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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2004

President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com or scochran@co.clermont.oh.us
Immediate Past President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail: jsphaedrus@ameritech.net
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2004 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at Fawcett Center

June 4, 2004 Victoria Solomon and the Gifts the Mediator Brings to the Table (originally scheduled for December, 2003).

August 6, 2004 Jennifer Baader, RN, and new OMA member presenting Mediation in Healthcare (Originally scheduled for February, 2004.)

October 1, 2004 OMA’s New website unveiled and explained! (Tentatively scheduled with Mediate.com personnel.)

December 3, 2004 TBA

February 4, 2005 TBA

April 8, 2005 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT FAWCETT CENTER (Note different date and location for Annual Conference 2005.)

All meetings to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice (Directions on back page)

President’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

“What one decides to do in crisis depends on one’s philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasn’t any philosophy in crisis, others make the decision.” Jeannette Rankin, Suffragette and first woman elected to the US Congress as quoted in ACResolution Winter 2004 at Page 8.

I decided my first column as President of this great organization should be a statement of my philosophy of life as regards crisis management since that is our business. Then, the more I thought about it, my philosophy changes depending upon the crisis. If it is family, it is based upon emotion (follow your heart and protect those you love); work related is much more logical, (react only after reasoning through the consequences of the reaction), etc. I also realized my philosophy has changed over the years. It used to be “Don’t get mad, get even,” but now I am not so sure that is my first response. I am becoming more reflective and less reactive. Until we know how we react in crisis, how can we help others deal with it? I think I will be paying a bit more attention to this issue as I mediate my cases just to see how I react to the crisis itself and those involved.

Thanks to Immediate Past President Martha Antolik for her fine work the last two years. Vice President Jay Patterson has taken the lead on our comment on the UMA and represented us well. Sheri Center, our Secretary has stepped up to not only do the minutes but other items I might need not necessarily in her job description. Our Treasurer, Dan DeStephen has not only kept the books but came through in a pinch with a gift for outgoing President Martha, his wife. My thanks to all our Board and my hope that this is the beginning of a great year.

OMA needs to decide where we are headed and what we plan to do as an organization. The officers will be discussing some long-term planning before our June meeting so if you have anything we should consider, please contact any of us listed above. Comment on and the forums concerning the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators will be first on our list as those forums are planned for May and June (see announcement below). Continued work on the UMA as it enters the Ohio Senate will also be a priority.

As a member, let us know if there are programming ideas you would like to see implemented and ideas for the Annual Conference set for April 8, 2005. It looks like our new website with Mediate.com will be operational soon and we can use the old address of www.mediateohio.org as well as mediate.com/Ohio. We will be moving the Newscaster to an e-zine before the end of this OMA year if not the calendar year and we have other plans to make OMA visible as well as viable as the voice for Ohio’s mediators. Let us know what you are willing to do to help.

Ohio Forums on the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators
The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Ohio Community Mediation Association, the Ohio State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee, the Ohio Mediation Association, the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio and the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section are pleased to announce three forums on the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Forum dates, times and locations are as follows:

· Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m., Dayton City Hall, 3301 W. Third St., Sixth floor training room, Dayton, Ohio. Parking is available in the parking garage West of City Hall. (Hosted by the Dayton Mediation Center and the Ohio Community Mediation Association.)

· Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m., Brecksville Center for the Arts, 8997 Highland Dr. Brecksville, Ohio. Directions are posted at www.manomediate.org. (Hosted by the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio.)

· Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Ohio State Bar Association, 1700 Lakeshore Dr., Columbus, Ohio. (Hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association)

The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators were adopted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution (ABA), and the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) (the successor to the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR)) in 1994. These Standards have served as a foundation for many other statements of ethics and conduct in the mediation field.

Last year the AAA, ABA and ACR announced the formation of a Joint Committee, which consists of two members from each organization, to review and suggest revisions to the Model Standards. The review will respond to the rapidly changing dynamics of the mediation field since the original Standards were adopted. The Joint Committee released the first revision of the Model Standards in January 2004. The Joint Committee is anxious to elicit comments and observations from interested professionals to obtain as much input as possible so that any revisions to the Model Standards accurately reflect the current status of mediation practice. The Committee believes that input from individuals and organizations will be critical to keeping the Standards current and meaningful.

The Ohio forums will allow individuals interested in mediation to provide comments directly to two Committee members – Terry Wheeler, who is one of the ACR representatives to the Joint Committee, and Joseph Stulberg, who serves as the Reporter to the Joint Committee. Josh Stulberg is a professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Terry Wheeler is a Columbus attorney with Artz & Dewhirst and Co-Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at Capital University Law School.

We invite you to share your perspectives either by participating in one of the forums, posting to the website (http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/dr/phorum/list.php?f=5) or by sending your written comments to the Committee Reporter. A copy of the Model Standards is also available at the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management site at http://disputeresolution.ohio.gov/ Please pass this announcement along to interested individuals and entities for their consideration as well.

If you have questions about the forums, please contact Ed Krauss, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management 614-752-9595 or Eileen Pruett, Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section 614-387-9420.

The Better World Award Receipients March 26, 2004

The Honorable Merle Grace Kearns of the Ohio House of Representatives

Nominated by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

Representative Kearns has been a long-time supporter of the field of dispute resolution and conflict management and exemplifies the spirit of this award. Throughout her career in state government, Representative Kearns has promoted and continues to promote the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution in public policy development and state governance. She currently sits on the Board of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national nonprofit organization that works with states to promote collaboration to achieve more effective governance. This past year, Representative Kearns was instrumental in working with state officials to restore Commission funding for fiscal years 2004-2005 and in helping to educate her fellow legislators regarding the value of the Commission’s programs and services.

Barbara Blevins and Nancy Kearney

Nominated by Crevon Tarrance , Program Manager, Dispute Resolution Services, The Supreme Court of Ohio

As domestic violence prevention advocates, Barb and Nancy approached staff at the Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section in 1999 to solicit help in providing consistent, high-quality training for mediators regarding domestic abuse. They had made the critical distinction that mediated cases with positive outcomes for clients tended to be those where the mediator was sufficiently trained on domestic abuse issues. Barb and Nancy became part of a work group convened to discuss curriculum development; a group that met for nearly two years. They assisted in drafting Guiding Principles, highlighting elements of importance and consensus from their discussions, to give to consultants who would be adapting for Ohio a previously developed curriculum. At least in part because of Barb and Nancy’s initiative, the Supreme Court of Ohio now has a two-day course, Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals offered free of charge to any court mediation program and their community stakeholders (as of early 2004, 357 participants have been trained from forty counties); better screening procedures and protocol for handling cases that might involve domestic abuse are in existence and there are stronger alliances with the advocacy community and expanded resource networks.

OMA Successful in Obtaining Amendment to Uniform Mediation Act
By Jay M. Patterson, Vice President

OMA got what it asked for-period. Although this is only partially true, OMA was successful in getting a grammatical period. In reviewing and monitoring the progress of the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA), OMA requested that the Judiciary Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives amend the bill by inserting a period in a critical sentence of the UMA that sets forth the privilege held by mediators. The bill as originally introduced was, at best, unclear as to whether mediators could avoid being called to testify regarding what the parties said in mediation. At worst, the original language could have been read to say there was no privilege for mediators as to what the parties said and thus, under this interpretation, would mean that a mediator could be forced to disclose what the parties said in mediation.

The originally proposed language of 2710.03 (B) (2) of the Ohio Revised Code said “A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication and may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator.” OMA was concerned that the words at the end of this sentence, i.e. “of the mediator” could be interpreted to apply to the first clause of the sentence relating to what a mediator could refuse to disclose. Therefore, the concern was that the first clause when combined with the end clause could have led to an interpretation that a mediator could only refuse to disclose his or her own statements made in mediation. OMA suggested that a period be inserted between the clause relating to what a mediator may refuse to disclose and the clause relating to what a mediator may prevent another person from disclosing. With the help of Eileen Pruitt of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, OMA was successful in obtaining this amendment to the bill. Section 2710.03 (B) (2) as passed by the Judiciary Committee now reads “ A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication. A mediator may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator”.

As mentioned above OMA did not get everything it wanted. Despite opposition testimony by OMA, the Judiciary Committee passed an amendment requested by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. This change substantially alters the original language of the UMA dealing with the exceptions to privilege in proposed section 2710.05 (B). Under this amendment, felonies and other specific crimes are per se not privileged. The original language stated that in order for a mediation communication related to a felony or misdemeanor to be disclosed, a court would need to determine after an in camera hearing that the need for the information substantially outweighs the need to protect the privilege. OMA remains opposed to this reduction of the privilege and will most likely make its opposition to this amendment known when/if the bill gets to the Senate.

This vigilance is just one of the ways the officers are working to make OMA an active voice for the mediators of Ohio. However, the officers alone can not make OMA all it can be. We need the help of a membership that is involved and committed. Get involved now!

You can view the bill in its entirety at www.legislature.state.oh.us/. It is known as House Bill 303.

The 2004 Ohio Mediation Association Annual Conference
By Sheri Center, Secretary

Part 1, was composed of a panel discussing the topic, “Mediation Quality Assurance: National and State Responses”. Speakers included Dan DeStephan of Wright State University, presenting the position of the Association for Conflict Resolution; Sarah Cole of Ohio State University College of Law. Dan DeStephan presented the following information using a power point presentation and handouts.

The ACR’s quality initiatives are: *Improve Professionalism among Members

*Improve the quality of Services within Society

· Articulation of Standards of Practice

· Certification of Practitioners

ACR’s Certification efforts are initiated because of:

· the growing use of mediation to resolve public and private disputes

· the growing use of mandated mediation

· the proliferation of subjective competency standards

· the non-transferability of mediation competency through-out the states

· confusion over the term, ‘mediation’

The Basic Element of the Certification Process is intended to:

· be a voluntary process

· focus on practitioner rather than on certifying entity or training program

· be open to anyone, not just ACR member

· have an emphasis on recognition of existing competency

· certify ‘early intermediate’ level rather than entry or advanced

· serve as a review process rather than a performance –based process

· evolve

Components of the Review Process will:

· review an applications portfolio of mediation training and experience

· require successful completion of a written knowledge assessment (test)

· offer re-certification after 3-years

· de-certification for professional misconduct or ethical violations.

