Wayne State University
Robert M. Ackerman
Robert M. Ackerman
Professor of Law
Room 3267
(313) 577-0269
Fax (313) 577-9016


J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Colgate University

Selected Publications

"Justice for All? Three Lessons in Delivering Fairness and Due Process to Many Parties," Dispute Resolution Magazine, Summer 2014

“Verantwortung ubernehmen” Leviathan, 2007 (German translation of “Taking Responsibility”).

“Vanishing Trial, Vanishing Community?” Journal of Dispute Resolution, 2006.

“The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund: An Administrative Response to National Tragedy,” Harvard Negotiation Law Review, 2005.

Law and Community: The Case of Torts, with Robert F. Cochran Jr., Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.

"Disputing Together: Conflict Resolution and the Search for Community," Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 2002.

“Tort Law and Federalism: Whatever Happened to Devolution? Yale Law and Policy Review, Yale Journal on Regulation (Joint Symposium Issue), 1996.

“Tort Law and Communitarianism: Where Rights Meet Responsibilities," originally published in Wake Forest Law Review, 1995, revised and republished in To Promote The General Welfare: A Communitarian Legal Reader 1999.

“Defamation and Alternative Dispute Resolution: Healing the Sting,” Missouri Journal of Dispute Resolution, 1986.

“The Seat Belt Defense Reconsidered: A Return to Accountability in Tort Law?” New Mexico Law Review, 1986.


February 17, 2015
Robert M. Ackerman was elected to a four-year term on the Metro Detroit Branch Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union.

January 5, 2014
Robert M. Ackerman introduced the daylong Section on Socio-Economics at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference in New York, N.Y, and was part of a panel on Corporate Theory and Regulation. Ackerman gave a presentation on "Corporate Communitarianism in the Wake of Citizens United," the subject of an upcoming article he is writing with Professor Lance Cole of Penn State University. Also at the annual conference, Ackerman concluded his one-year term as chair of the Section on Socio-Economics.

May 6, 2011
Robert M. Ackerman spoke about cross-border legal education at the Council of Canadian Law Deans, hosted by the University of Windsor Law School.

March 10, 2011
Robert M. Ackerman will speak on a University of Windsor Law School Dean's Panel from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, March 18 in Windsor Law's Conference Room 1111. The panel is titled "Balancing Legal Theory and Practicum in Law School Curriculum."

In The News

February 11, 2015
Robert M. Ackerman was quoted in Detroit News report "Judge Damon Keith's legacy looms large."

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May 29, 2014
Robert M. Ackerman was interviewed by the Legal News for an Asked & Answered column on football helmet safety and liability.

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