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Last Updated: February 19, 2019
John K. Mitchell is a mediation lecturer in law at the USC Gould School of Law. Mitchell mediates in federal and state courts, and he also mediates privately for attorneys and disputants.
Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from UC Davis and a JD from the University of West Los Angeles School of law. Bringing more than 20 years of experience as a real estate attorney and real estate broker, Mitchell discovered that mediation offers a superior way to resolve most disputes.
Mitchell co-teaches Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) students in USC Gould’s Mediation Clinic with Professor Richard Peterson, director of the Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students in the Mediation Clinic mediate actual controversies litigated in California courts. Students apply the methods, tools and techniques they have acquired in class to address disputes and to bring them to a successful conclusion.
Mitchell is passionate about bringing peace to volatile situations, mentoring students on the peace process and teaching students about the ethical and effective ways of finding a mediated peace.
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Susan Estrich writes an op-ed about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is not responding well to the COVID-19 outbreak. She said, "Right now, HIPAA is making it impossible to know whether you have been in contact with an infected person and, in turn, whether you may be infecting a high-risk loved one."
Thomas D. Lyon
“Children’s concealment of a minor transgression: The role of age, maltreatment, and executive functioning,” (with Shanna Williams and Kelly McWilliams) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 191 (2020).
Thomas D. Lyon
“The effects of the putative confession and evidence presentation on maltreated and non-maltreated 9- to 12-year-olds’ coached concealment of a minor transgression,” (with Angela Evans) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 188 (2019).
"The Adversarial Mindset," Psychology, Public Policy and Law.