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PROF. JOHN LANDE PUBLISHES ARTICLES ON COLLABORATIVE LAW AND THE “VANISHING TRIAL”
Prof. John Lande recently published “The Promise and Perils of Collaborative Law” at 12 Dispute Resolution Magazine 29 (Fall 2005). This article argues that collaborative practice has generally been successful in promoting interest-based negotiation of divorce cases. Citing empirical research on collaborative practice, it cautions that practitioners may set unrealistic expectations for clients, create excessive settlement pressure, violate rules of professional conduct, and resist client choice and innovation. He also published “Replace ‘The Vanishing Trial’ with More Helpful Myths,” 23 Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation 161 (2005). This article argues that what he calls “The Phenomenon Known as the Vanishing Trial” has taken on a life of its own and that, rather than celebrating or denigrating dispute resolution procedures, we should focus on celebrating humans including judges, lawyers, mediators, arbitrators, military and police officers, legislators, organizational, community, and religious leaders, teachers, parents, and countless others who wisely design and use dispute resolution procedures. These articles can be downloaded at http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/publications.htm.
MU STUDENTS AND ALUMNI WRITE ARTICLES FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION MAGAZINE
Art Hinshaw (’00) co-authored “How Do We Know That Training Works?” at 12 Dispute Resolution Magazine 21 (Fall 2005). This article summarizes the limited empirical research on mediator training and makes recommendations for further research. In the same issue, LL.M. student Chip Stewart, associate editor of Dispute Resolution Magazine, contributed pieces on ADR news and state and federal cases. MU JD student Kathleen Birkhofer wrote a state legislative update.
JOSÉ RAMIREZ BEGINS CAREER IN VENEZUELA
José Ramirez (’05) recently began working as an associate for a major Venezuelan law firm, Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque in Caracas, Venezuela. José mainly works in the corporate law department and will be involved in any ADR case the firm will handle. In a ddition, he is a teacher assistant in an ADR course at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, and will soon be included in the list of mediators at the Venezuelan-American chamber of commerce’s mediation and conciliation center, http://www.cedca.org.ve.
JANE SMITH JOINS LAW FIRM
Jane Smith (’02) recently joined the law firm of Blitz, Bardgett and Deutsch. The majority of the firm’s work is administrative law, but Jane will continue her ADR work as well. Her new contact information is 308 E. High St., Suite 301, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 573-634-2500, email: email@example.com.
GIL TABUCANON SELECTED FOR AAA EXTERNSHIP
The American Arbitration Association selected LL.M. student Gil Tabucanon for its 2006 Summer Externship Program at the AAA. The program is funded by the Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin law firm in Kansas City, MO. Congratulations Gil!
JOHN BLANKENSHIP PARTICIPATES IN HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF
A photo of LL.M. student John Blankenship and his family and friends appeared in the October 2005 issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal. It was part of a feature on Tennessee lawyers helping Hurricane Katrina survivors. John is on the board of the Salvation Army in Murfreesboro, TN. His group of family members and friends collected 20,000 pounds of supplies and headed south with a convoy of trucks and trailers to provide direct aid to people in the Gulfport and Biloxi region.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution is offering its fifth annual international competition for online dispute resolution. The free competitions are open to law students worldwide who have an opportunity to practice and demonstrate their ADR and litigation skills working in a technological environment on the international plane. The only requirements are that students have access to the internet and permission of a faculty member to participate. For details, see http://www.odr.info/icodr2006.php.
ASSOCIATE OMBUDSMAN, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
The Office of the Ombudsman, Center for Cooperative Resolution at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeks a highly qualified, experienced ombudsman to serve as associate ombudsman. Application deadline: Dec. 6. For additional information on this position, and for instructions on submitting your application, call Connie Williams or Becky German at 301-496-1443, or search for “ombudsman” at http://www.usajobs.gov.
ADR PROGRAM STAFF ATTORNEY, U.S. DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
The U.S. District Court Northern District of California seeks an ADR program staff attorney. The staff attorney will assist the director of the ADR Program and the court in managing various aspects of the court’s alternative dispute resolution programs. Application deadline: Dec. 12. For more information, see http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/ and select “employment.”
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING, PARTNERS FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Partners for Democratic Change, a global organization based in San Francisco, is dedicated to promoting a culture of change, consensus and conflict management in evolving democracies. It seek a director of training to build a training and education department to consolidate knowledge and disseminate new initiatives in the United States and abroad. For a full job description, see http://www.partnersglobal.org/wwa/opportunities.html. To apply, send via e-mail a résumé, cover letter, and contact information for three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org.