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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org
A Monthly(?) Publication

September/October/November/December 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

February 2, 2007 Debbie Taylor, Victim Offender Mediation in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

May 11, 2007 Annual Meeting at the Riffe Center—Note date and place change. Join OMA in welcoming Nina Meierding for our Annual Meeting and Conference where she will speak on questioning and resistance/impasse breaking. More details to come.

June 1, 2007 TBA

August 3, 2007 TBA

October 5, 2007 TBA

December 7, 2007 TBA

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page)

 

OMA Case Study Group
Phil Dunfee, Vice President

The Ohio Mediation Association launched a pilot Case Study Group on December 1, 2006 in order to provide for the professional development, skill refinement, and personal enrichment for mediators throughout Ohio. As a pilot program of OMA, it is our intent to refine the program for reproduction throughout Ohio for all mediators.

The OMA’s Case Study Group developed by Judith Thomas, Kathleen Hoenie, Suzanne Barker, and Susan Shostak, has been designed to provide the maximum relevant benefit in all fields of mediation. The format is highly interactive and facilitated, addressing real world concerns and issues. It is a place to solicit expert insight and positive critique from some of Ohio’s best mediators; a safe place to discuss difficult cases, learn from past mistakes and share success in an environment of strict confidentiality; a place of enormous professional value; an educational experience free of charge. The pilot Case Study Group will convene after the general meetings of the OMA which are scheduled 11:00am to 2:00 pm, the first Friday of the even-numbered months. This pilot project will run from 2:00pm to 3:30 pm. It is open to all OMA member and non-members as well.

When you arrive you will be asked to sign in and agree to a standard confidentiality policy. There will be a prearranged volunteer presenter who will verbally present a case which will be discussed for the entire group time. Everyone in attendance will be informed as to the type of case, relationships, the case’s nature and issues involved. The presenter will explain why he or she is presenting this case as he or she asks the group for specific input, constructive criticism, and help. The group is free to ask any questions and interact with the presenter as they discuss the case with each other and the presenter. A volunteer facilitator will be at each Study Group meeting to keep the group on task, keep the process moving and support the goals and purpose of the presenter.

The OMA Case Study Group is an open group, fielding a new case at every meeting. Because this group is presenter directed, it will reflect the diverse needs of the participants from all areas of practice in mediation. It will operate in many respects as a positive peer review panel. It is not a forum for criticism over techniques or styles, or a social event or classroom, or place for evangelism for one style or process or another. Its content is solely determined by the case presenter as he or she determines the agenda of that group meeting with the facilitator keeping the process moving.

If you are looking to get better at your craft and are open to new ideas and points of view, I strongly recommend you take good look at the OMA Case Study Group by attending these pilot offerings simply by attending or volunteering to be a presenter. If you have a case you would like to present, please make your desire known to Susan Shostak at shostak@ohiohills.com or Kathleen Hoenie at khoenie@cs.com.

Ohio Rule 16 Update
by C. Eileen Pruett

Ohio court Mediation programs that are governed by local court mediation rules will adopt expanded training and screening for domestic abuse requirements on January 1, 2007. OMA members contributed to these changes to the way Ohio’s Rule 16 of the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts approaches regulation of mediation training and screening. The revised rule solidifies the Supreme Court of Ohio’s position as a leader in committing court resources to mediation in order to better meet the needs of families.*

First, mediators for court-connected family mediation programs will complete 14 hours of specialized training in Domestic abuse and mediation. The Supreme Court has provided Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals to parenting mediators for several years. Now child protection, truancy, unruly, victim offender and juvenile perpetrated domestic violence mediators will also be required to complete this interdisciplinary training. Jacqueline Hagerott, Dispute Resolution Section Manger at the Supreme Court (and OMA member) notes that “This training has been enhanced to mirror the trend in domestic violence prevention to empower victims.” In addition, the training will provide mediators with the skills necessary to determine whether mediation is an appropriate, safe option for the parties. Successful management to provide for safety and appropriateness before, during and after the mediation process is a critical element of the training.

To further address concerns about domestic abuse, the Rule requires all court mediation programs to implement domestic violence screening procedures. Magistrate Dick Altman leads a work group developing screening tools and training for mediators in the Courts of Common Pleas General Division and Municipal Courts. “Looking for indicators of abuse, coercion and control in all cases provides important safeguards for Ohio citizens who participate in a variety of mediation programs.” Dick noted. He also said that the efforts of the Supreme Court staff and Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution over several years led to thoughtful development of the Rule and widespread acceptance of the changes by courts and practitioners.

Rule 16 codifies the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ protocols for domestic violence and mediation. These protocols prohibit the use of mediation: 1) as an alternative to the prosecution or adjudication of domestic violence; 2) In determining whether to grant, modify or terminate a protection order; 3) In determining the terms and conditions of a protection order; and 4) In determining the penalty for violation of a protection order.

The Rule also provides for participation by “an attorney or other individual designated by an individual”, as required by the Uniform Mediation Act (Ohio Revised Code § 2710.09) Finally, the Rule adopts the AFCC/ABA/ACR Model Standards for Family Mediators as the aspirational standards for family mediators in Ohio. Adoption of aspirational standards of conduct for mediators, safety protocols and procedures that encourage referrals to legal services for parties, including victims of domestic violence, “enhance the rule significantly.” says Henry County Family Court Judge Denise McColley. “The Supreme Court facilitated the shift from a ‘bare bones’ training and qualifications rule to a comprehensive rule developed with input and approval from key stakeholders.” she noted.

Supreme Court Advisory Committee member Tom Week, Director of Ohio State Legal Services Association also sees the changes to Rule 16 as “a tremendous accomplishment.” Tom supervises legal aid offices in 30 Ohio Counties. “For the Supreme Court to support a thoughtful approach to development and implementation of comprehensive guidelines that will protect victims in all mediation programs is good news for Ohio domestic violence victims and further evidence of Ohio’s leadership in dispute resolution,” Tom noted.

*(For full text of Rule 16 see http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/Rules/superintendence/Superintendence.pdf.)

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.

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Ohio Department of Education 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 resumes to perform mediations in special education on a contractual intermittent basis for special education disputes pursuant to 34 C.F.R. 300.704(b)(3)(ii) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA ’04) and Rule 3301-51-08 (A)(c) of the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities. Applicants must be trained mediators with at least 7 years experience mediating complex issues. The successful applicant will have knowledge or understanding of special education and the IEP process, and a flexible schedule. Applicants must submit a resume outlining their education, mediation experience and knowledge in the area of special education. Selected candidates will be required to attend three days of training in Columbus on June 12, 13 & 14, 2007. Minorities and bi-lingual speakers are highly encouraged to apply. A personal service contract will be awarded based on the aforementioned criteria for a fee of $125 an hour for mediation services. The contract will be in effect for fiscal year 2007 (July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007). 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, January 31, 2007 and should be submitted to: Ohio Department of Education ATTN: Steve Polovick Mediation Coordinator Office for Exceptional Children 25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 202 Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183 (614) 387-0340 Your proposal can also be sent by e-mail to steven.polovick@ode.state.oh.us or by fax to (614) 728-1097. All responses must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, January 31, 2007, in order to be considered for an interview. Notification will be made by phone or e-mail no later than March 31, 2007. There will be no notification to unsuccessful applicants.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is January 20, 2007. 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: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio 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. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President. An additional website to check is at Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

Job Opening: There is a position opening in the ADR clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Law.  I took a different position at the law school after 12 years in the ADR clinic and so I could answer questions about the position.  We have had a visitor in the position and we are now searching to fill it.  Please share this information with anyone interested and apologies for the cross posting.  See the announcement at http://www.law.siu.edu/employment Thanks for your support. Suzanne J. Schmitz Assistant Professor Southern Illinois University School of Law 230 Lesar Bldg Carbondale, IL 62901 (618) 453-8712 Fax:  (618) 453-3317 sschmitz@siu.edu

Job Opening at Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) in Annapolis, Maryland Court ADR Resources Director Essential Functions: The major focus of the Court ADR Resources Director is to work collaboratively with judges, lawyers, and other appropriate court personnel in Maryland’s Circuit Courts across the state to help advance their court ADR programs. Functions include helping courts: identify ADR needs, apply for MACRO grant funds, identify training needs, design and develop pilot programs, draft or amend rules, procedures and forms, formulate action plans, promote and increase awareness about ADR programs, analyze evaluative data, monitor ADR programs and problem solve. This position also works closely with the District Court ADR office to help support its goals. Responsible for developing and coordinating a new Court ADR Network to enhance communication for all court ADR program coordinators and administrators in the Circuit and District courts; oversees the new innovative Court ADR Program’s System of Assessment Project (CAPSAP) which consists of a web-based data collection and reporting system. Assists in coordinating ADR public awareness campaign and works collaboratively with staff in all aspects of MACRO’s multi-faceted work. Education: Juris Doctorate and completion of 40 hours of mediation training. Experience: Five years of relevant professional experience in law, dispute resolution, court administration, or related field. For more information, visit http://mdcourts.gov.

Association for Conflict Resolution News

ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference, “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping The Future,” was held in Philadelphia, PA, October 25-28th.  The conference hosted a variety of workshops, lectures, panels and intimate roundtable discussions on the issues of conflict resolution with some of the most experienced professionals in the field. Speakers included Ohio’s own Shirley Cochran, Mayra Kolman, Christy Cumberlander Walker, and was presided over by Terry Wheeler as President.  Among the awards presented during the conference was the Presidential Award from Terry Wheeler to Marya Kolman for being one of the tri-chairs of the conference committee for the last two years. Congratulations to both Terry and Marya for their service to our National/International Dispute Resolution organization.

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. 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 an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Martha Antolik for assistance.

