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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2008

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay M. Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: pdunfee@alltel.net
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Denise Nixon Sparks (614) 944-5764 dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2008 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

December 5, 2008 CHIEF JUSTICE MOYER TO SPEAK TO OMA 12/5/08 AT 2:00PM Please join the Ohio Mediation Association and the Supreme Court of Ohio for our December OMA meeting and Central Ohio Court Mediator’s Roundtable.  Both meetings will be held at the Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio.  Please note the change of venue!
Roundtable:   9:30am-1:30pm (Lunch will be provided)OMA Meeting: 1:30pm-2:00pm – General Member Meeting; 2:00pm-2:30pm – Chief Justice Moyer.

Registration is required for both events.  For security purposes, you must register with the Supreme Court (see details below) even you plan to attend the OMA meeting ONLY.  Following, please find additional information regarding the Roundtable: Primary Purpose: Roundtables provide opportunities to share best practices regarding the practice of mediation, program development strategies and networking opportunities for judges, magistrates, court personnel, mediators, attorneys and other stakeholders in similar geographic settings. Regional roundtables provide mediators an opportunity to meet with others in close proximity irregardless of their case jurisdiction to encourage networking and expedite mentoring relationships.

Participants: Roundtables are designed for mediators, attorneys, judges, magistrates, and other Ohio court personnel who work directly or indirectly with the process of mediation in the Courts of Ohio. Date/Time: December 5, 2008   9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  (OMA meeting to follow) Location: Ohio Judicial Center, Supreme Court of Ohio, Columbus, OH http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov Registration: Online at http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/dispute_resolution/calendar08.pdf Questions: Contact Ken Davis, Program Manager at the Dispute Resolution Section at   davisk1@sconet.state.oh.us or 614.387.9420
February 6, 2009 TBA

May 8, 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference at the Riffe Center—details to follow.

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
byMaara Fink
What is Mediation?

The fact that I, the President of the Ohio Mediation Association, have posed this question may cause you some concern.  It would probably also concern my employers who pay me to teach law students all about the world of mediation.  The truth is, I thought I knew everything there was to know about mediation, but now I’m not so sure.

My understanding of the process was challenged once again during a talk given by a magistrate who was recently appointed to mediate cases here in Toledo.  Cases are referred to and scheduled for “mediation.”  The only problem is that, according to the magistrate, it’s not really mediation.   We were told that there isn’t time for a “real” mediation; and “real” mediation, the “touchy-feely” kind, wouldn’t be appropriate in the cases she will be mediating.  So, that left me wondering, do I still know what mediation is?  Has the process become so mutated that I might not even recognize it?

And here’s where I get worried.  If I’m not sure I know what mediation is anymore, how is the average consumer supposed to know what it is?  The reality is that they can’t.  They don’t.  I don’t.  If a woman goes through mediation for her divorce, it will be a very different process from what she will experience during the mediation of the foreclosure on her home.

So, how do we educate the public?  How should lawyers prepare their clients?  How should we prepare ourselves?  Must we agree on what we are preparing for?  Must there be a common understanding of what mediation is?  Or what the process entails?

Unfortunately, you won’t find the answers to these questions here in this column.  As you may have guessed by now, I don’t yet have them.  But, I’m working hard to figure it all out and I invite you to do the same.  I believe it is critical for the future of our profession.

I would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to send me your feedback, comments, questions, concerns, etc. through a letter to the editor or at www.mediateohio.org.

Mediation Marketing Efforts Unprecedented in Ohio
by Jay M. Patterson, Immediate Past President

The Ohio Mediation Association (OMA) is deeply committed to increasing the general public’s familiarity, trust and use of mediation as a means to improve quality of life for Ohioans.  In keeping with that commitment, OMA has completed one phase of a first of its kind statewide marketing effort to promote mediation.  As far as I am aware, no other entity has attempted to promote mediation as a whole to the general public across such a wide audience in Ohio.

The crux of the initial phase of OMA’s publicity/marketing effort on behalf of all of Ohio’s mediators and mediation programs was a print advertising campaign in several newspapers across the state.  These ads reached a combined circulation of millions.

The theme of the campaign, created especially for OMA by advertising firm, Londy Lawrence, depicted conflict in the historical context.  As such, the campaign featured edgy and provocative images of fictional characters in conflict throughout history.  For example, one ad depicted two, circa 1800’s, western gunslingers squaring off along with the tag line, “Before things get out of hand”.  The ad also listed OMA’s web site address so that prospective clients might locate a mediator through OMA’s searchable Directory of Mediators.  The OMA Board saw this campaign as a way to raise mediation awareness by the public while also to adding value to OMA memberships by providing members with potential access to clients that might search for a mediator on our web site Mediator Directory.

OMA hopes to soon launch a second phase of the publicity campaign via radio.  The plan is to send a mediation promotional announcement explaining the value of mediation to approximately 50 radio stations across the state.  The radio spots were professionally created and produced specifically for OMA.  If you attended the OMA Annual Conference in May, you heard the announcement played at the luncheon.  Unlike the newspaper campaign, which required a significant financial investment, we hope the radio spots will be played as PSA announcements in order to minimize costs.  Please listen for the radio ads and if you hear it, please drops us a note to let us know from where you heard it.  OMA is also investigating still other ways to promote the field of professional mediation.

These efforts and so much more need to be done and can be done to advance the field of mediation.  It is only through the collective resources stemming from OMA membership that this or any future OMA efforts are possible.  In my opinion, collective action by the profession as a whole is the only viable path to realizing mediation’s true potential.  Collective action not only increases our own professional power and recognition, it also serves our individual interest to enable more mediation at a living wage.  If you are reading this and you are a member, thank you for your support.  I hope all members will play their personal role in advancing the mediation profession by continuing their membership, by actively encouraging other mediators who may not yet be members to likewise join the collective whole, and by becoming more involved in OMA beyond membership.  If you are not currently a member, I hope you will strongly consider serving your individual interest by joining, OMA, the only professional mediation association in Ohio serving all mediators, irrespective of style, region or setting, i.e. Ohio’s mediation collective whole.

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 even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is December 20, 2008.  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

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. 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 schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.  If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137  If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:
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
Greetings. This is my regular fall email asking you to help “spread the word” about the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri (MU) School of Law.  Our school is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution with one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school. Below is information about our innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested.  Now starting its tenth year, the LL.M. program attracts students from diverse backgrounds.  Over the years, students have come from 25 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/llm/current-students.html.   We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program.  LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  For example, Art Hinshaw is a clinical professor of law and the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  Martha Halvordson and Stephanie Sloggett-O’Dell are former classmates turned colleagues in Civil Alternatives, a full-service dispute resolution firm with offices in Kansas City and Los Angeles.  Mohan Srimat Tirumala Peddinti (Ped) is a derivatives negotiator in the Securities Legal Division of Goldman Sachs in Bangalore, India.  Nivedita Gutta is the volunteer coordinator at the Safe Horizon Mediation Center in New York City, which offers assistance to crime and abuse victims, their families and the community. Students may enroll full-time or part-time. 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 Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.  About a year ago, we opened our admissions criteria to people who have substantial ADR experience but who do not have law degrees.  Although the program will still be geared primarily to lawyers, we have gotten inquiries from very attractive applicants who did not have law degrees.  For example, we got an inquiry from a federal court ADR administrator in another state who does not have a law degree and we would have been happy to have him join the class (though it didn’t work out in his case). Let me also introduce our three newest faculty members, Rafael Gely, Stacie Strong, and Jennifer Reynolds, who bring new strength and diversity to the Center.  For more information, see http://www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/pdf/newfaculty.pdf. LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s School of Journalism.   Many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, where they can earn a Certificate in Public Affairs in conjunction with the LL.M. degree.  Full information about the LL.M. Program, including details on financial aid, 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, mulawcdr@missouri.edu.  John Lande Isidor Loeb Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri School of Law Columbia, MO 65211 Tel: 573-882-3914 Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http:/law.missouri.edu/llm/ Personal Web: http:/law.missouri.edu/lande

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 Denise Nixon Sparks for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Leslie Bowen
2302 Brisum Way
Hilliard OH 43026 (614) 771-6613
Leslie.bowen@sbcglobal.net

Mary Kay Crowder
334 E. Center Street
Marion OH 43302 (740) 802-2249
Fax: (740) 389-4335
mkcrowder@roadrunner.com

Randy L. Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172 (614) 459-2896
Fax: (614) 246-7185
Randyfisher@wideopenwest.com

Marissa L. Godby
1236 Constitution Drive
Independence KY 41051 (513) 621-1652
brandichase@yahoo.com

Janet Mitchell, Coordinator
Bluffton University Mediation
1 University Drive #185
Bluffton IN 45817 (419) 358-3068
Fax: (419) 358-3074
mitchellj@bluffton.edu

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

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circle Training for Schools, Community, and Justice Organizations Cleveland, Ohio, February 25th – 28th, 2009 Hosted by: Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College, The Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio Resource Network, the OhioCommission on Dispute Resolution, Lake County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division, and Mahoning County Juvenile Court Used in schools, corrections, and the community, restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior.  Restorative programs create opportunities for victims, offenders and community members to meet to discuss the crime and its aftermath, expect offenders to take steps to repair the harm they have caused, seek to restore victims and offenders, and provide opportunities for parties with a stake in a specific crime to participate in its resolution.  Peacemaking circles are one form of restorative process.   Saturday, February 28th, 2009, 9AM – 5PM Workshop: An Overview of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles – A Training for Schools, Community, and Justice Organizations (CRN: 18774) Cost: $50.   Wednesday – Friday, February 25th – 28th, 2009, 9AM – 5PM Training:  Implementing Restorative Justice Circle Processes in Schools and Community (CRN: 18775) Cost: $150. Who Should Attend?  School personnel, school counselors, law enforcement, school based probation, juvenile courts, juvenile detention facilities, school resource officers, youth serving organizations, gang prevention and intervention workers, faith-based organizations.    Credits Available:  Social Work, Counselor, RCH, CEUs, and Graduate Credit.  Questions? Call Global Issues Resource Center at 216-987-2231  or Jennifer.Batton@tri-c.edu To Register:  Please call 216-987-3075 and be sure to include the Course Registration Number (CRN) listed above, associated with the training or workshop you are interested in attending.  Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

An Overview of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles A Training for Schools, Community, and Justice Organizations Saturday, February 28th, 2009   9 – 5pm This workshop will provide information on the implementation and evaluation of restorative justice practices in schools, the justice system, social services, the workplace and in neighborhoods.  Attendees will learn about practical applications of these approaches and share new resources.  Participants will learn the principles of restorative approaches and explore ways to use and adapt the practices in a wide variety of contexts including classrooms, youth programming, workplaces and the justice system.  Restorative measures in schools are part of the whole school environment; restorative classroom management approaches fit well with on-going efforts, such as preventing bullying and harassment, teaching pro-social skills and discipline policies.  Cost:  (CRN: 18774) $50 includes all materials.  Lunch on your own.   Credit:  6.5 Social Work, 6.5 RCH, 6.5 Counselor, and 6.5 CEUs available.
Implementing Restorative Justice Circle Processes in Schools and Community Wednesday – Friday, February 25th – 28th, 2009  9 – 5pm

Circle processes provide a way to bring people together to have difficult conversations, to work through conflict or differences and to build relationships.  The peacemaking circle process is being used for decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution and community building in schools, neighborhoods, workplace, family and the criminal justice system.  This introductory training will explore: foundational values and philosophy of circle practice, ceremony and ritual of circles,  conflict as opportunity to build relationships,  structure of circle process,  practical applications of circle process,  initiating the circle process,  challenges in circles.  Circles provide a way to enhance school safety by building community and connecting youth to adults and each to other in meaningful and practical ways.  The Restorative Circle provides the school community with a way to help students who have been harmed while holding students who do harm accountable for violations without sending them away from education. Circles are used in schools to enhance teaching and encourage accountability and care.   Cost:  (CRN: 18775) $150 includes all materials.  Lunch on your own.  Credit:  19.5 Social Work, 19.5 Counselor, 19.5 RCH, 19.5 CEUs available. One credit hour of Ashland University graduate credit available for attendance at the completion of the three day training in its entirety, for an additional $200.  Questions?  Call Global Issues Resource Center at 216-987-2231 or Jennifer.Batton@tri-c.edu

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 18 & 19, or April 15 & 16, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2009.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, 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 .

