Kristen Blankley

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Kristen Blankley

Assistant Professor of Law

261 LAW UNL 68583-0902
(402)472-5345 | Email

Areas of Expertise
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Negotiation
  • J.D., summa cum laude, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law (2004)
  • Order of the Coif, 2004
    Managing Editor, 2003-2004, Ohio State Law Review
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Hiram College (2001)


  • Assistant Professor of Law, 2010


Professor Blankley joined the faculty in 2010. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science and graduated summa cum laude from Hiram College, and she received her J.D. from The Ohio State University, Mortiz College of Law, graduating first in her class. After law school, Professor Blankley clerked for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Kermit E. Bye on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Following her two appellate clerkships, Professor Blankley practiced at the Columbus, Ohio office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP. Her practice involved a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including cases involving the First Amendment, trade secrets, contract issues, and product liability.

Professor Blankley teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advocacy in Mediation, Mediation, and Arbitration. She first became interested in the field while in law school, where she earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Her research has largely focused on how parties can customize alternative processes to suit their dispute-resolution needs. Her research also deals with the crossroads of alternative dispute resolution and legal ethics. Professor Blankley is an active member of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, regularly speaking at their annual meeting. Additionally, she serves on the American Bar Association Law School Division Arbitration Competitions Committee, which oversees the annual law school Arbitration Competition. Professor Blankley is also a practicing mediator in Nebraska.

Professor Blankley also instituted and coaches the Nebraska Law College Representation in Mediation Competition for students. This competition teaches students how to be effective advocates for their clients in mediation. Professor Blankley runs an intra-school competition and then travels with the winning students to compete against students from other schools.

Professor Blankley sits on the Board of Directors of both The Mediation Center and the Nebraska Mediation Association. She is also on the Parenting Act Evaluation Advisory Counsel, a group that is assessing the success of mediation of parenting time disputes in Nebraska.



Alternative Dispute Resolution

(Law 708/G) (3 credit hours) This course covers the theoretical, practical, ethical and legal issues confronted by mediators, arbitrators, neutral evaluators, and other dispute resolution specialists and the parties they serve. The course considers the legal context within which alternative forms of dispute resolution take place. Procedures examined include: litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, summary jury trial, mini-trial, early neutral evaluation, online dispute resolution and negotiated rulemaking. The status of these procedures is examined in light of existing law and from a public policy point of view. Issues covered include: confidentiality and privilege, conflicts of interest, finality/enforceability of resolutions, liability and ethical standards for practitioners, and judicial review of decisions.

Advocacy in Mediation

(Law 720) (2 credit hours) This limited enrollment course considers the differing roles of the neutral and the advocate in mediation, focusing on representing clients in all aspects of the mediation process. Students represent clients in drafting agreements to mediate, preparing for mediation, attending mediation sessions, and drafting mediation settlements. The course also covers issues such as confidentiality and ethics. This course employs role-play and drafting exercises, in addition to class discussions.


(Law 709/G) (3 credit hours) A study of arbitration law, policies, process, and skills; federal and state laws pertaining to arbitration; commercial, consumer, labor, employment, securities, construction, international, and court-annexed arbitration; and other topics related to arbitration as a method of alternative dispute resolution.


(Law 710/G) (4 credit hours) A study of the process in which a trained neutral third party assists others in resolving a dispute or planning a transaction. Students will be trained in basic mediation skills through readings, demonstrations, simulations, and the keeping of a mediation journal. Topics covered include the nature of mediation and its relationship to other forms of dispute resolution, the nature of conflict, models and styles of mediation, negotiation theory, communication skills, the interest-based mediation process, the representation of clients in mediation, special issues relating to attorney mediators, and mediators standards and ethics.


(Law 740/G) (3 credit hours) This class will examine a variety of negotiation styles and give students an opportunity to apply these styles in a series of increasingly complex negotiation problems. Students will be expected to complete a journal which relates class discussions, lectures, readings, and personal experiences into a guide book for future negotiation practice. Negotiation problems will include plea bargains, personal injury cases, commercial negotiations, and labor management disputes. Strategic and psychological factors present in negotiation styles will be examined. The purpose of the class is to improve negotiation performance and broaden the repertoire of strategic and stylistic choices available to the student negotiator.



  • CROSS CULTURAL NEGOTIATIONS FOR U.S. NEGOTIATORS (Kristen M. Blankley, ed., United States Air Force, publ'shr. 2006).

Book Chapters

  • Arbitration, in HANDBOOK OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION (Jossey-Bass 2005), with Sarah R. Cole.


  • Taming the Wild West of Arbitration Ethics, 60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 925 (2012).
  • Keeping a Secret From Yourself? Confidentiality When the Same Neutral Serves Both as Mediator and as Arbitrator in the Same Case, 63 Baylor L. Rev. 317 (2011)
  • Interlocutory Appeal of Non-Final Class Action Arbitration "Awards", 34 VERMONT L. REV. 439 (2010).
  • Multi-Jurisdictional ADR Practice: Lessons for Litigators, 11 CARDOZO J. CONFLICT RESOL. 29 (2010), with Emily E. Root and John Minter.
  • Empirical Research on Consumer Arbitration: What the Data Reveals, 113 PENN. ST. L. REV. 1051 (2009), with Sarah R. Cole.
  • Online Mediation, 38 TOL. L. REV. 193 (2006), with Sarah R. Cole.
  • Be More Specific! Can Writing Detailed Arbitration Agreements Expand Judicial Review Under the Federal Arbitration Act?, 2 SETON HALL CIRCUIT REV. 391 (2006).
  • Confidentiality or Control: Which Will Prevail as Confidentiality and 'Good Faith' Negotiation Statutes Collide in Court Annexed Mediation?, 4 RUTGERS J. CONFL. RESOL. (Spring 2006).
  • Class Actions Behind Closed Doors: How Consumer Claims Can (and Should) Be Resolved by Class Action Arbitration, 20 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 451 (2005).
  • Commentary, Arbitrability After Green Tree v. Bazzle: Is There Anything Left for the Courts?, 65 OHIO ST. L.J. 697 (2004).
  • Note, Are Public Records Too Public? Why Personally Identifying Information Should be Removed from Both Online and Print Versions of Court Documents, 65 OHIO St. L.J. 413 (2004).

Short (Magazine/Newsletter) Articles:


  • 2004 American Bar Association James Boskey Alternative Dispute Resolution Writing Competition, Winner for "Confidentiality or Control: Which Will Prevail as Confidentiality and 'Good Faith' Negotiation Statutes Collide in Court Annexed Mediation?"
  • 2004 Nancy H. Rogers Prize in Dispute Resolution, First Place for "Confidentiality or Control: Which Will Prevail as Confidentiality and 'Good Faith' Negotiation Statutes Collide in Court Annexed Mediation?"

April 2nd, 2012