Dan presented a description of the current status of the initiative

· The report of the initial ACR Certification

· Task Force is in its final states of editing prior to its release

· ACR Board is creating an Implementation Task Force

ACR’s position is not ‘should there be certification of mediators. The issue is who should certify: ACR feels that it is time for the largest professional organization within the field of dispute resolution to influence how mediators are selected.

Sarah Cole, representing Academia, presented the following:

Is regulation of the profession necessary? The belief is that regulation protects the public by offering good agreements and a promoting a positive image of mediation. Regulation also promotes mediation by focusing on quality/ethics, increasing credibility, enhancing career opportunities and reducing court congestion.

Types of regulation include:

· Certification: satisfying voluntary set of standards laid out by organizations. Certification would not be required in order to practice mediation

· Licensure. This has been unpopular due to it’s expense, limitations, creation of barriers, and increasing a homogenous look to mediation

· No qualifications – there are concerns by some that certification may bring about the loss of diversity within the field.

What else should be looked at? Experience, education, training, letters of reference.

A points system has been suggested. Points would be given for education, training and experience.

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) requires parties interested in certification to be mentored, to first observe mediations and then participate with a co-mediator. Other considerations include college degrees, number of hours of experience, foreign language proficiency, whether or not one is an attorney, and having five years of residency.

The FMCS system is connected to workplace related mediation. They also suggest giving pointed for certified trainers.

Additional concerns related to a point system certification include having an appeals process if a mediator is denied inclusion on roster. Also, keeping confidential, the number of points one has.

 

ACR
This organization has discussed grandparenting mediators with over 500 hours of experience. Taking the test will still be required.

Drawbacks to the ACR approach

· Is written knowledge assessment useful?

· Is it possible to document 100 hours of training/coursework? The number, 100 hours, is an arbitrary number.

· Lack of ACR certification may result in lack of business for individual mediators.

· Is it realistic to accurately document the number of mediations one has participated in?

ABA Credentialing Task Force
A report by the Task Force is expected to available by March 2004.

Questions that people in the profession continue to consider include:

· Mediator training programs; should they be subject to review and accreditation.

· Is there value in addressing how people get into the field of mediation?

· Who do we include vs. who do we exclude? How does one recognize excellence?

OMA’s Website Is Moving!
By Martha Antolik, Immediate Past President

OMA is moving—our new website will be developed and maintained by mediate.com, a premier location for all things conflict resolution on the Internet. The new mediate.com location will provide us with the capability to provide you with some exciting benefits, including:

*A greatly enhanced Member Directory, with far easier search capabilities. This new Member Directory will also provide you with the opportunity to keep your own information updated as needed—by you doing this yourself!

*Turning this newsletter into an e-newsletter, sent directly to you via email and posted on our website.

* A new and improved website utilizing mediate.com’s Dynamic Website technology, which provides us with total control over changing, maintaining and adding content to out site as needed.

*We’ve become an affiliate with mediate.com—and that means that you as an OMA member can put up your own website through mediate.com at a significant savings.

What will stay the same is our domain—www.mediateohio.org. When you type that URL into your search engine, what you will be directed to is still the Ohio Mediation Association website.

So, stay tuned for more information about our new presence on the world-wide web!

Why Certification May Happen—Whether We Like It or Not
By Martha Antolik, Immediate Past President

At our most recent Annual Meeting, the topic of the day was the certification of mediators. One of the biggest controversies in our field, certification has its vocal opponents and equally-as-vocal proponents. The issue is far from settled, at this writing.

A recent juxtaposition of news items appearing in the Dayton Daily News, however, illustrate that the stage is being set for this concept to be discussed by others outside the field—including those in the position to make decisions that affect all of us as practitioners.

The March 28th edition of Parade magazine included an article titled “A Saner, Smarter Way to Say Goodbye,” which provides readers with information about divorce mediation. Among the benefits touted are that parties can “avoid whopping divorce fees. Using mediators can save you a lot of money.” The article goes on to advise readers to consult the Association for Conflict Resolution’s website—www.acrnet.org—for a nationwide list of experienced divorce mediators.

Parade has a readership that could be arguably quoted as in the millions. So, millions of Americans who might not otherwise have known about mediation have been provided not only with the idea that it exits, but a thumbnail sketch of how mediation works, why it’s a good idea, and how one can find a good mediator. The listing of ACR is another plus, as this professional association is positioning itself as the preeminent entity for practitioners within the field.

This same edition of the Sunday newspaper also included this cautionary tale, under the heading of “National Headlines.” In San Mateo, California, a divorce mediation session ended with the stabbing death of a woman who had unsuccessfully tried to obtain what was described in this very short article as a “restraining order” against her husband. He left the session before her—whether by his own design or the urging of the mediator using a typical protocol for high-conflict cases—and waited for her to enter the elevator. Once inside, he murdered his estranged wife.

What was not stated was the kind of orders the victim was trying to obtain, whether the mediator knew that this was occurring, or if the mediator had done any pre-screening to determine if mediation should not go forward. Nor did readers learn whether this was a mandated mediation.

Some in our field have stated that certification will do nothing to stop “bad” mediators. What has not been well discussed up to now is the possibility that, as mediation becomes more well-known and parties have greater opportunity to engage in the process, the possibility grows for more sad situations like this one to occur—and with that, the likelihood of bodies such as the legislature to react by imposing their own ‘certification’ on the field, objections from mediators notwithstanding.

Does anyone think that the elected judges of the San Mateo Common Pleas Court are not taking a close look at the mediation going in their jurisdiction to determine liability? Or that the estate of the slain woman might not be considering filing suit against the mediator? Or that more cases like this one might not provoke a media-driven backlash leading to imposed credentialing?

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org. If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know. The comprehensive list of all new and renewing members will appear in the next edition of the Newscaster.

Corrections: Nancy Nickey Fax and Phone: (614) 855-5233

Kathleen P. Hoenie E-mail: khoenie@cs.com

Sandra Fredrick E-mail: fredricks@mcohio.org

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2004 My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

New Videos from the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution: Effective Advocacy in Mediation Reference Number V03EAM; Running Time 1 hour 45 minutes discusses Premeditation Considerations, Preparing the Client for Mediation, Effective Advocacy in Mediation, and Ethical Considerations for Advocates in Mediation. Effective Mediator Practice Reference Number V03EMP Running Time 1 hour 35 minutes discussing Developing a Mediation Business, Practice Tips, and Ethical Considerations for Mediators. Buy Mediation Toolbox, which includes both programs and save. For more information and to order, visit www.abanet.org/cle/catalog or call (800) 285-2221, select option 2. Mediation Madness is a series of ten vignettes demonstrating tough trial lawyers thrown into a mediation. It is a “how not to do it” demonstration and is designed to be the catalyst for panel discussion or role play of how to be better advocates in mediation. The vignettes were developed as a project of the ADR Advocacy in Litigation Practice Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. The project was underwritten by the American Bar Association in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The video can be ordered in either VHS or DVD format with printed teaching ads for $75 by contacting the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution at (202) 662-1680.

Job Announcements: We have no local announcements for this Newscaster. There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor. National Job Openings:

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY MEDIATION, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
The Director of Development is responsible for providing leadership and management in the development and execution of plans, which result in support for the current operating budgets, special projects, and future operating/capital/endowment needs of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM). He or she serves as primary staff person to the Board’s Development Committee and works closely with the Executive Director to involve the Board of Directors on development-related issues. In conjunction with Executive Director, acts as organization spokesperson for NAFCM with members, funders, partners, and prospects. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES 1.Develop and implement an overall fundraising plan including annual giving, government, corporate and foundation support, major gift cultivation and solicitation, planned giving, and donor communications and publications. 2. Plan and conduct an annual campaign utilizing direct mail, personal solicitation, and special events and other appropriate methods. 3.Plan and coordinate corporate and private foundation grantseeking activities. 4. Analyze potential target market donor audiences and develop cultivation and solicitation strategies. 5. Serve as senior staff liaison to Board’s Development Committee and fundraising-related ad hoc task forces. 6. Attends Board meetings and reports along with the Development Committee Co-chairs on all development-related activities and progress. 7. Establish and administer donor recognition policies and procedures. 8. In conjunction with the Executive Director, initiate development relationships and make presentations to potential partners, funders, and donors. 9. Provides technical assistance to NAFCM community mediation centers in development. 10. Coordinates the development activities of the Executive Director and Board Chair(s). SUPERVISION GIVEN/RECEIVED Reports directly to the Executive Director. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five years increasing development experience with demonstrated success. Individual must possess strong interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communications skills. Must be able to manage multiple projects, staff, and activities in a dynamic environment. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Linda Baron, Executive Director, National Association for Community Mediation, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 200036 or send email to lbaron@nafcm.org.

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Position Available: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF TRAINING The Organization: The Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) is an independent, not-for-profit organization, with a mission to work with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to manage and resolve conflict. CCR accomplishes its mission by offering free mediation services to Chicago-area residents, institutions, organizations and businesses. In addition, almost weekly, CCR conducts performance-based mediation skills training to individuals or provides specifically designed conflict management training to various organizations. CCR’s trainings are recognized for the use of expert mediator coaches who provide individual feedback to participants during practice simulations. Under the direction of a 24-member Board of Directors, a staff of ten carries out CCR’s programs along with more than 150 volunteer mediators. For more information, see our website: www.ccrchicago.org. Training Responsibilities: Train Be the Lead Trainer in CCR trainings Coach participants in training simulations Evaluate the skills of participants and determine if they meet CCR’s volunteer mediator criteria Coordinate all Trainings Organize the production of all CCR trainings Recruit and train trainers Schedule trainings and trainers Expand CCR’s Training Services Create and implement CCR’s long-range training plan Increase revenue from training services Design new training offerings Market and Sell CCR’s Training Services Sell and conduct specifically designed trainings Update training information on CCR’s website and other web listings Write brochures, articles, press releases and ads Create and Revise Training Materials Update and revise training manuals as needed Write CCR training modules for use by all trainers Create new training exercises and presentations General Assist with continuing education programs for CCR volunteers Work in a team with other staff, volunteers and Board members in various CCR activities Associate Director Responsibilities Help Executive Director oversee various operational issues (financial, facilities, human resources, etc.) and other Mediation Program areas as appropriate Perform management responsibilities as needed Qualifications: College degree required. Mediation and training experience required. Must have interest in CCR’s mission and not-for-profit work. Self-starter with exceptional verbal and writing ability; excellent organization skills; desire and ability to sell training services; ability to work in a team environment as well as independently. Some evening and weekend work required. CCR is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Hours and Salary: This is a full-time position with a salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits. HOW TO APPLY: Fax, mail or e-mail cover letter, resume and salary history to Deborah Klecha, Center for Conflict Resolution, 11 East Adams, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60603. FAX: 312-922-6463. E-MAIL: dklecha@ccrchicago.org. No phone inquiries please.

