CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 6 - September 29, 2000

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Monday, Oct. 2 - Open discussion We like to start promptly at 12 p.m., so please plan your food-gathering accordingly. The brownbags are in Room 109.

Darcy Jones in the Law Library is interested in having a computer lab training session just for LL.M. students. This would include a refresher on using the e-mail system. Please e-mail Karen at neylonk@missouri.edu to let her know your interest and a convenient time to do the training. If there are specific topics you would like to see covered, please indicate that in your e-mail to Karen too.

Forrest "Woody" Mosten is a well-known and well-respected mediator, trainer, and author who has launched a network of mediation offices around the country. The central office, in the Los Angeles area, has an externship opportunity for a minimum of two months during the summer. (Reminder, students can earn up to 6 credits for externships, based on 60 hours of fieldwork per credit.) This externship would involve assisting the Director of Mediation Services in client convening, orientation, scheduling, client and mediator correspondence, billing, marketing, strategic planning, and various other administrative/office duties. The externship allows the individual to learn the operations of a mediation center and to learn basic mediation skills by taking various training courses and observing scheduled mediations at their various locations. Applicants must be proficient in most computer software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, ACT! (or any similar database software program), and must be proficient in e-mail and Internet use. For more information, see www.mostenmediation.com. Opportunities to talk with current and past interns can be arranged. If you are interested in pursuing this, please talk with Jim Levin.


The Missouri Equal Justice Foundation, The Student Bar Association and The School of Social Work at MU present a program in honor of First Monday called Unite to End Gun Violence. It is part of a national program to raise awareness of the problem of gun violence in America. The program is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 in Room 7 of Hulston Hall. They will present the video "America: Up In Arms" followed by a roundtable discussion and question and answer session. Panelists include: Professor Mary Beck, Law Professor and Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic; Professor Fran Danis, Professor of Social Work; Mark Haim, Director of Peaceworks; and Dr. James Ritter, Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools. The moderator is Beth Malicki of KOMU-TV. For more information call Janice Durbin, President, MEJF, at (573) 874-9352 or send e-mail to jlddc0@mizzou.edu


The Law School has received several notifications of money available for scholarships and for participation in writing competitions. Though many of these contests are for J.D. students, we've included below those options for which LL.M. students are eligible. The notices are posted on the legal research & writing bulletin boards (1st floor hallway across from the courtroom doors). Copies of rules and applications are available from Suzanne Clark in room 103.

Ladas Memorial Award - Brand Names Education Foundation - Award to students and to professionals for best paper on the subject of trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. $2,000 award and money to attend trademark educational seminar. Deadline March 30, 2001.

Tannenwald Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship Writing Competition - Any topic in the field of taxation. Open to JD and LLM students. Awards $3,000/$2,000/$1,000. Deadline February 1, 2001

Commercial Scholarship - Pro2Net is a web site with plenty of information for students in the legal field. It is sponsored by several credible legal associations/organizations and is offering four $2,000 awards for writing two 500-word essays online. Although we have looked at the web site and it appears to be a legitimate offer. THIS IS A COMMERCIAL VENTURE - ENTER AND APPLY AT YOUR OWN RISK of unsolicited e-mail, etc. The poster and flyers are on the bulletin board in the student dining area.

Chris Honeyman recently distributed the latest edition of his online newsletter, Convenor, located at www.convenor.com/what's.htm It is particularly noteworthy for students because it includes the announcement of an essay contest for short essays (1,400 to 2,200 words) on a "theory to practice" topic covered in Deutsch and Coleman's Handbook of Conflict Resolution (www.JosseyBass.com/catalog/isbn/0-7879-4822-5/). The deadline is January 2, 2001 and there are three prizes ($500, $250, and $100) plus publication of the winning essays. Contest entries may be papers submitted as course papers with the instructor's consent. For more details about the contest rules, see www.convenor.com/madison/competit.htm

The ADR Committee of the Missouri Bar Association will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 in Jefferson City. The anticipated length is 2 to 3 hours. In addition to the committee meeting they are trying to arrange 1 to 2 hours of CLE on the Uniform Mediation Act and Uniform Arbitration Act, and discussion of the ramifications of adoption in Missouri. You can check out the latest about the ADR Committee on the MOBar web site at www.mobar.org

The Association of Missouri Mediators will hold its annual conference at the law school on Saturday, Oct. 28. Registration begins at 9 a.m., the business meeting begins at 9:30 a.m., and workshops start at 10:00. Lunch will be served at noon. Afternoon workshops will run from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Topics include Meyers Briggs personality styles (you can take the MB test there), use of caucuses, the Uniform Mediation Act, and everyday ethics. MU students may attend for $15. Four hours of CLE credit will be applied. A limited number of brochures are available in the waiting area of Room 206.


Nova Southeastern University's Department of Dispute Resolution, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, invites applications for its master's and doctoral degrees in dispute resolution. Both residential and distance programs are offered. For more information, see www.nova.edu/ssss/DR Sean Byrne, the Director of the Doctoral Program, invites queries at sjbyrne@nova.edu John Lande was previously a member of the faculty there, so if you are interested, you can contact him for more information as well.

The Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University invites outstanding teachers, scholars, lawyers and judges to apply for appointments as Fellows for the academic year 2001-2002. The program is a joint venture of the Woodrow Wilson School, the University Center for Human Values, and the Politics Department. Fellows participate in various activities of the program, including faculty-graduate seminars, colloquia and public lectures. More information is available from the web site at www.princeton.edu/~lapa or from the mailer posted on the bulletin board in Room 206. Jennifer Robbennolt came to MU from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, so you can contact her for more information as well.