Maara Fink
University of Toledo College of Law 2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606
(419) 530-4236 

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Jan Marie Fritz
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237
(513) 731-7878 

Fax: (513) 556-1274

Jan.fritz@uc.edu

Holliday Mediation 

c/o Kirk Holliday
8515 Ethan Court
Fairfield OH 45014

(513) 742-8295 

Fax: (513) 942-2769

Kholliday1@cinci.rr.com

James P. Luton 

Attorney at Law

131 S. Prospect Street

Marion OH 43302

(740) 382-6588 

Fax: (740) 375-5372

Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net

Sharon Maerten-Moore
14 South Paint Street, Suite 38
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 779-6662 

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Steve Miller 

2351 Wells Drive

Sidney OH 45365

(937) 622-0023 

Miller.2351@hotmail.com

Professor Roberta S. Mitchell
Capital University Law School
303 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 236-6517 

rmitchell@law.capital.edu

Jennifer A. Patterson Center for Public Mgt. & Regional Affairs
Miami Univ. 2 Harrison Hall 

Oxford OH 45056

(513) 529-6923 

Fax: (513) 529-6939

patterja@muohio.edu

Faith Walzak 

Delaware County Juvenile Court
88 N. Sandusky Street

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 833-2610 

Fax: (740) 833-2599

fwalzak@co.delaware.oh.us

Nancy Womble-Morrison
755 E. Main Street
Columbus OH 43205
(614) 260-9743 or 258-4490 

Fax (614) 258-4492

HouseofCommand@SBCglobal.net

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
2006-2007 Meeting Schedule

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.

January 10, 2007: “Do Men and Women Communicate Differently When in Conflict?” Cynthia Berryman-Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Women’s Studies at the University of Cincinnati discusses whether and how communication differs between the sexes when in conflict.

February 14, 2007: “Mediating Wrongful Death Cases: One Mediator’s Experience” Roz Florez, Mediator, Hamilton County Common Pleas ADR, shares her experiences and thoughts on mediating these types of cases.

March 14, 2007: Cathie Kuhl reviews and leads the group in a discussion about the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

April 11, 2007: “Mediation Case Studies” Marie Bader presents two cases and leads the group in a discussion of those cases.

May 9, 2007: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

 

Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution Education March 14th – 17th, 2007 Cleveland, Ohio, USA Global Issues Resource Center, Office of Community Continuing Education at Cuyahoga Community College and The Organization of American States will host a four-day Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution Education in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  This event will bring together government representatives from among the 50 states and 34 countries of the Americas and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in place to deliver conflict resolution education at the K-12 level and in colleges of teacher education. This first-ever Summit offers a dynamic opportunity to develop a hemispheric infrastructure throughout the Americas to advance the work in the fields of conflict resolution education and peace education. The Summit will bring together policymakers and educators representing regions across the United States and select member countries of the OAS representing North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. These national and international educators will exchange program best practices, evaluation methodology, creation of policy implementation structures, and consideration of obstacles to success. This event offers a needed opportunity for college students, college faculty, university scholars, K-12 educators, public health officials, prevention specialists, and state, local, and national policy makers in the Americas and beyond to convene in one location to learn more about the most current work being undertaken. March 14th and 15th: The general Summit event is open nationally and internationally to anyone who wishes to attend. Presenters will share examples of best practices within their states and nations, implementation models, and evaluation results. March 16th and 17th, 2007: During this time there will be closed policy meetings engaging teams of state and federal government agencies and their NGOs/University Partners. This portion of the Summit is by invitation only.  State and country teams will work on – evaluation, creation of policy, and best practices in creating the structures for K-12 and Higher Education policy implementation. A compilation of the work in the states and countries will be published for distribution to all attendees and other interested policymakers in the United States, the Americas, the Caribbean, and beyond.  Keynote Speakers include: March 14th, 2007 Dr. Gonzalo Retamal (Chile), Visiting Professor on Education in Emergencies and Post Conflict, at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.  Former Senior Research Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Education and former Senior Education Officer, UNHCR.  Co -Head of the Ministry of Culture for the Joint Interim Administration of United Nations in Kosovo (UNMIK). UNESCO representative in Iraq for the ‘Food for Oil’ programme.  Senior Education Advisor for Humanitarian Assistance at the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Geneva and with UNESCO in Eastern Africa.  Chief of the School Education Programme of UNRWA in the Middle East. March 15th, 2007 Dr. Janet Patti (USA), Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College. Co-Director of the Leadership Center at Hunter College and Coordinator of the Education Administration and Supervision Aspiring Leaders Program.  Member of the Leadership Team of the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).  Vice President of Affiliate Affairs of the New York State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.  Faculty member of the City University of New York’s Graduate Center doctoral faculty and the School of Professional Studies faculty of Social, Emotional and Academic Education. Summit Features: Launching of the International Conflict Resolution Education Website, Association of Conflict Resolution Education, Research, and International Section Meetings, International Network on Conflict Resolution Education and Peace Education Advisory Committee Meetings, Workshops and panels led by experts, showcasing best practices in the hemisphere, Exhibits of current international resources, Special sessions during which Ministry of Education officials from countries around the world will share their current national efforts on conflict resolution education, including guests from among the 34 countries of the Americas, Armenia, Australia, Bulgaria, Israel, and more. Who Should Attend: College faculty, staff and students; k-12 educators and administrators; public health officials; prevention specialists; state, local and national policymakers in the Americas and beyond.  Credits Offered: CEU, Social Work, Counselor, CHES, RCH, Graduate (one credit hour available for an additonal $200 and the completion of an assignment one month after the conference from Ashland University).  For more information including a registration form, please see the attached preliminary conference program, call 216-987-2224 or e-mail Jennifer Batton at:  Jennifer.Batton@tri-c.edu

 

3rd National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution: Promoting Opportunities in the Field of ADR

Save the Date: May 16 -18, 2007 Pre-conference May 15, 2007 Columbus, OH

Press Release 10/18/06 Senior Mediators Release Statement Urging Effective Negotiation Approaches There comes a time when even mediators will speak up.  Mediators are conflict resolvers who help others to resolve conflict in a voluntary and constructive way.  Mediators are normally quiet, priding themselves on their impartiality and neutrality.  Now, however, over 75 of the world’s leading mediators have “had enough” according to Mediate.com CEO Jim Melamed, and have signed a statement urging that community, national and global leaders engage effective negotiation and mediation approaches. Here is the text of the Mediators’ Statement developed at the recent Senior Mediators Conference in Keystone, Colorado: Given that the world is confronted with real and perceived threats from several international arenas we, the undersigned, urge that citizens of our nations insist their elected and appointed government officials immediately engage in honest, direct and unconditional negotiations with all authorities and powers who can resolve these pending crises in ways that are equitable and practical for all concerned without sacrifice to national sovereignty or security. As citizens of the world and as professional negotiators and mediators we urge that proven conflict resolution processes be employed now. Upon www.mediate.com’s release of the Keystone Conference Mediators’ Statement, initiative Executive Director William Lincoln stated, “The Mediators’ Statement is crisp, non-accusatory and non-political — it’s just an honest statement asking for direct negotiations and mediated negotiations in every sector.” In addition to maximizing the use of effective negotiation and mediation in situations of community, national and international turmoil, Associate CRI Director Polly Davis adds, “The Mediators’ Statement and birth of the International Coalition of Concerned Mediators initiative emphasize that we need to bring civility back into our negotiation and conflict resolution discussions.” CRI Executive Director William Lincoln adds that “Permitting ‘the spirit of compromise’ to be the motivating force for coming to the table is the wrong impetus.  Converting real and potential conflict into mutual challenges is the correct and most productive mindset. A constructive negotiation attitude is more important than tricks and tactics and certainly a better approach than war.  The International Coalition of Concerned Mediators will emphasize constructive negotiation and mediation approaches that demand candor, humanity and creativity.  Our joint survival demands no less.” Signatory mediators and the ICCM ask all who support the Mediators’ Statement to express your support at www.concernedmediators.org by adding your name to the list of supporters and by sharing this opportunity with your family, friends and colleagues.  We can change the world for the better!  Please do your part!  We need you now.  For additional information, contact the International Coalition of Concerned Mediators (ICCM) at www.concernedmediators.org.

The Call for Proposals for ACR’ Annual Conference is now open!

ACR is now accepting proposals for the Seventh Annual Conference that will be held October 24 27, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. On-line submission of session proposals opens today, January 3, 2007 and closes Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please visit http://ACRnet.org/conferences/ac07/RFP.php for the proposal submission form and additional information and instructions.

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

February 7-13, 2007 ABA Mid-Year Meeting Biscayne Marriott, Miami, Florida

February 22-24, 2007 Third Annual Arbitration Training Institute International Barclay Hotel New York

February 22-23, 2007 Construction Law Forum International Barclay Hotel New York

April 26-28, 2007 Ninth Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington DC

August 9-11, 2007 ABA Annual Meeting San Francisco California

April 2-5, 2008 Tenth Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton Seattle, Washington

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois

 

I am writing my regular fall email to ask you to help “spread the word” about the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Law. Below is information about our exciting and innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested. The MU Law School is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution with one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school. Now in its eighth year, the LL.M. program has 20 students from diverse backgrounds.  Through the years, students have come from 21 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see http://law.missouri.edu/llm/current-students.htm. We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program. Our program features small classes, limited to students with law degrees.  As a result, students and faculty develop a close feeling of community. LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  For example, Jim Reeves started a firm in St. Louis called Conflict Management Systems with a focus on mediation, facilitation, and organizational conflict management.  Suzanne Curran Carney is the program development director at Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  Art Hinshaw is the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University College of Law.  Pablo Ipina runs the Centre of Mediation and Arbitration which is supported by the Interamerican Development Bank in La Paz, Bolivia. Students may enroll full-time or part-time.  Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year.  Part-time students typically complete the program in two years and we work hard to accommodate their needs.  We normally schedule required courses one day a week so that part-time students can work the other four days.  This has enabled students to attend from such states as Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. LL.M. students must have a law degree. The Admissions Committee prefers applicants with significant prior legal experience. Applicants without significant prior legal experience are considered more favorably if they have other relevant full-time work experience and/or a demonstrated interest in dispute resolution. Financial aid is available, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships.  See http://law.missouri.edu/llm/pdf/financial-form.pdf.  LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s famous Journalism School.  For information about these programs, please contact Prof. Richard Reuben at reubenr@missouri.edu or (573) 884-5204.  In addition, many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. Applicants submitting complete files by January 1 receive decisions in February.  Applicants submitting completed files by March 15 receive decisions in April.  Applications received after March 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis.   Student aid is available for full-time students, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships. Full information about the LL.M. Program is on the web at http://law.missouri.edu/llm. If you or others have questions, feel free to contact me at (573) 882-3914, landej@missouri.edu,  or Karen Neylon, the program coordinator, at (573) 882-2020, umclawcdr@missouri.edu. I hope you all have a good year. Best, John Lande Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO 65211 Tel: 573-882-3914
Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/ Personal Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 21 & 22 or April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA 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

