Profiles of Some LLM Alumni

Suzanne Curran Carney, LL.M. ’03, is the state child support attorney serving a six-county region in south-central Nebraska for the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. Suzanne has both her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from Creighton University in Omaham, Nebraska. She spent four years as a prosecutor in the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County. She moved to California where she worked briefly as an editor for a legal digest. She first encountered formal alternative dispute resolution in California when she clerked for an attorney/mediator and took a mediation seminar. After returning to Nebraska in 1983, she became a state child support attorney. She continued in that capacity, except for a year and a half in private practice, until 1998. Starting in 1995, she began a series of mediation and facilitation training seminars and mediated a variety of disputes ranging from small claims to federal cases. In 1999, she started working as policy analyst/regulation coordinator for the Nebraska Health and Human Services System until she came to MU for the LL.M. program. After completing her LL.M., Suzanne was the program development director at Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska. CMC is a five-person community mediation center authorized by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution, a function of the state supreme court. She mediated a variety of cases: family, special education, workplace, business, and small claims. She says of her LL.M. experience, “ I treasure the education, the totality of the experience during my year in the LL.M. program. I believe I am a better child support attorney now because of it.”

Art Hinshaw, LL.M. ’00, of Phoenix, is a clinical professor and the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. His research and teaching interests lie in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation, negotiation and arbitration. Art received his A.B. in history from Washington University in St. Louis in 1988 and his J.D. from MU in 1993. After graduating from law school, he practiced in Kansas City with Watson & Marshall, Armstrong-Teasdale, and Husch & Eppenberger. While an LLM student, he worked with former Prof. Bobbi McAdoo, conducting one of the first empirical studies of a statewide ADR program in the United States, examining the effects of Missouri's civil (non-domestic) ADR rules on the practice of litigation in state court. See Bobbi McAdoo and Art Hinshaw, The Challenge of Institutionalizing Alternative Dispute Resolution: Attorney Perspectives on the Effect of Rule 17 on Civil Litigation in Missouri, 67 Mo. L. Rev. 473 (2002). Before joining the faculty at Arizona State, Art worked as a mediator for the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission’s Division of Workers’ Compensation and then was at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law where he was the director of the Campus Mediation Service, director of training programs for the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, and an adjunct professor. Art also served as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, teaching both mediation and negotiation.

María Elena Jara, LL.M. ’04, is an associate lawyer of the Ecuadorian firm Peña, Larrea, Torres & Asociados Cia. Ltda. Her main fields of practice are commercial, corporate and labor law, as well as, arbitration and mediation. She is a member of the Center of Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce of Quito, serving as an arbitration secretary. (Secretaries are appointed for the cases as needed.) She received her law degree from The Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in 1998. She also studied at Simon Bolivar Andean University, where she obtained a specialization in taxation in 2001, and a master’s degree in law, with a concentration in economic law in 2003. Simon Bolivar Andean University nominated her for the Fulbright Faculty Development program which brought her to MU for the LLM in Dispute Resolution Program. Her future plans include a return to part-time teaching at The Pontifical Catholic University and integrating the list of mediatiors of the Chamber of Commerce. She says that her LL.M. studies helped her to discover a new world for her professional activities, and she expects to share this with others in Ecuador.

Daniel R.E. Jordan, LL.M. ’01, of Columbia, Mo., is a regulatory law judge with the Missouri Public Service Commission. He mediates disputes, conducts hearings, and makes recommendatons to the five public service commissioners on a variety of subject matters related to utilities regulation. Before joining the PSC, he had been legal counsel to the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission in Jefferson City for 21.5 years. Dan received his A.B. in history (1982) and J.D. (1985) from MU.

Salvador S. Panga Jr., LL.M. ’01, obtained his BA and LL.B. degrees from the University of the Philippines. After graduating in 1989, he worked with a leading litigation firm in Manila, becoming a senior partner in 1995. In 1997, he left the firm to join the PABLAW law offices, a firm specializing in arbitration and e-commerce. In 2001 Salvador obtained his LL.M. in Dispute Resolution, and shortly after proceeded to Paris to do an internship at the International Court of Arbitration. After completing the internship, he returned to active practice in Manila, and became managing partner of PABLAW. In 2002, he was elected secretary-general of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, which is the commercial arbitration center of the Philippines. Recently, Salvador was admitted as an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Salvador also is the program director of a policy think-tank, called the Cyberspace Policy Center for Asia-Pacific (CPCAP), which focuses on the role of government in responding to the impact of rapid technological change upon the economy, private businesses and society. The CPCAP is currently doing a multi-phase online dispute resolution (ODR) project, sponsored by both the Asia Foundation as well as Microsoft Philippines, to assess the feasibility of developing ODR as a means of resolving commercial disputes in the Philippines, develop guidelines for its implementation, and eventually do pilot-testing for the project. A report detailing the results of phase one of the study, which Salvador co-authored, was presented at the UN Economic Commission for Europe Forum on ADR in Geneva in July 2003. Salvador also played an active role in implementing phase two, which involved the setting up of the ODR system itself, drafting guidelines for its implementation and conducting pilot testing for the project.

