CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 2, Issue 6 - September 21, 2001

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

PROFESSOR RISKIN RECEIVES SPURGEON SMITHSON AWARD
Prof. Leonard Riskin received the Spurgeon Smithson Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation last week at the Missouri Bar Conference in Springfield, MO. The award, which has been given to several other members of the MU law faculty, recognizes outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

PROFESSOR STERNLIGHT PUBLISHES AGAIN!
Prof. Jean Sternlight published an article entitled "Mandatory Binding Arbitration and the Demise of the Seventh Amendment Right to a Jury Trial," 16 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 669 (2001). She argues that courts are failing to apply the appropriate jury trial waiver analysis when they consider whether arbitration clauses should be enforced in federal court. In traditional jury trial waiver situations, courts consider whether the waiver was knowing, voluntary and intelligent, but courts do not apply this same test when examining arbitration clauses.

PROFESSOR LANDE POSTS NEW WEB SITE
Prof. John Lande has posted a new web site with materials for students, faculty, and practitioners. Take a look: www.law.missouri.edu/lande/.

FALL BROWNBAG SCHEDULE
This fall, CSDR will sponsor three more brownbag lunch sessions. These brownbags will be conversations with dispute resolution practitioners, administrators, and planners. The brownbags will be on Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room 3. All are welcome.

October 8: Jocelyn Learned, Assistant Vice President, American Arbitration Association Jocelyn Learned has been with AAA since 1998 and has been managing the Kansas City Regional Office since April 2000. She has extensive experience in providing leadership, strategic planning, and organizational consulting in state and national politics. She has done extensive graduate work in ADR at the University of Denver.

October 22: Sarah J. Read, of counsel, Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood Sarah J. Read concentrates her Missouri practice in the areas of negotiation, mediation and legislation. She is also of counsel to the Chicago law firm of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood, working with both the firm's Commercial and Regulatory Litigation practice group on energy law issues, and with its Alternative Dispute Resolution resource group. She has advised electric and telecommunications companies on a wide variety of regulatory, legislative, and strategic planning issues. She also advises clients on a variety of ADR issues. She received training from the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, was a volunteer mediator in the Cook County Circuit Courts for several years, and attended the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. She received her B.A., cum laude, in 1978 from Yale University and her J.D. with the Order of the Coif from the University of Wisconsin in 1981.

November 5: 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 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 was a practicing attorney in Texas and Arkansas practicing civil, criminal and family law. 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.

LL.M. STUDENT PAULA YOUNG PARTICIPATES IN MISSOURI BAR PANEL ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION Paula Young was a panelist at a well-attended program entitled, "Attorneyís ADR Toolbox," at the Missouri Bar Association's Annual Meeting last week in Springfield. The panel discussed issues of convening mediations, confidentiality, benefits of mediation, and the styles of mediation used in the various contexts represented by the panelists. Lawyers attending were also interested in issues relating to good faith and settlement authority, how to determine the skills and effectiveness of neutrals, and strategies for negotiating monetary settlements. A copy of the program materials is available in Laura Colemanís notebook in Room 206.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

MU RESOURCE LIST IS BEING COMPILED WITH RESOURCES FOR THE AFTERMATH OF THE ATTACK
The Provostís Office is assembling a resource list of individuals from the campus or community with expertise they would be willing to share with faculty members, classes, student groups, organizations, and campus forums as we come to grips with the events of last week. Expertise in related disciplines, research perspectives, or skills in working with groups are among the contributions which would be welcome resources. Anyone who feels they might be interested in participating in at least one activity to assist the campus in the interpretation and recovery process can reply to turnerrh@missouri.edu with the following information: name, description of expertise, type of activity or event(s) of interest.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION POSTS LIST OF STATE AND LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATION DR COMMITTEES
The State and Local Bar Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution has compiled a survey of state and local bar dispute resolution programs and activities. This survey report contains information about dispute resolution programs sponsored or supported by bar associations across the country, including contact information for bar association personnel and dispute resolution committee or section chairs, descriptions of lawyer/client dispute resolution processes, training requirements for mediators and arbitrators, and information about the unauthorized practice of law. This survey is at www.abanet.org/statelocal/disputesurvey.html.

CPR INSTITUTE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION IS ACCEPTING AWARD NOMINATIONS
The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution is accepting nominations for awards in five categories: Outstanding Practical Achievement (Category I), Original Articles (Category II), Original Student Articles (Category III), Outstanding Books (Category IV), and Problem Solving in the Law School (Category V). There are cash prizes for Categories II-V. Entries in all categories must be received no later than November 1, 2001. For Guidelines and Entry Procedures, see www.cpradr.org/ and do a search for "awards."

REMINDER: ACR AND WAM CONFERENCES ARE COMING SOON
Two good conferences are coming up soon. Students, remember that some travel funding is available.

Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference
Toronto, Canada - Oct. 10-13 http://acresolution.org/

Wisconsin Association of Mediators Annual Emerging Issues Conference
Madison, Wisconsin - Oct. 31-Nov. 2 www.dcs.wisc.edu/pda/hhi/mediation/Mediation.pdf

ICC DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE, NEW ORLEANS, LA, NOV. 4-6
The International Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a conference entitled "From Arbitration to ADR: Experience and Innovation in ICC Dispute Resolution in New Orleans, November 4-6. The conference is supported by the United States Council for International Business and the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. It will address ICC arbitration practice, construction disputes, banking and financial matters, enforcement issues, and ADR mechanisms. For more information, see www.iccwbo.org/home/conferences/arbitration_to_ADR/intro.asp.

OHIO STATE JOURNAL ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION SYMPOSIUM, "THE IMPACT OF MEDIATION: 25 YEARS AFTER THE POUND CONFERENCE," COLUMBUS, OH, NOV. 8
In 1976, more than 200 judges, scholars, and bar leaders convened the "Pound Conference" to examine public discontent with the efficiency and fairness of our court systems. Twenty-five years after that gathering, dispute resolution scholars and practitioners will gather to examine the distinctive impact mediation processes have had on our nation's justice systems. For more information, see www.osu.edu/units/law/JDR/JDRhome4.htm.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

LAW TEACHING JOB: DIRECTOR OF MEDIATION CLINIC, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position which will include Directorship of the Mediation Clinic. This faculty member will teach, supervise and mediate with students in a clinic that currently handles cases in the areas of child welfare, juvenile delinquency, truancy and similar issues, and small claims court. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three employment references to: Professor Paula J. Casey, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202-5142; pjcasey@ualr.edu. Immediate application is requested. For more information, see Laura's famous notebook in Room 206. Prof. Lande can provide additional information about this position.

INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Husch and Eppenberger is seeking students from Latin America for its foreign attorney internship program. The internship focuses on business transactions and lasts for one year following graduation in May. The program is looking for attorneys who have practiced law for at least two years in their home country and who are fluent in English. Students interested in interviewing for this internship should send a cover letter, resume, transcript from all the law school programs (including from their native country), and a writing sample to Richard J. Wolkowitz, Esq., Husch and Eppenberger, LLC, 100 N. Broadway, Suite 1300, St. Louis, MO 63102-2789. Applications should be submitted by mid-January. After the fall semester grades have been given, applicants should request the LL.M. Program to send a letter with your fall grades.