CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 28 - April 13, 2001

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

PAULA YOUNG, A STUDENT ADMITTED INTO NEXT YEAR'S CLASS, PUBLISHES ANOTHER DR ARTICLE
Paula M. Young, one of our students in next year's class, published an article entitled "ADR -- Ethically Speaking," which addresses a variety of ADR issues and describes use of mediation in the St. Louis area and the Eastern District of Missouri. See www.mediate.com/articles/young2.cfm. Young is a partner in the law firm of McCarthy, Leonard, Kaemmerer, Owen, Lamkin McGovern, L.L.C. and serves as a commercial dispute litigator, mediator, and arbitrator specializing in insurance and other contract disputes. This article is one of a number of pieces recently posted at www.mediate.com/articles/

PROF. JEAN STERNLIGHT QUOTED IN NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL ARTICLE
A National Law Journal article, "'Arbitration Heaven' Ahead," prominently quotes Prof. Jean Sternlight describing potential challenges to mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts in the wake of the Circuit City case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. This article is published in the April 2 issue. Click here to read the web version.

ABA PUBLISHES SIMULATIONS BY MU FACULTY LAZOS, LOPEZ, AND LANDE, AND LL.M. STUDENT KATE MURPHY
Prof. Sylvia Lazos and LL.M. student Kathleen Murphy, Prof. Maria Pabon Lopez, and Prof. John Lande have written simulations that will be three of the ten simulations that the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution will publish in a compilation on "The Lawyer as Problem Solver." This compilation will be distributed at the April 2001 Legal Educator's Colloquium and will later be available from the ABA. The Murphy and Lazos simulation involves a negotiation between two lawyers who are planning to form their own law firm. The Lopez simulation involves an attorney's first interview of an abused spouse and consideration whether mediation would be appropriate. The Lopez materials also include for class discussion a scenario involving domestic abuse. The Lande simulation involves a divorce mediation intended to test mediators' impartiality and their use of an approach that Greatbatch and Dingwall call "selective facilitation."

LAW SCHOOL / UNIVERSITY NEWS

THE CENTER FOR CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
together with The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution just completed an Advanced Mediation Training for the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri on Wednesday, April 11, 2001. The featured speaker was Michael Keating.

Following are a few of the CLE's upcoming programs for Spring 2001:

  • 5/17 Employment Law: Problem Prevention, Kansas City, MO
  • 5/31-6/1 Negotiation Workshop: Columbia, MO
  • 6/13-6/15 Basic Civil Mediation Training: Columbia, MO
  • 6/28 Employment Law: Problem Prevention; Litigating When There Is One, Columbia, MO
Please see www.law.missouri.edu/cle/ for a complete list of the CLE's upcoming programs or call Michelle Miller at 573-882-7251 for details.

MASTER FROM MAINLAND CHINA AT MU RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT
The MU Religious Studies Department will have a guest lecturer, Master Yu Tian Jian, Master from Mainland China, on Sat., April 14, from 1-5 p.m. at the Black Culture Center. Master Yu attained perfect awareness of the past, the present and future. Hanmi lineage has been passed on through one master per generation. Master Yu Tian Jian is the highest and only living master of Hanmi, the Honorable Abbot of Long Quan Temple in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, and acknowledged as a Living Buddha in China. All are welcome to attend and ask questions.

TRAVEL FUNDING FROM THE MU GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL (GPC)
Twice each year, the GPC provides funding for graduate and professional students to travel to conferences to present papers, posters or creative works. This funding is intended to allow students to travel to professional conferences or other activities that advance their careers. Travel funding applications are available in A022 Brady Commons or from the website www.students.missouri.edu/~gpc/ where you then click on "services and activities." For those who missed the travel scholarship deadline this semester and have or will travel between Jan. 1, 2001 and June 30, 2001 to present papers, posters or creative works, you can still apply. The application deadline was extended to April 20 at 5 p.m.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROVIDERS AND PROJECTS
The Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution has compiled a table of online ADR projects and ventures that is posted at aaron.sbs.umass.edu/center/onlineadr.htm

ABA TELECONFERENCE ON APRIL 19
The ABA is hosting a CLE on Thursday, April 19 regarding the Federal Arbitration Act. If anyone wants more information, they can go to www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t01faa1.html

JUDGE NAMES MEDIATOR IN NAPSTER CASE
April 10, 2001 (cnn.com) SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- "A federal judge has named a Silicon Valley high-tech veteran to mediate on technical issues plaguing the record industry and Napster's online song-swapping network, The Wall Street Journal reported. A.J. "Nick" Nichols will attempt to smooth disagreements between Redwood City-based Napster Inc. and the record industry about how an injunction ordering the online service to remove all unauthorized music from its site should be handled, the newspaper reported Monday on its Web site."

FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION DESKBOOK FROM THE SECTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND REGULATORY PRACTICE OF THE ABA
The Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association has just published the Federal Administrative Dispute Resolution Deskbook. This Deskbook covers the entire scope of ADR processes within the federal government. It answers such questions as: why ADR has emerged as an alternative to administrative litigation, where it is practiced, who engages in it, how it is carried out, and by what authority is it employed. To order as a section member or a non member, click www.abanet.org/abapubs/books/5010030/template.html or call 1-800-285-2221.

REMINDERS ABOUT DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONTESTS AND ARTICLE SOLICITATIONS

James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution sponsors the annual James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition with a $1,000 prize. Essays should be limited to 2,500-3,000 words or 12-15 typewritten pages, doubled spaced, including footnotes or endnotes. The deadline is May 15, 2001. For information, see www.abanet.org/dispute/EssayComp.html, call Gina Viola Brown at (202) 662-1677, or e-mail browng@staff.abanet.org.

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. Submissions should not exceed 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages. The deadline is July 1, 2001. For more information, call (516) 463-5926, e-mail lawazs@hofstra.edu, or see www.hofstra.edu/law/fccr.html.

Willamette University Center for Dispute Resolution Simulation Writing Contest The Willamette University Center for Dispute Resolution sponsors an annual simulation contest with a $500 first prize and two second prizes of $250. All entries must contain confidential information for all the parties in the problem, general instructions where applicable, and a teacher’s guide to the problem. While there are no minimum or maximum page lengths for the submissions, they advise a maximum length of 25 pages, and a minimum of 5. The deadline is July 15, 2001. For more information, see www.willamette.edu/wucl/cdr2.htm, call (503) 370-6046, or e-mail sgunter@willamette.edu. For copies of simulations that have won in prior years, see the instructor.

The Charles "Chic" Nichol Essay Award The Wisconsin Association of Mediators is sponsoring an essay contest to recognize an outstanding article on the practice of mediation. The winning essay will receive a $500 prize. 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. Articles must be received by Sept. 1, 2001. For details on submitting an article and a copy of last year’s winning article, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in room 206.

Mediate.Com Articles Mediate.com is seeking high quality articles for publication on its web site at www.mediate.com. They are particularly interested in short articles that talk to 'end users,' on such topics as selection of mediators, different approaches to mediation, the benefits of mediation, interpersonal conflict resolution, negotiation, communication skills, dealing with 'difficult' people, conflict styles, power, and perception. Articles are posted on the website and promoted through their Conflict Resolution Newsletter distributed by email. Guidelines for the publication of articles are at www.mediate.com/articles/guidelines.cfm.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMPLIANCE OFFICER, COLUMBIA, MO
The University of Missouri-Columbia is seeking a Compliance Officer for the Health Science Institutional Review Board. Special consideration given to those with legal experience. Please see the job postings on MU's employment web page web.missouri.edu/~hrswww/

RESOLUTIONS PROGRAM TRAINING COORDINATOR, ROANOKE, VA
The Resolutions program offers conflict resolution training, consultation and services to public housing neighborhoods in Roanoke, VA. Deadline for receipt of application is April 13. See community.roanoke.com/groups-crc for more information.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS- PET, COLUMBIA, MO
The Program for Excellence in Teaching (PET) at University of Missouri-Columbia is seeking candidates for four graduate assistantships available at PET for 2001-2002. Each assistantship has a different specific focus but each supports PET's mission to enhance the preparation and performance of faculty, teaching assistants and graduate instructors. Graduate students who are interested in pursuing future academic careers will specially benefit from any of these positions. Please see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk for detailed descriptions.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION MEDIATOR, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is seeking an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator. This position is located in the District Office, Office of Field Programs, Office of the Chairwoman, EEOC. Applications will be accepted until April 18. For more details: www.usajobs.opm.gov/wfjic/jobs/VW0402.HTM

DEPUTY OMBUDSMAN, PORTLAND, OR
The City of Portland, Oregon, USA, is recruiting for a deputy ombudsman in the Ombudsman Office, which is being established within the elected City Auditor's Office, and will begin operations July 1, 2001. Additional application information, and the process for applying online, can be found at www.ci.portland.or.us/jobs/. Applications must be received by April 30.

COMMUNITY MEDIATION SPECIALIST, CARRBORO, NC
The Dispute Settlement Center is seeking a trained, experienced mediator (divorce and community cases) who can also work with volunteers, train, and provide facilitation services. Join a team of dedicated conflict resolution specialists in an established nonprofit public interest center. Person of color, Spanish-speaking, AFM-certified would all be pluses. Could be full or 3/4 time, $28-30K if full-time and good benefits. Send cover letter and resume to DSC, 302 Weaver Street, Carrboro, NC 27510.