CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 23 - March 9, 2001

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For any LL.M. student planning to take courses during the summer session, please see Karen Neylon for your registration form. The University registration period started on March 8 and runs through March 23. As long as you are not taking a J.D. course you can register yourself by going to the Registration Office in Brady Commons. If you plan to take a J.D. course, see Karen first.

Dates for early registration for fall and winter law school courses will be announced at a later date. The registration period will likely be in early April for current LL.M. students. Those students starting in Fall 2001 will not register for classes until mid-summer.

On March 1 and 2, the Missouri Office of State Courts Administration conducted a training in child protection mediation featuring John Lande. OSCA invited teams of mediators and court personnel from seven judicial circuits to learn how to mediate these cases and develop child protection mediation programs in their courts. The training will be repeated later this month for teams invited from an additional ten judicial circuits.

The bridge between theory and practice is an important one, and 86 national experts on conflict and conflict resolution were invited to a workshop in Boston last weekend to develop new teaching and training materials. Our own Prof. Richard Reuben participated in the event, which was organized by a Hewlett Foundation funded Theory-to-Practice Project. The group focused on a new award-winning book by edited by Morton Deutsch and Peter Coleman, The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (Jossey-Bass 2001). The book includes more than 25 chapters separately-authored chapters on a wide variety of conflict-related topics, including trust theory, power, culture, intergroup processes, anger and retaliation and intractable conflict. All participants selected a chapter to work on, with the goal of coming up with a way to take these theoretical teachings and give them vitality for practitioners and students. Reuben worked with the trust group, which was chaired by one of the leading writers in the field, Roy Lewicki of the Ohio State University School of Business. The group was diverse in a broad range of respects, including gender, culture, intellectual orientation, nationality, and in pedagogical approach. In the end, they designed a structured discussion of trust issues that incorporates substantive theory into a very simple debriefing of personal experiences. The conference wrapped up with a half day of reports by each of the working groups. If the presentations are any reflection of what the final product will be, the collection of teaching and training materials will be well worth waiting for.