2004 James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition
The Association for Conflict Resolution and the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution (ABA-DRS) are pleased to announce the 2004 James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition. First Prize: $1000 in each of the two divisions: graduate student and law student Submission Deadline: June 1, 2004. The purpose of the competition is to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making among students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools as well as students enrolled in graduate programs both in the United States and abroad.  For complete competition information and submission guidelines, go to: http://www.acrnet.org/resources/boskey.htm

ACR’S ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY SECTION 2004 MID-YEAR CONFERENCE
“Leadership Forum 2004: Challenges and Strategies for Environment and Public Policy Conflict Resolution” May 20-22, 2004 Heathman Hotel Portland, Oregon ACR’s Environment and Public Policy Section will host its annual Mid-Year Conference in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon this coming May. Conference events will be held in downtown Portland at the Heathman Hotel, which was recently named one of America’s Top 100 Hotels by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Registration opens on March 8. Details will be posted on ACR’s Web site as they emerge:

http://www.acrnet.org/conferences/sections/epp04.htm.

ACR’S 2004 ANNUAL CONFERENCE “Valuing Peace in the 21st Century: Expanding the Art and Practice of Conflict Resolution” September 30-October 2, 2004 Sacramento Convention Center Sacramento, California This conference will highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the field of conflict resolution in the 21st century and will present examples of innovative practice in a wide range of types and venues of conflict. Sacramento, the host city, has many attractions, including art galleries, museums, restaurants and exciting nightlife. You may want to build a vacation around the conference, and take advantage of Sacramento’s proximity to the wineries of the Sierra Nevada foothills and the Napa/Sonoma Valley, Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events

August 6-8, 2004 – ABA Annual Meeting/ DR Section Programs & Meetings Atlanta, Georgia

For additional information on meetings, contact: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, (202) 662-1687, dispute@abanet.org, or check www.abanet.org/dispute for updated schedules and information on upcoming meetings.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Basic Mediation Training for Winter/Spring 2004: June 5 (Sat.9-5), 9 (Wed. 5-9) , 12 (Sat.9-5) Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information contact:  Bob Curtis, Training Co-ordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org www.clevelandmediation.org

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training June 3 & 4, August 5 & 6, and September 29 & 30, 2004; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13, and October 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29, 2004. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Basic Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training Information Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center

Conflict Management Services

Presenters Cheryl M Lowry, Ph D, Robert N Wistner, JD, Leslie Martin, BA, and Kenneth T Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynetnet Website: www.conflictmgmt.com

First National Conference on Transformative Mediation Looking Back, Looking Forward Transformative Practice Ten years after “The Promise of Mediation” Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. at Hofstra University School of Law, November 7 & 8, 2004, Philadelphia PA. Contact Jennifer Jorgeson by Phone (845) 452-7843 or e-mail: jenniferjorgens@earthlink.net. Conference brochure www.transformativemediation.org.

SAVE-THE-DATES The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 16th Annual Conference “Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision Making” Greenbelt, Maryland Pre-Conference:    Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Conference:  Thursday, June 24, and Friday, June 25, 2004 Conference brochures will be mailed in early spring 2004. Questions:  Call the Center at (301) 776-6055.

UNIFIED MEDIATION Designed for experienced mediators, this training introduces you to the unique theory and methodology of Gestalt which will strengthen and deepen your skills and help you reach the “next level” of your expertise in working with disputants. Workshop Description: Mediation is a process of problem solving, empowerment, and resolution. Gestalt theory and methodology are processes of awareness, action, contact and completion. Gestalt theory is based upon and grounded in perceptual psychology, holism, field and systems theory. In the hundred years since its initial development it has been studied, refined and applied with excellent results to individuals and groups of people in both therapeutic and organizational (including business) contexts. This workshop examines mediation and conflict resolution from a Gestalt perspective and teaches mediators how Gestalt processes can enhance and refine customary mediation work. Using the Cycle of Experience as the organizing framework, participants will learn and work through the stages of a mediation applying a variety of Gestalt tools and concepts. Through presentation of theory, and skill development exercises, participants will 1) learn the power of “use of self as intervenor,” 2) enhance their practice by understanding how to work with resistance, and 3) develop skill to work with the underlying energetic process of mediation. Register with the location at which you want to attend the workshop. Both sessions will start on Thursday at 3:00 and end on Sunday at 12:00 CLEs and CEUs will be available. August 13-16 at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (Ohio) (www.gestaltcleveland.org) 216/421-0468

Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference. Next year around this time, we hope to warmly welcome you to Kitchener-Waterloo on June 2-5, 2004 for Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference! At Interaction 2004, we will celebrate the struggles and triumphs of 30 years of conflict resolution in Canada. Inspiring keynote speakers, ground-breaking workshops and an outstanding conference ambiance make this another “must attend” conference of Conflict Resolution Network Canada! In the heartland of Ontario, you will experience special events like “Oktoberfest in June,” an outdoor “Plenary in the Park,” an Aboriginal Drama and Art Exhibit, the world famous Kitchener Farmer’s Market and a star studded Peace and Music Gala at Kitchener City Hall. While in the area, take a short drive to the world renowned Stratford Festival Theatre, Niagara Falls, or visit the charming village of St. Jacobs. A “Call for Proposals” for workshop presenters will go out in September 2003. We’ll keep you posted as we develop our full roster of speakers and events. Conflict Resolution Network Canada Réseau pour la Résolution de Conflits Canada Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 Phone: (519) 885-0880  Fax: (519) 885-0806 Web site: www.crnetwork.ca

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School www.mcgregor.edu
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://aompace.edu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001.htm

“Addressing the Redress: A Discussion of the Status of the United State’s Postal Service’s Transformative Mediation Program” by Professor Lisa B Bingham, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Cardozo On-Line Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 2, 2001, http://www.cardozoyu.edu Go to Publications, then On Line Journal, Current Volumes, Volume 2 No 2, and Symposia and it is the first article

The Nov/Dec edition of the Ivey Business Journal, which is online at www.iveybusinessjournal.com is focused on “the Civil Workplace” and has several articles of interest to workplace and other mediators.

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

Ohio Mediation Association
c/o Ohio Commission on Dispute
Resolution and Conflict Management
77 South High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108

March 2004

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication March 2004

President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
President Elect/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com or scochran@co.clermont.oh.us
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail: jsphaedrus@ameritech.net
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2004 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at Fawcett Center

March 26, 2004 Annual Meeting at Fawcett Center OSU The Future of Credentialing and What it Means to Ohio Mediators. NOTE DIFFERENT DATE AND LOCATION THAN REGULAR MEETINGS! See enclosed registration material for early bird dates and member discounts.

June 4, 2004 Victoria Solomon and the Gifts the Mediator Brings to the Table (originally scheduled for December, 2003).

August 6, 2004 Jennifer Baader, RN, and new OMA member presenting Mediation in Healthcare (Originally scheduled for February, 2004.)

October 1, 2004 TBA

December 3, 2004 TBA

All meetings to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice (Directions on back page)

President’s Column
By Martha Antolik

This will be my final column addressing you as president of OMA, as Shirley Cochran will most capably take the helm at our Annual Meeting in March. It is my hope that you will read use the registration form included with this newsletter and reserve your place at this important meeting. We’ll be hearing about the certification process for mediators that is now in place in Washington state, and for some national professional organizations, and we’ll be looking at how, when, and whether this might occur here in Ohio. Certainly, we want your voices and opinions to be part of this discussion!

Also, please know that I will continue working on OMA’s behalf as immediate past-president. The Executive Board of OMA has been working on a variety of projects, from assisting with the Uniform Mediation Act forums around the state, to exploring how our website might be improved, to considering the kinds of member benefits that would be deemed most valuable.

And lastly, I have enjoyed serving as your president during the past two years as I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you and get to know your thoughts and concerns. Though I will no longer be president, I’ll still enjoy that. So, please join me in March as we welcome our new OMA president. I’ll look to see you there!

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline Extended

Center for Students, Families and Communities Office for Exceptional Children Procedural Safeguards

The Ohio Department of Education, Center for Students, Families and Communities; Office for Exceptional Children, Procedural Safeguards is seeking interested qualified individuals to submit proposals to perform mediation in the area of special education on a contractual intermittent basis for special education disputes pursuant to 34 C.F.R. § 300.506 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’97) and Rule 3301-51-08 (A)(c) of the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities. Applicants must be trained mediators and have at least 7 years experience mediating complex issues; applicants must have some knowledge or understanding in the area of special education and must have a flexible schedule as mediations in special education usually take a day or longer. Applicants must submit a resume outlining their education and mediation experience including experience in special education. A personal service contract will be awarded based on the aforementioned criteria for a fee of $100 an hour for mediation services from portal to portal. The contract will be in effect for fiscal year 2005 (July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005). Mileage will be reimbursed pursuant to travel regulations of the State of Ohio. Your proposal will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, March 26, 2004 and should be submitted to: Ohio Department of Education ATTN: Mbulelo G. Mzozoyana, Ph.D. Office for Exceptional Children 25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 202 Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183 (614) 752-1400 Your proposal can also be sent by e-mail to Mbulelo.Mzozoyana@ode.state.oh.us or by fax to (614) 728-1097. All responses must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, March 26, 2004, in order to be considered. Notification will be made by phone or e-mail no later than April 16, 2004. There will be no notification to unsuccessful applicants.

