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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2013

sheila rose purcell ’86 Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution - Background - Sheila Rose Purcell ’86 is renowned as one of the nation’s thought leaders in the field of court-connected alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She designed and led the “CNDR has a great program that I look forward to growing and offering both to our students and to the international community.” - Sheila Rose Purcell - San Mateo County Superior Court Multi-Option ADR Project from 1996 to 2012. This program grew to include individually designed programs in family law, small claims, probate, juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependence, and complex civil divisions of the court. She codeveloped the UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution’s Court ADR Systems Design Institute for foreign judges and lawyers. - specialty - Purcell specializes in court- connected ADR, building community/public/private partnerships, and working with international counterparts looking to develop ADR systems. - courses taught - ADR policy and procedure, dispute systems design. - fun facts - By having the eight red-headed kids in her family drink powdered milk instead of whole milk for 17 years, Purcell’s dad saved enough money to put in a swimming pool.  morris a. ratner Associate Professor of Law - Background - Morris Ratner was a partner at the San Francisco-based plaintiffs’ firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, where he prosecuted product liability, mass personal injury, and consumer and human rights actions. He launched his teaching career in 2009 at his alma mater, Harvard Law School. - specialty - Ratner specializes in civil procedure and legal ethics. His academic focus includes ethical, procedural, and organizational questions that arise in multiparty actions, including class actions and multidistrict litigation. - courses taught - Civil procedure, legal ethics, law practice management. - fun facts - Ratner survived his 1L section at Harvard Law with a now-famous classmate: President Barack Obama. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Ratner is a dog lover whose Whippet has him “wrapped around his front paw.” “The goal is to teach students to think as businesspeople, and to think strategically, rather than reactively, about their practices. That’s the practical advantage.” - Morris A. Ratner - UC HASTINGS 11


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2013
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