Lydia Nussbaum

Lydia Nussbaum

Director, Strasser Mediation Clinic

Associate Director, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution

Associate Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

ADR, Clinical Legal Education & Teaching, Mediation, Property Law, Poverty Law


Professor Nussbaum is the Director of the Strasser Mediation Clinic and Associate Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. Before joining the faculty at Boyd, she taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law and also taught at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as a fellow in the Leadership, Ethics, and Democracy Building Initiative.

Professor Nussbaum’s research interests focus on the benefits and challenges of relying on informal justice, as opposed to formal adjudication, to resolve conflict. As an experienced mediator, she is particularly interested in how alternative dispute resolution processes can be used to strengthen civil society, empowering communities by reducing their reliance on intervention from state institutions. Her most recent article, published in the Cardozo Law Review, examines the potential for mediation programs to protect homeowners during the foreclosure crisis.

Professor Nussbaum earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland, where she was the executive articles editor for the Maryland Journal of International Law. She received the Hoffberger Clinical Law Prize, the Law School Alumni Association Prize for character and leadership, and two consecutive Dean’s Scholarship Awards. She received her double major B.A. in History and Italian from Cornell University.

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