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. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

Two fantastic Advanced Mediation opportunities have been combined into a double-header this February, and I thought you’d want to know about them.  Doug Noll and I are combining to do a unique training on February 7-9 called “Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator”, which will be followed by the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative (HNII) and the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) offering the “Beyond Yes Dialogue Series” on February 9-11.  Each of these two independent events will take place at the beautiful and serene Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, in Ojai, California. Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator: An Advanced Mediator Skills Retreat is a course designed explicitly for mediators who have achieved a level of success and a respect for other mediation styles and applications, and who are prepared to move beyond the confines of evaluative and facilitative processes of mediation and make a difference with their work – both in the lives of participants in their mediations, and in themselves. This course is for those who are ready to move to the next level of awareness and consciousness, grounded in mutual respect and deeper connections with the participants.  Topics will include The Power of Self-Reflection, Human Dynamics, Neuropsychology and the Psychology of Conflict, Dealing with Difficult People, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Bringing People to Closure.  More information about Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator is available at www.MediationTools.com/mastermediator/Flyer.htm. The Beyond Yes Dialogue Series is lead by Erica Ariel Fox, Director of the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative, and focuses on understanding and cultivating the art of the advanced conflict resolution practitioner. The Dialogue Series explores what experiences and personal qualities (psychological, intellectual, ethical and spiritual) negotiators and mediators contribute on an individual level to the resolution of conflict.  This dialogue will bring experienced practitioners together to look inward so that we can be more focused and have greater impact as we then reach outward.  More information about Harvard’s Beyond Yes Dialogue Series is available at http://www.mediationtools.com/events/hniiojai.pdf. This double-header experience is where you want to be if you are serious about moving your work to the next level and making this coming year of practice different than the last.  You will be exposed to work in these five days, through the Master Mediator training and HNII’s dialogue, that is cutting edge in every way.  This is work that will be deeply meaningful to you on a personal as well as professional level.  You will leave with a whole new chapter of professional skills that will make you noticeably more effective at the mediation table.  (Read more about the Master Mediator at http://www.mediationtools.com/mastermediator/Flyer_files/page0001.htm). Both programs have arranged for special group rates at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  Rooms that are regularly $450-500 per night are only $215 a night during the week and $265 per night on Friday and Saturday nights.  In order to receive these group rates, travel arrangements must be made through our dedicated travel site at www.protravel.com/events/mediationevents.html.  The Master Mediator program is all day Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday until 3:00 pm, followed by the Beyond Yes Dialogue Series beginning at 5:00 pm Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday and Sunday until 2:00 pm.  Please register for either or both of them independently. Here is the catch…  You will want to make the decision about joining us very quickly, for several reasons.  Each program is limited to 50 participants.  Room availability and group rates at the Inn are only guaranteed through January 6, after which it is all subject to availability.  Early registration for the Master Mediator program has been extended through January 15.  Discounts to the Master Mediator program are available to members of several professional mediation organizations, including the IAM, ACCTM, ACR, AAA, AAM, CDRC, SCMA, ADR-NC, and the ADR Sections of the ABA and many state and county Bar Associations.  The Master Mediator training also offers California MCLE Credit. I hope we’ll see you there. Lee Jay Mediator Director, Mediating the Litigated Case program, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School

Advisory Board, Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative at Harvard’s Program on Negotiation

3055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550 Los Angeles, CA 90010 213-383-0438 or 800-395-6495 213-383-5130 Fax leejay@mediationtools.com www.mediationtools.com

 

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, Presents Mediating the Litigated Case March 1-3 and 8-10, 2007 Honolulu, Hawaii This sophisticated six-day program presented in Honolulu, Hawaii offers the opportunity for four days of recreation between the sessions.  This training is for experienced litigators, in-house counsel, and other practitioners.  Professionals can study the mediation of litigated cases to either become a mediator or to be a better advocate.  Faculty:  Nina Meierding, Peter Robinson and Matthew Guasco. For more information, please visit http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/training_and_conferences/mediating_hawaii.html or call (310) 506-6342.

 

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

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

July / August 2006

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Monthly(?) Publication July/August 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2006 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

October 6, 2006 Settlement Hearings: Christine Magee, JD, Chief Magistrate Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court with Beth Leger, Sue Tucker, and Sandra Fredrick, LSW Mediator and Judge Carol

J. Dezso of the Summit County Court.

December 1, 2006 Keystone (Peter Adler and others) called an invitation only conference to discuss the current and future state of the mediation profession. Our Treasurer, Dan DeStephen accepted the invitation and “had” to spend a weekend in October in a beautiful lodge in Denver. Come hear what the 70 or so who were part of this historic conference had to say from one of the attendees.

February 2, 2007 Debbie Taylor, Victim Offender Mediation in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page)

 

President’s Column
Is Anybody Out There?
By Jay M. Patterson

My first column as president in the May 2006 OMA Newsletter, Mediate Ohio asked you to consider your personal role in advancing the field of mediation. In that column I stated my belief that a strong professional association is one of the essential elements necessary to advance the field of mediation.

I also stated that OMA hoped to establish several committees in order to foster the advancement of mediation. The column further asked members to play their part in advancing the field by volunteering to serve on a committee. Since that time the silence has been deafening.

Although we do have one committee under way (i.e. the Case Study committee), I’m not aware of a single member stepping up to participate on any other committee. If you are waiting for another mediator to do the job for you, this column is to put you on notice that it is not occurring. The other committees OMA had hoped to establish are, Membership, Speakers/Topics (for bi-monthly meetings), Annual Conference; and two ad hoc committees, Web site/ Technology and Public Policy. These committees will almost certainly not be established unless members step up and do their part.

As I said, if you are satisfied with the state of the field of mediation, then perhaps you don’t see the need to actively participate in OMA to work on advancing the field. If, on the other hand, you think more could and should be done through a professional association then, in my opinion, you lose your right to complain about the lack of the fulfillment of mediation’s potential if you don’t do your part to advance the field as a whole.

Break the silence. Your profession needs you. OMA needs you. Please contact me personally or another Board Member to either volunteer or obtain more information before you commit.

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@mcohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is September 20, 2005. 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: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio 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. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President. An additional website to check is at Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

 

Association for Conflict Resolution News

Come and participate in ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference, “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping The Future,” in Philadelphia, PA, October 25-28th.  The conference will host a variety of workshops, lectures, panels and intimate roundtable discussions on the issues of conflict resolution with some of the most experienced professionals in the field.  The conference itself is set up in collaboration with ACR’s overall mission, “to enhance the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.”  The conference is open to anyone interested in educating, learning, and participating in conflict resolution skills and techniques. You will not want to miss this opportunity to share conflict resolution theories and practices. We guarantee this is a wonderful experience for your overall professional development, not to mention a one-of-a-kind chance to network with the best professionals in the field! ACR thanks you for your valuable contribution to the conflict resolution field.  See http://acrnet.org/conferences/ac06/ac06-homepage.htm Editorial Comment: Ohio’s mediation community is well represented at this conference as for example, this year’s ACR President is our own Terry Wheeler, Myra Kolman is conference educational co-chair or whatever her official title is, and OMA Immediate Past President Shirley Cochran will be presenting so come to Philly and join with all the Ohioans who will be there soaking up the history of the area.

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. 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 an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Martha Antolik for assistance.

 

ABC Resolution c/o Tina Neyer
8212 Indian Trail Drive
Cincinnati OH 45243
(513) 256-2408 

Fax: (513) 354-3698

tlneyer@hotmail.com

Martha Boyce 

3950 Fenwick Road

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 459-1783 

MEBK2001@hotmail.com

Crime Victim Services c/o David Voth
116 W. North Street
Lima OH 45801
(419) 222-8666 

Fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@wcoil.com

Walter N. Harrop 

203 Freer Court

Ashland OH 44805

(419) 289-8344 

wdharrop@zoominternet.net

Lynn Hensler—Contractor 

3823 Foxtail Lane
Cincinnati OH 45248

(513) 941-1881 

lynnhensler@yahoo.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way
Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 378-8548 

mmhill@fuse.net

Counseling Services of Marietta. LLC c/o Megan Krivchenia, M.Ed. L.P.C.C. 

115 2nd Street

Marietta OH 45750

(740) 373-7792 

Fax: (740) 374-3551

mlkriv@charter.net

Faye Sutton List
42857 N. Ridge Road 

Elyeria OH 44035

(440) 324-9619 

Fax: (440) 324-9001

fayelist@hotmail.com

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office 

c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover

225 Court Street, Room 301

Elyria OH 44035

(440) 328-2250 

Fax: (440) 328-2252

lorainecountyadr@alltel.net

Smart Choices Mediation Services c/o Leslie Powell Martin, Unit B
1989 Unionville Crt. 

Helena Montana 59601

(406) 449-1310 

lesmartl@3riversdbs.net

Donald R. Smith, Ph.D. 

Doppler and Newton, Inc.

531 Cressida Circle

Spring Hill FL 34609

(352) 683-8440 

Fax: (352) 683-8411

DOCVALHALL@HOTMAIL.COM

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

Dr. John Spiesman 

P. O. Box 042
Thompson OH 44086-0042

(440) 992-1144 x 26 

Fax: (440) 998-1996

DrSpiesman@aol.com

Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section 

c/o Jacqueline C. Hagerott

65 S. Front Street, 6th Floor

Columbus OH 43215-3431

(614) 387-9420 

Fax: (614) 387-9409

hagerotj@sconet.state.oh.us

Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator 

555 N. Erie Street

Toledo OH 43604

(419) 245-1951 

Fax: (419) 245-1802

James.petas@noris.org

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive 

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050 

Lindawbesq@aol.com

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
2006-2007 Meeting Schedule

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.

September 13, 2006: Jack Spille facilitates a discussion of the results of the recent survey sent to members regarding the mission, organizational structure and future direction of the Mediation Council.

October 11, 2006: Jay Patterson, Ohio Mediation Association (OMA) President, addresses the group about the OMA and leads an informal and interactive discussion about ways in which the OMA and the Mediation Council could work together.

November 8, 2006: Marie Hill presents on the topic of “Collaborative Practice”. Learn about this relatively new form of ADR in which a variety of professionals, who are trained in the principles of Collaborate Practice, come together to resolve divorce conflicts.

