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Carol B. Liebman

  • Clinical professor emeritus for law
  • Emeritiert

J.D., Boston University, 1975
M.A., Rutgers University, 1963
B.A., Wellesley College, 1962

areas of expertise

Legal education

Carol Liebman is Clinical Professor Emerita of Law at Columbia Law School, where she founded the Columbia Mediation Clinic and Negotiation Workshop. Liebman is an internationally recognized speaker and trainer in conflict resolution. She has designed and presented mediation training for a variety of groups, including the Certificate Program in Bioethics at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; New York's First Department, Appeals Department, Attorney Disciplinary Committee; the New York Bar Association; and high school students, parents and teachers. She has taught negotiation and mediation in Vietnam, Brazil, Israel and China and has mediated medical malpractice, discrimination, family matters, government agencies, community disputes, business disputes and educational institutions.

Liebman's current research focuses on conflict resolution in healthcare. She is co-author of Mediation of Bioethical Disputes: A Guide to Designing Joint Solutions , 2011, revised and expanded edition. She is a past member of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board and the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She was co-principal investigator of the Mediating Suits Against Hospitals (MeSH) project and the demonstration mediation and ADR project that is part of the Project on Medical Liability in Pennsylvania. From 1976 to 1979, Liebman served as legal counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

In 2012, Liebman received the Columbia University Presidential Award for outstanding teaching.


  • Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Designing Joint Solutions , (with Nancy N. Dubler), Vanderbilt University Press, 2011, (revised and expanded edition)
  • Interest-Based Mediation in Malpractice Disputes: A Way to Greater Patient Safety? (with Chris Stern Hyman, Clyde B. Schechter, and William M. Sage), 35 Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, October 2010
  • Mediation for Malpractice: Benefits Gained, Chances Lost, 74 Law and Current Issues 135, 2011
  • Autonomy and Diminished Capacity, (Ellen Waldman, Hrsg.), Kommentar in Mediation Ethics Cases and Commentaries, Jossey-Bass, 2011
  • Medical Error Disclosure, Mediation Skills, and Malpractice Litigation: A Pennsylvania Demonstration Project (with Chris Stern Hyman), The Project on Medical Liability in Pennsylvania, (funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Words That Heal, (with Douglas Frenkel), Annuals of Internal Medicine, March 2004
  • A Model of Mediation Skills for Dealing with Disclosures of Errors and Adverse Events to Patients, (with Chris Stern Hyman), 23 Health Affairs July 22 / August 2004
  • Disclosure and Fair Resolution of Adverse Events, (mit Chris Hyman, Medical Malpractice and the U.S.; und Sage und Kersh, Hrsg.) Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • Mediation as Parallel Seminars: Lessons from the Student Takeover of Hamilton Hall der Columbia University, Negotiation Journal, April 2000
  • The Profession of Law: Using Experiential Learning Techniques at Columbia Law School to Teach Professional Responsibility, 58 Law and Contemporary Problems 73, 1995
  • Toward a Theory of Negotiation, in Negotiating for Settlement in Divorce, (Sanford Katz, Hrsg.), Prentice Hall Law and Business, 1987
  • Negotiations in the Divorce Context, Family Dispute Resolution: Litigation and the Alternatives, (James G. McLeod, Hrsg.), Carswell, 1987

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