Rishi Batra is an assistant professor of law, teaching in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, property law, and intellectual property. He also directs the Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession.
Batra’s scholarship focuses on alternative dispute resolution, in particular applying dispute resolution perspectives to novel fields such as election law and criminal procedure. His work has appeared in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution and the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, among others.
Before coming to Texas Tech, Batra was a visiting assistant professor at Whittier Law School, teaching courses in real property and negotiation. He was previously the Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. At Moritz, Batra taught mediation and negotiation courses and supervised students mediating hundreds of cases, including small claims, landlord-tenant and criminal matters. He is the co-founder and was the first director of the Ohio State Student Mediation Program.
Batra earned his J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, where he served as training director for the Harvard Mediation Program and as a teaching assistant in Harvard’s program on negotiation. Upon graduation he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he advised executives at Fortune 500 companies on strategic business decisions.
Batra did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a B.S. (honors) in electrical engineering computer science and a B.A. (high honors) in cognitive science. Prior to law school, he worked at Microsoft Corp., focusing on software and user design as well as engineering excellence.
He is a member of the State Bar of California.