December, 2006: No Meeting

January 10, 2007: “Do Men and Women Communicate Differently When in Conflict?” Cynthia Berryman-Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Women’s Studies at the University of Cincinnati discusses whether and how communication differs between the sexes when in conflict.

February 14, 2007: “Mediating Wrongful Death Cases: One Mediator’s Experience” Roz Florez, Mediator, Hamilton County Common Pleas ADR, shares her experiences and thoughts on mediating these types of cases.

March 14, 2007: Cathie Kuhl reviews and leads the group in a discussion about the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

April 11, 2007: “Mediation Case Studies” Marie Bader presents two cases and leads the group in a discussion of those cases.

May 9, 2007: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Announces the 5th Annual

Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training October 19-20, 2006

Sheraton City Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Join some of North America's leading mediators and mediation advocates in a two-day interactive course on advanced mediation and advocacy skills. From preparation for mediation to impasse-breaking tips, participants will learn successful strategies and techniques used by experienced mediators and advocates. This lively cross-border program offers you an unparalleled opportunity-engaging presentations, short, to-the-point plenary sessions, and interactive small-group discussions exploring each stage of the mediation process. In addition to presentations by experienced mediators, to add an advocate's perspective to all topics, the plenary sessions include in-house counsel, and plaintiff's and defense attorneys, all with extensive experience in mediation.

Featuring Small Group Sessions to Encourage Full Participation , High Faculty-to-Participant Ratio to Maximize Skills , Limited Attendance , Practice Development Tips and Strategies , Cocktail Reception with the Faculty For more information visit:

http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/toronto_%20flyer_2006.pdf To register fax the completed registration form to 202-662-1683.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 13 & 14, or November 29 & 30, 2006 or February 21 & 22 or April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2006 or May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA 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

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. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

 

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

 

Basic Mediation Training for Residence Life Staff, Students, and Higher Education Faculty Sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 , 9AM to 5PM Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

· Do you often deal with conflict?

· Are you looking for new and more effective ways to address conflict at your university?

· Would you like to improve your own conflict resolution skills?

· Would you like to use new mediation concepts and skills to manage conflict in your university environment?

You are invited to attend a basic mediation skills training sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. The training will focus specifically on mediation in residence life settings in higher education.

Who should attend: Priority in attendance will be given to teams (at least 2 individuals from an Ohio college or university) including University/College Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Directors, Area Coordinators, and students from Residence Life.

When: September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 from 9AM to 5PM, with one free hour for lunch.

Where: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Cost: Training fees will be covered by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, however, each attendee will need to pay $25 to cover the cost of the training manual. Lunch will not be provided.

Training Topics include:

· Conflict 101 · Definition, Characteristics, and Standards of Mediation
· Mediation Stages · Active listening skills
· Mediation Skills · Ethical issues and confidentiality

Attendance at all three days is required. A complete information packet including location, parking, agenda, and a request for sample case studies will be mailed to applicants upon receipt of their registration form.  A certificate will be issued upon completion of the three day training.

The training will be conducted by Kenzi Bisbing from Townhall II in Kent, Ohio, and Teresa Cusma from the Community Mediation Center Stark County in Canton, Ohio.

Registration Deadline September 1st, 2006. Space is limited to 30 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Teams of Ohio college and university faculty/staff and students from residence life will receive priority.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Batton, Director of Education Programs, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at 614-644-9275 or via email at Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us.

 

Beech Acres Mediation Training September 28-29, 2006 Join us from 9am—4:30 pm to learn conflict resolution skills. 12–Hour Basic Class This program will present the basic process of mediation. The style is interactive using video and role-play. Class is offered for attorneys, court personnel, EAP staff, educators, mental health professionals, clergy and those who wish to learn the skills of mediation. Goal: Introduces basic concepts of mediation & role play to work out family and workplace conflict scenarios. Objectives: • Participant will understand the difference between mediation & counseling. • Participant will understand the different models of mediation. • Course will cover different ethical issues & how professionals using mediation can address those issues. • Participants will practice mediation techniques & writing agreements. Continuing Education Credits: 12 CEU clock hours are available for social workers and counselors licensed in Ohio. CLE credits are available for Ohio attorneys. 6881 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH Register by 9/5/06 to receive a special rate of only $225. Bring a friend and receive an additional $50 off your registration. Location: Beech Acres Administration Building Cost: $250 VISA and Master Card are accepted. Training manual is included. Full payment is required at time of registration. Checks should be payable to Beech Acres. Continental breakfast each day. Snacks are served in the afternoon. Lunch on your own. Cancellation: Deposit is refundable (less $25.00 service fee) up to 1 week prior to the training. For Questions: Call 513-231-6630 or email:sjames@beechacres.org

 

Register early for Purpose Drives Practice: An International Conference on Transformative Mediation St. Paul, MN  / September 17th & 18th, 2006.

    • Join Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, Winners of the 2006 Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award, along with Andrew Thomas, visionary leader in community mediation for over 25 years, and other highly regarded speakers.
    • Presented by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, with Platinum Co-sponsors, The Conflict Resolution Center of the University of North Dakota, The Conflict Studies Programs and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University, Hofstra University School of Law, and Twin Cities Mediation.

Go to http:// transformativemediation.org to see the full list of workshops and to register now. Dan Simon 612-824-8988 http://twincitiesmediation.com Twin Cities Mediation 1716 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN  55408 Sign up by July 28th to receive the early-bird discount! In addition to transformative mediation’s creators, developers, trainers, practitioners, and biggest clients, our conference will feature leaders from other fields, including:

      • Michael Herman, a pioneer in the practice of Open Space Technology.
      • Mary Rose OReilly, teacher, contemplative thinker and author of Radical Presence:  Teaching as Contemplative Practice, The Peaceable Classroom, and The Barn at the End of the World.
      • Kay Pranis, influential teacher and practitioner in the Restorative Justice movement.
      • Stu Webb, creator of collaborative law.

Please join all of us for an exploration of how our underlying values affect our work. Registration and full conference brochure at http://transformativemediation.org Register early to guarantee your place in St. Paul!

ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEY-MEDIATORS Presents “Advanced Mediator Training:  Tricks of the Trade” Friday, November 10, 2006 Houston, Texas Houston Marriott West Loop, 1750 West Loop South, By the Galleria 1-800-613-3982 Room Block Code by phone:  Association of Attorney-Mediators $129.00 Per Night Rate www.marriottwestloop.com (Internet Reservation Group Code: AAM_AAMA) Training begins at approximately 8:30 am and adjourns at 5:30 pm. Agenda and registration information will “appear” on the website soon.  www.attorney-mediators.org Save the Date. . . Association of Attorney-Mediators P. O. Box 741955 Dallas, Texas  75374-1955 1-800-280-1368 www.attorney-mediators.org email:  aam@airmail.net

 

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

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

June 2006

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication June 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2006 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

August 4, 2006 Writing and journalizing agreements—what to do after the parties have reached agreement? A panel discussion and question-answering session on this area which borders on the unauthorized practice of law.

October 6, 2006 Settlement Hearings Christine Magee, JD, Chief Magistrate Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court. Beth Leger, Mediator with Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court and

Sandra Fredrick, LSW Mediator with Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court.

December 1, 2006 Keystone (Peter Adler and others) called an invitation only conference to discuss the current and future state of the mediation profession. Our Treasurer, Dan DeStephen accepted the invitation and “had” to spend a weekend in October in a beautiful lodge in Denver. Come hear what the 70 or so who were part of this historic conference had to say from one of the attendees.

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page)

 

President’s Column
Maybe There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch
By Jay M. Patterson, President

Most of us have heard the phrase, “there are no free lunches”. I’ve been thinking of this phrase lately in connection with the mediation profession and I think the authors of that cliché (whoever they are) are wrong, at least when it comes to mediation.

In keeping with my plan to provoke mediators to think about one’s own role in advancing the field of professional mediation, this column asks you to think about the possibility that we mediators might actively be enabling the devaluing of professional mediation services. Mediators are often asked to provide mediation services for free or virtually free; and we often willingly agree to this request. What message are we sending to the marketplace when we continually accept mediations without requiring a realistic living wage or fee?

Before I go further, let me say clearly I believe there is certainly a place in our profession for pro bono/volunteer mediation services. Why should our profession be any different from other professions that feel a sense of obligation to the less fortunate? One of the best places (but not the only place) to provide volunteer mediation services is your local community mediation center. These centers not only often provide mediation services to people who might not otherwise have access to mediation, they are often an invaluable training ground for inexperienced mediators to learn their craft. So I’m not saying mediators should not do their part to help provide access to mediation to the less fortunate. I’m simply setting forth the proposition that maybe, in some ways, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to advancing the use of mediation services as a way to improve quality of life.

I think I understand why we do this. First, most mediators I know are truly and deeply committed to improving people’s quality of life in a way that is not achieved through other means (even though those other means were almost always attempted first). Second, we all simply love the work itself and we are desperate to continue to do it. But this thinking only undercuts our own goal of providing mediation to the maximum number of people. It creates a sort of chicken or egg dilemma. One could argue that we can increase the use of mediation by simply providing it even if it means not getting paid much, if at all. There is a certain logic to this. No cost or virtually no cost mediation may in some cases (I would say a minority of cases) cause people to be encouraged to pay for mediation for their next dispute. But come on, we’ve been giving it away for a very, very, very long time. Can you honestly say this approach has been a wildly successful business strategy? For the most part, I think it has simply conditioned people to think, “If it can be gotten for free, why should I pay for it?” Likewise, I think there is a good chance that fewer people consider even exploring mediation, for fee or otherwise, simply because they wonder, “How valuable is this service if it is not being paid for by someone? Do I want to spend my energy on something that is of so little value that even the mediator does not deem it worthy of a fee?”

The request for mediation services for little or no fee is, to me, particularly (but not exclusively) troubling when it comes from organizational entities with either existing programs or looking to start a mediation program. While those entities may not be filthy rich, they often do have the means to set up a quality program with quality mediators and pay them accordingly if they were willing to make it a priority. However, on more than one occasion, I for one, have been in the unenviable position of feeling like I would be doing myself, my profession, and perhaps society at large a disservice if I didn’t decline an offer to provide service for free or virtually free. I declined this work knowing full well that I’m not always in a position that the time would otherwise be filled with paid work. Like many mediators, I’m not so busy that all my professional time is completely filled with paid work. I could be doing more mediation, if I had the clients. I just don’t think, in the long run, I, other mediators, or other mediation programs will maximize the potential to get those clients unless I/we begin to require a real living fee.

