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To join OMA and/or register for the annual conference online with PayPal, please select one of the options below.

To join and/or register by mail, please click here to download, print, and complete the registration form.

$60 – OMA Annual Membership, INDIVIDUAL
$100 – OMA Annual Membership, INSTITUTIONAL
$110 – OMA Conference Registration, Member, BEFORE  3/18/16
$140 – OMA Conference Registration, Member, BEFORE  4/10/16
$185 – OMA Conference Registration, Member, ON OR AFTER 4/10/16
$140 – OMA Conference Registration, Non-Member, BEFORE  3/18/16
$170 – OMA Conference Registration, Non-Member, BEFORE  4/10/16
$215 – OMA Conference Registration, Non-Member, ON OR AFTER 4/10/16

 

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Ohio Mediation Association
P.O. Box 473
Columbus, OH 43216

May / June 2011

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MEDIATE OHIO 

Ohio Mediation Association

www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication

May/June 2011

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org

Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer:  Suzanne Barker (614) 299-6843 E-mail: barkersu@aol.com

Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

 

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

 June 3, 2011          

Drug Trends in Ohio: Join Ohio State Patrol officers as we discuss a topic of interest to anyone working with youth or families!  Our speakers: Sergeant Mike Kemmer and Trooper Matt Ruth.  See below for specifics.

August 5, 2011        TBA

October 7, 2011       TBA

December 2, 2011 TBA

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

President’s Column

James Petas

What a fantastic day at the beautiful Riffe Center in downtown Columbus. Having the chance to spend the day with so many of our members – both new and old is always exciting and a privilege.

This year’s conference was a tremendous success.  Our speaker, Kenneth Cloke, presented fascinating insights into the mediation process. What impressed me most was just how far so much of the training in our profession has evolved. When I first started, the mediation curriculum gravitated toward techniques focused on conciliations and settlement conferences. With each year the trainings have changed and become more refined – offering more diverse and thoughtful concepts and ideas.

The same evolution I have seen in training has also been reflected in changes closer to home. My first mediation ended in an impasse and the client said to me “you didn’t say a lot”. Ironically, last week, some 16 years later, a case settled and a client said “wow, you didn’t say much … thanks, I didn’t think we would settle”. There was a big difference between those two mediations where I “didn’t say much” and that has a great deal to do with attending these conferences.

If I could summarize the theme of this years conference, it would be that it’s often more dangerous to stay on the surface and not focus on the underlying cause of the problem.  The same could be said for the way our organization needs to view our profession and the future of mediation. We need to take chances, confront our issues and be committed to advancing the field. If not us, then who and if not now, when. I encourage everyone to “take a walk on the wild side” by taking an active role in OMA and helping to make a difference.

 

The conference agenda also included the exciting announcements of our new elected treasurer Suzanne Barker, second term secretary Gina Weisshaar and Better World Award recipient, Jan Fritz. Please see Ed Krauss’s article below.

 

I look forward to seeing you all at the June 4th meeting!

 

June Meeting Specifics:

The subject for the June OMA meeting will be drug trends in Ohio, especially among young people, and what the Ohio State Patrol is doing to fight the drug problem. This should be of special interest to anyone who works with families and/or youths, because they will be learning the latest information about illegal drugs.  Our presenters:

 

Sergeant Mike Kemmer is a 14 year veteran of the Ohio State Patrol. He has served at the Patrol’s Mansfield and Delaware Posts and at the Patrol’s Special Operations Section. Sergeant Kemmer was assigned to the Patrol’s Special Response Team (SWAT) for 10 years and held the position of team leader, prior to his current position as the assistant commander of the Central Region Criminal Patrol Unit. Sergeant Kemmer is a Certified OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) instructor. He also serves as a Firearms Instructor and Driving Instructor for the patrol.

 

Trooper Matt Ruth, is a 12 year veteran of the Ohio State Patrol. He served at the Patrol’s Bucyrus Post and in the Patrol’s Special Operations Section. Trooper Ruth was assigned to the Patrol’s Special Response Team (SWAT) for 8 years, prior to his current position as a Canine Handler, with the Patrol’s Central Region Criminal Patrol Unit. Matt is a certified Advanced EMT and a Certified OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) instructor. He serves as a CPR and AED Instructor for the patrol.=

 

BETTER WORLD AWARD GIVEN TO DR. JAN MARIE FRITZ

 

At its annual meeting, The Ohio Mediation Association presents the Better World Award to someone nominated by the mediation community as having made outstanding contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution.

 

At this year’s meeting, April 29, the Better World Award was given to Dr. Jan Marie Fritz, a full professor at the University of Cincinnati (since 1993 over 500 students have taken her mediation courses) and a senior research fellow with the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg, in addition to maintaining a private mediation practice spanning more than twenty years. Her recent mediation work has primarily been in the area of special education, but she also has mediated small claims cases, organizational disputes, and commercial cases. In addition, Jan volunteers her mediation and facilitation skills to community groups, citizen groups, community- based organizations and NGOs in Ohio, Washington, D.C., Connecticut and California about mediation and facilitation.

 

Jan is the author or editor of more than 100 publications that have appeared in numerous languages (e.g., Greek, French, Ukrainian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish).  She currently is completing two books – Moving Toward a Just Peace: The Mediation Continuum and Essentials of Community Intervention. She was a vice president of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and currently is president  of the Clinical Sociology division of the ISA.  She has worked with a peace center at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria.

