Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Supervising Attorney – ADR Clinic
LL.M., Pepperdine University
J.D., North Carolina Central University
B.A., Duke University
Kathleen C. Wallace is a conflict resolution specialist with over 15 years of experience as a crisis intervention counselor, arbitrator, negotiator, and mediator. She is serves on faculty at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law as an assistant professor and supervising attorney of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic. Her teaching specialties include mediation, representation in mediation, communication, and negotiation in personal, professional, and legal contexts.
Professor Wallace is also involved in conflict resolution education, mediation of legal disputes, and prevention, management and resolution of intra-organizational and interpersonal disputes. Licensed by the North Carolina State Bar and certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and Industrial Commission, her practice focuses on litigated claims involving personal injury, worker’s compensation, contracts and property damage, as well as pre-litigation claims of harassment, insubordination, issues among boards of directors, and intra-organizational disputes. Professor Wallace’s corporate clients include the U.S. Olympic Committee, the North Carolina Medical Society, Talecris Biotherapeutics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Duke University.
She is a recipient of the MacArthur Innovation Award and has helped design and develop digital learning technologies to enable participants to enter an immersive, multi-sensory game-based environment that simulates complex conflict conditions in order to learn first-hand the necessary tools for efficient and effective response, management and resolution.
For many years, Professor Wallace served as a violence intervention counselor and police officer in Durham, N.C.; associate dean for judicial affairs at Duke University; and arbitrator within the Duke University employee grievance process. She has served as a consultant to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pepperdine University on issues such as crisis management, conflict resolution, harassment, suicide, integrity, and ethics. Within corporate, medical and higher education settings, Professor Wallace has assessed, analyzed, and redesigned grievance processes and procedures to promote prevention and early resolution of conflict.
Professor Wallace earned a Bachelor of Arts in art-design from Duke University, a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University, a Master of laws in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, and a certificate in documentary studies from Duke University. She is a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations within the Wildacres Leadership Initiative, whose mission is to create a network of courageous leaders who connect across differences in identity and ideas to develop new solutions to the complex challenges facing the people and communities of North Carolina.