995. ) Standards of Professional Conduct in Alternative Dispute Resolution .J. Disp. Resol. 95,
Majorie C. Aaron (1995. ) The Value of Decision Analysis in Mediation Practice .11 Negot. J. , 123 ,
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2012. ) Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients through Bad News and Other Legal Realities .Oxford University Pres
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2019. ) Risk and Rigor: A Lawyer's Guide to Decision Trees for Assessing Cases and Advising Clients .DRI Press (Author)
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2007. ) Negotiating Outcomes: Pocket Mentor Series .Harvard Business School Press (Author)
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2010 ) “Using Evaluations in Mediation” Chapter 31 in American Arbitration Association Handbook on Mediation, Second Edition .JurisNet, LLC (Co-Author)
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2009 ) “Evaluation and Decision Analysis” Mediating Legal Disputes .American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, 2009) (Co-Author)
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2005 ) "Assisting Settlement Decisions with Numbers, Trees, and Maps" The Handbook of Dispute Resolution .Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation (Author)
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2005 ) Initial Contacts in Mediation Practice and Maximizing the Mediator's Initial Contact and Getting a Head Start: More Intake Questions and Tips for Mediators Mediation: Approaches and Insights .Juris (Author)
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2013 ) “Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Initial Client Interviews”
Marjorie Corman Aaron (2013 ) "‘Translating the Terrain’ over Cultural Myths and Mistaken Assumptions” Alternatives, 21, 8 (Sept.) .(pp. 115).
2010 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching, April 2010 Status:Recipient Level:University
2006 University President’s Excellence Award for Teaching Status:Recipient Level:University
1998 American College of Civil Trial Mediators, Education/Training Achievement Award Status:Recipient Level:National
1995 Center for Public Resources (CPR) Institute for Dispute Resolution's Second Prize for Excellence For the article: "The Value of Decision Analysis in Mediation Practice," Negotiation Journal 11.2: 123-134 Status:Recipient Level:National
Advanced Decision Analysis
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Mediation or Mediation Advocacy