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

September / October 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay M. Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Vice President: Phillip Dunfee(740) 366-3297 pdunfee@alltel.net
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Denise Nixon Sparks (614) 944-5764 dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2008 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

October 3, 2008 A representative from Richard Cordray, State Treasurer’s

Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure”

Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

December 5, 2008 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
by Maara Fink

The President’s Column is on break this edition as our OMA President, Maara Fink and her family welcomed a new member to their ranks and she is on maternity leave.

Better World Award 2008
The Ohio Mediation Association Better World Award was presented to past OMA President John Polanski M.Ed. at the OMA Annual Meeting and Conference. Nominated by Eileen Pruett, Ed Krauss, and Wendy Hawbaker, John was the Executive Committee’s choice for this year’s award.

John’s career in mediation, mediation program design and implementation spans more than 20 years. He has developed, managed and provided a variety of mediation services for courts in Mahoning County and Ashtabula County. In his current position he has designed and implemented an array of mediation services for the Trumbull County Family Court.

John is an active member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio. In the past he has served as president of the Ohio Mediation Association and a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution.

In addition to John’s commitment to peaceful resolution of all variety of disputes and his work for the protection of the earth in every aspect, his professional skills as a program designer, mediator and trainer qualify him as an ideal recipient of this award. His absolute support of mediators and the mediation process, his good cheer, thoughtful counsel and his constant moral support have benefited many members of Ohio’s dispute resolution community. His energy and enthusiasm have provided many meetings and training sessions with the “spark” that makes them worthwhile for every participant. In short, John has integrity, wisdom and knowledge that he is always willing to share.

New OMA Board Members
In addition to Susan Shostak as a continuing Board Member of the Ohio Mediation Association Jim Petas and Sandra Mendel Furman have joined. In case you are not familiar with the new board members they provided the following information about themselves:

James S. Petas—Jim received his graduate and undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo and has been mediating for 12 years. He is the Senior Mediator for the Toledo Municipal Court, Dispute Settlement Program and is currently finishing his term as co-chair of the Toledo Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Jim is also an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and has a private practice specializing in couple and family therapy.

Sandra Mendel Furman—Sandra received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her law degree from Capital University Law School. She is a mediator and arbitrator in private practice in Columbus as well as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. Her areas of practice are varied and she is also a member of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations as well as the Association for Conflict Resolution.

UMA Update
by Shirley A. Cochran, J.D.

Although subpoenaed, a family court mediator was not required to testify when the Judge granted the motion to quash filed by the prosecutor’s office in the Delaware County Common Pleas Court, Juvenile Division.

If you personally are subpoenaed or know of a mediator who has received a subpoena, contact Shirley Cochran to discuss assistance with a motion to quash and for addition to our list of cases concerning this issue.

OMA Donors
Did you know there are actually some people who check the donation section on the OMA Membership Application? Over the years different members have felt moved to contribute more than just their membership to assist OMA in meeting its objectives of being the only state-wide representative of all mediators regardless of subject matter or employer. Thank you for the generous donations:  Thomas Bailey, Jr. , Daniel B. Bennington, Michael Bollon, Jay M. Patterson, John Polanski, Diane Tedeschi, Edward Turner, Stephen D. Walters, Watkins Global Network, LLC c/o Mario W. Watkins, Lou Ann Wood, Judge Steve Yarbrough, Retired. The Board of OMA invites you to likewise thank your peers for their generosity.

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.orgI look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is October 20, 2008. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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, IllinoisRenewing, 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 Denise Nixon Sparks for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Martha Boyce

3950 Fenwick Road

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 459-1783

MEBK2001@hotmail.com

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

Fax: (513) 556-1274

Jan.fritz@uc.edu

Jennifer A. Patterson

244 Carmen Avenue

Hamilton OH 45013

(513) 226-3446

jenniferapatterson@gmail.com

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

555 N. Erie Street

Toledo OH 43604

(419) 2936-2312

Fax: (419) 245-1802

James.petas@noris.org

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

Fax: (216) 595-5274

SGRuben@aol.com

Tom Strasburg

431 Potawatomi Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 774-8383

tstrasburg@columbus.rr.com

Stephen D. Walters

55 Public Square, Suite 1010

Cleveland OH 44113

(216) 348-1400

Fax: (216) 687-4235

swalters@sdwalters.net

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive
 

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050

Lindawbesq@aol.com

HIRING FOR NEW ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) is relocating its Administrative Office to Hofstra Law School, in Hempstead, NY (45 minutes east of Manhattan, on Long Island).  In connection with this move, we are seeking to hire an Administrative Director for the Institute, who would also work on other administrative tasks in the Law School Dean’s office. This is a FULL TIME position, including benefits, with half time devoted to ISCT administration and half time to other duties, as spelled out in the formal job description pasted below. We encourage applications from interested members of the ADR/mediation community. If you have questions after reading the job posting below, please contact Baruch Bush, at lawrab@hofstra.edu. However, applications should be sent to the email address in the job posting. For information about the Institute and its work, see our website: www.transformativemediation.org

Official Job Posting: Hofstra Law School Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research Hofstra University School of Law seeks a Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research to provide administrative services related to the Institute of the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) activities, including running the day-to-day operations of ISCT.  ISCT sponsors and organizes training events, lectures, and symposia, conducts research, and produces scholarly and practice-oriented print and video resources for the conflict resolution field.  These services will include: first-line response to all inquiries about ISCT programs and resources; assistance in program marketing and event coordination for ISCT-sponsored programs; ISCT database and website maintenance; ISCT Board meeting coordination; maintenance of ISCT records and files, including mediator certification records.  The Administrator will work with an off-site ISCT Coordinator who will oversee the administrative work and provide liaison to the ISCT Board. The Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research will also work within our Office of Institutional Advancement, providing prospect research and other kinds of support for our development and alumni relations efforts, including data base maintenance.  The Coordinator will assist with data entry and information management for donors and prospects, and coordinate, design, and maintain policies/procedures, fundraiser prospect management, reporting, and statistical analysis. Bachelors degree required. Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.  For further information, please visit law.hofstra.edu. Please direct your confidential letter of inquiry, with resume, to Miriam Albert, Vice Dean for Administration, 121 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549, (516) 463-6091 (fax) or lawdean@hofstra.edu.

The Small Claims Division and Dispute Resolution Program seeks the services of up to fourteen (14) mediators to provide mediation services for cases referred to mediation by Judges and Magistrates of the Franklin County Municipal Court. Mediations will typically be scheduled and conducted Monday through Friday, during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although an occasional evening mediation may be scheduled at 6:00 p.m. Required services include conducting the mediations and preparing the mediation agreements.

The services will be awarded by contract to up to fourteen (14) mediators, for a period of sixteen (16) months, commencing November 1, 2008 and ending February 28, 2010. The contract will not exceed $6,000 per mediator. Rate of pay is $75.00 per mediated case and $25.00 for cases where the mediator comes to court but the mediation was not conducted.

Respondents are requested to reply via email (preferred method) or hardcopy directly to

Patricia Benchia, manager
Dispute Resolution Program
375 South High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus
, Ohio 43215-4520
benchiap@fcmcclerk.com

Call for PapersJames Madison University and The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Present Conflict Transformation: The International Undergraduate Research Conference James Madison University School of Communication Studies Harrisonburg, Virginia April 15 and 16, 2009 Contact: Dorothy J. Della Noce (dellandj@jmu.edu) The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University invites college and university undergraduate students to present their research on conflict transformation at the 2009 International Undergraduate Research Conference on Conflict Transformation. Conflict Transformation: The International Undergraduate Research Conference is an initiative to stimulate undergraduate research on the topic of conflict transformation. The goal is to bring together students (and their professors and mentors) from around the world, who are interested in examining and advancing the concept of conflict transformation, to engage in dialogue about the concept and to share their work. International and interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged. The Conference will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16, 2009, at James Madison University. Professor Joseph P. Folger of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will kick off the conference at a luncheon on Wednesday with his Keynote Address: The Disciplinary Roots of Conflict Intervention: How Should Theory Shape Our Practice? Deadline for Submission. Papers and poster proposals must be received no later than Monday, December 1, 2008. Authors will be notified of acceptance via e-mail. Awards: The Top Student Paper will be published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly. An award of $100.00 (USD) each will be presented for the top three (3) papers. These cash awards are sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. Kristine Paranica Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation 314 Cambridge Street Stop 8009 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND  58202-8009 email:  isct@und.nodak.edu phone:  (701) 777-2022 fax:  (701) 777-6184 Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at www.transformativemediation.org

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS :

Compassionate Communication—Central Ohio “Mediation and Conflict Resolution” with Ike Lasater, J.D . Beginner’s workshop followed by an Intermediate Workshop. Sponsored by Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the elimination of violence in Central Ohio and beyond. Beginner’s Workshop October 10th 7-9 PM and October 11th 10 AM-5 PM ($135 until 9/29/08 then $155), Intermediate Workshop October 12th 1-6 PM ($65 if by 9/29/08 then $80) Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road Columbus OH 43229 Call (614) 558-1141; website www.nvcohio.org; e-mail ccco112@sbcglobal.net.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training December 3 & 4, 2008 or February 18 & 19, or April 15 & 16, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008 or May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2009. Presenter Shelley Whalen, 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.comFax: (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 CenterUnited 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 .

