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There will be Emotions: Build Emotional Intelligence for Practice with People

Wednesday EVENING, January 16, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm at the College of Law, with check in and light refreshments from 5:00-5:30.

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Emotions are a fact of life for lawyers. Our clients have emotions. Our partners and counter-parts have emotions. And we have emotions. Research now confirms that ignoring emotions is often impossible and destructive, and working with them effectively can lead to greater professional success and personal satisfaction. This program builds on the work of Daniel Goleman; Is will introduce participants to the basic concepts of emotional intelligence and provide skills for managing emotions. In the first hour, we will discuss the nature of emotions and the challenges of managing them in the legal context. The second hour will address the connection between emotional intelligence and professionalism, focusing on the challenges of respect, candor, and dignity, fairness, and civility when clients or opposing counsel are difficult and emotionally entrenched. Brief topical presentation segments will be followed by legal practice problems and discussion.


5:00 – 5:30 Registration check-in and light refreshments

5:30 – 6:30 Emotional Intelligence for the Analytically Adept

6:30 – 7:30 Prescriptions for Professionalism: Maintaining, Civility, Fairness, Integrity, Courtesy and Concerns for Well Being in the Face of Emotional and Practice Challenges

Fee: $65 with early registration discount of $55.

Bio of Presenter: Professor Richard Reuben is the James Lewis Parks Professor of Law at the University of Missouri at Columbia Law School where offers one of the first courses taught in an American law school in Emotional Intelligence. He also teaches Conflict and Conflict Management and a number of other dispute resolution and public law courses. In 2012, Professor Reuben will teach a “short course’ on arbitration at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he has co-taught the Client Counseling Workshop for many years.

Professor Reuben has also taught at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Hamline Law School, Central European University in Hungary, and Johannes Kepler University in Austria. Prior to his appointment at the University of Missouri, he was a William and Flora Hewlett Senior Fellow in Dispute Resolution and an Instructor in Negotiation Program on Negotiation atHarvard Law School. He earned his Masters and Doctor of Law at Stanford Law School.

Professor Reuben is the co-author of one of the country's leading ADR casebooks,Dispute Resolution & Lawyers(4th ed. 2009) (with Leonard L. Riskin, James Westbrook, Chris Guthrie, Jennifer K. Robbennolt, and Nancy A. Welsh). His articles have appeared in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems (Duke), and the SMU Law Review, among others. His research emphasizes the relationship between dispute resolution and law, as well as democratic governance. He is also one of the nation's leading authorities on confidentiality in ADR processes, and served as a Reporter for the Uniform Mediation Act. He is a Senior Fellow at the law school's Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media, a partnership of the Law School and the internationally regarded Missouri School of Journalism.

A lawyer and journalist, Professor Reuben covered the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal issues for the ABA Journal, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, and other publications for more than a decade. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Dispute Resolution's Magazine, from 1996-2007, and is chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Committee on Public Policy, Participation, and Democracy. He served for two years as the Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford University, and on the Board of Directors of the Conflict Resolution Information Project for five years. He does trainings in negotiation and conflict management, and consults with both government and private entities.