Faculty and Staff
The Center is proud to have associated with it leading dispute resolution teachers and scholars. The work of the Center faculty and staff who serve on a regular basis is complemented by others who associate with the center for a variety of independent projects and programs.The following is a list of the Center’s current faculty and staff.
Debra Berman is the Acting Director of the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution at South Texas College of Law. Her course load includes Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation Theory & Practice, and Representation in Mediation. In addition, she coordinates all of the ADR competition teams that South Texas College of Law sends to national and international tournaments. She also has personally coached a number of teams to national and international first place wins. She has published and presented on various dispute resolution topics and is a member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the Houston Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and a board member of the Houston chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.
Catherine Burnett is Associate Dean for Clinical Studies and a Professor at South Texas College of Law. She received a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas. After clerking for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, she practiced in Texas both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. She is board certified in criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Catherine teaches international, national and state criminal procedure, as well as seminars in contemporary criminal law issues. In her role as Associate Dean, Catherine oversees the law school’s clinical programs and its student pro bono volunteer program. As a clinician she launched the law school's first direct representation civil law clinic and has subsequently taught in the Mediation Clinic, HIV and the Law Clinic, Texas Capital Punishment Clinic, Domestic Violence Clinic, and Actual Innocence Clinic. Catherine remains an active instructor in the law school's numerous academic internships. She has also been active in ADR training nationally and internationally, teaching both law students and practicing members of the bench and bar.
James J. Alfini
James J. Alfini isProfessor of Law and Dean Emeritus and serves as a Senior Fellow in the Frank Evans Center. Previously, he was Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University College of Law where he taught Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Mediation, and related courses. Dean Alfini served as Dean of the NIU College of Law from 1991 to 1997. Prior to NIU Dean Alfini was a member of the faculty at Florida State University College of Law where he was Director of Education and Research at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, a joint program of the FSU College of Law and the Supreme Court of Florida. He was on the original Mediation and Arbitration Rules Committee of the Supreme Court of Florida and chaired the Standards Subcommittee. He has served as the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Association of American Law Schools and the chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. He has numerous publications in the fields of dispute resolution and judicial ethics, including two co-authored books published by Lexis Publishing: Judicial Conduct And Ethics and Mediation Theory And Practice.
Hon. Bruce Wettman
Judge Bruce Wayne Wettman serves as Director of the Mediation Clinic at South Texas College of Law. Judge Wettman has more than thirty-five years of experience as a judge, lawyer, and ADR neutral. He was first elected District Judge of the 247th District Court of the State of Texas in 1978, and still serves as an assigned visiting District Judge for the Second Administrative Judicial Region of the State of Texas.
Stacey L. Barnes
Mr. Stacey Barnes is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Frank Evans Center currently teaching International Commercial Arbitration and Domestic Arbitration Law. He also coaches several arbitration competitions. Stacey Barnes is a litigation and transactional attorney, concentrating his practice in the areas of international business law, general business representation, arbitration, corporate law, commercial litigation, and intellectual property law. He is on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and is also an arbitrator for commercial, international, securities and intellectual property cases, serving on the AAA Commercial and FINRA arbitration rosters. Mr. Barnes earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and his JD from the University of Houston Law Center.
Honorable Frank G. Evans
The Center, named after a former Chief Judge of the First Court of Appeals, in Houston, Texas, the Honorable Frank G. Evans, known as the father of ADR in Texas, sponsors and administers a variety of programs and projects, including classes, clinics, externships and dispute resolution competitions. In addition, the Center has the privilege to be one of the few, if not the only Center in the country.
The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution