CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 3, Issue 26 - March 28, 2003

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

AUTHOR BARRY WERTH HEADS PANEL AT LAW SCHOOL
FRI., APRIL 11, 1-3 PM, ROOM 112 (COURTROOM) On Fri., April 11, 1-3 p.m., Barry Werth will head a panel discussion on his book, "Damages" in connection with the course focusing on the book. The book describes an actual medical malpractice case from the perspectives of the attorneys and parties and includes accounts of two mediations. The discussion will take place in the courtroom, Room 112. All are invited to attend.

MU LAW SCHOOL WAS WELL-REPRESENTED AT ABA SECTION OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE
Two Law School faculty gave presentations at the Annual Conference of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in San Antonio, TX, March 19-23. Prof. John Lande was on a panel entitled, "Court-Ordered ADR: Consequences and Remedies (including Sanctions) for Failure to Mediate in Good Faith." Prof. Jean Sternlight was a panelist in a session entitled, "Class Actions and Arbitration: Can They Co-Exist?"

Simulations written by Prof. John Lande and LL.M. student Suzanne Carney were featured in the Legal Educator’s Colloquium session entitled, "The Lawyer as Problem Solver: Teaching Ethical Advocacy - How Educators Use Exercises and Theory to Promote Ethical Advocacy." John Lande’s simulation is based on his article, Using Dispute System Design Methods to Promote Good-Faith Participation in Court-Connected Mediation Programs, 50 UCLA Law Review 69 (2002) and he gave a presentation about it at the conference. Suzanne Carney’s simulation is called "The Martin Modification" and is about the dynamics of doing family mediations in a government-sponsored mediation program. She wrote this simulation for her paper in the Non-Binding Methods of Dispute Resolution course. In prior years, Law School faculty and students from MU have had exercises selected for this session including contributions by Professors John Lande, Sylvia Lazos, and Maria Lopez, and LL.M. student Kate Murphy, in conjunction with Sylvia Lazos. The simulations will be posted on the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution web site.

LL.M. students Suzanne Curran Carney, Pamela Mafabi, Sharanya Rao, Tal Zarankin, Shudong Zhang and Paula Young attended the conference. LL.M. student Angel Pagan, who is doing an externship with the Section of Dispute Resolution, also attended and helped run the conference.

PROF. TIM HEINSZ NAMED TO COMMITTEES AND PUBLISHED ARBITRATION AWARD
Prof. Tim Heinsz has been named to several committees for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He will be chair of the Public Relations Committee, a member of the Drafting Committee on Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, and advisor to the Special Committee to Enhance Payment of State Dues and Expenses of Commissioners. He also published an arbitration award, Barko Hydraulics & Boilermakers Local 117, 117 LA 1715 (2002).

PROF. JOHN LANDE APPOINTED TO ABA COMMITTEES
Prof. John Lande has been appointed to two committees of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. He will be a co-chair of the Program Committee for the annual conference for a two-year term and a member of the CLE and Meeting Planning Board for a three-year term. As co-chair of the Program Committee, he will help plan the Section’s Sixth Annual Conference, which will take place in New York City, April 15-17, 2004.

PROF. ILHYUNG LEE GIVES TALKS IN ST. LOUIS
In St. Louis on March 28, Prof. Ilhyung Lee is speaking at the International Visitors Program (U.S. State Department-sponsored multi-regional project) and the Program on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, talking about dispute resolution methods.

PROF. JENNIFER ROBBENNOLT PUBLISHES ARTICLE ABOUT USING EMPIRICAL RESEARCH
Prof. Jennifer Robbennolt published an article, "Evaluating Empirical Research Methods: Using Empirical Research in Law and Policy" at 81 Nebraska Law Review 777 (2002), in an interdisciplinary symposium on the Nebraska Death Penalty Study. Using this study as a starting point, her article explores the tensions and tradeoffs at the intersection of social science methodology and the law from the perspective of decision-makers who use empirical research.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW CONFERENCE
APR. 27-29, NEW YORK, NY Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University is holding a conference entitled "Inference, Culture and Ordinary Thinking in Dispute Resolution" in New York City on April 27-29. For more information, see the binder in 206 Hulston or e-mail conference coordinator Frederick Wesner.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDIATORS CONFERENCE WILL FEATURE AWARD CEREMONY FOR PROF. LEN RISKIN
MAY 8-10, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY The International Academy of Mediators is hosting its spring educational conference at Washington University in St. Louis on May 8-10. Prof. Len Riskin will receive an award from the Academy. Past recipients include Attorney General Janet Reno, Judge William Webster, and Jim Henry, the founder of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. Len Riskin will conduct a session entitled, "Mindfulness Meditation: The Mediator’s Secret Weapon." For more information, see the web site.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW OFFERS SUMMER COURSES
MAY 18-AUG. 2, MALIBU, CA The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law is offering summer courses in dispute resolution from May 18 to August 2. Prof. Richard Reuben will teach a course from June 17-28, entitled "Social Psychology of Conflict." For more information, get a brochure in 206 Hulston or visit the web site. The registration deadline is April 11.

PEACE OPERATIONS SUMMER INSTITUTE AT ACADIA UNIVERSITY
JUNE 8-20, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA Acadia University, in partnership with the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and the Royal Military College, is offering a graduate level course in modern peace operations. For more information, see the web site.

CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
JUNE 18-20, GREENBELT, MD The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution is sponsoring its 15th Annual Conference, "Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision Making," in Greenbelt, MD. For more information, see the web site or call (301) 776-6055.

NAFCM SEEKING PROPOSALS FOR SEMINARS
The National Association for Community Mediation is seeking curriculum writers to create materials for two new seminars to be included in regional training institutes beginning in June 2003. The two seminars are on public education and marketing and government relations. Writers will be paid up to $3,000. The proposal deadline is April 7. NAFCM will select curriculum writers by April 11. The deadline for completing the curricula will be May 31. For more information, see the binder in 206 Hulston, visit the web site, or e-mail Linda Baron.

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADR SPECIALIST, CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution is hiring an ADR specialist to assist Center staff with a variety of services including informational and skill-based training workshops; maintaining publications, videotapes, and other materials about dispute resolution and conflict management; providing mediation and facilitation services or helping to identify ADR providers outside the agency; and designing and implementing specific ADR programs. This position will be open until filled. For more information e-mail Judith S. Kaleta or call her at (202) 493-0992.