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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WAS WELL REPRESENTED AT ABA DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE
MU alumni, faculty, and staff attended the ABA 's eleventh annual conference, which took place in New York, NY, April 15-18. Paul Ladehoff, the Center's Director of Training Programs, was on a panel entitled, “Paving the Way Home — It's No Yellow Brick Road for Veterans or Their Families.” Prof. John Lande was one of three speakers giving the Frank Sander Lecture, “Innovative Lawyering and Problem Solving: Competence, Professionalism, and Increasing Market Share,” and also was on panels entitled, “Collaborative and Cooperative Law in a Nutshell” and “Lessons from the Three Stooges: Exploring the Risks of Groupthink in Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Practice.” Prof. Jim Levin moderated a discussion at the Legal Educators Colloquium on mediation clinics. Prof. Richard Reuben chaired the meeting of the Section's Public Policy, Consensus Building and Democracy Committee.
MU alumni played important roles in the conference. Alyson Carrel (JD '04) Center for Conflict Resolution, was in a program entitled, “Who, What, Where, When and How: Dissecting the Use of Questions in Mediation.” Art Hinshaw (JD '93, LLM '00), Arizona State University, was one of the organizers of a session entitled, “Law Professors' Teaching Forum: Mediation Shop Talk.” Lynn Malley (JD ‘84, LLM ‘03), Conflict Management Consultant, was on a panel entitled, “Paving the Way Home — It's No Yellow Brick Road for Veterans or Their Families.” John R. Phillips (JD ‘71), Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, Kansas City, MO, who was a co-chair of the conference, moderated a session entitled, “Around the World in 90 Minutes: Reports on the State of Mediation from the Far Corners of the Earth.” Jim Reeves (LLM ‘04), USAM-Midwest, was on a panel entitled, “Scribbler, Scribe or Solicitor: The Mediator's Role in Drafting Agreements.”
MU alumni attending the conference included: Cynthia Alkon (LLM '02), Nivedita Chowdary Gutta (LLM '06), Brian Jarrett (LLM '01), Koschina Marshall (LLM '06), Sukh Singh (LLM '06), Jane Smith (JD '80, LLM '02), and Chip Stewart (LLM ‘07).
Faculty “alumni” at the conference included: Jean Sternlight, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was on two panels about reconciling international and domestic concerns regarding the fairness of arbitration. Bobbi McAdoo, Hamline University, also attended. Our apologies if this list doesn't include any MU people who were there.
Next year's conference will be April 7-11, 2010, in San Francisco.
PROF. JOHN LANDE POSTS NEW PUBLICATIONS
Prof . John Lande posted on his web site a new article, Collaborative Lawyers' Duties to Screen the Appropriateness of Collaborative Law and Obtain Clients' Informed Consent to Use Collaborative Law (with Forrest S. Mosten), 25 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (forthcoming 2010). This article provides a systematic analysis of risks in Collaborative Law (CL) as identified in books written by CL experts, CL practice group web sites, social science research, and bar association ethics opinions. Using this analysis, the article defines ethical lawyers' ethical duties to inform prospective parties about the benefits and risks of the process and screen cases for appropriateness. Prof. Lande also posted several short pieces including Why and How Lawyers Should Use a Planned Cooperative Negotiation Process, a brief outline, Negotiation in Litigation, Cooperative, and Collaborative Models of Lawyering, a chart illustrating different models of negotiation), and an Agreement To Use A Cooperative Negotiation Process, a model form, including addendum to lawyer-client retainer agreement. These are available at http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/publications.htm#ccl.
JIM REEVES BUSY SPEAKING, WRITING, AND CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS
Jim Reeves (LLM '04) will be speaking at the Annual Bench, Bar & Professionalism Conference sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis May 28-30 in French Lick, IN on "Roles, Reality and Perceptions: The Psychology of Effective Mediation Advocacy." He did a similar talk at a BAMSL program on Mediation Advocacy on April 24, and he will speak on "An Update in Alternative Dispute Resolution" for UMKC's 15-hour review of the law on June 20 & 30 in St. Louis. He just completed rewriting the "Mediation" section of Chapter 15 (ADR) of the "Litigation Settlements" Continuing Legal Education textbook published by the Missouri Bar. And he recently finished a workshop series with a group of art professors in St. Louis teaching the professors how to teach their art students negotiation skills. The workshop was sponsored by the St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts.
NYSDRA PRESENTING TELECONFERENCE ON USING THE WEB IN YOUR DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTICE
MAY 1, 1 PM EST
The New York State Dispute Resolution Association is sponsoring a teleconference, “Leveraging the Web to Grow Your Dispute Resolution Practice”, on May 1.
ADR MEDIATOR, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seeks an ADR mediator to conduct mediations of employment discrimination complains. Application deadline: April 30.
TRAINING PROGRAM MANAGER, NORTHERN VIRGINIA MEDIATION SERVICE
The Northern Virginia Mediation Service, a community dispute resolution service, seeks a training program manager. For details on this position, e-mail email@example.com. Application deadline: May 7.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, TRAINING AND POLICY, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
COLLEGE PARK, MD
The Training and Policy Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland seeks a program director. This project uses simulations to support training programs related to conflict resolution, decision making, negotiations, cross-cultural communication, and crisis management. For details on ICONS, see http://www.icons.umd.edu/. For details on this position, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: May 11.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY MEDIATION INC.
NEW HAVEN, CT
Community Mediation, Inc. seeks an executive director. Application deadline: May 15.
CHIEF OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, OFFICE OF STATE COURTS ADMINISTRATOR
The Office of State Courts Administrator in Tallahassee, FL seeks a chief of alternative dispute resolution. Application deadline: May 15.
ATTORNEY, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
ALEXANDRIA / FALLS CHURCH / ALRINGTON, VA
The Office of the Secretary of the Army seeks an attorney to oversee development and implementation of ADR policy with respect to procurement and contract disputes. Application deadline: May 19.
ASSOCIATE MEDIATION MANAGER, COMMUNITY DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER PROGRAM
NEW YORK, NY
The Community Dispute Resolution Center Program in the New York Center for Interpersonal Development seeks an associate mediation manager. For details, e-mail email@example.com.
FAMILY MEDIATOR, FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION
The Family and Children's Association seeks a family mediator.
LECTURER IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University seeks a lecturer in dispute resolution in the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling for the academic year 2009-2010. For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.