CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 2, Issue 5 - September 14, 2001

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

ART HINSHAW IS FACILITATING CITY OF COLUMBIA BOTTLE DEPOSIT LAW TASK FORCE
Art Hinshaw ('00), Director of the University of Missouri-Columbia's Campus Mediation Program, is facilitating meetings of the Mayoral Deposit Ordinance Task Force Committee. He is helping set up procedures to discuss Columbia's bottle deposit law. The Committee wants Hinshaw to help keep it on track and make sure all sides of the issues are heard. The Committee is scheduled to meet again on September 20. Here is an article from the Columbia Daily Tribune: http://archive.showmenews.com/2001/sep/20010907news020.asp.

ALEXANDRIA ZYLSTRA TO PUBLISH ARTICLE IN JOURNAL OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Dispute Resolution, Alexandria Zylstra ('01) will publish an article entitled “Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Practical Screening Method for Mediators and Mediation Program Administrators.” As court-ordered child custody mediation becomes more popular, effective screening methods are increasingly important to ensure that the process and potential outcome are fair, voluntary, and do not further endanger victims of domestic violence, the children involved, or the mediator. The article examines the controversy about mediation of cases involving domestic violence, evaluates the present state of screening methods used across the nation, and proposes a model screening protocol. The article is based on Andria's Seminar paper (now called the "LL.M. Major Research Project").

BRAD REICH TO PUBLISH IN THE JOURNAL OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Journal of Dispute Resolution will publish an article by Brad Reich ('01) entitled "A Call for Intellectual Honesty: A Response to the Uniform Mediation Act's Privilege Against Disclosure." The article discusses the privilege established in the UMA and argues that creation of such a privilege would not pass the "reason and experience" standard that should be applied by state legislatures in evaluating proposed privileges. It also argues that there is no historical precedent for applying privilege to a relationship of adversarial interests and that such an application may create fewer agreements based on informed decisions. This article is based on Brad's Seminar paper (now called the "LL.M. Major Research Project").

BRAD REICH RECEIVES CONTRACT TO STUDY MEDIATOR CREDENTIALING
Brad Reich ('01) received a contract with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute of Government to assist in its study of credentialing for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. UALR invited our LL.M. students and alumni to apply for this contract. UALR received four applications (including a combined application from two students) and were very impressed with all the applications. As word spreads about our LL.M. Program, we expect to receive more solicitations for our students and alumni.

PAULA YOUNG PUBLISHES ARTICLE "THE GAME IS CHANGING"
LL.M. student Paula Young published an article, "The Game is Changing," in the August 2001 issue of Missouri Lawyers Weekly and republished at www.mediate.com/articles/young5.cfm. The article discusses gender dynamics in litigation and mediation.

NOTE TO LL.M. STUDENTS AND ALUMNI: WHAT ME? A PUBLISHED AUTHOR?
Have you thought about publishing a paper? As you can see, our students and alumni have been successful in placing articles for publication. In addition to benefiting readers and the field generally, this benefits the authors and the LL.M. Program. If you think you might like to submit a paper for publication (or use a course assignment to write a paper that might be published), talk with one of our faculty members for advice.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI MEDIATORS CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 5-6
Professor Len Riskin will be presenting "Self Awareness for Lawyers and Mediators: An Introduction to Mindfulness" on Friday, October 5 from 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Law School. This is presented by the MU School of Law and co-sponsored by the Association of Missouri Mediators. For details see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in 206. To register or for more information, call 573-882-7251 or go online to www.law.missouri.edu/cle.

The Association Missouri Mediators Conference will include the following sessions at the Law School on Saturday, October 6, 9:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Commission on Dispute Resolution Services in Domestic Relations Cases: What is Happening?

