CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 2 - September 1, 2000

What's Inside:


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. These meetings also can be done over the phone if that's more convenient.

If you are interested in doing an externship, or even just thinking about it, please talk to Jim Levin. 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 as soon as possible.

Those attending the brownbag lunch on August 28 were so enthusiastic about the idea for the series that we decided to arrange for programs every week rather than every other week, as we originally planned.

Here is the schedule for the next two brownbag lunches:

Sept. 11 - Jerry Organ, Richard Reuben, and Len Riskin Sept. 18 - Bob Bailey, John Lande, Jean Sternlight, and Jim Levin Faculty will give brief presentations about how they became interested in dispute resolution, how their careers unfolded, and their current interests. We will reserve time for questions and discussion. We plan to start promptly, so please plan your food-gathering accordingly. The brownbags will take place in Room 109.

We brainstormed the following list of ideas for the brownbags. The numbers in parentheses reflect the number of votes in a non-binding straw poll to help us in planning future brownbags. At the beginning of the session on September 11, we will spend a short time planning later sessions. If you have specific ideas, speakers, etc., please be prepared to suggest them then.

LL.M. faculty presentations (all)
bringing in outside scholars (all)
bringing in good practitioners (12)
History Professor Mark Carroll on dueling (12)
new forms of lawyering (e.g., collaborative or holistic) (10)
organizational change consulting (8)
ADR in the Caribbean (8)
e-commerce dispute resolution (8)
externship information (7)
developing a career in international commercial arbitration (6)
mediation by attorneys and non-attorneys / certification of mediators (5)
conflict resolution in community forestry (5)
student presentations (e.g., prior experiences, lawyering and DR in home countries, research interests) (5)
bringing in federal employees (including but not limited to court mediators) (4)
environmental mediation (4)
Political Science Professor Robin Remington on the Warsaw Pact (4)
teaching in law school (3)
coping with stress in the LL.M. program (1)
discussing short articles (0)
dispute resolution at the USDA (0)
If your address or phone number changes, please be sure to let Laura Coleman know.


At the J.D. student orientation, Information & Access Technology Services (IATS) gave a presentation on computing services available to students (including information on dialing up from home, etc.). It will be offered again on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 7 for students who missed the previous presentation. If you would like to attend, please sign up for the presentation in Room 103 by noon on Friday, Sept. 8.


The Association of Missouri Mediators will hold its annual conference on Saturday, October 28 in Hulston Hall on the MU campus. The conference will be in the courtroom and will run in the morning until lunch. 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.

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution is sponsoring the annual James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition with $1000 prizes. Essays should be limited to between 2500-3000 words or 12-15 typewritten pages, doubled spaced, including footnotes or endnotes. The deadline is May 15, 2001. For information on this competition (and the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution generally), see www.abanet.org/dispute/


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 second deadline for submitting the Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) form is Friday, Sept. 8.

What are your plans after graduation? To help the Career Services Office and the CSDR faculty in helping you with future career plans, please send us a short paragraph about what you would like to do after completing the LL.M. Please be as detailed as possible. We know that some students do not have definite plans or may have ideas of several different possibilities. If that's your situation, please indicate that in your paragraph. Send this information to Laura Coleman at colemanl@missouri.edu.

The primary goal of the Career Services Office (CSO) is to assist law students and, to a lesser extent, law alumni(ae) in their quest to obtain meaningful employment. We do this by helping them to:

explore and clarify career interests, strengths and goals; develop or enhance an understanding of the legal employment marketplace and assess options; identify resources and information regarding current or potential job openings and communicate effectively with employers. LL.M. students, please click on our DISPUTE RESOLUTION OPPORTUNITIES page at mail.law.missouri.edu/career/jobs/#DISPUTE RESOLUTION You will need to have the userID and password to access this site.

Career Services Contact info:

Gerald A. Beechum, Director of Career Services

Jane Loudermilk Butt, Career Services Assistant/Scheduling Coordinator

103 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-4300
Phone: (573) 882-7386; Fax: (573) 882-9625

There are two web sites you may want to bookmark that post dispute resolution employment opportunities. The Mediation Information and Resource Center has a listing at www.mediate.com/medspage.cfm. Click on "Jobs," then in the list of conferences, click on "Employment Opportunities." SPIDR has a similar listing at webboard.mediate.com/~spidr2. Click on "Forums" and then find the item titled "Employment Opportunities."

Executive Director -- King County Dispute Resolution Center, Seattle, WA Manage a well-established community organization delivering dispute resolution services, including an expansive district court mediation program and training program. Duties include fiscal management and development of funding resources; building relationships with courts, social and community service organizations and governmental agencies; overseeing volunteers and staff; and serving as the center's lead spokesperson.

For a full description of the job posting, please refer to the job posting book in 206 Hulston.