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Carol Izumi

Emerita Professor of Law


Carol L. Izumi is Emerita Professor of Law and an internationally known dispute resolution scholar, teacher, and practitioner with the Center for Dispute Resolution (CNDR). From 2010-2020, Prof. Izumi directed the Mediation Clinic and ADR Externship program. She served as Acting Associate Director of CNDR from 2010-2012. In 2019, Prof. Izumi received the law school’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Prof. Izumi is Emerita Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University Law School where she directed the Consumer Mediation Clinic from 1986-2010, and served as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. In 1999, she co-founded the D.C. Community Dispute Resolution Center to provide mediation in adult misdemeanor cases, juvenile delinquency matters, and police-civilian disputes.

She has published dispute resolution articles and book chapters, including “Implicit Bias and the Illusion of Mediator Neutrality”, 34 Wash. U.J.L. & Pol’y (2011) and “Implicit Bias and Prejudice in Mediation”, 70 SMU L. Rev. No. 3 (2017); she has spoken widely on the topic of implicit bias in mediation and law. Prof. Izumi co-authored two editions of a casebook, Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, (Aspen 2001 and 2013).

Prof. Izumi has held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and the D.C. Bar Attorney-Client Arbitration Board.  Prof. Izumi was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2003.  In 2018, Professor Izumi received the William Pincus Award, the AALS’s highest award in clinical legal education.  She received Outstanding Community Service awards from the Bethel AME Church in Detroit, Michigan, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C.




Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment (Aspen Publishers 2d ed. 2013) (with Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Jerry Kang & Frank H. Wu).

Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment (Aspen Publishers 2001) (with Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Jerry Kang & Frank H. Wu).

Directory of Dispute Resolution Services Available to Residents of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area (George Washington Univ. Law School 1996).

Journal Articles

Implicit Bias and Prejudice in Mediation, 70 SMU L. Rev. 681 (2017). FULLTEXT URL

Implicit Bias and the Illusion of Mediator Neutrality, 34 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 71 (2010). FULLTEXT

Prohibiting “Good Faith Reports” Under the Uniform Mediation Act: Keeping the Adjudication Camel out of the Mediation Tent, 2003 J. Disp. Resol. 67 (2003) (with Homer C. La Rue). FULLTEXT

Symposium, Standards of Professional Conduct in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1995 J. Disp. Resol. 95 (1995). FULLTEXT

Chapters In Books

The Use of ADR in Criminal and Juvenile Delinquency Cases, in ADR Handbook for Judges 195 (Donna Stienstra & Susan M. Yates eds., Am. Bar Ass’n section of Alternative Dispute Resolution 2004). CATALOG

Newspaper & Magazine Articles

Mediation of Animal Law Disputes: A Case StudyAnimal L. Committee Newsl. (ABA Animal Law Comm., Chi., Ill.), Fall, 2007, at 10. URL

It’s Not Academic: Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law in a Mediation ClinicFORUM (Nat’l Inst. for Dispute Resolution, D.C.), Jun., 1997.

Dispute Resolution Alternatives: A Growing Option for BusinessBoard Trade News, Apr., 1990 (with Michael Lewis).

A Legal Overview for Home Improvement Contractors in the DistrictProfit (Howard Univ. Small Bus. Dev. Ctr., D.C.), no. 4, 1989, at 5 (with Susan Jones).


  • Georgetown University Law Center
    J.D., Law

  • Oberlin College
    B.A., Undergraduate Studies


  • ADR Externship
  • ADR Externship Fieldwork
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic Fieldwork