CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 22 - March 2, 2001

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

LL.M. GRAD, GERARDO PICO, TAKES NEW POSITION
Gerardo Pico, (LL.M. '00) has accepted a position on February 1, 2001 with the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce to provide legal and legislative counseling to the Chamber. He also will direct its Center for Dispute Resolution which is scheduled to be launched on April 5, 2001. In addition, Gerardo will take part in the Institute's mediation training program on Saturdays. Congratulations Gerardo! His e-mail is gpico@camarapr.net in case you want to congratulate him yourself.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

LATEST DRAFT OF THE UNIFORM MEDIATION ACT
The Drafting Committees of the Uniform Mediation Act met recently and decided on a draft that will presumably be submitted for approval this summer by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. This latest draft is significant because the Drafting Committees decided to include a confidentiality provision in addition to the evidentiary privilege that had been included in earlier drafts. The latest draft also provides that the privilege would apply in criminal felony proceedings unless one shows at an in camera hearing that the evidence is not otherwise available and there is a need for the evidence that substantially outweighs the interest in protecting confidentiality. Our own Prof. Richard Reuben is the Reporter for the Drafting Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and Associate Reporter for NCCUSL. He worked with Nancy Rogers, who is NCCUSL's Reporter and the overall coordinator of the UMA project. For the current draft of the UMA, see www.pon.harvard.edu/guests/uma/

MAJOR COLLECTION OF ADR LINKS
The Federal ADR Network has compiled a major set of ADR links which can be downloaded at www.adr.af.mil/general/RecommendedADRLinks.doc

DIALOGUE ON BASIC PRINCIPLES ABOUT COMPENSATION OF NEUTRALS
Last fall, the California Dispute Resolution Institute and California Dispute Resolution Council sponsored several forums to discuss what principles should be used in providing compensation of neutrals. One of the concerns is that some courts regularly rely on mediators to volunteer their services. A summary of the discussion is posted at www.cdrc.net/cdri/report_cdri.htm

ADULT GUARDIANSHIP MEDIATION TRAINING
PeaceTalks and The Center for Social Gerontology will be co-sponsoring a training on adult guardianship mediation on June 3-5, 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Details will be available soon. For more information or to be added to the mail or email list, you may contact either organization at the following addresses: Susan D. Hartman, PeaceTalks, 840 Starwick Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, (734) 623-TALK (623-8255) e-mail: shartman_pt@hotmail.com; Penelope Hommel, The Center for Social Gerontology, 2307 Shelby Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103, (734) 665-1126 e-mail: tcsg@tcsg.org.

KC SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO HIRE A MEDIATOR
The Kansas City school board voted Friday, February 23, 2001, to hire a mediator to try to work out its differences with Superintendent Benjamin Demps Jr. The school board and Superintendent Demps relationship had deteriorated last week after Demps' recommendation that the state take control immediately of the Kansas City School District instead of waiting until next year.

You can read the full story at www.kcstar.com/item/pages/home.pat,local/37752829.223,.html

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE, OFFICE OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION, MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT- STATE COURT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, LANSING, MI
Under the supervision of the Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution, the Program Representative assists in all aspects of administering the Community Dispute Resolution Program, including grant administration, training, and providing technical assistance to organizations which provide dispute resolution services. For more information please see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in room 206.

MEDIATION SUPERVISOR, CONSORTIUM FOR CHILDREN, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Consortium for Children is in the process of implementing a statewide Permanency Planning Mediation Program for California. The program is already operational in many California Counties and will be operational throughout California by 2002. Permanency Planning Mediation is a mediation specialization that can be offered to a birth family of dependent children when family reunification services are terminated and before any court action to terminate parental rights begins. The Mediation Supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day consultation and supervision of Permanency Planning Mediators. For more information please visit www.consortforkids.org/sys-tmpl/door/

PROJECT MANAGER, STUDY CIRCLES RESOURCE CENTER, POMFRET, CT
Study Circles Resource Center is a civic organization helping communities organize study circles-small-group, democratic, peer-led discussions that give people opportunities to make a difference in their communities. The Project Manager will assist in writing and managing the development of issue specific guides for public dialogue and problem solving. For more information please visit www.studycircles.org

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, WASHINGTON, DC
A Senior Program Officer is sought to lead the planning, execution and evaluation of a major new program area for the foundation, focusing on bridging differences in race, culture, and sexual orientation to build a more inclusive region. This position will be responsible for providing leadership and staffing for two major initiatives under the program area: The Washington Area Partnership for New Citizens and The Initiative to Strengthen Inter-Group Assets. For details and responsibilities of this position, please see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in room 206.

DR JOB POSTING SITES
Students may be particularly interested in possible job opportunities as the end of the academic year approaches. In addition to the individual job listings that are included in this newsletter from time to time, job-seekers should consult the following websites. Jobs come and go, so check back periodically.

MU Law School maintains a web site with information on DR jobs. This site is available only to MU Law School students, faculty, staff and alumni. You must have the user ID and password to access it.

CRInfo has a web site with listings of jobs and information about careers in DR: www.crinfo.org/careers.cfm

The Mediation Information and Resource Center has a listing at www.mediate.com/medspage.cfm Click on "Jobs," then in the list of conferences, click on "Employment Opportunities."

The Southern California Mediation Association maintains a web site with job listings: www.scmediation.org/job_opportunites.html

The Federal ADR Network distributes a listing of ADR jobs and other useful information. To subscribe, send an e-mail to Deborah S. Laufer, the Director of the Network at Deborah.Laufer@erols.com with your full name, title, organization, address, city, state, zip, telephone, fax, and e-mail.

George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution has a listserv with conflict resolution jobs. Many of the positions deal with international activities and some are not directly related to dispute resolution. There are many listings, so if you subscribe, you may want to use the "digest" feature to receive all the listings for a day in a single message. Sign up at groups.yahoo.com/group/conflictjobs

Kent State University has a web site on career opportunities in conflict management: dept.kent.edu/cacm/Career.htm

Fresno Pacific University's ADR career page is www.fresno.edu/pacs/careers.shtml

ConflictNet / PeaceNet has a listing of DR jobs at www.igc.org/igc/gateway/jobs/Peace_and_Conflict_Resolution.html

The Justice Institute of British Columbia job listing site is www.jibc.bc.ca/about/f-employment.html

If you have problems with these links or know of others that should be added to this list, please let us know.