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James AlfiniJames J. Alfini
Dean Emeritus

B.A., Columbia University
J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law




James Alfini was dean of the NIU College of Law from 1991 to 1997, and previously was a member of the law faculty at NIU Law and Florida State University. He is professor and dean emeritus at South Texas College of Law where he teaches constitutional law, mediation theory and practice, professional responsibility and related courses. He has published in the field of judicial ethics and is co-author of Judicial Conduct and Ethics, published by Lexis and in its 4th Edition (2007). He served on the American Bar Association Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. The commission’s work resulted in the 2007 Model Code of Judicial Conduct, adopted by the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.

Dean Alfini also has expertise in dispute resolution. While at Florida State, he served as director of Education and Research of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center and was a member of the Florida Supreme Court Arbitration and Mediation Rules Committee. He has served as chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and chair of the Association of American Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. His publications in the ADR field include the co-authored Mediation Theory and Practice, a law school textbook published by Lexis Law Publishing.

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