Dr. Goetz is the Associate Director, Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Lecturer in Law at USC Gould School of Law. Prior to moving to USC in 2015, he was the Academic Lead for a 100-hour mediation training certificate program that he created in 2009 and then taught for 7 years at the California State University campuses in Northridge and Dominguez Hills.
As a neutral, Dr. Goetz serves the public privately as well as serving on various public panels, including serving as an arbitrator and mediator and now Vice-Chair for the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services, an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA), and a mediator for the Ventura County Superior Court. He is a Board member for the California Academy of Mediation Professionals and SCMA. The Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program honored him as the 2011 “Outstanding Volunteer” for his service to the courts.
Dr. Goetz has advocated for strengthening public protection in mediation as well as social justice issues associated with greater widespread public access to qualified mediators, and currently serves as the Chair for the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) Business Committee on Voluntary Mediator Certification. Dr. Goetz additionally serves as a member of the California State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Dr. Goetz received his Ph.D. in Education at Capella University (2006), his J.D. at Boston University (1979), his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University (1990), and his B.A. in Economics at San Diego State University (1976).