The MU School of Law offers a collegial environment, reinforced by a small student body and a low faculty-student ratio. The intimacy of this setting, coupled with reasonable cost, consistently high bar passage rates, a network of alumni around the globe and access to top scholars in the legal world, make MU Law one of the best values in the nation.
CENTER RECEIVES CPR INSTITUTE AWARD FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING CURRICULUM
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) awarded the Center the “Problem Solving in Law School Curriculum” award for 2009. When the Center was established at MU in 1984 by Prof. Leonard Riskin (now at University of Florida Levin College of Law), it became one of the first programs of its kind to integrate alternative dispute resolution into the law school curriculum. In 1998, CPR gave the Center its award for outstanding practical achievement for its “pioneering work in integrating dispute resolution into the curriculum at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and for assisting in the development of similar programs at other law schools.”
Now, 25 years after its founding, the Center continues to forge new ground in the dispute resolution field. Center faculty now teach a required course for first-year law students -- Lawyering: Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution. Since 1999, the Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution degree program has graduated more than 123 students from 28 countries. The Journal of Dispute Resolution, a student edited, bi-annual academic journal, publishes articles written by both students and nationally recognized authors in the field of dispute resolution. The Center continues the scholarship of professional judges and lawyers with training sessions on dispute resolution. And the Center hosts an annual symposium to bring nationally acclaimed speakers to the school, giving students exposure to prominent professionals in the fields. “As we look to our next 25 years, it is important to present our students with the best information and be a resource and model for our colleagues and professionals who are looking to enhance the field of law,” says Bob Bailey, assistant dean and director of the Center. “We need to continually search for the best ways to serve our clients, and dispute resolution is one area that is constantly evolving. Having these scholars here in one place allows us to utilize their expertise as we train the next generation for the legal profession.”
PROF. S.I. STRONG HONORED BY CPR INSTITUTE FOR BEST ARTICLE
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) gave Prof. S.I. Strong its award for best professional article, “The Sounds of Silence: Are U.S Arbitrators Creating Internationally Enforceable Awards When Ordering Class Arbitration in Cases of Contractual Silence or Ambiguity?” 20 Michigan Journal of International Law 1017 (2009). Strong was honored at CPR's annual award dinner. Congratulations Stacie!
MU faculty previously have received numerous awards from the CPR Institute. Prof. John Lande received the Professional Article Award in 2007 for his article, “Principles for Policymaking about Collaborative Law and Other ADR Processes,” 22 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 619 (2007). Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and former MU Law Prof. Jennifer Robbennolt (now at the University of Illinois College of Law) received the Professional Article Award for 2006 for her article, “Apologies and Settlement Levers,” 3 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 333 (2006). Senior Fellow and former MU Law Prof. Chris Guthrie (now at Vanderbilt Law School) received the Professional Article Award for his article, "Panacea or Pandora's Box: The Cost of Options in Negotiation," 88 Iowa Law Review 601 (2003). Prof. Jennifer Robbennolt and Prof. Richard Reuben received Honorable Mentions for the Professional Article Award. Prof. Robbennolt was honored for her article entitled, "Apologies and Legal Settlement: An Empirical Examination," 102 Michigan Law Review 201 (2003). Prof. Reuben received his award for his article entitled, "First Options, Consent to Arbitration, and The Demise of Separability: Restoring Access to Justice For Contracts With Arbitration Provisions," 56 SMU Law Review 819 (2003). In 2002, Prof. R. Wilson Freyermuth, former MU Prof. Jerome M. Organ (now at Univ. of St. Thomas Law School) and Univ. of Denver Prof. James L. Winokur received the Award for Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum for their text, "Property and Lawyering: Cases and Materials," and Prof. John Lande received an honorable mention for his article, "Using Dispute System Design Methods to Promote Good-Faith Participation in Court-Connected Mediation Programs," 50 UCLA Law Review 69 (2002). Prof. Chris Guthrie and his co-authors Jeffrey J. Rachlinski and Andrew J. Wistrich were honored for their article, "Inside the Judicial Mind," 86 Cornell Law Review 777 (2001). Senior Fellow and former MU Prof. Leonard Riskin received an award for his article, "Understanding Mediators' Orientations, Strategies, and Techniques: A Grid for the Perplexed," 1 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 7 (1996). Prof. Philip Harter won the Outstanding Practical Achievement Award in 1991 "for his cumulative efforts in promoting the use of consensual processes by government agencies."
JIAQI LIANG PUBLISHES ARTICLE
Jiaqi Liang's (LL.M. '07) article "The Enforcement of Mediation Settlement Agreements in China" will be published in The American Review of International Arbitration, Volume 19, Nos. 3-4. This article was based on her LL.M. Major Research Project paper.
ABA SECTION OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION TELECONFERENCE
FEB. 23, 12:00 - 1:15 PM EASTERN TIME
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is sponsoring a teleconference, “In the Eye of the Storm: Effectively Resolving Emerging Climate Change Disputes,” on Feb. 23.
CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY DISPUTE RESOLUTION SKILLS ENRICHMENT INSTITUTE
JULY 28-30, AUSTIN, TX
The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas at Austin is sponsoring its skills and enrichment institute, the Second Annual Innovations in Collaboration and Conflict Resolution, on July 28-30, in Austin, TX.
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE EMPLOYEE RELATIONS/OMBUDSMAN, BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA
CORAL GABLES, FL
Baptist Health of South Florida seeks a director of corporate employee relations/ombudsman.
REGIONAL PEACE ADVISOR, MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
SOUTHERN AFRICA IN JOHANNESBURG
The Mennonite Central Committee seeks a regional peace advisor which will serve as a “peace covener” in southern Africa. Date required: March 1.
CHIEF CIRCUIT MEDIATOR, U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Judicial Circuit has an opening for the position of Chief Circuit Mediator. For details email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: March 19.
PEACE GROUP ADVISOR, MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
VIENTIANE, LAO P.D.R
The Mennonite Central Committee seeks a peace group advisor for Vientiane, Lao, P.D.R. Date required: April 12.