Perhaps it’s time to try a different approach. Perhaps greater numbers of people will utilize mediation if we don’t actively devalue what we have to offer. If we really want to have a more substantial impact on improving the quality of life of the maximum number of people, if we really want to maximize the potential for society to be a more peaceful place, perhaps (to invoke another cliché) we should not lose sight of the forest for the trees. Perhaps we should consider giving up short-term gratification in exchange for long-term gratification. Perhaps, in the long run, the greater good will be achieved by doing no mediation at all rather than sending a message that mediation has no merit.

From my perspective this vicious cycle, consisting of mediators desperate to conduct mediation and prospective clients or programs expecting professional services without incurring costs, will end only when mediators collectively have the courage of our own conviction to say to those asking for us to supply lunch, “I must respectfully decline to provide services without a living wage.” Of course, this approach only works if we don’t have ten mediators behind us fighting to do the same mediation for little or no fee.

I think it’s possible we have more control over our destiny than we think. I’m convinced our destiny will come only through collective action, not individual action. Nonetheless, that collective action starts with one mediator at a time. Shall we make a pact, or shall we continue to operate as soup kitchens? Lets decide together.

As always, I encourage you to express you view, in agreement or disagreement, to me personally or in a letter to the editor of this newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

 

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.

 

The Meeting in a Minute—a Report on the Program at OMA’s Last Meeting
By Shirley Cochran, Editor

A small but opinionated group of OMA members and guests got together on June 2, 2006, to discuss a case and share what they would do in the situation. Ed Krauss’ From Your Perspective case published in Mediate Ohio for the last two issues was the starting point and the group spent an hour dissecting the scenario and responses to it.

Discussion such as this are the cornerstone of the Case Study Group OMA is starting to put together for members in response to the comments on the membership survey. Keep an eye out for further developments as they occur.

 

Community Mediation Center of Stark County Earns Canton Repository Article

In early March, the Community Mediation Center of Stark County was the focus of an article entitled “Mediation Center Gets Big Praise, Little Cash” by Shane Hoover, Repository Staff Writer. In addition to quoting Teresa P. Cusma, the Executive Director, Shirley Cochran, President of the Ohio Mediation Association, was referred to saying that overall funding for programs is down although the need is still there for these services.

It is nice to see such a positive article on a mediation center; just bad to know that the article said that without additional funding the center would close in June.

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is July 20, 2005. 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

 

Conference 2006
by Shirley CochranFor those of you who could not make the conference on May 12, 2006, you missed an interesting time—of course any time Robert Benjamin is involved, it is an interesting time to say the least. I know, people either really love or really hate Robert and there is no in between. He discussed guerrilla mediation, using the question “why” to get to the real problem and how skiing and mediation are very similar.

The officers of the OMA had a real decision on their hands this year for the Better World Award, having received four nominations. See the article below as to the actual award recipient but rest assured, the other nominees will be considered in the future as we want to continue to recognize those who make our mediation world a better place.

Robert “Columbo” Benjamin

 

Job Announcements: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio 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. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President.

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution &

Conflict Management Seeks Director of Education Programs

Date Posted: June 19, 2006

Job Description: The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management, a state agency located in downtown Columbus, seeks a Director of Education Programs. The Director of Education Programs is responsible for dispute resolution and conflict management program development and service delivery related to Ohio schools and universities. The Director provides leadership to initiate and sustain innovative school and university-based conflict management and dispute resolution programs and to deliver quality services to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of these programs. The Director also assists in the development of resource materials and training, plans statewide special events, provides technical assistance, conducts presentations and workshops, and responds to a wide variety of information requests. This position is an exempt, full-time, permanent position offering excellent state benefits. The salary range for this position is $40,000 – $46,000, commensurate with experience and salary history.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have experience with project management and program development in the private or public sectors and will have completed an undergraduate degree. Applicants should be familiar with dispute resolution and conflict management programming and service delivery, school-based programming and professional development, school violence prevention or a closely related field. Knowledge of state and local government is desirable. Qualified applicants will have excellent interpersonal skills, writing and oral communication skills, will be able to successfully manage multiple tasks and to leverage resources by partnering with a broad range of agencies and not-for-profit organizations. He or she must also be comfortable working as a team with other staff members to integrate program areas and to develop linkages among related projects.

About the Commission: The Commission is a state agency that provides dispute resolution and conflict management resources, training, and direct services to state and local government, courts, communities, schools, colleges, and universities. Cutting across political, economic, and social boundaries, the Commission has pioneered problem-solving methods and initiated programs that provide alternatives to fighting, impasse, and litigation. Through its accomplishments, the Commission has gained recognition as the most comprehensive state dispute resolution program in the country. Created by legislation in 1989, the Commission consists of 12 volunteer members appointed by all three branches of state government The Commission has a staff of six. For more information regarding the Commission please visit www.disptueresolution.ohio.gov.

Application process: Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest demonstrating job qualifications, resume, and three professional references to Maria Mone, Executive Director, The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, The Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, 24th Fl., Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108,

E-mail: mmone@cdr.state.oh.us. Resume review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Association for Conflict Resolution News

The ACR Family Section Conference, “Making Waves – Breaking Barriers,” will be held July 13 – 16, 2006 at the Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort and Conference Center in beautiful Old Silver Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, scene of the AFM conference in 1997. See http://acrnet.org/sections/family_section_conference_2006.htm

Come and participate in ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference, “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping The Future,” in Philadelphia, PA, October 25-28th.  The conference will host a variety of workshops, lectures, panels and intimate roundtable discussions on the issues of conflict resolution with some of the most experienced professionals in the field.  The conference itself is set up in collaboration with ACR’s overall mission, “to enhance the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.”  The conference is open to anyone interested in educating, learning, and participating in conflict resolution skills and techniques. You will not want to miss this opportunity to share conflict resolution theories and practices. We guarantee this is a wonderful experience for your overall professional development, not to mention a one-of-a-kind chance to network with the best professionals in the field! ACR thanks you for your valuable contribution to the conflict resolution field.  See http://acrnet.org/conferences/ac06/ac06-homepage.htm Editorial Comment: Ohio’s mediation community is well represented at this conference as for example, this year’s ACR President is our own Terry Wheeler, Myra Kolman is conference educational co-chair or whatever her official title is, and OMA Immediate Past President Shirley Cochran will be presenting so come to Philly and join with all the Ohioans who will be there soaking up the history of the area.

 

Better World Award 2006

C. Eileen Pruett nominated by Shirley A. Cochran

Eileen has been in mediation for over 25 years when she joined the Columbus City Attorney’s Night Prosecutor’s mediation program while in law school. After law school she continued working with that program, became part of the group founding Community Mediation Service of Central Ohio and a member of the Supreme Court’s Committee on Dispute Resolution where she supervised the program known as the Circuit Rider, creating mediation programs for the smaller and more rural Municipal Courts. Eileen became the first to head the Office of Dispute Resolution Services for the Supreme Court of Ohio when the office was created in 1992; not stepping to a program manager position until over a decade had passed. Currently in charge of the Small Claims Mediation Program at the Franklin County Municipal Court, Eileen has been the trainer and mentor for many mediators and continues to offer her assistance to the field whenever it is needed.

 

C. Eileen Pruett with the Ohio Mediation Association’s Better World Award for 2006

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. 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 an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Martha Antolik for assistance.

Sharon Travis Bell, MA
2460 Wintersteen Run Road
Blue Creek OH 45616-9601
(937) 544-4141 

cricket544@earthlink.net or SBELL@sciotocounty.net

Better Business Bureau 

c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402

(937) 222-1534 x 2263
Fax (937) 222-3338 

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Nancy L. Bucci, RN, BSN
4505 River Road
Toledo OH 43614
(419) 380-9777 

Fax: (419) 380-9778

Nbucci1216@aol.com

Stephen P. Calardo, JD 

Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314

(513) 598-5000 

Fax (513) 598-5500

scalardo@fuse.net

Conflict Solutions Ohio
Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415
(937) 219-4996 

dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com

Randy L. Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172
(614) 459-2896 

Fax: (614) 246-7185

Randyfisher@wideopenwest.com

Sandra Mendel Furman
One Easton Oval, Suite 500
Columbus OH 43219
(614) 416-5611 

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Annette Ciavarella Haut
5656 Gray Fox Drive NW
Canton OH 44718
(330) 494-6115 

annettehaut@yahoo.com

HR-Protecting Your Business
c/o Cathy L. Saunders
1150 Morse Road, Suite 230
Columbus OH 43229
(614) 437-2042 

Fax: (614) 352-2881

CSaunders@hrprotectingyourbusiness.com

Kathy Janoski Attache, Inc.
4400 N. High Street, Suite 101
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 652-2734 ext 18 

Fax (614) 652-2744

Kathy@attachesource.com

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
23230 Chagrin Blvd. Suite 740
Cleveland OH 44122
(216) 464-2777
Fax (216) 464-7990 

lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Desiree Lyonette, Esq. 

PO Box 5558
Toledo OH 43613

(419) 480-1969 

Fax: (419) 474-8229

DesireeLaw73@aol.com

Jeffrey J. Mondville The Law Office of Jeffrey J. Mondville
709 Madison Ave., Suite 218
Toledo OH 43624
(419) 243-5080 

Fax (419) 22-7085

Mondvillelaw@bex.net

Harold Paddock Suite 112 

2600 Corporate Exchange Drive

Columbus OH 43131

(614) 839-0400 

Fax: (614) 839-0821

Harold@settlementweek.com

Deborah L. Parker 

Attorney at Law and Mediator

6 South Second St., Suite 520

Hamilton OH 45011

(513) 894-0300 

Fax: (513) 863-1503

dlparkerlaw@aol.com

Susan Grody Ruben
30799 Pinetree Road, #226
Cleveland OH 44124
(216) 464-4060 

Fax: (216) 595-5274

SGRuben@aol.com

Elizabeth Winner, LPCC, LIC2E
1248 Nilles, #8
Fairfield OH 45014
(513) 249-0015 

Fax: (513) 829-2830

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. The schedule of meetings for the coming year will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137.

