The program revolved around the findings of recent studies of mediation users, including The ABA Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality and "Secrets of Successful Mediators" by Margaret Shaw and Stephen Goldberg. As chairman of the Section's Legal Education Committee, Hinshaw also was responsible for organizing the Legal Educators' Colloquium, a full day of the conference targeted solely to academics.
Hinshaw's research and teaching interests lie in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), primarily mediation and negotiation. His research melds ADR theory and practice and includes one of the first published empirical studies of a statewide ADR program in the United States. Hinshaw's teaching responsibilities include the Lodestar Mediation Clinic and Negotiation, among other ADR courses.