The 2008 Professional Skills Programs in Dispute Resolution: Vermont October 23-25, 2008 Mediation Workshops: STAR: A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies, Advanced Mediation Skills and Techniques, Advanced Collaborative Family Law, Specialized Mediation Handling Challenging Employment, Professional Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases, Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Settlement Skills, The Impact of Culture and Gender on Mediation and Negotiation. To register or for more information visit www.straus.pepperdine.eduor call Lori Rushford at 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 Ohi 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 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
July/August 2008

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Denise Nixon Sparks (614) 944-5764 dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com
Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2008 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

October 3, 2008 A representative from Richard Cordray, State Treasurer’s Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure” Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

December 5, 2008 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.) Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

For the past several weeks, I have searched in vain through all my old OMA newsletters, in an effort to find the “inaugural” article by any of our past-presidents. My intention, of course, was to “lift” as much material as I could without ending up getting sued for plagiarism. In spite of my best efforts, I came up empty-handed. So, here I sit in front of a blank screen trying to reduce into words all that I hope to achieve during my time as OMA President. But, then I realized, who wants to hear all of that? So, I’m going to try to boil it down to the basics.

Overall, my mission for the next two years is to continue the work of all those who have come before me and who have worked tirelessly to make this such a vibrant organization. Now that the foundation has been laid, my goal is to build on these successes and make OMA not only a vibrant but a vital organization for its members. I would like to know how you envision the OMA of the future? With a shared vision, we can ensure that our organization meets the needs of ALL members.

So, how do I think this all might be achieved? Well, here’s my plan in a nutshell – I am asking you all to get involved!

First, this column, at best, will provide you with a few witty remarks here and there but that’s about it. I’m relying on those of you who are better at this than I, to submit informative, educational, funny, and/or enlightening articles for inclusion in the OMA newsletter. Let us know what is going on in your neck of the woods – what is happening in your practice, at your court, or in your community.

Second, OMA is HITTING THE ROAD. We know you are out there and we’re coming to find you! I know that because of time and location, it is difficult for many of you to attend our wonderful bi-monthly meetings. That is why we are coming to you. In 2009, we would like to hold several of our meetings in various cities throughout the state. If you are interested in seeing us or hosting us in your area, let us know!

Third, tell me what you want and need from OMA. In order to make this an organization that meets your needs, we have to know what they are. Some we can help with, others (a tropical getaway) we can’t, but fill us in on it all anyway!

The point is, I can’t do any of this alone. We, the OMA Board, are the facilitators but YOU are the parties. I propose that we work together to build the OMA of the future.

Have a wonderful summer!

Cincinnati Takes a “Break for Peace”
By Cathie Kuhl

In observance of Conflict Management Week, the Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosted Conflict Management Day on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati at lunch time on Monday, May 5, 2008. The theme was “Break for Peace” and downtowners enjoying their lunch break on Fountain Square that day were treated to music and dancing, inspirational speakers, a raffle and the chance to meet and talk to representatives of local mediation service providers.

The program opened and closed with live music provided by Stan Hertzman and Barbara McManus–both trained mediators who also have great musical ability! Before and after the program, the public was free to browse and talk to the many professionals who were staffing information tables on the Square.

The emcee, Channel 5 television news reporter Michelle Hopkins, introduced the talented youth from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s “Unity Challenge Program” These young people entertained the crowd with their specially choreographed dance moves. The Unity Challenge Program seeks to inspire and teach youth the skills that re-channel negative experiences, emotions, and energies into positive accomplishments and offer peaceful resolution as an alternative to violence.

Although these kids were a hard act to follow, our guest speaker, the Honorable Ethna M. Cooper, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, was up to the challenge. She exhorted all of us to find peaceful ways to resolve conflict, just as the Unity Challenge youth were doing. Next, City of Cincinnati Councilmember Jeff Berding presented a proclamation on behalf of the Mayor, proclaiming May 5th as “Conflict Management Day in Cincinnati” and added his voice to those calling for peaceful resolution of conflict.

Two local mediators were recognized during the program. Diann Harper was recognized for the energy, time and hard work she expended as the Chairwoman of the Conflict Management Day Planning Committee; Cathie Kuhl was recognized for her contributions and achievements in the field of conflict resolution.

Before the program ended, several door prizes (peace lilies, what else?) donated by local businesses were bestowed upon lucky raffle winners, businesses also donated the many snacks that were distributed to the crowd that day. Everyone agreed that the “Break for Peace” was a huge success!

Mediators Play Key Role in Ohio Summit on Children
By Cathie Kuhl

The first Ohio Summit on Children, which Chief Justice Thomas Moyer and Governor Ted Strickland jointly hosted, took place in Columbus on May 1-2, 2008. Teams from 79 of Ohio’s 88 counties came together to assess the local strengths and challenges in the delivery of services to children.

Teams consisted of judges, children’s service agency directors, representatives from local funding authorities, school system administrators and service providers. The goals for the Summit were to build on existing initiatives and to foster collaborative efforts between county teams and the state to enhance the safety, well-being and permanent home environments of Ohio children. (More information about the Ohio Summit on Children can be found at www.summitonchildren.ohio.gov .)

During the two days of the Summit, team members engaged in a structured process to assess their county’s strengths and challenges, to review their county’s data, to identify issues and needed services, to identify others who should be involved, and to agree upon a local community plan for future action.

If that process sounds similar to mediation, it should come as no surprise that dozens of Ohio mediators volunteered their time and acted as facilitators for the county teams during the Summit. “Because of their unique skill-sets and experience, mediators played a key role in guiding team discussions at the Summit on Children,” said Chief Justice Moyer. “With the mediators’ facilitation, each county team developed a collaborative plan. It is the implementation of these plans that will ultimately determine the success of the Summit.”

When Crevon Tarrance, a Program Manager of the Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolution Section, learned that she was responsible for arranging facilitators for the event, she “instantly thought of contacting mediators in Ohio.” Ms. Tarrance’s instincts proved true as two out of every three facilitators recruited for the Summit were mediators. “A side benefit of using mediators at the Summit is that a lot of people across the state were exposed to mediators,” Ms. Tarrance said, “and experienced how mediators can help with individuals and families.” In addition, a video presentation on the first day of the Summit featured the Lucas County Juvenile Court Child Protection Mediation Program as an example of innovative programming for children.

The value of collaboration was a constant theme during the Summit. The judicial and executive branches of state government set the example by working together to bring about the event and to garner funding from the Pew Charitable Trust and other federal grants. Presenters at the Summit included Joan Ohl, Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Helen Jones-Kelly, Director of the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, the Honorable David A. Basinksi, Administrative Judge of the Lorain County Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court, Honorable William Byars, Jr., South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Director, and Jim Tressel, Ohio State University Head Football Coach. In addition to those notable speakers, the Summit recognized the value of seeking youth perspectives and provided attendees with a stirring keynote address by OSU student Cedric Riley, an Ohio foster care and adoption alumna, as well as a video presentation featuring several foster youth.

The message of collaboration resonated with the attendees. Steve Hanson, the Supreme Court’s Children, Families and the Courts Programs Manager, said that the county teams “overwhelmingly recognized the value of intersystem collaboration” based on feedback from the Summit. Mr. Hanson also said that a number of counties want to hold their own local Summits and that some of the county teams have requested facilitators to assist with the ongoing development of their local plans. Mr. Hanson expects that the Supreme Court may assist in connecting county teams with facilitators upon a county’s request.

The first Ohio Summit on Children was, by all accounts, a huge success. Mediators across Ohio can take pride in knowing that their colleagues contributed to that success.

The Foreclosure Crisis – Foreclosure Mediation Is Helping
By Stephen Grenier

I returned from the June 6th “Supreme Court Roundtable on Foreclosure Mediation” excited and disheartened. Excited by the success the Foreclosure Mediations are having by keeping families in their homes. Disheartened that many courts still don’t have a Foreclosure Mediation program.

Ohio ranks in the top six worst hit states facing foreclosures with over 153,000 foreclosures filed in 2007. The Mortgage Bankers Association just reported that “Once again this quarter, the rate of foreclosure starts and the percent of loans in the process of foreclosure are the highest recorded since 1979.” Cuyahoga and Franklin County are seeing a 75%-90% increase in Foreclosure filings over last year for all homes across all demographics. Personally, I’m mediating Foreclosures on homes worth up to $500k so far.

“Save the Dream”
“Save the Dream” is Ohio’s foreclosure prevention effort from Governor Strickland’s Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce in 2007. The Governor negotiated with nine Mortgage Servicers who signed the “Compact to Help Ohioans Preserve Homeownership.”

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Moyers urged, on February 5, 2008, Ohio Judges to customize and implement a pre-packaged Foreclosure Mediation Model that was complete with templates for court rules, sample forms, free training and implementation assistance to achieve the goal of giving “individuals involved in foreclosure cases the same access to mediation that has been regularly provided in other types of civil cases for over a decade”.

How the Legal Community is Responding
Most Ohio counties, including Franklin County, have yet to implement a Foreclosure Mediation program. Meanwhile, homeowners are being forced out of their homes, every day, at alarming rates.

The Ohio Supreme Court Dispute Resolution department has trained over 275 attorneys and mediators, representing forty-six of the eighty-eight Ohio counties, in classes across the state. Cuyahoga County just implemented their program that requires the Lender to appear in person for mediation. Delaware County, where I primarily practice, announced their Foreclosure Mediation program in March. Both Common Pleas judges, Judge Krueger and Judge Whitney, are strong advocates of the Foreclosure Mediation program and are experiencing great success. Delaware County, comprised of Delaware, Powell, Lewis Center, Galena and Westerville, has been the fastest growing county in Ohio since 2000 and has one of the highest percentages of foreclosure filings.

Job and Family Services is among some of the best referrals to these home owners. In the last two months in Delaware County alone, sixteen families have received over $35,000 in assistance paid directly to their lender to avoid foreclosures by the Delaware County Job and Family Services.

The Results We Are Seeing
At the roundtable, there was a collective excitement that many foreclosure Mediations are resulting in a “workout” where the homeowner keeps the home, which is the ultimate goal. We are seeing one of three primary outcomes; a Forbearance Plan and or a Mortgage Modification that keeps the homeowner in their home. The third is a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure where the homeowner surrender’s the home and the move out date, amount of 1099 income reporting and amount of deficiency can be negotiable.

As a non-native Ohioan, I’m proud to see this great State and Supreme Court rise to the occasion to help Ohioans Save their Dreams!