 

As the UN representative for the ISA, she has run sessions connected to meetings of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on her research on the national action plans based on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security).  Two weeks ago she gave a presentation in Mexico City about this topic. She also was a consultant to Serbian government representatives in the development of Serbia’s plan.  Jan thinks UNSCR 1325 is important because it addresses the difficult situations facing women and girls when there are prolonged violent conflicts but also because it opens the doors for women to be mediators.

 

The Ohio Mediation Association’s Better World Award is one of many awards given this international trainer and scholar. In 2010 she received the American Sociological Association Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology and recently was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and International Studies in Denmark.   Because of her outstanding work as a teacher, writer and mediator, OMA is honored to recognize Dr. Jan Marie Fritz.

 

Apology by Ed Krauss

 

One of the things that keeps me excited about being a mediator is paying careful attention to the use of the English language, our only tool. (Well, silence, too. That’s another good tool.) As we all know, the careful use of language is critical to us in mediating successfully. Further, we often help people reach a mutually satisfactory resolution by restating, reframing, clarifying their positions: “I tried to explain but he won’t listen!” “What do you want him to know about your view of the situation?” Etc.

 

A second thought is that apologies are, on occasion, part of settlements. Sometimes they are spontaneous, sometimes part of a negotiated agreement.

 

And third, of course, is that we don’t tell people what the answer is, or what the settlement should be – but on occasion we challenge, at the table or in a caucus, an offer that we have doubts about. Acting as the devil’s advocate, doing a reality check, is all part of the practice. “You’ll take the three-year old Chevy and give your spouse the new Porche. Please share with me why you feel comfortable with that agreement.” “You want the children to change homes every third night, with a half-hour drive each way. How will that work for the children; their schooling, homework, time with friends?” Etc.

 

What got me thinking about all this was the recent apology from football coach Jim Tressel. He is quoted in the Columbus Dispatch thusly: “I consider all of you a part of Buckeye Nation. I sincerely apologize for what we’ve been through. I apologize for the fact I wasn’t able to find the ones to partner with to handle our difficult and complex situation.”

 

It strikes me that nowhere in the quote were any phrases such as I was wrong, I did wrong, I’m sorry for doing the wrong thing, I apologize for doing the wrong thing.

 

Were I at the mediation table, I’d turn to Buckeye Nation and ask if BN found that apology acceptable. Maybe yes, maybe no – but that’s up to BN, not to the mediator.

 

OMA Committee to Explore Certification of Ohio Mediators

 As a result of the discussion at the OMA Annual Conference, a committee has been formed to explore suggestions for certification of Ohio Mediators.  Shirley Cochran has been appointed as Chair of the committee and is gathering those who are willing to assist in the project.  A meeting was held after the general membership meeting in February and some consensus was reached as to where this might head.  Linda Norris reported on Mediator Certification at the monthly meeting of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Columbus Bar Association and reports were that things went well.  Anyone with an idea of what the minimum qualifications and the process for certification should be, please send an e-mail to Shirley.  Others on the committee include Linda Norris, Chris Scott, Susan Shostak, David Cohen, and Mark Laughlin.  Meanwhile, the Association for Conflict Resolution has approved a draft of Model Standards for Certification Programs.  Information as to the progress of the committee will be reported in Mediate Ohio as it is published.

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

2010 – 2011 Meeting Schedule

Please join us on the second Friday of the month; members and non-members are welcome!

            Meeting Time:        11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

            NEW Location :      Oakley Branch–Hamilton County Public Library

                                                       4033 Gilmore Avenue

                                                       (corner of Madison & Gilmore,  map available at www.cincinnatilibrary.org)

The library allows us to bring lunch to the meeting, with one stipulation: we must clean up after each meeting.

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

Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  To join the Mediation Council or to renew membership (annual dues are $15), contact Anne Wakefield at mediationworks11@aol.com

May 13, 2011: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Hayley (née Baker) at 513-639-9132.

 

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is June 20, 2011.  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

 

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. We currently have 150 members which is only 4 shy of the last fiscal year’s total so get out there and tell people about OMA!


 