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

Mark Your Calendars for the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s

ABA Annual Meeting August 3-8, 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Check www.abanet.org/dispute or call 202-662-1680 for more information.

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Announces the 5th Annual

Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training October 19-20, 2006

Sheraton City Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Join some of North America's leading mediators and mediation advocates in a two-day interactive course on advanced mediation and advocacy skills. From preparation for mediation to impasse-breaking tips, participants will learn successful strategies and techniques used by experienced mediators and advocates. This lively cross-border program offers you an unparalleled opportunity-engaging presentations, short, to-the-point plenary sessions, and interactive small-group discussions exploring each stage of the mediation process. In addition to presentations by experienced mediators, to add an advocate's perspective to all topics, the plenary sessions include in-house counsel, and plaintiff's and defense attorneys, all with extensive experience in mediation.

Featuring Small Group Sessions to Encourage Full Participation , High Faculty-to-Participant Ratio to Maximize Skills , Limited Attendance , Practice Development Tips and Strategies , Cocktail Reception with the Faculty For more information visit:

http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/toronto_%20flyer_2006.pdf To register fax the completed registration form to 202-662-1683.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 13 & 14, 2006 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2006. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA 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

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. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

 

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

 

Basic Mediation Training for Residence Life Staff, Students, and Higher Education Faculty Sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 , 9AM to 5PM Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

· Do you often deal with conflict?

· Are you looking for new and more effective ways to address conflict at your university?

· Would you like to improve your own conflict resolution skills?

· Would you like to use new mediation concepts and skills to manage conflict in your university environment?

You are invited to attend a basic mediation skills training sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. The training will focus specifically on mediation in residence life settings in higher education.

Who should attend: Priority in attendance will be given to teams (at least 2 individuals from an Ohio college or university) including University/College Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Directors, Area Coordinators, and students from Residence Life.

When: September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 from 9AM to 5PM, with one free hour for lunch.

Where: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Cost: Training fees will be covered by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, however, each attendee will need to pay $25 to cover the cost of the training manual. Lunch will not be provided.

Training Topics include:

· Conflict 101 · Definition, Characteristics, and Standards of Mediation
· Mediation Stages · Active listening skills
· Mediation Skills · Ethical issues and confidentiality

Attendance at all three days is required. A complete information packet including location, parking, agenda, and a request for sample case studies will be mailed to applicants upon receipt of their registration form.  A certificate will be issued upon completion of the three day training.

The training will be conducted by Kenzi Bisbing from Townhall II in Kent, Ohio, and Teresa Cusma from the Community Mediation Center Stark County in Canton, Ohio.

Registration Deadline September 1st, 2006. Space is limited to 30 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Teams of Ohio college and university faculty/staff and students from residence life will receive priority.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Batton, Director of Education Programs, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at 614-644-9275 or via email at Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us.

 

Register early for Purpose Drives Practice: An International Conference on Transformative Mediation St. Paul, MN  / September 17th & 18th, 2006.

    • Join Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, Winners of the 2006 Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award, along with Andrew Thomas, visionary leader in community mediation for over 25 years, and other highly regarded speakers.
    • Presented by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, with Platinum Co-sponsors, The Conflict Resolution Center of the University of North Dakota, The Conflict Studies Programs and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University, Hofstra University School of Law, and Twin Cities Mediation.

Go to http:// transformativemediation.org to see the full list of workshops and to register now. Dan Simon 612-824-8988 http://twincitiesmediation.com Twin Cities Mediation 1716 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN  55408

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

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

May 2006

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2006 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

June 2, 2006 Case Study Kickoff. As a result of the survey of members, OMA is starting a case study group. Bring a case to discuss where you wish you had a co-mediator or to get someone else’s reaction to what occurred, or one in which something worked you did not think would, or just come to listen and learn from other mediators.

August 4, 2006 TBA

October 6, 2006 TBA

December 1, 2006 TBA

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page)

President’s Column
Ask Not What the Mediation Profession Can Do For You…

If you are satisfied with the state of mediation in our society, you need not read another line of this column. If you think mediation has achieved it full potential, you can skip any column I ever write. If, however, you believe as I do that we have not even begun to scratch the surface of the potential of mediation to improve the quality of life of countless people, then my comments are aimed at you.

As I begin my term as President of OMA, I intend to use this column to share my thoughts, provoke you to think about your personal role in advancing the field of mediation, and challenge you to action. You need not agree with me, but I submit to you that maintaining the status quo in our profession is simply not acceptable. Therefore, I believe it is the responsibility of all mediators to take action beyond just the good work we do when we have clients in front of us.

So I ask you, when is the last time you took a specific concrete action to advance the field of mediation as a whole beyond simply providing services to your clients or marketing your own services? If you can’t think of a recent action step you took to make the mediation pie bigger rather than simply getting your slice of it, then, with all due respect, you are part of the problem of the under- utilization of mediation.

Over the years, I have had countless conversations with mediators ruing the reality that mediation is extremely difficult to perform as a vocation. There are lots of good reasons mediation has not fulfilled its potential; far too many to recite in this single column. However, I posit that at the core of many of those reasons is a failure on our part as professionals to act in an organized, cohesive, and unified way to change the cultural paradigm of how society deals with conflict.

One of the most important elements to advancing the field of mediation is a strong, active, articulate, and enthusiastic voice for the profession. Although OMA has done some of this work in the past, I would like OMA to become even better and more active. However, this will not happen just because we want it to happen. It will only occur if you, as a serious professional engaged in the practice of mediation, put you talents, energy and ideas to use.

OMA has endeavored to form several committees we think are crucial to becoming that true voice for the profession. Those committees are: 1. Funding (to increase OMA’s financial resources to advance mediation), 2. Membership (to maintain and increase the pool of professionals actively engaged as professional mediators, 3. Speakers/Topics (for our bi-monthly meetings), 4. Annual Conference (to plan and implement our annual conference), and 5. Case Study (to organize periodic review of cases to increase our skills). In addition, we would like to have two ad hoc committees: 1. Technology (regarding our web site to serve our members) and 2. Public Policy (regarding issues or legislation with regard to mediation). We need you to take the step to help OMA play a role in controlling our own destiny as a profession. We need you to become a member of a committee. Please contact me or another Officer of OMA to show your commitment to advancing the profession by becoming a member of the committee of your choice.

I invite you to share your thoughts about the mediation field with me personally, or better yet, in a letter to the editor of our newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Thank you.

As my terms as President wind down I must take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of the assistance provided to me over the years. From our Vice President Jay Patterson who took every opportunity to learn about the ways things are done to copy or improve upon them; to Dan DeStephen who as our Treasurer looked after our money and invested it for the first time; to Sheri Center who was a great friend as well as wonderful Secretary; and Martha Antolik as our Past President providing another voice in the discussions and of course our web guru who tried to teach me how to put pages onto the web, unsuccessfully and how to send bulk e-mail successfully—almost to the point I think people were getting tired of getting them from me! Our new board members were also invaluable. Susan Shostak worked on membership, Ramona Inskeep on fundraising and Joe Palmer being the latest addition all providing their own perspective on the direction of OMA as well as hours of work to help meet those goals.

Most of all I want to thank our members who by renewing their memberships or joining have given me the idea that we may be doing something right to try to move our profession forward. Thank you—all of you, Shirley Cochran

 

Ohio Mediation Association Membership Survey

In January 2006, the Ohio Mediation Association requested feedback from current members in the form of an online survey. The OMA Board has reviewed the results of the survey and have taken actions in a number of areas based on the results. Approximately 34% of OMA’s membership responded to the survey.

The survey generated a umber of possible topics for Robert Benjamin’s presentation on May 12th at the OMA State Conference. Based on the responses, the OMA has asked Robert to speak on how to address combative parties and how to assist parties overcome impasses.

The responses to the survey on the day, time, and location of the OMA meetings reveal high levels of satisfaction with the day (91% preferring to keep the meeting on Friday) and the time (82% preferring to keep the 11:30 to 2:30 pm time). While the survey found a general preference for keeping the meeting in Columbus (68%), there is some interest in holding a meeting outside of Columbus. The OMA Board will therefore make every effort to hold one of the association’s meetings at a location outside of Columbus. The survey also generated a list of potential topics of interest to OMA members for the meetings. This list will be forwarded to the program chair.

The survey reported there is strong interest in an ongoing case-study group–74% of those responding to the survey indicated an interest. The Board has asked Susan Shostak to contact those expressing an interest in participating in such a group. OMA will send an announcement on a day, time, and location for the first meeting to all members.

A variety of members indicated a willingness to participate on a number of potential OMA Committees (Membership, Annual Conference, Fundraising, and Newsletter). The OMA Board will create a description of what each committee’s charge and contact those expressing an interest to serve on one of these committees. OMA will also send a second announcement to all members soliciting additional volunteers for these committees.

A number of individuals expressed an interest in either running for an office in OMA or serving as an appointed Board member. Jay Paterson, president-elect, has those wishing to run for an office with information on the steps necessary to appear on the ballot. The new OMA Board will meet in early April to discuss the question of how many appointed positions will be available for the OMA Board. The goal is to have a full Board in place by the May annual meeting.

The survey generated a list of functions/services members wanted from OMA. This list will be used as the foundation for planning/prioritizing the work of the OMA Board over the next year. The Board will keep the membership informed on actions coming out of this discussion via the newsletter and email. One item that did emerge from the survey question on how to find the resources for improving the quality of services provided to members by the OMA was membership dues. OMA has never increased membership dues since the creation of the organization. The Board has decided to increase dues to $50/year to enable serve members.

A sizable majority of members (80%) feel that OMA should conduct a state-wide public education program about mediation. A variety of ways were also suggested for how such a campaign could be funded. The Board will continue to explore ways to increase the public’s awareness of mediation.

Most members (56%) report satisfaction with the state of the Ohio mediation field in terms of the quality of services. About an equal number (59%), however, were not satisfied with how frequently mediation is used in Ohio. Over two-third’s (69%) of the respondents believe that some type of certification or licensure would be helpful to advance the field of mediation in Ohio. On each of these questions, members provided the Board with written comments to explain their feelings. In the case of certification/licensure, the comments also included what the certification/licensure process would look like.

The OMA Board has agreed to continue to discuss the question of mediator certification. At this time, however, the Board has not made a decision on the desirability of OMA becoming a certifying body for mediation within Ohio. The Board has agreed to continue discussing this topic in search of a consensus among Board members.

