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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2009

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: pdunfee@windstream.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

OMA MEETINGS

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009-2010 meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months except for April since we usually hold our conference at a facility in Columbus in late April or in early May on the Friday of Ohio’s Conflict Management Week).

Dec. 4, 2009

WE’RE BACK!!  Please join us on December 4th at our usual spot in Columbus (Westerville).

We have no formal speaker planned so that we can all have a chance to DE-BRIEF 2009 and GENERATE ALTERNATIVES for 2010.

DATE:December 4, 2009
TIME:11:30-1:00pm
PLACE: MCL Cafeteria, Westerville, Ohio

Please bring your “war” stories from 2009 and your thoughts and suggestions for 2010.

Feb. 5, 2010 TBA
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, 2009.  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

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
by Maara Fink
I hope this current issue of Mediate Ohio finds you happy and healthy and enjoying this holiday season.  As we all stop to take a moment to reflect and give thanks, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our members, for all that you do to contribute to the growth and prosperity of mediation in Ohio.  Each of you play such a critical role in ensuring that mediation will continue to flourish and that individuals in our communities will have the option to resolve conflict through a more peaceful, comprehensive, and time-efficient process.  You do this each time you educate consumers, colleagues and friends about mediation; each time you provide a quality process for participants; and each time that you stand up for the field and those who work in it.  It is hard for one person to make a difference, but you do so much.  Collectively, we can do even more.

One great example of this is the recent proposal of legislation mandating the mediation of foreclosure cases. Once this proposed legislation was brought to my attention, I was compelled to draft a letter to the legislators stating my concerns with some of the language in the bill.  As I am well-aware, my letter alone probably won’t sway many in the legislature.  However, letters from almost 200 members of the Ohio Mediation Association might actually affect how certain laws are written in the state of Ohio.  Now that is what I call a significant impact!  So, if you haven’t already, let your voice be heard.  Send an email or letter to your legislator today!

So, again, my thanks to you for all that you do to make the field of mediation and our organization so successful.  But, there is certainly work to be done. We have a long way to go before mediation is first avenue for those in conflict.  But, I believe that if we (re)commit ourselves to doing all that we can to ensure that mediation will thrive and mediators will prosper, we will see a significant change in the years to come.
Happy Holidays!

To see links to available pending legislation, see below:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=128_HB_0306
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=128_SB_197
If you have any comments or questions or would like a sample letter to forward to legislators, please e-mail me at omapresident@www.mediateohio.org.

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 lunch time on the second Friday of every other 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.  The meeting time is 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; the meeting location is the Hyde Park Hyde Park Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue.  Attendees may bring lunch to the meetings.

The schedule of meeting topics is below. With the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Baker at 513-639-9132.

January 15, 2010: Marie Bader and Cathie Kuhl will present one or more mediation cases and lead us through an analysis and discussion of the cases.

March 12, 2010:  Diann Harper and Betsy Sato will discuss the work of the Housing Mediation Service.

May 14, 2010:  The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATES AND INFORMATION:
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 Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

William W. Burnett
2100 Far Hills Avenue
Oakwood OH 45419 (937) 609-0741
Home (937) 9036
Wwburnett2100@yahoo.com

Richard C. Cahaan
60 W. Dominion Blvd.
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 268-4629
Richard.Cahaan@gmail.com

Thomas P. Erven
110 Boggs Lane Suite 242
Cincinnati OH 45246 (513) 326-5555
Fax (513) 326-5550
terven@yandalaw.com

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

Stephen Grenier
P.O. Box 204
Delaware OH 43015 (614) 332-5781
Fax: (877) 740-7890
stephengrenier@yahoo.com

Franklin J. Hickman
Hickman & Lowder Co. L.P.A.
1300 East Ninth Street #1020
Cleveland OH 44114 (216) 861-0360
Fax: (216) 861-3113
fhickman@hickman-lowder.com

Lindsey N. Lilly
7475 Valley View Place #304
Cincinnati OH 45244 (513) 515-5756
LindseyN.Lilly@Ky.gov

Allen Garreth Nederveld
4519 Olentangy Blvd.
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 323-0351 (cell) (614) 239-5033 (work) (614) 262-3072 (H)
Fax: (614) 238-7834
alleng@wowway.com

Kathleen A. Vavro Mediation and Consultation Services
8714 Headlands Road
Mentor OH 44060 (440) 749-1757
kvavro@oh.rr.com

Paul D. Rice
466 Glyn Tawel Drive
Granville OH 43023 (740) 587-7157
NO E-MAIL PROVIDED

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

W. Cephus Watts, Jr. J.D., Ph.D.
964 Kingsbridge Court
Akron OH 44313 (216) 470-5974
Fax: (330) 867-5108 willie_watts44313@yahoo.com

William H. Wolff, Jr., Retired Trial and Appellate Judge
34322 Westbury Road
Kettering OH 45409 (937) 293-5295
Fax: (937) 938-6789
judgewolff@noh.rr.com
CALL FOR ARTICLE PROPOSALS:
ACResolution Magazine Spring 2010 The theme of ACR’s spring 2010 issue of ACResolution magazine is Preparing for Practice with Heart. The issue will focus on the notion of bringing our hearts, not just our heads to our work as conflict resolvers. It will go into the mindfulness, reflection and presence needed for practice. Articles could cover holistic approaches to practice, personal meditation, teaching meditation to clients, dealing with the emotional aspects of conflict, and resolving deeply rooted conflicts. The editors seek proposals from people who would like to write articles on any aspect of this topic. They 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 complete 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 proposal via e-mail with the subject heading Spring Proposal to ACResolution at publications@ACRnet.org as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, December 8, 2009. 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 mid-December. If selected, completed articles will be due to ACR by February 1. For more information about ACResolution, please visit http://www.ACRnet.org/publications/acresolution.htm.
CALL FOR TRAINING PROPOSALS:
ACR 10th Annual Conference Many Paths: One Destination September 1-4, 2010 Chicago, Illinois
In 2010, ACR will celebrate its 10th Annual Conference. Over the past 10 years, we as a community have seen an evolving and growing need for high quality conflict resolution, from the international to the interpersonal level. ACR’s 10th Annual Conference provides the opportunity to step back and reflect on changes witnessed, chal¬lenges met, and prospects for the future. Our 2010 Conference is an excellent time to celebrate the essence of ACR, an organization that embraces and acknowledges the full spectrum of peaceful conflict reso¬lution and recognizes the value of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections to enhance conflict resolution choices universally. ACR em¬bodies “Many Paths: One Destination,” this year’s conference theme.  This theme celebrates the oneness, the unity, the common goal we share in reaching the One Destination: Peaceful Conflict Resolu¬tion. The theme recognizes the connections within and across our practice areas, Sections and Chapters, and the valuable partnerships created within professions such as family services, legal, health care, education, business and many others.

When thinking about proposals for the 2010 conference, consider the theme and how ACR represents the many paths that we travel. We invite proposals that highlight:
•    Similarities and possibilities for relationships across Sections, illus¬trating the interconnectedness of our work and our field
•    Cutting edge practices and programs that are successful, unique and/or replicable
•    Research areas that benefit the field and beyond: what are the con¬nections between theory and practice? What research findings will help us reach our destination?
•    Theoretical and philosophical underpinning of conflict and its resolution
•    Advanced techniques and skill building

In addition to ACR’s traditional 60 minute facilitated discussions on Diversity & Equity, proposals are invited for 90 minute mainstream track sessions on research, skill building and practice enhancements in resolving disputes among diverse and underserved clientele. We invite proposals on racism, sexism, ageism, and cross cultural issues.

Our hope is that the proposals received will enable conference attendees to discover new paths and deepen their understanding of familiar ones all pointing to one destination: peaceful conflict resolution.

The deadline for submission is 11:00 pm (Eastern) on Friday, November 20, 2009.
To submit your proposal, click here. Association for Conflict Resolution | 5151 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 500 | Washington, DC 20016 | phone: 202.464.9700 | fax: 202.464.9720 | e-mail: membership@ACRnet.org
TRAININGS, WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES:

The Mediation Association of Northeast Ohi MEDIATION: BEST PRACTICES & ETHICS, Thursday, December 3, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. At Corporate College, East
Cost $75 for MANO Members ($85 for non-members) Registration Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch & conference materials Registration Online at www.manomediate.org

Featured speakers include:
Jonathan Coughlan: Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel, President of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, Adjunct Professor at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law.  Joy Willmott: Adjunct Instructor at Case Western Reserve University, Substance Abuse Specialist at Case Western Reserve University. A Panel of Mediation Experts including Professor Kathryn Mercer (CWRU), Gail Ignaz-Hoover (Lorain County Common Pleas) and Ian Heisey (BPDC) to discuss mediation best practices and suggested answers to ethical dilemmas.  Want more info? Visit: www.manomediate.org

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training December 2 & 3, 2009 or February 3 & 4, or April 14 & 15, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, 2010.  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 .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center have announced trainings for 2009.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

The Association of Attorney-Mediators announces its Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting, March 26 and 27, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri MARK YOUR CALENDAR and plan to be with your colleagues for this outstanding Advanced Mediator Training.  We return with our member requested, two partial-day format, filled with refreshing speakers and invigorating topics. The training will begin at noon on the 26th, followed by an early evening meal and unusual activities for participants and guests, and adjourn on Saturday the 27tharound noon, allowing the afternoon for sightseeing or early travel home. The venue for the training will be the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel, on popular Washington Avenue, at the discounted rate of $109 (plus tax) per night. As additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the AAM website at www.attorney-mediators.org.

