CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 2, Issue 1 - August 17, 2001

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

PROFESSOR STERNLIGHT TO ST. LUCIA
Professor Jean Sternlight recently helped organize and also spoke at a workshop geared to teach judges in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States ("OECS") about ADR. Drawing on funding provided by USAID, the Caribbean Law Institute (based at Florida State University College of Law) and the Caribbean Law Institute Centre (based at the University of the West Indies in Barbados) put on a two day conference designed to help the judges implement their new rules of civil procedure calling for greater use of ADR. The OECS, a group of nine of the smaller Eastern Caribbean islands, now plans to set up a pilot court-connected mediation project on at least one of those islands. The two day conference was held in St. Lucia, on August 3rd and 4th. Although Sternlight had to travel 26 consecutive hours to reach St. Lucia, she reports that the beauty of the island and the hospitality of the judges made the trip most worthwhile from a personal as well as a professional perspective.

BROWNBAG SERIES TO RESUME ON MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 12:10 PM IN ROOM 3 We will resume our series of brownbag lunches beginning on Monday, August 27 at 12:10 PM in Room 3. This will be an organizational session to begin planning sessions for the semester. Presumably we will have an organized event every other Monday. These would generally include presentations from academics and practitioners. Bring your ideas of topics and speakers you would like to hear. All are welcome.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

MU OFFERS LAW COURSE ON THE WEB
Barbara K. Townsend, Associate Dean for Research and Development, College of Education, will be the instructor for EL 454, Introduction to Post-Secondary Law. It is a web / internet course offered through the UM System of cooperative higher education web courses. The course number is 27995. Call Dean Townsend at 882-1040 or email her at TownsendB@missouri.edu if you have questions.

CRInfo MINI GRANT PROGRAM
CRInfo (the Conflict Resolution Information Source at http://www.crinfo.org/) has just released a Call for Proposals for its Mini-Grant Program. Mini-grants of up to $7,000 are available for web-based information projects in the peace and conflict resolution fields. Details can be found at http://www.crinfo.org/mini-grants.cfm

NORDIC FORUM FOR MEDIATION CONFERENCE
The Nordic Forum for Mediation is arranging a conference in Copenhagen 18-20th January 2002. Prior to the conference there will be a training institute on the 16th and 17th January 2002. The conference and the training institute will gather mediators from areas such as victim-offender, family, community, school, international, corporate and civil mediation. Mediators from different sectors and styles of mediation have accepted our invitation to be with us, not only at the conference but also in the pre-conference training institute. Along with those you will meet a variety of skilled mediators. Among the high profiled mediators you will meet PhD Mark Umbreit, University of Minneapolis, US, PhD Larry Fong of Calgary, Canada, our own professor Len Riskin, University of Missouri, US, professor Robert A. B. Bush, Hofstra University, US and the inventor of Giraffe Language Marshall B. Rosenberg, US. For details see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in 206. For more info contact Hans Boserup [boserup@po.ia.dk] The web site of the conference is http://www.scanticon-borupgaard.com/engelsk/i_index.htm.

ILLINOIS TRAINING CONFERENCE
On Saturday, September 8, 2001 The Mediation Council of Illinois will offer a Fall Conference Mediation Skills Development 2001 at 400 Field Drive, Lake Forest, IL, at Trustmark. For details see the binder in 206 and for more information contact The Council at 312-641-3000, e-mail at skzingery@aol.com, or visit our web page at www.mediationillinois.org. Fax: 847-462-0385

INDIAN WATER RIGHTS CONFERENCE
In connection with NARF and WSWC, the American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution presents a program on: Indian Tribes, Natural Resources Conflicts and Alternative Dispute Resolution on October 9, 2001 in St. George, Utah. For details see the binder in 206 and contact Rebecca Richter for more information 202-457-6155, rrichter@pattonboggs.com

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 www.adrpr.org.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

CPR INSTITUTE SENIOR STAFF, NEW YORK, NY
The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, formerly the Center for Public Resources, a non-profit alliance of leading corporations, law firms, public institutions, judges and scholars, seeks one or more senior staff members to (1) develop and work with our member base; (2) expand and encourage greater use of our publications, consulting and training programs, and panels; (3)secure grant funding CPR is a prime mover in the evolution of private and public conflict management, bringing legal, academic and institutional leaders together, setting standards, and creatively advancing ADR theory and practice. A print out of the complete job description is in the binder in room 206. Please see Prof. Sternlight for additional details on this position. Interested persons are encouraged to fax or e-mail information to, fax: 212/949-6490, or e-mail: bdetzel@cpradr.org.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AUGUSTA, MAINE
Community Mediation Services, a non-profit organization in Augusta, Maine that promotes community peacemaking with trained volunteer mediators, seeks an Executive Director. Responsibilities include: administering statewide contract to provide mediation within mental health/retardation system; coordinating volunteers; marketing and outreach; and fundraising. Applicants should have administrative and grant writing experience and entrepreneurial spirit. Please submit cover letter, resume and references to CMS, Box 177 Augusta, ME 04332-0177 or by fax 207-621-8399 or e-mail to mediate@gwi.net by the close of business on Friday, August 31, 2001.