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Michael Colatrella Jr.

Michael Colatrella Jr.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
B.A., Rutgers University
J.D., Seton Hall University
LL.M., New York University


Phone: 916.739.7303
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“If lawyers are to be good and valuable counselors, they need to be prepared to see legal issues and legal disputes from many perspectives in the context of all the relevant relationships ... What is needed is a sea change toward educating to create the more complete, “holistic,” lawyer by cultivating not only the lawyer’s reasoning ability but also the lawyer’s morality, creativity, professional identity, and general problem solving skills.” — Michael T. Colatrella

Recognized as being at the forefront of legal education reform, Professor Michael Colatrella is an expert in alternative dispute resolution with more than 20 years of innovative work in mediating disputes. His expertise in alternative dispute resolution includes mediation, negotiation and conflict management. He is co-author of the interdisciplinary text Mediation -- Skills & Techniques, which is widely used in law schools, graduate schools, and schools of diplomacy. Professor Colatrella joined the McGeorge faculty in 2009 and, in 2015, accepted a three-year appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Courses: Mediation, Negotiation & Settlements, Prisoner Civil Rights Clinic, Legal Profession, Professional Responsibility

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