CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 5, Issue 11 - December 17, 2004

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CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

CSDR SPONSORS CLE PROGRAM: "AN INTRODUCTION TO COOPERATIVE AND COLLABORATIVE LAW"
JAN. 28, MU LAW SCHOOL, COLUMBIA, MO This half-day program offers an introduction to two new models of lawyering: cooperative law and collaborative law. In these models, lawyers and clients focus exclusively on negotiation at the outset of a case, using an interest-based approach to negotiation. Both models involve local groups of practitioners to develop procedures, improve the quality of practice, and educate professionals and the public. Prof. John Lande will lead this program. The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is offering this program, which is co-sponsored with the Cooperative and Collaborative Practitioners Group. Registration is at 8:30. Instruction begins at 9:00 and adjourns at noon. This program provides 2.8 MO MCLE hours, including 1.0 hour of Ethics. Tuition is $35. Full-time students may attend for $20. For more information and to register, see http://www.law.missouri.edu/cle/upcoming.htm.

REUBEN PROPOSAL ADOPTED IN WYOMING SUPREME COURT OPINION
In Fox v. Tanner, 2004 WL 2805534, the Wyoming Supreme Court adopted the analysis that Prof. Richard Reuben proposed in a law review article for determining who decides whether a contract was fraudulently induced when the contract includes a general arbitration provision. The Wyoming court held that courts, not arbitrators are to decide the validity of a contract containing an arbitration provision, unless the parties clearly and unmistakably submit that question to the arbitrator. The decision permits investors who claim they were fraudulently induced into a contract with an investment broker to challenge that contract in court, instead of an arbitration proceeding. In so doing, it rejects the so-called "separability" doctrine, which generally holds that arbitrators are to decide the validity of a contract containing an arbitration provision. The law review article is "First Options, Consent to Arbitration, and the Demise of Separability: Restoring Access to Justice for Contracts with Arbitration Provisions," 72 SMU L. Rev. 819 (2003).

SUZANNE CARNEY BECOMES PROJECT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL MEDIATION CENTER
Suzanne Curran Carney (’03), joined the Central Mediation Center in Kearney, NE, as project development director on Sept. 15. The center, one of six community mediation centers authorized by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution, covers 31 counties in central and western Nebraska. Suzanne develops training, mediation, and facilitation services for organizations, businesses, and individuals. You can e-mail her at scarney@centralmediationcenter.com. Congratulations Suzanne!

YEON SOON CHUNG IS BUSY BACK IN SOUTH KOREA
LL.M. student Yeon Soon Chung has been busy since her return to South Korea. She was appointed as a member of the Consumer Dispute Settlement Commission in the Korea Consumer Protection Board, a public organization funded by the government. She is involved in managing her law firm, including handling conflicts between staff workers and lawyers. The firm is comprised of 35 staff workers and 30 lawyers. She also is teaching master of arts degree candidates at Chung-Ang University. One of the classes she teaches is "Art and Law."

LL.M. STUDENT JOSE RAMIREZ IS GETTING MARRIED
LL.M. student José Ramirez will be getting married to his fiancée, Veronica Witzke, on Dec. 23 in New Jersey. The wedding will be in the home of Veronica’s sister. The newlyweds plan on traveling back to Columbia in early January so José can continue his studies in the LL.M. Program and Veronica can study English as a second language. She will resume her position as a law clerk in the Supreme Court when they return to Venezuela. Congratulations José and Veronica!

ALEXANDRIA ZYLSTRA SELECTED FOR WHO’S WHO
Andria Zylstra (’01) is among three Stephens College professors named to the 2004 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers that pays tribute to America’s most respected teachers. She is an assistant professor of Legal Studies and Stephens College’s pre-law adviser. To read the article, see http://www.stephens.edu/news/releases/12_3_04who%27swhoreceipients.php. Congratulations Andria!

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

SENIOR ATTORNEY (DISPUTE RESOLUTION OFFICER), FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
WASHINGTON, DC The Federal Aviation Administration Washington Headquarters Region, Office of the Chief Counsel Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, seeks a senior attorney (dispute resolution officer). Application deadline: Jan. 19.