James J. Alfini

Dean Emeritus and Professor
South Texas College of Law
1303 San Jacinto Street, Room 636T
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713 / 646-1834
Fax: 713 / 646-2909

Dean James J. Alfini is the recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

JAMES J. ALFINI is President and Dean at South Texas College of Law. Prior to his arrival at STCL, Dean Alfini was Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University, where he taught constitutional law, mediation theory and practice, legal ethics, and related courses. He served as dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Law for six years and previously was a member of the law faculty at Florida State University.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family (other)
  • Workplace

MEMBER: 1995



Dean Alfini is widely published in the field of dispute resolution. His articles include Trashing, Bashing, and Hashing it Out: Is This the End of "Good Mediation" (Florida State University Law Review), and Mediating in the Shadow of the Law (University of Arkansas Law Review). His books include the co-edited ADR Personalities and Practice Tips, published by the American Bar Association, and the co-authored Mediation Theory and Practice, a law school textbook published by Lexis Law Publishing

While at Florida State, he served as the founding Director of Education and Research of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center and was a member of the Florida Supreme Court Arbitration and Mediation Rules Committee. He was also a member of the AAA/ABA/SPIDR Committee that drafted the Standards of Conduct for Mediators in 1994. He has served as Chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He currently serves as a member of the ABA House of Delegates, representing the Dispute Resolution Section.

Alfini also has expertise in judicial ethics and is co-author of Judicial Conduct and Ethics, published by Lexis and in its 4th Edition (2007). He served on the American Bar Association Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. The Commissions work resulted in the 2007 Model Code of Judicial Conduct, adopted by the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.


Dean Alfini received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his J.D. from Northwestern University.
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