Steven AbramsMediated Solutions
2720 Airport Drive
Columbus OH 43219
(614)418-1784SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com
Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services
c/o Dick Altman, Christopher DelFavero & Denise McColley660 North Perry St. Suite 403BNapoleon OH 43545
(419) 592-5105Fax: (419) 592-2759chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com
Kathryn Stokes Anders
P.O. Box 587
New Albany OH 43054
(937) 231-2432Fax: (614) 818-1470ksa@anderslawoffice.com
Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio
Richard Appleton
1169 Dublin RoadColumbus OH 43215
(614) 486-6531 x 150Fax (614) 486-0031rappleton@columbus-ohbbb.orgmlseymour@columbus-ohbbb.org
Amy ArmstrongParent Strong, LLC
1996 Chatfield Road
Columbus OH 43221
(614) 208-8383amy@parentstrong.com
Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 221-0944Fax (614) 221-2340twheeler@adllp.com
Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation
G.R. Hamm
602 7th Street, 4thFloorPortsmouth OH 45662
(740) 355-8368  grhamm@sciotocounty.net
TALK WORKS! Mediation Services c/o Marie U. Bader
P.O. Box 176206
Covington KY 41017-6206
(859) 380-2137mubader@insightbb.com
Thomas (Tom) Bailey
Capital Mediation Associates, LLCPO Box 2331
Westerville OH 43086
(614) 975-7360tbailey@capitalmediators.com
Cincinnati Better Business Bureau
c/o Christine Baker7 West 7thStreet, Suite 1600Cincinnati OH 45202
(513) 639-9132Fax: (513) 744-6332c.baker@cincinnati.bbb.org
Suzanne Barker
69 Euclid Avenue
Columbus OH 43201
(614) 299-6843barkesu@aol.com
Lee J. Bell, AttorneyCrescent Pointe Building
4774 Munson St. NW Suite 400
Canton OH 44718
(330) 499-1140Fax: (330) 433-1313lee@leejbelllaw.com
Daniel B. Bennington
Attorney at Law
87 Somerset Road
Delaware OH 43015
(614) 620-9539Dan.bennington@yahoo.com
Robert M. Blue
Attorney at Law, LLC
537 Rustic Trail
Beavercreek OH 45434
(937) 546-4825Fax: (937) 320-0505bluemediation@aol.com
Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW
Dover OH 44622
(330) 364-2647mivid@tusco.net
Bernard M. Brodsky
4231 Frazer Avenue NW
Canton OH 44709
(330) 493-0879NO EMAIL!
Miami Valley Mediation  Services, LLC c/o William W. Burnett
Wright Brothers Station
P.O. Box 385Dayton OH 45409-0385
(937) 609-0741NO EMAIL!
Richard C. Cahaan
60 W. Dominion Blvd.
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 268-4629Richard.Cahaan@gmail.com
Stephen P. Calardo, JD
Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314
(513) 598-5000Fax (513) 598-5500scalardo@fuse.net
Jack W. Carney-DeBord’s Law Office c/o Jack W. Carney-DeBord305 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 369-7567Fax: (740) 368-9747Jcarney1@rr.ohio.com
Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road
Columbus OH 43202
(614) 783-7281Fax (614) 447-0262findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 629-8882Fax (330) 726-5926dlchermely@zoominternet.net
Patricia A. Clary
621 E. Mehring Way #1607
Cincinnati OH 45202
(513) 827-9652Fax: (513) 827-9652Plcary1@gmail.com
David M. Cohen
2614 Jefferson Estates Court
Blacklick OH 43004
(614) 745-9949David_m_cohen@yahoo.com
Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43221
(614) 688-4918F (614) 292-2035Cole.228@osu.edu
Christopher D. Cottrell
Crosspoint Mediation
953 Sapphire Flame Drive
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 990-9589crosspointmediation@yahoo.com
Ray A. Cox, Attorney at Law and Mediation
265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459
(937) 291-3119Fax: (937) 291-3229Ray.a.cox@sbcglobal.net
James J. Cullers
Mediation and Arbitration Services
224 Tamarack Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 392-0391(740) 397-2430jcullers@embargmail.com
Barbara V. Culp, Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 225
Minford OH 45653
(740) 981-2697bculp@falcon1.net
Delaware County Juvenile Court
c/o Dodie Davenport
88 North Sandusky
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 833-2610
Edward E. Devlin
Devlin Group, Inc.
56 Milford Drive
Hudson OH 44236
(330) 342-5636Fax: (330) 342-5637Ed.devlin@devlingroupinc.com
Thomas S. Douglas
Resolutions
4930 N. Holland Sylvania Road
Sylvania OH 43560
(419) 882-2400Fax (419) 882-3839tsdesq@bex.net
Phillip Dunfee
33 West Main Street
Suite 108
Newark, OH 43055
740.405.4165pdunfee@windstream.netPhildunfee.com 
Gregory L. Edmonds
5585 Broadview Road
Columbus OH 43230
(614) 506-3782(330) 887-4776Gledmo007@yahoo.com
Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC
Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415
(937) 219-4996dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com
Maara Fink
University of Toledo College of Law
2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606
(419) 530-4236Fax: (419) 530-2605Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Ernie Fischer
508 Stedway Court
Gahanna OH 43230
(614) 476-3779 (home)Cell (614) 499-1037Efisc77@aol.com
Harry Flynn
Mediate Is Great
1158 Belrose Road
Mayfield Hts OH 44124
(440) 473-8500Fax: (440) 473-8600mediateisgreat@gmail.com
Dr. Jan Marie Fritz
University of Cincinnati
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237
(513) 731-7878Fax: (513) 556-1274Jan.fritz@uc.edu
Sandra Mendel Furman, J.D.
A Mature Solution
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209
(614) 237-7266sandra@sandramendelfurman.comwww.amaturesolution.com
Kristen Hamilton Crouton110377@yahoo.com
Clinton County Juvenile Court
c/o Maggie Henry
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286Fax (937) 383-1245mhenry@clintoncountycourts.org
Kathleen P. Hoenie
Family Matters Mediation Services
2227 Buckley Road
Columbus OH 43220-4613
(614) 457-3177Fax (614) 457-3177khoenie@cs.com
Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Officec/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover
225 Court Street, Room 301
Elyria OH 44035
(440) 328-2250Fax: (440) 328-2252loraincountyadr@windstream.net
Beth A. Jewell
Jewell Law Office, LLC
238 Longfellow Avenue
Worthington OH 43085
(614) 209-2936Jewel1_beth@att.net
Shawn Judge
4819 Tatersall Court
Columbus OH 43230
(614) 473-3949ShawnKJudge@gmail.com
Frances V. King
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo OH 43604
(419) 213-4755Fax (419) 213-4844king@co.lucas.oh.us
Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
20133 Farnsleigh Road
Cleveland OH 44122
(216) 991-6200
Fax (216) 991-6199lisarkraemer@yahoo.com
Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130
(614) 444-5872ekek783@sbcglobal.net
Andrea C. Kryszak, Attorney at Law, Lessing & Kryszak, Co. LPA
Suite A
5330 Meadow Lane Court
Sheffield Village OH 44035
