Brian A. Pappas

Brian A. Pappas
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Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Brian is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration and Director of the Collaboration and Conflict Management Program at Boise State University. From 2007-2017, Brian served in multiple capacities at MSU Law, including Clinical Professor of Law, Title IX Coordinator, Conflict Resolution Clinic Director, and ADR Program Associate Director. During this time, Brian taught negotiation and mediation courses, including the 1L required Contract Negotiation course. Brian also coached our Negotiation team as they achieved a 2nd place national finish, our Mediation Team to an international competition win, and our Representation in Mediation Competition team to a regional title. A mediator and mediation trainer, Brian has trained thousands of mediators in court, community, business, and criminal justice contexts.

    Brian serves as the CLE Officer on the board of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and also on the advisory board of the Mindfulness in Law Society. Previously Brian served on the board of the National Association for Community Mediation and on the governing council of the State Bar of Michigan's ADR Section. Brian's research focuses on the dynamics impacting formal and informal dispute mechanisms, from campus sexual misconduct to the interrelationship between mediation and arbitration. Brian's next project examines the impact of his work training Michigan prison inmates as peer mediators. His writings have been published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Denver Law Review, and Tulsa Law Review.

  • Degrees

    Ph.D. in Public Administration 2015, University of Kansas; LL.M. in Dispute Resolution 2008, University of Missouri; J.D. 2005, Wayne State University Law School; M.P.P. 2003, University of Michigan; B.A. 2000, University of Michigan

  • Courses
    • Contract Negotiation
      This course introduces first-year students to principles of negotiation. Students will be required to engage in mock negotiation exercises.
  • Bar Admission(s)


  • Publications


    Dear Colleague:  Title IX Coordinators and Inconsistent Compliance with the Laws Governing Campus Sexual Misconduct, (forthcoming, University of Tulsa Law Review)

    Out from the Shadows:  Title IX, University Ombuds and the Reporting of Campus Sexual Misconduct, (forthcoming, Denver Law Review).       

    Med-Arb and the Legalization of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Harvard Negotiation law Review, 20 Harv. Neg. Law. Rev. 157 (2015).

    ONLINE COURT:  Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Small Claims, UCLA Journal of Law & Technology, 2008 UCLA J. L. Tech. 2. 

    Vacatur of Arbitration Awards on Public Policy Grounds, in Frank Elkouri & Edna Asper Elkouri, How Arbitration Works, (ed.-in-chief, Alan Ruben), 6th Edition, 2008 Supplement, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, BNA Books.