CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 38 - July 11, 2001

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

PAULA YOUNG, NEW LL.M. STUDENT, SPEAKING THIS SUMMER
Paula Young has been busy this summer speaking on various dispute resolution topics. She was a speaker at the annual Bench and Bar Conference sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis on June 15. The name of the program, based on the theme of the conference (2001: A Case Odyssey), was " 'I'm Sorry Dave. I'm Afraid I Can't Do That': Successful Dispute Resolution in the Twenty-First Century." She was also a panelist in a program entitled "Enhancing Professional Performance: The Woman Attorney's Role in Mediation." It was sponsored by the St. Louis Women Lawyers' Association on June 1, 2001.

Paula will speak at the July 19 meeting of the American Corporate Counsel Association. The name of the program is "Resolving Disputes Through Mediation: The Who, What, Where, When and How." She will also speak at the Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, September 12-14, 2001 in Springfield, MO. The program is entitled "Attorney's ADR Toolbox" and the six panelists will discuss the use of ADR in Missouri, techniques attorneys should develop to make effective use of ADR, and hot topics in ADR. In addition, one of Paula's articles, entitled "Online Mediation: Its Uses and Limitations," was reprinted at www.mediate.com/articles/young4.cfm.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MEDIATION CONFIDENTIALITY STATUTE
In an important decision, the California Supreme Court rejected lower court decisions creating an exception to California Evidence Code provisions governing confidentiality in mediation. The lower courts permitted evidence, including mediator testimony, about alleged bad faith conduct in mediation. The Supreme Court ruled that such evidence is inadmissible. Foxgate Homeowners' Ass'n., Inc. v. Bramalea California, Inc., --- Cal.Rptr.2d ----, 2001 WL 760820 (Cal., Jul 09, 2001).

INTERNET RESOURCES ABOUT ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
A newsletter about online dispute resolution is at www.ODRNews.com/. A bibliography with sources about on-line dispute resolution is at www.disputes.net/cyberweek2001/onlinebibliography.htm#articles.

INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION TRAINING COURSES
The North American Branch of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators will conduct training programs in International Commercial/Construction Arbitration in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 1-3, 2001. The programs will be International Entry Course and Fast Track Program to Fellowship / Assessment Workshop. These courses are designed to enhance one's education in the field of international arbitration. For details see the notice in Laura Coleman's notebook. For more information about ICA, see www.internationalarbitrators.org

CALIFORNIA JUDICIAL COUNCIL WORKING GROUP SEEKS INPUT ON ETHICAL STANDARDS IN COURT-CONNECTED MEDIATION
A Working Group of the California Judicial Council is seeking early input concerning a preliminary draft of ethical standards for mediators in court-connected mediation programs for civil cases. The document addresses the topics of self-determination; confidentiality / impartiality / conflicts of interest / disclosure; competence; quality of mediation process; advertising/marketing; and fees, and may be reviewed at www.mediate.com/articles/cadraftstndrds.cfm. Comments are requested by August 1 and should be directed to Heather Anderson at heather.anderson@jud.ca.gov. Comments concerning the preliminary draft standards may be posted and reviewed in an unofficial Internet Discussion Forum at webboard.mediate.com/~calethics

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER HEWLETT FELLOWSHIP IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND LEGAL PROBLEM SOLVING
The Georgetown University Law Center will begin offering, with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an LL.M. degree program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving in 2001. There will be one fellow chosen each year for a two-year fellowship program designed to prepare the fellow for a career in scholarship, teaching and practice in the field of dispute resolution, including conflict resolution and legal problem solving. The first fellow will begin either August 30, 2001 or January 7, 2002. The fellow will receive a stipend plus all tuition and fees in the LL.M program. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. For further information, contact Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, (202) 662-9379 or meadow@law.georgetown.edu. A detailed announcement is available in Laura Coleman's notebook.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, MEDIATOR(S)
The FAA Washington Headquarters Region, Office of Civil Rights, Complaint Services, EEO Mediation Program has an opening for an Equal Employment Specialist (Mediator). The official will administer a Equal Employment Opportunity Mediation Program to promote swift resolution of workplace disputes. This position closes on July 23, 2001. For details see jobs.faa.gov/anndetail.asp?vac_id=57767. A copy of the position announcement is available in Laura Coleman's notebook.