CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 2, Issue 25 - March 1, 2002

What's Inside:

CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

CSDR-LL.M. BROWNBAG LUNCH CONVERSATIONS
The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and the LL.M. Program will sponsor two more brownbag lunch sessions this semester. These will be conversations with dispute resolution scholars, practitioners, administrators, and planners. The brownbags will be on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 PM in Room 3. (These sessions will be at an unusual time to accommodate LL.M. students, many of whom have a break between classes from 1 to 3.) Cookies will be provided. All are welcome.

March 11: Kathleen Bird, Director, Office of Dispute Resolution Services, Seventh Judicial Circuit of Missouri Kathleen Bird has been the Director of Office of Dispute Resolution Services Seventh Judicial Circuit (Kansas City metropolitan area) since 1998 and was the chair of the Missouri Bar ADR Committee from 1999-2001. From 1995-1998, she was a mediator in private practice and a founder of the RESPECT restorative justice program. For the 15 preceding years, she practiced civil, criminal and family law in Texas and Arkansas. She has served as a municipal judge, prosecutor, and city attorney. She received a J.D. in 1980 from Southern Methodist University. Her office is planning new dispute resolution programs and she will describe these plans and invite feedback and suggestions. For information about mediation and other family court services in the Seventh Circuit, see the web site.

March 18: Rebecca R. Magruder, private mediator and attorney

MARY ELLEN REIMUND WILL BE ON A PANEL AT THE ABA DR SECTION CONFERENCE
Mary Ellen Reimund ('00) will be a panelist at the annual conference of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution in Seattle on April 5. Her panel is entitled "Restoring Justice by Closing the Circle." She is an assistant professor of law and justice at Central Washington University and director of CWUs Law and Justice Program at SeaTac Center near Seattle.

CONTINUING MULTICULTURAL HOUR
The Multicultural Hour is continuing during the rest of the semester. This is a casual atmosphere where you can meet and talk with others from around the nation and around the world. The sessions go from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. This program is sponsored by the MU Graduate Student Association and the Program For Excellence in Teaching. Locations in the Memorial Union and dates are as follows:

  • March 6 - Benton / Bingham Room
  • March 13 - Joplin / Boone Room
  • March 20 - The Gus T. Ridgel Room
  • April 3 - Joplin / Boone Room
  • April 10 - Joplin / Boone Room
  • April 17 - Joplin / Boone Room
  • April 24 - Joplin / Boone Room
  • May 1 - Joplin / Boone Room
  • May 8 - Benton / Bingham Room

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION / MEDIATION
The American Business Women's Association announces its 2002 President's Scholarship in Conflict Resolution / Mediation for women at the graduate level. Applicants must be women who are citizens of the U.S., are studying at the graduate level, are attending an accredited college or university in the U.S. and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The deadline for submitting an application is May 15. The successful candidate will be notified in July. See the binder in 206 Hulston for details and an application.

AFCC'S 39TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII, JUNE 5-8 AFCC's 39th Annual Conference, "Looking over the Rim: New Horizons for Families, Courts and Communities," will take place June 5-8 on the Big Island of Hawaii. The conference program features more than 50 sessions. You can view the conference brochure and register online. The early bird rate is available to AFCC members until March 15. For more information, call AFCC at (608) 664-3750.

ABA HOUSE OF DELEGATES APPROVED UNIFORM MEDIATION ACT
The Uniform Mediation Act was overwhelmingly approved by the American Bar Association House of Delegates, capping off more than four years of work by Professor Richard Reuben as a Reporter, and by the rest of the dispute resolution faculty as part of the Academic Advisory Faculty to the ABA and NCCUSL Uniform Mediation Act Drafting Committees. The Act was approved on a voice vote, with no one speaking against it. Several former ABA presidents and fourteen co-sponsoring ABA Sections supported passage. The Act has been introduced in Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Vermont. To follow its progress in the states, go to the NCCUSL web site.

MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DECISION BY RESTORATIVE JUSTICE SENTENCING CIRCLE
In State v. Pearson, 637 N.W.2d 845 (Minn. 2002), the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a district court's discretion to stay adjudication based on the recommendation of a "sentencing circle" authorized under Minnesota Statutes 611A.775. Pearson, the defendant, was charged with welfare fraud and reached a plea bargain in which the case was referred to a sentencing circle. The sentencing circle was conducted by the Hastings Restorative Justice Council and met for a total of 14 hours in five meetings. The district court judge assigned to Pearson's case attended the final meeting. The sentencing circle recommended that Pearson receive a stay of adjudication, pay restitution, obtain credit counseling, perform community service, participate in support/follow up circles, have no same or similar offenses, remain law abiding, and appear in court for sentencing. The district court followed the recommendation over the prosecutor's objection. The appellate court reversed and the Minnesota Supreme Court reinstated the district court decision. Thanks to Janet Thompson ('02) for passing along this case. If you see interesting news etc. like this, please share it with us.

ANNOTATED LIST OF FEDERAL ADR WEB SITES
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government posted an annotated listing of Federal ADR Resources Online.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRAINING DIRECTOR, KANSAS INSTITUTE FOR PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION, BETHEL COLLEGE, NORTH NEWTON, KS
The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) is accepting applications for a training director. KIPCOR is the umbrella organization for a number of programs and initiatives, including a peace lecture series, community mediation center, conflict management certificate program, and church conflict working group. KIPCOR plans to increase its training offerings significantly in the next year, and the training director will be responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of the training program. A review of applications will begin March 31 and the position will begin July 1. For more information, contact Gary Flory at 316-284-5217 or see the binder in Room 206.

PROGRAM DESIGN FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION COURSE, MEXICO, MO
The Mexico Housing Authority operates a six-week summer youth program for 30 children, ages 7-12. It is looking for a graduate student to design a conflict resolution program that would provide hands-on activities, role-playing, and discussion for the children. The program should be tailored so that all children can participate and ask questions about situations that they may face at school, home, or play. The graduate student could use the program or information gathered from interaction with the children for independent study or externship credit. The program would be provided on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 P.M., from July 9 through August 13. For details see the binder in 206 or contact Rhonda Lightfoot, Resident Services Coordinator, Mexico Housing Authority, Mexico, MO, 573-581-2294 ext. 260.

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT LAW SCHOOL CLINICAL TEACHING POSITION
The University of Connecticut Law School is recruiting for a clinical instructor for its lawyering process program. The lawyering process course is a two-semester sequence in the first year which covers legal writing and research, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, contract drafting, and informal advocacy. Applications will close on May 1. For more information, see the binder in Room 206.