I am a law professor who is fascinated by the use of arbitration and the development of arbitration law, and I recently published a book about my research.  Drawing on previously untapped archival sources, my book, Outsourcing Justice: The Rise of Modern Arbitration Laws in America, explores the many different people, institutions, forces, beliefs, and events that led to the enactment of modern arbitration laws during the 1920s, and my book examines why America’s arbitration laws radically changed during this period.  By examining this history, the book demonstrates how the U.S. Supreme Court has grossly misconstrued these laws and unjustifiably created an expansive, informal, private system of justice touching almost every aspect of American society and impacting the lives of millions.

These historical sources help demonstrate that the enactment of America’s modern arbitration laws during the Roaring Twenties was accompanied by sincere, idealistic hope, passionate and dedicated individuals and organizations, great expectations, generosity, a measure of serendipity, and celebrations fitting for the Great Gatsby.  At the same time, these sources help demonstrate that the origins and development of these laws have a darker side, of frustration, fear, jealous competition, the horrors of war, betrayal, greed, and usurpation of power.  I hope this rich history of the arbitration reform movement, which has never been fully explored, can lead to a deeper understanding of America’s arbitration laws.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, Outsourcing Justice, you can purchase it directly from the publisher here.

To see some images related to the history in the book, please click here.

Here are some reviews of my book:

Review by Professor Hiro Aragaki: click here.

Review by Attorney Paul Bland: click here.

Review by Attorney Marc Alexander: click here.

Review by Professor Ben Davis in the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Magazine: click here and scroll down to page 33 of the magazine.