Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Programs
B.A., 1989, Marquette University
J.D., 1992, University of Michigan
LL.M., 1997, Loyola University Chicago
Professor Olson is the Director of Clinical Programs and an Associate Professor of Law. She oversees the mediation, litigation, tax and consumer protection clinics, and state-wide Special Education and Dependency/Neglect mediation projects . In addition to teaching the Mediation Clinic, she has also taught Family Law, Mediation Seminars, ADR, and Domestic Violence courses. She helped create the U.A.L.R. Graduate Certificate Program in Conflict Mediation. She is a passionate advocate who focuses on educating law students, judges, lawyers, and other professionals on conflict resolution and communication.
She is currently serving as chair for the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 2015 conference and on the executive board of the AALS ADR Section and the Arkansas Conflict Resolution Association. Professor Olson has also served on numerous boards and committees for the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts’ Court Improvement Project; the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission; the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission; Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum. Nationally she has been a resource for the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Family Court Review and the National Child Welfare Decision-making Network. She won the Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service in 2004 and 2013.
Professor Olson is a frequent national and international speaker and trainer on communication, mediation, domestic violence and children’s legal issues. Before coming to Bowen, she was the Child Law Mediation Projects Coordinator at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she taught clinical and ADR courses, had a graduate fellowship and served as a Senior Editor of the Loyola Children’s Rights Journal. Before graduate school, Professor Browe Olson spent three years working as an attorney and General Counsel at a small telecommunications company. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and an LL.M. in Child Law at Loyola.
Professor Olson’s publications include:
- Special Editor (with Bernie Mayer), Special Issue of the Family Court Review, Mediation and Conferencing in Child Protection Disputes, Volume 47, Number 1, January 2009
- Family Group Conferencing and Child Protection Mediation: Essential Tools for Prioritizing Family Engagement in Child Welfare Cases, FAMILY COURT REVIEW Volume 47 No. 1, January 2009
- Special Editor (with Nancy Ver Steegh), Family Court Review, Inter-professional Collaborations on Domestic Violence and Family Courts, Volume 46, Number 2, April 2008
- Book Editor (with Nancy Ver Steegh), Innovations in Family Legal Practice, AFCC Publication January 2007
- The Importance of Using Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques and Processes in the Ethical and Informed Representation of Children, 6 Nev. L.J. 1333, Spring 2006
- THE BOOKSHELF: Martin Guggenheim, What’s Wrong With Children’s Rights, 44 Fam. Ct. Rev. 330, Spring 2006 (Book Review)
- Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases in Juvenile Court, Chapter V, ADR Handbook for Judges, ABA Section on Dispute Resolution Publication, September 2004
- Lessons Learned From a Child Protection Program: If at First You Succeed and Then You Don’t…, FAMILY COURT REVIEW, Vol. 41 No. 4 480-496 October 2003; reprinted in On Teaching Family Law, Essays from the Family Court Review, May 2004