Meet La Rue
Over 35 Years of Experience
Professor La Rue earned his BA from Purdue University, a JD from Cornell University and a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. He as been a professor of law for several decades at Howard University School of Law. Professor La Rue also has served as an independent arbitrator and mediator in a variety of industries and involving a wide variety of issues. The issues include difficult discipline and termination matters, complex contract interpretation disputes, and executive employment contract matters.
In addition, Professor has also held numerous other titles, including Chair of the the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association, member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and service on the Board of Governors, service as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Academy of Mediators, and president of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR), now the Association for Conflict Resolution. Professor La Rue was named Cornell ILR School’s Jean McKelvey Neutral-in-Residence for 2017-18.
At Howard University, Professor La Rue founded and co-directs the Howard Law ADR Program. He designed and directs the Law School’s ADR Certificate Program. He founded the Law School’s first Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic, and was the first director of the Law School’s Clinical Law Center. He achieved these accomplishments while teaching clinical courses and giving lectures and seminars in traditional law courses.
Professor La Rue also served as a technical advisor and trainer for the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The project on which he worked was designed to assist in the development of a regional ADR system for the resolution of commercial disputes in Central and West Africa. As a technical consultant to the project, he lectured and conducted training programs and conferences in countries in Central and West Africa.
Professor La Rue has devoted a significant portion of his professional time and experience to the increase of diversity among neutrals in arbitration and mediation. He frequently gives lectures and presentations to law faculty, law students, and various other groups on issues concerning racial and ethnic diversity in the ADR field. One of his past initiatives, known as AccessADR (co-directed with a colleague), was designed to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the areas of employment and commercial mediation.