Bette Roth

Lecturer in Law

Mediator – Arbitrator

B.A., cum laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School


As a mediator or arbitrator during the past nineteen years, Bette Roth has handled more than 850 cases involving a wide range of commercial, securities, employment, real estate, construction, and discrimination disputes.

Prior to her committing her practice to alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), Ms. Roth was a litigation attorney for several years in Los Angeles and San Francisco, working in private practice and with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Ms. Roth is the primary editor and contributing author of the national two-volume text, The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide, a finalist for the 1994 CPR book award. Since its initial publication in 1993, this book has been widely cited by litigants and judges both within and outside the U.S., and has become a staple in most U.S. law libraries. Ms. Roth updates this book each year, which has kept her on the forefront of legal trends and practices in the field of dispute resolution.

Ms. Roth is a frequent speaker of mediation,  arbitration, and negotiation, and has presented for the ABA, MCLE, ALI-ABA, and the Boston Bar Association, where she served as co-chair of the ADR Committee. She is a member of several national and local ADR panels, and is certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute (IMI) in the Hague.

Ms. Roth has mentored other arbitrators and mediators since 1996, and has been named a New England “Super Lawyer” in the field of ADR by Boston Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine each year since 2006.


3 credits

Mediation is part of the legal landscape in almost every substantive area and legal setting. This course will cover the theory and practice of mediation, the use of mediation to resolve disputes in various different legal contexts, and the development of practical mediation skills. We will examine the mediation process from the role of the mediator through the attorney representing a party in mediation. We will also address direct negotiation, the decision to mediate, mediator selection, preparation for mediation, and ethical issues involved in negotiation. The course will provide skill building through several interactive role-plays, in which students will have opportunities to act as a mediator, a party in mediation, and counsel to a party in mediation. The role play mediations and other exercises will survey many of the areas in which mediation is being used, including business and commercial; court-connected, federal-state agency (environmental and others); construction, employment/workplace; family/ divorce; school, community, and international. Due to the interactive nature of the class, students will be expected to attend all scheduled classes and to participate actively. Active participation includes in-class discussions, mediation role-plays, assigned reading, and writing a weekly mediator's journal. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2016: LAW JD 826 A1 , Jan 13th to Apr 13th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 10:40 am 1:40 pm 3 Bette Roth LAW 418
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 826 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 10:40 am 1:40 pm 3 Bette Roth
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