CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 14 - December 1, 2000

What's Inside:

CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

COURSE EVALUATIONS
LL.M. students were given special evaluation forms for your courses in addition to the standard evaluations used in J.D. courses. We really value your feedback, so we hope that you will give some of your time to let us know what you think and what you would suggest for the future. This is a busy time of year and many students are tired from your hard work, so it would be easy to pass on returning the evaluations. We do hope that you will make a little time to help us provide the best program we can for future students.

BROWNBAG LUNCH SERIES RESUMING IN JANUARY
The brownbag lunch series will resume on Mondays at 12:10, starting on Monday, January 22. At that brownbag, we will make plans for sessions for the rest of the semester. If you have ideas about possible speakers or topics, please bring them to the lunch on January 22.

LAW SCHOOL / UNIVERSITY NEWS

NEW ADR BOOK
- will be in the Dispute Resolution section of the library Reaching for Higher Ground in Conflict Resolution -- E. Franklin Dukes, Marina A. Piscolish and John B. Stephens

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) will sponsor a 40-hour workshop, Journey Toward Healing: Facilitating Dialogue Between Victim and Offenders in Violent Crime, April 30-May 4, 2001, at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. A brochure with details is posted in Room 206.

The Victim Offender Mediation Association web site www.voma.org has been updated with new material posted to the publications page.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
The 14th Annual Conference of the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) will be taking place on June 24-27, 2001 in Cergy (Paris) France. IACM was founded to encourage scholars and practitioners to develop and disseminate theory, research, and experience that is useful for understanding and improving conflict management in family, organizational, societal, and international settings. Please see the IACM web site for more information (www.iacm-conflict.org), or contact the program chair, Michele J. Gelfand at iacm01@psyc.umd.edu.

FROM THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
Public Policy Does Not Require Reversal of Award Reinstating Employee Removed for Drug Use Eastern Associated Coal Corp. v. United Mine Workers of America, No. 99-1038 The United States Supreme Court held unanimously (opinion by Breyer; concurrence by Scalia) that public policy does not require the court to refuse to enforce an arbitrator's award that reinstates an employee who tested positive for drug use. Full text can be found at supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/99-1038.ZS.html

REMINDERS: ADR ESSAY CONTESTS
Now that you will have some free time :), you may want to consider writing an essay for one or more of the ADR essay contests:

THEORY TO PRACTICE ESSAY CONTEST
Chris Honeyman recently distributed the latest edition of his online newsletter, Convenor, located at www.convenor.com/what's.htm. It is particularly noteworthy for students because it includes the announcement of an essay contest for short essays (1,400 to 2,200 words) on a "theory to practice" topic covered in Deutsch and Coleman's Handbook of Conflict Resolution (www.JosseyBass.com/catalog/isbn/0-7879-4822-5/). The deadline is January 2, 2001 and there are three prizes ($500, $250, and $100) plus publication of the winning essays. Contest entries may be papers submitted as course papers with the instructor's consent. For more details about the contest rules, see www.convenor.com/madison/competit.htm

JAMES BOSKEY DISPUTE RESOLUTION ESSAY COMPETITION
The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution is sponsoring the annual James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition with $1,000 prizes. Essays should be limited to between 2,500-3,000 words or 12-15 typewritten pages, doubled spaced, including footnotes or endnotes. The deadline is May 15, 2001. For information on this competition (and the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution generally), see www.abanet.org/dispute/

FAMILY COURT REVIEW ESSAY CONTEXT
The Family Court Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal offers two $500 awards to the students writing the best essays in the area of family law. This journal often publishes articles related to dispute resolution. This Tenth Annual Family Law Student Essay Contest is open internationally to all students attending law schools, or enrolled in mental health programs including social work, psychology, psychiatry, marriage and family counseling, etc. The winners will be published in the Review. Submissions should not exceed 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages, and must be accompanied by an IBM-compatible diskette. Send all submissions no later than July 1, 2001, to: Family Court Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Hofstra University School of Law, 121 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549, Attn: 2001 FCR Essay Competition, Telephone: (516) 463-5926, E-mail: lawazs@hofstra.edu, Web site: www.hofstra.edu/law/fccr.html

THE CHARLES "CHIC" NICHOL ESSAY AWARD
The Wisconsin Association of Mediators is sponsoring an essay contest in remembrance of the outstanding contribution made to the mediation profession by Charles "Chic" Nichol. This award recognizes an outstanding article on the practice of mediation. Essay contest submissions will be judged on originality and unique contribution to the field. The award-winning article will be published as the lead article in The Mediation Journal. The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 cash award. Articles must be received by Sept. 1, 2001, to be eligible for the award. For details on submitting an article and a copy of last years' winning article, please see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in room 206.

