Alan Kirtley

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Law


Phone: (206) 685-6802

Alan Kirtley


B.A. 1969, Indiana University J.D. 1972, Indiana University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise


Recent Courses

LAW B 526 Mediation Clinic

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Professor Alan Kirtley is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law and founding director of its Clinical Law Program. He received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Ohio State University College of Law.

Before entering law teaching, Kirtley was a partner in a Michigan law firm. His practice specialty was business law and commercial litigation. Professor Kirtley teaches courses in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and negotiation, supervises law student mediators in the School's Mediation Clinic, and trains mediators twice annually in the law school's Professional Mediation Skills Training CLE.

Professor Kirtley was an academic advisor to the national drafting committee of the Uniform Mediation Act ("UMA"), a project of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. He was instrumental in the passage of the UMA in Washington State. Professor Kirtley wrote an influential article entitled "The Top 10 Reasons for Adopting the Uniform Mediation Act in Washington." Once the UMA became law, he authored the User's Guide to Washington's Uniform Mediation Act to help the mediation community implement the new statute, RCW 7.07 et seq.

Professor Kirtley has published several articles in his field, including the first prize winner of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Awards for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has presented at numerous conferences and training seminars concerning the UMA, as well as other ADR topics. His most recent publication is Chapter 13 -Alternative Dispute Resolution, in Berger Mitchell, Clark & Leahy, Pretrial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy (2nd ed., Aspen 2007) 479-503.

Professor Kirtley has served as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section. He co-founded both the Northwest ADR Conference and the Northwest Clinical Teachers Conference. He received the UW Law School's 2009 Pacific Coast Banking School Faculty Service Award.

Professor Kirtley is the 2011 national Chair of the Section on Clinical Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Kirtley has a private mediation practice and conducts trainings in both negotiation and mediation. He may be reached at 206-685-6802 or at

Book Chapters

  • Alan Kirtley, Alternative Dispute Resolution, in Marilyn J. Berger, John B. Mitchell, Ronald H. Clark & Monique Leahy, Pretrial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis and Strategy 479-503 (2d ed. Aspen 2007).

Professional Publications

  • Speaker, "Ethics for Mediators", with Julia Gold, 19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, University of Washington School of Law, Washington State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, King County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Washington Mediation Association, and Resolution Washington (May 4, 2012)
  • AALS Clinical Law Conference, ADR Group Leader (September 20, 2010)
  • Speaker, AALS Clinical Law Conference, ADR Group Leader (September 20, 2010)
  • "AALS Clinical Law Conference, ADR Group Leader", (September 16, 2009)
  • Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice, University of Washington School of Law (June 1, 2008)
  • "Mediation Ethics", King County Inter-local Conflict Resolution Group (May 19, 2008)
  • "Let’s Make a Deal: The Theory and Practice of Negotiation", Law Librarians of Puget Sound (May 13, 2008)
  • "Ethical Duties of Lawyers and Mediators in Mediation: Guidance from the Model Rules", 10th Annual Spring Conference, American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution (April 4, 2008)
  • Tributes and Transitions Celebration, University of Washington School of Law Clinical Law Program (February 28, 2008)
  • "Mediation Ethics and Privilege Problems", King County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section (February 14, 2008)
  • Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice, University of Washington School of Law (June 1, 2007)
  • "Mediation Ethics", Mediation Training, King County Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group (May 21, 2007)
  • Panelist, "Movin' On", Workshop on Clinical Legal Education, Association of American Law Schools (May 4, 2007)
  • Conflict Resolution Project, World Affairs Council, International Visitor Leadership Program (March 26, 2007)
  • "Working with the New Uniform Mediation Act", King County DRC (March 23, 2006)