440-934-5330Fax: 440-934-8191akryszak@lessingandkryszak.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) 946-3388CKUHL@CMS.HAMILTON-CO.ORG
Kandy Kyle
PO Box 24012
Columbus OH 43224
KandyKyle@hotmail.com
James P. Luton, Attorney at Law
131 S. Prospect Street
Marion OH 43302
(740) 382-6588Fax: (740) 375-5372Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net
Melanie J. McCort
568 S. 5th Street
Columbus OH 43206
(614) 224-5719Mjmccort7@att.net
Tom McGuire
23520 Brister Road
Coolville OH 45723
(740) 591-0733Fax: (740) 667-0435Mac457@windstream.net
Mary McRury
147 Arden Road
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 256-9946mcrury@aol.com
Judy Mirka
Delaware OH Mediation
95 Elizabeth Street Apt. 312
Delaware OH 8127
(740) 815-8127NO EMAIL! 
Margaret E. Honore Miller, J.D.
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 703-6088Fax: (740) 775-2512mediation@mail2world.com
Joseph T. Mordino
1 West Fourth St., Suite 2050
Cincinnati OH 45202
(513) 421-7500Fax: (513) 421-7502jmordino@faulkner-tepe.com
Mary Murphy, M.Ed., LPC, LLC
Center for Conscious Living
6611 Rockside Road, Suite 215
Independence OH 44131
(216) 408-8887marymurphylpc@cultivatingchange.me
Linda Norris
Counter-Point Mediation Services
6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068
(614) 863-9249lnorris@insight.rr.com
Belinda Ohlinger
Solution Builders Mediation Services
4873 Chevy Chase Avenue
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 459-2020ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com
Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-5515Fax (614) 461-0066mediatemso@cs.com
Licking Co. DR Ct.
c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055
(740) 670-5409Fax: (740) 670-5419jpatterson@lcounty.com
Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 403-3825jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Kristen Paynter
P.O. Box 64
Elkton OH 44415
(330) 831-7835Fax (330) 424-6670Kristen.paynter@yahoo.com
Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-9396Fax: (740) 652-9396fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net
Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870
(419) 627-7782Fax: (419) 627-6600cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net
Alison Pfeister, Esq.
Alison J. Pfeister Co., LPA
56 Milford Road Suite 308
Hudson OH 44236
(330) 328-5673Fax: (330) 319-7329Alison.pfeister@gmail.com
William J. Pohlman
52 E. Gay St., P.O. Box 1008
Columbus OH 43216-1008
(614) 464-8349Fax: (614) 719-4908wjpohlman@vorys.com
Donna Posluszny
106 Rockledge Drive
Perrysburg OH 43551
(419) 874-3776donnacpoz@gmail.com
Amanda Ralph
1972 Belgrave Drive
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 397-8179amandasralph@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) 246-0511Fax: (513) 246-0525Carolyn.roehrig@emcbc.doe.gov
Jay Rothman, Ph.D.
The ARIA Group, Inc.
1050 President Street
Yellow Springs OH 45387
(937) 580-5401jrothman@ariagrouplcom
Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207
(614) 491-5597Fax (614) 491-3404Russellviv@aol.com
John Schmieding
276 Highland Avenue
Athens OH 45701
(740) 592-5983John_45701@yahoo.com
Capital Mediation Associates LLC
c/o J. Christopher Scott
655 Metro Place S. Suite 600
Dublin OH 43017
(614) 789-1733Fax: (614) 538-8056cscott@capitalmediators.com
Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 681-1031Fax (740) 689-3631shostak@ohiohills.com
Joey Sink-Oiler
P.O. Box 436
Marion OH 43301-0436
(740) 802-0748Mediator4u@gmail.com
Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road
Junction City OH 43748
(740) 987-7466confidentialjustice@yahoo.com
Leslie Swift, Ph.D.LLC
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 791-8849Fax (513) 791-8873drswift@fuse.net
Diane Tedeschi, M.Ed., LPC, CDMS,
On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826Fax: (614) 459-4720tedeschi@columbus.rr.com
Judith Thomas
935 River Road, Suite C
Granville OH 43023
(740) 587-3367Fax (740) 587-1612mediator@creative-resolutions.com
Anne K. Thompson
Anne K. Thompson, LLC
P.O. Box 34
Dayton OH 45409
(937) 672-2963ANNE.THOMPSON.MEDIATION@GMAIL.COM
Michael A. Thompson, Atty.
Crescent Pointe Building
4774 Munson St. NW, Ste 400
Canton OH 44718
(330) 499-5297Fax: (330) 433-1313thompsonlaw@sssnet.com
Belinda Torres, Ph.D.
9614 Old Johnnycake Ridge Rd.
Mentor OH 44091
(440) 358-1159Fax: (440) 358-1201belindatorres@roadrunner.com
Paula J. Trout, MBA, MPA, JD, CTM      ADR Forums
P.O. Box 231912
Anchorage AL 99523-1912
(310) 251-4973/(702) 385-4973pjtroutmlm@aol.com
Kent Valin
6119 Putney Court Avenue NW
Massillon OH 44646
(330) 880-5280kentandnora@sssnet.com
Barbara A. Venesy,
Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy
2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751
(330) 864-6060Fax (330) 864-6060bavenesy@att.net
David Voth
Crime Victim Services
330 N. Elizabeth St. 2nd Floor
Lima OH 45801-4305
(419) 222-8666Fax: (419) 227-7478victim@crimevictimservices.org
Susan Waller, Ph.D
Franklin University
1419 Evaline Drive
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 806-8885wallers@franklin.edususanwaller@yahoo.com
Watkins Global Network, LLC
c/o Mario W. Watkins
3556 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus OH 43204
(614) 351-7420Fax: (614) 351-7430Global.i3431@att.net
W. Cephus Watts, Jr. J.D., Ph.D.
964 Kingsbridge Court
Akron OH 44313
(216) 470-5974Fax: (330) 867-5108willie_watts44313@yahoo.com
Jerome F. Weiss
Mediation, Inc.
1600 Midland Building
101 Prospect Avenue W.
Cleveland OH 44115
(216) 589-9995Fax: (216) 589-9723mediator@mediationresolve.com
Gina Weisshaar
41 E. Como Avenue
Columbus OH 43202
(614) 893-2881gmweisshaar@yahoo.com
Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810
(410) 230-2563k-wildman@onu.edu
Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 447-7050Lindawbesq@aol.com
Harmony Mediation/Consulting
c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710
(937) 307-1988CAHSYS@VERIZON.NET
Union Co. Common Pleas Ct.
Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq.
Mediation Director
221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #310
Marysville OH 43040
(937) 645-4176Fax: (937) 645-4174kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us
Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223Fax (513) 0615woodcandl@aol.com
Amy R. Wiechart-Bayliff
1626 Oakland Parkway
Lima OH 45805
(567) 204-6556AMY@BAYDAISY.COM
William H. Wolff, Jr.,
Retired Trial and Appellate Judge
34322 Westbury Road
Kettering OH 45409
(937) 293-5295Fax: (937) 938-6789judgewolff@noh.rr.com
Dr. Gary Zoldesy
696 Pleasant Valley Drive
Akron OH 44319
(330) 245-1669No e-mail

