Carol L. Izumi joined the full-time faculty at UC Hastings College of the Law in 2010 as a Clinical Professor of Law. Professor Izumi is an internationally known dispute resolution scholar, trainer, and practitioner with the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at UC Hastings. She directs the law school’s Mediation Clinic and ADR Externship Program and serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). She is also a nationally known specialist in clinical legal education.
Professor Izumi holds the title Professor of Clinical Law, Emerita, at the George Washington University Law School (GW Law) where she was a full-time faculty member from 1986-2010 and director of the Consumer Mediation Clinic and Community Dispute Resolution Center Project. As the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs she administered the law school=s 10 clinical programs and secured a $2.3 million gift to the legal clinics. In 1999, Professor Izumi co-founded the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Washington, D.C. to provide free mediation services in adult misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency cases, and police-civilian disputes.
Professor Izumi chaired the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution from 1996-7 and the Section on Clinical Legal Education from 2002-3. She was appointed to the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Legal Education in 1998 and became Chair in 2001. She served as Chair of D.C. Bar Attorney-Client Arbitration Board (ACAB) from 1997-99 and launched the ACAB mediation program. Professor Izumi co-chaired the Legal Educator=s Colloquium of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution from 2001-2002 and was appointed to the ABA Diversity Committee in 2002. She was selected for the Publications Board of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in 2011. In 2003, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. In 2004, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Consumer Reports, a non-profit testing and publishing organization, and is now in her third 3-year term. In 1993, Professor Izumi was a founding director of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF), a non-profit that provides fellowships to law students to engage in public interest work.
Professor Izumi has published several articles and a book chapter on mediation, most recently, “Implicit Bias and the Illusion of Mediator Neutrality”, 34 Wash. U.J.L.& Pol’y, 71-153 (2011). She co-wrote a 2001 casebook, ARace, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment@ (with Profs. Wu, Yamamoto, Chon, and Kang). The revised second edition was published in May, 2013. She has given numerous presentations on dispute resolution, clinical legal education, and Asian Americans in the U.S. and Asia.
Prior to teaching, Professor Izumi clerked for Judge Harriett R. Taylor of D.C. Superior Court, was an associate at a D.C. law firm engaged in civil litigation, and served as assistant director of a D.C. non-profit. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Expertise: Consumer law; alternative dispute resolution; mediation; clinical law