Family Mediation or  Civil & Workplace Mediation Training Early Bird Registration
deadline 12/4/09 January 4-8, 2010 Grand Forks, ND Choose the training that suits you best !  40-Hour Family Mediation Learn skills essential for becoming a family mediator.  Our Family Mediation Seminar will encompass: Understanding the dynamics of conflict, Impact of family conflict and divorce on parents and children, Transformative Mediation Theory, Role of empowerment and recognition, Mediator skills and intervention, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Identifying and screening domestic violence issues, Role of family law in mediation. 40-Hour Civil and Workplace Mediation Learn new or add to your existing skills in working more effectively with conflict in the community, in neighborhoods, civil disputes, and workplace settings.  Our Civil and Workplace Mediation Training will encompass: Understanding the dynamics of conflict, The Art of having Difficult Conversations (1 on 1 skills),Impact of conflict on human interaction and relationships, Transformative Mediation Theory, Role of empowerment and recognition, Mediator skills and interventions, Contexts for using the mediation process, Ethics/Professional Responsibility Both Seminars will be held Jan. 4-8, 2010 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM in Swanson Hall, UND Campus Cost:  Early Bird = $775.00 if registered and paid by December 4, 2009.  Don’t miss your chance to save $100.00  After the 4th = $875.00 Registration will close December 12, 2009 Registration fees are only refundable if notice of cancellation is received by the registration closing, 12/12/09.  Any cancellations after Dec. 12 will incur a service charge of 30% of the registration fee. Professional Continuing Education Credits Available for 40-hour offerings: ND/MN CLE, ND/MN ADR, NDAPA, HRCI (Civil & Workplace), NDSWE, ND Counseling, and  2 UND Continuing Ed. Grad Credits  Please contact us for registration or with any questions you may have. Conflict Resolution Center 314 Cambridge St Grand Forks, ND 58203 Phone: 701-777-3664 E-mail: conflict.resolution@und.edu

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THESE DATES!
Paris – Thursday, February 11, 2010 The International Chamber of Commerce and the American Bar Association Sections of International Law and Dispute Resolution are pleased to announce the date of their joint international mediation conference Managing Risks and Getting Results: How to Use Mediation Effectively in International Business Disputes Topic: Nowadays, companies are more than ever interested in limiting risks and achieving quick and business-wise results when resolving disputes. The current economic climate has also led them to seek cheaper and less litigious ways of settling controversies. This conference aims to provide companies with guidance on using mediation to meet these ends. Experienced practitioners and users of mediation will describe the benefits it offers as a dispute resolution technique for international business, with examples of corporate disputes where mediation has been helpful in reaching a settlement acceptable to the parties. Speakers will also provide insight into the process of choosing settlement techniques for specific disputes and offer practical advice on setting up mediation, including the drafting of clauses, appointing mediators, and mediation advocacy and representation. Venue: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 38 Cours Albert 1er, 75008 Paris, France Who should attend? In-house counsel, members of senior corporate management, newcomers to mediation, attorneys in law firms and mediation practitioners. Registration: More program and registration information will be available shortly. In the meantime, inquiries can be sent t mediation@iccwbo.org.

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring Conference April 15-18, 2010 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York.  ADR: Building Bridges to a Better Society. Early Bird Registration ends March 10, 2009.  Conference website www.abanet.org/dispute.

ACR 10th Annual Conference Many Paths: One Destination September 1-4, 2010 Chicago, Illinois
In 2010, ACR will celebrate its 10th Annual Conference. Over the past 10 years, we as a community have seen an evolving and growing need for high quality conflict resolution, from the international to the interpersonal level. ACR’s 10th Annual Conference provides the opportunity to step back and reflect on changes witnessed, chal¬lenges met, and prospects for the future. Our 2010 Conference is an excellent time to celebrate the essence of ACR, an organization that embraces and acknowledges the full spectrum of peaceful conflict reso¬lution and recognizes the value of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections to enhance conflict resolution choices universally. ACR em¬bodies “Many Paths: One Destination,” this year’s conference theme.  This theme celebrates the oneness, the unity, the common goal we share in reaching the One Destination: Peaceful Conflict Resolu¬tion. The theme recognizes the connections within and across our practice areas, Sections and Chapters, and the valuable partnerships created within professions such as family services, legal, health care, education, business and many others.
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 2009

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 2009

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: pdunfee@Windstream.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009-2010 meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences the Friday of Ohio’s Conflict Management Week in May.)

Oct. 9, 2009 OMA IS BACK ON THE ROAD! OMA Bi-Monthly Meeting in CLEVELAND, OHIO! Please join the Ohio Mediation Association and the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio on October 9, 2009 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 1301 East 9th Street, Second Level Cleveland Ohio 44114 (216) 696-3525 http://www.clemetrobar.org PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO OMA meeting on 10/2 at the MCL Cafeteria.  Our next meeting in Columbus will be on 12/4.

Dec. 4, 2009 TBA

Feb. 5, 2010 TBA

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

Today was my son’s first day of Kindergarten.  A very BIG day in our household.  It is what keeps crowding out the really brilliant insights that I am supposed to be sharing with you through this column.  But, so far the best insight that I can come up with is the fact that it is important not to push.  Why, you may ask?  Because it is important to follow the rules.  I can see you all scratching your heads and thinking, “Well there you go, she has finally gone over the edge.”  But read on and it may become clear how it all ties in (or it may not but it’s a short article).

You see my son was really excited to go to Kindergarten but something was making him very nervous.  We finally got it out of him last night.  He was worried about breaking the rules (he’s not so worried about breaking them at home but I digress…).    His biggest problem – he didn’t know what the rules were for Kindergarten.  Words can’t capture the overwhelming look of relief that washed over his face when I pulled out the rules and read them to him one by one.  He said, “I can follow all of those rules, I’ve been following them at preschool for years (and that’s a long time when you are only 5)!”

Still wondering how possibly my son’s first-day-of-school anxiety relates to our role as mediators.  It’s all about the importance of establishing groundrules.  We often forget that we are dealing with individuals at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.  Mediation is a new experience for the majority of parties – a “first day” if you will.  Many of us have been in the “business” so long that we tend to forget that while this may be old hat to us, it is a brand new experience for the parties.  The result is that we often rush through our introduction and dive right into the process without fully informing the parties of the “rules of the game.”   Taking the time to set the tone and establish the groundrules will go a long way in calming the parties’ fear of the unknown.  They provide parameters and a framework within which parties feel safe to attempt to resolve the conflict that brought them to the table.

I think I hear a chorus of “duhs” from the crowd.  I know this is totally basic.  But that’s exactly my advice this month – let’s take a moment to go back to the basics.  To remember what makes mediation such an extraordinary process though which even the most intense conflicts can be resolved. But, let us also remember that for many, it can be a scary foray into unchartered territory.  As mediators, we have the power to calm fears and provide comfort to those experiencing their “first day” – may we always remember the value of providing people with the opportunity to empower themselves by giving them the tools they need to succeed.

I hope you will plan to join OMA at our bi-monthly meeting in Cleveland on October 9, 2009.   I will look forward to seeing you there!

OMA BETTER WORLD AWARD GOES TO PARTNER IN MEDIATION PROMOTION
By Jay M. Patterson
Immediate Past President

For those of you not able to attend the successful OMA Annual Conference in May, you may not be aware of this year’s recipient of the OMA Better World Award.  Each year, the Better World Award is presented by OMA to a person or entity that has made the world (or at least our corner of it) a better place through their work, directly or indirectly, related to mediation.  The 2009 award was presented to LondyLawrence, the advertising agency responsible for the creation and execution of OMA’s statewide marketing campaign on behalf of the entire mediation field.

OMA is deeply committed to advancing the field of mediation.  One of the most important elements necessary to advance the mediation profession is making the general public more aware of mediation and to help inspire the public to have a conversation with a mediator to explore the use of mediation as a means to improve quality of life.  The idea of the advertising campaign was that if we could simply get people to take the first step of exploring mediation, many would elect to use it in order to address their concerns.  Just as one would not consider the use of a taxi or rental car for ground transportation at an airport if one were not aware of the existence of such services, one cannot make one’s life better through mediation if it is not in one’s everyday consciousness.  Conversely if a mediator has the opportunity to explain the many advantages of mediation, many people will come to realize those advantages and select mediation as the means to address their needs.

To this end, the OMA Board endeavored to seek professional assistance to create high quality newspaper advertisements and radio public service announcements.  Without knowing it, you may have seen LondyLawrence’s work on many advertising campaigns on TV and print for numerous well-known companies.  The newspaper ads, which reached hundreds of thousands of readers, depicted provocative images of people in conflict throughout history and informed readers of mediation as a better way to deal with conflict.  Along with these eye-catching images of undesirable historical means of conflict resolution, the ads featured the tag line “Before Things Get Out Of Hand.”  The ads also featured the OMA web site address, which contains the searchable OMA Mediator Directory so that an interested person might locate and ultimately hire an OMA member to provide mediation services.  The Board felt strongly that helping to link prospective clients with OMA members would add value to their membership and help reward those willing to contribute to action on behalf of all Ohio mediators.