 

 TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training September 22, and December 1, 2011; Basic Mediation Training June 8 & 9, September 7 & 8, and November 16 & 17, 2011and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 12, 13, 18, 19, & 20, 2011.  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 has announced trainings for the year.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

 

A World Class View of Dispute Resolution Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Pepperdine University School of Law Malibu, California June 23-25, 2011 and co-sponsored by Vermont Law School at Woodstock, Vermont October 13-15, 2011.Nineteen Courses, Twenty-eight Faculty, Over 300 Participants from Around the World, Two and a half Days of Interactive Dialogue, Eighteen MCLE Credits. Contact Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342 or visit straus.pepperdine.edu.

 

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

 

November / December 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2010

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org
Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.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 meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

Dec. 3, 2010   Foreclosure Mediation with Eileen Pruett, Manager of the Small Claims Court of Franklin County and Linda Cook, Senior Attorney, Ohio Poverty Law Center—see specifics below.

Feb. 4, 2011   TBA

April 29, 2011 ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE Kenneth Cloke on The Art of Waking People Up: Utilizing Dangerous Dialogues to Resolve Conflict.

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

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September / October 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 2010

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org
Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Bi-Monthly and Annual Meeting Dates

Mark your Calendars for our exciting upcoming meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months)

Oct. 1, 2010 Curtis P. Haugtvedt, Associate Professor of Marketing, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.

The marketing of a concept (mediation, the use of mediation as an alternative to litigation) as opposed to marketing a product.  How best to excite people about a concept rather than a hard product one can see.   Market your practice!

Dec. 3, 2010  TBA

Feb. 4, 2011  TBA

April 29, 2011  ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

More details to follow but we think you will really like the speaker who just committed!

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

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May / August 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June/July/August 2010

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org
Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

OMA BI-MONTHLY MEETINGS

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

Aug. 7, 2010  Tax Matters in Divorce presented by Susan Moussi, CPA, CFP, CDFA, CVA

Oct. 2, 2010 TBA

Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Feb. 4, 2011 TBA

April 1, 2011 ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

More information to follow as details become available.

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest, please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

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, 2010.  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 James Petas

I am truly excited and honored to help lead OMA this coming year.  The achievements and inroads that OMA has made is something we should all be proud of as members.

In thinking about the future of our profession, the one thing I kept coming back to is its unrealized potential.  The potential for having mediation be the first option when members of our society are in conflict. In our cultural dialog, mediators’ opinions on issues such as overseas conflict and domestic problems are not solicited. This is puzzling since the insights we experience in session and through our training have great relevance.

So why hasn’t mediation advanced in the public consciousness? My hunch is, unlike a good movie where people tell family and friends, when people reach resolution they are happy with the results but equally happy to close a chapter and move on. If this theory is true, than ultimately the accolades and promotion of our profession must rest with us.

Not only do we need to be effective mediators but also need to be part-time billboards. Woody Mosten, the featured speaker at our 2009 OMA Conference, spoke about how much promotion he has done to make mediation the first thing people turn to when conflict sets in– his effort and the results are remarkable.  To take mediation to the next level I believe we need to adopt the same model.