UMA FORUMS
The OMA and the Ohio Community Mediation Association (OCMA) co-sponsored forums to discuss the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) and its impact in Ohio (see the President’s Column below). The UMA has been sponsored and submitted to the Legislature as House Bill 303. A discussion area has been prepared at the following website for those who were not able to attend or would like to continue the discussions from the forums. www.ohiocommunitymediation.org/discus.

Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education: Early Childhood to Higher Education
The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Interfaith Center for Peace, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Ohio Resource Network are hosting the first-annual conference, What Works! Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education: Early Childhood to Higher Education, May 5th- 8th, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio. The national conference focuses on conflict resolution innovations specifically for higher education, Pre-K-12 schools, and high school students. This exciting event will bring together college and university faculty, educators, practitioners, high school students and community members to explore positive models for reducing and managing conflict with a goal to create safe and healthy learning environments. The conference will draw individuals from throughout Ohio and the U.S. to attend two day pre-conference intensive training sessions, May 5th and 6th, followed by two days of keynote lectures from nationally recognized experts, intensive workshops on programs, and strategies and theories for building peaceful school and university communities, May 7th and 8th. A variety of registration options are available. Participants may choose to attend the entire four day conference, the pre-conference intensive training only, the full workshop schedule on May 7th – 8th, or may choose a single day, either May 7th or 8th. Those who take advantage of early registration, before March 1st, will receive a significant discount on all fees. The Conference will be held on the 31st floor of the Riffe Center (77 South High Street), located directly across from the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. Complete conference information will be available on the Commission’s web site: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/.

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President Elect, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org. What follows is the list of all members, new and renewing as of February, 2004. If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know.

New Members since last Newscaster:

Name/Address Phone and/or e-mail Mediation Areas
Michael Bollon 

4824 Deis Hill Road NW

Dover OH 44622

(330) 243-5431 

Home (330) 364-2647

mivid@tusco.net

Family, Divorce, Neighborhood/ 

Community, Business/Commercial,

Labor

Barbara V. Culp 

33 Bucklick Creek Road

Minford OH 45653

(740) 820-4366 NONE PROVIDED
Susan K. French-Scaggs, JD 

8180 Brecksville Road

Brecksville OH 44141

(440) 717-9850 

Fax (440) 717-9851

sfscraggs@cuyahogamediation.com

Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Labor, Business/Commercial
Michael J. Hardesty 

933 High Street, #140

Worthington OH 43085

(614) 880-0883 

Fax (614) 436-8330

Hardestym1@wamorselaw.com

Interpersonal, Business/Commercial, Labor, Other: Litigation—all types
Verna M. Jones, JD 

VM Jones Enterprises LLC

PO Box 12073

Columbus OH 43212

(614) 488-0685 

Fax (614) 488-0685

v.jones@sbcglobal.net

Neighborhood/Community, Business 

/Commercial

Mediated Solutions c/o Steven D. Abrams 

49 S. Remington Road

Columbus OH 43209

(614) 418-1784 

sabrams@columbus.rr.com

Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Business 

/Commercial, Other: Workplace

Marianne C. Morton 

3079 Jetstream Drive

Columbus OH 43231

(614) 899-3164 

marimorti@aol.com

Family, Divorce, Business, Labor
Patrick J. Murphy 

Bonezzi Switzer Murphy & Polito Co., LPA

526 Superior Avenue, Suite 1400

Cleveland OH 44114

(216) 875-2067 

Fax (216) 875-1570

pmurphy@bsmplaw.com

Other: Medical Malpractice, 

Products Liability, and Personal

Injury

Private Dispute Resolution c/o Tamara L. McIntosh 

One West Fourth Street, Suite 900

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 381-9299 

Fax (513) 381-9206

PDR@rendings.com

Business/Commercial, 

Environmental, Other: General

Litigation

Christy K. Radigan 

4297 Gray’s Market Drive

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 478-3856 

cardigan@insight.rr.com

Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community
Susan E. Shostak 

248 Pearl Avenue North

Lancaster OH 43130

(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Other: Truancy and Inter-agency
Sharon Travis Bell 

2460 Winterstreen Run Road

Blue Creek OH 45616-9601

(937) 544-4141 

cricket544@earthlink.net

NONE PROVIDED
VN Consulting Inc. c/o Lucretia K. Van Niel 

118 St. Julien Street

Worthington OH 43085

(614) 436-5442 

Fax (614) 436-8588

specon@netset.com

Family, Interpersonal, Other: Health 

Care and Older Adults

Odella T. Welch 

560 Woodlake Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 523-3022 

Fax (614) 523-3022

Wot560@aol.com

Family, Divorce, Other: Truancy

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter The next deadline is April 20, 2004 My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

Job Announcements: We have no local announcements for this Newscaster, but see the Mediators Wanted announcement below. There are some announcements that become available for the meetings Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor

Mediators Wanted: Law school graduates with extensive ADR experience and credentials are sought to join a neutral panel in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panel is part of a new dispute resolution company backed by individuals with a strong background in the alternative dispute resolution industry. In accordance with industry convention, panelists are independent contractors. They accept cases in their preferred practice areas to meet their desired workload. Practicing attorneys and academics seeking to make mediation a bigger, or better managed, part of their worklife are encouraged to apply. While our current geographic focus is the San Francisco Bay Area, qualified neutrals in other major cities are also encouraged to contact us. Please reply by in complete confidence with a resume to panel@mediatorswanted.com. Kenneth J. Marshall Palo Alto, California Tel (650) 814-9299 Fax (650) 618-2200 http://www.mediatorswanted.com

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events

April 15-17, 2004 – 6th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference New York, New York Resolution and Resilience in New York Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers 811 Seventh Avenue (Between 53rd and 52nd Streets), New York, NY (800) 325-3535, (212) 581-1000 www.starwood.com/sheraton Reduced Hotel and Airline Rates Available CLE Credits Available For additional information, see: http://www.abanet.org/dispute/conference/6th/home.html Updated, complete conference information, including concurrent session descriptions, in Word Make sure this premier dispute resolution event is on your spring calendar. Last year the Section’s Spring meeting in San Antonio, Texas was a tremendous success attracting over 1,000 participants in spite of the fact that the Iraq war began simultaneously with the dispute resolution conference. This spring we will again provide a very high quality and phenomenal range of programming opportunities. The Annual Spring Conference is an essential gathering place for dispute resolution leaders, providers, consumers, scholars, students, from small firms, universities, large law firms, corporations, accounting offices, psychologists’ offices, and others that comprise the wonderful world of dispute resolution.  Highlights include: * The 15th Annual Frank E.A. Sander Lecture: Reconciliation and Reparations featuring presentations by Alexander Boraine, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat and Ziyad Motala * A stellar Plenary on Maintaining a Healthy Corporate Body, moderated by ABA President-Elect Robert Grey and featuring Enron Bankruptcy Examiner R. Neal Batson, Tyco Executive Vice President William B. Lytton, Microsoft Mediator Eric Green and Prof. Lynn Stout * Skills Training by leading practitioners on the latest innovations in DR practice * Over 120 Presentations covering the diverse world of dispute resolution, organized into practice and interest specific tracks * Presentation of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke * The Forum on Expanding Opportunities for Minorities and Women in Dispute Resolution * The Court ADR Mini-Conference for neutrals, judges, program administrators and more * Innovative teaching techniques at the Legal Educators’ Colloquium Subject matter tracks this year will include: Arbitration, Community and Peer Mediation, Communication, Construction ADR, Corporate/Business ADR, Court-Connected ADR, Employment and Labor ADR, Ethics, Family, Government ADR, Environment & Public Policy, Intellectual Property and Technology, International, Practice Development and Management, and Technology. The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (www.starwood.com/sheraton) has a block of rooms held at the reduced rate of $189 (single/double) plus tax (13.25%) and a $2.00 occupancy tax for Conference attendees. The cut-off date for hotel reservations is March 29, 2004 at 5:00 PM (CST). Reservations received on or before the cut-off date will be honored at the ABA group rate. After the cut-off date, the hotel shall continue to accept reservations, at the ABA group rate, ONLY on a space-available basis. Call the Hotel directly at (212) 841-6450 or (800) 325-3535 and refer to the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sixth Annual Conference.

August 6-8, 2004 – ABA Annual Meeting/ DR Section Programs & Meetings Atlanta, Georgia

For additional information on meetings, contact: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, (202) 662-1687, dispute@abanet.org, or check www.abanet.org/dispute for updated schedules and information on upcoming meetings.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio 3RD ANNUAL MEETING AND WORKSHOP APRIL 30, 2004 Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 5300 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meeting and Workshop, Lunch included (with vegetarian selections). Featured Presenter Zena Zumeta Nationally Respected Mediator and Trainer, on Framing Issues in Mediation: An Advanced Workshop and Tough Moments in Mediation Early Bird Rate (Must be received by April 5, 2004): Members: $60, Non-members: $75 After April 5, 2004 Members:$70, Non-members:$85 CLE’s and CEU’s have been applied for – please contact MANO for further information.  Registration form and Membership application available online at www.manomediate.org or email: info@manomediate.org

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Basic Mediation Training for Winter/Spring 2004: March 29 (Mon. 9-5), March 31 (Wed. 9-1), April 5 (Mon. 9-5) June 5 (Sat.9-5), 9 (Wed. 5-9) , 12 (Sat.9-5) Spring 2004 Divorce Mediation Training- 40 hour training; pre-requisite: basic mediation training March 5 (Friday evening), March 6, March 7, March 19 (Friday evening), March 20, March 21  Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information contact:  Bob Curtis, Training Co-ordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org www.clevelandmediation.org

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training April 14 & 15, 2004; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2004. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution
Basic Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training Information Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center

Conflict Management Services
Presenters Cheryl M Lowry, Ph D, Robert N Wistner, JD, Leslie Martin, BA, and Kenneth T Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynetnet Website: www.conflictmgmt.com