The inscription placed on the Better World Award is reprinted as follows:

“LondyLawrence is the advertising agency responsible for the creation of the statewide advertising campaign long planned by OMA and executed in the fall 2008 and early 2009.  The effort by OMA to market mediation on a statewide basis in Ohio is unprecedented for a professional association and possibly for any Ohio mediation entity.

In addition to creating the advertising campaign and a script for use in radio public service announcements (PSA’s), they also worked to identify and negotiate the actual print media buys in several newspapers across Ohio.  Further, they secured studio time and voice talent for the creation of the PSA as well as distributing the PSA to 50 radio stations across the state.  All work performed by LondyLawrence was provided at no charge to OMA.  The value of this work is estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.  But for the largess of LondyLawrence, there is simply no question that it would not have been possible to execute our statewide marketing effort to increase awareness, familiarity, trust and legitimacy for the mediation profession and every mediator in Ohio.

OMA is indeed fortunate to have found such a generous partner in our quest to increase the use of mediation as an effective means to improve quality of life for Ohioans.  We believe such generosity deserves our recognition and thanks through the Better World Award.”

Bret Lawrence, a Principal of the firm, received the award on behalf of LondyLawrence.  Mr. Lawrence expressed an appreciation for working on a project in which the subject matter allowed for wide creative expression.  He also emphasized how rewarding it was to truly contribute to improving society.

Although OMA was able to secure the services of LondyLawrence without charge, the cost of the space for the ads themselves was not inexpensive.  But for the resources that come from membership we would not have been able to afford to conduct the campaign.  I’m convinced that the realization of mediation’s true potential to improve quality of life is dependent upon and directly linked to whether and how much we are willing to act collectively to assert our interests as a united profession.  Collective action starts with one mediator at time contributing to the collective whole.  Thank you, OMA members, for playing your personal role in contributing to advancing the interests of all Ohio mediators through your membership.  Please spread the word about OMA to other mediators who may not yet be a member of the only statewide professional mediation association in Ohio serving all mediators irrespective of style, region, or setting.  Your own future as a mediator may just depend on it.

Training in New ADR Process “Co-resolution” Coming to Columbus, Nov. 13th.
Nathan Witkin, The Co-resolution Group

Co-resolution is an entirely new dispute resolution process that serves as an advanced form of mediation.  While a mediator invites parties to cooperate as an impartial outsider, co-resolvers personally assist separate parties in a cooperative negotiation.  Without requiring skills or knowledge beyond basics in mediation, this new system provides mediators with a more active, involved role in the interaction, provides the parties with a personal coach and a fair opponent, and enforces cooperation better than any other negotiation-based process.

Co-resolution Basics
Aiming to affect the disputants’ negotiation in a positive manner, co-resolution involves two negotiators (“co-resolvers”) that advocate for different sides, but work together to bring the disputants to negotiate under cooperative, mediation-based strategies.  What makes co-resolution unique is that the negotiators work against each other, coaching separate parties, but work as continuing opponents in a partner-like relationship.  The resulting dynamic ensures both cooperation across the table and loyalty on each side of the table.

Cooperation.  Because the co-resolvers must negotiate against each other in the future, both will remain fully cooperative throughout the negotiation.  Future interactions allow negotiators to reciprocate present action in later disputes, so guaranteeing this continuing relationship means that competitive, deceptive tactics would drive the negotiators into an escalating chain of retaliation.  Since their relationship sets the tone and the quality of the negotiation, the co-resolvers will vehemently promote cooperation rather than even risk triggering such distrust.  The parties will then buy into this process, despite the fact that their own negotiator will limit their behavior, because the co-resolvers provide the benefits of professional negotiation coaching and because no other negotiation process restrains the other side.

Loyalty.  Even though the co-resolvers have an overarching relationship with each other, each will remain entirely loyal to their separate parties in the negotiation.  Because co-resolution is an informal process, and because the co-resolvers are brought in as a package deal, either party can easily fire both co-resolvers.  As a result, if either party feels that their negotiation assistant is ineffective or sympathetic to the other side, they can terminate the entire process.  Both co-resolvers are therefore under strong incentive to focus support, coaching, and advocacy to their separate parties.

Thus, the future interests of the co-resolvers bring them to curb negotiation behaviors that would harm their relationship, while the present interests bring them to fully assist separate parties in negotiating against the other side.  The combined result should be personal support in negotiation that concentrates on cooperation with the other side.

Co-resolution Info Sessions and Trainings
To promote wider understanding and practice of co-resolution, The Co-resolution Group will be holding free info sessions in September and a six-hour training on Friday, November 13th.
The free info sessions will be at the downtown Columbus public library, from 6:00 to 7:00pm, on the following dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 1st:  Conference Room #2
Tuesday, Sept. 8th:  Conference Room #2
Wednesday, Sept. 16th:  Conference Room #2
Tuesday, Sept. 22nd:  Conference Room #3
Tuesday, Sept. 29th:  Conference Room #3
Attendees will receive the opening chapter of the Co-resolution Training Manual.  Space is limited, so please email coresolution.adr@gmail.com if you might attend.
The six-hour training will be held on Friday, November 13th at the Columbus Convention Center.  The training includes the 90-page Co-resolution Training Manual©, interactive lecture, role play, and certificate of completion.  Because this process is just now being introduced to the public, the training and materials are being offered at the low rate of $65.  Email coresolution.adr@gmail.com or visit www.co-resolution.com if you are interested and want more details.
The co-resolution concept has been published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, presented at national conferences, and has received accolades from ADR experts such as Nancy Rogers and Bernie Mayer.  You can be among the first to be trained in this revolutionary dispute resolution process.

Job Posting: The Lake County Common Pleas Court, General Division, is hiring a full-time staff mediator for foreclosure and other civil cases. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 1, 2009. The job description and application process can be found on the court’s Web site at http://www.lakecountyohio.gov/cpcgd/. Click on Announcements, find the summary posting, and click on read more.

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, 2009.  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 lunch time on the second Friday of every other 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.  The meeting time is 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; the meeting location is the Hyde Park Hyde Park Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue.  Attendees may bring lunch to the meetings.

The schedule of meeting topics is below. With the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Baker at 513-639-9132.

September 11, 2009:  Jan Fritz Jan Fritz, PhD, Professor UC DAAP – School of Planning will discuss UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security.  The Security Council adopted resolution (S/RES/1325) on women and peace and security on October 31, 2000. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

November 13, 2009:  Lou Ann Wood and Marie Hill will lead a discussion of the book, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict (author: Arbinger Institute, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.).  To make this discussion more rewarding, Lou Ann and Marie encourage all to read the book before the meeting.  In addition to discussion, Lou Ann and Marie hope to develop some tools we can use, based upon suggestions made in the book, when clients become stuck.

January 15, 2010: Marie Bader and Cathie Kuhl will present one or more mediation cases and lead us through an analysis and discussion of the cases.

March 12, 2010:  Diann Harper and Betsy Sato will discuss the work of the Housing Mediation Service.

May 14, 2010:  The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

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 Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.
New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Antioch University McGregor
Dr. Richard McGuigan Conflict Analysis & Engagement Dept.
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs OH 45387 (937) 769-1809
Fax: (937) 769-1807
rmcguigan@antioch.edu

Joseph W. Anyimadu
3446 Cunard Square
Columbus OH 43227 (614) 441-4243
Fax: (614) 475-7279
Newstar11@columbus.rr.com

Amy R. Bayliff
1626 Oakland Parkway
Lima OH 45805 (567) 204-6556
AMY@BAYDAISY.COM

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

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
117 Wehe Terrace
Pomeroy OH 45769 (740) 590-8610
plowsharesinc@yahoo.com

Capital Mediation Associates LLC c/o J. Christopher Scott
655 Metro Place S. Suite 600 Dublin OH 43017  (614) 789-1733
Fax: (614) 538-8056
cscott@capitalmediators.com

Jack W. Carney-DeBord’s Law Office
c/o Jack W. Carney-DeBord
305 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 369-7567
Fax: (740) 368-9747
Jcarney1@rr.ohio.com

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
P O Box 42351
Cincinnati OH 45242 (513) 721-4466
Fax (513) 721-3383
jlawson@cfrd.com

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

Meghan Clarke
The ARIA Group
7765 Kennedy Lane
Cincinnati OH 45242 (513) 374-4689
Fax: (513) 972-9861 (call first)
MClarke@ariagroup.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

Barbara V. Culp
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 225
Minford OH 45653 (740) 981-2697
bculp@falcon1.net

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

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

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

Jessica M. Harmon
Harmon ADR Services
98 Kelly Marie Drive
Pataskala OH 43062 (614) 403-3590
harmonmediation@earthlink.net

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

Jeff Hutson
Lane, Alton & Horst
2 Miranova Place Suite 500
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 233-4747
Fax (614) 228-0146
jhutson@lanealton.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

Frances V. King
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 213-4755
Fax (419) 213-4844
king@co.lucas.oh.us

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

Barbara Lehman
101 E. Columbia Street
Springfield OH 45502 (937) 605-2023
Fax: (937) 328-2639
lehmanb@clarkohiojuvcourt.us

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

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980 (614) 578-1584
Fax: (614) 792-7681
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

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

Nicholas J. Marino, Attorney
697 W. Market Street Suite 300
Akron OH 44303 (800) 533-1446
Fax: (330) 836-9665
NJM@Marinolaw.biz

