CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 31 - May 4, 2001

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

MISSOURIANS WERE OUT IN DROVES AT THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SECTION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, DC ON APRIL 26-28
Many CSDR faculty and LL.M. students attended the annual ABA conference on Dispute Resolution. Prof. Len Riskin co-led a session on "Relational Responsibility: Social Construction and the Practice of Dispute Resolution" and led a lunch session on mindfulness. Prof. Jean Sternlight was on a panel where she gave a talk entitled "Imposing Mandatory Binding Arbitration on Consumers Violates Core Principles." Other attendees were Art Hinshaw, John Lande, Jane Ann Landrum, Ilhyung Lee, Kate Murphy, Karen Neylon, Jennifer Robbennolt, Richard Reuben, and Paula Young. Most people thought that this was a very good conference and well worth attending. The next conference will be April 4-7, 2002, in Seattle. We expect to provide some travel funds for LL.M. students again next year.

FOUR MORE APPLICANTS HAVE BEEN ADMITTED INTO NEXT YEAR'S LL.M. CLASS
On Monday, the LL.M. Admissions Committee decided to admit four more students into next year's class. A total of eighteen applicants have now been admitted, including thirteen full-time and five part-time students. Eleven are from the U.S. (including one from Puerto Rico) and seven are from other countries. This will be a tremendously diverse group in many ways.

PROF. RISKIN MINDFUL AT SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
Prof. Len Riskin traveled to Texas and co-conducted a two-day course called "Mediation Mindsets, Mindfulness and Meditation" for the SMU Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution.

GRADUATION SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 19
The second group of MU LL.M. graduates will participate in the Law School's ceremony at 1 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium on Saturday, May 19. The graduation speaker will be The Honorable Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, Attorney General of Missouri. General Nixon graduated from the MU School of Law in 1981.

Family and friends are welcome to attend, no tickets are required. Graduates are to wear their academic regalia and report to Room 7 in Hulston Hall at 12:15 P.M. The faculty, LL.M. grads and J.D. grads will process as a group from Hulston Hall to Jesse Auditorium. Any family and friends attending should go directly to Jesse Auditorium to be seated before the procession. The ceremony should only take about an hour. LL.M. students will be hooded before the J.D. students. After the ceremony we will gather on the south side of Jesse Hall (the side facing Hulston Hall) for group photos, weather permitting.

Janet Thompson, current LL.M. student, and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution invite graduates (as well as continuing students), their families and friends to a graduation celebration at Janet's home. Festivities will begin around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and will continue until ?? Food and drink will be provided, as well as hay bales on which to sit. If you prefer a lawn chair, you should probably bring your own since Janet may not have enough to go around. The barbecue will be at the barn, so it is advised that you wear shoes!! Behind the barn is a stocked pond (catfish and bass) for fishing. The menu will include burgers, dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, brownies and cookies, along with beer and soda. Please respond by Monday, May 14 to Laura Coleman at colemanl@missouri.edu or to Janet Thompson at jthompso@mspd.state.mo.us to let them know if you plan to attend and they can provide directions.

SUMMER NEWSLETTER SCHEDULE
This newsletter will be distributed periodically during the summer, but it may not be sent every week. So don't be surprised if you do not receive a newsletter each Friday.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

JUSTPEACE /JUSTAPAZ TRAINING INSTITUTE AND SUMMIT
The National Conference on Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution (NCPCR) announces its 10th international gathering June 7-10, 2001, at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. The theme of NCPCR 2001 is JustPeace, with a Training Institute and Summit that focus on the interconnections of conflict resolution, social justice, peacemaking activism, and diversity work. Prof. Jim Levin was on the NCPCR Board and can give some information about NCPCR and its conferences. For more details regarding this conference see www.apeacemaker.net

ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI MEDIATORS MEETS SAT., MAY 12
The Association of Missouri Mediators will be meeting on Saturday, May 12 from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. in Lynn Malley's home/office in Columbia. This meeting is a "member and a prospective member get-together." Meet other mediators, see old friends and learn more about AMM. For directions and details, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.

ASIAN PACIFIC WORLD MEDIATION FORUM PRESENTS-- RECONCILIATION: A CONVERSATION BEYOND CULTURAL BOUNDARIES
The World Mediation Forum (WMF) is presenting a forum, "Reconciliation: A Conversation Beyond Cultural Boundaries," Nov. 29-Dec.1, 2001, in Adelaide, Australia. The WMF is a not-for-profit global organization committed to the ideals of continuing education, learning and promotion in the field of conflict management and dispute resolution. The theme of this first forum was chosen to encourage exploration of the assumptions, knowledge and skills underpinning various intra-cultural conflict management processes, their application to cross-cultural conflicts and to mediation in different cultural contexts. For more information, please see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.

ADR INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS: MEDIATION, EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION & ARBITRATION
The city of San Juan, Puerto Rico will be the venue for the ADR International Congress, "Mediation, Early Neutral Evaluation & Arbitration," Nov. 4-7, 2001. This event is being organized by an interdisciplinary commission designated by the Puerto Rico Bar Association, with the sponsorship of the Judicial Branch. The Congress will have a wide spectrum of activities including workshops, conferences, networking sessions, and plenary sessions with distinguished participants. For additional information see informacion@metodosalternos.intranets.com.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

NAFCM INTERN SEARCH REOPENED
The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) announces that it is extending the deadline for application for a graduate-level internship to begin in June and continue for six months. The application deadline is May 23. NAFCM, based in Washington, DC, is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of community mediation across the country and supporting community mediation programs. Over 250 community mediation programs across the U.S. have joined NAFCM, creating a network for information and resource sharing that strengthens the field. For more information, e-mail Craig Coletta, NAFCM Coordinator, at ccoletta@nafcm.org.

PUBLIC MANAGEMENT FACULTY POSITION, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
The Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a tenured, tenure track, or fixed-term faculty position, depending on qualifications to specialize in public management. Duties include helping North Carolina local and state public officials improve management of government through continuing education teaching, action research, advising, and publication. The faculty member will write for both public officials and his or her professional discipline. Position open until filled. Expected start date Sept. 1, 2001. For more information on the Institute of Government see www.iog.unc.edu. For details on this position, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.

COMMUNITY MEDIATION SPECIALIST, CARRBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
The Dispute Settlement Center is seeking a trained experienced mediator in divorce and community cases. This person will work with volunteers, train, and provide facilitation services. See the binder on Laura Coleman's desk for more details.

CASE MANAGER, AMTRAK, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Amtrak has an immediate opening available for a case manager in its Business Diversity & Strategic Initiatives offices in New York, NY. The case manager is responsible for the initial intake and handling of EEO complaints filed with the Dispute Resolution Office. Please see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk for more details.

ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL, U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, WASHINGTON, DC.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an Associate General Counsel. This is a senior executive service position in the Office of General Counsel, Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Office, located in Washington, DC. Application deadline June 1, 2001. For details, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.