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Christopher Nolland '77, a mediator and arbitrator based in Dallas, will visit campus as this semester's Alumnus in Residence on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21. While on campus, he will deliver talks on life structuring and mediation to current students and recent graduates.
After law school, Nolland served as an appellate law clerk and thereafter practiced law in New York City and Dallas, including as a partner in a well-known national business litigation firm. In 1993, Nolland began his own practice with an emphasis on complex business and commercial disputes, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor related matters and with an additional focus on the development of a mediation/arbitration practice. Since that time, Nolland has mediated or arbitrated more than 1,500 cases.
Over the past 10 years, Nolland has also developed a practice in which he acts as special negotiation/settlement counsel to other law firms and clients in significant litigation matters. His current practice is divided roughly equally between acting as a neutral mediator/arbitrator and as non-neutral settlement counsel in complex, high stakes litigation.
Since 1997, Nolland has also been an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, teaching a course in negotiation to second and third-year law students. His talk on life structuring, to be delivered on Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. in E117, is typically the final lecture that he gives to his negotiation students.
Nolland will also speak about mediation and mediation advocacy while on the Albany Law School campus, including to a class on Oct. 20 and as part of a CLE program to recent graduates at 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 21.
The Alumni in Residence program, inaugurated in 1992, was designed to bring Albany Law School's most distinguished graduates into the classroom to share their expertise with students and to raise awareness about the value of an Albany Law School degree.