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

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

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

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

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Cozette Snead P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248 (937) 225-4539
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 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

Belinda Ohlinger Solution Builders Mediation Services
5900 Sawmill Road, Suite 110 Dublin OH 43017 (614) 761-2540
Fax: (614) 761-2988
ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209 (513) 533-2002
Fax (513) 721-2401
dwp@bpbslaw.com

Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130 (740) 653-9396
Fax: (740) 652-9396
fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870 (419) 627-7782
Fax: (419) 627-6600
cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Christy K. Radigan
7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054 (614) 855-6926 (home)
Fax (614) 855-2798
cradigan@insight.rr.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

Susan Grody Ruben
30799 Pinetree Road, #226
Cleveland OH 44124 (216) 464-4060
Fax: (216) 595-5274
SusanGrodyRuben@att.net

Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207 (614) 491-5597
Fax (614) 491-3404
Russellviv@aol.com

Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258 (330) 499-3069
N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

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

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

Adam Vernau LLC
1288 Brittany Hills Drive
Newark OH 43055 (740) 587-2637
Fax: (740) 281-0584
adam@vernaulaw.com

Stephen D. Walters
55 Public Square, Suite 1010
Cleveland OH 44113 (216) 348-1400
Fax: (216) 687-4235
swalters@sdwalters.net

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

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive
Columbus OH 43224 (614) 447-7050
Lindawbesq@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
ACR 9th Annual Conference October 7-10, 2009 Hilton Atlanta, Georgia Convening “Whole of Community” Integrating Approaches & Practices to Address Conflicts in a Chaotic World.  For more information visit www.acrnet.org.

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring Conference April 15-18, 2010 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York.  ADR: Building Bridges to a Better Society. Early Bird Registration ends March 10, 2009.  Conference website www.abanet.org/dispute.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Tri-State Conference on Gangs September 21 – 23, 2009 Sharonville, Ohio.  Purpose: To provide and share current information about criminal gang activity in southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and eastern Kentucky. Instructors include national, regional, and local experts on gang crimes.  Time is set aside for networking with professionals from your area and region. Location: Sharonville Convention Center (SCC), 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio, www.ci.sharonville.oh.us.  Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Lodging:  Attendees are responsible for their own lodging reservations. Area hotels include Sheraton Hotel, 11320 Chester Road, (directly across the street) 513-771-2080 LivINN Suites, 11385 Chester Road, (next door to SCC) 513-772-7877 Marriott Residence Inn, 11689 Chester Road 513-771-2525 Fairfield Inn & Suites, 11440 Chester Road, 513-842-9112 Questions? Please contact Linda Schmidt at 513-314-9387 or email at: linda.schmidt47@yahoo.com, or, John McConnaughey at 513-779-4131 or email at: JRM4299@fuse.net
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 9 & 10, or December 2 & 3, 2009 or February 3 & 4, or April 14 & 15, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course October 20, 2009 or March 10, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training November 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2009 or May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, 2010.  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 .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center have announced trainings for 2009.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

Pepperdine University School of Law A World Class View of Dispute Resolution, the 22nd Annual Professional Skills Program co-sponsored by the Vermont Law School.  Woodstock, Vermont October 15-17, 2009.  To register or for more information visit 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

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June/July/August 2009

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: pdunfee@alltel.net
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)
Aug. 7, 2009 We are back at the MCL Cafeteria in Westerville for Tom Carlisi, M.A., LPCC, who will speak on the topic of Nonviolent Communication and Mediation.
Oct. 2, 2009 TBA
Dec. 4, 2009 TBA
Feb. 5, 2010 TBA

President’s Column
by Maara Fink
IT’S NOW OR NEVER!

As I’m sure have all seen by now, the subject line of my last bulk e-mail read, “Now or Never!” I worried at first, that I might be overstating the seriousness of the threat – that my plea to members to speak out now on behalf of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution might sound alarmist. But then I realized – I am really worried. Panicked, in fact. It finally dawned on me – that for the first time in the 13 years since I entered the field the Commission might actually be closed for business. And this, my friends, should worry us all.

I tend to be fairly optimistic about things like this. You see I still believe that elected officials make good, sound decisions based on fact and reason. That they will vote based on what is best for his or constituents, state, and country. Well, I know better now. It’s about check marks. The number of check marks indicating the calls, letters and e-mails that have come in supporting a particular program, agency or office. Those calls, letters and e-mails actually DO make a difference. They can actually save programs!

This is obviously, where YOU, ME, WE come in. We can make a difference. We can be heard. We have only just begun in our fight to make mediation a household word – to make it the first resource for those in conflict. But, this current threat to the Commission has made it painfully clear to me that we still have a long way to go. With the downsizing of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Section on Dispute Resolution and the potential loss of the Commission looming overhead, I realize that we must not rely on others to promote and protect the field, we must do it ourselves.
You’ve heard this all before. I’ve heard it, too. But, today it all seems more real than ever and the need to act, much more urgent. My fellow members, it’s really is NOW or NEVER!!

ON A LIGHTER NOTE…
What had a fabulous conference in May! Almost 80 OMA members had the amazing opportunity to participate in this full-day training with Forrest (Woody) Mosten. We felt quite fortunate to have him here in Ohio and will look forward to a continued relationship with him in the future.
If you didn’t make it this year, I hope you will plan to join us in 2010!

AUGUST BI-MONTHLY MEETING
Our next bi-monthly meeting will be on August 7, 2009 in COLUMBUS at the MCL Cafeteria in Westerville. Our featured speaker will be Tom Carlisi, M.A., LPCC, who will speak on the topic of Nonviolent Communication and Mediation.

Please visit www.mediateohio.org for more information!

The Significance of Emotional Engagement in Conflict Management
By Dale Eilerman, M.Ed.

The ability to emotionally engage with an individual or group is a significant factor in establishing a constructive and helpful relationship. It is often the difference in whether an experience is perceived as positive or negative, regardless of the outcome. Engagement should be a fundamental course of action taken by professionals when addressing conflict management in the process of mediation, coaching, or counseling.

Research done by The Gallup Organization, and presented in the book Follow This Path by Curt Coffman and Gabriel Gonzalez-Molina, indicates that emotional engagement is more important than rational reasoning in influencing people and winning their trust and cooperation. This is true in all types of business situations affecting customer or client relationships. Engagement is also an important driver in maximizing employee and organizational performance. In a world that has become driven by data and outcome measures we need to recognize that the way a person feels is as significant as what the person thinks.

Conflict management is more than just problem solving. Ideally it also addresses the relationships and feelings of those involved in a dispute. Effective conflict management incorporates both a concrete solution and a sense of emotional resolve. Engagement is a way to integrate thinking and feeling – head and heart – and can play an important role in constructively resolving differences.

The Role of Engagement in Problem Resolution
Conflict management and interpersonal problem resolution is a stressful experience. A professional working as a third party facilitator in the role of mediator, coach or counselor is wise to acknowledge the emotions attached to the individuals and situation before proceeding to attempt to develop a well thought out solution to the problem. Engaging clients at the onset in a discussion that puts the emotional dynamics on the table and attempts to allay them will put the parties in a position where they can use a cognitive process more effectively.

Normal feelings of anger, fear, hurt and frustration are typically present in conflicts between individuals or groups. These feelings, and the circumstances of the threat presented by the conflict, cause our bodies to react in the “fight or flight” stress response. We instinctively prepare to protect ourselves, manage the situation, and compete with our adversary by taking an offensive or defensive stance. In situations where there is a power differential based on role, position, personality, or other factors the dynamics of this threat relationship are compounded.
A competitive position in dealing with a challenging threat does not promote the use of cooperation, collaboration and compromise, which are often the goals of the third party facilitator. However participants that are engaged in the resolution process will invest more into reaching productive outcomes that may have value for both sides and will be more inclined toward collaboration or compromise vs. competing. Competing results in a win/lose outcome. Collaboration and compromise result in both sides winning at some level and respecting the value in doing this. Engagement opens the door to mutual understanding, and empathy in some cases. Recognizing that each party cares about the problem or conflict and its impact helps move it toward resolution.

Facilitators who are able to develop an emotionally engaged relationship with their clients, and ideally foster engagement between the individuals/groups in dispute, will typically find a more productive and successful resolution to the problems that are being addressed. The mediator, coach, or counselor becomes the emotional engineer who guides the process of identifying and utilizing the emotional triggers that will result in constructive interactions and results. Engagement will help to reduce stressful feelings and raise a sense of awareness, trust, commitment and hope. The problem resolution process is better prepared to move from instinctive self protection to cooperation. A cooperative approach to conflict management shifts the dynamics from “me against you” to “us against the problem”. Failure to establish engagement may result in interactions that are driven by “every man for himself” and encourages the maintenance of a competitive stance.

Techniques for Eliciting Engagement
The following are some techniques that can be used to develop emotional engagement with clients in the course of conflict management. Facilitators will find that their personal comfort and style in managing stress will be a factor in how well they are able to accomplish this function.