STUDENT WRITING COMPETITIONS
The following writing competitions are open to law students. It is not clear whether LL.M. students would be eligible for some of these competitions. If you are interested in any of the competitions, see the bulletin boards opposite the courtroom doors or check with someone in Room 103.

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Deadline: January 12, 2001. Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace. Must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law. Will only accept first 2 submissions from a law school. $3,000 top honors, and two $1,000 awards. Will also be published in Chicago-Kent Law Review.

National Association of Home Builders Legal Writing Competition. Deadline: February 9, 2001. Applicants will address the following question: Should the Constitution require just compensation for a landowner who has been barred from developing land that was purchased prior to the enactment of federal environmental statues... (etc.) NAHB employees/family members may not participate. $5,000 and all-expense paid trip to convention for 1st place, 2nd - $2,500, 3rd - $1,250.

The Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Section of the L.A. County Bar Association sponsors the 15th Annual Entertainment Law Writing Competition. Deadline: June 15, 2001. Open to 2nd & 3rd year JD candidates, as well as LL.M. candidates. Papers must be submitted to Dean of Law School by deadline date. The Dean will then select up to 2 articles for submission. Article may be on any area of entertainment law. 1st prize $1,000 and published in Hastings Journal of Communications & Entertainment Law. 2nd - $500, 3rd - $250.

American Judges Association 13th Annual Law Student Essay Competition. Deadline June 30, 2001. No topic specified. Last year's winners wrote about Ethnocentrism in the Courts, Religious Marriage Contracts, and Valuation of the Close Corporation. Papers must be original and unpublished, but may have been written for class. Any full-time law student may participate. First prize $3,000, 2nd - $1,250, 3rd - $1,000.

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Legal Research & Writing Contest. Deadline: February 1, 2001. Subject matter must be germane to adoption law and practice. Entries will be judged on topic selection as well as quality of research & writing. Open to all students enrolled in law school. First prize $1,000, 2nd - $500 and published.

American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition. Deadline: February 1, 2001. The Letourneau Award is offered to a Law Student for an outstanding, original paper on Legal Medicine. Sample topics include Surrogate Decision Making, Physicians and Antitrust Laws, Repressed Memory Controversy. Papers may not have been previously published. $1,000 awarded.

The Customs & International Trade Bar Association & Brooklyn Law School - Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition. Deadline: May 1, 2001. Topic should be an in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs & international trade law. Open to current law students. 1st prize $750, 2nd prize $250, and published in Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

Notre Dame Law School Feminist Jurisprudence Writing Competition. Deadline: June 1, 2001. Open to all law students with an interest is feminist jurisprudence. Entries should concern any issue within the category and must be original, unpublished work. One winner will receive $1,000.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT KENNESAW, GA
Kennesaw State University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Conflict Management in the Master of Science in Conflict Management Program in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs beginning in August 2001. This is an opportunity to help implement a unique executive program designed to prepare knowledgeable and skilled conflict management practitioners. For more details please visit their home page at www.kennesaw.edu

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN LOUISVILLE, KY
Just Solutions, metropolitan Louisville, Kentucky's only non-profit community-based conflict resolution center, is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. This position will be open January 1, 2001, when the current Executive Director retires. Just Solutions' mission is to promote non-violent ways of dealing with conflict, managing change and building community. This is done through providing mediation, facilitation, consultation, and training in methods of conflict management. For more information, please see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in 206.

LAW SCHOOL CLINICAL FACULTY POSITIONS
Many law schools are looking for clinical faculty members. A list of clinical faculty position announcements is in the notebook on Laura Coleman's desk in Room 206. None of the positions relate to ADR, except perhaps the one at University of California, Hastings, though the announcement is not clear about that.

U.S. INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution of the Morris K. Udall Foundation solicits candidates for three positions: Associate Director and two Senior Program Managers. For further information about the U.S. Institute please refer to its web site at www.ecr.gov/. For further information about the positions, see the web site or the notebook on Laura Coleman's desk.