David Matz

David Matz has been active in the conflict resolution field for over 20 years mediating, training and teaching. He has served as Director of the Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts/Boston since 1986 and on the faculty as a law professor since 1973. In 1989-90, Matz served as Fulbright Professor of Law at the University of Tel Aviv.

Matz serves on panels for the Superior Courts of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution Environmental Panel and the American Arbitration Association Employment Disputes Panel.

Matz has designed and conducted trainings in mediation, negotiation, and conflict systems design for attorneys, judges, engineers, university faculty and deans, environmental staff, prison superintendents, doctors, business executives, school teachers and school committees, and other government officers.

With TMG colleague Brad Honoroff, Matz has designed mediation systems for the Superior Courts in Suffolk, Norfolk and Middlesex Counties. Matz is consultant to the Chief Justice of the High Court and to the Ministry of Justice in Israel. His work has focused on the development of mediation and other ADR techniques for use in the Israeli courts. In Israel he has trained numerous judges, attorneys, executives, and mediators, and has lectured widely on the uses of mediation in many contexts.

Matz has chaired the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Boston Bar Association, has served on the Governor’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. He is a member of SPIDR . Matz received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1963.

Select Publications:

  • Massachusetts Alternative Dispute Resolution(2 volumes) with David A. Hoffman, 1994
  • Ignorance and Interests,Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Summer, 1999
  • Party Autonomy and Mediator Pressure,Negotiation Journal, October, 1994

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