CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 3, Issue 16 - January 10, 2003

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

PROF. TIMOTHY J. HEINSZ SUCCEEDS PROF. LEONARD L. RISKIN AS DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Prof. Tim Heinsz will serve as Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution as of January 2003. He came to the law faculty as a visiting professor in 1979 and rejoined the faculty in 1981. He served as Dean from 1988-2001. He has published widely in the field of labor law arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution and has written books on labor law and on workers' compensation in Missouri. He succeeds Prof. Len Riskin who came to the Law School in 1984 as the founding director of the Center. He is well-known for his work in integrating dispute resolution into the law school curriculum, mediation theory and, more recently, mindfulness meditation. He has won numerous awards and the Center's work under his leadership is a major reason why the Law School enjoys its reputation as a leader in dispute resolution. This semester he is a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School and can be reached at lriskin@umich.edu. See the web site for more information about Tim and Len (and the other faculty affiliated with the Center).

MU LAW SCHOOL WAS A MAJOR FORCE AT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN LAW SCHOOLS ANNUAL MEETING
The Association of American Law Schools held its annual meeting in Washington, DC, Jan. 2-5. At that meeting, Prof. Dale Whitman completed his term as AALS president. This meeting featured an all-day workshop on dispute resolution, "Raising the Bar and Enlarging the Canon," which was planned by a committee that Prof. Len Riskin chaired. MU faculty were prominently featured in the workshop including the following faculty and the sessions they participated in: Prof. Ilhyung Lee (Cross-Cultural Issues in ADR), Prof. Richard Reuben (Conflict Theory), Prof. Len Riskin (Mindfulness), and Prof. Jen Robbennolt (Conducting and Using Empirical Research). Recent MU "grad" Prof. Chris Guthrie, now at Vanderbilt, did a wonderful job as a last-minute pinch-hitter giving a presentation "Insights from Cognitive Psychology" in the opening plenary as well as in a session on Insights from the Social Sciences. Former LL.M. Program directors Bobbi McAdoo, now at Hamline ("Conducting and Using Empirical Research") and Josh Stulberg, now at Ohio State ("Building Community") also were on panels. For a copy of the program, see http://www.aals.org/am2003/prepro.pdf. Prof. John Lande was elected chair-elect of the ADR Section of the AALS.

LL.M. ALUMNI CYNTHIA ALKON AND ROGER L. CARTER PUBLISH ARTICLES IN JOURNAL OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Cynthia Alkon ('02) published an article, "The Cookie Cutter Syndrome: Legal Reform Assistance Under Post-Communist Democratization Programs," at 2002 Journal of Dispute Resolution 327, based on a paper in an LL.M. course. Her article criticizes a "cookie cutter" approach to incorporation of ADR in democratization programs in post-Communist countries and favors an individualized application of ADR based on the conditions in each country. Roger Carter ('02) published an article, "Oh, Ye of Little [Good] Faith: Questions, Concerns and Commentary on Efforts to Regulate Participant Conduct in Mediations," at 2002 Journal of Dispute Resolution 367, also based on an LL.M. paper. His article criticizes use of sanctions to ensure good-faith participation in mediation and proposes standards of conduct for mediation participants to set clear behavioral expectations. This issue of the Journal of Dispute Resolution also features an article by Prof. Julie Macfarlane of University of Windsor and Osgoode Hall Law School, who visited the Center last year. Her article is "Culture Change? A Tale of Two Cities and Mandatory Court-Connected Mediation," at 2002 Journal of Dispute Resolution 241.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

MISSOURI CHAPTER OF ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATION COURTS SPONSORS LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES IN ST. LOUIS AND KANSAS CITY
The Missouri Chapter of Association of Family And Conciliation Courts sponsors a brown bag lunch series for professionals from noon to 1:30 pm, at 121 S. Meramec, Rm. 1012 in Clayton. For more information, e-mail or call Andrea Clark, LCSW or Ellen Cowell, MS at (314) 615-8094.