After completing a two-year appointment as the Postgraduate Fellow in ADR at the Dispute Resolution Institute of the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, he returned to practice in Manila at Parlade Hildawa Parlade Hildawa Eco & Panga.

Gerardo Picó, LL.M. ’00, of Puerto Rico, is in private practice in a rural town one hour away from San Juan. Gerardo is an adjunct professor of law teaching ADR courses at InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law. In addition, he is a faculty member at the Institute of Dispute Resolution (an arm of the law school) where he trains people of varying backgrounds to become certified arbitrators or mediators for Puerto Rican courts. He has twice traveled to El Salvador as an ADR trainer as part of the DPK/NSCS project of justice.  In 2001, Gerardo worked for the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce where he provided legal and legislative advice and founded its Center for Dispute Resolution. In 2000, Gerardo trained mediators for the Department of Consumer Affairs of Puerto Rico. Before coming to MU he was the undersecretary for that agency.

Jim Reeves, LL.M. ’04, is the director of conflict management services at United States Arbitration & Mediation Midwest, Inc. in St. Louis. He is on several mediation panels including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. He is on the adjunct faculty at St. Louis University Law School and at Washington University Law School in St. Louis. Additionally, he is on the adjunct faculty in the English and Communications Department at Fontbonne University. He also conducts workshops and talks for several businesses, discussing behaviors, policies, and practices in conflict management so that businesses and individuals can resolve disputes very early and effectively in order to maintain business relationships and stay out of court. He chairs the ADR Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and was invited to serve on the ADR Advisory Committee of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. He has been a speaker and moderator at several CLE programs and has also done several presentations to non-legal audiences such an association of small business owners and the state convention of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association. Jim says that the LL.M. degree provided him with a tremendous amount of recognition and credibility in the dispute resolution field in St. Louis and serves as an excellent credential in his dealings with lawyers and non-lawyers. Jim received his B.S. in criminal justice administration in 1980 from Central Missouri State University and his J.D. in 1984 from St. Louis University.

Mary Ellen Reimund, LL.M. ’00, of Seattle, is currently an associate professor of law and justice at Central Washington University. Besides teaching, she is the director of CWU’s Law and Justice Program at the Des Moines Center in Seattle. Her primary research interest is mediation in criminal justice with an emphasis on restorative justice. Mary Ellen also has been making presentations and doing trainings at national, state and local conferences on those subjects. She received a B.S. in journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1978. In 1987 she received her J.D. and an M.A. in mass communications from Drake University. Before entering the LL.M. program, she was involved in various aspects of the criminal justice field, including being a prosecutor, law enforcement public information officer, teacher and trainer. She pursued the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution program to enhance her knowledge in mediation, immerse herself in research, and make herself more marketable for a tenure-track teaching position in law and justice at the undergraduate level. Mary Ellen chose MU because she wanted to work with some of the best and brightest researchers in the dispute resolution field. She said the LL.M. program gave her lifelong friends and mentors and a wonderful educational experience.

Stephen J. Stark , LL.M. '00, of Jefferson City, Mo., has his own general practice of law with an emphasis in the areas of family law and elder law. Stephen also serves as a mediator, principally addressing child custody issues, and as a hearing officer for two administrative law agencies: The Missouri Gaming Commission and The Missouri Local Government Retirement System. Stephen's past work experience includes serving as mediator for the Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation; as a hearing officer for the Missouri Department of Social Services; and as legal counsel to the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Stephen received a B.S. in social work and B.A. in Spanish in 1981 from St. Louis University. He received his J.D. from MU in 1986. Stephen said that he chose MU's LL.M. program because of the reputation of the faculty and because he wanted to be a part of a new exciting venture in advanced education in the area of dispute resolution. Immediately after graduation with his LL.M., Stephen studied Spanish and the Mexican culture in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Paula M. Young, LL.M. ’03, of Grundy, Va., is associate professor of law at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy where she teaches an ADR survey class, an arbitration seminar and a certified civil mediation practicum  She formerly was a partner in the St. Louis law firm of McCarthy Leonard Kaemmerer Owen Lamkin & McGovern, L.L.C. and the sole proprietor of Pathways Mediation Center. Her undergraduate and law degrees are from Washington University (B.A. 1978, J.D. 1982) in St. Louis. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a commercial litigator, mediator, and arbitrator specializing in insurance, reinsurance, and other contract disputes. Before joining McCarthy Leonard, she was an associate with the third largest firm in the world -- Skadden Arps -- in its Washington, D.C., office. In that firm, she was engaged in an oil and gas and public utility law practice. She also worked for the largest law firm in Oklahoma after graduating from law school. Her ADR articles have been featured in the Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution,” her St. Louis Lawyer column “From Conflict to Collaboration,” ADR Report, Insurance Receiver, American Bar Association publications, and  www.mediate.com. She speaks frequently about ADR and negotiation skills to various bar association groups. She is a member of the National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators for the Better Business Bureau. She devised and implemented a pro bono mediation program for small claims claimants in the St. Louis County Associate Circuit Court, involving the management and coordination of more than 30 volunteer mediators.