Introductory Phase
• Remaining neutral is important in many situations involving a third party facilitator. This does not prohibit the use of engagement techniques. However it is important that efforts related to engagement are offered equally to both sides in the dispute. In some cases the engagement process may be best achieved with each party separately and in other situations it can occur simultaneously.
• Introduce yourself by briefly explaining your role, the process that will be used and what the clients might expect. Use an open style of communication that includes appropriate touch such as a warm handshake, eye contact, and an invitation to sit down and relax. Participants will recognize the genuine care and commitment of the mediator/coach/counselor which can increase the level of motivation and investment on their part.
• There is a need for the facilitator to provide emotional/psychic safety and security. You must demonstrate acceptance and fairness, especially if there are power differentials between the parties. A sense that power and control tactics are being used will decrease feelings of trust and may reduce the level of open communication. Use language that is caring and supportive while also communicating control such as assuring that ground rules and boundaries will be respected.
• State an awareness of the likelihood that participants are experiencing stress and a range of emotions related to the conflict and efforts to resolve it. Acknowledge and normalize feelings as a way of helping the clients to accept this and bring them into the open. This process is important in making an emotional connection between the facilitator and the client and also between the clients and each other. This builds a bridge between the parties involved.
• Defining the right outcome is an important part of the engagement process – what is it that parties really want and what is it that will truly resolve the dispute? Having this discussion at the onset of the problem solving process will clarify the purpose and driving force behind the conflict. Connect this to personal beliefs, values and goals of the participants when possible. Acknowledge the importance of this to those involved – though they may differ from each other. Help them appreciate where the other is coming from.
• Be aware of your body language as well as that of the clients as this may convey up to 90% of what is being communicated. Point out and discuss any discrepancies that are apparent between verbal and non-verbal communications. This will help to assure communication that is open and accurate and let your clients know that you are “tuned in” to them.
• Ensure that participants want to proceed with the process. Watch for signs that may suggest resistance, reluctance or concerns and make an effort to identify and address these. This may be a sign of disengagement. Invite the clients to discuss their concerns so that they feel comfortable moving forward.

Process Phase
• Identify desired solutions from both an outcome and a feeling perspective. Sincerely listen to define what is essential or at the root of each side. Sometimes having the opportunity for participants to express feelings and/or address feelings is sufficient to reach closure on the conflict or problem. Other times participants will be confused or uncertain about what they really want and facilitating communication to clarify this will move them toward a successful resolution.
• Clarify and respect the feelings, concerns, and nature of the problems as presented by both sides and have them do this for each other.
• Ensure that participants feel heard and work to clarify for mutual understanding. This goes a long way toward constructive resolution and willingness to work on agreements.
• Give credence to opinions and beliefs even when not supported by data. This can lessen resistance and open the discussion for consideration of options that are supported by data.
• Find common ground where and when possible to show links, similarities and agreement. Help parties find the connection between their personal values/beliefs and those that will result from constructive solution to the problems.
• When appropriate address the value and purpose of the relationship the parties have with each other and how this is impacted by the conflict. When parties sense that the other side cares about and respects them and the situation it will break down some of the resistance. The opposite will increase resistance – feeling that the other party does not care and is only focused on personal gain.
• Offer summary statements to clarify and confirm. This will help to build the foundation of trust and understanding which is necessary to come to a resolution of the problem. It can also help to allay the fears of a person who feels that their perspective is not clear or understood by the other person.
• Review progress that is occurring. Give recognition and praise to efforts and results that are moving the problem forward. Provide positive reinforcement. Point out and summarize the progress as well as clarify the remaining barriers.
• Help parties to see learning and growth in their personal efforts to find a mutually agreeable solution. Encourage them to acknowledge efforts and give recognition to each other during the process. Thank you’s and other forms of appreciation will increase efforts to work together instead of against each other.
• Use a caucus or individual session to re-engage with a client is who is unable or unwilling to move forward in the process. Define any barriers that are inhibiting progress and attempt to re-establish a sense of trust and commitment to move forward.

Closure Phase
• Assess for satisfaction in reaching a mutually agreeable resolution or decision. Inquire about the level of personal feelings. This shows focus on the problem and on the person.
• Summarize decisions and outcomes to ensure that both parties are in agreement. Seek clarification that both sides are resolved to move forward based on both their feelings and the terms of the agreement. In some cases the synergy and commitment can result in outcomes that are better than either wanted initially and can perhaps ward off future problems.
• Thank participants for their efforts to listen and work at understanding each other’s perspective. Comment on how this helped to lead to a satisfactory resolution. Allow participants to talk about the process and how this worked for them.
• Close the session with appreciation and a warm handshake. Encourage the parties to shake hands and make any final comments to each other.

Summary
Emotional engagement is a significant component of effective conflict management and problem resolution. The art of managing disagreement is driven by the ability to have the parties actively engaged with the facilitator and with each other around finding a mutually agreeable solution to the problem. They must trust the facilitator and the process. It is important to keep differences constructive and to work for collaborative discovery of solutions based on commitment, trust and cooperation. When parties are engaged disagreement opens the door to consideration of options that can result in integrated decision making and optimal outcomes.

Biography
Dale Eilerman operates Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC working with individuals and organizations to improve performance. He specializes in the dynamics associated with the management of differences and conflict and provides consultation, training, coaching, team-building, and conciliation work including mediation. Dale earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Liberal Arts degree from Earlham College. He is the Director of Organizational Learning for a behavioral health organization in Dayton, Ohio. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Dayton and Wright State University. Dale can be contacted at 937.219.4996, dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com or at www.conflictsolutionsohio.com
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, 2009. 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:
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 Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Steven Abrams
Mediated Solutions
2720 Airport Drive
Columbus OH 43219 (614) 418-1874
SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377 (937) 264-2336
Martha.antolik@wright.edu
W004mla@who.rr.com

Amy Armstrong
Parent Strong, LLC
1996 Chatfield Road
Columbus OH 43221 (614) 208-8383
amy@parentstrong.com

Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 221-0944
Fax (614) 221-2340
twheeler@adllp.com

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

H. Eugene Baker, C.E.O.
Baker H.R. Consulting
565 Waterbury Blvd.
Gahanna OH 43230 (614) 582-5015
Fax (614) 472-3828
gahannabaker@aol.com
www.bakerhrconsulting.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

Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio Richard Appleton
1169 Dublin Road
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 486-6531 x 150
Fax (614) 486-0031
rappleton@columbus-ohbbb.org

Blue Mediation, LLC
Robert M. Blue
537 Rustic Trail
Beavercreek OH 45434 (937) 546-4825
Fax: (937) 320-0505
bluemediation@aol.com

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road
Columbus OH 43202 (614) 783-7281
Fax (614) 447-0262
findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512 (330) 629-8882
Fax (330) 726-5926
dlchermely@zoominternet.net

Chestnut Hill Associates, Susan Stanton Katz, Esq. Principal
P.O. Box 26
Hubbard OH 44425-0026 (917) 902-2768
Fax: (330) 568-7466
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Patricia A. Clary
621 E. Mehring Way #1607
Cincinnati OH 45202 (513) 827-9652
Fax: (513) 827-9652
Plcary1@gmail.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

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

James J. Cullers Mediation and Arbitration Services
224 Tamarack Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050 (740) 392-0391
Fax (740) 392-0391
jcullers@embargmail.com

Teresa Cusma Community Mediation Center of Stark Co.
401 W. Tuscarawas Ave. # 201
Canton OH 44702 (330) 430-9502
Fax: (330) 430-9505
teresacmc@sbcglobal.net

Sandra L. DeBlanc, LLC
9946 Ketch Road
Plain City OH 43064 (614) 410-3370
sdeblanc@capitalmediators.com

Diana M. DeCola
1726 Spring Street
Parkersburg WV 26101 (740) 802-0337
Artemis1120@hotmail.com
aams@frognet.net

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton OH 45435 (937) 775-2067/264-2336
Fax (937) 775-3152
Dan.destephen@wright.edu
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377

Edward E. Devlin
Devlin Group, Inc.
56 Milford Drive
Hudson OH 44236 (330) 342-5636
Fax: (330) 342-5637
Ed.devlin@devlingroupinc.com

Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130 (614) 444-5872
ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Thomas S. Douglas Resolutions
4930 N. Holland Sylvania Road
Sylvania OH 43560 (419) 882-2400
Fax (419) 882-3839
tsdesq@bex.net

Phillip Dunfee
33 West Main St., Suite 108
Newark OH 43055 (740) 405-4165
phil@phildunfee.com

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

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

Ernie Fischer
508 Stedway Court
Gahanna OH 43230 (614) 476-3779 (home)
Cell (614) 499-1037
Efisc77@aol.com

Nancy Flinchbaugh, City of Springfield Mediation Service
76 E. High Street
Springfield OH 45502 (937) 324-7696
Fax: (937) 328-3489
nflinchbaugh@ci.springfield.oh.us

Harry Flynn
1158 Belrose
Mayfield Hts. OH 44124 (440) 473-8500
Fax: (440) 473-8600
Mediate.flynn@gmail.com

Dr. Jan Marie Fritz
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237 (513) 731-7878
Fax: (513) 556-1274
Jan.fritz@uc.edu

Sandra Mendel Furman
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209 (614) 237-7266
Fax (614) 237-8992
Smfurman205@msn.com

Mary Goebel-Komala
Soyhia Center
1015 Harmon Street
Findlay OH 45840 (419) 423-2435
Fax: (419) 423-7662
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Terri B. Gregori, Esq.
1598 Blackstone Drive
Columbus OH 43235 (614) 264-0304
tgregori@columbus.rr.com

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation G.R. Hamm
602 7th Street, 4th Floor
Portsmouth OH 45662 (740) 355-8368
grhamm@sciotocounty.net