Stephen Grenier
Mediator & President
Progressive Consulting & Mediation
Private Practice and Court Mediator in the Delaware and Franklin Municipal, Domestic and Common Pleas courts

Sources:

http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/dispute_resolution/foreclosure/ChiefLetter.pdf
http://www.com.ohio.gov/SavetheDream/
http://governor.ohio.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=927
http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/dispute_resolution/foreclosure/default.asp
http://www.mortgagebankers.org/NewsandMedia/PressCenter/62936.htm

WANTED CONTRACT MEDIATORS: The Common Pleas Courts of Meigs and Gallia Counties are seeking mediators who would like to be listed on a roster of mediators willing to travel to Gallipolis and or Pomeroy, OH to mediate both civil and domestic relations cases if the staff mediator should be unable by absence or conflict of interest to mediate scheduled cases. Any mediators wishing to be included on the roster may apply by sending a resume to Martha Camp, Meigs County Court of Common Pleas, 100 2nd Street, Pomeroy, OH 45769.

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 even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is August 20, 2008. 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

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. 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 schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137 If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Antioch University McGregor Announcement
Richard J. McGuigan, Ph.D., will be joining the Antioch University McGregor faculty this July as the Chair of the Conflict Analysis and Management Department. Dr. McGuigan, with more than two decades of experience leading one of Canada’s most successful dispute resolution practices, brings impressive expertise in transformational reflective practice, public policy development, community engagement, academic leadership, and professional development programming. Please review Dr. McGuigan’s faculty page at http://www.mcgregor.edu/faculty/rmcguigan/index.html to learn more about him. With Dr. McGuigan’s leadership, we will be launching our newly revised programs in Conflict Analysis and Management (CAM) this fall. These innovative programs are designed with three unique hallmarks through which our learners develop an appreciation for the ways values, beliefs, and theories influence personal and professional approaches to conflict.

An integral approach to understanding conflict Transformational reflective practice

A Developmental curriculum Our CAM programs expand McGregor’s 15-year legacy as a leader in innovative graduate education in the conflict field. In addition, we continue our rich tradition of serving students who choose to continue to meet obligations to family, work, and home community as they develop into artful and skilled theorist practitioners. We offer a limited residency, online master of arts degree (18 months, 48 credits) and graduate certificate (9 months, 24 credits).  We encourage you to learn more about us by going to our website (http://www.mcgregor.edu/cr). If you would like to learn more about how our master’s degree will be able to fit into your already busy life, or to apply, please contact me at iweisman@mcgregor.edu or 937.769.1890 or Rob McLaughlin, Enrollment Services Manager, at robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu or 937.769.1816. Sincerely, Iris M. Weisman, Ed.D. Associate Dean Graduate Liberal and Professional Studies

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

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 Denise Sparks for assistance.

New and renewing members since April 19, 2008:

Joseph W. Anyimadu 

3446 Cunard Square

Columbus OH 43227

(614) 441-4243 

Fax: (614) 475-7279

Newstar11@columbus.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

Amy R. Bayliff 

1626 Oakland Parkway

Lima OH 45805

(567) 204-6556 

AMY@BAYDAISY.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

Martha Camp Meigs Co. Court of Common Pleas 

100 E. 2nd Street, Box 302

Pomeroy OH 45769

(740) 992-6439 

meigscountymediation@yahoo.com

Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Maggie Henry
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286 

Fax (937) 383-1245

mhenry@clintoncountycourts.org

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

dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com

Iris A. Cooper, Ohio Department of Development 

77 S. High Street, POB 1001

Columbus OH 43216-1001

(614) 728-7367 

Fax: (614) 466-0829

icooper@odod.state.oh.us

John J. Cruze Hamilton Co. Common Pleas ADR 

1000 Main St. Room 450
Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 946-5477

jcruze@cms.hamilton-co.org

William F. Denkewalter, Houston, Harris & Denkewalter LLC One Monument Square #200 P.O. Box 38130 

Urbana OH 43078

(937) 653-7186 

Fax: (937) 653-3293

wfdesq@ctcn.net

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

Dr. Larry Fong, R. Psych, Fong Ailon Canniff Suite 115—1st Street SW 

Calgary, AB T2P 0B3 Canada

Phone     1,403,266,2017 

Fax          1,403,266,4998

fong@worldpsych.ca

Franklin County Domestic Relations & Juvenile Court c/o Marya Kolman 

373 S. High St. 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215-4598

(614) 462-5872 

Fax: (614) 462-3748

Marya_Kolman@fccourts.org

Franklin Co. Municipal Court Pat Benchia, Asst. Manager Small Claims Division 375 South High St., 16th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4520

(614) 645-8500 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

benchiap@fcmcclerk.com

Guardian Settlement Services Germaine LeBourveau-Smith 

5151 S. Main Street, Suite E

Sylvania OH 43560

(419) 517-4081 

Fax: (419) 517-5081

germaine@getguardian.com

Jessica M. Harmon Harmon ADR Services 

98 Kelly Marie Drive

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 403-3590 

harmonmediation@earthlink.net

Daniel Gibson Harry 

P.O. Box 45

Bethany WV 26032

(304) 829-4807 

Dang_harry@yahoo.com

Wendy S. Hawbaker Ashtabula County Joint Court Mediation Project 

25 West Jefferson St.

Jefferson OH 44047

(440) 576-3239 

Fax: (440) 576-4639

WSHawbaker@co.ashtabula.oh.us

Joseph Law Services Co., LPA 

c/o Brett R. Joseph, Esq.

293 Main Street

Conneaut OH 44030

(440) 599-1445 

Fax: (440) 599-2199

brett@josephlawservices.com

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

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Maryann T. Liguore, Esq. 

N 1792 County Road V

Denmark WI 54208

(920) 863-1792 

Fax: (920) 863-1793

mliguore@hotmail.com

Rex A. Littrell Ulmer & Berne LLP 

88 East Broad St., Suite 1600

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 229-0012 

Fax: (614) 229-0013

rlittrell@ulmer.com

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980
loweryb5@aol.com
Lucas Co. DR Court c/o Denise Logan
429 N. Michigan St., Ste. A
Toledo OH 43604-5621
(419) 213-6800 

Fax: (419) 213-6808

dlogan@co.lucas.oh.us

James P. Luton Attorney at Law 

131 S. Prospect Street

Marion OH 43302

(740) 382-6588 

Fax: (740) 375-5372

Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net

Michael Angelo Massa, J.D. 

3920 Sandstone Circle

Powell OH 43065

(614) 204-3770 

MichaelMassa@msn.com

Rob McLaughlin, M.A. Antioch McGregor 

800 Livermore Street

Yellow Springs OH 45387-1609

(937) 769-1816 

Fax: (937) 769-1804

robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu

Jerome F. Weiss, Mediation, Inc. 

1600 Midland Building 101 Prospect Avenue W.Cleveland OH 44115

(216) 589-9995 

Fax: (216) 589-9723

mediator@mediationresolve.com

Cynthia Morgan 

2968 Meadowbrook Blvd.

Cleveland Heights OH 44118

(216) 371-0607 

Fax: (216) 397-5671

CMBMORGAN@GMAIL.COM

LaTanya L. Moss Creative Solutions Mediation Services 

7715 Waggoner Chase Blvd.

Blacklick OH 43004

(614) 626-0600 

Fax: (614) 626-0600

LMOSS1@hotmail.com

Mary E. Murphy 

2639 M.L. King, Jr. Drive

Cleveland OH 44104

(216) 721-8945 

murnak@sbcglobal.net

Brenda Ohlinger Solution Builders Mediation Services
5900 Sawmill Road, Suite 110 Dublin OH 43017
(614) 761-2540 

Fax: (614) 761-2988

ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

Resolve Mediation Services LLC c/o Denise Nixon-Sparks 

4200 Regents St. #200

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 944-5764 

Fax: (614) 944-5796

dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com

Carolyn Streit Roehrig 

10428 Lee’s Creek Road

Harrison OH 45030

(513) 246-0511 

Fax: (513) 246-0525

CarroleMarie@aol.com

Barbara K. Roman, Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis 

28601 Chagrin Blvd. #500

Cleveland OH 44122

(216) 831-0042 

Fax: (216) 831-0542

broman@meyersroman.com

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

Fax (614) 491-3404

Russellviv@aol.com

Shaker Mediation Center, LLC. Matt Mennes, JD 

3401 Enterprise Parkway # 340

Beachwood OH 44122

(216) 766-5717 

Fax: (216) 766-5796

Mennesm@aol.com

www.shakermediation.com

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

N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Edward M. Schneider Maguire Mediation 

190 East Avenue

Tallmadge OH 44278

(330) 633-0666 

Fax: (330) 633-0626

ed@maguirelegalgroup.com

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

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

Fax (513) 791-8873

drswift@fuse.net

Paula J. Trout, JD, MBA, MPA, CTM Alternative Dispute Resolution Forums 

589 Locust Court

Westerville, Ohio

Phone: 614-893-8308 

pjtroutmlm@aol.com

Watkins Global Network, LLC c/o Mario W. Watkins 

3556 Sullivant Avenue

Columbus OH 43204

(614) 351-7420 

Fax: (614) 351-7430

Global.i3431@att.net

Denton S. Whitney 

5737 Sells Mills Drive

Dublin OH 43017

(614) 734-0415 

Whitney.51@osu.edu

Robert N. Wistner, JD Wistner Center for Collaborative Divorce Planning 

5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100

Dublin OH 43017

(614) 734-8354 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

rwistner@columbus.rr.com

Kevin R. Zehe Mid Ohio Mediation Services 

P.O. Box 3895

Mansfield OH 44907

(419) 774-9262 

Fax: (419) 774-9264

medohiosrv@hotmail.com

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 10 & 11, or December 3 & 4, 2008 or February 18 & 19, or April 15 & 16, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008 or May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2009. Presenter Shelley Whalen, 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 .

SAVE THE DATE for our next International Conference Aug. 25-26, 2008, in Santa Barbara, California “New Waves of Transformative Practice: New Voices, New Frontiers, New Challenges” Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at  www.transformativemediation.org Fulfilling the Promise of Mediation…

Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Southern Methodist University, 5228 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 118, Plano TX 75024 dispute.resolution@smu.edu (972) 473-3435 www.resolution.smr.edu Systems Design in Dispute Resolution September 19-21 & 26-28, 2008 Judy Mares-Dixon, M.A.

The 2008 Professional Skills Programs in Dispute Resolution: Vermont October 23-25, 2008 Mediation Workshops: STAR: A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies, Advanced Mediation Skills and Techniques, Advanced Collaborative Family Law, Specialized Mediation Handling Challenging Employment, Professional Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases, Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Settlement Skills, The Impact of Culture and Gender on Mediation and Negotiation. To register or for more information visit www.straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 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 Ohi 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 / June 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June 2008

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: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.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.)

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference with Dr. Larry Fong at the Riffe Building Downtown Columbus!

June 6, 2008 Magistrate Ann Snyder—Mediation in Summit County Probate Court.

