CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 7, Issue 16 - April 6, 2007

What’s Inside:

CSDR / LL.M. PROGRAM NEWS

JEFFREY GOLDFIEN AND JENNIFER ROBBENNOLT PUBLISH ARTICLE ON MEDIATION STYLES
Jeffrey H. Goldfien (LLM ’05) and Jennifer K. Robbennolt published “What If the Lawyers Have Their Way? An Empirical Assessment of Conflict Strategies and Attitudes Toward Mediation Styles,” 22 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 277 (2007). The article is based on a survey of law students and finds that facilitative and evaluative (or elicitive and directive) styles of mediation are conceptually distinct and potentially compatible sets of behaviors rather than opposite poles on a continuum. Prof. Robbennolt is on the faculty of the University of Illinois and is a senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution.

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS APRIL MISSOURI MEDIATION MONTH
Gov. Matt Blunt declared April 2007 to be “Missouri Mediation Month” at a ceremony held March 14 at his office in Jefferson City, MO. The proclamation , sponsored by the Association of Missouri Mediators, commends the increasingly important role of mediation in “fostering communication and cooperation…offering a forum for creative options…and providing a less costly and less time-consuming alternative to litigation… .” Several MU Law School alumni and faculty attended the ceremony, including: Jim Reeves (LLM ‘04), Jane Smith ( JD ’80, LLM ’02), Stephen Stark (JD ’86, LLM ’00), John Phillips (JD ’71), and  Sandra S. Hodge, state public policy specialist, Missouri University Extension and senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. The Governor’s proclamation and a photo of the ceremony are in the Center’s bulletin board on the first floor of the Law School.

JANE SMITH ELECTED TO CITY COUNCIL
Jane Smith (JD ’80, LLM ’02), was elected to the Jefferson City Council on April 3. Jane has a private practice with Blitz, Bardgett and Deutsch. To read more about Jane’s campaign see http://www.newstribune.com/articles/2007/03/28/news_local/278local15ward3.prt.

CONFERENCES / RESOURCES / CONTESTS

SECOND ANNUAL OMBUDSMAN CONFERENCE
APRIL 11-14, ST. LOUIS, MO
The International Ombudsman Association (formerly The Ombudsman Association and University & College Ombudsman Association) will hold its annual meeting April 11-14 in St. Louis. For details, see http://www.ombudsassociation.org/conference/index.html.

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY OFFERING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
MAY 3-5 AND MAY 18-19, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Oklahoma State University’s Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR), which is managed by Andrea Braeutigam (LLM ’05), is teaming up with Paul Ladehoff, training coordinator for the Center for Dispute Resolution, and Lynn Malley (JD ’84, LLM ’03), Southern Illinois University School of Law, to present two custom-designed trainings: Basic Civil Mediation Training on May 3-5, and Advanced Topics: Agricultural Mediation on May 18-19. For details on the trainings, see http://www.mediation.okstate.edu/. Andrea is also working on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution study group on promoting mediation quality. 

JOB/FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONFLICT MITIGATION SPECIALISTS, CHEMONICS INTERNATIONAL
NEPAL
Chemonics International seeks short- and long-term conflict mitigation specialists for an anticipated project in Nepal funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. For more information see, http://www.chemonics.com/career/job_listing.aspx?job_id={A9F42237-96D7-4546-A798-65AAB66C6E04. Application deadline: April 30.