Daniel Gibson Harry
P.O. Box 45
Bethany WV 26032 (304) 829-4807
Dang_harry@yahoo.com

Phillip J. Henry
7530 Lucerne Drive Ste. 200
Middleburg Heights OH 44130 (440) 243-2800
Fax: (440) 243-2852
phenry@pmlawyers.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

Shawn Judge
United States District Court
85 Marconi Blvd., Room 169
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 719-3303
shawnkjudge@aol.com

Frances V. King
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 213-4755
Fax (419) 213-4844
king@co.lucas.oh.us

William J. Kepko
Kepko & Phillips, Co. L.P.A.
108 East Vine Street
Mount Vernon OH 43050 (740) 392-2900
Fax: (740) 392-2902
lawwjk@kepkophillips.com

Phyllis Kuehnl-Walters PhD.
73 Villa Pointe Drive
Springboro OH 45066 (937) 219-1143
dockuehnl@aol.com

Mary Denise Kuprionis
1 Camargo Canyon
Cincinnati OH 45243 (513) 271-7249
jkuprionis@cinci.rr.com

Mark Laughlin
7025 Brafferton Place
Columbus OH 43235 PayPal so no phone
Marklaughlin.mediate@gmail.com

Barbara Lehman
9515 Sheeha Road
Centerville OH 45458 (937) 239-6298
barblehman@earthlink.net

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

Melanie J. McCort
568 S. 5th Street
Columbus OH 43206 (614) 224-5719
Mjmccort7@att.net

Lauren T. McGarity
Alternative Solutions
4924-C Reed Road
Columbus OH 43220 (614) 538-2898
Lauren@winwin-inc.org

Shaker Mediation Center, LLC. Matt Mennes, J.D.
3401 Enterprise Parkway # 340
Beachwood OH 44122 (216) 766-5717
Fax: (216) 766-5796
Mennesm@aol.com
www.shakermediation.com

Judy Mirka
Delaware OH Mediation
95 Elizabeth Street, Apt. 312
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 815-8127
judymirka@gmail.com

Cynthia Morgan
2968 Meadowbrook Blvd.
Cleveland Heights OH 44118 (216) 371-0607
Fax: (216) 397-5671
CMBMORGAN@GMAIL.COM

Mary Nienaber
Capital University Law School
2211 Green Island Drive
Columbus OH 43228 (614) 578-6178
mnienaber@law.capital.edu
Nienaber.mary@gmail.com

Leslie Nye O’Donnell
1120 Chester Avenue, Suite 470
Cleveland OH 44114 (216) 225-1412
Fax: (216) 249-4320
leslieatty@gmail.com

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss
77 S. High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108 Phone 614/752-9595
Fax: 614/752-9682
www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov
ed.krauss@cdr.state.oh.us

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

Alison Pfeister, Esq.
Alison J. Pfeister Co., LPA
56 Milford Road Suite 308
Hudson OH 44236 (330) 328-5673
Fax: (330) 319-7329
Alison.pfeister@gmail.com

Donna Posluszny
106 Rockledge Drive
Perrysburg OH 43551 (419) 874-3776
donnacpoz@gmail.com

Stephen Puderbaugh
9889 Whispering Pine Drive
Tipp City OH 45371 (937) 475-7467
Stephen@puderbaugh.com

Amanda Ralph
1972 Belgrave Drive
Columbus OH 43220 (614) 397-8179
amandasralph@gmail.com

Sandy Robitz
1871 Summerchase Road NE
Canton OH 44721 (330) 361-0226 (Cell)
(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)
srobitz@neo.rr.com

Carolyn Streit Roehrig
10428 Lee’s Creek Road
Harrison OH 45030 (513) 246-0511
Fax: (513) 246-0525
CarroleMarie@aol.com

John Schmieding
276 Highland Avenue
Athens OH 45701 (740) 592-5983
John_45701@yahoo.com

Jessica Schreiber
Attorney at Law
18101 Shelburne Road
Cleveland Heights OH 44118 (216) 371-1662
Fax: (216) 371-3060
jschreib@olympus.net

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130 (740) 681-1031
Fax (740) 689-3631
shostak@ohiohills.com

Mr. Gerson L. Silver
Dayton Mediation Center
1034 Bertram Avenue
Dayton OH 45406 (937) 275-5129
GSilver400@aol.com

Lisa Jill Singh
311 W. Dorothy Lane
Dayton OH 45429 (937) 660-3285
Lisa.j.singh@gmail.com
peacelisa@gmail.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

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

Jacqueline Tolbert Ohio Civil Rights Commission
7162 Reading Road, Suite 1001
Cincinnati OH 45237 (513) 852-2895
Fax (513) 852-3357
tolbertj@ocrc.state.oh.us

Belinda Torres, Ph.D.
9614 Old Johnnycake Ridge Rd.
Mentor OH 44091 (440) 358-1159
Fax: (440) 358-1201
belindatorres@roadrunner.com

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

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

Joseph K. Wehby
215 E. 8th Street
Newport KY 41071 (859) 578-8544
Fax: (859) 578-0341
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Gina Weisshaar
41 E. Como Avenue
Columbus OH 43202 (614) 893-2881
gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810 (410) 230-2563
k-wildman@onu.edu

Douglass A. Wistendahl
18 North May Avenue
Athens OH 45701 (917) 209-4425
douglassaw@hotmail.com

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

Nathan Witkin, The Co-Resolution Group
1500 Southland Pkwy. Apt. #2
Marion OH 43302 (330) 620-2956
ndwitkin@gmail.com
www.co-resolution.com

Debora Witten aka Buckeye Mediation, Inc.
465 Robbins Avenue
Niles, OH 44446 (330) 544-0424
Fax (330) 544-9218
DeboraKayWitten@aol.com

Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244 (513) 271-2223
Fax (513) 0615
woodcandl@aol.com

Dr. Gary Zoldesy
696 Pleasant Valley Drive
Akron OH 44319 (330) 245-1669
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Zena D. Zumeta, J.D.
330 E. Liberty Suite 3A
Ann Arbor MI 48104 (734) 663-1155
Fax: (734) 663-0524
zzumeta@igc.org
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:
Friday, July 17 Columbus Convention Center 10:00-5:00 Training in Co-resolution The first negotiation structure designed for mediators. Co-resolution is a new dispute resolution process that allows mediation-trained professionals to negotiate for individual parties while guaranteeing cooperative strategies across the table. This idea was recently published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly and will be presented at the 2009 ACR National Conference. To learn more about co-resolution, read the short essay under the “About” tab at www.co-resolution.com. This simple concept will contribute significantly to the field of alternative dispute resolution. The 6-hour training comes with a 50-page training manual, lecture on theory and practice of co-resolution, role play, and certificate of completion. Because this is the first official training, it is being offered at the low introductory rate of $65, and participants can chose to stay and pay after the first hour of explanation. For more information or to register, email coresolution.adr@gmail.com or call 330-620-2956. Be among the first to learn this revolutionary negotiation process. Nathan Witkin The Co-Resolution Group www.co-resolution.com 330-620-2956

Tri-State Conference on Gangs September 21 – 23, 2009 Sharonville, Ohio Purpose: To provide and share current information about criminal gang activity in southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and eastern Kentucky. Instructors include national, regional, and local experts on gang crimes. Time is set aside for networking with professionals from your area and region. Location: Sharonville Convention Center (SCC), 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio, www.ci.sharonville.oh.us. Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lodging: Attendees are responsible for their own lodging reservations. Area hotels include Sheraton Hotel, 11320 Chester Road, (directly across the street) 513-771-2080 LivINN Suites, 11385 Chester Road, (next door to SCC) 513-772-7877 Marriott Residence Inn, 11689 Chester Road 513-771-2525 Fairfield Inn & Suites, 11440 Chester Road, 513-842-9112 Questions? Please contact Linda Schmidt at 513-314-9387 or email at: linda.schmidt47@yahoo.com, or, John McConnaughey at 513-779-4131 or email at: JRM4299@fuse.net

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training June 9 & 10, or September 9 & 10, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, or November 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 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 .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center have announced trainings for 2009. Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

Online conference registration is available for AFCC’s 46th Annual Conference, Children, Courts and Custody: Back to the Future or Full Steam Ahead?, in New Orleans, May 27-30, 2009. Register today for the early bird rate — available only to AFCC members. Hotel rooms have sold out for the last three annual conferences, so remember to make your reservations early. Call the Sheraton New Orleans direct at (504) 525-2500 or toll-free at (888) 627-7033 and request the AFCC special rate of $165 per night. The Annual Conference Scholarship application is posted on the AFCC Web site. More than 40 conference scholarships will be granted, including a limited number of scholarships with travel stipends. Please click the links below for more information. Online Registration Scholarship Application Conference Brochure (PDF) AFCC

Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting “The Best Meet Where the West Begins” April 24 & 25, 2009; Fort Worth, Texas To request MCLE credit in other states contact Brenda Rachuig ASAP at (800) 280-1368 or aam@attorney-mediators.org Brenda Rachuig Executive Director Association of Attorney-Mediators Post Office Box 741955 Dallas, Texas 75374-1955 1-800-280-1368 972-669-8101 972-669-8180 fax www.attorney-mediators.org Email: aam@attorney-mediators.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

January / February 2009

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
January/February 2009

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: pdunfee@alltel.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

February 6, 2009 Cincinnati—Blue Ash Library—see President’s Column!