August 1, 2008 Scott Brown, Community Education Coordinator withRichard Cordray, State Treasurer’s Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure” Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

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.) Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
My Top Six Wishes for the Mediation Profession: (Part Two of Two)
By Jay M. Patterson

This column, my last as OMA President, contains the final part of my top six wishes for the mediation profession. The first three wishes (or, more accurately the last three, as required by the tradition of reverse chronological order for top # lists) were presented in my previous column. My final three wishes are:

3. We refrain from doing so much mediation for little or no fee. As this was discussed extensively in my June 2006 column entitled, Maybe There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch, I won’t go into great detail here. To summarize, I surely believe some no cost or low cost mediation has a definite place in our profession. However, from my perspective, mediators too often agree to provide services for little or no fee which, in turn, actively fosters societal perception that mediation itself has limited or no value. Given our capitalist economic system, we have a predisposed zeitgeist that acquisition of a product of value involves an exchange of another thing of value. Nothing wrong with that but I believe if a product is offered without someone paying reasonable compensation, it is likely that one would then conclude that the product has limited value, at most. I further believe when people perceive mediation as having limited value, this, in turn, limits the number of people willing to utilize it and thus limits the improved quality of life we know often occurs on those occasions when we can get parties to the table. I also believe we have actively enabled our profession to be taken advantage of to some extent by some mediation programs (and sometimes, individual clients) that could provide a living fee or wage to mediators if they were to make it a priority. We make it easy for some programs to refrain from making mediation a higher priority. As it stands, many programs need not even consider an even exchange of reasonable compensation in return for professional service. What possible incentive would a program have to provide a living fee/wage to a mediator if it could be gotten for little or no compensation? If mediators more often collectively declined to mediate unless a true, reasonable living wage was paid, I believe many programs would make funding for mediation a priority. If we really want to maximize the number of people with improved quality of life through quality mediation, I believe we need to have the courage of our own conviction about mediation’s value by more often providing services consistent with its true value. Until we as professionals begin to more often say words to the effect of, “I must respectfully decline to provide mediation services without a living wage”, we will continue to see the underutilization of mediation as a means to improve quality of life.

2: we act more collectively on a statewide basis on behalf of all mediators in ohio. Unfortunately, from my perspective, our field is not as organized in Ohio as it could be. For better or worse, leadership for the field in Ohio is somewhat fragmented into segments based on settings, regions or areas of interest. Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing bad about organizing based on narrower interests within the field. In fact, it’s a good thing. I’m simply setting forth the proposition that this is not a substitute for united, and cohesive action for the mediation field as a whole in Ohio. I firmly believe we will be more persuasive about mediation’s value, have more clout with policy makers and will achieve more as a field overall, if we act more often as a collective, united, holistic, statewide profession. As the only statewide professional mediation association whose mission is to advance the entire field of mediation in Ohio, OMA provides the organizational structure to carry the load for advancing the field as a collective whole. Particularly in the last few years, OMA has acted to benefit all of Ohio’s mediators in very significant ways often without some mediators even having knowledge of OMA’s contribution or how it benefited them. As just one example, OMA stood up for all mediators in Ohio and successfully argued against a proposed amendment of the Uniform Mediation Act that would have subjected mediators to forced testimony in court. Although OMA has made strides, it could do even more for Ohio’s mediators with more resources that stem directly from its membership. It is my hope that all mediators who are members of a mediation association with a narrower scope will also become members of OMA. If you’re reading this, I’m probably preaching to the choir, as you are likely to be member of OMA. As a fellow choir member, I hope you will sing the same song by actively conveying this message to non-OMA members.

1: We have an organized, honest, and frank, interest-based discussion within our field dedicated to the difficult and controversial topic of professional mediator standards with teeth. From time to time, the topic of certification, licensure or other such standards with teeth has been discussed (mostly informally) among mediators. To the extent we’ve had these discussions, we’ve often made all the same mistakes our clients have sometimes made before they come to us for assistance. We’ve seen avoidance of this topic out of fear of disagreement or dissention. We’ve had positional discussions. We’ve made assumptions about what the outcome would be if we were to discuss the topic. I’m anything but sure that a collective consensus could or would be reached on this controversial topic. However, the fact that the topic is controversial is, in my opinion, evidence that the discussion needs to actually occur and that it should be had in an organized, interest-based format. In my opinion, it would be a shame if we didn’t at least try to follow the very principals we all espouse to our clients by discussing this difficult topic, sooner rather than later, in an organized discussion that attempts to meet the most important interests of all parties.

As Always, I invite you to share your thoughts, in agreement or disagreement, or to add your own wishes for the field in a letter to the editor of this, your newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

A Farewell to the Board from Shirley A. Cochran
As of the Annual Meeting, I will no longer be the Immediate Past President of OMA and for once in a long time, not an officer and member of the Board. Although I will continue to handle membership and the newsletter, I am no longer required to attend the board meetings before the general meeting and the special meetings we hold one or two times a year to keep the organization running. In some respects, I will miss being on the board. After all, 2 years as Immediate Past President, 2 years as President, and 6 years as Treasurer (I think), adds up to 10 years of the 18 OMA has been in existence and seems like forever, but I would not change any of it. It is time to move on to another state-wide organization, the Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women—I bet they can’t wait for me to be elected President-Elect in May! I leave the board knowing it is in great hands and I expect wonderful things from this organization in the years to come. Thank you for letting me serve OMA and for indulging me in my continued service to the best mediation association in the country.

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 even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2008. 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

OMA ELECTION RESULTS!

  • 23 OMA members voted
  • Maara Fink received 22 votes for president; 1 person didn’t vote
  • Phil Dunfee received 20 votes for vice president; 3 people didn’t vote
  • Denise Nixon Sparks received 22 votes for secretary; 1 person didn’t vote
  • Two individuals voted against the second amendment.  With that exception, all amendment changes received positive endorsement from the 23 voters.

Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

3rd National Training Institute of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution June 2 – 6, 2008 Capital University Law School Columbus, Ohio

This year’s Institute will offer 6 – 8 trainings from various ADR organizations (TBA). These trainings – ranging from 8 hours to 40 hours – will enhance your ADR skills, offer opportunities to be placed on ADR panels / rosters, and prepare you for advancement within the field. Visit www.law.capital.edu/ADR/ for information as it becomes available. For questions, contact us at adrconference@law.capital.edu. Capital University Law School 303 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215 614-236-6500 www.law.capital.edu

 

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/

 

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. 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 schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

May 14, 2008 the group meets for its Annual Luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

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If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

 

Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) CALL FOR ARTICLE PROPOSALS ACResolution Magazine Fall 2008

ACR’s fall 2008 issue of ACResolution magazine will focus on the topic of Consumer Disputes. We are soliciting contributions that address this topic from the points of view of interveners, parties, and theorists from all practice areas. We seek proposals from people who would like to write articles on any aspect of consumer disputes. We seek diversity in authors and subject matter; authors do not have to be ACR members. If interested, please: write a half-page (150-300 word) description of your proposed article, include a title/headline for your article, include your name and contact information, include one to three lines of biographical information, and specify if you would like to write a major (2,700 words) or minor (1,300 words) feature. Send your proposals via e-mail to ACResolution at publications@ACRnet.org as soon as possible, but no later than June 2, 2008. An editorial advisory committee will review the proposals and choose 2 or 3 major features and 2 or 3 minor features. All authors will be notified by June 13. If selected, completed articles will be due to ACR by August 1, 2008. For more information about ACResolution, please visit http://www.ACRnet.org/publications/acresolution.htm.

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 Christy Radigan for assistance.

New and renewing members as of April 19, 2008:

Steven Abrams 

Mediated Solutions

2720 Airport Drive

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1874 

SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation 

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 grhamm@sciotocounty.net
Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377
(937) 264-2336 

Martha.antolik@wright.edu

W004mla@who.rr.com

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

Thomas L. Bailey, Jr. 

Capital Mediation Associates

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 Fax: (614) 890-1118 (h) (614) 890-7014 tbailey@capitalmediators.com 

 

Suzanne Barker 

69 Euclid Avenue

Columbus OH 43201

(614) 299-6843 

barkersu@aol.com

Sharon Bell 

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 

Cricket544@earthlink.net

Daniel B. Bennington 

Attorney at Law

87 Somerset Road

Delaware OH 43015

(614) 620-9539 

Dan.bennington@yahoo.com

Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc. 

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

(937) 610-2263
Fax (937) 222-3338 

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW 

Dover OH 44622

(330) 364-2647 

mivid@tusco.net

Capital Mediation Associates LLC c/o J. Christopher Scott 

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

Fax: (614) 538-8056

cscott@capitalmediators.com

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road 

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 783-7281 

Fax (614) 447-0262

findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45208
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

jlawson@cfrd.com

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

Fax (330) 726-5926

dlchermely@zoominternet.net

Meghan Clarke 

The ARIA Group

7765 Kennedy Lane
Cincinnati OH 45242

(513) 374-4689 

Fax: (513) 972-9861 (call first)

MClarke@ariagroup.com

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office 

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

(513) 732-7126 

Fax (513) 732-7127

dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

 

Cleveland Municipal Court Magistrate’s Dept. Jennifer Watkins Johnson 12th Floor 

1200 Ontario

Cleveland OH 44113

(216) 664-6670 

Fax: (216) 664-4949

No e-mail provided

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker 

7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 639-9132 

Fax: (513) 744-6332

c.baker@cincinnati.bbb.org

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

Fax (614) 863-4775

scochran@insight.rr.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

Dr. Christopher Cottrell 

Crosspoint Mediation

953 Sapphire Flame Drive

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 990-9589 

crosspointmediation@yahoo.com

Ray A. Cox, Attorney at Law and Mediation 

265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459

(937) 291-3119 

Fax: (937) 291-3229

Ray.a.cox@sbcglobal.net

Crime Victim Services c/o David Voth
116 W. North Street
Lima OH 45801-4311
(419) 222-8666 

Fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@crimevictimservices.org

James J. Cullers Mediation and Arbitration Services 

224 Tamarack Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax (740) 392-0391

jcullers@embargmail.com

Barbara V. Culp 

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 225

Minford OH 45653

(740) 981-2697 

bculp@falcon1.net

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

Fax (513) 821-4089

eddansker@fuse.net

Sandra L. DeBlanc, LLC
9946 Ketch Road 

Plain City OH 43064

(614) 410-3370 

sdeblanc@capitalmediators.com

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

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

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

phil@phildunfee.com

Eleventh District Ct. of Appeals c/o Shibani Sheth-Massacci 

111 High Street, N.E.

Warren OH 44481

(330) 675-6681 

Fax: (330) 675-7842

ssmassacci@11thappealohio.us

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

Ernie Fischer 

508 Stedway Court

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 476-3779 (home) 

Cell (614) 499-1037

Efisc77@aol.com

Irvin Foster 

Catalyst – IPF

P.O. Box 17609

Dayton, Ohio

Phone: (202) 615-9425 

Email: catipfohio@yahoo.com

Franklin Co. Municipal Court C. Eileen Pruett, Manager Small Claims Division 375 South High St., 16th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4520

(614) 645-8500 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Sandra Mendel Furman
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209
(614) 237-7266 

Fax (614) 237-8992

Smfurman205@msn.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

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 

CKUHL@CMS.HAMILTON-CO.ORG

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710
(937) 307-1988 

CAHSYS@VERIZON.NET

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244-2917

(513) 378-8548 

marie@marie-hill.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 

Lane, Alton & Horst

2 Miranova Place Suite 500

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146

jhutson@lanealton.com

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

Fax (740) 393-5096

rochellefritz@hotmail.com

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
20133 Farnsleigh Road
Cleveland OH 44122
(216) 991-6200
Fax (216) 991-6199 

lisarkraemer@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

Lifespan Counseling Assoc. c/o Dene Berman Ph.D. 

