CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 4 - September 15, 2000

What's Inside:


Next Monday, Sept. 18, our brownbag will focus on a report on arachnids from survivors of the SPIDR conference. Pretty close, anyway. Actually, attendees of the annual conference of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution will regale our lunchtime assemblage with tales from one of the most important DR conferences each year.

The biographical session that had been planned for Sept 18 has been rescheduled for Sept 25. As always, we plan to start promptly at 12 p.m., so please plan your food-gathering accordingly. The brownbags are in Room 109.

The reception for law faculty and LL.M. students will be from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 in the Old Faculty Lounge, 204 Hulston.


Art Hinshaw (J.D. '93, LL.M. '00) has been hired as a mediator for the Division of Workers' Compensation in Jefferson City. He will start working on Monday, Sept. 18. He also will continue his Legal Research & Writing teaching duties at the Law School. Congratulations Art!

We have started sending this newsletter to alumni as we want to keep you involved in our MU LL.M. family. We would love to publish brief updates on what you’re up to, what you learned in our program that was particularly helpful, and even what you wish you had learned here. Please send them to Karen at neylonk@missouri.edu. Also, one of our current students expressed an interest in getting advice from our graduates and other students may have a similar interest. So alumni, if you are willing to be contacted by current students, please let Karen know and we will include your phone number and email address in the newsletter.


The Graduate Professional Council is the official student government for all graduate and professional students. (This is a different organization from the Graduate Student Association mentioned in last week's newsletter.) The GPC requests that each department have one representative. If you are interested in participating in this organization, you can contact the GPC at gpc@missouri.edu. The first meeting was yesterday, Sept. 14 (we only received the notice on Sept. 13). However, the remaining meetings for the fall semester are Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7. The meetings are at 5 p.m. and conveniently located in Room 5 of Hulston Hall. You can find more information about GPC at their web site students.missouri.edu/~gpc/


Tuesday, Sept. 19 - Colman McCarthy, "How to Be an Effective Peacemaker" 8 p.m., Roy Fisher Auditorium, Gannett Hall.

Colman McCarthy is a nationally syndicated columnist who writes for the Washington Post. He is a long-time partisan for peace, justice and human rights. He teaches a course in peace studies at Georgetown University.

Future speakers are:

Oct. 17 - Scott Jones, founder and president of the Peace and Emergency Action Coalition for the Earth (P.E.A.C.E.) and director of the Center for Sustainable Peace and Development. Nov. 8 (tentative) - Dick Gregory, entertainer and activist. The speakers series is funded by the Peace Perspectives Fund, established by Gertrude Marshall. For more information contact Anne Brooks in the Peace Studies Office, 22 Parker Hall, 882-2079.

Wed., Sept. 20 - Dr. Pramod Kumar, Director, Institute for Development & Communications, Chandigarh, India 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge III

Dr. Kumar is author of Terrorism in India and Towards Understanding Communalism and is a consultant to the Government of Punjab on Gender Justice and Women & Development.

This public lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, South Asian Studies, Peace Studies and Women Studies. For more information, contact Prof. Paul Wallace, 882-2820, WallaceP@missouri.edu

Thurs., Sept. 21 - Terry Weidner, "The Bilateral Controversy Over China’s Entry into the World Trade Organization" 12 p.m.-1 p.m. in S16 Memorial Union Presented by the Asian Affairs Center and The Noel Gist Seminar. For more information, contact Sang at 882-6902, kimsan@missouri.edu

October 12-14, 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland More information is at www.unbundledlaw.org

THE REVISED UNIFORM ARBITRATION ACT: WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU LL.M. students will be able to attend the RUAA conference on Friday, Oct. 20 at a reduced rate of $25. Additional information is available from the MU Center for Continuing Legal Education at 882-7251 or www.law.missouri.edu/cle

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution is sponsoring the Advocacy in Mediation Competition. This competition, in which law students role-play advocates and clients in a mediation setting, will measure how well students model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation. Teams shall consist of two students. The law school dean must provide approval and a faculty member must agree to advise the team. Regional competitions are planned for February 2001 and the winners of the regional competitions will be invited to compete at the national competition to be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Section in Washington, D.C. from April 26-28, 2001. For information on this competition (and the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution generally), see www.abanet.org/dispute/ Although the rules are not explicit about whether LL.M. students would be eligible, we have confirmed that you are eligible to compete. If you are interested, please contact John Lande, landej@missouri.edu, 882-3914.


Law School Faculty Positions The AALS Placement Bulletin dated 9/1/2000 includes the following positions related to dispute resolution. The Bulletin is in the binder on Laura’s desk if you would like to see more detail:

  • University of Akron: "Preferred teaching area is in business, especially business associations and corporations, and including bankruptcy and other courses such as practical skills (including alternative dispute resolution) courses." University of Akron (second position): "Preferred teaching area is trial advocacy, evidence, other litigation and alternative dispute resolution skills courses, and first-year courses, especially criminal law."
  • Appalachian School of Law: "Specific areas of interest are likely to include legal writing, administrative law, environmental law, and dispute resolution. ... The Law School will apply for provisional approval from the American Bar Association this fall."
  • University of Baltimore (one of three positions): "Civil clinic. Applicants should have an interest in poverty law and a willingness to teach non-clinical courses, and practice experience related experience in civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and/or transactional matters."
  • University of Florida: "ADR (with a secondary consideration being the candidate’s ability to teach either (a) negotiations and interviewing and counseling; or (b) labor law)."
  • Vermont Law School: "The Vermont Law School Writing Program is an innovative and nationally recognized three-semester program integrating legal writing and research with professional skills training. During the fall semester, legal writing professors teach two sections of Appellate Advocacy to second-year students. ... During the second semester, professors teach two sections of Dispute Resolution to second-year students. This course integrates teaching legal writing and research with clinical skills including interviewing, counseling, and negotiation to second-semester first-year students."

Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist, Washington, D.C.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeks a motivated and resourceful individual with demonstrated experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques such as mediation, negotiation, and/or arbitration to play a critical role in administering and implementing the agency’s newly established pilot ADR program. The FEC’s pilot ADR program is designed to promote compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations by encouraging settlements outside the enforcement context. The program aspires to bring complaints and Title 2 audit referrals to resolution expeditiously through both direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations between the parties. For a full description of the job posting, please refer to the job posting book in 206 Hulston.