This mission is a natural fit with our organization. By joining together we can find ways to effectively promote mediation and relay the important contributions of our field. So please get involved in OMA – participate in the meetings and help share your ideas that will make the message of mediation travel.

OMA’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010
Suzanne Barker, Appointed Board Member

The 2010 OMA conference was held on May 7, 2010 at the Riffe Center.  Unlike past conferences, this year’s conference featured a panel discussion of leading mediation experts regarding the current and future state of mediation in Ohio.  The morning session focused on the current state of mediation and the challenges of mediating in the private sector as well as through court based programs.  The afternoon session was a lively discussion on what is needed for mediation to continue to flourish in Ohio.  Licensure vs. certification, making mediation profitable, and mediation trade marketing were among the topics discussed on what the future of mediation might look like.

Wendy Hawbaker received the 2010 Better World Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of mediation.  Jay Patterson and Shirley Cochran were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their many years of service to the field of mediation in Ohio.   Please submit your suggestions for next year’s conference.

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
2010 – 2011 Meeting Schedule

Please join us on the second Friday of the month;

members and non-members are welcome!

Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NEW Location:  Oakley Branch–Hamilton County Public Library

4033 Gilmore Avenue (corner of Madison &  Gilmore, map available at www.cincinnatilibrary.org)

The library allows us to bring lunch to the meeting, with one stipulation: we must clean up after each meeting.

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

Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  To join the Mediation Council or to renew membership (annual dues are $15), contact Anne Wakefield at mediationworks11@aol.com

September 10, 2010, 4:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. (time change for this meeting only): Social kick-off meeting at The View Restaurant, 2200 Victory Parkway, refreshments provided by the Mediation Council.

October 8, 2010: Eric Barrett, Social Media Consultant, presents “Building a Social Media Strategy in the Midst of a Revolution”, exploring how mediators can benefit from the use of social media technology for marketing, education and networking.

November 12, 2010: Janet Moore, attorney at law, will discuss the efforts to create a community-based mediation program in Cincinnati, including the history of this project, the current plans to create such a program in the near future and the role local mediators may play in developing and supporting this community resource.

December, 2010:  no meeting

January 14, 2011: Alys McCalmont, President, McCalmont-Burtin, Professional Organizers LLC, presents “Old Fashioned Marketing of Your Business”.

February 11, 2011: Cathie Kuhl presents “Five Core Concerns: Another Approach to Handling Emotions in Mediation”. This presentation is based on the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

March 11, 2011: Sharon James and Marie Hill present “Getting beyond Impasse”. These two seasoned mediators share their experiences and give tips for successfully overcoming impasse in mediation.

April 8, 2011: Lou Ann Wood reviews and leads a discussion of the book Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight by Robert Mnookin.

May 13, 2011: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Hayley (née Baker) at 513-639-9132.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS 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.

NOTE: NEW AND RENEWED MEMBERS WILL BE LISTED IN THE NEXT EDITION OF MEDIATE OHIO CONFERENCES:
Save the Date: ACR 10th Annual Conference September 1-4, 2010, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, ACR’s 10th Annual Conference will be the major event of the year for conflict resolution practitioners!  Over 1000 professionals will attend and participate in over 100 thought provoking workshops. There will be ample networking opportunities held throughout the conference. Bring your families and discover the magic that is Chicago!  This year’s conference theme is, “Many Paths: One Destination.”  Come celebrate the oneness, unity and the common goal we share in reaching our destination, peaceful conflict resolution.  Information on conference registration, exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship will be posted on the ACR website (www.acrnet.org) in early March. For more information contact Beth Murray at bmurray@acrnet.org.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Program Coordinator
Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio
Ideal candidate will have a background in Conflict Management Program Development as several new projects include:

•   The Certificate in Conflict Management and Peace Studies

•   The Sustained Campus Dialogue Network we are implementing on all 3 main  campuses –  http://www.sdcampusnetwork.org/

•   Developing a Mediation Program for all 3 campuses to address  Staff/Student/Faculty conflicts

•   Our Study Abroad Programs in Conflict Management and Peace Studies through Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

•    Our international conferences on Conflict Resolution Education,

Examples at:  http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_network/3rd_intl_cre_summit_2010

http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/intl_policy_summit_cre_sel_ce_and_pe_2009

http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_network/2nd_intl_cre_summit_2008

The web site link to a brief overview of some of the Center’s work is at:

http://www.tri-c.edu/enrichment/communityservices/GRIC/Pages/Default.aspx

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ON-LINE.

https://careers.tri-c.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1280171953731

 

Job Description:

Title Coordinator II, Global Issues Resource Center
Department Name Global Issues Resource Center
Campus or Location Eastern Campus
Vacancy Number 076-11
Reports To Director III, Global Issues Resource Center
Recruitment Type External/Internal
Job Category Support Staff
Position Type Full-Time
Union Position? Non-Union
Number of Openings 1

Job Responsibilities Primary Responsibilities Include:

Coordinates the assessment, design, development, planning, funding, and general effectiveness of departmental programs as assigned.

Works under the supervision of the Center Director.

Assists Director in design and development of training programs including, but not limited to, needs assessments; research of available grant and other funding sources; curriculum development and enhancement; recruitment and proposal of qualified personnel including consultants and instructors; negotiation of contracts with vendors and pay rates for instructors; assessment of profitability of programs.

Assists Director in development of ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships with vendors, customers, government agencies, and other partners.