1195 Meadow Bridge Road P.O. Box 340398

Beavercreek OH 45434

(937) 426-2079 

Fax: (937) 426-0211

Dene.berman@wright.edu

http://lifespancounseling.org

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

loraincountyadr@windstream.net

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court 

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown OH 44505

(330) 740-2244 ext. 6408 

Fax: (330) 742-5899

mpatzak@mahoningcountyoh.gov

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Pamela Washington
25 East Boardman Street, #330
Youngstown OH 44503
(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

mvdrs@yahoo.com

 

Sharon Maerten-Moore Fourth District Court of Appeals 

14 S. Paint Street, Suite 38
Chillicothe OH 45601

(740) 779-6662 

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Mediation First 

c/o Karen Y. Preston

348 Kendall Place

Columbus OH 43205

(614) 206-8416 

KYPreston@Fireproof.com

Apreston@columbus.rr.com

Frederick Meister, Meister Law and Mediation Offices 

150 East Mound St., Suite 200
Columbus OH 43215-5429

(614) 221-1644 

Fax: (614) 221-1696

FM@MeisterLaw.net

Miami County Juvenile Court Tom Bomhard 

201 West Main Street

Troy OH 45373

(937) 440-3515 

Fax: (937) 440-5971

tbomhard@co.miami.oh.us

Margaret E. Honore Miller, J.D.
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 703-6088 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

mediation@mail2world.com

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Cozette Snead P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 225-4063 

Fax (937) 496-7835

Sneadc@mcohio.org

 

Vanita Nevis 

3113 Blue Ridge Road

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 337-9866 

vnevis@odod.state.oh.us

Linda Norris Counter-Point Mediation Services 

6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068

(614) 863-9249 

lnorris@insight.rr.com

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Dick Altman, Christopher DelFavero & Denise McColley 

660 North Perry St. Suite 403B

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 www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov 

ed.krauss@cdr.state.oh.us

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole 

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43221

(614) 688-4918 

F (614) 292-2035

Cole.228@osu.edu

Bobbie Corley O’Keefe, Esq. 

830 E. Johnstown Road, Suite B

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 414-0572 

Fax: (614) 414-0573

Bcok01@yahoo.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

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) 653-9396 

Fax: (740) 652-9396

fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net

John Polanski, M. Ed., Trumbull County Family Court 

220 S. Main Ave., PO Box 1209

Warren OH 44482

(330) 675-7862 

Fax: (330) 675-2619

jcpolans@co.trumbull.oh.us

Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman 

419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810

(410) 230-2563 

k-wildman@onu.edu

 

Eileen Pruett 

1227 W. 1st Avenue

Columbus OH 43212

(614) 486-7610 (614) 595-7127 

epruett@columbus.rr.com

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

cradigan@insight.rr.com

Sandy Robitz 

1871 Summerchase Road NE

Canton OH 44721

(330) 361-0226 (Cell) 

(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)

srobitz@neo.rr.com

Ralph Rutledge, Solutions Mediation Group 

Box 279

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 642-2122 

Fax (937) 642-7195

rrrutledge@rutledgelegal.com

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

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Angela Silva 

3829 Drexel

Toledo OH 43612

(419) 508-9291 

Fax: (419) 478-1775

cataniabreeze@aol.com

Donald R. Smith, Ph.D. 

Doppler and Newton, Inc.

1047 Rudolph Court

Spring Hill FL 34609

(352) 683-8440 

Fax: (352) 683-8411

DOCVALHALL@HOTMAIL.COM

Doug Smith 

4324 Shelbourne Lane

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 451-5355 

Doug1Smith@yahoo.com

Jerry Sutton 

1405 Glen View Road

Yellow Springs OH 45387

(937) 243-8501 

Sutton-law@woh.rr.com

Diane Tedeschi, M.Ed., LPC, CDMS, On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826 

Fax: (614) 459-4720

tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Judith Thomas
935 River Road, Suite C
Granville OH 43023
(740) 587-3367 

Fax (740) 587-1612

mediator@creative-resolutions.com

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

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 

Fax (614) 466-3074

eturner@serb.state.oh.us

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct. Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq. Mediation Director 

221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #310

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 645-4176 

Fax: (937) 645-4174

kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us

Kent Valin 

6119 Putney Court Avenue NW

Massillon OH 44646

(330) 880-5280 

kentandnora@sssnet.com

Kathleen A. Vavro Mediation and Consultation Services 

8714 Headlands Road

Mentor OH 44060

(440) 749-1757 

kvavro@oh.rr.com

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

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

Fax (513) 624-6941

Mediationworks11@aol.com

Gina Weisshaar 

41 E. Como Avenue

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 893-2881 

gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Wayne Wisniewski MA Greene Co. Family & Children First 

158 E. Main Street

Xenia OH 45385

(937) 562-5600 

Fax: (937) 562-5601

wwisniewski@co.greene.oh.us

Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

Wood & Hancock County Common Pleas Courts 

c/o Michael E. Hyrne
One Courthouse Square, 1st Fl. Bowling Green OH 43402

(419) 354-9684 

Fax: (419) 354-0331

mhyrne@co.wood.oh.us

Judge Steve Yarbrough, Retired 

7818 Westcroft Drive

Sylvania OH 43560-1864

(419) 343-6222 

Fax: (419) 824-8389

SAYarbama1@msn.com

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training June 11 & 12, or September 10 & 11, 2008 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, or October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008. Presenter Shelley Whalen, 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 .

Hofstra Law School and The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. present THE TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICE INSTITUTE SUMMER 2008, at Hofstra Law School THREE IMPORTANT AND INNOVATIVE COURSES, FIVE TOP INSTRUCTORS RETHINKING CONFLICT A Master Class on Popular Culture and the Relational Orientation to Life May 21-22, 2008 Taught by Joseph Folger and Baruch Bush BASIC AND DIVORCE MEDIATION TRAINING The Transformative Approach: Basic Skills and Divorce Mediation May 19-20 (Basic) and May 21-23, 2008 (Divorce) Taught by Baruch Bush and Elayne Greenberg RELATIONAL FACILITATION The Purpose and Practice of Leading Groups Responsively May 19-20, 2008 Taught by Scott Sears and Judith Saul Limited enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis To register: call Dawn Marzella at 516-463-6889 or email lawdmm@hofstra.edu (If interested in CLE credits, please inquire at time of registration) Visit us on the web:  http://conflictresolution.und.edu Supporting Difficult Conversations.  People Talk. People Listen. Things Change. Helping Families, Businesses, Communities around the Globe. *Offering Training, Workshops, Coaching, Mediation, Group Facilitation, Dialogue*

Embracing Diversity in Conflict Facilitation Gill Emslie and Christy Cumberland Walker Monday 14th July, 2008 (In Scotland). This training is designed to develop the skills to facilitate and transform conflict in diverse cultures. We examine our own personal relationship to conflict, and practice facilitation and mediation. We also explore how to be an ally to those in conflict, observing our tendencies and bias, recognizing and combating institutionalized racism, seeing the influence of rank, power and privilege, naming taboos and unspoken tensions, and being in the moment. We will work creatively, drawing from various disciplines including meditation, facilitation, Process Work, and archetypal awareness. Findhorn Consultancy Service is an organization whose purpose is to support the transformation of consciousness in businesses, organizations and communities. Cost: £455 if your income is low £515 if your income is medium £605 if your income is high £895 if paid by your organization includes 5 nights accommodation and all meals Gill’s training and experience in transpersonal psychology and organizational development provide the framework for her work as a coach and trainer in the areas of organizational development, leadership, personal and professional development, staff training, Process Work, supervision, conflict facilitation, specific skills for women in leadership, confidence building and a holistic approach to intentional design, monitoring and evaluation (Outcome Mapping). Christy has enjoyed a private practice in alternative dispute resolution since 1998. She has had contracts with various local, state, and national clients. she is a meditation trainer, arbitrator and facilitator and has developed and presented trainings in the areas of dispute resolution, cultural recognition and respect, family mediation, and domestic violence. To book: https://www.findhorn.info/bookevent_plus.php?&name=Embracing%20Diversity%20in%20Conflict%20Facilitation&price1=455&price2=515&price3=605&date=140708&days=4&intro=&price_date=0

SAVE THE DATE for our next International Conference Aug. 25-26, 2008, in Santa Barbara, California “New Waves of Transformative Practice: New Voices, New Frontiers, New Challenges” Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at  www.transformativemediation.org Fulfilling the Promise of Mediation…

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 Ohi 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

 

March / April 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
March/April 2008

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: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2008 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference at the Riffe Center with Larry Fong! Dr. Fong is a Past President of the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is a well known lecturer. Put this on your calendar now for a day of tool box information.

June 6, 2008 Magistrate Ann Snyder—Mediation in Summit County Probate Court.

August 1, 2008 Scott Brown, Community Education Coordinator with Richard Cordray, State Treasurer’s Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure” Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

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.)

Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
My Top Six Wishes for the Mediation Profession: (Part One of Two)
By Jay M. Patterson

As my term as President winds down and I soon begin to transition to the Immediate Past President role, I would like to present my top six wishes for the mediation profession, some of which I’ve touched upon in past columns. I have mercifully broken my list into two parts, the second of which will be reserved for my final column. The good news is that I’ve dispensed with the traditional “top ten” list since I could only think of six wishes. The not so good news is that, in my opinion, we are a long way from fulfilling these wishes. That said, I can think of no reason why we can’t ultimately fulfill these wishes if we act together to improve our collective future. As in many of my past columns, I present this list as a challenge to you to determine what wishes, if any, you share, and more importantly, which ones you will take personal responsibility for to help bring to fruition. In my view, it’s not enough to only do good work with our clients. Every mediator has an obligation to help advance the field as a whole. The first three of my wishes, that are entirely my own and not necessarily those of OMA as an entity (and presented in the obligatory reverse chronological order), are:

6: We more often assert ourselves as professionals. Whether the topic is related to marketing the profession, compensation for services, discussion of professional issues, command of the future direction of the field, regulation and discipline of mediators by other professions, programmatic protocols consistent with widely accepted mediation practices etc., mediators too often fail to stand up and assert our expertise and our interests to those who impact our field. Whatever the context, one of the causes for the current state of our field is a direct result of our own inaction as a profession. Others outside the profession have sometimes filled the vacuum created by this inaction or failure to speak up, with less than ideal results. I believe we must speak early and often and not wait to be asked about our profession, our process, our methodology, our worth, or any other important element of our field. As mediators, we are not always naturally inclined to advocate for things. But most of us wouldn’t be mediators if we didn’t believe in the power derived from the assertion of interests. Mediators have interests just like everyone else does and I think we need to get better at advocating for our own collective professional interests at all levels, whether that be to policy makers, program development decision makers, program leaders, the general public, or anyone else.