“Mediation Advocacy” (DC) The ABA Public Contract Law Section Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Government Contracts Committee, the ABA Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar, and the Federal Interagency ADR Working Group Contracts and Procurement Section will once again be co-sponsoring an important (and FREE) ADR program. Entitled “Mediation Advocacy,” the program will address the role of the advocate throughout the mediation process — the best and most effective advocacy practices and, perhaps more importantly, what not to do as an advocate if you ever hope to achieve success in mediation. Chairing the program and serving as its moderator will be Peter R. Steenland, Jr., Esq., currently counsel to the law firm of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in Washington, D.C. and formerly Senior Counsel for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Associate Attorney General’s Office at the United States Department of Justice. Joining Mr. Steenland will be five eminent professionals, each with substantial experience in the mediation of all sorts of disputes: Judge Patricia J. Sheridan of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals (VABCA); Judge Allan H. Goodman of the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals (GSBCA); Frank Carr, Esq., currently Partner with the firm of Carr, Swanson & Randolph in Ellicott City, MD and formerly the Chief Trial Attorney and Dispute Resolution Specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Val McWhorter, Esq., Founder and Partner with the Tyson’s Corner, VA law firm of Smith, Pachter, McWhorter & Allen; and Marvin E. Johnson, Esq., Founder and Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. based Center for Alternative

Dispute Resolution and formerly Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law and Dispute Resolution at Bowie State University. The program will be held at Arnold & Porter’s Paul Porter Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 24, 2004, from 1:30 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. (Eastern Time). If you would like to attend in person, all you have to do is send me a reply e-mail message. We expect a large response, so I urge you to respond immediately to assure yourself a spot. Teleconferencing. Once again, this year through the good graces of the ABA Underserved Lawyers Fund and the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, we will be making our programs available to those of you primarily outside the Washington Beltway by means of teleconferencing. The program has been scheduled late enough in the day to allow participation by those on the West Coast. If you wish to participate in the February 24 program by teleconference, please provide me with the following, and I will have an ABA representative get in touch with you to furnish the necessary dial-in information: 1. Your name. 2. Your organization. 3. Your address, telephone, and e-mail address. 4. How many people at your location will participate. Rich Walters Dispute Resolution Officer FAA Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition and Co-Chair ABA Public Contract Law Section Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (202) 267-3433 E-mail: Richard.C.Walters@faa.gov

Programs at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (CA) Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law presents:  Mediating the Litigated Case, Irvine, California, March 17-18, April 21-22, and May 6-7, 2004.  A sophisticated six-day program for experienced litigators, in-house counsel, and other practitioners.  This program has sold out the last five years. http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/conferences/ Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law presents: The 17th Annual Professional Skills Program, Malibu, California, June 17-19, 2004.  Offers ten different three-day courses addressing distinct dispute resolution processes.  Register early for discount. http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/conferences/

MYERS-BRIGGS and Conflict Resolution (MA) Saturday, April 3, 2004 Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. This course explores ways mediators, facilitators, human resource professionals, and others who deal with conflict in the workplace or other settings can use the insights of Myers Briggs as a powerful tool in resolving conflict.  Drawing on the ground-breaking work of Carl Jung, Myers and Briggs developed a way to understanding your – and others’ – preferred ways of processing and evaluating information.  We will begin to explore Jungian personality type theory, discuss how different personality types trigger each other in conflict, how  different types are likely to react when in conflict, and focus on ways of helping people get “unstuck” in their disputes.  Prerequisite: Participants must determine their type prior to attending this course.  Participants will be asked to share their type with the instructor and other participants.  Should you need to take the MBTI, this may be arranged through DisputEd at an additional cost or you may do this through your own resources. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Ann Gosline, Esq.  is certified in Myers Briggs and has been applying Myers-Briggs insights in her mediation and facilitation practice for 20 years.  She became a full-time mediator and arbitrator in 1984, following 9 years in legal practice. She has mediated or arbitrated cases involving employment, commercial, environmental, contract and personal injury/tort claims involving higher education, federal, state and local government, and the construction, airline, mining, utilities, manufacturing, chemical and energy industries., and has extensive experience mediating multi-party public policy disputes.   She has edited a treatise and authored articles on ADR processes and is a frequent trainer and lecturer on ADR and conflict management system design.

Continuing Education Lawyers:  Please inquire about CLE credits. REGISTRATION & COSTS Registration Fee:  $175 by March 5, 2004, or $195 thereafter.  MBTI administration and scoring is available through the instructor at additional cost.  Please note that registration is limited so early registration is advised. You may register by faxing your contact information, including name, address, telephone, fax and email, along with payment information (Visa or Mastercard) to DisputEd, or by mailing your registration with a check or credit card to DisputEd. DisputEd 26 Berkeley Street, Arlington, MA 02474 800-981-3577 Voice  781-648-1234 Fax info@disputed.com www.disputed.com
Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution  Fall Training Schedule 40-Hour Skill-Based Mediation Training*

March 29 – April 2, 2004 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive Columbia, MD (Register by March 15, 2004 and receive the early fee.) This 40-hour mediation skill-development course is taught by Marvin E. Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator and trainer with more than 28 years of dispute resolution experience. Course Overview: The participants will learn how to use mediation to resolve disputes.  In addition, participants will learn how differing power balances, interests, and values affect the mediation process. Participants will develop the necessary analytical skills to understand and shape the mediation process to accommodate any type of dispute. Attend this seminar if you want to: Complete the training to become a mediator. Learn to utilize a full range of effective mediation skills, techniques, and strategies. Understand the intricacies of the mediation process. Understand the application of mediation theory and practice. Acquire the confidence to utilize mediation skills in a variety of conflicts. Content Highlights: Overview of the dispute resolution field and the various dispute resolution processes Overview of the stages of the mediation process Purpose and content of the mediator’s opening statement Understand why the parties need uninterrupted time Understand the importance of and how to gather information Understand the importance of and how to clarify and prioritize the parties’ issues Distinguish between positions and interests Understand what an impasse is and which techniques to utilize to break various impasses Identify appropriate provisions for an effective agreement Identify appropriate criteria to evaluate a mediation session Factors that influence behavior and are instrumental in effectuating settlements For more information, contact the Center at (301) 776-6055. *This program meets Maryland Rule of Procedure, Title 17-Alternative Dispute Resolution, Rule 17-106(a) (1-5). SAVE-THE-DATES The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 16th Annual Conference “Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision Making” Greenbelt, Maryland Pre-Conference:    Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Conference:  Thursday, June 24, and Friday, June 25, 2004 Conference brochures will be mailed in early spring 2004.

Questions:  Call the Center at (301) 776-6055. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY — PRE-REGISTER BY MARCH 15 AND SAVE!!!!!

The DC-ACR ’04 Program Series In cooperation with the Department of Interior Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution Presents A Brown Bag, Lunchtime Session

“Exporting ADR to Foreign Countries and Cultures – Lessons Learned” In the global village, there are a growing number of opportunities for well-meaning U.S.-based conflict resolution providers and educators to work outside the country.  Given the complex interaction of cultures, language, and circumstances, “conflict resolution experts” risk causing harm to the very persons or parties who have invited them in.  Learn how experienced professionals prepare for this challenge.  Find out if their “do’s and don’t’s” can help establish ADR programs in unfamiliar territory here at home.   Presenter: Sandra I. Cheledlin is associate professor of conflict resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.  ICAR’s recent projects have been in Rwanda, Columbia, Georgia, and the Ukraine.  Dr. Cheldelin has served as director of ICAR; on the faculty and as provost at the McGregor School of Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio; on the faculty and as academic dean at the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley; and on the faculty and as director of education, development and research at the medical school at Ohio University. Wednesday, February 18, 2004

12 to 1:15pm* Room 7000A (on the 7th floor level) U.S. Department of the Interior

On C Street, between 18th and 19th Streets, N.W. Washington, DC  RSVP:  Please reserve your space no later than 9:00am, February 18, 2004, by contacting Michael Muchmore, Staff Assistant at 202 327-5383.  (Government-issued photo identification, e.g. driver’s license, is REQUIRED)

THE ABCs OF INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION, L.A. Orange County Bar Association International Law Section March 15, 2004 (12:00 Noon) Airport Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine, CA Speakers: Steven A. Wawra, Esq., Moderator

Mediator/Arbitrator, IVAMS Richard Chernick, Esq. Vice President and Managing Director of

JAMS Arbitration Practice and Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association Robert N. Dobbins, Esq. Mediator/Arbitrator/Founder, Appropriate Dispute Resolution

Adjunct Professor & Southern Counties Liaison, The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law Richard W. Page, Esq. Mediator/Arbitrator/Attorney

Shareholder, The Page Firm Member, American Arbitration Association Executive Committee/Board of Directors Advisor, International Centre for Dispute Resolution American Arbitration Association Experts in the field of international dispute resolution will discuss what business lawyers and litigators must know about international dispute resolution, including:

Effective dispute resolution provisions for international contracts Procedure and what to be concerned about in arbitrating in international forums Enforcement of international arbitration agreements and awards Use, procedures and rules of mediation in resolving international disputes For registration and information, contact Contact Orange County Bar Association at (949) 440-6700 or register on-line at www.ocBar.org.

MWI Training Programs, MA – MWI’s Forty-Hour Mediation Training Program – March 3-21, 2004 (weeknight and weekend schedule) Overview: MWI’s Forty-Hour Mediation Training Program is designed to prepare participants to effectively facilitate the mediation process. The

program explores all aspects of the mediation process through lectures, demonstrations, interactive exercises, supervised role-plays and group discussions. For more information – www.mwi.org/training/40hrcourse.htm or 800-348-4888 – MWI’s Negotiation Skills Workshop – May 13&14, 2004 Overview: Based on principles developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project

by Roger Fisher, co-author of the bestseller Getting To Yes, MWI’s Negotiation Skills Workshop is designed to build each participant’s capacity to transform adversarial approaches to negotiation into problem-solving collaborations, producing better outcomes for all parties while enhancing

long-term working relationships. For more information – www.mwi.org/training/pub_neg.htm or 800-348-4888 – MWI’s Forty-Hour Executive Mediation Training Program – May 17-21, 2004

(weekday schedule) Overview: MWI’s Executive Mediation Training Program is a five-day

comprehensive “hands-on” mediation skill-building program designed for professionals interested in exploring and learning about the mediation process through lectures, demonstrations, interactive exercises, supervised role-plays, and group discussions. For more information –

www.mwi.org/training/executive.htm or 800-348-4888

Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare (Canada) More than a conference, this dialogue is three days of idea exchange and development, learning , and community building. Through open inquiry and focused discussion, participants will  connect with a diverse community committed to advancing the field of healthcare conflict management to improve healthcare delivery. Internationally respected dialogue leaders include Robert Benjamin, Kenneth Cloke, Peter Block, and Phyllis Beck Kritek. Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare March 24-26, 2004 Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada To download the program please go to:

http://www.healthdialogue.org/hm/dialogue/program.html This dialogue is a joint project of Simon Fraser University, mediate.calm, and Health Care Mediations Inc. To learn more about this event and to qualify for the December 15, 2003 early bird rate, please go to www.healthdialogue.org, call 866.590.7195 or email info@healthdialogue.org.

