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Arbitration Conversation No. 10: Prof. David Horton, UC Davis School of Law

by David Horton, Amy Schmitz

July 2020

In this episode Amy interviews Professor David Horton of the UC Davis School of Law about infinite arbitration clauses.


David Horton joined the UC Davis faculty in 2012 after three years at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He teaches and writes in the areas of wills and trusts, arbitration law, and contracts. He has won the Association of American Law Schools’ Scholarly Paper Competition, the Mangano Dispute Resolution Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2017, he was selected as a UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow and elected an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Horton’s work has appeared (or will soon appear) in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, N.Y.U. Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Boston College Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and University of Colorado Law Review, among others. He has also co-authored two casebooks: CASES, PROBLEMS, AND MATERIALS ON CONTRACTS (Aspen 8th ed. forthcoming 2019) (with Douglas J. Whaley) and WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES: THE ESSENTIALS (with Reid Kress Weisbord and Stephen K. Urice).

Horton received his B.A. cum laude from Carleton College in 1997 and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2004. At UCLA, he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review. He then practiced at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.


Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.  She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.

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