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Robert Condlin

Professor of Law

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BA, 1966 Siena College
JD, 1969, Boston College
LLM, 1976, Harvard University

Biography | Selected Publications

From 1969 to 1972, Professor Condlin was an assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He represented the Commonwealth in several major lawsuits in state and federal court, including Massachusetts v. Laird, an original action in the United States Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, Sturgis v. Quinn, the state court precursor to the Supreme Court decision in Baird v. Bellotti, upholding a woman’s right to birth control, and Board of Appeals of Concord v. Housing Appeals Committee of the Department of Community Affairs, the first defense of an anti-snob zoning statute in the United States. He left the Attorney General’s office in 1972 to establish the Urban Legal Laboratory, a full-semester clinical program for students of Boston College Law School, run jointly with the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. In 1974 he became a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School, where he taught and did graduate study in the field of clinical law. He left Harvard in 1976 to become associate professor of law at the University of Virginia, where he created that school’s clinical law program. He moved to Maryland in 1980. He has served as a consultant to the AALS Law Teachers Clinic and Clinical Teachers Training Conferences and to the Canadian Law Teachers Clinic and has taught at Indiana University Law School at Bloomington as a visiting professor

Book Chapters

The Moral Failure of Clinical Legal Education, in The Good Lawyer: Lawyers' Roles and Lawyers' Ethics 317 (David Luban, ed.1984). [Full Text]


Online Dispute Resolution: Stinky, Repugnant, or Drab, 18 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 717 (2017). [Full Text]

The "Nature" of Legal Dispute Bargaining, 17 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 393 (2016). [Full Text]

Is the Supreme Court Disabling the Enabling Act, or Is Shady Grove Just Another Bad Opera?, 47 Seton Hall Law Review 1 (2016). [Full Text]

Assessing Experiential Learning, Jobs and All: A Response to the Three Professors, 2015 Wisconsin Law Review Forward 65. [Full Text]

"Practice Ready Graduates": A Millennialist Fantasy, 31 Touro Law Review 75 (2014). [Full Text]

The Curious Case of Transformative Dispute Resolution: An Unfortunate Marriage of Intransigence, Exclusivity, and Hype, 14 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 621 (2013). [Full Text]

Bargaining Without Law, 56 New York Law School Law Review 281 (2012). [Full Text]

Legal Bargaining Theory's New "Prospecting" Agenda: It May Be Social Science, But Is It News?, 10 Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal 215 (2010) [Full Text]

Bargaining with a Hugger: The Weaknesses and Limits of a Communitarian Conception of Legal Dispute Bargaining, or Why We Can't All Just Get Along, 9 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 301 (2008) [Full Text]

Every Day and in Every Way, We are All Becoming Meta and Meta: Or How Communitarian Bargaining Theory Conquered the World (of Bargaining Theory), 23 Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution 231 (2008). [Full Text]

A Formstone of Our Federalism: The Erie/Hanna Doctrine and Casebook Law Reform, 59 Miami Law Review 475 (2005). [Full Text]

“Defendant Veto” or “Totality of the Circumstances?”: It’s Time for the Supreme Court to Straighten Out the Personal Jurisdiction Standard Once Again, 54 Catholic University Law Review 53 (2004). [Full Text]

“What’s Love Got to Do With It?” – “It’s Not Like They’re Your Friends for Christ’s Sake”: The Complicated Relationship Between Lawyer and Client, 82 Nebraska Law Review 211 (2003). [Full Text]

“What’s Really Going On?” A Study of Lawyer and Scientist Inter-Disciplinary Discourse, 25 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 181 (1999). [Full Text]

Learning From Colleagues: A Case Study in the Relationship Between “Academic” and “Ecological” Clinical Legal Education, 3 Clinical Law Review 337 (1997). [Full Text]

Bargaining in the Dark: The Normative Incoherence of Lawyer Dispute-Bargaining Role, 51 Maryland Law Review 1 (1991). [Full Text]

“Tastes Great, Less Filling:” The Law School Clinic and Political Critique, 36 Journal of Legal Education 45 (1986). [Full Text]

"Cases on Both Sides": Patterns of Argument in Legal Negotiation, 44 Maryland Law Review 65 (1985). [Full Text]

Clinical Education in the Seventies: An Appraisal of the Decade, 33 Journal of Legal Education 604 (1983). [Full Text]

Socrates' New Clothes: Substituting Persuasion for Learning in Clinical Practice Instruction, 40 Maryland Law Review 223 (1981). [Full Text]

The Shea Act, 1970 Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law 305. [Abstract]

Citizens, Police, and Polarization: Are Perceptions More Important than Facts?, 47 Journal of Urban Law 653 (1969). [Full Text]

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