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Professor Scott Hughes

Scott Hughes

Emeritus Professor of Law
B.A. Architecture, 1973, Arizona State University
J.D. 1976, Creighton University
LL.M. 1995, Temple University
Member of the Iowa, Michigan, and Nebraska Bars


Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-3051
 Office: 3241


Scott Hughes first turned to the concept of alternative dispute resolution when he was practicing law in Iowa during the farm recession of the mid-1980s. In 1999, he became Director of the UNM Law School's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program after serving as director of clinical legal education at the University of Alabama School of Law.

At UNM, in addition to teaching all levels of mediation courses, Hughes organizes a series of mediation training sessions throughout the year that are open to law students and people from many professions, including practicing lawyers, health care providers, counselors, teachers, clergy, human resources and personnel officers, and small business owners.

Prior to teaching, Hughes was in private practice in Council Bluffs, Iowa, from 1978-1993, the last 11 years running his own solo practice. After earning his LL.M. at Temple University School of Law in 1995, he has concentrated on mediation and ADR education. In that area, Hughes has taught dozens of seminars and CLE programs and participated in national meetings.

He is involved nationally with the top tier of ADR educators in an ongoing dialogue to improve ADR education and is nationally recognized for his work in confidentiality and ethics in mediation. Hughes also is a member of the Council of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and is an official observer for the Association for Conflict Resolution to the drafting of the Uniform Mediation Act.



The Uniform Mediation Act: To the Spoiled Go the Privileges, 85 Marquette L. Rev. 9 (2001).

A Closer Look: The Case for a Mediation Confidentiality Privilege Has Not Been Made, Disp. Resol. Mag., Winter 1999, at 14.

The Process of Drafting a Mediation Act, Part I, Soc'y of Profs. in Disp. Resol. Rep. (Jan. 1999).

Facilitative Mediation or Evaluative Mediation: May Your Choice Be a Wise One, 59 Ala. Law. 246 (1998).

Elizabeth's Story: Exploring Power Imbalances in Divorce Mediation, 8 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 553 (1995).

Editor-in-Chief, U.S. Dep't Just. Land & Nat. Resources Division J. (1976-77).

Works in Progress

The Institutionalized Protection of Mediators in the United States: A Brief Look Through the Lens of the Uniform Mediation Act (for law review in Granada, Spain).

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