Donna Shestowsky

Davis, CA


Donna Shestowsky was awarded a J.D. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. While at Stanford, she taught courses in legal psychology and established a research lab devoted to the empirical study of juries and dispute resolution processes. During the 2003-2004 academic year she was jointly appointed to the faculty at Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management.


Dr. Shestowsky teaches Criminal Law, Negotiation Strategy, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and a Seminar in Legal Psychology. She also coaches the King Hall Negotiations team, which ranked 1st in the world in the international law student negotiations competition in 2009. She was the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her legal and psychological commentary has appeared in national sources such as CNN, NPR, and the New York Times. She advises courts in the development of court-connected ADR programs and provides negotiation education services to law firms and members of national organizations such as the Practicing Law Institute.


Dr. Shestowsky’s primary research objective is to examine basic assumptions underlying the structure of the legal system and to explore ways in which the legal system might be improved using the methodological and analytic tools of psychological theory and research. She is currently conducting a national longitudinal study, funded by the National Science Foundation and the American Bar Association, which examines how litigants decide how to resolve their disputes.



  • Litigant Psychology - Surprising Findings of an Empirical Study

Upcoming Sessions

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