The Board wishes to thank all the OMA members who participated in the survey. Questions concerning the results of the survey can be directed to Dan DeStephen at dan.destephen@wright.edu.

 

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.

 

Editor’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

“Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don’t change.” Jane Goodall

We have been up to a lot here at OMA since January. We elected new officers, appointed new non-voting members of the Board, had our annual conference and meeting as well as given out our Better World Award. We have cleaned up our directory for membership through membership year 2004-2005 and are working on 2005-2006, figured out how to put pdf files on the website, (well Martha has anyway), and have sent out bulk e-mails about jobs we are aware of and other information we believe our members want to know. We want this newsletter to be as helpful to our members as possible so let me know if there is anything we need to work on as months go by. Thanks.

 

FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE
By Ed Krauss

Following is a scenario and then questions about the scenario. You are invited to respond, and responses (some or all, depending on volume) will appear in a future edition. We hope this will spark interest and responses, and if so there will be future scenarios for your consideration.

You are a mediator who recently retired from social work. Your background includes clinical counseling and school social work, and you have spent tens of thousands of hours talking to teachers, parents, and students in your career.

A man and woman come to you to mediate a parenting agreement for their pending divorce. They have four children. As you work through the arraignments for taking children to school, for sharing time with each parent, for holidays, you are confronted with both parents agreeing to what appears to be, from your perspective, a complicated package. They are both highly positional, and the way they are resolving their concerns is by structuring a schedule which calls for lots of transportation, lots of moving of children, with little room for realities such as car troubles or bad weather.

You have tried all the good techniques you learned; asking “Please help me understand how that will work well for your children” and “This is your agreement, you need to design what is best for you and your children, but it does seem to me that this agreement will place some time and travel burdens on all concerned” and other probing questions. The parents continue to move towards accepting an agreement that sets off lots of alarm bells in your head.

Two questions:

[1] Specific to this scenario: What should the mediator do?

[2] Second, general question: Is it ever acceptable for the mediator, who speaks from a legitimate, strong knowledge base (which could be small business, medical, environmental, etc.), to speak to the flaws in an potential agreement? If yes, please give an example, and how it should be done. If not, why not.

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. The schedule of meetings for the coming year is as follows:

Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137.

 

Ohio State Bar Association Directory Web Site Revisions Make It Easier to Use.

The Ohio State Bar Association has just completed its Web Site renovations at www.ohiobar.org. If you visit the site, click on Public, Legal Services, ADR, and Search the Database of Neutrals, you should be able to find your information if you are already on the site. There is also a place to click for neutrals to amend their information or contact the person in charge to provide information to be listed after the ADR link under This Is For Providers Of ADR Services. Hopefully, you are in the directory and appropriately listed. Contact Shirley Cochran if there is a problem.

 

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list):

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 an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Martha Antolik for assistance.

Corrections/Additions/Renewals:

Tracy Anderson 

431 Columbian Avenue
Columbus OH 43223

(614) 279-1867 

Reedyreedboy@aol.com

Sandusky & Seneca Co. Co. Pleas Court Barbara J. Ansted
201 N. Park Avenue 

Fremont OH 43420

(419) 334-7436 

Fax (419) 334-8866

barbthemediator@sbcglobal.net

Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377
(937) 264-2336 

Martha.antolik@wright.edu

W004mla@who.rr.com

TALK WORKS! Mediation Services c/o Marie U. Bader
P.O. Box 176206
Covington KY 41017-6206
(859) 380-2137 

mubader@insightbb.com

Julia Benkert
2220 Deerfield Crossing
Piqua OH 45356
(937) 778-1618 

Fax: (937) 773-5858

JuliaBslp@netscape.net

Vi Berlin Accent Mediation
864 Wallwood Drive
Copley OH 44321
(330) 668-9710 

Fax (330) 665-9182

vberlin@aol.com

Tina M. Bickert
8894 Kingsley Drive 

Reynoldsburg OH 43068

(614) 866-6682 

tbickert@wideopenwest.com

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW 

Dover OH 44622

(330) 243-5431 

mivid@tusco.net

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
P.O. Box 13786
Columbus OH 43209-1866
(614) 783-7281 

Fax (614) 231-1855

findingcommonground@yahoo.com sheriweed@columbus.rr.com

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45202-2036
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

cfrd@cfrd.com

Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 629-8882 

Fax (330) 726-5926

 

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office 

c/o Darren Miller
270 E. Main Street
Batavia OH 45103

(513) 732-7397 

Fax (513) 732-7390

dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

 

Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Colleen K.E. Fear
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286 

Fax (937) 383-1245

Shirley A. Cochran
2897 Liberty Bell Lane
Reynoldsburg OH 43068-3930
(614) 863-4775 

Fax (614) 863-4775

scochran@insight.rr.com

Ray A. Cox, Esq.
265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459
(937) 291-3119 

Fax: (937) 291-3229

Ray.a.cox@sbcglobal.net

John J. Cruze
Cruze Mediation Services
6470 A Glenway Ave. #270
Cincinnati OH 45211
(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 598-6800

cruzelegal@fuse.net

James J. Cullers
920 Club Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 392-0391 

Fax (740) 392-0391

jcullers@columbus.rr.com

Paula Daniel
1635 Cambridge Blvd.
Columbus OH 43212
(614) 487-1036 

Fax: (614) 487-1396

Paulak1991@aol.com

Donna Dansker
1319 Stonemill Court
Cincinnati OH 45215
(513) 821-0767 

Fax (513) 821-4089

eddansker@fuse.net

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton OH 45435
(937) 775-2067/264-2336 

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

Delaware County Juvenile Court c/o Faith Walzak
88 North Sandusky
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 83-2610 

Fax (740) 833-2599

fwalzak@co.delaware.oh.us

Phillip Dunfee
1407 Morgan Bryan Drive
Newark OH 43055
(740) 366-3297 

phil@phildunfee.com

Gregory L. Edmonds
5036 Buffalo Run
Westerville OH 43081
(614) 506-3782 (cell) 

Gregory.Edmonds@sbcglobal.net

Maxine R. Edmonds
5036 Buffalo Run
Westerville OH 43081
(614) 895-0025 

medmonds@sbcglobal.net

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870
(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

C. Eileen Pruett, Manager Small Claims Division Franklin Co. Municipal Court 

375 South High St., 16th Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 645-8500 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Guernsey Co. Common Pleas Ct. c/o Mag. Marcia Hollins
801 Wheeling Ave. , Room E
Cambridge OH 43725
(740) 432-9252 

Fax: (740) 432-9289

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710
(937) 833-6588 

Fax (937) 833-6588

Mediate@woh.rr.com

Rhonda D. Hixon 

Fayette Co. Juvenile Court
110 E. Court Street
Washington C.H. OH 43160

(740) 335-0640 

Fax: (740) 333-3598

Rhonda.hixon@fayette-co-oh.com

Kathleen P. Hoenie Family Matters Mediation Services
2227 Buckley Road
Columbus OH 43220-4613
(614) 457-3177 

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Jeff Hutson
175 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146 jhutson@lah4law.com

Joint Off. of Citizen Complaints 

c/o Diane D. Welborn
15 E. Fourth St., Suite 208

Dayton OH 45402

(937) 223-4613 

Fax: (937) 228-1183

wellborn@dayton-ombudsman.org

Louie R. Kindell
PO Box 1454 419 N. Wayne St.
Piqua, OH 45356
(937) 773-8047 

Fax: (937) 773-5858

alouiekindell@woh.rr.com

Knox County Court of Common Pleas Mediation Services c/o Rochelle R. Fritz
111 East High Street, 2nd Floor
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 393-6817 

Fax (740) 393-5096

rochellefritz@hotmail.com

Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130
(614) 444-5872 

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Cathie Kuhl, Director, Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service
230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 946-3400
Fax: (513) 946-3388 

pcms@cms.hamilton-co.org

Pamela Lemaster
244 Isaac Tharp Street 

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 306-3402 

pamelalemaster@yahoo.com

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055
(740) 670-5409 

Fax: (740) 670-5419

jpatterson@lcounty.com

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980
(614) 792-7681 

loweryb5@aol.com

Cheryl Lowry, Ph.D.
Conflict Management Services
1500 W. 3rd Ave., Suite 126
Columbus OH 43212
(614) 488-4540 

Fax (614) 488-4530

cms@iwaynet.net

Lucas Co. DR Court
c/o Denise Logan
429 N. Michigan St., Ste. A
Toledo OH 43624-1692
(419) 213-6800 

Fax: (419) 213-6808

dlogan@co.lucas.oh.us

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Dorothy Kane, Director
25 East Boardman Street
Youngstown OH 44503
(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

 

Frederick Meister
150 E. Mound St., Suite 200
Columbus OH 43215-5429
(614) 221-1644 

Fax: (614) 221-1696

FM@MeisterLaw.net

Margaret E. Honore Miller
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 775-0333 x 115 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

mediation@mail2world.com

Robert H. Monnaville
163 N. Sandusky St., # 103
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 363-7182 

Fax: (740) 363-7153

rmonnaville@thomaslawlpa.com

Vickie Moreland 

Butler County DR Court

315 High Street, 3rd Floor

Hamilton OH 45011

(513) 785-5805 

Fax: (513) 785-5372

morelandvg@butlercountyohio.gov

Patrick J. Murphy
526 Superior Ave., Suite 1400
Cleveland OH 44114
(216) 875-2067 

Fax: (216) 875-1570

pmurphy@bsmph.com

Joseph E. Natalie
452 W. Lawndale Place
Zanesville OH 43701-3950
(740) 454-0811 

nataliefamily@yahoo.com

Nancy R. Nickey, Mediation Services of Franklin County
5616 Hensel Woods Road
Gahanna OH 43230-1811
(614) 855-5233 

Fax (614) 855-5233

lnickey@insight.rr.com

Linda Norris
6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068
(614) 863-9249 

lnorris@insight.rr.com

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Christopher DelFavero 

PO Box 70

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 592-5105 

Fax: (419) 592-2759

chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss 

77 S. High Street, 24th Floor

Columbus OH 43215-6108

Phone 614/752-9595 

Fax 614/752-9682

www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov

website@cdr.state.oh.us

Ohio State University c/o Carole Hinchcliff, Moritz College of Law Library
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210
(614) 292-2962 

