It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the sad news that our colleague in dispute resolution, Moritz College of Law’s Associate Dean Christopher Fairman, passed away unexpectedly last night. The loss of our beloved associate dean and colleague is not easily borne — Chris was a wonderful friend, a terrific listener, an unparalleled classroom teacher and a well-regarded scholar in civil procedure and dispute resolution. Chris wrote and taught extensively on dispute resolution and ethics and was active in calling for new ethical rules to govern collaborative law. At Moritz, he taught a very popular seminar on ADR Ethics. He also participated in several symposia on the subject and served as an Official Observer to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) Drafting Committee on a Collaborative Law Act. We will miss Chris very, very much. We will be organizing an event in 2016 to honor Chris and his many contributions to the field of ADR (some of which we include below).

Interplay Between Mediation and Offer of Judgment Rule Sanctions, 26 OHIO ST.
J. ON DISP. RESOL. 327 (2011) (with Edward F. Sherman).

Growing Pains: Collaborative Law and the Challenge of Legal Ethics, 30 CAMPBELL L. REV. 327 (2008) (invited symposium article).

Why We Still Need a Model Rule for Collaborative Law: A Reply to Professor Lande, 22 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 707 (2007)

A Proposed Model Rule for Collaborative Law, 21 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 73
(2005)

Ethics and Collaborative Lawyering: Why Put Old Hats on New Heads?, 18 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 505 (2003)

Ethical Issues and Technological Change: Institutional Responses of the ABA and UNCITRAL, 11 MAYHEW-HITE REP. ON DISP. RESOL. AND THE CTS. (2012),
http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/epub/mayhew-hite/2012/10/ethical-issues-andtechnological-
change-institutional-responses-of-the-aba-and-uncitral/

After the Drafting: The Fate of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, 8 MAYHEWHITE REP. ON DISP. RESOL. AND THE CTS. (2010), http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/jdr/mayhew-hite/vol8iss2/lead.html

Sarah Cole is a professor as well as the director of the Program on Dispute Resolution at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She has focused her research on the legal issues and policy that have arisen as a result of the increased use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She frequently publishes articles on dispute resolution topics and is a contributor to ADR Prof Blog.