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Palma Joy Strand, JD


Palma Strand


Heider College of Business
Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management (Graduate Certificate)
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Graduate Certificate)
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Master of Science)
Marketing & Management - Business
CHPE - Center for Health Policy & Ethics

Palma Joy Strand, JD


Professor Strand clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Byron R. White on the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Creighton faculty, she taught at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland School of Law. 

Professor Strand was a Hewlett Fellow in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Problem-Solving at the Georgetown University Law Center from 2002-2004. She was also the co-founder and principal of The Arlington Forum, a civic organizing initiative based in Arlington, Virginia, that worked with community institutions to broaden and deepen civic engagement in the area of schools, land use, youth, and government processes generally.

Professor Strand is Director of Creighton’s 2040 Initiative as well as Co-Founder and Research Director of Civity,  She is Affiliated Faculty at Stanford University's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, and she has served as Chair of the University Network for Collaborative Governance.

“I get most excited - in teaching and in research - about issues that arise at the juncture of legal structures, cutting-edge conflict engagement and governance processes, and important current equity perspectives, including those that related to race and gender.”


Marketing and Management




  • Robert G. Smith, Alvin L. Crawley, Cheryl Robinson, Timothy Cotman Jr., Marty Swaim & Palma Strand, GAINING ON THE GAP: CHANGING HEARTS, MINDS, AND PRACTICE. 2011


  • Palma Joy Strand, “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall…”: Reflections on Fairness and Housing in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Region, 50 Creighton L. Rev. 183 (2017).  2017
  • Palma Joy Strand, Education-as-Inheritance Crowds Out Education-as-Opportunity, 59 St. Louis U. L.J. 283. 2015
  • Palma Joy Strand, Racism 4.0, Civity, and Re-Constitution, 42 Hastings Const. L. Q. 763. 2015
  • Palma Joy Strand, Cultivating “Civity”: Enhancing City Resilience with Bridging Relationships and Increased Trust, 50 Idaho L. Rev. 153. 2014
  • Palma Joy Strand, Is Brown Holding Us Back? Moving Forward, Six Decades Later: Visionary States, Civic Locals, and Trusted Schools and Teacher, 23 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 283. 2014
  • Palma Joy Strand, Do We Value Our Cars More Than Our Kids? The Conundrum of Care for Children, 19 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 1. 2011
  • Palma Joy Strand, The Civic Underpinnings of Legal Change: Gay Rights, Abortion, and Gun Control, 21 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 117. 2011
  • Palma Joy Strand, Inheriting Inequality: Wealth, Race, and the Laws of Succession, 89 Or. L. Rev. 453. 2010
  • Palma Joy Strand, Law as Story: A Civic Concept of Law (with Constitutional Illustrations), 18 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 603. 2009


  • “From the Kids’ Table To The Adults’ Table: Taking Relationships Seriously in a World of Networks,” with John Esterle & Malka Kopell, http://thewhitmaninstituteblog.blogspot.come/2013/08/kids-table.html 2013
  • Civic Engagement: A Guide for Communities (2006) (available at 2006
  • Arlington’s Changing Story: Civic Engagement in Arlington County, Virginia with Melinda Patrician (available at 2003
  • “School Climate,” with Melinda Patrician, Education Week, p. 38 2001
  • Contributor posts,,, and

Editing and Reviews

  • “Book Review: Forced to Bowl Alone?” The Nation, p. 25 2003


  • Palma Joy Strand, Loving and Loving: Eroding the Stance of Other, 50 Creighton L. Rev. 621 (2017). 2017
  • Palma Joy Strand, 50 Years of Loving: Seeking Justice Through Love and Relationships, 50 CREIGHTON L. REV. 617 (2017) (symposium introduction). 2017
  • “Elementary School Team Five Years Later,” with Carol Skelly, Spotlight on Arlington Schools, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1994


