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The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution's Annual Dispute Resolution Symposium is sponsoring a symposium to explore the relationship between alternative dispute resolution and the rule of law. Prof. Richard Reuben organized this symposium, that featured speakers from academia, government, practice, and funding communities -- including a former counsel for USAID, speakers skyping in from Israel and India, and the executive director of the JAMS Foundation. The proceedings from the symposium will be published in the Missouri Journal of Dispute Resolution. The program was co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Missouri Center for the Study of Conflict, Law & the Media. For more details see http://www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/symposium/rol/.
The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution' Annual Dispute Resolution Symposium explored the history of "creeping legalism" and evaluated its effect on the practice of labor arbitration. Presenters assessed the effect of legalization of labor arbitration in other forms of dispute resolution. Prof. Rafael Gely organized this event. For details on this event, see http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/symposium/labor09/. The proceedings from the symposium will be published in the Missouri Journal of Dispute Resolution.
The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, the Center for the Study of Rulemaking at American University, and the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association cosponsored a symposium to explore a range of issues surrounding the concept of collaborative governance. Prof. Phil Harter, who organized this two-day conference, has been a pioneer in both the theory and practice of the use of consensus and other forms of dispute resolution involving governmental agencies. The symposium was held on the campus of American University and webcast at the MU Law School for those unable to travel to Washington, DC. For more information on the program and panelists, see http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/symposium.
The Center sponsored a symposium entitled "Innovative Models of Lawyering: Collaborative Law and Other Processes."David Hoffman, the founding partner of the Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, and a former chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, gave the keynote presentation entitled, "Practicing Law as Form of Dispute Resolution: Towards a Unified Field Theory of ADR." Prof. John Lande presented the results of his empirical study of Cooperative Practice in Wisconsin and Center Director Robert Bailey and Prof. Stephen Easton moderated discussions. Articles based on the presentations will be published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution, including an article by Lawrence P. McLellan (LLM ’06). For more information, see http://law.missouri.edu/cle/program-descrip/descrip08/innovativelawyeringsymposium.pdf.
The MU Law School and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution hosted a symposium featuring Leonard Riskin and distinguished panelists: Baruch Bush, Clark Freshman, Chris Guthrie, John Lande, Margaret Shaw, Nancy Welsh, James Westbrook, and Charles Wiggins. For more information, see the symposium web site at http://www.law.missouri.edu/cle/programs.html.
The Chancellor’s Forum, "What’s Happened to Academic Freedom Since 9/11?" featured Dr. Robert M. O’Neil, director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and president emeritus of the University of Virginia. This forum was one of several planned as part of the Difficult Dialogues project. The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is among the sponsors of the project.
The Center for the Study of Conflict, Law & the Media hosted a research symposium on “The News Media and Its Impact on Conflict.” Scholars attended from a wide variety of disciplines, including law, journalism, conflict resolution, psychology, communication, and political science from such institutions as Harvard, Southern California, Wisconsin, Purdue, Marquette, Bar-Ilan (Israel) and Missouri. Several members of our law faculty presented research papers or facilitated discussion, including John Lande, Jim Levin, Phil Harter, Len Riskin, and Richard Reuben. Provost Brian Foster made a short presentation on interdisciplinary research at lunch. For more details, see the symposium web site at http://www.csclm.org/ResearchSymposium.htm. This symposium was co-sponsored by the Law School, the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, the J-School, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, and the Office of the MU Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategic Initiatives.
Daniel Shapiro, associate director of the Harvard Negotiation Project
The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution welcomed Daniel Shapiro - author of Beyond Reason, Using Emotions as You Negotiate. Daniel Shapiro is the associate director of the Harvard Negotiation Project.