May 8, 2009  Annual Meeting and Conference at the Riffe Center, Columbus, Ohio—details to

Follow. Presenter is Woody Mosten.

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

Happy New Year!!  OMA finished off 2008 with a bang.  We had a fabulous December meeting at the Supreme Court of Ohio with Chief Justice Moyer as our presenter.  Members in attendance enjoyed this special opportunity to hear from the Chief about emergent issues in the field of mediation.  Our thanks to the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section for hosting us at the Court!

We are looking forward to a fabulous 2009!  As promised, OMA is hitting the road!  Our first meeting of the year will be held on February 6, 2009 in Cincinnati at the Blue Ash Library (4911 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242).  The meeting will begin at 12:00pm and will end before 2:00pm.  We are excited to announce that our presenter will be Dr. Richard McGuigan, Chair of the Conflict Analysis and Management Department at Antioch University McGregor.  This meeting is open to ALL members and we hope to see you there!  Please watch your e-mail and www.mediateohio.org for more details!  NOTE:  There will be no meeting at the MCL Cafeteria in February or April.

Also, mark your calendars for the 2009 Ohio Mediation Association Conference featuring Forrest “Woody” Mosten (www.mostenmediation.com).  The Conference will be held on May 8, 2009.  Please watch your e-mail and www.mediateohio.org for more details!

May you all enjoy a happy and healthy 2009!

OMA MEETS WITH STATE OFFICE HOLDER, RICHARD CORDRAY!
By Immediate Past President
Jay M. Patterson

OMA takes seriously its mission to promote an understanding of the value of mediation as an effective method of resolving disputes in Ohio.  On behalf of the mediators of this state, OMA looks for every opportunity to inform people about OMA and the importance of quality, professional mediation as a means to improve quality of life for Ohioans.  OMA’s role in sharing information about and advocating for the field of mediation extends to all persons including important policy makers, decision makers, office holders and other persons important to the advancement of mediation.

Consistent with that mission, at a recent meeting sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office regarding Ohio’s response to the foreclosure crisis, I had an opportunity to introduce myself on behalf of OMA to then State Treasurer, now Attorney General, Richard Cordray.   Mr. Cordray indicated he had heard of me as a representative of OMA and further asked me to meet with him to discuss mediation.

We met informally for a few minutes in the last days of his term as Treasurer and he expressed some interest in meeting again on potential mediation related topics.  I assured him OMA would welcome the opportunity to again meet with him as Attorney General and that OMA would be happy to be a resource in any way we can related to improving quality of life through quality mediation.

I’m pleased to say that I believe Mr. Cordray now has a better understanding of OMA and its role in advancing mediation in Ohio than might have been the case before our meeting.  Moreover, I’m proud that OMA was deemed important enough to Mr. Cordray for him to request a meeting.  I view this as merely one of the many signs of the progress OMA has made as an organization in the recent past.  Every mediator of this state should know that without the resources and support that come from individual mediators through their membership, there would be no statewide professional organization with which to meet with officials and from which to promote the empowerment and recognition of all Ohio mediators.  So, to every mediator that has done her/his part by supporting OMA, thank you.

Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions
Submitted by Cathie Kuhl

I had the opportunity to meet some future mediators—and future OMA members—at the University of Cincinnati Law ADR Club meeting in November.  I took this opportunity to talk to one of the two leaders of this group, Siobhan Taylor, who is a second year law student at the University of Cincinnati School of Law.  Ms. Taylor told me that the UC Law ADR Club is ”all about giving future attorneys experience helping real people with real problems find real solutions”.   Ms. Taylor and her co-president, Sarah Keates, are leading the ADR club members in this quest.

The UC Law ADR club consists of 25 law students; Ms. Taylor is quick to point out that there are many first year students involved.  She said that there is strong interest at the law school in non-traditional dispute resolution practices, particularly mediation.   The ADR Club operates in collaboration with the Center for Practice at UC Law School; ADR Club officers serve on the Center’s Student Advisory Board.   Professor Marjorie Aaron directs the Center for Practice, which allows students to obtain applied practical experience outside the typical law school curriculum. According to Professor Aaron, “Many students are recognizing that strategies for resolving clients’ disputes are most important for their practice,” and she is pleased to be involved with the efforts of the ADR Club at the law school.

Ms. Taylor explains that traditional law school curriculum is mostly focused on passing the bar, not the day-to-day practice skills that attorneys need and future employers want.  She said that ADR club gives students practice-based experience, creating a well-rounded attorney who is prepared to enter the real world.  The UC Law ADR Club provides student opportunities to pursue work in ADR by helping to create hands-on experiences, and meeting with practicing professionals.

At the November meeting, two mediators, Bob Rack, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Mediation and yours truly, Hamilton County’s Municipal Court Mediation, presented information about their work.  In addition to this type of forum, Ms. Taylor said that the club activities for the coming year include meet-and-greet activities, developing mentoring opportunities and working with Professor Aaron to host the ABA’s Negotiation Competition in the fall and Representation in Mediation competition in the spring.

The club meets monthly during the school year and Ms. Taylor said that if anyone is interested in contacting her about addressing the club members at a meeting or establishing a mentoring opportunity, she can be reached by e-mail at taylorsb@email.uc.edu .

Saw this quote and thought it fits mediators: JOHN WAYNE: Talk low, Talk Slow and Don’t Say Too Much.  Sharon Bell

A Coming Storm?
By Shirley A. Cochran, J.D.

Every so often the stars align just right and I show up somewhere I am supposed to be but not for the reason I believed.  That is what happened in September with the Administrative Law Committee meeting of the Ohio State Bar Association.  I thought I was there because of one of the non-mediator hats I wear—hearing officer for two state agencies, since there has been a discussion of consolidating all hearing officers under one agency rather than having each agency hire them as employees or contractors.  In a way, that is what the discussion was about, but when mediators were added to the discussion, my ears perked up.  These mediations would be between the state agency and the public that they license, contract, discipline or whatever reason there might be for a hearing.

It appears Governor Strickland has a task force investigating this consolidation of all decision-makers and the task force decided other forms of dispute resolution should be included, such as mediation.  Once they decided that, they contacted the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management to talk about the state employee or workplace mediation program.  That program trained a group of state employees to mediate employee/supervisor cases and then they are used to mediate disputes in other agencies at no cost to the parties and no payment to the mediators other than their regular state pay.

The task force also contacted Nancy Rogers, then Dean of the law school at the Ohio State University who volunteered her dispute resolution seminar class to research and make a proposal for this state-wide agency mediation program.  This was a small class of law students none of whom were actually mediating as their profession yet.  Among their recommendations were to train staff attorneys from the appropriate state agencies to mediate for another agency with the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management as the scheduling agency.  One of the main reasons for this particular proposal was the task force mandated that the program be “revenue neutral” or not cost the state anything or in such a way that there was no additional cost to the state.

There are multiple reasons why this proposal is unacceptable; not the least of which is that no full-time mediators were contacted concerning the task force’s inquiries.  Again more people are being trained to mediate whose main job is not mediation.  These people are also all lawyers who, in my opinion and experience, have more difficulty practicing true mediation as opposed to holding settlement conferences.  In addition, Ohio has never favored restricting mediation to attorneys—even court related mediations like for instance Florida has for any case larger than small claims.  In addition, there is not enough work for the mediators who have decided to make this their profession without training more people who are not even interested in mediation as a profession.

Regardless of the mediator/staff attorney being from another agency, they are still an employee of the State which will reflect negatively upon the program with the very person the program is meant to help—the public.  As a contract mediator for multiple agencies and courts, I even have difficulty at times convincing the non-connected party that I am unbiased and not going to favor the party paying my fee.  I cannot imagine there will be much trust possible that this staff attorney/mediator is unbiased and neutral.

Lastly, a state-wide program providing mediation services for which the mediators are not compensated as any other provider of services is unacceptable.  There are many free mediation services using volunteers but even if the mediation is at no cost to the parties, the mediators need to receive compensation—even if it is a token or honorarium or the entire profession of mediators will be seen as valueless.

None of this of course, addresses the “revenue neutral” requirement of the task force mandate.  The way I see it, if cases are resolved through mediation, there will be less of a need for decision-makers such as hearing officers.  (As I think about it that will reduce my ability to earn funds as a hearing officer but hopefully would increase the possibility to earn funds mediating which is what I prefer.)  I would propose that the funds the departments and agencies are currently using for hearing officers be placed into a fun for dispute resolution.  The mediators and hearing officers both would be paid out of this fund and as the mediations reduce the need for the hearings, the fund’s use would be appropriately proportioned without needing to be increased.  Eventually, the state could end up with a panel of mediators and hearing officers such as the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on the national level.

The first thing needing to be done is contact with the Governor and the task force explaining that a major component of the mediation process was missing from these discussions—the mediators.  Assuming the task force wishes to remedy that oversight, reference to this article can be made as a starting point for the discussion.

There is another meeting of the OSBA Administrative Law Committee scheduled for January 30th so more will be forthcoming as more information becomes available.  Already, Linda Norris, an OMA member who did her thesis on this sort of issue has volunteered to be of assistance and if anyone else would like to be involved in the solution to this problem, please contact me or the officers of OMA.

