Professor Exon Named to ADR Advisory Panel

Professor Susan Exon was recently named to serve on a Civil Procedure Panel for the Legal Education, ADR, and Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Task Force of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Law Schools Committee.

The goal of the task force is to increase instruction of Practical Problem-Solving (PPS) in law schools.

The Civil Procedure panel is just one of eight panels set up for different subject matter areas. The other subject matter panels include clinics, contracts, criminal law, family law, labor and employment law, professional responsibility and torts.

Each panel is made up of approximately five to eight highly respected law school professors available to consult with faculty around the country who want advice about incorporating PPS into their non-ADR courses. The Section of Dispute Resolution has taken the lead on this task force since many Alternative Dispute Resolution professors integrate PPS into their courses.

PPS involves the range of skills that lawyers use regularly in practice in addition to legal research, writing, and analysis. These skills include fact gathering, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, representation in ADR processes, and drafting legal documents, among others.

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In other business, Professor Exon recently published two articles based on her presentation at the University of La Verne Law Review’s ADR symposium last year. The two articles are: “Maximizing Technology to Establish Trust in an Online, Non-visual Mediation Setting,” [33 U. La Verne Law Rev. 27 (2011)]; and “Foreward, Symposium: Forecasting the Future: Cutting Edge Issues in ADR,” [33 U. La Verne Law Rev. 1 (2011)].

Other recent publications include: “Six Building Blocks of Trust: Methodology that Every Mediator, Especially Virtual Mediators Need to Know,” [December 2011 issue of Riverside County ADR Panel Newsletter]; and, “Commentary in Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries 297-302, by Ellen Waldman” [Jossey-Bass 2011].

Professor Lipson Meets with Korean Delegate on Law and Video Games

Professor Ashley Lipson, an international expert on video game law and co-author of the only case study textbook on the topic, was invited by the Eisenhower Fellowships Foundation to meet with a delegate from Korea wanting to learn more about the subject.

Lipson met with Kyong-Sok Chong, a lawyer and entertainment law expert in his country, to compare the laws pertaining to intellectual property and freedom of expression for their respective nations and the world.

“Video games are contributing to the globalization of open speech and ideas, particularly the Massive Multiplayer Online games, which know no boundaries,” Lipson said.

Because of Chong’s interest in educational video-gaming, Lipson gave him copies of his Objection! video game series, which is approved for MCLE credits, and his book, “Computer and Video Game Law,” which he co-authored with Robert Brain of Loyola Law School. Lipson said Korea apparently does not have mandatory legal education for its attorneys.

Chong was one of 17 Eisenhower fellows to visit the U.S. this fall from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia and China as part of the Northeast Asian Regional Program. He plans to speak at La Verne Law next year when he is scheduled to return to the United States.

In other business, on Jan. 31, Professor Lipson spoke on intellectual property law to Dr. Rita Lauria’s Legal Issues and New Media Class at the University of Southern California. He engaged students in a broad overview of copyright, trademark, patent, trade secrets, and contract law.

Professor Atash Spreads the Word about Conditions in Afghanistan

La Verne Law adjunct professor Mariam Atash Nawabi, an international authority on her native country of Afghanistan, recently participated in events designed to educate and inform the public on issues related to ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

She was interviewed recently as an expert source for radio station KPFK’s “Middle East in Focus” program with Don Bustany.

In other news, Atash brought key experts together in Orange County for a roundtable discussion addressing the needs and challenges of education in the midst of the Taliban and foreign forces. Speakers included Farzana Ebrahimi, an Afghan woman whose nonprofit provides literacy and vocational training for women; Mike Whipple, a board member for International Orphan Care; Tad Heitmann, a board member of the Afghan Amity Society; Sadiq Tawfiq, founder of the Afghan Amity Society; and Diane McGlinchey, president of the Orange County Chapter of American Women for International Understanding.

The discussion, “Perspectives from Kandahar: Challenges in Promoting Education Amidst the Taliban and Foreign Forces,” was hosted Oct. 30 at the Khyber Pass Gallery in Laguna Beach. Topics included the need for education to help Afghan society combat threats of terrorism and extremism, and the obstacles inherent in that goal.

Ebrahimi, whose mother and sister in 2008 were victims of an internationally published acid attack by the Taliban, explained the need for anonymity to ensure the safety of people taking part in here literacy and vocational training program for women. Her nonprofit operates out of an undisclosed location in Kandahar so as not to increase the risk of attacks against women taking part in its programs.

Atash and others discussed the importance of providing education to Afghan residents in order to fight corruption and avoid further conflict.

Ebrahimi said that despite civilian casualties, most citizens of Kandahar still support the presence of American troops in training the Afghan National Army and National Policy.

Others expressed the need to allocate funds to efforts other than military spending as the gradual withdraw of the troops takes place.

Atash teaches Law in Post Conflict Societies at La Verne Law, and is on the Board of Directors of the Nooristan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes education in rural areas of Afghanistan.