CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 32 - May 11, 2001

What's Inside:

CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

LAW SCHOOL FACULTY APPROVES CHANGES IN LL.M. COURSES
Following requests by students and faculty in the LL.M. Program, the Law School Faculty approved changes in the titles of the following LL.M. courses. These changes do not reflect any change in the content of the courses.

"Dispute Resolution Processes I" will be changed to "Advanced Survey of Dispute Resolution"

"Dispute Resolution Processes II" will be changed to " Methods for Program Evaluation and Design"

"LL.M. Dispute Resolution Seminar" will be changed to "LL.M. Major Research Project"

"LL.M. Research Project" will be changed to "LL.M. Independent Study"

"Advanced Practice" will be changed to "Advanced Dispute Resolution Practice"

In addition, the Faculty authorized students to enroll in the LL.M. Practicum on Dispute Resolution Training and Education for 1 or 2 credits. Currently this course is offered for 1 credit.

These changes need to be approved by the Graduate School, which is expected.

LAW SCHOOL FACULTY APPROVES J.D. CERTIFICATE IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The faculty approved a new certificate program in dispute resolution to attract J.D. students especially interested in the field and to enhance the quality of interaction in the Law School. To receive a certificate, students must pass the Dispute Resolution survey course, a new course on Conflict Theory that Prof. Richard Reuben will teach, as well as a skills course (Negotiation, Mediation, or Arbitration). Students must take an additional 2-3 credit elective to receive the certificate. Missouri joins at least 13 other law schools in offering certificates in dispute resolution. Prof. Reuben was instrumental in forging a consensus on this certificate program.

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 coleman1@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

ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI MEDIATORS MEETS SATURDAY, 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.

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ANNOUNCES NEW ADR WEB SITE The Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center's new web site at www.epa.gov/adr. This provides information about the use of consensus building, conflict prevention, and alternative dispute resolution at EPA.

AUSTRALIAN NEWSLETTER FEATURES ARTICLE USING RISKIN GRID
The Bond University School of Law in Australia published the May 2001 issue of Bond Dispute Resolution News. It includes a short piece providing lists of questions for mediators to elicit four types of party interests based on the Riskin Grid. This issue also includes checklists for helping define parties' goals in mediation. This issue as well as back issues of the newsletter are posted at www.bond.edu.au/law/centres/drc/newsletter.htm

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRAINING MANAGER, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Partners-United States, a division of Partners for Democratic Change international organization, is seeking a training manager. Partners-U.S. is dedicated to expanding the capacity of local and regional U.S. nonprofit organizations to use collaborative planning and problem solving processes to address critical issues of social, economic and environmental justice. Applications accepted until June 1. For more information on this position, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.

MEDIATION CENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FREDRICKSBURG, VA
The Rappahannock Mediation Center in Fredricksburg, VA is seeking an executive director of their mediation center. A few of the duties include, office management, conflict resolution services and volunteer management. Applications accepted until May 18. For details on this position, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR, NEW YORK, NY
The State Sentencing and Corrections program (SSC) of the Vera Institute of Justice seeks an associate program director. SSC provides long-term consultation and advice to state policymakers across the United States who are interested in developing balanced, fair and effective sentencing policies in their jurisdictions. This position starts immediately. For more information, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk.