Jim Hilbert

Associate Professor of Law

Executive Director, Center for Negotiation & Justice

Jim Hilbert is founder and executive director of the Center for Negotiation and Justice. He has served as a consultant and advisor to community organizations, civil rights groups, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the world. He has developed and taught educational programs on negotiation, conflict resolution, leadership development and civil rights advocacy for lawyers, business executives, government officials and community activists throughout the United States and internationally. 

He is an experienced civil rights attorney, negotiator, public speaker and instructor, combining all four disciplines on in his approach to using principled negotiation as a tool for solving client problems and promoting social justice. Mr. Hilbert has personally negotiated the resolution of numerous civil rights and other legal matters, as well as complex, high stakes business deals. 

He has lectured and served as a guest speaker at public and private sector conferences nationally on topics of negotiation, conflict resolution, civil rights, and education policy. Mr. Hilbert currently teaches Negotiation, Transactions & Settlements, Civil Rights Litigation and Policy Externship, International Negotiation & Dispute Resolution, and Advanced ADR at William Mitchell, and has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, where he taught negotiation. He is a former Legal Fellow at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He also teaches in Mitchell’s London Program

Professor Hilbert is also the co-director of the Expert Witness Training Academy, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides training to climatologists on communicating in courtrooms and legislative hearings, and is co-director of the LL.M. Program at William Mitchell. In addition, he is the vice president of professional services for Alignor, an international negotiation firm with offices in the United States and India.