Implements training programs, services, and events. Provides effective coordination/support to consultants, trainers, students/attendees, and employees.

Responsible for timely and accurate: room scheduling, preparation of agreements, processing invoices, determination of workable delivery dates, follow through on appropriate guidelines for purchasing, and acting as backup for registration of students.

Responsible for regular update of GIRC’s Web sites (www.CREducation.org and www.tri-c.edu/enrichment/communityservices/GRIC/Pages/Default.aspx), electronic list serves, and the database.

Serves as a liaison to contractors, trainers, and employees to ensure all paperwork is handled properly for hiring of personnel, payment, etc.

Ensures all college and departmental policies are followed.

Obtains bids and proposals for services in accordance with departmental and college policies and guidelines.

Proposes a comprehensive marketing plan as requested.

Develops a potential partner/client list for marketing of programs.

Ensures program stays within budget.

Drafts and oversees local, state, federal, and private grant applications.

Responsible for all other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the social sciences, education, or related field.

Experience working in the public sector; demonstrated strong networking and partnership building experience.

Minimum of two years experience in program coordination including design, implementation and evaluation.

Demonstrated experience in project management; especially strong time and resource management skills.

Demonstrated experience in budgeting and assessment of profitable programs; demonstrated experience in ability to research, obtain, and manage grant funding.

Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Ability to communicate (written, oral, electronic, presentation-style) effectively and diplomatically with diverse populations; strong networking abilities and ability to develop mutually beneficial relationships; ability to appropriately respond to the needs of diverse populations.

Ability to provide timely and accurate research.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s degree in the social sciences, education, or related field.

Two years’ experience in marketing programs in the public sector; business or consulting experience.

Advanced experience in educational programming.

Experience in the field of conflict management and course work completed.

Background in government and/or education, government/education operations.

Advanced program development experience in the areas of needs assessment, program design, implementation and evaluation; grant and budget management experience.

Advanced knowledge and experience with grant generation and/or funding sources, project management, or budget oversight.

Advanced technology skills in the areas of word processing, powerpoint creation, spreadsheets, databases, web site development, and online research.

Knowledge and ability to effectively use Banner software.

Work Schedule Must be able to travel and work flexible hours as needed to achieve departmental goals.

Target Hiring Rate/Salary $42K to $56K annualized

Position Status This is a full-time, exempt, non-bargaining, support staff position, salary grade 11.

Special Note SPECIAL NOTE:

As a condition of hire, the recommended candidate must demonstrate required skills in keyboarding, basic math and grammar, standard level work processing (MS Word) and standard level spreadsheet applications (MS Excel) through the College’s skill assessment process.

Posting Open Date 07-26-2010

Repost Date

Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

For full consideration, apply by this date

Special Instructions to Applicants During the application process, you may be required to attach a cover letter and/or resume. It is recommended that you have these documents ready to be attached electronically to the online application. This system accepts only MS Word or PDF attachments.

Required applicant materials Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Cover Letter

Affirmative Action Statement Cuyahoga Community College is committed to attaining excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce. Cuyahoga Community College is an equal employment/educational opportunity institution.

Please make sure you meet the required qualifications for this position before applying.  Also, please take note of required applicant materials (if any) for this position and have documents ready to attach before applying.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 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 the year.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio is offering several opportunities in 2010 to experience Compassionate Communication from several presenters including: Friday-Sunday, August 27-29: “Embodied Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication,” with Robert Gonzales, Ph.D. (Prescott, AZ). We hope to see you at one of more of these events — click here for more information or to register.

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

March / April 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
March/April 2010

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 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.)

May 7, 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE—note different date than first Friday of even numbered months—Conflict Management Week finale.

To be held at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  See flyer attached concerning the Panel Discussion on the State of Mediation in Ohio.  Panelists include: Judith Wayne Thomas, Wendy S. Hawbaker, Richard McGriogan, Susan Grody Ruben, Sarah Cole, Teresa Cusma, Jay Patterson, and Maria Mone; Moderators Maara Fink and Terry Wheeler.

June 4, 2010 TBA

Aug. 7, 2010  TBA

Oct. 2, 2010 TBA

Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest, please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

Allow me to set the scene – your devoted OMA board gathered ‘round the table with pencils in hand and pensive looks on faces.  What were we doing, you might ask?  Diligently attempting to generate innovative ideas for an amazing annual conference designed to thrill and delight our members. No short order you realize.  In truth, we, just like the rest of you, want to attend a conference that we actually find interesting, informative, enlightening, and useful.

We proceeded to review “big” names in the field; discuss the benefits of “toolbox” trainings; and emphasize the importance of meeting the needs of our members.  The pensive looks became bored looks and soon a few barely-stifled yawns crept across the faces around the table.  Then someone then uttered these words, “…what are we really interested in?”  We quickly became engaged in a very lively conversation.  Finally, some enthusiasm around the table!

It was through this conversation that realized it was time to try something new.  As much as we love our “big” names and our “toolbox” trainings (and we really do love them), the time had come to bring together experts in the field for a REAL discussion of the issues facing mediators and field of mediation. We know this may be risky.  We know this may cause some feelings of discomfort for a few of you.  But, if we don’t have these very important conversations with each other, we will continue to struggle to establish ourselves as legitimate professionals in a legitimate field of practice.  IT IS WORTH IT!