 

UNIFIED MEDIATION Designed for experienced mediators, this training introduces you to the unique theory and methodology of Gestalt which will strengthen and deepen your skills and help you reach the “next level” of your expertise in working with disputants. Workshop Description: Mediation is a process of problem solving, empowerment, and resolution. Gestalt theory and methodology are processes of awareness, action, contact and completion. Gestalt theory is based upon and grounded in perceptual psychology, holism, field and systems theory. In the hundred years since its initial development it has been studied, refined and applied with excellent results to individuals and groups of people in both therapeutic and organizational (including business) contexts. This workshop examines mediation and conflict resolution from a Gestalt perspective and teaches mediators how Gestalt processes can enhance and refine customary mediation work. Using the Cycle of Experience as the organizing framework, participants will learn and work through the stages of a mediation applying a variety of Gestalt tools and concepts. Through presentation of theory, and skill development exercises, participants will 1) learn the power of “use of self as intervenor,” 2) enhance their practice by understanding how to work with resistance, and 3) develop skill to work with the underlying energetic process of mediation. We are offering the course on two dates and at two different locations for your convenience. Register with the location at which you want to attend the workshop. Both sessions will start on Thursday at 3:00 and end on Sunday at 12:00 CLEs and CEUs will be available.

Ø April 29-May 2 at the Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod (www.gisc.org)

508/349-7900

Ø August 13-16 at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (Ohio) (www.gestaltcleveland.org) 216/421-0468

 

Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference. Next year around this time, we hope to warmly welcome you to Kitchener-Waterloo on June 2-5, 2004 for Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference! At Interaction 2004, we will celebrate the struggles and triumphs of 30 years of conflict resolution in Canada. Inspiring keynote speakers, ground-breaking workshops and an outstanding conference ambiance make this another “must attend” conference of Conflict Resolution Network Canada! In the heartland of Ontario, you will experience special events like “Oktoberfest in June,” an outdoor “Plenary in the Park,” an Aboriginal Drama and Art Exhibit, the world famous Kitchener Farmer’s Market and a star studded Peace and Music Gala at Kitchener City Hall. While in the area, take a short drive to the world renowned Stratford Festival Theatre, Niagara Falls, or visit the charming village of St. Jacobs. A “Call for Proposals” for workshop presenters will go out in September 2003. We’ll keep you posted as we develop our full roster of speakers and events. Conflict Resolution Network Canada Réseau pour la Résolution de Conflits Canada Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 Phone: (519) 885-0880  Fax: (519) 885-0806 Web site: www.crnetwork.ca

 

TWELFTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE
Friday May 7, 2004; 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 8, 2004; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shoreline Conference Center, Seattle, Washington The University of Washington School of Law, the Dispute Resolution Section of the Washington State Bar, the Washington Mediation Association and Resolution Washington request your participation in the Twelfth Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference. This Request for Proposal process is intended to encourage a broad and diverse community to present at this conference. The conference is designed for ADR practitioners and others interested in learning more about conflict resolution. Attendees include mediators, arbitrators, attorneys, government representatives, human resources personnel, advocates, ombudsmen and counselors. The conference will be held at the Shoreline Conference Center in north Seattle.  Participants desire sessions that offer exercises and interaction and minimize the lecture approach. We encourage proposals that emphasize active learning, “how to” sessions, role plays, case studies and time for group discussion. The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all DR topics. Past conferences have included topics such as the mediator’s persuasive tools, evaluating body language, arbitration training, marketing your ADR practice, skills for transformative mediation, mediating on line, large group facilitation, using humor in mediation, ADR in the federal courts, power balancing in divorce mediation, mediation across cultures, communication theories, ADR in child protection cases, the workplace, victim-offender mediation, and peer mediation programs in schools. We welcome and encourage creative, innovative proposals! *For further information, you may contact Kathy Kline, 206-543-8881 , kkline@u.washington.edu , Nancy Highness 425-883-3928 or Phil Cutler, 206-340-4600. Visit our Conference website at www.mediate.com/nwadr. We look forward to seeing you at the Twelfth Annual Northwest Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference on May 7-8, 2004!

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Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School www.mcgregor.edu
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://aompace.edu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001.htm

“Addressing the Redress: A Discussion of the Status of the United State’s Postal Service’s Transformative Mediation Program” by Professor Lisa B Bingham, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Cardozo On-Line Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 2, 2001, http://www.cardozoyu.edu Go to Publications, then On Line Journal, Current Volumes, Volume 2 No 2, and Symposia and it is the first article

The Nov/Dec edition of the Ivey Business Journal, which is online at www.iveybusinessjournal.com is focused on “the Civil Workplace” and has several articles of interest to workplace and other mediators.

 

Ohio Mediation Association
c/o Ohio Commission on Dispute
Resolution and Conflict Management
77 South High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108

OHIO MEDIATION ASSOCIATION
c/o Shirley A. Cochran, JD, OMA President-Elect
2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068-3930

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Areas of mediation practice as you would like listed in the Membership Directory:

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I subscribe to the mission of the OMA and desire membership in the following category:

__ Individual Membership shall be available to all interested persons. Individual members shall have full voting rights, shall be eligible to serve as OMA officers and chairs of standing or ad hoc committees, shall receive the Newscaster and meeting minutes, a discount on selected OMA events and shall be listed in the Directory if registered before July 1st each year. Annual dues payable to OMA are $35.00 May 1 through April 30.

___ Institutional Membership shall be available to any institution or organization. Staff of institutional member may participate in all activities of the OMA. Each institutional member shall have one vote, may have one designated person eligible to serve as OMA officer and chair of standing and ad hoc committees, shall receive the Newscaster and meeting minutes, receive only one discount on selected OMA events and shall be listed in the Directory as an institution if registered before July 1st each year. Annual dues payable to OMA are $35.00 May 1 through April 30.

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Ohio Mediation Association Annual Conference Seminar March 26, 2004, Fawcett Center, OSU, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus OH 43210 (614) 292-1342

9:30 AM Registration

 

Session One: 10:00 AM-Noon Quality Assurance of Mediation: Is Certification of Mediators the Answer? National and State Responses.
A panel discussion of what national organizations such as the Association of Conflict Resolution, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, and the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution have proposed concerning mediation certification; an academic perspective and what Ohio has done on this question to date. Moderator: Martha Antolik, OMA President.

Noon-1:30 PM Annual Meeting with Officers’ reports and the Better World Award Presentation.

Session Two: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Noon Quality Assurance of Mediation: Is Certification of Mediators the Answer? What one state has done and what Ohio could do.

A presentation by Eleanor Cozart, President of the Washington State Mediation Association on their certification program and a discussion lead by Shirley Cochran, OMA President Elect of what Ohio could do.

Cost: Members Non-Members Students

Before 3/10 $50 $60 $25

After 3/10 $55 $65 $25

Send registration and check payable to Ohio Mediation Association or OMA to Shirley Cochran, 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068.

Seating is limited so register early. CLE for attorneys has been submitted. CEUs for others being investigated.

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January 2004

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication January 2004

President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
President Elect/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com or scochran@co.clermont.oh.us
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail: jsphaedrus@ameritech.net
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2004 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at Fawcett Center

 

February 6 2004 Jennifer Baader, RN, and new OMA member presenting Mediation in Healthcare

March 26, 2004 Annual Meeting at Fawcett Center OSU The Future of Credentialing and What it Means to Ohio Mediators. NOTE DIFFERENT DATE AND LOCATION THAN REGULAR MEETINGS!

June 4, 2004 Victoria Solomon and the Gifts the Mediator Brings to the Table (originally scheduled for December, 2003).

August 6, 2004 TBA

October 1, 2004 TBA

December 3, 2004 TBA

 

All meetings to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice (Directions on back page)

 

UMA FORUMS

The OMA and the Ohio Community Mediation Association (OCMA) co-sponsored forums to discuss the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) and its impact in Ohio (see the President’s Column below). The UMA has been sponsored and submitted to the Legislature as House Bill 303. A discussion area has been prepared at the following website for those who were not able to attend or would like to continue the discussions from the forums. www.ohiocommunitymediation.org/discus.

 

President’s Column
By Martha Antolik

I’ve never yet met a mediator who did not believe in the power of hope. Regardless of style or professional background, or of definitions of what a mediator is or does, one characteristic shared by all is that we dwell in hope. And we offer it to those with whom we work.

2004 will see the Supreme Court and its mediation programs moving into a new home—a downtown Columbus building rescued from neglect and returned to its former Art Deco glory. Such an undertaking requires hope that what is saved from the past is still important to the future. We of the OMA board encourage you to take the opportunity to view the building upon its opening—you won’t be disappointed as you walk through this grand structure!

The UMA forums previously described in this newsletter are ongoing—and the legislature has taken up the bill. Testimony from OMA has an ‘interested party’ has been offered. There is hope here, too, that whatever our views on this legislation, that we will save from our past the value placed on dialogue and seeking understanding as we move into a future that will most likely see the UMA being enacted.

So, happy New Year! And may 2004 be your, and OMA’s, best year yet!

