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LL.M. PROGRAM WELCOMES NEW CLASS OF STUDENTS
This year the LL.M. Program will have 22 students, including 13 new students and 9 continuing students. This is another very experienced, talented, exciting, and diverse group of people. Again we have students from around the world including new students from Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. Biographies of this year’s class will be posted at http://www.law.missouri.edu/llm/current-students.html. Welcome all!
PHIL HARTER IS BUSY OVER SUMMER
Prof. Phil Harter had a busy summer. This is the 18th year he taught an intensive course in Environmental Dispute Resolution at Vermont Law School during the first three weeks of June. He then lectured on public participation in the regulatory process on behalf of American University’s Center for the Study of Rulemakin , focusing on Medicare rules. Prof. Harter proposed a new committee for the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law on Collaborative Governance and was appointed its founding chair. He organized and will participate on a panel for the Annual Administrative Law Conference that is sponsored by the ABA Section on Administrative Law. The title of the panel is: “Twenty-Five Years of Negotiating Policy: The Current Status and Potential Future.” Looking to the future, in early October, he will teach an intensive course on policy negotiation in a program jointly sponsored by Pepperdine Law School and Vermont Law School. For more information about this course, contact Prof. Harter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAUL LADEHOFF RECEIVES AWARD AND IS BUSY DOING TRAINING
Paul Ladehoff, training coordinator for the CSDR, received the “Seven Seals Award” from the Missouri Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for his work in support of the ESGR Ombudsman program. Under this program, ombuds mediate between returning service members and their civilian employers when conflict arises under the Uniformed Service Members Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Paul also served as one of the leaders and trainers for the Difficult Dialogues project on the MU campus. The CSDR training program provided numerous trainings in recent months including: (1) advanced mediation training for federal agriculture mediators in Oklahoma and Illinois, (2) mediation and arbitration training for the Missouri Bar Association’s Fee Dispute Resolution program, (3) a workshop on public policy facilitation at the Heartland Mediators Conference, and (4) workshops on negotiation at various locations across the state for the Missouri Department of Health and Farmers Insurance.
JOHN LANDE RE-APPOINTED TO COUNCIL OF ABA SECTION OF DR
At the annual meeting of the ABA, Prof. John Lande was appointed to a new three-year term as a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.
RICHARD REUBEN PUBLISHES TWO ARTICLES ON CONFLICT AND THE MEDIA AND IS APPOINTED TO CHAIR ABA COMMITTEE
Prof. Richard C. Reuben published “Beyond the Assumptions: News Reporting a nd its Impact on Conflict,” at 2007 Journal of Dispute Resolution 143. This article is an introduction to the Center’s symposium which he organized at MU in Sept. 2006. He also co-authored (with Susan Hackley) “Several Initiatives on Media and Conflict Under Way” in the Summer 2007 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine, at page 23. In addition, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution created a new Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy Committee and appointed Prof. Reuben to chair the committee.
LEONARD RISKIN PUBLISHES ARTICLE WITH ADVICE FOR JOURNALISTS
Prof. Leonard L. Riskin, CSDR senior fellow and former CSDR director, published “Eleven Big Ideas About Conflict: A Superficial Guide For The Thoughtful Journalist,” 2007 Journal of Dispute Resolution 157, which can help journalists analyze and report on conflicts.
JAMES WALL PUBLISHES ARTICLE ABOUT USE OF LIENS IN CIVIL MEDIATION
Prof. James A. Wall, Jr., CSDR senior fellow and MU professor of management, co-authored (with Suzanne Chan-Serafin) “Liens in Civil Case Mediation,” at page 28 in the Summer 2007 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine. Based on detailed observations of civil mediations in two cities, this article offers concrete suggestions for lawyers and mediators in cases involving actual or potential liens on the plaintiffs’ recoveries.
MU GRADS ANDREA BRAEUTIGAM AND JOHN PHILLIPS ARE FACULTY FOR ABA SECTION OF DR TRAINING
John Phillips (JD ’78) and Andrea Braeutigam (LLM ’05) are members of the faculty of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training, which will be held Oct. 11-12 in San Antonio, TX. For more information, see http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/DRBrochure_SanAntonio_08.pdf.
SALVADOR PANGA AWARDED GRANT TO STUDY PHILIPPINE DR PROGRAM
Salvador Panga (LLM ’01) recently received a grant from the Canadian International Development Agency to study and evaluate the “Judicial Dispute Resolution” (JDR) program which is now being pilot-tested in the Philippines. This program includes more than 200 trial courts in five cities and more than 30 adjacent towns. The program is intended to reduce court congestion, as there is a backlog of more than 800,000 cases. The program, which is patterned after the judicial conferencing model used in Canada, involves the referral of newly-filed cases to a JDR judge for mediation after an earlier mediation conducted under a court-annexed system is unsuccessful.
CHIP STEWART PRESENTED PAPER AT JOURNALISM CONFERENCE
Chip Stewart (LLM ’07) recently presented his paper entitled, “Harry Potter and the Exploitative Jackals: How do J.K. Rowling’s Books About the Boy Wizard Impact the Salience Of Media Credibility Attributes in Young Audiences?”, at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, which was held on Aug. 9-12 in Washington, DC. His paper tied for second place in the student paper competition in the Mass Communication and Society Division.
CONFERENCE FOR SUCCESSFUL SINO-AMERICAN BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS
SEPT. 19-21, TRAVERSE CITY, MI
“Bridging the Cultural Divide, Strategies and Tactics for Sino-American Business Relationships” will be held Sept. 19-21 in Traverse City, MI. For details, see http://www.law.msu.edu/bridging/index.html#overview.
FOURTH ANNUAL SEMINAR ON INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
OCT. 9-12, WASHINGTON, DC
The American University Washington College of Law and the American Arbitration Program are sponsoring the fourth annual seminar, “International Commercial Arbitration: How to Handle Oil and Gas Industry Cases,” on Oct. 9-12 in Washington, DC. For details, see http://www.wcl.american.edu/arbitration/.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDIATORS HOLDS FALL CONFERENCE
OCT. 18-20, PORTLAND, OR
The International Academy of Mediators is holding its fall conference, “Fear, Anger and Risk in Mediation,” in Portland, OR, on Oct. 18-20. For details, see http://www.iamed.org/.
HAMLINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM
NOV. 8-10, ST. PAUL, MN
The Dispute Resolution Institute and the Health Law Institute at Hamline University School of Law are sponsoring a symposium, “An Intentional Conversation about Conflict Resolution in Health Care,” on Nov. 8-10 in St. Paul, MN. For details, see http://law.hamline.edu/adr/about-biennial-symposium-advanced-issues-dispute-resolution.html.
VISITING FACULTY, NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER
The North Central College Dispute Resolution Center seeks candidates to work with their program as visiting faculty. For details on the center, see http://www.noctrl.edu/x21177.xml. If interested in this position, contact the director, Tom Cavenagh, at email@example.com.
TENURED OR TENURE TRACK FACULTY, VERMONT LAW SCHOOL
SOUTH ROYALTON, VT
Vermont Law School seeks applicants for a position as a tenured or tenure-track faculty member and director of the Law School’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, beginning in July 2008. For details, see http://www.vermontlaw.edu/facultyrecruiting/index.cfm?doc_id=1386.
PROFESSOR, INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
The International Institute for Restorative Practices is a new graduate school in Bethlehem, PA is seek ing a professor who will teach a broad range of courses in education and introductory restorative practices at the master’s level, beginning in Jan. 2008. For details, see http://www.iirp.org/jobs/index.php.