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Douglas Frenkel L'72

Morris Shuster Practice Professor of Law, Director of Mediation Clinic

Douglas Frenkel

Douglas Frenkel is the architect of Penn Law’s nationally renowned clinical program having served as Director of the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies from 1980 to 2008. Under his leadership, the program grew to include real-case courses in litigation, transactional representation, mediation, legislation, child advocacy and transnational lawyering. Continue reading…



Articles and Book Chapters

Improving Lawyers’ Judgment: Is Mediation Training De-Biasing?, 15 HARV. NEGOT. L. REV. 1 (2015) (with James H. Stark).

Changing Minds: The Work of Mediators and Empirical Studies of Persuasion, 28 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 263 (2013) (with James H. Stark)

WEST'S PENNSYLVANIA FORMS AND COMMENTARY - Editor and contributing author of a multi-volume set of practitioner-oriented texts with forms in areas such as Civil and Criminal Procedure, Domestic Relations, Employment Law, Business Organizations, Debtor-Creditor, etc. (in collaboration with leading practitioners).

Words That Heal, 140(6) ANNALS OF INTERNAL MED. 482 (March 16, 2004) (editorial essay, with C. Liebman).

On Trying to Teach Judgment, 12 LEGAL EDUC. REV. 19 (2001).

Ethics: Beyond the Rules, 67 FORDHAM L. REV. 697 et seq. (1998) law-social science study of determinants of conduct of large law firm litigators (with collaborators).

Work/Life Decisions in Law Practice, in INTEGRATING WORK AND LIFE: THE WHARTON RESOURCE GUIDE, Friedman, DeGroot and Christensen, eds. (Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer) (1998)

Videotape: The Mediation Process: A Construction Case Study - (mediation skills teaching materials set in a commercial dispute, with teachers manual) (published by American Arbitration Association, 1990).

Videotape: Who's In Charge? The Lawyer as Counselor: Process and Ethical Dimensions - (videotaped teaching materials on the client counseling process in litigation) (published by University of Pennsylvania Center on Professionalism).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Mediation
  • Impact/Effects of Mandating Mediation
  • Emerging Theories of Lawyer Liability


Penn Law - Morris Shuster Practice Professor of Law (2009- ); Practice Professor of Law (1985-2009); Clinical Director (1980-2009); Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director (1978-85)

Law Clerk to the Hon. Theodore Spaulding, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (1972-73)

Community Legal Services, Inc., Philadelphia, PA - Staff Managing Attorney (1973-78)

Visiting Professor - University of Sydney, Columbia, Fordham, New York Law School

Professional Activities

Consultant to U.S. and foreign law schools on clinical course design and skills instruction

Ethics Advisor, National Disability Rights Network


  • Mediation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation
  • Negotiating
  • Family Law

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