Professor Shestowsky Interviewed by Scholastica
Professor Donna Shestowsky was interviewed by Scholastica for an entry on the Scholastica Blog, which highlights recent scholarship, concerning her article “When Ignorance is Not Bliss: An Empirical Study of Litigants’ Awareness of Court-Sponsored Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs” (recently published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review). The study examines litigants’ ability to identify their court’s mediation and arbitration programs.
“Logically, litigants can’t consider procedures they don’t know about,” Shestowsky said. “Our findings suggest that lawyers and courts need to step things up in terms of better educating them about their options.”
Donna Shestowsky, who has both a law degree and a PhD in Psychology, is a Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Scholar at UC Davis School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Law, Negotiation Strategy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a seminar in Legal Psychology. She was the 2007 recipient of the Law School's Distinguished Teaching Award.