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Paul Kirgis

Dean and Professor of Law

Personal Summary

Paul F. Kirgis joined the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as Dean and Professor of Law on July 1, 2015.

An authority on dispute resolution both within and outside of the traditional civil litigation paradigm, he has published widely on topics ranging from the civil jury to arbitration to negotiation pedagogy. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, the Negotiation Journal, the Oregon Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, the Ohio State Law Review, and the Georgia Law Review, among others. A trained mediator, he is a member of the American Law Institute and has held positions in a number of national legal organizations, including serving as Chair of the AALS Dispute Resolution Section.

Prior to joining the University of Montana, Dean Kirgis was a Professor at St. John's University School of Law in New York City, where he founded and served as Faculty Chair of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution. For his work building the dispute resolution program, he was awarded the Faculty Outstanding Achievement Medal by St. John’s University. He was twice voted Professor of the Year by the St. John’s students.

Before entering teaching, Dean Kirgis practiced with two major law firms in Washington, D.C., where he had extensive litigation experience in areas including defamation, insurance coverage, commercial disputes, antitrust, government contracts, and tax. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Washington & Lee Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A. from Colgate University.


"Whimsy Little Contracts" with Unexpected Consequences: An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Understanding of Arbitration Agreements (with Jeff Sovern, Elayne Greenberg, and Yuxiang Liu) __ MARYLAND LAW REVIEW __ (2015).

Bargaining with Consequences: Leverage and Coercion in Negotiation, 19 HARVARD NEGOTIATION LAW REVIEW 69 (2014).

Status and Contract in an Emerging Democracy: The Evolution of Dispute Resolution in Ghana, 16 CARDOZO JOURNAL OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION 101 (2014).

Hard Bargaining in the Classroom: Realistic Simulated Negotiations and Student Values, 28:1 NEGOTIATION JOURNAL 93 (2012)(peer-reviewed).

The Knowledge Guild: The Legal Profession in an Age of Technological Change: Review Essay of RICHARD SUSSKIND, THE END OF LAWYERS? RETHINKING THE NATURE OF LEGAL SERVICES, 11 NEVADA L.J. 184 (2010).

Arbitration, Bankruptcy and Public Policy: A Contractarian Analysis, 17 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE L. REV. 503 (2009).

Judicial Review and the Limits of Arbitral Authority: Lessons from the Law of Contract, 81 ST. JOHN'S L. REV. 99 (2007).

The Contractarian Model of Arbitration and Its Implications for Judicial Review of Arbitral Awards, 85 OREGON L. REV. 1 (2006).

The Right to a Jury Decision on Sentencing Facts after Booker: What the Seventh Amendment Can Teach the Sixth, 39 GEORGIA L. REV. 895 (2005).

A Legisprudential Analysis of Evidence Codification: Why Most Evidence Rules Should Not Be Codified—But Privilege Law Should Be, 38 LOYOLA L.A. L. REV. 809 (2004).

Race, Rankings, and the Part-Time "Free Pass", 54 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 395 (2004).

Questions of Fact in the Practice of Law: A Response to Allen & Pardo's Facts in Law, Facts of Law, 8 INT'L J. EVID. & PROOF 47 (2004)(peer reviewed).

The Right to a Jury Decision on Questions of Fact Under the Seventh Amendment, 64 OHIO STATE L.J. 1125 (2003).

The Problem of the Expert Juror, 75 TEMPLE L. REV. 493 (2002).

Meaning, Intention, and the Hearsay Rule, 43 WM. & MARY L. REV. 275 (2001).

Apportioning Tort Damages in New York: A Method to the Madness, 75 ST. JOHN'S L. REV. 427 (2001).

Curtailing the Judicial Certification of Expert Witnesses, 24 AM. J. TRIAL AD. 347 (2000).

Section 1500 and the Jurisdictional Pitfalls of Federal Government Litigation, 47 AM. U. L. REV. 301 (1997).

The Constitutionality of State Allocation of Punitive Damage Awards, 50 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 843 (1993).