5: We refrain from thinking of ourselves in progress limiting, self-fulfilling boxes such as, but not limited to, “court connected”, “private practice” or “community” mediation. On occasion, I have witnessed conversations about the profession that draw largely artificial lines between mediation’s settings, models, styles, regions etc. I believe, at the very least, this thinking has limited our progress for the field as a collective whole. I acknowledge and respect that there are some relatively small differences in priorities, approaches, styles or areas of emphasis among mediators and mediation programs. However, mediators have much more in common than we have differences. Until our profession has evolved into a widely recognized, established, understood and accepted product in the minds of the general public, I think we might be better served if the profession made more cooperative effort to concentrate on initiatives that will benefit every mediator without regard to these largely artificial boundaries. When we reach the point that mediation is widely established, we can then more appropriately focus on our particular practices, programs and styles. Until then, I think our first priority should be to make the entire mediation pie bigger rather than focusing so much on individual slices. If we make the pie bigger we can all have more of it. At the risk of abruptly switching metaphors, a rising tide raises all boats.

4: We do more to market the concept of mediation directly to the retail consumer. I’m speaking here about what has often been referred to as the “Got Milk?” campaign for mediation. It is a significant challenge for an individual mediator to market herself or himself when many of the general public have no conception or have a misconception of what mediation really is and how it can improve their quality of life. Unlike say, a taxi service or a doctor, it’s more difficult to encourage the use of your product if you must first explain what the heck it is. If people don’t know what your product is, how could they possibly know they need it? People know when they need a taxi. Taxis are a preexisting answer in people’s everyday consciousness to the question of how to get ground transportation. We can’t say the same for mediation. To the extent mediation has been marketed, it has largely been done at the wholesale level, i.e. lobbying for funding to start or maintain mediation programs, getting referrals from programs or other entities, etc. Without question, we should continue these wholesale marketing efforts. However, I believe we have made much less effort and been much less deliberate about marketing the mediation profession to the retail level, i.e. the general public, (of which every member of the wholesale level is a part of). If we make more efforts to market from the ground up, by making the general public aware of the existence and worth, of the mediation field, I believe more people will be more willing to explore mediation directly with a mediator or mediation program. Once the mediation profession as a “product” is common knowledge, individual marketing for mediators/mediation programs will be more successful. Likewise, if the general public becomes informed about mediation they are more likely to request that mediation programs be developed in both the public and private sector. The first step of creating a tipping point of sorts is to simply make the mediation field as commonly known as taxis. OMA is close to taking an unprecedented step toward this effort. However, much work remains to be done and we will need more resources to increase our effort in this regard.

Stay tuned for part two of my list in my next column. As Always, I invite you to share your thoughts, in agreement or disagreement, or to add your own wishes for the field in a letter to the editor of this, your newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Dear ADRy: Advice for the Conflict-Worn
Friends, are you tired of asking yourself questions about conflict and wondering what is the answer? Friends, do you ask yourself why one party’s BATNA is always the other party’s WATNA? Are there days, my friends, when it seems like parties couldn’t reach a settlement if it was handed to them on a silver platter? Have you ever speculated as to why Conflict Management Week occurs in May when Conflict Resolution Day is in October? Do you ever wish there was someone you could go to for advice and guidance in these matters?

Well, wish no more! You can now send your questions to “Dear ADRy”, who will share advice, wisdom and guidance concerning just about anything related to mediation. Send your question by email to scochran@insight.rr.com, and “Dear ADRy” will publish selected questions in the upcoming OMA Newsletters.

Okay, okay — “Dear ADRy” is not really a person; it is a collection of seasoned mediation professionals from across the state who mediate in various settings and handle a variety of cases. They are volunteering to address your questions and give you the benefit of their experience and advice. Your question will be routed to the “Dear ADRy’ whose background and experience is suited to answer it. Although “Dear ADRy” will attempt to answer all questions, “Dear ADRy” reserves the right to decline to answer any question that may jeopardize the confidentiality of parties, or for other good cause.

So, take a moment to email Dear ADRy today—she’s waiting to hear from you!

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 even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is April 20, 2008. 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

The Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) Announces the 2008 MANO Annual Conference & Training Event

“Subtleties in Communication and Negotiations… What They Mean” Trainer: Barbara Ashley Phillips at the Embassy Suites Hotel 3775 Park East Drive Beachwood OH 44122 Friday April 25, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Cots $125.00 includes Breatkfast, Lunch & Instructional Materials. MANO Member & Student Discounts apply. Registration deadline April 18th with early registration discount if by April 1st. Join Barbara for an intimate breakfast conversation from 7-8:00 AM for an additional $9.www.MANOmediate.org or call Jerry Leeds (440) 354-1400 with questions or concerns. CLE 6 credits pending CEU 6 credits pending.

Ohio Public Issues Negotiation Initiative (OPINI)
Sponsored by The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution seeks to expand and diversify the availability of facilitation and consensus building service providers in Ohio. The Ohio Public Issues Negotiation Initiative (OPINI) will offer education, training, observation and opportunities to work with mediators and facilitators in “real-time” multi-party stakeholder negotiations. Participants will learn about the skills and training required for employment in multiparty mediation in public policy, environmental, labor-management and other settings. This yearlong program will:

· Provide training in facilitation and consensus building. Participants will attend an orientation session on May 12th and a daylong training during Fall 2008.

· Provide multiple opportunities to observe multi-party mediation, facilitation and consensus building negotiations throughout the yearlong program.

· Partner with a mentor to create a customized program based upon participants’ interests and designed to enhance their existing facilitation and dispute resolution skills.

· Create opportunities to partner with professional service providers on a project(s).

Upon acceptance to and completion of the program, individuals will be qualified for application to the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution’s Public Disputes Roster. This roster serves as a resource of public policy dispute resolution practitioners available to state and local governments and non-governmental agencies.

Please submit the following to be considered for the program:

· Application

· Resume

· Two references familiar with your work and/or interest in participating in the OPINI

· A brief statement indicating how you will use the skills learned in the OPINI during the year

A limited number of spaces will be available. Emerging and mid-career professionals who are interested in third party (neutral) service provision (mediation and facilitation) are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to individuals with a background and/or experience in dispute resolution, public policy, governmental relations, community affairs and related areas. Individuals from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. The early application deadline for the program is April 21, 2008. The final deadline to submit application materials is May 16, 2008. For more information, please feel free to contact The Commission on Dispute Resolution 77 S. High Street, 24th Floor Columbus, OH 43215 614-752-9595 www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov

Criteria for Selection

· Resident of the State of Ohio
· Required Experience:
1.50 hours facilitation, mediation or conflict resolution training and/or coursework.

Examples:
· Professional development/training
· Community mediation training
· Conference workshops
· Graduate-level coursework

2.12 hours Participation as a (neutral) third party in a collaborative process.
Examples:
· Facilitating professional or community meeting (church, neighborhood group, etc.).
· Participating in group discussions that lead to a collaborative decision.
· Designing a structure for group discussions (development of meeting agendas, issue
identification for discussion, discussion format, ground rules and outcomes/deliverables).
· Moderating or facilitating a public dialogue or panel, leading a church, committee, community group or task force.

3. Personal Attributes
· Ability to put ego aside
· Ability to listen
· Strong verbal and written communication skills
· Ability to capture and synthesize complex information
· Ability to learn new skills and quickly grasp complex substantive material and information
· Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of project team
· Willingness to take direction and work collaboratively with a mentor
· Ability to work amidst uncertainty, while maintaining composure

OPINI Deadlines In order to be considered for the program, please submit the following materials by the early application deadline of April 21, 2008 or by the final application deadline of May 16, 2008.

· Application
· Resume
· Two references familiar with your work and/or interest in participating in the OPINI
· A brief statement indicating how you will use the skills learned in the OPINI during the year

Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Save the Date! 3rd National Training Institute of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

June 2 – 6, 2008 Capital University Law School Columbus, Ohio

This year’s Institute will offer 6 – 8 trainings from various ADR organizations (TBA). These trainings – ranging from 8 hours to 40 hours – will enhance your ADR skills, offer opportunities to be placed on ADR panels / rosters, and prepare you for advancement within the field. Visit www.law.capital.edu/ADR/ for information as it becomes available. For questions, contact us at adrconference@law.capital.edu. Capital University Law School 303 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215 614-236-6500 www.law.capital.edu

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/

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. 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 schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

April 9, 2008 Book Review of Beyond Reason by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro Discussion leader Bea Larsen

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May 14, 2008 The group meets for its Annual Luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

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If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

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 Christy Radigan for assistance.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training April 16 & 17, or, June 11 & 12, or September 10 & 11, 2008 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, or October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008. Presenter Shelley Whalen, 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 .