  • Jan. 15: Sexual Orientation, Parenting, and the Courts. Dean Rosen, Psy.D., Honorable Ellen Levy-Siwak, and Alan Freed, J.D.
  • March 12: Parenting Plans for Young Children: Unintended Consequences in High Conflict Families. Rosalyn Schultz, Ph.D., Margaret Rissman, Ph.D., with Judge TBA.
  • May 14: Grandparents and Guardianships, Brian Seltzer, J.D.
  • July 9: Issues for Parents Who Have Never Parented Together. Hon. Thea Sherry and Andrea Clark, LCSW.
  • Sept. 10: Custody and Domestic Violence. Jane Aiken, J.D. and Judge TBA.
  • The next AFCC Lunch and Learn program in Kansas City will be held, Feb. 19. The program, speakers, and location will be announced. For more information, e-mail Kathleen Bird.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION CALLS FOR "LAWYER AS PROBLEM SOLVER" EXERCISES
The American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section annual meeting will include a session entitled “Ethical Advocacy” that will explore, among other things, how exercises, role plays, and simulations can be most effectively used to develop the perspective of the lawyer as problem solver and ethical practitioner. This session will be part of the Fourth Annual Legal Educator's Colloquium, on Saturday, March 22, in San Antonio, Texas. If you are interested in presenting and having your ADR exercise, role play, or simulation chosen for and "tested" at the Colloquium, forward a paper copy and a version in electronic media (disk or e-mail) no later than Feb. 1 to Gina Brown, Coordinator of ADR Research, Policy Analysis, and Law School Programs ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, 740 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: (202) 662-1677, Fax: (202) 662-1683, BrownG@staff.abanet.org. See the web site for more information.

ARIZONA ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATORY COURTS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
SEDONA, AZ, FEB. 7-9 The Arizona Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts is sponsoring its annual conference entitled, "Working on the Edge: Challenges in Family Law," on Feb. 7-9 in Sedona, Arizona. For details, see the binder in 206 Hulston, or call / e-mail Annette at (602) 230-9118.

ASSOCIATION FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION INTERNATIONAL SECTION MEETING
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, MAY 7-8 The Association for Conflict Resolution International Section will hold a meeting May 7-8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, prior to the Fourth International Conference of the World Mediation Forum. For more information about the ACR International Section, e-mail co-chairs Maria Rosa Cattaneo or Gail Ervin.

ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATORY COURTS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
OTTAWA, CANADA, MAY 28-31 The Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts is holding its annual conference in Ottawa, Canada on May 28-31, celebrating its fortieth anniversary. The theme of the conference is “Change and Challenge: 40 Years of Evolution in Families, Courts, and Communities.” For more information, call (608) 664-3750, e-mail afcc@afccnet.org, or see the web site.

ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATION COURTS REGIONAL CONFERENCE
ST. LOUIS, NOV. 13-15 The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Missouri Chapter of the AFCC will sponsor a regional conference in St. Louis, Nov. 13-15 and will issue a call for presenters in the spring or summer. For more information, e-mail or call Andrea Clark, LCSW or Ellen Cowell, MS at (314) 615-8094.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

OMBUDSPERSON, STANFORD LINEAR ACCELERATOR CENTER
STANFORD, CA Stanford University seeks an ombudsperson for its Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. The ombudsperson selects, trains, and designates mediators who are available to faculty, staff and students for the resolution of conflicts. To apply, send cover letter and resume to cyam@stanford.edu as soon as possible. For more information, see the binder in Room 206.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
WASHINGTON, DC The Alliance for International Conflict Resolution (AICR), a new network of more than twenty international conflict resolution and peace-building organizations seeks an executive director. Applicants should send a cover letter and CV by e-mail by Jan. 13. For more information see the binder in Room 206, call (202) 544-4141, or e-mail applications@aicr.us

MEDIATOR / RETIRED JUDGE
ST. LOUIS and KANSAS CITY Core Funding Group, L.P. seeks a mediator or former judge with strong contacts among the personal injury attorneys in Missouri, including St. Louis and KC. Core Funding Group, a financial services company, provides working capital and supplemental lines of credit exclusively to the legal community. For more information, see the binder in Room 206, or contact Ron Deane, Core Funding Group, L.P., 1-800-836-0479, FAX: 713/278-7704, e-mail: COREFUNDLP@AOL.COM