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, 2009.  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

Save the Date: MANO Conference April 3, 2009 Health Care Mediation.  More information to follow or see www.manomediate.org

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

ACR 9th Annual Conference Convening “Whole of Community” Integrating Approaches and Practices to Address Conflicts in a Chaotic World Atlanta, Georgia October 7 – 10, 2009 Call for Proposals ACR is now accepting proposals for its 9th Annual Conference that will take place October 7 – 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. Online submission of session proposals is now open and closes Monday, February 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time). Follow this link to access the Call for Proposals form.

**** HURRY! **** Register TODAY!!! ACR 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Retreat Transforming the Practitioner: Attention to Intention February 13-16, 2009 St. Malo Retreat Center Allenspark, Colorado Join Gary J. Freidman, Erica Ariel Fox, Stephanie West-Allen and other leaders in the field of spirituality and conflict resolution for an experience that will bring new depth to the multiple dimensions of your life. Rocky Mountain Retreat Program Click here to view the agenda and flyer for the retreat. 20 CLE’s are approved for Colorado. You may apply for CEUs in your state if required. Registration Spirituality Section members – $595 (double) / $795 (single) Non-Spirituality Section members – $695 (double) / $895 (single) The registration fee covers lodging and meals for Friday evening through Monday lunch. Lodging at the St. Malo Conference Center will be assigned when you register.  Attendees will be assigned roommates. Payment in full is required at registration. Contact Paulette Washington at pwashington@acrnet.org or David Solin at dsolin@acrnet.org to register. Questions about Registration? Contact Paulette at pwashington@acrnet.org. Questions about Lodging? Contact Nan Waller Burnett at 303-273-0459 or nandrp@aol.com. Ground Transportation The retreat will take place at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. This center is located approximately an hour and 45 minutes from the Denver International Airport. For those who need ground transportation, ACR will arrange bus service to and from the retreat center from Denver International Airport as follows: Friday, February 13

Denver International Airport to St. Malo Retreat Center Departing DIA at 12:00 pm (noon) Monday, February 16 St. Malo Retreat Center to Denver International Airport

Arriving at DIA at 2:15 pm A ground transportation form will be sent to attendees in January. The roundtrip cost for this ground transportation is $40 per person. Questions about Ground Transportation? Contact David Solin at dsolin@acrnet.org. We look forward to seeing you in February!

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 Marra Fink for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Antioch University McGregor
Dr. Richard McGuigan Conflict Analysis & Engagement Dept.
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs OH 45387 (937) 769-1809
Fax: (937) 769-1807
rmcguigan@antioch.edu

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

William D. Dowling, Esq.
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP
3800 Embassy Parkway #300
Akron OH 44333 (330) 258-6502
Fax: (330) 252-5502
wdowling@bdblaw.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

Lindsey N. Lilly
7475 Valley View Place #304
Cincinnati OH 45244 (513) 515-5756

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

Harold Paddock
Suite 1A
2602 Oakstone Drive
Columbus OH 43231 (614) 839-0400
Fax: (614) 839-0821
Harold@settlementweek.com

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 Ohio Commission 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, or June 9 & 10, or September 9 & 10, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, or November 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 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 .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center have announced trainings for 2009.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

North Coast Conflict Solutions’ first training, Elder Mediation training, will be given February 13.

Cleveland Mediation Center’s first training,  Advanced Family/Divorce, will be given starting January 14.

Elder Decisions Elder /Adult Family Mediation Training 617-621-7009  trainings@ElderDecisions.com www.ElderDecisions.com www.AgreementResources.com Tues & Wed February 10-11, 2009 8:30a – 4:30 Walker Center    ~     Newton, MA A charming B&B and Conference Center Just off Rte 95 and the Mass Pike (Rte 90) and close to the Riverside MBTA Station Elder mediation helps seniors and their adult children resolve conflicts around issues such as living arrangements, caregiving, financial planning, inheritance/estate disputes, medical decisions, family communication, driving, and guardianship. Trainers The Elder Decisions Team: Arline Kardasis, Blair Trippe, Honorable John Maher, Emily B. Saltz, LICSW Geriatric Care Manager Director, Elder Resources, Newton, MA, Jeffrey A. Bloom Margolis & Bloom, Elder Law and Estate Attorneys Boston, MA MENTAL & PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF AGING Maintaining Independence Coping with Loss Caregiving and Aging Families Long Term Care Options for Elders LEGAL PLANNING Planning for Financial Management MassHealth Eligibility Medical Decision Making Asset Protection Guardianship  ADVANCED MULTI-PARTY MEDIATION SKILLS & CHALLENGES OF ELDER MEDIATION Neutrality vs. Mediator Advocacy Common Hurdles New Strategies for Intake Working with Large, Dispersed Family Groups Ethical Concerns Challenges of Aging Log on now to register at www.ElderDecisions.com 617-621-7009 training@ElderDecisions.com Early Registration: $525 through January 9, 2009 ($595 thereafter). Includes lunches snacks and course materials. Location:  The Walker Center, 171 Grove Street, Newton, MA www.walkerctr.org For Guestroom Reservations, call 617-969-3919.

We would like to invite you back to join us in Baltimore for our upcoming 20-Hour Advanced Mediation and Conflict Transformation Skills Training January 28-30, 2009.  This 20-Hour mediation training is designed for those who are interested in improving and expanding their mediation skills in the area of custody, parenting agreements, and child support. Dates: January 28-30, 2009 (20-Hours) Time: 5:00-9:00pm (Wednesday), 9:00am-5:30pm (Thursday and Friday) Location:  Gramercy Mansion in Baltimore,  Maryland Cost: $745

* Understanding the domestic mediation process and mediator’s role

* Hands-on skills necessary to mediate custody, visitation, and child support issues

* Domestic violence and mediation

* Communication skills for domestic conflict and conflict transformation how-to’s

* Creating Parenting Plans: Psychological and Cognitive Issues

* Individual feedback from trainers addressing participants’ consideration: specific strengths and areas for betterment

* Certification for private and circuit court mediators and for daily use and practice

Louise Phipps Senft & Associates/Baltimore Mediation has delivered the highest quality family mediation training for 15 years and is nationally recognized as a leader in Conflict Transformation and Mediation training in the Transformative Framework.  Louise Phipps Senft and the Baltimore Mediation team will provide you with a training experience consistently rated a “10” by participants.  Our trainings are approved by the Maryland Circuit Courts, Federal Mediation Rosters, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners, and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. To register for the 20-Hr Mediation Fundamentals click here: http://www.baltimoremediation.com/enroll.php.   Or, for more information please call 443-524-0833 or email office@baltimoremediaiton.com.

We also offer the following upcoming 20 hour trainings:

Basic Mediation Skills Training: Legal and Ethical Issues, February 25-27  (http://www.baltimoremediation.com/tw_20b_basic3.php) Workplace Mediation Skills Training, March 10-12 (http://www.baltimoremediation.com/tw_20a_workplace.php) Basic Mediation Skills Training: Self Awareness and Third Party Intervention, June 17-19  (http://www.baltimoremediation.com/tw_20b_basic1.php) Louise Phipps Senft Owner/President — Louise Phipps Senft & Associates BALTIMORE MEDIATION 4502 Schenley Road Baltimore, Maryland 21210 443-524-0833 www.BaltimoreMediation.com Mediation, Facilitation, Training Voted “Baltimore’s Best” Mediator “Better Process… Better Outcome…The Transformative Approach”

Online conference registration is available for AFCC’s 46th Annual Conference, Children, Courts and Custody: Back to the Future or Full Steam Ahead?, in New Orleans, May 27-30, 2009. Register today for the early bird rate — available only to AFCC members.  Hotel rooms have sold out for the last three annual conferences, so remember to make your reservations early. Call the Sheraton New Orleans direct at (504) 525-2500 or toll-free at (888) 627-7033 and request the AFCC special rate of $165 per night. The Annual Conference Scholarship application is posted on the AFCC Web site. More than 40 conference scholarships will be granted, including a limited number of scholarships with travel stipends. Please click the links below for more information. Online Registration  Scholarship Application  Conference Brochure (PDF) AFCC TRAININGS IN NEW ORLEANS If you are interested in parenting coordination, you will not want to miss two important training programs sponsored by AFCC in collaboration with Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, February 9-12, 2009. The training programs will take place at the Pan American Life Conference Center, 601 Poydras, 11th Floor, in New Orleans. Parenting Coordination: Working with High Conflict Families with Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D., will be offered February 9-10, 2009. Attachment, Alienation and Access: Advanced Interventions for Parenting Coordinators with Arnold Shienvold, Ph.D., will be presented on February 11-12, 2009.  Each two-day training program is eligible for 13 hours of continuing education for psychologists. The two training programs together are intended to meet the 26 hours of specialized PC training required by Louisiana Statute LSA-R.S. 9:358.3 in addition to the 14 separate hours of mediation training.  A block of rooms is being held until January 16, 2009, at the Sheraton New Orleans on Canal Street at the special rate of $165 per night. For hotel reservations, call(888) 627-7033 or (504) 525-2500 and ask for the Loyola College of Law special rate. AFCC members receive a $70 discount per training and save an additional $70 when registering for both trainings. Please view the program brochure and download the registration form at www.afccnet.org/training or contact AFCC at afcc@afccnet.org or (608) 664-3750. 6525 Grand Teton Plaza, Madison, WI 53719-1085 e-mail: afcc@afccnet.orgwww.afccnet.org (608) 664-3750 • Fax (608) 664-3751

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