In this issue:
Justice Alan C. Page to Deliver 2005 Bellwood Lecture
The Honorable Alan C. Page, Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, will present the 2005 Sherman J. Bellwood Memorial Lecture in Moscow on Thursday, October 20, 2005. A graduate of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota Law School, Justice Page earned his J.D. degree as a full-time law student while also engaging in what he modestly calls “full-time employ[ment] as a professional football player.” In fact, he became a legendary Minnesota Viking, winning the National Football League’s “most valuable player” award) and earning a place in the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame.
While still playing in the NFL, Justice Page entered the private practice with a major law firm in Minneapolis. He then undertook a career of public service as Assistant Attorney General for Minnesota. In 1993 he was elected to the Supreme Court (the first African American ever elected to state office in Minnesota). He has been re-elected twice, having established a reputation on the Court as a reflective, deliberate and disciplined jurist.
Justice Page is an exponent of education, of public service by the legal profession, and of the importance of maintaining the independence and integrity of state judiciaries. He is expected to address these topics during the Bellwood Lecture and in other remarks at the College of Law. Justice Page is a member of the American Law Institute and creator of the Page Education Foundation, which assists disadvantaged youth seeking opportunities in post-secondary education.
Further information about the Bellwood Lecture and related events may be obtained from Dean Burnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest Institute Features Basic, Advanced, and “Heavy Metal” Mediation
In one of its most ambitious programs to date, the College of Law presented the ninth annual Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution on May 16-20, 2005. The Institute encompassed a broad curriculum presented by leaders in the field:
“Basic Family Mediation,” taught by Bob Collins, a founder and former president of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
“Basic Civil Mediation,” taught by Lela Porter Love, Professor of Law and Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City
“Advanced Family Mediation,” taught jointly by Diana Mercer, attorney-mediator, and Tara Fass, psychotherapist, both of Peace Talks Mediation in Los Angeles
“Spousal Assault Risk Assessment and Management,” taught by R. Randall Kropp, clinical and forensic psychologist and adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia
“Heavy Metal Mediation,” an exploration of methods for resolving commercial disputes, conducted jointly by Jeff Kichaven, attorney-mediator and president of the Southern California Mediation Association, and Lee Jay Berman, director of the “Mediating the Litigated Case” program at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, and chair of the Training Committee of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.
The Northwest Institute, customarily scheduled during the third week of May each year, is open to lawyers, judges, and other dispute resolution professionals. Further information about the Institute is available from Professor Maureen Laflin at email@example.com.