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.
PHIL HARTER TRAVELS TO CHINA; PUBLISHES MANUAL
Prof. Phil Harter was invited by the Legislative Affairs Office (LAO) of the State Council of the People's Republic of China to participate in a series of workshops in Guangzhou on Public Participation in Rulemaking in China. Senior officials of LAO and their provincial and local counterparts attended to hear from Harter as well as the director of the Center for International Development at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and a senior economist from the Regulatory Policy Division in the Public Governance and Territorial Development Section of the OECD. While in Guangzhou, Harter also was the keynote speaker in a conference on “The Rule of Law and Public Participation” at the School of Law of South China University of Technology. The conference provided an interesting opportunity for an informal exchange with students and faculty about public participation as it is practiced in the United States and the potential differences in that regard between the presidential candidates (since the conference was on Nov. 4, Election Day).
Prof. Harter also recently learned that a manual he wrote was published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He co-authored “Better Decisions Through Consultation and Collaboration” with Deborah Dalton of the EPA. The manual was designed to help EPA staff and managers who develop regulations, policies, programs and cross-media or cross-geographic initiatives to improve agency practices for engaging the public. “The manual explains how to: (1) choose the appropriate level of public consultation or collaboration processes; (2) design those consultation or collaboration processes; (3) implement the activities; (4) incorporate the information gained into decision making, and (5) incorporate lessons learned from the consultation or collaboration processes into the next processes conducted.”
AMRITA CHADHA JOINS NEW YORK CITY FIRM
In October, Amrita Chadha (LLM ’07), joined Dyer Law Firm, PLLC in New York City as a legal research associate.
JOE GIAMPAPA TO TAKE SABBATICAL
Joe Giampapa (LLM ’06) will be taking a sabbatical leave in 2009 from the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Central Florida to consult for the Industry Liaison Office of the National University of Singapore (NUS). He will be mentoring NUS Licensing Associations in U.S. best practices, as well as trying to put together research collaborations and cross-border licensing deals.
JEFF GOLDFIEN OPENS OFFICE
Jeff Goldfien (LLM ’05) recently opened a new office in San Francisco for his solo practice as a mediator and attorney. His new e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIVEDITA GUTTA PART OF UN TRAINING TEAM
Nivedita Chowdary Gutta (LLM ’06) was part of a the training team from Safe Horizon Mediation for a 40-hour mediation training they conducted for the United Nations. She also recently gave a presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution in Austin on whether mediators use their mediation skills in their inter-personal disputes. Nivedita conducted an extensive survey with a colleague on this topic.
LYNN MALLEY WORKS WITH MILITARY AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Lynn Malley (JD ’84, LLM ’03) has been working over the last six months with the military, community, and mental health groups around the state of Oklahoma to find ways for conflict resolution professionals to be of service to returning veterans, their families, and employers. The need is great since 2,600 National Guard members returned home in October after a year in Iraq.
LARRY MCLELLAN BUSY COACHING, TEACHING, PUBLISHING
Larry McLellan (LLM ’06) is coaching two arbitration teams from Drake University Law School in this yea’s ABA Arbitration Competition. He taught Arbitration at Drake in the Spring 2008 semester and will teach Environmental Law in the Spring 2009 semester. Larry’s article on Collaborative Law in a pro bono project will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. The article originated in Larry’s Major Research Project class his last semester as a LLM student.
DONNA PAVLICK PROMOTED
Donna Pavlick (LLM ’00, PhD ’08) was recently promoted from director to assistant dean of academic programs at Vanderbilt Law School.
JIM REEVES BUSY SPEAKING IN NOVEMBER
Jim Reeves (LLM ’04) spoke on Nov. 14 on “Negotiation Strategies” at the Stepping Up and Stepping Out CLE sponsored by the Missouri Bar in Columbia. He spoke at the International Institute of St. Louis on managing and resolving organizational conflict. An on Nov. 21 he moderated a half-day CLE at Washington University in St. Louis on various ADR topics, with featured speaker Jay Folberg.
JANE SMITH OPENS FIRM IN DC
Jane Smith (JD ’80, LLM ’02) recently moved to Washington, DC, and has opened a firm there, Smith and Jensen, LLP, with another MU alumna, Julie Jensen (JD ’81).
STEPHEN STARK ACTIVE ON SEVERAL BOARDS
Stephen Stark (JD ’86, LLM ’00) recently became a member of the board of directors of the Association of Missouri Mediators. On July 1, he was elected as a member of the board of directors of the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
PAULA YOUNG GIVES ETHICS PRESENTATION
Paula Young (LLM ’03) gave an ethics presentation on Party Self Determination at the October 2008 conference of the Virginia Mediator Network.
ABA TELECONFERENCE AND LIVE AUDIO WEBCAST ON ARBITRATION IN FRANCHISING CASES
TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 1:00 PM EASTERN TIME
The American Bar Association forum on franchising is offering a 90-minute teleconference and live audio webcast, “Just How Wrong Does An Arbitrator Need to Be?” on Tues., Dec. 2. For details, see http://maestro.abanet.org/trk/click?ref=zpqri74vj_3-7a39x3ab60x17670& .
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER
The Community Dispute Resolution Center seeks an executive director. For more information, see http://www.cdrc.org/ or call 607-734-9087.