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Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron named 2019 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award recipient

Marjorie Corman Aaron, professor of practice and director of the Center for Practice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award.

Each year, this award recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievement by a member of the faculty of the UC College of Law.

Professor Aaron’s research centers on the relationship between lawyers and clients; she is particularly concerned with techniques and strategies to improve how lawyers communicate honest, difficult, and complex information to their clients in ways that clients understand and appreciate.

Professor Marjorie Aaron

Prof. Marjorie Aaron

Her first book, "Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients Through Bad News and Other Legal Realities" (Oxford University Press 2012), focuses on social science research relevant to the client counseling dynamic and suggests specific methods for more effective communication. Her recently published second book, "Risk & Rigor: A Lawyer's Guide to Decision Trees for Assessing Cases and Advising Clients" (DRI Press 2019), explores the most effective way for lawyers to explain the risks, uncertainties, complexities, and alternatives inherent in civil litigation.

A long time faculty member, Professor Aaron teaches courses on negotiation, client counseling, and trial practice, and from time to time, on advanced decision analysis, alternative dispute resolution, and mediation.  She has been awarded both the College of Law’s Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the university’s President’s Excellence Award for Teaching. As director of the Center for Practice, she oversees the trial practice program and dispute resolution offerings, and coaches student teams participating in trial practice, negotiation and dispute resolution competitions.  An active mediator and arbitrator, she regularly teaches workshops for law firms, corporations, universities, and governmental organizations.

Professor Aaron received her BA from Princeton University and JD from Harvard Law School.  Before joining the college, she was executive director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and vice president at Endispute (now known as JAMNS-ADR). She began her practice as a litigator at Goodwin Procter and then an assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts.

As this year’s Schott Award recipient, Professor Aaron will present a public lecture during the 2019-20 academic year.