Faculty Profile: Walter Wright
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Walter A. Wright is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he teaches courses in mediation. He is also an associate professor in the Legal Studies Program of the Department of Political Science at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He teaches courses in law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and his primary research interest is mediation. He is a published author in the United States and several Latin American countries. He received B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Houston and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University.
Professor Wright has been an attorney since 1977 and a mediator since 1986. As an attorney, he has practiced in the areas of domestic and international commercial transactions, commercial litigation, real estate, and business organizations. As a mediator, he practices in the areas of employment, commercial, family, and community disputes. He is also a contract mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (employment-discrimination charges) and the Key Bridge Foundation (disability-discrimination charges). While English is his native language, he is fluent in written and spoken Spanish, and he often mediates disputes in which the parties speak Spanish.
Professor Wright has received a Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching from Texas State University, and he has received recognition as a Favorite Professor from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society every year since 2010. He has mentored over 375 Applied Research Projects and eighty student publications. Professional organizations, universities and judicial agencies in the United States and Latin America often ask him to speak and conduct workshops on legal and ADR topics.
Professor Wright has a strong record of service to the ADR profession. Currently, he is co-Chair of the International Expansion Work Group of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), an organization that promotes peaceful conflict resolution; a director of the Chantal Paydar Foundation, which works towards many of the same goals as ACR; principal member of the board of advisors of Fundación Calma, a Peruvian foundation that uses mediation to resolve disputes in Peruvian schools; and co-director of El Acuerdo, an ADR newsletter published in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is former president of the Texas Association of Mediators and the Association of Attorney-Mediators, as well as former Chair of ACR’s International Section. For six years, he was Chair of the Newsletter Editorial Board of Alternative Resolutions, the newsletter of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas. He has received several awards for service, including the Steve Brutsché Award from the Association of Attorney-Mediators, the Frank G. Evans Award from the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Susanne C. Adams Award from the Texas Association of Mediators. Texas State University has also awarded him two Golden Apple awards for his service to the university, the ADR and legal professions, and the community.