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OMA Book Group Discussion: Racial Equity and Civic Unrest, 08/06/20, 4:30 & Happy Hour, 5:30

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Thursday 08/06/20, 4:30 OMA Book Group Discussion About Racial Equity and Civic Unrest
Thursday 5:30 Happy Hour
For OMA Members:
Difficult conversations about race and politics are happening around us.
Each of us has the skills to play a small but important role in this moment.
If you would like to know how conversations and mediators can address these matters, OMA is hosting events around racial equity and civic unrest on Zoom. Invitation Links were emailed to members.
OMA Book Group: Racial Equity Series, Thursday, Aug. 6th, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Join us for our first discussion of books on racial equity, just before our August 6th Happy Hour. We are starting with “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitative Difficult Dialogues on Race” by Derald Wing Sue. In the future, we could also discuss: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibrahim W. Kendi; So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo; Dog Whistle Politics by Ian Haney Lopez.
Coming Soon:
The Divided Community Project: Friday, Sept. 11th, 12:00pm-1:00pm. Join us for a presentation/Q&A by mediation powerhouse Nancy Rogers and Divided Community Project Co-Director Carl Smallwood. In 2015, the Moritz College of Law launched an effort to train community leaders to address civic unrest with conflict resolution skills. This effort proved prescient, given the nationwide protests following the homicide of George Floyd by white police officers.
Mark your calendars now!

Mediators Needed for Eviction Court COVID-19 Backlog Settlement Events—–Free Training 07/31/20 on Zoom

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Who Should Attend:

Individuals who are interested in learning how to mediate eviction cases in a municipal court setting, especially to assist with a backlog of cases related to the coronavirus pandemic.


Course Description

The Settlement Events – Eviction Mediation Training curriculum is a blended learning approach consisting of one online learning module (2.25 hours) followed by one half-day session (4 hours) of live interactive virtual classroom training for a total of 6.25 hours of training. Throughout this blended training curriculum, participants will be introduced to concepts that support the practice of mediation in eviction cases, including an overview of the eviction mediation framework, the eviction process, the impact of the CARES Act, the range of outcomes in eviction cases, and the applicable legal principles including the federal laws and regulations, state laws and regulations, local court rules, the Ohio Uniform Mediation Act and applicable mediation rules and standards.

This training satisfies the requirements under temporary Sup.R. 2.01 “Foreclosure and Settlement Event Mediation Training” of the Rules of Superintendence for the courts of Ohio, effective June 16, 2020, for all mediators who wish to receive settlement event and eviction mediation referrals from a municipal court in eviction cases or pre-eviction matters in Ohio.



Charlotte Parsons, Listen Mediation

James Petas, Sr. Mediator, Citizens Dispute Settlement Program, Toledo Municipal Court

(Are you an experienced Housing / Eviction Mediator willing to help coach the Role Plays during this training? Contact Kevin Lottes below.)


In order to attend this course, the following pre-requisites must be met:

  • After requesting to register for this training, you will be asked to list the counties in which you would be willing to mediate eviction cases; and
  • Answer questions regarding your mediation experience and background; and
  • Complete the online learning module available through OhioCourtEDU titled: Fundamentals of Mediation [ONLINE] which counts for 2.25 hours of the 6.25 hours of Settlement Events Mediation Training;

Course Description of Fundamentals of Mediation [ONLINE]: An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Mediation is an eLearning course designed to build a better understanding of mediation. Module one introduces fundamental concepts, ideas, core values, and definitions. Module two introduces participants to Ohio’s Uniform Mediation Act set forth in Revised Code Chapter 2710 and includes resources regarding regulations, rules, standards and ethics. 



This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email in advance of the training dates.


CLE Credit

The online learning module has been approved for 2.25 hours of CLE credit.

Approval has been requested for 4 hours of CLE credit for the live training.



Friday, July 31 from 8:00 AM to 12:15 PM

This session will start at 8:00 AM and end by 12:15 PM

Login begins at 7:30 AM

This live interactive virtual classroom training is offered online. Login instructions will be provided to participants after completion of the pre-requisites and registration are confirmed.



This training will be offered in an online platform. Participants who register for this training through OhioCourtEDU will be notified of login instructions upon registration confirmation.

In order to ensure a quality and effective online platform training experience, certain requirements are needed:

  1. Computer with a camera and microphone
  2. Stable internet connection
  3. Quiet place to engage in mediation/interruption free-zone throughout the training
  4. Technology hiatus from your email, phone during the training
  5. Early log-on, at least 5 minutes before the start of the training


Registration Deadline

Course registration closes three days prior to the course, or when the course is full, whichever is sooner.

To register, go to: 

Questions or special accommodations

Please contact Kevin Lottes at

Dispute Resolution Website