Dean Richard M. Calkins attended Dartmouth College and Northwestern University Law School, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1959. In the latter institution, he was on the Law Review Board and graduated Order of the Coif.

From 1959-1961 he was law clerk to Judge Elmer J. Schnackenberg, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. In 1961, he joined the Chicago law firm of Chadwell, Keck, Kayser, Ruggles and McLaren, where he became a partner. In 1969 he was a founding partner of Burditt and Calkins in Chicago.

In 1980, Dean Calkins was appointed dean of the Drake University Law School where he served until 1988. Since then he has been an adjunct professor while practicing as a partner in the Zarley, McKee, Thomte, Voorhees & Sease law firm (1988-1993).

In 1993, he established his own law firm practicing primarily antitrust law. In 1995 he went into the full-time practice of mediation and arbitration. Since 1996 he has trained both law students and lawyers in mediation.

He has published three books: Antitrust Guidelines For The Business Executive, Dow Jones-Irwin 1981; and Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide, Aspen Publishers. His published articles include:

  • 63 Michigan L. Review 455, "Grand Jury Secrecy"
  • 59 Northwestern University Law Review 577, "Grand Jury Secrecy Under the Illinois Criminal Code - Unconstitutional"
  • 1966 Illinois Law Forum 423, "Abolition of the Grand Jury Indictment in Illinois"
  • 41 University of Detroit Law Journal 305, "Criminal Justice for the Indigent"
  • 1 The John Marshall Journal of Practice and Procedure, "The Fading Myth of Grand Jury Secrecy"
  • July 1965 Law Notes, Young Lawyers Section of the American Bar Association, Defense Counsel's Request for Grand Jury Minutes"
  • 30 Drake Law Review I, "Intrabrand Territorial Allocations and the per se Rule"
  • 41 Southern California Law Review 816, "Legislative Improvements of the State Criminal Process"
  • 38 Drake University Law Review, "Patent Law: The Impact of the 1988 Patent Misuse Reform Act and Noerr Pennington Doctrine on Misuse Defenses and Antitrust Counterclaims"
  • 41 South Dakota Law Review, "Mediation: The Gentler Way"
  • 53 Northwestern University Law Review 79, "Jurisdiction Over Nonresidents Under Section 17 of the Illinois Civil Practice Act"
  • 54 Northwestern University Law Review 211, "The Full Faith and Credit Clause Reanalyzed: The Finality Doctrine Denounced - Judicial Proceedings Redefined"
  • 40 Illinois Bar Journal, "Qualities of a Successful Mediator" 594 (2002)
  • 6 Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal, "The ADR Revolution" 1 (2008)
  • 3 World Arbitration & Mediation Review, "Finding Creative Solutions in ADR" 69 (2009)
  • 58 Drake Law Review, "The Radical Change from Courtroom to Conference Table" 357 (2010)
  • 40 International Trade and Business Law Review 1 (2011)

Dean Calkins has been president of the American Academy of ADR Attorneys, the American Mock Trial Association, International Academy of Dispute Resolution, and the Blackstone Inn of Court.


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