CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 1 - August 25, 2000

What's Inside:

This is the first of what will be regular e-newsletters to students and faculty in the LL.M. program. We expect to send it out on a weekly basis. STUDENTS: This first issue is being distributed to your MU e-mail account and personal e-mail account (if available). Also, a hard copy is in your student mailbox. Future issues will be sent ONLY to MU e-mail system accounts.


If you have not already done so, John Lande, director of the LL.M. Program, would like to meet with each LL.M. student for about 30 minutes to discuss your educational goals for the LL.M. program. Call him at 882-3914 or send e-mail to landej@missouri.edu to set up an appointment. He would like to have these meetings completed by Friday, Sept. 8.

If you are interested in doing an externship, or even just thinking about it, please talk to Jim Levin soon. Call him at 882-1630 or send e-mail to levinj@missouri.edu to set up an appointment.

We would like for you to submit a short biography on yourself to help us get to know you better. We are looking for about 75 words, to include: your law-related interests, major employment experience, and degrees (where and year). We plan to use these bios to match you with other law school faculty who share similar interests. Please submit these bios via e-mail to Laura Coleman at colemanl@missouri.edu by Friday, Sept. 1.

Meet the Law School Faculty at a reception held in your honor from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 in the Faculty Lounge, 204 Hulston. We have invited the law school faculty to a short reception to give them an opportunity to meet you and welcome you to MU. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is organizing a weekly brownbag lunch series for Law School faculty and LL.M. students on Mondays from noon to 1. We are tentatively planning to have presentations every other Monday. On the intervening Mondays, interested students and faculty would get together for informal conversation without an agenda. Presentations may be by LL.M. students, Law School faculty, faculty from other departments or schools, practitioners, etc. Our first brownbag will be this Monday, August 28. That lunch will be for people to introduce themselves and to make plans for the brownbags for the rest of the semester. LL.M. students are certainly not required to attend but we hope that you will find this an appealing opportunity. The lunch is tentatively scheduled for Room 109, but we may move to a bigger room if more space is needed.

Using special funds from a grant from the Hewlett Foundation, the LL.M. Program is pleased to offer LL.M. students a modest budget to help pay for travel to dispute resolution conferences this year. For travel during this academic year, full-time students may be reimbursed up to $450 and part-time students may be reimbursed up to $250. There are four conferences that you may be particularly interested in attending:

Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution/Conflict Resolution Education Network (SPIDR/CREnet) (Sept. 14-16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Wisconsin Association of Mediators (Nov. 1-3 in Madison, Wisconsin)

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution (April 26-28 in Arlington, Virginia)

National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (NCPCR) (June 7 -10 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia).

There is more information about these conferences below.

The ABA conference is especially appropriate for LL.M. students, but you may use your travel budget for any of these four conferences. Your budgets may be used to attend other dispute resolution conferences with the approval of the Director of the LL.M. Program.

Your budget may be used to pay for transportation, lodging, conference registration fees, and meals, based on the standard University travel policies. You will need to submit receipts to Laura Coleman in Room 206, who can give you more information about the travel policies.

Following standard University practices, the LL.M. Program will send you official announcements at your Mizzou e-mail addresses. We have received requests that we send students e-mail at other addresses and we understand that this would be more convenient for some students. Students will receive official announcements from various offices in the Law School and University and you will need to check your Mizzou e-mail addresses for those announcements anyway. To maintain a separate mailing list with other e-mail addresses would create significant additional work for our staff. So we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in regularly checking your Mizzou e-mail accounts.

There are a number of listservs that LL.M. students may want to subscribe to, some of which are described below. You may be particularly interested in the first one described below, dispute-res.

As you may know, a listserv is a discussion group of people with common interests which proceeds through an exchange of email messages. Members of a listserv post messages to the listserv which distributes the messages to all members, each of whom may then reply to the message. To join one of the discussions, send the stated message to the address shown. In sending a message to subscribe, be careful not to include any information other than the above words, including in the subject line. Usually you will receive a reply that your name has been added to the list and providing instructions for participation and, most importantly, for exiting the list. Save these instructions. Some listservs have a "digest" feature so that you get one message a day collecting all of the postings to the listserv in the previous 24 hours. This is especially handy for busy listservs like dispute-res.

Discussions of Issues in Dispute Resolution, Practitioners and Academics (Dispute-res). Send a message saying "subscribe dispute-res" to: listserv@listserv.law.cornell.edu. This is the general-purpose listserv that most people will want to start with various announcements, requests for assistance, and discussions of dispute resolution issues. Recent Developments in Dispute Resolution. Send a message "subscribe dis-res [your name]" to listproc@willamette.edu This provides summaries of recent cases etc. and you can get emails of the full texts of items you want. A very useful listserv. Subscribers cannot make postings on this listserv. American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution sponsored discussion of ADR related subjects. Send a message "subscribe ADR" to listserv@mail.abanet.org WEB SITES The following two sites have links to many dispute resolution web sites

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, ADR Resources, www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/adr.htm

James B. Boskey, Useful ADR Sites on the WorldWideWeb, www.mediate.com/articles/boskey.cfm. This is an annotated list.


Prof. Jeffrey Stempel, of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, will be giving the MU Law School's First Annual Lecture on Dispute Resolution on Friday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. in the courtroom. The lecture title is "The Inevitability of the Eclectic: Liberating ADR from Ideology." The subject is evaluative and facilitative mediation. The lecture is open to anyone who wants to attend. It will be followed by a reception in the new faculty lounge.


The MU Graduate School and International Center are sponsoring a workshop on funding sources for doing research abroad. The workshop is geared to U.S. students interested in international opportunities such as Fulbright, Marshall, NSEP, etc. It will be held from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 in N222/223 Memorial Union.

The Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) and the Conflict Resolution Education Network (CREnet) are holding their annual conference Sept. 14-16, 2000 in Albuquerque, New Mexico: "Opening the Way to a Civil Society: Creating a Culture of Community and Dialogue." These are usually wonderful events with sessions on most areas of the dispute resolution field, and students should consider attending the conference. There is a special student registration fee of $225 (or $175 if you are a member). For more information, see www.spidr.org/ We placed a conference brochure in your mailbox. Additional copies are available in 206 Hulston, while supplies last.

The Nebraska Mediation Center Association and the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution announce the Second Biennial Heartland Mediators Conference: "2001: A Peace Odyssey -- Taking Root Branching Out Growing Together," April 5-7, 2001; Arbor Day Farm, Lied Conference Center; Nebraska City, Nebraska. The conference will include: workshops, panels, nationally recognized speakers, professional development, seminars, social events, advanced training and much more. A detailed schedule of events will be included in a conference brochure to be distributed in January. Information on submitting proposals for presenting a workshop or participating as a panel member is posted on the bulletin board in 206 Hulston. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, Sept. 15.

The Missouri Association of Mediators will hold its annual conference on Sat., Oct. 28 in Hulston Hall on the MU campus. More details will follow. Lynn Malley, one of our LL.M. students, is secretary of this organization. Please contact her for information on the possibility of presenting at the conference.

On Oct. 27-28, 2000, the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, will host its third biennial conference -- "Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas" -- for graduate students studying conflict in a variety of disciplines. A conference agenda and registration forms are posted in 206 Hulston. You also can find the same information on the web at www.umb.edu/disres

The Wisconsin Association of Mediators will sponsor its Ninth Annual Mediation Conference November 1-3, 2000, in Madison, Wisconsin. This will include a special Student/Faculty Symposium on November 3 that our Program will co-sponsor along with several other organizations. The WAM Conference may be especially appealing to you because it attracts a good number of nationally known people in the field but is smaller and more congenial than the national conferences. It also is closer and would probably be less expensive than the other conferences. For more information, see www.dcs.wisc.edu/pda/hhi/mediate.htm

The Third Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference, "Collaboration in the Capital: The Power of ADR," will be held April 26-28, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia. The Second Annual Legal Educatorís Colloquium will take place on April 28 in conjunction with the Conference. Several of our LL.M. students attended the conference last April and found it very stimulating. For more information, see www.abanet.org/dispute/home.html

The next National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (NCPCR) will be held June 7-10, 2001, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The first two days will consist of training sessions and the last two days will be devoted to a summit on peace and justice. The deadline for training proposals is Saturday, Sept. 30. For more information, see www.apeacemaker.net Jim Levin was formerly a member of the NCPCR Board of Directors and also can provide more information.


On August 8 you should have received an e-mail from John Lande regarding the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) faculty recruitment process. The first deadline for submitting the Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) form is today, August 25. The next deadline is September 8. If you did not receive the e-mails about this, contact Karen Neylon (neylonk@missouri.edu) or Laura Coleman (colemanl@missouri.edu) to have it sent to you.

On occasion we receive job notices via various listservs or postings from dispute resolution organizations. While the application deadlines for these positions may not coordinate with your LL.M. study plans, we want to pass along this information to assist you with future career plans, including ideas for externship opportunities. The full text of the posting is in a binder kept on Laura Coleman's desk in 206 Hulston. Feel free to stop by and look through it at your convenience.

Executive Director, Bremerton, WA
The Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County is a private, nonprofit community mediation center which opened in January 1991. Current programs include mediation of all civil disputes such as landlord/tenant, employment, neighborhood, child custody and visitation, and divorce; victim-offender mediation for juvenile offenses; parent-teen mediation; support of peer mediation programs in the schools; and an ombuds for public mental health consumers. For a full description of the job posting, please refer to the job posting book in 206 Hulston. You also can call (360) 377-4225 or visit the web site www.kitsapdrc.org

Mediation Manager, Tucson, AZ
The Mediation Manager is responsible for the administration, coordination, fiscal management, and program development of the OUR TOWN Family Centerís Mediation Department. The expectations of the position include attendance at Agency leadership team meetings, weekly supervision meetings of the mediation department, liaison between Agency and department staff. For a full description of the job posting, please refer to the job posting book in 206 Hulston.

Coordinator, Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program, San Mateo, CA
The Coordinator manages the delivery of mediation services to cases which are referred to the Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program. These cases are handled within the case management guidelines used for Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) community mediation programs, with some modifications because of the complex matters referred to this program. The Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program is jointly funded by the Superior Court, San Mateo County and the San Mateo County Human Service Agency. The primary sources of cases for this program are the Dependency Court Commissioner and social workers in the San Mateo County Human Service Agency. For a full description of the job posting, please refer to the job posting book in 206 Hulston.

Social Service Mediation Specialist I/II, Las Vegas, NV
Develops and implements conflict management and resolution programs in school and community settings covering pre-school through high school grades. Confers with students, parents, faculty, school administrative staff and community organizations to identify conflict areas and areas of possible resolution or mediation. Acts as a specialist with individual schools and community organizations to develop a confidence in the programs and encourage participation; provides ongoing support to school faculty and staff in support of program administration. Develops materials, methods and techniques to meet the needs of individuals schools and grades; prepares a variety of written informational and educational materials as required. Conducts orientation sessions for parents, peers and school staff; provides more in-depth training to individuals involved with program implementation. For a full description of the job posting, please refer to the job posting book in 206 Hulston.