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.
The following lists our faculty with a brief sampling of their activities and publications. For a more detailed listing of scholarship for those listed, please see the link following each faculty member.
Debra Berman is the Acting Director of the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution. Mrs. Berman received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law. As a student at the Washington College of Law, she established a flourishing student ADR program. Following graduation, she practiced law at a large law firm in Washington D.C. In her spare time, she taught ADR as an adjunct professor and coached student ADR competitions at her alma mater. Mrs. Berman has published and presented on various mediation topics. She currently teaches ADR courses and coaches a number of national and international student ADR competitions. She is a member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the Houston chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and a board member of the Houston Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.
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