F (614) 292-9438

Hinchcliff.1@osu.edu

Brenda Ohlinger
4875 Chevy Chase Avenue
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 459-2323 

Fax: (614) 761-2988

ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-5515 

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 403-3825 

jmpmediation@ameritech.net

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti
101 Wildwood Drive
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 965-3694 (home) (330) 740-2278 Mahoning Co. Juvenile Ct. 

mpvendetti@aol.com

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209
(513) 533-2002 

Fax (513) 721-2401

dwp@bpbslaw.com

Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-2200 

fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net

Michelle Quinn
3563 Mountshannon Road 

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 921-8779 

michelledquinn@msn.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

cradigan@insight.rr.com

Robert E. Rosenberg
Stephens & Rosenberg, Attorneys at Law
206 South Meridian St. # A
Ravenna OH 44266
(330) 296-3434 

Fax: (330) 296-3435

RobertERosenberg@aol.com

Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207
(614) 491-5597 

Fax (614) 491-3404

Russellviv@aol.com

Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258
(330) 499-3069 

Fax (330) 499-0905

N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Julie A. Schafer, Esq.
755 White Pond Dr., Suite 403
Akron OH 44320
(330) 864-2003 

Fax (330) 864-7155

JASchafer@schafercarrlaw.com

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Mary L. Shumard, LSW, CCDCI Tylersville Crossing
5750 Gateway Blvd. #103
Mason OH 45040-1497
(513) 779-7400 

Fax: (513) 779-7624

mshumard@fuse.net

Carol Siekierka, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 496-7228 

Fax (937) 496-7443

 

Harrold W. Spicknall, Ph.D.
2608 Ashton Road 

Cleveland Heights OH 44118

(216) 321-1025
Fax: (216) 321-8909 

h.spicknall@att.net

John C. Spille
3200 N. Whitetree Circle
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 794-1137 

johnspille@fuse.net

Summit County DR Court
c/o Edward Schneider
205 South High Street
Akron OH 44308
(330) 643-5456 

eschneider@drcourt.org

Leslie Swift, Ph.D.
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 791-8849 

Fax (513) 791-8873

LBSwift@fuse.net

Diane Tedeschi On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826 

Fax: (614) 459-4720

tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Judith Thomas
136 E. Broadway
Granville OH 43023
(740) 587-3367 

Fax (740) 587-1612

mediator@creative-resolutions.com

Fredric P. Tilton
4007 Bach-Buxton Road
Amelia OH 45102
(513) 752-3051 

Fax: (513) 752-8267

ftilton@fure.net

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 876-0089 

Fax (614) 466-3074

eturner@serb.state.oh.us

Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court 

c/o Andrea L. Fischer-Immke
125 East High Ave. Room 225
New Philadelphia OH 44663

(330) 365-3269 

Fax (330) 365-3398 fisher@co.tuscarawas.oh.us

VN Consulting Inc. c/o Lucretia K. Van Niel, MSW, LISW
4265 Waterside Place
Grove City OH 43123
(614) 871-1815 

Fax (614) 871-1820

vnci@sbcglobal.net

Barbara A. Venesy, Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy 

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

James A. Veri
6310 Fay Road
Concord OH 44077
(440) 477-5259 

Fax (440) 354-9580

VeriKJ@earthlink.net

Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230
(513) 498-6384 

Fax (513) 624-6941

Mediationworks11@aol.com

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Capitol Mediation
c/o Robert J. Wheaton
6969 Read Bank Rd. 

PO Box 128
Galena OH 43021-0128

Fax (614) 523-1155 

Cell (614) 620-1155

capmediation@sbcglobal.net

Artz & Dewhirst, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 221-0944 

Fax (614) 221-2340

twheeler@adllp.com

Kenneth N. Wildman
Positive Negotiations
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810
(410) 230-2563 

k-wildman@onu.edu

 

Robert N. Wistner, JD
140 Marion Street
Dublin OH 43017
(614) 889-9756 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

rwistner@columbus.rr.com

Wood County Common Pleas Court M. Hyrne
Courthouse
Bowling Green OH 43402
Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2005. 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: 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.

Capital University law School 2nd National Training Institute for Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution June 5-9, 2006, Columbus Ohio (Please note, we have had to move the date for Capital University Law School’s 2006 Minority ADR Training Institute from June 12-16, 2006.)

Tentative Trainings: Domestic Abuse Issues (2 days), Basic Mediation (2 days), Faith-based Mediation (2-3 days), Family Mediation (5 days), Labor & Employment Mediation/Arbitration (5 days), Afrocentric Conflict Resolution (3 days), Healthcare Dispute Resolution (2 days). These trainings will enhance your skills as a minority ADR professional and provide invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities. For more information as it becomes available visit: www.law.capital.edu/adr/ Or contact: Floyd Weatherspoon, Professor of Law and Director of Minority ADR Initiatives, at (614) 236-6531, or via e-mail at adrconference@law.capital.edu.

 

Antioch University McGregor is launching two new certificate programs in Conflict Resolution and a Concentration Option to compliment the Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution.

 

The Professional Certificate (2 quarters), Graduate Certificate (4 quarters) and Master’s Concentration Option will debut in Fall 2006 as part of Antioch University McGregor’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program in the School of Liberal Arts. Please see http://www.mcgregor.edu/cr Conflict Resolution is no longer a stand-alone professional field of specialization. It is now a critical skill for effective leadership in a wide range of careers including government agencies, schools, hospitals, corporations, universities and communities. The Certificate Programs are designed to offer an entry or mid-level option for professionals in other fields (including those who already hold a Master’s or terminal degree) to gain practical skills in conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation for use within their own organizations and professional disciplines. The Certificate also provides an option for those individuals not ready to commit to a Master’s program while maintaining the flexibility to transfer all the credits earned through the certificate, should their plans change, as the certificates are fully integrated with the degree program.

The Concentration Option enables those students pursuing the Master’s to align their degree to one specific area of interest or one specific sector of practice within the field of Conflict Resolution. Antioch University McGregor contributes to the betterment of the individual and the community by fostering academic excellence and providing socially responsive, flexible and innovative education programs for adult learners. McGregor features a wide array of Bachelor’s Degree completion programs, Master’s programs in Conflict Resolution, Management and Education and also Individualized Liberal and Professional Studies programs.

Please e-mail me at robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu or call at (937) 769-1816 with any questions or for more information.

Best Regards, Rob McLaughlin, M.A. Antioch University McGregor Conflict Resolution Graduate Program 800 Livermore St. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu

 

Best Practices in Americans with Disability Mediation

 

Please go to http://www.mediate.com/articles/editorial6.cfm to see a call for submissions for the next collection on the ADA Mediation Page: “Best Practices in ADA Conflict Management.”  (Previous collections include “Mediation Capacity” and “ADA Workplace Mediation.”) Please send in your ideas, and pass this on to others in your networks who might want to contribute. While you’re on the ADA Mediation page, please take a moment to browse through the extensive list of articles on ADA mediation.  Thank you for your contributions to ADA mediation. Judy Cohen Editor, ADA Mediation page judycohen@mediate.com www.mediate.com/adamediation

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

Mark Your Calendars for the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s

ABA Annual Meeting 3-8, 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Check www.abanet.org/dispute or call 202-662-1680 for more information.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA 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

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. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

 

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

 

TRAINING SCHEDULE THROUGH JUNE 30, 2006 for Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals Sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section June dates not confirmed, Franklin (Columbus) in conjunction with Minority Training Institute Contact Crevon Tarrance, Supreme Court of Ohio TarrancC@sconet.state.oh.us.

 

Basic Mediation Training for Residence Life Staff, Students, and Higher Education Faculty Sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 , 9AM to 5PM Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

· Do you often deal with conflict?

· Are you looking for new and more effective ways to address conflict at your university?

· Would you like to improve your own conflict resolution skills?

· Would you like to use new mediation concepts and skills to manage conflict in your university environment?

You are invited to attend a basic mediation skills training sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. The training will focus specifically on mediation in residence life settings in higher education.

Who should attend: Priority in attendance will be given to teams (at least 2 individuals from an Ohio college or university) including University/College Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Directors, Area Coordinators, and students from Residence Life.

When: September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 from 9AM to 5PM, with one free hour for lunch.

Where: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Cost: Training fees will be covered by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, however, each attendee will need to pay $25 to cover the cost of the training manual. Lunch will not be provided.

Training Topics include:

· Conflict 101 · Definition, Characteristics, and Standards of Mediation
· Mediation Stages · Active listening skills
· Mediation Skills · Ethical issues and confidentiality

Attendance at all three days is required. A complete information packet including location, parking, agenda, and a request for sample case studies will be mailed to applicants upon receipt of their registration form.  A certificate will be issued upon completion of the three day training.

The training will be conducted by Kenzi Bisbing from Townhall II in Kent, Ohio, and Teresa Cusma from the Community Mediation Center Stark County in Canton, Ohio.

Registration Deadline September 1st, 2006. Space is limited to 30 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Teams of Ohio college and university faculty/staff and students from residence life will receive priority.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Batton, Director of Education Programs, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at 614-644-9275 or via email at Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us.

Register early for Purpose Drives Practice: An International Conference on Transformative Mediation St. Paul, MN  / September 17th & 18th, 2006.

    • Join Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, Winners of the 2006 Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award, along with Andrew Thomas, visionary leader in community mediation for over 25 years, and other highly regarded speakers.
    • Presented by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, with Platinum Co-sponsors, The Conflict Resolution Center of the University of North Dakota, The Conflict Studies Programs and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University, Hofstra University School of Law, and Twin Cities Mediation.

Go to http:// transformativemediation.org to see the full list of workshops and to register now. Dan Simon 612-824-8988 http://twincitiesmediation.com Twin Cities Mediation 1716 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN  55408

Annual Conference Registration to Open in Late May ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference October 25-28, 2006 Philadelphia, PA Be sure to join us in Philly this fall for an exciting three days of informative sessions, meetings and networking opportunities! OMA’s own Terry Wheeler is ACR President so come join Terry in Philly! Registration will be open by the end of May, so keep checking the Annual Conference website http://acrnet.org/conferences/ac06/ac06-homepage.htm for the most up-to-date information. As an added bonus, ACR members save up to $80 on Annual Conference registration fees! The Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center at 17th and Race Streets. To reserve your room at the Annual Conference rate of $155/night, call the Sheraton at 215-448-2000 and mention the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

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