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ABA SECTION OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION ANNUAL CONFERENCE FEATURES MU FACULTY, ALUMNI, AND STUDENT
The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution annual conference will be April 3-5 in Seattle, WA. The following people affiliated with MU will appear in the programs listed below.
John Lande - How Lawyers Can Increase Use of Interest-Based Negotiation Through Cooperative Legal Practice
Richard C. Reuben - What Deliberative Democracy Means for Dispute Resolution: Getting Down to the Nuts and Bolts
Former MU faculty
Jennifer Robbennolt , University of Illinois - Good Lawyers Should Be Good Psychologists: Insights for Interviewing and Counseling Clients
Jean Sternlight , University of Nevada , Las Vegas - Justice and Dispute Resolution; Good Lawyers Should Be Good Psychologists: Insights for Interviewing and Counseling Clients; Teaching International Conflict Resolution with Videogames
Current LL.M. Student
Brian A. Pappas - Online Court - the Future of Small Claims?
John Phillips (J.D. ’71), Blackwell Sanders Pepper Martin LLP - The Creature of Contract: Have Parties' Contracts Created a Frankenstein of the FAA's Grounds of Arbitration Award Review?
Christine Harris Taylor (LL.M. ’03), Marquette University - Dispute Resolution Tools to Address Conflict Between “High Stakes” Employees
To view the program brochure, see http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/Seattle08SpringBrochure.pdf . To receive the lowest rates, one must register by Feb. 22. There is a discount rate for full-time students.
JEAN STERNLIGHT PUBLISHES ARTICLE ADVOCATING MANDATORY ARBITRATION (FOR COMPANIES)
CSDR senior fellow Jean R. Sternlight is publishing “In Defense of Mandatory Binding Arbitration (If Imposed on the Company),” 8 Nevada Law Review (2007), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1079117#PaperDownload. Having spent much of her academic life battling companies' imposition of binding arbitration on consumers and employees, she considers whether mandatory binding arbitration is acceptable if imposed by the government on companies (governmental mandatory arbitration). She concludes although such legislation is probably unwise as a matter of realpolitik, the prospect of such legislation should discourage companies from insisting that privately-imposed binding arbitration is the best way to ensure "little guys" get access to arbitration.
JEFF GOLDFIEN IS INVOLVED IN MANY ADR ACTIVITIES IN CALIFORNIA
Jeff Goldfien (LL.M. ’05) is teaching and serving as the Negotiation Faculty Coordinator at Hasting College of the Law, and has been doing some public policy mediation work with the Center for Collaborative Policy. He also is serving on the board of the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADRNC, a local chapter of A ssociation for Conflict Resolution). Jeff also has been busy planning several conferences over the past year. In the spring, he served on the planning committee for the annual Northern California ADR Faculty Conference held at Stanford Law School, featuring nationally-prominent ADR scholars including Nancy Welsh, Jay Folberg, and Lisa Blomgren Bingham. On behalf of ADRNC, he brought CSDR senior fellow Leonard Riskin to the Bay Area in November for a workshop on mindfulness in dispute resolution. And he is currently helping to plan, and will moderate a panel of ADR practitioners, for a symposium on Collaborative Governance at Hastings in February. The program will include several prominent scholars including CSDR's Richard Reuben, who will talk about the role of the media in public ADR and deliberative democracy initiatives. Finally, Jeff also found time to give CSDR Director Robert Bailey a personal walking tour of San Francisco when Bob attended a recent National Academy of Arbitrators meeting. He has offered the same for any LL.M. or CSDR alum visiting the Bay Area.
DONNA PAVLICK TAKES POSITION AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
Donna Pavlick (LL.M. '00) recently left the University of Missouri School of Law to become the Director of Academic Programs and Registrar at Vanderbilt Law School. She will work with CSDR senior fellow Chris Guthrie, who is associate dean for academic affairs. Congratulations Donna!
SUKHSIMRANJIT SINGH BECOMES ENGAGED IN CALIFORNIA
Sukhsimranjit Singh (LL.M. '06) recently became engaged to Baldeep. The engagement took place on Dec. 22 in Los Angeles, CA. Baldeep is a mathematics major currently pursuing her M.B.A. Congratulations Sukh and Baldeep!
FREE ONLINE TEACHING RESOURCES
The Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (PARC) at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University sponsors E - PARC, a collection of online teaching resources for those who teach collaborative governance, collaborative public management, networks and public management, and collaborative problem solving around the world. All teaching materials are double-blind peer reviewed by a committee of academics and practitioners. To access these materials, see http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/parc/eparc.
ONLINE INITIATIVE, PEACE AND COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
The Peace and Collaborative Development Network invites individuals and organizations to join a new online initiative to bring together professionals, academics and students involved in Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, International Development, Democratization, Social Entrepreneurship and related fields. For more information see http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/.
