ASU professor awarded Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award

September 16, 2019

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has award Narayani Lasala-Blanco, an assistant professor in Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies, with the 2019 Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award.

Lasala-Blanco was chosen for this award thanks to her work in mentoring graduate students. According to the APSA website, the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award is named in honor of the first Latina to earn a PhD in political science. The recipient is recognized for their exceptional mentoring of Latina/o students and junior faculty. Narayani Lasala-Blanco. Download Full Image

Shannon Schumacher, a graduate student with UC Santa Barbara where Lasala-Blanco was an assistant professor prior to joining ASU, was a field supervisor and teaching assistant to Lasala-Blanco.

Schumacher shared that through years of taking her classes and assisting with research projects, she received a unique perspective on the passion for and commitment to supporting students that Lasala-Blanco has.

For one of those projects, Lasala-Blanco and a team of undergraduate students spent a summer in Cuyama, California, to better understand the public perceptions of water and its use. She worked to recruit students bilingual in English and Spanish to conduct interviews in every household in the population. The bilingual students who participated in these types of research projects with Lasala-Blanco would ultimately go on to top 10 PhD programs in political science. 

“While all professors interact with students in some capacity, I think what makes Professor Lasala-Blanco unique is her commitment to working with and providing opportunities for students to learn the ins and outs of academic research,” said Schumacher.

Lasala-Blanco joined ASU in the summer of 2018 as an assistant professor and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research. Her research specializes in the study of immigrant political integration, Latino and minority politics in the U.S., public opinion and political behavior. Her current work focuses on the development of civic skills among first-generation Latino immigrants in the U.S.

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies


ASU Law wins coveted 9th Circuit Award for second time

Honor recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution

September 16, 2019

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University was recently awarded the Ninth Circuit Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Education Award for 2019, presented by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judicial council of the Ninth Circuit established the Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award to recognize law schools that have significantly advanced education, scholarship and research in the field of alternative dispute resolution, popularly known as ADR. photo of 2019 Schiefelbein conference Les Schiefelbein and Art Hinshaw at the 2019 Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference at ASU Law. Download Full Image

This award marks the second time ASU Law has been recognized as a leader in ADR education. ASU Law also won this award in 2005, the first year in which it was given.

“I am extremely proud of our innovative work in alternative dispute resolution, and I am honored that our efforts have been recognized for a second time,” ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester said. “Our faculty and their dedication to the success of our students and clinical programs not only prove that they are committed to improving access to ADR curricula and education but to the field in general.”

All American Bar Association-accredited law schools within the Ninth Circuit were eligible to apply for this recognition. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals comprises Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, the U.S. Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

ASU Law emerged as a leader in alternative dispute resolution education by successfully bridging theory and practice. This is possible in large part due to the impact of ASU Law’s Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center, led by Faculty Director and Clinical Professor Art Hinshaw. ASU Law's ADR program is ranked No. 10 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

“This award recognizes the faculty’s dedication to advancing ADR as a critical element of our legal system. I can’t thank the faculty and ASU Law’s administration enough for its determination and hard work to get this center off the ground the past three years,” said Hinshaw.

The Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center expands ASU Law’s efforts to understand the nature of conflict and how best to resolve disputes outside a courtroom. Students, lawyers and nonlegal professionals learn the problem-solving methods and skills that lawyers and other conflict resolution professionals employ regularly to prevent and resolve disputes.

The Lodestar Center’s work is, in some respects, typical of dispute resolution programs across the country: offering a variety of courses, publishing scholarly works, presenting expert speakers, providing student opportunities outside the classroom and delivering a range of continuing educational programs. ASU Law’s Lodestar Center has distinguished itself from peer institutions — making it truly innovative — through its emphasis directed at the broader public to help resolve conflict before it becomes formalized in the courts.

“What sets ASU Law apart is our recognition that conflict permeates society and that our work shouldn’t be confined within the parameters of the legal world,” said Hinshaw. “We work with groups — both large and small — to teach nonlawyer professionals conflict resolution skills to enhance their job performance,” Hinshaw said.

photo of students at Mediation Clinic Justice Court

ASU Law students gain real-world experience with the Lodestar Mediation Clinic mediating cases at the Maricopa County Justice Courts.

ASU Law’s robust dispute resolution curriculum provides law students with both a framework to understand and to manage conflict using a variety of processes and real-world opportunities to practice dispute resolution techniques. The curriculum includes the following doctrinal and skills courses: arbitration, contract drafting and negotiation, dispute resolution in employment, dispute resolution survey, international dispute resolution, negotiation, mediation advocacy, and the Lodestar Mediation Clinic, where students can act as mediators in civil cases in the Maricopa County Justice Courts.

Besides the center’s curriculum, students have access to unique externships and are also encouraged to take advantage of additional programs and opportunities, such as moot court competition teams and the Dispute Resolution Student Association.

Since receiving the judicial council’s inaugural award in 2005, ASU Law has evolved significantly in the ADR space.

“This award recognizes our growth over time — becoming a center, beginning two high-profile public events — the Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture and the Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference — creating a conflict resolution Master of Legal Studies degree, and working with groups like Amnesty International. Our program simply is much more robust since the last time we won the award,” said Hinshaw.

Nicole Almond Anderson

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law