The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

Building Collaboration


One of the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution's missions is to provide dispute resolution assistance in Texas, primarily for state and local governmental agencies and courts. Assistance is provided in the resolution of public policy issues and in the planning and designing of systems for ongoing use of ADR processes within government programs and the courts. The goal is public cost-savings, increased efficiency of public administration, and enhanced quality of public services.

The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution provides a number of ADR services to governmental entities, policymakers, and others involved in public disputes. Services regularly provided by Center staff and qualified subcontractors supervised by staff include:

  • Consultation and assistance designing ADR systems for managing recurring disputes;
  • Services as impartial third parties resolving public disputes;
  • Referral of qualified public policy mediators, facilitators, and arbitrators;
  • Assistance assessing conflicts for ADR appropriateness;
  • Assistance planning effective dispute resolution processes ("convening");
  • Evaluation of ADR programs to measure quality and effectiveness;
  • Training and other public education events regarding ADR processes;
  • Drafting of ADR contract clauses;
  • Assistance with legal research on ADR issues through the Center's ADR library;
  • Provision of Center publications for guidance on several specific public policy ADR topics.

Factors considered when reviewing requests for Center services include public policy impact, staff availability, and conformance with the Center’s strategic plan. If you would like to learn more about Center services, contact Susan Schultz (Program Director) or Suzanne Schwartz (Environmental Program Director) at (512) 471-3507.