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Students role play to protect bottom line

Professor uses experience to help students avoid courtroom
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Discussion behind closed doorsHuman resource issues, product liability problems, patent disputes or any other host of issues plague many business owners and tie up time and money in courtroom drama. Dr. Stanley Leasure, associate professor of business law in the finance and general business department at Missouri State University, used his 25 years of experience practicing law to build a course to keep potential business owners out of court through alternative dispute resolution.

“I think the civil trial system is a good and necessary system, and there are many cases that need to be tried in front of a judge or a jury,” said Leasure. “But after my years in the system, I figured out that even if you theoretically win the case, you’ve really lost a lot also. You’ve lost time, money and relationships with the people you were litigating with. It’s the destructive nature of the litigation system that got me interested in these alternative methods.”

Instead of having his students role play litigious business situations in the classroom – this course is only available online – he is utilizing available technology to have students role play their arguments on the web, recording, uploading and resolving them to practice the methods of mediation, negotiation and arbitration.

Starting in the fall semester, Leasure’s course will include the use of Google Hangouts, and he is excited to see how the new technology works for the students.

For more information, contact Leasure at (417) 836-5564.

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