CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 2, Issue 34 - May 17, 2002

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CSDR-LL.M. E-NEWSLETTER SUMMER PUBLICATION SCHEDULE The CSDR-LL.M. E-Newsletter will continue to publish during the summer but we may skip some weeks if there is not enough news to merit distribution. So don’t be surprised if you don’t receive a newsletter each week. Have a good summer!

DAN JORDAN GAVE ADR PRESENTATION TO MISSOURI BAR On May 10, LL.M. graduate Dan Jordan (’01) addressed a joint meeting of the Missouri Bar Association’s Administrative Law and ADR Committees. He discussed the current status of the ADR pilot project at the Administrative Hearing Commission, where he has been legal counsel since 1989. He addressed interest-based design and mediation techniques, as well as topics particularly relevant to Missouri administrative law, including statutory directives on ADR, sunshine law issues, and whether certain cases can be settled under the law.

SALVADOR PANGA, JR., IS HELPING DRAFT PHILIPPINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION LEGISLATION Salvador Panga ('01) has been invited to help draft a Philippine ADR Code. He reports that the current draft draws heavily on the U.S. Uniform Mediation Act . He is also working closely with the local commercial arbitration center which has prepared a bill seeking to adopt the UNCITRAL Model Arbitration Law with some modifications. He said that the people working on the ADR Code have expressed interest in combining the two bills. The proposed legislation envisions creating a publicly-funded center for dispute resolution that would receive mediation and arbitration referrals using a process similar to the multi-door courthouse concept proposed by Prof. Frank Sander. The Philippine Supreme Court has shown great enthusiasm for trying out mediation, and after conducting pilot tests around the country, approved mandatory referral of civil cases to mediation. It also authorized a study to assess the feasibility of mediating cases before the Court of Appeals. Salvador is back in an active practice, starting to shift his practice from litigation into construction and commercial arbitration.

PATRICK PINKSTON'S WORK AS SPORTS AGENT IS FEATURED Patrick Pinkston ("01) has used his training in the LL.M. Program as a sports agent with Victory Sports Management representing various athletes. His work was recently featured in an online article describing the success of football player Garrick Jones who recently signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. For more information, see "Diary of a NFL Dream: The Garrick Jones Story" at http://www.draft2002.com/nlsports/NLFreeAg.nsf/Draft2002Index?OpenForm. Congratulations, Patrick!

PROFESSOR JEAN STERNLIGHT GAVE PRESENTATIONS On April 27, Jean Sternlight spoke on consumers and mandatory arbitration at a conference to the University of Houston's Center for Consumer Law. On May 3, she participated in a panel discussing arbitration in the employment context at the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Conference.


VIOLENCE PREVENTION IN SCHOOL COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE DENVER, CO, JUNE 10-11 The 11th Annual Violence Prevention in School Communities Conference, "Safe and Peaceful Communities: Now More Than Ever," will be held on June 10-11 in Denver. This is co-sponsored by Association for Conflict Resolution, Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Forum On Community and Restorative Justice. For more information, contact the Colorado School Mediation Project at (303) 444-7671, 877-853-5402 or visit www.csmp.org.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE GREENBELT, MD, JUNE 12-14 The National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution Annual Conference, “Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision Making,” will be held on June 12-14 in Greenbelt, MD. The conference brochure is on the web.

BAR ASSOCIATION OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS PROGRAM ON NEGOTIATION ST. LOUIS, JUNE 13 On June 13, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis is presenting a continuing education program, "Gain the Edge: Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers," from 9 A.M.-4:30 P.M. For more information contact Maia, Katy or Gwen at (314) 421-4134, bamsl@bamsl.org or see the web site at www.bamsl.org.

ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SEMINAR JUNE 17- 21 The Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts-Boston are offering an online dispute resolution seminar June 17-21. Participants in this seminar will examine the development of online dispute resolution, think through new challenges it poses to neutrals and systems designers, and look at major providers, administrative agencies, and international organizations currently involved. For more information, contact Amy Rebecca Gay at (617) 287-7415 or amy.gay@umb.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA SUMMER INSTITUTE VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, JUNE 24-28 The University of British Columbia Centre for Intercultural Communication is presenting an Intercultural Studies Summer Institute, June 24-28. There will be workshops, presentations, and discussions that highlight the awareness, knowledge and skills needed for communicating effectively across cultures. Visit cic.cstudies.ubc.ca/summer/index.html for details.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION MEETING FEATURES MULTIPLE SESSIONS ON ADR WASHINGTON, DC, AUGUST 8-13 The American Bar Association will hold its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on August 8-13 and will include a program track on litigation and ADR. Various sessions will deal with credentialing, court-connected ADR, negotiating in the face of terrorism, incorporating ADR into litigation practice, practice tips for arbitrators and attorney representatives, collaborative law, the California Ethics Standards for Neutral Arbitrators in Contractual Arbitration, and dispute resolution updates. For more information, check the binder in 206 Hulston, see www.abanet.org/annual/2002/home.html or www.abanet.org/dispute, or contact the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution office, 202-662-1687, dispute@abanet.org.

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution is looking for volunteers to draft simulations for the 2003 Representation in Mediation Competition. This competition focuses on using collaborative problem-solving skills by counsel. The simulations are relatively short (4-6 page) role plays, containing general information and confidential information for each disputant. The simulations are due by August 15. For more information about the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, see the Section's web site at www.abanet.org/dispute/mediationcomp.html or contact Gina Viola Brown at (202) 662-1677 or BrownG@staff.abanet.org.

The ABA Task Force on E-Commerce and ADR released a draft of its final report and concept paper on April 5. The draft report makes 11 recommendations, including the creation of best practices guidelines for online dispute resolution. The guidelines focus primarily on what information an online dispute resolution provider should disclose to consumers and users. The draft report is posted at www.abanet.org/dispute/webpolicy.html#2, www.abanet.org/dispute/webpolicy.html, and www.law.washington.edu/aba-eadr. Comments are requested by May 30.


The Upstate Community Mediation Center invites applications for an executive director to oversee its programs and mediation services. The Center provides mediation for family court, community mediation, and victim-offender mediation. Screening of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Please see the binder in 206 Hulston for details.

The Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking a senior conflict management specialist who will have lead responsibility at the USDA for policy development, implementation, training, and evaluation in the area of conflict resolution. The specialist will serve as the deputy director. See the binder in 206 Hulston for more details. Also see www.usajobs.opm.gov