MISSOURI CHAPTER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATION COURTS
FEB. 7, KANSAS CITY AREA
The Feb. 7 Lunch and Learn session of the Missouri chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts will be at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch. The session entitled, “What the Heck is a Parenting Coordinator?,” will be presented by MO-AFCC Past President Larry Swall and Ed Taesch, LCSW. Contact Dawn Kuhlmann at email@example.com for additional information.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MEDIATORS CONFERENCE
FEB. 29, GALVESTON, TX
The Texas Association of Mediators is sponsoring, “Conference by the Sea: Reflect, Renew and Rejoice!” on Feb. 29 in Galveston, TX. For more information, see http://www.txmediator.org/.
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION CONFERENCE
MAY 20-22, TUCSON, AZ
The Fifth National Conference on Environmental Conflict Resolution will be May 20-22 in Tucson, AZ. For more information, see http://www.ecr.gov/ecr.asp?link=607.
MANAGER, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
WASHINGTON , DC
The U.S. Postal Service seeks a manager for Conflict Management / Dispute Resolution Services in its Employee Development and Diversity Office in Washington, DC. For details, see http://www.usps.com/employment/publish/EX0022/7799.htm. Application deadline: Jan. 16.
STAFF ASSISTANT FOR ADR PROGRAMS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURTS
The District of Columbia courts system seeks a staff assistant for ADR programs to the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. For details, see http://www.dccourts.gov/portal/page?_pageid=179,208274&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL. Application deadline: Jan. 24.
CONCILIATION SPECIALIST, U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE
NEW YORK, NY
The U.S. Dept. of Justice Community Relations Service seeks a conciliation specialist to reconcile community conflicts and violence. For more details see, www.usajobs.gov and type in “Conciliation Specialist, New York, NY ” in the search field. Application deadline: Jan. 29.
TECHNICAL ADVISOR - CONFLICT MITIGATION, RELIEF INTERNATIONAL
Relief International seeks a technical advisor. For details, see http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/db900SID/OCHA-7A8PTG. Application deadline: Feb. 1.
CONCILIATION COURT COUNSELOR / MEDIATOR, ARIZONA SUPERIOR COURT IN PIMA COUNTY
The Arizona Superior Court in Pima County seeks a conciliation court counsel / mediator. For details, see http://www.sc.pima.gov/?tabid=148. This position is open until filled.
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE / PROGRAM OFFICER, U.S. INSTITUTE OF PEACE
SOUTH ASIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
The U.S. Institute of Peace seeks applicants for a research associate. For details, see http://www.usip.org/jobs/index.php. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.
PART-TIME INTERN, INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDIATORS
SILVER SPRING , MD
The International Academy of Mediators (IAM) seeks a part-time paid intern. The IAM internship will begin in late-January and will likely average about 20 hours a month. There is a flat stipend of $250 per month. For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is open until filled.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, CPR INSTITUTE
NEW YORK CITY, NY
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) seeks a senior director of programs. For details on this position, e-mail email@example.com. For details on CPR, see www.cpradr.org.
DIRECTOR, AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SECTION OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution seeks a director. For details on this position, see http://www.abanet.org/hr/.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, WESTERN JUSTICE CENTER FOUNDATION
The Western Justice Center Foundation seeks a director of programs to oversee and support the functions of the Community Engagement and Conflict Resolution Education departments. For details on this position, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For details on the Western Justice Center Foundation, see http://www.westernjustice.org/.
PROGRAM MANAGER AND PROGRAM MANAGER TRANSPORTATION SECTOR, U.S. INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution seeks a program manager and a program manager transportation sector. For details on these positions, see http://www.ecr.gov/ecr.asp?link=602.
SENIOR MEDIATOR / FACILITATOR, KEARNS & WEST, INC.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Kearns & West, Inc., a national mediation and communications firm, seeks applicants for a senior mediator / facilitator or public involvement specialist in their San Francisco, CA office, and/or in one of their other offices nationwide. For more information about Kearns & West see http://www.kearnswest.com. For details on this position, e-mail email@example.com .
MARYLAND MEDIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION OFFICE SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR THREE FULL-TIME POSITIONS
The Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office has three positions open: ADR resources coordinator, ADR programs evaluation director, and a court ADR resources director. For details on these positions, see http://www.marylandmacro.org/.
ASSOCIATE, CONCUR, INC.
CONCUR, Inc., seeks applicants for an associate position. CONCUR specializes in combining environmental policy analysis with facilitation skills to resolve complex natural resources disputes. For details, see http://www.concurinc.com/employment.html.
TRAINING COORDINATOR, SAFE HORIZON MEDIATION CENTER
NEW YORK CITY, NY
The Safe Horizon Mediation Program, a community-based court-annexed ADR program, seeks a training coordinator for its mediation center. To learn more about Safe Horizon, see www.safehorizon.org/mediation. For details on this position, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.