The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has recently hosted some excellent talks that are now available as webcasts.  Several of these talks were part of our Peace in the Desert™  Lecture Series.   Check out our website at: http://www.law.unlv.edu/media_Events.html if you are interested, for example, in viewing: John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame, speak on “The Moral Imagination:  The Art and Soul of Building Peace.” Laura Nader, Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, speak on “Confict Resolution and the Anti-Law Movement: A Global Effort?”. Dennis Ross, former director of policy planning for President George H.W. Bush and special Middle East coordinator under President Bill Clinton, speak on “Statecraft:  And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World.” Scott R. Peppet, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School, speak on “The Ethics of Collaborative Law.” We also hosted a full-day conference on “Collaboration and the Colorado River.” The program is available at:  http://www.law.unlv.edu/pdf/Colorado_Conference.pdf Papers from this conference will be published in the Nevada Law Journal.   Jean R. Sternlight, Saltman Professor, UNLV Boyd School of Law & Director Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451003 Las Vegas NV 89154-1003 phone: (702) 895-2358 fax: (702) 895-2482

Embracing Diversity in Conflict Facilitation Gill Emslie and Christy Cumberland Walker Monday 14th July, 2008 (In Scotland). This training is designed to develop the skills to facilitate and transform conflict in diverse cultures. We examine our own personal relationship to conflict, and practice facilitation and mediation. We also explore how to be an ally to those in conflict, observing our tendencies and bias, recognizing and combating institutionalized racism, seeing the influence of rank, power and privilege, naming taboos and unspoken tensions, and being in the moment. We will work creatively, drawing from various disciplines including meditation, facilitation, Process Work, and archetypal awareness. Findhorn Consultancy Service is an organization whose purpose is to support the transformation of consciousness in businesses, organizations and communities. Cost: £455 if your income is low £515 if your income is medium £605 if your income is high £895 if paid by your organization includes 5 nights accommodation and all meals Gill’s training and experience in transpersonal psychology and organizational development provide the framework for her work as a coach and trainer in the areas of organizational development, leadership, personal and professional development, staff training, Process Work, supervision, conflict facilitation, specific skills for women in leadership, confidence building and a holistic approach to intentional design, monitoring and evaluation (Outcome Mapping). Christy has enjoyed a private practice in alternative dispute resolution since 1998. She has had contracts with various local, state, and national clients. she is a meditation trainer, arbitrator and facilitator and has developed and presented trainings in the areas of dispute resolution, cultural recognition and respect, family mediation, and domestic violence. To book: https://www.findhorn.info/bookevent_plus.php?&name=Embracing%20Diversity%20in%20Conflict%20Facilitation&price1=455&price2=515&price3=605&date=140708&days=4&intro=&price_date=0

SAVE THE DATE for our next International Conference Aug. 25-26, 2008, in Santa Barbara, California “New Waves of Transformative Practice: New Voices, New Frontiers, New Challenges” Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at  www.transformativemediation.org Fulfilling the Promise of Mediation…

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 Ohi 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

January / February 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
January/February 2008

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: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.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 1, 2008 Martha Green “Are Mediators Compliance Professionals?”

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference at the Riffe Center with Larry Fong! Dr. Fong is a Past President of the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is a well known lecturer. Put this on your calendar now for a day of tool box information.

June 6, 2008 Magistrate Ann Snyder—Mediation in Summit County Probate 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.)

Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
By Jay M. Patterson
Recognizing a Better World

Making the world a better place is not only accomplished through grand initiatives and gestures on the national and international stage. Many people contribute to making society a better more peaceful place on a seemingly smaller but no less significant scale.

This truism is certainly the case for those involved in the field of dispute resolution. Many of you know people who contribute to making the world a better place through their involvement, directly or indirectly, in mediation.

As most of you know, the Ohio Mediation Association annually presents an award to a person or entity that has made the world a better place through their work related to the mediation or dispute resolution profession. This award is to be presented at the OMA annual conference to be held on May 9, 2008.

The Board of OMA invites you to submit your nomination for the OMA Better World Award. To submit a nomination you merely need to write a brief statement stating the name of the nominee and explaining how you believe the nominee has made the world a better place for Ohioans. Please submit your nomination to me or to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran, by no later than January 31, 2008.

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@mco.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is February 20, 2008. 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

Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Save the Date! 3rd National Training Institute of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

June 2 – 6, 2008 Capital University Law School Columbus, Ohio

This year’s Institute will offer 6 – 8 trainings from various ADR organizations (TBA). These trainings – ranging from 8 hours to 40 hours – will enhance your ADR skills, offer opportunities to be placed on ADR panels / rosters, and prepare you for advancement within the field. Visit www.law.capital.edu/ADR/ for information as it becomes available. For questions, contact us at adrconference@law.capital.edu. Capital University Law School 303 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215 614-236-6500 www.law.capital.edu

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/

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Section Director, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution The American Bar Association seeks a Section Director to oversee and manage its more than 18,000 member Section of Dispute Resolution. Among its goals, the Section provides its members and the public with creative leadership in the dispute resolution field by fostering diversity, developing and offering educational programs, providing technical assistance, and producing publications that promote problem-solving and excellence in the provision of dispute resolution services. The Section’s spring meeting is the premier national conference on dispute resolution. Responsibilities. The Section Director works closely with the section chair, executive committee, council and leadership from over 40 committees, taskforces and working groups to formulate and implement all section activities. This includes planning and oversight of a $1 million + budget, supervising an eight person staff, conducting legal educational meetings and conferences, publishing resources for members including a monthly e-newsletters, quarterly magazine, and practical books on ADR issues, developing relevant ABA policies, raising outside funds to support section programs, and expanding technology based services to the members. Qualifications. Applicant should have at least five years of prior management experience, preferably in an association or non-profit entity setting. Prior experience in alternative dispute resolution and an advanced degree in law, management, or business are highly desirable. Must exhibit strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to customer service. Salary. Salary is based on experience and is very competitive within the NGO and ADR community; excellent benefits. Organization. The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. Application. Applicants are encouraged to visit the section’s website at www.abanet.org/dispute. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references t Attn: HR- C335, by e-mail to abajobsdc@abanet.org or to the American Bar Association, 740 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 or fax to 202-662-1032. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Your e-mail address will only be used within the ABA and its entities. We do not sell or rent e-mail addresses to anyone outside the ABA. To change your e-mail address or remove your name from any future general distribution e-mails, complete the form at https://www.abanet.org/members/join/coa2.html. If you prefer, call us at 800-285-2221 or write t American Bar Association, Service Center 541 North Fairbanks Court Chicago, IL 60611 To review our privacy statement, go to http://www.abanet.org/privacy_statement.html.

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. 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 schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

February 13, 2008 Truancy Mediation in Hamilton County Presenter to be named

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March 12, 2008 Peer Mediation Presenter Jane Rega, Executive Director, The Center for Peace Education

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April 9, 2008 Book Review of Beyond Reason by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro Discussion leader Bea Larsen

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May 14, 2008 The group meets for its Annual Luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

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If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Association for Conflict Resolution News

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

Barbara V. Culp 

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 225

Minford OH 45653

(740) 981-2697 

bculp@falcon1.net

Mark T. Laughlin 

7025 Brafferton Place

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 306-4031 

emptyl@59.yahoo.com

Mary E. Murphy 

2639 M.L. King, Jr. Drive

Cleveland OH 44104

(216) 721-8945 

murnak@sbcglobal.net

Sandy Robitz 

1871 Summerchase Road NE

Canton OH 44721

(330) 361-0226 (Cell) 

(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)

srobitz@neo.rr.com

Angela Silva 

3829 Drexel

Toledo OH 43612

(419) 508-9291 

Fax: (419) 478-1775

cataniabreeze@aol.com

Gina Weisshaar 

41 E. Como Avenue

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 893-2881 

gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Christy Radigan for assistance.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Beech Acres Mediation Training February 7 & 8, 2008 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Learn conflict resolution skills. Register by 1/19/08 to receive a special rate of only $225. Trainers Marie Hill, M. Ed. and PCC and Sharon James, M.A. On the web: www.beechacres.org/mediation or call (513) 233-4706

Deal with conflict and disputes often? Townhall II and the Community Mediation Center of Stark County are conducting a Basic Mediation Training in Portage County on February 21 & 22, 2008.  This training is approved for CLE, CEU, & RCH credits.  Please see the attached training flyer and registration form for more details.  Feel free to share this training opportunity with others who are interested in learning how to apply mediation skills and concepts to resolve disputes in their personal and professional lives. Kenzi Bisbing Conflict Management Services Coordinator Townhall II 155 N. Water St. Kent, OH 44240 330-346-3001 www.townhall2.com

Inaugural Child Abduction Mediation Training Melvin A. Rubin of Mediation Services, Inc, in continuing affiliation with the University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Continuing Legal Education and in collaboration with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is proud to announce a very special training in Cross-Border Family Mediation with an Emphasis on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction This training is designed to provide experienced family and civil mediators with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to provide conflict resolution services in a variety of international settings as well as in high conflict domestic cases. Training will be provided by a panel of distinguished international authorities including: Denise Carter, Reunite, London, England Susan Rohol and Yiota Souras, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children The Honorable Judith L. Kreeger, Miami, Florida Lawrence S. Katz, Esquire, Miami, Florida Julia Alanen, Esquire, Washington, D.C. Melvin A. Rubin, Esquire, Miami, Florida Professor Timothy Acaro, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Professor Jennifer Zawid, Coral Gables, Florida additional faculty to be announced Date:  February 22-24, 2008 Place:  The University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida Fee:  $495 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) Register on-line at www.mediationtrainings.com For additional information please contact Professor Jennifer Zawid at jzawid@law.miami.edu or Melvin A. Rubin at mrubin@melrubin.com. CLE and CME credits are available/ possible roster eligibility Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn, Coral Gables www.hicoralgables.com at a very desirable rate of $118 per night. Please call 305-667-5611 (refer to code UMZ). Rooms are also available at the world famous Biltmore Hotel www.biltmorehotel.com at a rate of $355 per night. Please call 305-445-8066/ext 2302 (refer to code UM).

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 20 & 21, or April 16 & 17, or, June 11 & 12, or September 10 & 11, 2008 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, or October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008. Presenter Shelley Whalen, 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 .

Embracing Diversity in Conflict Facilitation Gill Emslie and Christy Cumberland Walker Monday 14th July, 2008 (In Scotland). This training is designed to develop the skills to facilitate and transform conflict in diverse cultures. We examine our own personal relationship to conflict, and practice facilitation and mediation. We also explore how to be an ally to those in conflict, observing our tendencies and bias, recognizing and combating institutionalized racism, seeing the influence of rank, power and privilege, naming taboos and unspoken tensions, and being in the moment. We will work creatively, drawing from various disciplines including meditation, facilitation, Process Work, and archetypal awareness. Findhorn Consultancy Service is an organization whose purpose is to support the transformation of consciousness in businesses, organizations and communities. Cost: £455 if your income is low £515 if your income is medium £605 if your income is high £895 if paid by your organization includes 5 nights accommodation and all meals Gill’s training and experience in transpersonal psychology and organizational development provide the framework for her work as a coach and trainer in the areas of organizational development, leadership, personal and professional development, staff training, Process Work, supervision, conflict facilitation, specific skills for women in leadership, confidence building and a holistic approach to intentional design, monitoring and evaluation (Outcome Mapping). Christy has enjoyed a private practice in alternative dispute resolution since 1998. She has had contracts with various local, state, and national clients. she is a meditation trainer, arbitrator and facilitator and has developed and presented trainings in the areas of dispute resolution, cultural recognition and respect, family mediation, and domestic violence. To book: https://www.findhorn.info/bookevent_plus.php?&name=Embracing%20Diversity%20in%20Conflict%20Facilitation&price1=455&price2=515&price3=605&date=140708&days=4&intro=&price_date=0

SAVE THE DATE for our next International Conference Aug. 25-26, 2008, in Santa Barbara, California “New Waves of Transformative Practice: New Voices, New Frontiers, New Challenges” Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at  www.transformativemediation.org Fulfilling the Promise of Mediation…

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 Ohi 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