Faculty Profiles

Forrest Mosten

Forrest S. Mosten

Adjunct faculty
B.A. UC Riverside, 1969
J.D. UCLA, 1972
UCLA Faculty Since 2002

Forrest S. Mosten teaches Mediation. He has previously taught at several law schools including the University of Southern California, Whittier, Pepperdine, the University of San Diego, Hamline, and Mercer, where he also served as Director of Clinical Education.

Professor Mosten has been in private mediation practice since 1979. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist, an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and is a popular presenter at legal and mediation conferences throughout the world.

Professor Mosten was named again as a 2009 Super Lawyer in Family Law and Mediation by Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, and as one of the top 25 Family Mediators in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. In 2009, Professor Mosten served as an ABA Frank Sander Lecturer, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of dispute resolution. He also served as editor of Family Court Review’s Special Issue on Collaborative Law published in 2011.

In 2004, the American Bar Association presented Professor Mosten with two awards: a lifetime achievement award for his contributions in legal access and the ABA Lawyer As Problem Solver Award.

In 1999, Professor Mosten was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Southern California Mediation Association and he has received additional awards from mediation and legal bodies throughout the world. He currently serves on the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Task Force for a National Peacemaker Museum, and was the 2008 Commencement Speaker for UC Riverside which has established the Forrest S. Mosten Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Annual Lecture and Internship Program.

In addition to training lawyers and professional mediators to develop conflict resolution skills and to develop their careers, Professor Mosten has published numerous articles on mediation, collaborative law and legal access.  He is the author of The Complete Guide to Mediation (ABA, 1997), Unbundling Legal Services (ABA, 2000),  Mediation Career Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2001), and Collaborative Practice Handbook (Jossey-Bass, 2009).  Mosten's innovations in mediation and unbundling legal services have been reported in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and other major publications.