CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 30 - April 27, 2001

What's Inside:

CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

DEAN HEINSZ PUBLISHES AN ARTICLE IN THE JOURNAL OF THE MISSOURI BAR
Dean Timothy J. Heinsz published an article entitled "Arbitration Law: Is There a RUAA in Missouri's Future?" in the March-April 2001 issue of the Journal of the Missouri Bar. Dean Heinsz was the reporter for the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act and this article analyzes provisions of the Act. It is accessible at www.mobar.org/journal/2001/marapr/index.htm.

PROF. GUTHRIE EXPLORES THE JUDICIAL MIND
Prof. Chris Guthrie is a co-author of an article entitled "Inside the Judicial Mind" that was published in Vol. 86, No. 4 of the Cornell Law Review (May 2001). This article reports the results of an empirical study designed to determine whether five common cognitive illusions (anchoring, framing, hindsight bias, inverse fallacy, and egocentric biases) would influence the decision-making processes of a sample of 167 federal magistrate judges. Although the judges in the study appeared somewhat less susceptible to two of these illusions (framing effects and the inverse fallacy) than lay decision makers, the study found that each of the five illusions had a significant impact on judicial decision making. The co-authors of this study are Prof. Jeffrey J. Rachlinski of Cornell Law School and Judge Andrew J. Wistrich of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

INCOMING STUDENT PAULA YOUNG PUBLISHES ANOTHER COLUMN IN MEDIATE.COM
Paula Young published an article entitled "Mediation and the Power of an Apology: The Case of the Missing Snowman" at www.mediate.com/articles/young3.cfm. The article was first published in the April, 2000 issue of the Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The article starts with a story of a Christmas gift gone awry and analyzes different cultural practices in giving apologies or not. Paula Young, who will be an LL.M. student next year, is a partner in the law firm of McCarthy, Leonard, Kaemmerer, Owen, Lamkin & McGovern, L.L.C. in St. Louis.

STEPHEN STARK ('00) TOOK POSITION AS MEDIATOR FOR MISSOURI DIVISION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION
Earlier this month, Stephen J. Stark changed his employment from being a hearing officer for the Department of Social Services to serving as a mediator for the Missouri Division of Workers Compensation. As a mediator, he provides a forum for early intervention soon after an injury occurs on the job. Issues typically raised involve the adequacy of medical treatment, temporary income replacement benefits, and the process of returning to work. Another opportunity for mediation can occur if the case has already progressed to the adjudication phase, but the parties are willing to seek a resolution prior to the formal hearing in front of an administrative law judge. Stephen succeeded classmate Art Hinshaw in this position. Congratulations, Steve! For those interested in sending personal congratulations, his e-mail address is SJJStark@aol.com.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

MISSOURI BAR ASSOCIATION ADR COMMITTEE MEETING: FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2001
The Missouri Bar Association ADR Committee will hold its next meeting on Friday, May 11 from 10-12 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. There will be a business meeting from 10-11 AM and a CLE on prospects for adoption of the Uniform Mediation Act in Missouri from 11 to noon. Prof. Richard Reuben will be a presenter at the CLE. The new ADR Committee newsletter will be available soon on the web at www.mobar.org/member/adrnews.htm.

UCLA CONFERENCE--THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CRISIS: NEW CONVERSATIONS ON A PLURALIST FUTURE
A conference, The Israeli/Palestinian Crisis: New Conversations on a Pluralist Future, organized by Open Tent Middle East Coalition will be held May 20, 2001 at UCLA. This conference is designed to stimulate an open dialogue about the crisis in the Middle East. The goal of the conference is to examine why the most recent attempts at peace have failed and how now to proceed in order to secure a just and lasting peace for both sides. For further details, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, PITTSBURGH, PA
The Pittsburgh Mediation Center (PMC) is seeking an Assistant Director. The purpose of the PMC is to work in partnership with individuals, organizations and communities to enhance their ability to resolve or manage conflict through collaborative, non-violent means. The Assistant Director is a senior level administrative position involving management and oversight of PMC’s programs and program evaluation. The Assistant Director is also responsible for all personnel oversight and other related administrative functions. The application deadline is May 15. For more information on the PMC please see trfn.clpgh.org/pmc/index.html. For details on this position, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.

VISITING PROFESSOR- MEDIATION CLINIC, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, LITTLE ROCK
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law seeks applicants for the position of visiting professor in the mediation clinic. This faculty member will supervise and mediate with students in a clinic that currently handles cases in the areas of child welfare, juvenile delinquency, truancy and similar issues, and small claims court. This position will be available August 15, 2001 for 12 months; therefore, immediate application is requested. This was John Lande's position and he is happy to discuss this with you. For details see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.