Resolving IP Disputes: Calling for an Alternative Paradigm

Center for the Dispute Resolution Symposium 2014

October 9-10, 2014

In cooperation with the University of Missouri International Center and the University of Missouri Transatlantic Center, with additional support from the Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs. Competition sponsored by the Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Student Writing Competition Award Winners Announced At Mizzou Law Symposium

On October 10, 2014, the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law announced the winners of a student writing competition sponsored by the Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association and offered in connection with a symposium organized by the University of Missouri Law School entitled “Judicial Education and the Art of Judging:  From Myth to Methodology.”   

First place in the writing competition went to Jane Anne O'Neill Edwards from Charlotte Law School for her submission, “With Age Comes Wisdom . . . Or Does It?”  Second place went to Jodie Smith from the U.C. Hastings College of Law for her submission, “Long-Term Thinking in the Judiciary:  Might Judges Mitigate Political Paralysis?”  Third place went to Christopher Paul Gordon from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law for his submission, “Problem-Solving or Problematic?  The Role of the Managerial Judge in Settlement.” 

View the full press release. (PDF).

Student Writing Competition

A student writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law.  This year’s symposium, entitled “Judicial Education and the Art of Judging,” features the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit as keynote speaker as well as expert panelists from Canada and the United States. 

The Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association is pleased to offer a $250 prize for the competition winner, a $50 prize for the second place winner and an honorable mention for the third place winner.


Submissions should bear some relationship to the symposium topic of judicial education and the art of judging, broadly defined.  There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law. 


The writing competition is open to all persons enrolled on April 1, 2014, in a program of higher education leading to a degree in law (including but not limited to the J.D., LL.B., LL.M. or S.J.D.).  Applicants may be of any nationality and may be affiliated with degree-providing institutions located in any country.  Papers that have been accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the writing competition.

Submission Requirements

Submissions must be in English and should be between twenty (20) and twenty-five (25) pages in length, including footnotes in Bluebook form.  The text of the paper must be typed and double spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.  Footnotes may appear single spaced in 10 point Times New Roman font.  The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission.  The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.

A separate document should be provided including (1) the author’s full name, address, telephone number and email address; (2) the degree-granting institution where the author is enrolled, as well as the degree sought and the anticipated year of graduation; (3) the title of the submission; and (4) the date of the submission.

Papers must be electronically submitted to:
Professor S.I. Strong
University of Missouri School of Law 

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on September 2, 2014.


Submissions will be judged by a committee of Lawyers Conference members.  The following factors will be considered:

  • Legal analysis
  • Thoroughness and depth of topic
  • Contribution to the scholarship in the field
  • Evaluation of judicial precedents, statutes and legal authorities

Questions should be directed to:

Professor S.I. Strong
University of Missouri School of Law
Tel.:  +1 573 882 2465

About the University of Missouri and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

The University of Missouri’s award-winning program in dispute resolution consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation.  The University of Missouri School of Law is the only U.S.-based institution that has received Recognised Course Provider status from CIArb for JD courses offered during the academic year.  For more on the University of Missouri and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, click here

About the Lawyers Conference:

The Lawyers Conference (LC) is the Judicial Division’s home for ABA members interested in the administration and support of the courts. We focus on the functions, operations, personnel issues, systems, and management of courts and the judiciary.

The LC allows attorneys and other interested parties to network and discuss key issues with judges and the court community; to work toward solving problems facing the courts and the judiciary and improving the administration of justice; to support and advance confidence in the judiciary; and to promote an effective and efficient court system.

Examples of major LC programs in recent years:

Perceptions of Justice
The LC has sponsored town hall forums in conjunction with ABA meetings that focus on perceptions of the justice system, with an emphasis on the impact of race and ethnicity.

Teaching the Constitution
Lawyers Conference members conduct educational programs in schools across the country, describing how the fundamental principles of the US Constitution affect lives and society.

Recognizing Excellence
Each year the Lawyers Conference selects the recipients of two awards honoring those who advance the court system; the Robert B. Yegge Award for outstanding contribution in the field of judicial administration, and the Burnham “Hod” Greeley Award for commitment to promoting public trust and confidence in our justice system. These awards have become recognized as the JD’s principal efforts to encourage and reward those who work for judicial and court improvement.

For more information about the LC, visit

American Bar Association Judicial Division Lawyers Conference