Professor Sarah Rudolph Cole practiced labor and employment law with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in Seattle and Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson in Chicago before joining the faculty at Creighton University School of Law. While at Creighton, and now at Ohio State, Professor Cole has focused her research on the legal issues and policy that have arisen as a result of the increased use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
She teaches primarily in the ADR area, but has also taught Torts, Labor Law, Remedies, and Administrative Law. Professor Cole has published articles in Georgia Law Review, Alabama Law Review, University of Chicago Legal Forum, U.C. Davis Law Review, Houston Law Review, BYU Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, the UNLV Law Review, and the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.
Professor Cole is co-author, with Professors Nancy H. Rogers, Craig McEwen, Jim Coben, and Peter Thompson of Mediation: Law, Policy and Practice (3d. ed. 2011), the leading treatise in the field of mediation, and co-author with Nancy H. Rogers, Frank Sander and Stephen Goldberg of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Other Processes (6th ed. 2012), one of the leading dispute resolution casebooks in the country.
In 2012, she was named the John W. Bricker Professor of Law and was previously the Squire, Sanders and Dempsey Designated Professor of Law. In 2012, she also received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Ohio State University. In 2006, she became Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution.
She is chair regent of the Dispute Resolution Committee for the AALS and a regular speaker on ADR topics at national meetings. She was a member of the academic advisory faculty that consulted with NCCUSL and the ABA regarding the drafting of the Uniform Mediation Act. She also consults regularly with the OSBA dispute resolution committee and the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution on dispute resolution issues arising in Ohio.
She is also on the panel of arbitrators for AAA, OCB, OCSEA, NASD, BBB, and SERB in Ohio.