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University of Pennsylvania, BA 1979
Yeshiva University, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, JD 1982


As an attorney since 1983, Dawn Effron's litigation experience includes tenures at New York's medical malpractice firm Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, the New York State Department of Health's Bureau for Professional Medical Conduct and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. As a litigator, she negotiated multi-million dollar settlements and successfully tried many cases involving allegations of substandard medical care, fraud and patient abuse.

In 2000, along with professors at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Professor Effron developed a model mediation program for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine aimed at producing more satisfying and comprehensive resolutions to complaints involving physicians. Inspired by this experience, she expanded her practice to include mediation and collaborative law. Since that time, her practice has focused on legal disputes involving workplace issues and divorce. In addition to serving private clients involved in legal matters, she provides individualized coaching and professional development programs in business settings aimed at improving effectiveness in negotiation and collaborative problem-solving.

Professor Effron served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and as its vice president of education and training. She has continued to train new collaborative professionals as part of MCLC's introductory training faculty each year. She also served as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association - Boston Municipal Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, operating a mediation program in Boston Municipal Court for more than ten years.

Since 2004, Professor Effron has balanced her private practice with teaching negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. This allows her to teach the skills she uses regularly in her practice to upper level law students.

New York Bar Admission, 1983
Massachusetts Bar Admission, 1994

Dawn Effron