The MU School of Law offers a collegial environment, reinforced by a small student body and a low faculty-student ratio. The intimacy of this setting, coupled with reasonable cost, consistently high bar passage rates, a network of alumni around the globe and access to top scholars in the legal world, make MU Law one of the best values in the nation.
PROF. JENNIFER ROBBENNOLT HONORED BY CPR INSTITUTE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and former MU Law Prof. Jennifer Robbennolt (now at the University of Illinois College of Law) received the CPR Professional Article Award for 2006 for her article, “Apologies and Settlement Levers,” 3 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 333 (2006). Congratulations Jen!
MU faculty previously have received several awards from the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. In 2003, Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and former MU Law Prof. Chris Guthrie (now at Vanderbilt Law School) received the CPR Professional Article Award for his article, “Panacea or Pandora’s Box: The Cost of Options in Negotiation,” 88 Iowa Law Review 601 (2003). Prof. Jennifer Robbennolt and Prof. Richard Reuben received Honorable Mentions for the CPR Professional Article Award. Prof. Robbennolt was honored for her article entitled, “Apologies and Legal Settlement: An Empirical Examination,” at 102 Michigan Law Review 201 (2003). Prof. Reuben received his award for his article entitled, “First Options, Consent to Arbitration, and The Demise of Separability: Restoring Access to Justice For Contracts With Arbitration Provisions,” at 56 SMU Law Review 819 (2003). In 2002, Prof. R. Wilson Freyermuth , former MU Prof. Jerome M. Organ (now at Univ. of St. Thomas Law School) and Univ. of Denver Prof. James L. Winokur received the Award for Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum for their text “Property and Lawyering: Cases and Materials,” and Prof. John Lande received an honorable mention for his article, "Using Dispute System Design Methods to Promote Good-Faith Participation in Court-Connected Mediation Programs." Previously, Prof. Chris Guthrie and his co-authors Jeffrey J. Rachlinski and Andrew J. Wistrich were honored for their article, “Inside the Judicial Mind,” 86 Cornell Law Review 777 (2001). Former MU Prof. Leonard Riskin (now at University of Florida Levin College of Law) received two CPR awards. In 1996, he won an award for his article, “Understanding Mediators’ Orientations, Strategies, and Techniques: A Grid for the Perplexed,” 1 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 7 (1996) and in 1998 he received the award for “outstanding practical achievement” for his work in integrating dispute resolution into the curriculum at MU and for assisting in the development of similar programs at other law schools. Prof. Philip Harter won the Outstanding Practical Achievement Award in 1991 “for his cumulative efforts in promoting the use of consensual processes by government agencies.”
PROF. RICHARD REUBEN PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON MANDATORY MEDIATION
Prof. Richard Reuben published “Tort Reform Renews Debate Over Mandatory Mediation,” in the Winter 2007 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine, which he edits. He points to proposed legislation for tort reform that includes requirements that parties mediate before proceeding to trial and expresses concern that these requirements have the potential of undermining the integrity and utility of mediation. His article is paired with a response by Harvard Prof. Frank E.A. Sander. This issue of the magazine includes articles on ADR News and State and Federal Cases by LLM Student Chip Stewart (’07) and a State Legislative Update by David L. LeFevre (JD ’07).
PROF. JOHN LANDE PUBLISHES REPORT ON ABA TASK FORCE ON IMPROVING MEDIATION QUALITY
Prof. John Lande wrote a report on the status of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality, at http://www.abanet.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=DR020600. He is the reporter for the task force.
DIVERSITY TOWN HALL MEETING
FEB. 14, MU LAW SCHOOL, COURTROOM
The MU School of Law Diversity Committee invites everyone to a Diversity Town Hall Meeting from 1:00 to 1:50 pm on Wed., Feb. 14 in the MU Law School courtroom, 112 Hulston Hall. The Town Hall will be moderated by Prof. John Lande and Prof. Erika Fadel.
ANNUAL ABA SECTION OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE WILL FEATURE MU LAW FACULTY AND ALUMNI
APRIL 25-28, WASHINGTON, DC
Many present and former University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law faculty and alumni will be on panels of the Annual Conference of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, which will be in Washington, DC, April 25-28. This is the premier event in the dispute resolution field each year. A flyer for the conference is available at http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/2007ConferenceBrochureFINAL.pdf.
The following people will appear in the programs listed below .
Philip Harter – Whither Public Policy Mediation
John Lande – Helping Mediation Program Administrators Grapple with Problems in Developing Quality Mediation Programs (National Conference on Court ADR); You Want WHAT?: Changing Expectations in the Commercial Market for Mediators
Richard Reuben – ADR in the New Workplace: Raising the Bar on Employment Dispute Resolution
Former MU faculty
Bobbi McAdoo, Hamline University – Recent Developments in ADR Research: What Courts and ADR Neutrals Need to Know (National Conference on Court ADR); Putting Data to Work: Using Research to Meet the Needs and Interests of Your Program (National Conference on Court ADR); Ethical Codes and Frameworks for Mediation: Does Form Follow Function?
Jennifer Robbennolt, University of Illinois – Plea Bargaining: Is This Really Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law?
Jean Sternlight, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Civil vs. Common Law: Does Context Matter in ADR?
John R. Phillips (J.D. ’71), Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, Kansas City , MO – An Arbitrator’s Guide to Avoiding Vacatur
Paula Young (LL.M. ’03), Appalachian School of Law – Ethical Codes and Frameworks for Mediation: Does Form Follow Function?
MISSOURI CHAPTER OF AFCC and MARCH (Mediation Achieving Results for Children) 2007 ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE
MARCH 8-9, BRIDGETON, MO
The Missouri AFCC annual spring conference will be held March 8-9 in Bridgeton, MO. This year’s topic is “The Alienated Child: A Reformation of Parental Alienation Syndrome and The Use of Parenting Coordinator in High Conflict Cases.” For details, e-mail Rebecca Magruder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrea Clark at Andrea.Clark@courts.mo.gov.
CHIEF CIRCUIT MEDIATOR, U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, 11TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
The Kinnard Mediation Center of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit seeks a chief circuit mediator. For details, see http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/hr/index.php and click on “Atlanta, Georgia..” Application deadline: Feb. 22.
TRAINING AND CONSULTING SPECIALIST, CONSENSUS
NEW YORK, NY
Consensus is a consulting firm committed to helping clients build improved working relationships, capitalize on negotiation opportunities, and develop strategies for strengthening collaboration and peace. They seek a conflict resolution and negotiation training and consulting specialist. For details, e-mail email@example.com.