  • 'The Civity Approach to Equity and Civic Health: Operationalizing Social Science Research at the Macro-Micro Frontier,' Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford, CA, (February 2016) 2016
  • “UNCG Member Centers,” Ruckelshaus Center Advisory Board Meeting, Seattle, WA, (May 2015), with Kirk Emerson, Bob Jones, and Steve Smutko 2015
  • “Researching Race and Law,” Research From All Angles, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, (March 2015) 2015
  • “Racism 4.0,” University of South Dakota School of Law Faculty Lunch, Vermillion SD, (March 2015) 2015
  • “Racism 4.0: Implicit Bias, Institutional Racism, White Privilege, and White Advantage,” Global Midwest Health Conference 2015, Omaha, NE, (January 2015) 2015
  • “Gaining on the Gap: Changing Hearts, Minds, and Practice,” Voices for Children Conference - Race Matters: Putting Race on the Table, Omaha, NE, (December 2014) 2014
  • “Civity: How Civic Relationships, Networks, and Systems make Democracy Work,” presented at the University Network for Collaborative Governance Annual Meeting, Charlottesville, VA, (October 2014) 2014
  • “Civity and The Civity Initiative,” presented at the National Conference for Dialogue and Deliberation Showcase, Reston, VA, (October 2014), with Malka Kopell 2014
  • 'Talking About Race: A Conversation with Jamelle Bouie,' Creighton’s 2040 Initiative, Creighton Law School, Omaha, NE, (October 2014), with Jamelle Bouie [] 2014
  • “Cultivating Civity,” University of Idaho School of Law Symposium on Resilient Cities: Environment, Economy, and Equity, Boise, ID, (April 2014) 2014
  • “Diversity in the Workplace: Theory and Practice,” Kutak Rock LLP Annual Employment Law Seminar, Omaha, NE, (November 2013) 2013
  • “Education and the Inheritance-versus-Opportunity Tradeoff: The Regressive Effects of Privatization and Underinvestment,” presented at the Wills, Trusts & Estates Meets Gender, Race & Class Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, (September 2013) 2013
  • “Civity and Collaborative Governance: Systems, Networks, and Relationships,” presented at the University Network for Collaborative Governance Meeting, Malibu, CA, (June 2013), with Malka Kopell 2013
  • “Trust as Social Adhesive: Implications for Negotiation, Conflict Intervention, and Governance,” presented at the ABA-ADR Conference, Chicago, IL, (April 2013), with Noam Ebner, Jackie Font-Guzman, and Bernie Mayer 2013
  • Panel Discussion of Film, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” at FilmStreams, Omaha, NE, (March 2013), with Jay Carney and Jackie Font-Guzman 2013
  • “Do We Value Our Cars More Than Our Kids?” Law and Society Conference, Honolulu, HI, (June 2012) 2012
  • “Gaining on the Gap” (with Cheryl Robinson, Tim Cotman, & Marty Swaim) and “The Power of Stories” (with Tim Cotman, Marty Swaim, & Heidi Wagner), Minority Student Achievement Network Annual Conference, Madison, WI, (April 2012) 2012
  • “Inequality versus Civity: The Lingering Poison of Rodriguez and Milliken,” ADR Section Works-in Progress Conference, Omaha, NE, (November 2011) 2011
  • “Give the Kids a Break,” Critical Tax Workshop, Emory Law School, Atlanta, GA, (September 2011) 2011
  • “Collaborative Governance of a ‘Citistate,’” University Network for Collaborative Governance Annual Conference, Portland, OR, (June 2011), with Mary Lee Brock 2011
  • “Conflict Resolution and Creativity as Emergent Characteristics of Weak-Tie Networks and Small Worlds,” ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Denver, CO, (April 2011), with Arthur Pearlstein 2011
  • “Law Professors as Change Agents: Teaching, Assessment, and Systemic Reform,” SALT Teaching Conference, Honolulu HI, (December 2010) [panelist] 2010
  • “Planning Ahead: Advance Directives, Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Do Not Resuscitate Orders,” Nebraska Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Omaha, NE (streamed throughout NE), (November 2010) 2010
  • “Ethics in Collaborative Decision-Making Processes: Emerging Themes,” Nebraska Water Law CLE; Nebraska Rural Electric CLE, Lincoln NE, (September 2010) 2010
  • “Teaching Civic Organizing and Democracy,” University Network for Collaborative Governance Annual Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, (March 2010) 2010
  • “Panel Discussion,” 9500 Liberty, part of the “Conflict in Films” series, presented through collaboration of the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution and FilmStreams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha, NE, (February 2010), with Jackie Font-Guzman and Ran Kuttner 2010
  • “Law as Story: A Civic Concept of Law (With Constitutional Illustrations),” Law and Society Conference, Denver, CO, (May 2009) 2009
  • “Ethical Issues in Representing Multiple Clients: Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism,” Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE, (April 2009) 2009
  • “Collaborative Governance,” MAPA (COG Organization for Omaha Metropolitan Area), Omaha, NE, (March 2009), with Bernie Mayer 2009
  • “National Developments: Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism,” Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE, (April 2008) 2008
  • “Civic Engagement and the Creative Class in Arlington, Virginia,” Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, Arlington, VA, (July 2006) 2006
  • “Diverse Parent Engagement at a Diverse Middle School,” Virginia School Boards Association Annual Convention, Richmond, VA, (November 2004), with Melinda Patrician 2004
  • “What Comes After Dialogue and Deliberation? Civic Organizing as a Way to Transform Talk into Tangible and Sustainable Change,” National Conference for Dialogue and Deliberation, Denver, CO, (October 2004), with Melinda Patrician 2004
  • “Participatory Democracy: What Does Democracy Offer Environmentalists?” Orientation Weekend for Udall Scholars, Tucson, AZ, (August 2004) 2004


  • Consultant
    Cross-cultural dialogue; parent and community engagement
    Arlington Public Schools
    2004 - 2009