CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 2, Issue 18 - January 14, 2002

What's Inside:

CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

LL.M. GRAD, PATRICK PINKSTON TEACHES CLE AT TROY STATE UNIVERSITY, DOTHEN, AL
Patrick Pinkston ('01) took part in the Alabama Law Update 2001 CLE at Troy State University in Dothen, Alabama. Patrick taught the Dispute Resolutions Update, speaking about the Uniform Mediation Act and its implications on mediation in Alabama if it will be adopted there.

LL.M. STUDENT, PABLO M. IPINA, IS ACCEPTED FOR INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP
LL.M. student Pablo M. Ipina ('02) has been accepted as an intern for the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration (ICA). Pablo will spend September and October 2002 in Paris, France, participating in the ICA internship program. LL.M. graduate Salvador S. Panga, Jr. ('01) participated in the 2001 ICA internship program.

MISSOURIAN ARTICLE EXPLAINS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS MEDIATION PROGRAM
The Columbia Missourian ran an article, "MU mediation offers option of compromise" by Trish Widdows, in its December 25, 2001 edition. This article quotes Campus Mediation Director, Art Hinshaw ('00), Prof. Jim Levin and Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton in its explanation of the Campus Mediation Program. See the Digital Missourian web site for the complete article.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO SELECTS CSDR AS ADR CONSULTANT
The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce has selected the CSDR as its Senior Training Consultant in conjunction with the Chamberís efforts to strengthen Trinidad and Tobagoís ADR System. The CSDR will design and implement an ADR training plan for Trinidad and Tobagoís Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) to help the DRC develop the resources necessary to provide arbitration, mediation, conciliation, and other related services to Trinidad and Tobagoís judicial system. CSDR faculty will conduct several on-site training programs this year in Port of Spain.

PROF. JAMES A. WALL, JR. RECEIVES CURATORS' PROFESSORSHIP
James A. Wall, Jr., Professor of management in the College of Business and a Senior Fellow in the CSDR, received one of six Curatorsí Professorships. This is the highest honor that an MU professor can receive. The professorship is awarded to faculty members who display outstanding scholarship and have an established reputation. Wall has taught at MU since 1978 and has received more than 15 awards for his teaching and research, including a Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. Students consistently rate Wall as one of their favorite professors, citing his unsurpassed enthusiasm for teaching. His research interests include dynamic bargaining processes, conflict resolution, and mediation. Congratulations, Jim!!!

GRADUATE SCHOOL NEWS

PROF. DALE WHITMAN IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AALS
Dale Whitman, the James E. Campbell Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, was installed as president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) on Jan. 3 at the associationís annual meeting in New Orleans. The AALS is a non-profit association of 164 law schools. "The association has been an immense force for improvement in legal education, and Iím honored to serve as its president for 2002," Whitman said. Whitman grew up in Charleston, W.Va., and earned his law degree from Duke University. He began teaching in 1967 at the University of North Carolina and became acquainted with MU in 1976 as a visiting professor from Brigham Young University. Whitman taught at the University of Washington from 1978 to 1982 where he also served as associate dean. In 1982, he returned to MU to serve as dean of the Law School from 1982 to 1988. Congratulations, Dale!!!

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

ST. LOUIS COUNTY LAUNCHES CONFIDENTIAL MEDIATION INITIATIVE
The Family Court of St. Louis County is offering a new free Mediation Pilot Project. Interested parties can view an informational video for parents involved in family court cases to resolve child custody / visitation / parenting plan issues. Under the Mediation Pilot Project, the Domestic Relations Services unit of the Family Court will screen and coordinate program referrals. Selected private mediators, the MARCH Program (Mediation Achieving Results for Children, Inc.), and Family Court Domestic Relations Services staff will provide up to four hours of free, confidential mediation for parents involved in divorce, paternity, and motion to modify cases in the Family Court of St. Louis County. The mediation video and private mediation services are made possible through grants from the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator and will be limited by available funds and staff time. For additional information, contact Domestic Relations Services at (314) 615-8093. Public meetings will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 at 1:30 PM and Friday, Jan. 25, 2002 at 3:30 PM at the County Courthouse, 6th Floor Jury Assembly Room, 7900 Carondelet, Clayton.

THE ST. LOUIS AREA LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES
(12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Upcoming Dates and Topics:

March 13, Parental Alienation and Children who Refuse Visits. Nancy Williger, Ph.D. and Margaret Donnelly, J.D.

May 15, Mediation in Cases with Domestic Violence: Pros and Cons. Rebecca Magruder, Attorney/Mediator, and Nina Balsam, J.D.

July 10, Collaborative Law. Susan Amato, Attorney/ Mediator and an additional speaker to be announced.

For more information about these talks, e-mail Ellen Cowell.

AMERICAN HEALTH LAWYERS ASSOCIATION MEDIATION TRAININGS
ADVANCED MEDIATION TECHNIQUES - SCOTTSDALE, AZ, FEB. 7-8 MEDIATION ESSENTIALS - WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 16-17 The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) ADR Service is offering basic training for mediators on May 16-17 in Washington, DC and advanced training in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 7-8. These trainings are designed for disputes involving medical staff, health maintenance organizations, health insurers, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities, and other health organizations. Enrollment is limited to 24. For more information see the training information at www.healthlawyers.org

ABA'S FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW MEETING
WASHINGTON, DC, FEB. 14-15 The Federal Service Labor and Employment Law Committee's Midwinter Meeting is being held February 14-15 at the ABA's office in Washington, D.C. The presentation includes a mock arbitration before Arbitrator Barry Shapiro. This presentation was done at the ABA Annual Convention and received "outstanding" reviews from the audience. See the binder in 206 for details.

ONLINE ADR PROCESS RECEIVES PATENT
On Dec. 11, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Cybersettle, Inc. a patent for its Internet-based blind bidding ADR system, marking the first issuance of a patent for a business dispute resolution process, according to ADRWorld.Com. Under the patented system, parties exchange up to three sets of offers and if the offers are within a certain range, the case is settled. For more information, see Cybersettle's web site www.cybersettle.com.

CALL FOR PAPERS: U MASS CONFLICT STUDIES CONFERENCE
OCT. 25-26 The Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston is hosting a conference designed for graduate students to present and share ideas, network with prominent scholars and build community in the developing field of conflict and conflict resolution. Students currently enrolled in doctoral, master's, law, or graduate certificate programs are encouraged to submit proposals. Proposals are due March 15. For more information see the web site or call (617) 287-7421.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NEGOTIATION THEORY
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY, SOUTH ORANGE, NJ Seton Hall University is seeking a full-time tenure line assistant or an associate professor of Negotiation Theory. A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree and a strong background in international relations are required, with specialization in negotiation theory. Additional expertise in U.S. foreign policy, South Asia or research methodology is a plus. The faculty member will be responsible for teaching general and specialty courses in both bachelor's and master's programs and advising research students. For further information about Seton Hall University, see the web page or the binder in 206. To ensure the fullest consideration, applicants should respond by January 14, 2002.

GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers young lawyers the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the structure and function of German law during an 8-month study/practical training visit to the Federal Republic of Germany. The DAAD encourages applications from North American lawyers who hold JD or LL.B. degrees and who have or will have passed the Bar by the beginning of the scholarship period. Applicants must have a good command of German which would enable them to take an active part in all lectures and discussions. In general, applicants should be younger than 30. Applicants should preferably have some relevant professional experience. Application deadline: March 1. For further information and application materials, contact the DAAD office online.