 

Putting on my mediator hat—getting into character.
By Shirley Cochran

(The second in a series of articles by members concerning what we do when we are not mediating, whether or not it has anything to do with conflict resolution. Send your stories for future publication so we can learn more about our members. Editor)

It is a chicken/egg thing. I don’t know if I became a lawyer because I like to debate and be “on stage” or if I like being “on stage” because it is part of what a trial lawyer does, but in any event, I got the opportunity to actually act a few years ago because of the Columbus Bar Association. In addition to being a committee that did law related acting for the law related educational programs, the Performance Ensemble committee also put on plays that had trial related themes. The first one I saw was “A Few Good Men” popularized by the movie of the same title starring Tom Cruise. It was an excellent performance and included some lawyers I knew so when the call for auditions in the fall came for “Twelve Angry Men” I thought “What the heck, I would be auditioning with other lawyers or law professionals” and showed up for the auditions. There were over 20 people auditioning for the 13 parts (12 jurors and a bailiff), so I figured I did not have a chance. Imagine my surprise when I was selected to play the juror with the foreign background. Instead of eastern European, we made my juror Latin American so I spoke with a Spanish accent the entire time. Leave it to me to have my first performance since Senior Play in High School, to be one in which we were on stage the entire time except for intermission—at least I did not have to learn entrance and exit lines! It was a wonderful experience followed by roles in “Witness for the Prosecution”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial”, and “Miracle on 34th Street” among others. The Bar Committee became a nonprofit corporation Lawyers Performance Ensemble and by 2002, I was president having served as Vice President of Production and Secretary as well as an original founding member.

In mediating, as in acting, the “character” of a neutral facilitator is something into which I can slip like another personality. I can remove myself from my personal feelings about the parties or the subject and “become” the mediator. From each role I have taken the best characteristic of the character I have played and tried to make it part of me and mediating is no different. The calm unbiased but empathic listener is what I try to merge into but calling upon my minimal talent as an actor helps me do it with less effort.

 

Better World Award Nominations Due by February 6, 2004

Each year the OMA takes nominations for its Better World Award. As there were no nominations last year, we did not give the award and we would not like to repeat the situation. The nominations can be of individuals or entities who either mediate or have an impact upon mediation in Ohio. Previous recipients include the Commission on Dispute Resolution, Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Martha Green, The Clark County Court Mediation program and many others. Nominations in writing setting forth the name and contact information of the nominees with a brief statement as to why the are being nominated should be provided to one of the officers listed above before the deadline for consideration this year.

 

Officer Nominations Due by February 6, 2004

The offices of President-Elect (one-year term), Vice-President (two-year term) and Secretary (two-year term) are due by February 6, 2004, for the elections to be held before our Annual Meeting Conference March 26, 2004. Anyone interested in the positions can contact the current holders of the office, Shirley Cochran, Jay Patterson, or Sheri Center with questions. The OMA is going places as evidenced by our expanded presence in the debate on the UMA but we can only proceed if we have people to lead. Contact any of the officers to make them aware of your interest and willingness to serve.

 

Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education:

Early Childhood to Higher Education

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Interfaith Center for Peace, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Ohio Resource Network are hosting the first-annual conference, What Works! Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education: Early Childhood to Higher Education, May 5th- 8th, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio. The national conference focuses on conflict resolution innovations specifically for higher education, Pre-K-12 schools, and high school students. This exciting event will bring together college and university faculty, educators, practitioners, high school students and community members to explore positive models for reducing and managing conflict with a goal to create safe and healthy learning environments. The conference will draw individuals from throughout Ohio and the U.S. to attend two day pre-conference intensive training sessions, May 5th and 6th, followed by two days of keynote lectures from nationally recognized experts, intensive workshops on programs, and strategies and theories for building peaceful school and university communities, May 7th and 8th. A variety of registration options are available. Participants may choose to attend the entire four day conference, the pre-conference intensive training only, the full workshop schedule on May 7th – 8th, or may choose a single day, either May 7th or 8th. Those who take advantage of early registration, before March 1st, will receive a significant discount on all fees. The Conference will be held on the 31st floor of the Riffe Center (77 South High Street), located directly across from the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. Complete conference information will be available in December, 2003.

 

 

Monthly Presenters for OMA by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you

 

Sherman’s Executive Communicator (“SEC”) December 1, 2003 Presentation and Negotiation Tips for Today’s Leader “Inspire Others to Action” Negotiation Tips – Why are some people difficult?

*We’ve talked in past postings about HOW to deal with difficult people who continually resort to verbal attacks when dealing with conflict.  We’ve suggested that there are various ways to deflect a verbal onslaught, such as countering with silence, discovering objective criteria, or attempting to

control the process.  All of these approaches are designed to keep you from getting emotionally caught up in the conflict.

*But there is an important preliminary question that we should answer that will help us deal more effectively with these types of individuals . . . WHY are some people difficult?

*People are difficult for a variety of reasons.  They may not have the skills to handle conflict.  It is a fact of life that most people have very little training in conflict management and resolution.

*People are also difficult because they do not want to appear weak.  We’ve all felt humiliated when someone betrays our trust by taking advantage of us.   A natural response is to become confrontational.

*In our business dealings, people are difficult because they often represent demanding clients.  We certainly don’t want to appear weak when representing others.

*Perhaps the most compelling reason why people are difficult is that it has always worked for them.  It’s a way of life.  They believe that their success is tied to their confrontational approach to conflict.  Sad . . . but true.

*Armed with this information, you can deal more effectively with difficult people.  You can begin by adjusting your attitude when confronting these individuals.  Knowing that they may not have the appropriate skills or that they are controlled by others should help you depersonalize a verbal

assault.  You may even feel sorry for your negotiating counterpart if you consider that this is the way he/she handles all conflict – both personal and business.

*Also recognize that an aggressive, confrontational approach often hides the root cause of the conflict.  You need to discover the real interests behind stated positions by asking questions and delving into the subject matter of the negotiations.  Your job is to focus on problem-solving, not changing their behavior.

*Your approach to difficult people – especially those who are committed to making life miserable for everyone else – is to remain calm.  Don’t allow these “Rambo” negotiators to steal your energy and bring you down to their level.  They are pros at confrontation.  When you lose your cool and get out of control, they win.

*Your awareness of what underlies the actions of difficult people brings you power.  Use that power to find solutions to conflict, bringing your difficult counterpart kicking and screaming to a satisfactory result. Copyright 2003 Sherman Leadership Group You can reprint any part of this posting with the following attribution: “Reprinted with permission.  Sherman’s Executive Communicator.  Subscribe for free at www.ShermanLeadership.com.”

 

 

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President Elect, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org. What follows is the list of all members, new and renewing as of December, 2003. If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know.

Additions:

Catholic Charities Mediation Department Louis Cocchiarella 

1933 Spielbusch Avenue

Toledo OH 43624

(419) 244-6711 

F (419) 244-4860

lcocchiarella@toledodiocese.org

Family, Divorce, Neigh./Comm., 

Juvenile, Other: Guardianship

/Eldercare

Franklin County Juvenile Court c/o Romona Inskeep Mediator 

373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215-4598

(614) 462-4698 

F (614) 462-3748

Romona_Inskeep@FCCOURTS.ORG

Family, Divorce, Juvenile
Franklin County DR Court c/o Marya Kolman Mediator 

373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 462-5872 

F (614) 462-3748

Mary_Kolman@fccourts.org

Family, Divorce, Juvenile

 

Corrections:

Roger Sorey’s address is 315 High Street, 2nd Floor

Belinda Ohlinger, Solution Builders Mediation Services, Office (614) 761-2540 Home (614) 459-2020 E-mail: ohlinger@copper.net. Mediation areas: Divorce, family, juvenile, domestic violence, victim/offender, employment, EEO, church

Stephen E. Williams’ e-mail is: Mediate@who.rr.com. Mediation areas include Small Business and Workplace Issues, not Juvenile.

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter The next deadline is February 20, 2004 My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

 

Job Announcements: We have no local announcements for this Newscaster, but see the Mediators Wanted announcement below. There are some announcements that become available for the meetings Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor

 

Mediators Wanted: Law school graduates with extensive ADR experience and credentials are sought to join a neutral panel in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panel is part of a new dispute resolution company backed by individuals with a strong background in the alternative dispute resolution industry. In accordance with industry convention, panelists are independent contractors. They accept cases in their preferred practice areas to meet their desired workload. Practicing attorneys and academics seeking to make mediation a bigger, or better managed, part of their worklife are encouraged to apply. While our current geographic focus is the San Francisco Bay Area, qualified neutrals in other major cities are also encouraged to contact us. Please reply by in complete confidence with a resume to panel@mediatorswanted.com. Kenneth J. Marshall Palo Alto, California Tel (650) 814-9299 Fax (650) 618-2200 http://www.mediatorswanted.com

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events

February 7-8, 2004 – ABA Mid–Year Meeting/ DR Section Meetings San Antonio, Texas

Hilton Palacio del Rio (210)222-1400

April 15-17, 2004 – 6th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference New York, New York Resolution and Resilience in New York Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers 811 Seventh Avenue (Between 53rd and 52nd Streets), New York, NY (800) 325-3535, (212) 581-1000 www.starwood.com/sheraton Reduced Hotel and Airline Rates Available CLE Credits Available For additional information, see: http://www.abanet.org/dispute/conference/6th/home.html Updated, complete conference information, including concurrent session descriptions, in Word Make sure this premier dispute resolution event is on your spring calendar. Last year the Section’s Spring meeting in San Antonio, Texas was a tremendous success attracting over 1,000 participants in spite of the fact that the Iraq war began simultaneously with the dispute resolution conference. This spring we will again provide a very high quality and phenomenal range of programming opportunities. The Annual Spring Conference is an essential gathering place for dispute resolution leaders, providers, consumers, scholars, students, from small firms, universities, large law firms, corporations, accounting offices, psychologists’ offices, and others that comprise the wonderful world of dispute resolution.  Highlights include: * The 15th Annual Frank E.A. Sander Lecture: Reconciliation and Reparations featuring presentations by Alexander Boraine, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat and Ziyad Motala * A stellar Plenary on Maintaining a Healthy Corporate Body, moderated by ABA President-Elect Robert Grey and featuring Enron Bankruptcy Examiner R. Neal Batson, Tyco Executive Vice President William B. Lytton, Microsoft Mediator Eric Green and Prof. Lynn Stout * Skills Training by leading practitioners on the latest innovations in DR practice * Over 120 Presentations covering the diverse world of dispute resolution, organized into practice and interest specific tracks * Presentation of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke * The Forum on Expanding Opportunities for Minorities and Women in Dispute Resolution * The Court ADR Mini-Conference for neutrals, judges, program administrators and more * Innovative teaching techniques at the Legal Educators’ Colloquium Subject matter tracks this year will include: Arbitration, Community and Peer Mediation, Communication, Construction ADR, Corporate/Business ADR, Court-Connected ADR, Employment and Labor ADR, Ethics, Family, Government ADR, Environment & Public Policy, Intellectual Property and Technology, International, Practice Development and Management, and Technology. The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (www.starwood.com/sheraton) has a block of rooms held at the reduced rate of $189 (single/double) plus tax (13.25%) and a $2.00 occupancy tax for Conference attendees. The cut-off date for hotel reservations is March 29, 2004 at 5:00 PM (CST). Reservations received on or before the cut-off date will be honored at the ABA group rate. After the cut-off date, the hotel shall continue to accept reservations, at the ABA group rate, ONLY on a space-available basis. Call the Hotel directly at (212) 841-6450 or (800) 325-3535 and refer to the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sixth Annual Conference.