  • Community-Based Needs Assessment: Results in Southwest Missouri
  • Mediators Guide to Internet Resources
  • Mediation vs. Litigation: Avoiding the "Either/Or" Trap
  • Considerations of Stepfamily Issues in Family Mediation
  • The Slippery Slope: Boundaries Between Giving Information and Advice
  • Go Out on a Limb - That's Where the Fruit Is - Concepts of Transformative Mediation and Radical Interventions
  • Safe Schools in Missouri and Mediation
  • Introduction to Victim/Offender Mediation
PUBLIC POLICY FORUM ON THE LOBBYING PROCESS, SEPTEMBER 20
The Institute of Public Policy at MU's Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs is sponsoring a Public Policy Forum, "The Lobbying Process," on Thursday, September 20 at S107 in the Memorial Union. For details, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in 206. For more information, contact Kristin Hill at ipp@missouri.edu or call 573-884-3381.

ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION OFFERS BASIC AND ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAMS
The Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution is offering a basic 40-hour employment mediation training program on September 10-14 in Monterey, CA, October 1-5 in Long Island, NY, and November 5-9 in Potomac, MD. The Alliance also is offering advanced employment mediation trainings on September 29-October 1 in Atlanta, GA, and November 15-17 in Columbus, OH. For more information or to register, go to www.ilr.cornell.edu/alliance or call Chris Colosi at 607-255-1124.

TELECONFERENCE ON MEDIATING EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES, OCTOBER 17
The ABA Connection is presenting a one-hour teleconference on "Mediating Employment Disputes" on Wednesday, October 17 at 1:00 P.M. Eastern Time. The program is a no-cost benefit of American Bar Association membership. Continuing legal education credit has been applied for in states that accept the teleconference format. To register, call the ABA at 1-800-285-2221, beginning Monday, September 24 or register online at www.abanet.org/cle/connection.html. The program also will be available on this web site for one month.

IRS TAX FORUM: TAXPAYER RIGHTS & ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, BERKELEY, CA, OCTOBER 2-3
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Section of Taxation are co-sponsoring an "IRS Tax Forum: Taxpayer Rights and Alternative Dispute Resolution" on October 2-3 in Berkeley, CA. For more information, see www.irs.gov/bus_info/tax_pro/taxforum.html#SanFran.

PROGRAM ON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE, ATLANTA, GA, NOVEMBER 9-10
The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and Section of Tort and Insurance Practice are sponsoring a two-day program addressing issues regarding mental health issues and violence in the workplace. This mid- to advanced-level conference will discuss approaches and responses to litigation arising from mental disabilities and violence in the workplace. The conference will take place on November 9 -10 in Atlanta, GA. A complete agenda, listing of speakers, and registration information are available on the Section of Labor and Employment Law's web site at www.abanet.org/labor/mentalhealth.html. Contact the Section office at 312-988-5813 or laborempllaw@abanet.org for more information.

PROGRAM ON INTERNET NAME DISPUTES, PORTLAND, OR, OCTOBER 5
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College is sponsoring its annual Law Forum on Friday, October 5 in Portland, OR. This year's topic is "Deciding ICANN Domain Name Disputes: Questioning Delegation, Fairness, and Consent." (ICANN is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.) For details and registration information, see the binder on Laura Coleman's desk in 206.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

APPEALS REVIEW SPECIALIST, WASHINGTON, DC
The United States Postal Inspection Service has an opening for an Appeals Review Specialist in their National EEO Compliance & Appeals Programs office in Washington, DC. The person filling this position will have primary responsibility for the REDRESS mediation program within the EEO function as well as responsibility for design, development and implementation of other alternative dispute resolution initiatives in the non-bargaining context. For details see www.usps.com/hrisp/pub_announce.htm. This position will remain open until filled.

LAW TEACHING JOB AVAILABLE
The September 4 issue of the AALS Placement Bulletin (available in the Career Services Office in Room 103) includes the following listing for a position at the University of Dayton School of Law. The announcement states, "While all practice backgrounds will be considered, those with law practice expertise in civil litigation, poverty law, juvenile and education law, mediation, criminal defense, housing, and/or community building/development activities and advocacy may be particularly well-suited for the positions.

For more information about the AALS recruitment process, see www.aals.org/frs/index.html. Before applying, students or alumni should get advice from Prof. Lande or other faculty.