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March 22, 2005

Press Contact:
Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.
Event Contact: Natalie Gray, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, (512) 471-3507.

Fifth Annual Symposium on Dispute Resolution, April 8

Symposium features keynote address on “Process Pluralism: Conflict Resolution Processes, Democracy and Decision Making”

WHAT: Dispute Resolution Symposium
WHEN: Friday, April 8, 2005; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Keynote speech at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room, UT School of Law
WHO: The public is invited to attend keynote speech and student presentations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas School of Law will host the Fifth Annual Spring Symposium on Dispute Resolution, Friday, April 8. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow of Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, D.C. and eight UT graduate and law students, each presenting research on various dispute resolution topics. The symposium begins at 8 a.m. in the Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room at the UT School of Law located at 727 E. Dean Keeton St.

The symposium culminates the fifth year of the interdisciplinary Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution. Through this Portfolio Program, law and graduate students from ten different academic units at The University of Texas at Austin pursue a focused curriculum of theory, skills, and research on dispute resolution. Graduates of this Portfolio Program will pursue academic and professional careers that incorporate their dispute resolution skills and analysis.

The public is invited to attend the program’s keynote speech on “Process Pluralism: Conflict Resolution Processes, Democracy and Decision Making” by Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow at 10:30 a.m. in the Eidman Courtroom. Professor Menkel-Meadow will explore the variety of ways in which different forms of human communication (argument and reason, trading and bargaining, and passion, emotion and moral claims), needed to solve different kinds of human problems, have generated a variety of different kinds of processes for conflict resolution and human problem solving. She will discuss the new roles of mediators, facilitators, consensus builders and other conflict resolution professionals in guiding these processes.

Menkel-Meadow is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is a national expert in alternative dispute resolution, the legal profession, legal ethics, clinical legal education, feminist legal theory, and women in the legal profession. She is the director of the Georgetown Hewlett Fellowship Program in Conflict Resolution and Problem-Solving and chairs the CPR-Georgetown Commission on Ethics and Standards in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is the author of Dispute Processing: Theory, Practice & Policy (Carrie Menkel-Meadow ed., Ashgate 2003) and Mediation: Theory, Policy & Practice (Carrie Menkel-Meadow ed., Ashgate 2001). She has won the Center for Public Resources' First Prize for Scholarship in Alternative Dispute Resolution three times (in 1983, 1990, and 1998). Previously, at UCLA, she served as the Acting Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Co-Director of Center on Conflict Resolution, and Professor in Women’s Studies. Professor Menkel-Meadow often serves as a mediator and arbitrator in public and private settings and has trained lawyers and mediators in the United States and abroad.

From 8:15-10:15 a.m. and 1:15-3:00 p.m., graduate students from the College of Communication, College of Engineering, LBJ School of Public Affairs, College of Education, School of Law, and the School of Social Work will present their research on topics including Handling Domestic Violence Issues in Mediation, Dispute Resolution of the United States Olympic Committee, Narrative Construction of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mitigating Natural Resources Disputes on Military Training Lands, and the Effectiveness of Case Management in Preventing Disputes between Patients, Families and Rehabilitation Treatment Teams. Student presentations will be in the Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room and the public is invited to attend.

Sponsors of the Spring Symposium on Dispute Resolution include the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Related Links:
Visit the website of the Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution for a schedule of the symposium’s events and to find more information on dispute resolution:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/cppdr/portfolio/