August 6-8, 2004 – ABA Annual Meeting/ DR Section Programs & Meetings Atlanta, Georgia

For additional information on meetings, contact: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, (202) 662-1687, dispute@abanet.org, or check www.abanet.org/dispute for updated schedules and information on upcoming meetings.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Basic Mediation Training for Winter/Spring 2004: January 17 (Sat.9-5), January 21 (Wed. 5-9), January 24 (Sat.9-5) March 29 (Mon. 9-5), March 31 (Wed. 9-1), April 5 (Mon. 9-5) June 5 (Sat.9-5), 9 (Wed. 5-9) , 12 (Sat.9-5) Spring 2004 Divorce Mediation Training- 40 hour training; pre-requisite: basic mediation training March 5 (Friday evening), March 6, March 7, March 19 (Friday evening), March 20, March 21  Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information contact:  Bob Curtis, Training Co-ordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org www.clevelandmediation.org

 

Basic Mediation Training with Marie Hill and Lou Ann Wood at Beech Acres Mediation Center, January 29-30, 2004.  To register or receive a brochure, e-mail Marie at mhill@beechacres.org or call 513-231-6630.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training February 4 & 5 or April 14 & 15, 2004; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2004. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

 

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Basic Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training Information Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center

 

Conflict Management Services

Presenters Cheryl M Lowry, Ph D, Robert N Wistner, JD, Leslie Martin, BA, and Kenneth T Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynetnet Website: www.conflictmgmt.com

 

ADVANCED MEDIATION: SKILLS FOR WORKPLACE AND OTHER MEDIATORS Date:  Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm This interactive advanced mediation workshop designed for the experienced workplace mediator, will expand mediation practitioners’ toolboxes.  The course will include sessions on Breaking Impasse, When It’s Only About Money, and Difficult Mediation Experiences.  Faculty: Margaret L. Shaw, a nationally renowned mediation trainer, is a principal of ADR Associates; an Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law; and a member of the CPR/Institute for Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.  As a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, she has mediated a number of employment class actions as well as age, sex, race and disability discrimination claims and disputes involving wrongful termination and sexual harassment.  She has facilitated consensus-building and problem-solving initiatives in the workplace.  Ms. Shaw is a frequent writer and speaker on ADR processes. ARBITRATION FOR MEDIATORS: THE BASICS OF THEORY AND PRACTICE Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2004 Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm This one day participatory workshop will provide you with both the theory and skills to expand your dispute resolution practice into arbitration.  Participants will explore differences between service as an adjudicator and a mediator, legal principles in arbitration and how to conduct a simple arbitration. Faculty: Lela Porter Love is Professor of Law and   Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in NYC, a program that has consistently been ranked among the top ten in the nation by US News and World Report.  Professor Love founded and directs Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic, which was among the first programs in the country to train law students to serve as mediators.  Professor Love regularly conducts mediation and arbitration training programs and has an active dispute resolution practice, ranging from community disputes to complex litigated matters.  She has written widely on the topic of dispute resolution. Training Institute Coordinator: Susan D. Romer, J.D. Courses will be held at: John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium 899 Tenth Avenue  (bet. 58th and 59th Streets) New York City For registration and additional information, please contact: Research and Administrative Office at John Jay College of Criminal Justice 899 Tenth Avenue, Suite 520 New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 237-8692 Fax:  (212) 237-8646 Email:  dispute@jjay.cuny.edu Website:  http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/dispute

Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare (Canada) More than a conference, this dialogue is three days of idea exchange and development, learning , and community building. Through open inquiry and focused discussion, participants will  connect with a diverse community committed to advancing the field of healthcare conflict management to improve healthcare delivery. Internationally respected dialogue leaders include Robert Benjamin, Kenneth Cloke, Peter Block, and Phyllis Beck Kritek. Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare March 24-26, 2004 Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada To download the program please go to:

http://www.healthdialogue.org/hm/dialogue/program.html This dialogue is a joint project of Simon Fraser University, mediate.calm, and Health Care Mediations Inc. To learn more about this event and to qualify for the December 15, 2003 early bird rate, please go to www.healthdialogue.org, call 866.590.7195 or email info@healthdialogue.org.

 

UNIFIED MEDIATION Designed for experienced mediators, this training introduces you to the unique theory and methodology of Gestalt which will strengthen and deepen your skills and help you reach the “next level” of your expertise in working with disputants. Workshop Description: Mediation is a process of problem solving, empowerment, and resolution. Gestalt theory and methodology are processes of awareness, action, contact and completion. Gestalt theory is based upon and grounded in perceptual psychology, holism, field and systems theory. In the hundred years since its initial development it has been studied, refined and applied with excellent results to individuals and groups of people in both therapeutic and organizational (including business) contexts. This workshop examines mediation and conflict resolution from a Gestalt perspective and teaches mediators how Gestalt processes can enhance and refine customary mediation work. Using the Cycle of Experience as the organizing framework, participants will learn and work through the stages of a mediation applying a variety of Gestalt tools and concepts. Through presentation of theory, and skill development exercises, participants will 1) learn the power of “use of self as intervenor,” 2) enhance their practice by understanding how to work with resistance, and 3) develop skill to work with the underlying energetic process of mediation. We are offering the course on two dates and at two different locations for your convenience. Register with the location at which you want to attend the workshop. Both sessions will start on Thursday at 3:00 and end on Sunday at 12:00 CLEs and CEUs will be available.

Ø April 29-May 2 at the Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod (www.gisc.org)

508/349-7900

Ø August 13-16 at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (Ohio) (www.gestaltcleveland.org) 216/421-0468

 

Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference. Next year around this time, we hope to warmly welcome you to Kitchener-Waterloo on June 2-5, 2004 for Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference! At Interaction 2004, we will celebrate the struggles and triumphs of 30 years of conflict resolution in Canada. Inspiring keynote speakers, ground-breaking workshops and an outstanding conference ambiance make this another “must attend” conference of Conflict Resolution Network Canada! In the heartland of Ontario, you will experience special events like “Oktoberfest in June,” an outdoor “Plenary in the Park,” an Aboriginal Drama and Art Exhibit, the world famous Kitchener Farmer’s Market and a star studded Peace and Music Gala at Kitchener City Hall. While in the area, take a short drive to the world renowned Stratford Festival Theatre, Niagara Falls, or visit the charming village of St. Jacobs. A “Call for Proposals” for workshop presenters will go out in September 2003. We’ll keep you posted as we develop our full roster of speakers and events. Conflict Resolution Network Canada Réseau pour la Résolution de Conflits Canada Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 Phone: (519) 885-0880  Fax: (519) 885-0806 Web site: www.crnetwork.ca

 

TWELFTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE

Friday May 7, 2004; 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 8, 2004; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shoreline Conference Center, Seattle, Washington The University of Washington School of Law, the Dispute Resolution Section of the Washington State Bar, the Washington Mediation Association and Resolution Washington request your participation in the Twelfth Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference. This Request for Proposal process is intended to encourage a broad and diverse community to present at this conference. The conference is designed for ADR practitioners and others interested in learning more about conflict resolution. Attendees include mediators, arbitrators, attorneys, government representatives, human resources personnel, advocates, ombudsmen and counselors. The conference will be held at the Shoreline Conference Center in north Seattle.  Participants desire sessions that offer exercises and interaction and minimize the lecture approach. We encourage proposals that emphasize active learning, “how to” sessions, role plays, case studies and time for group discussion. The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all DR topics. Past conferences have included topics such as the mediator’s persuasive tools, evaluating body language, arbitration training, marketing your ADR practice, skills for transformative mediation, mediating on line, large group facilitation, using humor in mediation, ADR in the federal courts, power balancing in divorce mediation, mediation across cultures, communication theories, ADR in child protection cases, the workplace, victim-offender mediation, and peer mediation programs in schools. We welcome and encourage creative, innovative proposals! *For further information, you may contact Kathy Kline, 206-543-8881 , kkline@u.washington.edu , Nancy Highness 425-883-3928 or Phil Cutler, 206-340-4600. Visit our Conference website at www.mediate.com/nwadr. We look forward to seeing you at the Twelfth Annual Northwest Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference on May 7-8, 2004!

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Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.state.oh.us/cdr

 

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediate.ohio.org

 

Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org

 

The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School www.mcgregor.edu

 

The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://aompace.edu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001.htm

 

“Addressing the Redress: A Discussion of the Status of the United State’s Postal Service’s Transformative Mediation Program” by Professor Lisa B Bingham, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Cardozo On-Line Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 2, 2001, http://www.cardozoyu.edu Go to Publications, then On Line Journal, Current Volumes, Volume 2 No 2, and Symposia and it is the first article

 

The Nov/Dec edition of the Ivey Business Journal, which is online at www.iveybusinessjournal.com is focused on “the Civil Workplace” and has several articles of interest to workplace and other mediators.

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

 

Ohio Mediation Association
c/o Ohio Commission on Dispute
Resolution and Conflict Management
77 South High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108