Therefore, I hope you will plan to join us on May 7, 2010 at the Riffe Center for our 2010 Annual Conference. The program is designed to be interactive and we want to hear from YOU.  Please visit our website www.mediateohio.org for conference and membership registration and information.  For your convenience, please note that you can pay online with PayPal. www.mediateohio.org/pg69.cfm

I’ll see you in May!

Member News: David Voth, Executive Director Crime Victim Services in Lima has published a book: Quality Victim Advocacy: A Field Guide.  It includes core crime victim needs and logic models for victim services and victim offender mediation.  It is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is April 20, 2010.  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.

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

Save the Date: ACR 10th Annual Conference September 1-4, 2010, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, ACR’s 10th Annual Conference will be the major event of the year for conflict resolution practitioners!  Over 1000 professionals will attend and participate in over 100 thought provoking workshops. There will be ample networking opportunities held throughout the conference. Bring your families and discover the magic that is Chicago!  This year’s conference theme is, “Many Paths: One Destination.”  Come celebrate the oneness, unity and the common goal we share in reaching our destination, peaceful conflict resolution.  Information on conference registration, exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship will be posted on the ACR website (www.acrnet.org) in early March. For more information contact Beth Murray at bmurray@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.

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:

L. Anna Firestone, JD
Bowen, Keck & Firestone
338 S. High Street
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 255-2015
Fax: (614) 453-8121
afirestone@lawbkf.com

Tom McGuire
23520 Brister Road
Coolville OH 45723 (740) 591-0733
Fax: (740) 667-0435
Mac457@windstream.net

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training April 14 & 15; or June 9 & 10; or September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training April 22 or October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, or November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 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.

Pepperdine University School of Law A World Class View of Dispute Resolution Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Malibu California June 10-12, 2010 and Vermont Law School Woodstock Vermont October 14-16, 2010.  For more information visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342. Mediation & other dispute resolution workshops at each.

Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio is offering several opportunities in 2010 to experience Compassionate Communication from several presenters including:  Friday-Saturday, April 16-17: “Embodying Compassion,” with Dian Killian, Ph.D. (from Brooklyn, NY); Friday-Sunday, August 27-29: “Embodied Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication,” with Robert Gonzales, Ph.D. (Prescott, AZ). We hope to see you at one of more of these events — click here for more information or to register.

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

For the 2010 OMA Conference Flyer, Please go here https://www.mediateohio.org

January / February 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
January/February 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 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.)

Feb. 5, 2010 Techniques for Empowering Youth in Mediation.  Marge Gaffin, BS Psychology and MSW from OSU, LISW-S, ACSW, BCD with specialized training in obsessive-compulsive disorder will be speaking on drawing out children and teens so that they can and will participate fully in mediation.

May 7, 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE—note different date than first Friday of even numbered months—Conflict Management Week finale.  To be held at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  Details coming soon!

June 4, 2010 TBA
Aug. 7, 2010  TBA
Oct. 2, 2010 TBA
Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Speaker Suggestion??
Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you would like to suggest, please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

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, 2010.  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
Maara Fink

Well, it’s officially 2010. Hard to believe that another year and decade has come and gone. Like so many others, I find the start of a new year to be the perfect time to take inventory of the areas, both personal and professional, which could use a bit of attention and/or improvement.  Some are easy to identify (unfortunately, not as easy to achieve) like better organizational systems, decision-making (just say “no”) and time management (also, just say “no”).  The more challenging tasks come to me as I lie awake making “to do” lists in my head.

During the final days of 2009 and first days of 2010, I was engaged in a series of conversations that led me to focus more intensively on the current state of OMA and the field in general.  What I realized, to my great disappointment, is that we are not where I was hoping we would be as we ushered in this new decade.  Don’t get me wrong, we have made strides (the Uniform Mediation Act; the marketing campaign of 2008) and effected some significant changes (the most recent language modifications to proposed HB 306 )along the way; but nowhere near where I had hoped the field would be when I entered it well-over (I know, really well-over but who is counting…) a decade ago. At that time mediation was still gaining momentum and legitimacy as an alternative method of dispute resolution.  While these days we find that most have dropped the designation as an “alternative” process, I do believe we are still struggling to establish mediation as a legitimate profession.  We have seen hundreds of mediators join our ranks only to leave disheartened and disillusioned with the field and its ability to provide a living-wage to its members.  A decade ago, I knew dozens of mediators here in Toledo who were making a decent living as full-time mediators.  Most of those individuals have gone back to the professions they previously abandoned.

I also have very real concerns about the complete lack of regulation within the field.  We have all heard “horror” stories of mediators and mediations gone-awry (like the one I heard the other day about a mediator who called one of the parties a crook and liar – in a most neutral way, I’m sure).  Yet, there is still not much that can be done to prevent incompetent mediators engaging in the practice of mediation.  I strongly believe that in order to ensure quality of the process and enhance the legitimacy of our profession that we must explore our options for regulation (mark your calendars to join us for our OMA Annual Conference in May for an exciting panel discussion on what regulation in the field might look like).

I am steadfast in my belief in the power of mediation and the vast potential for growth in the field.   However, this will not happen if we maintain the status quo.  It is imperative that we work together to forge a sustainable future for the field.  And it will take work! This will not happen without collective action.   I encourage those of you who have stayed on the sidelines to get in the game! We have a way to go and my guess is we won’t achieve all that we hope to in 2010 – but it can’t hurt for each of us to add this work to our “to do” list for the year.  You never know what together we might achieve!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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.

Truancy Prevention Through Mediation in Marion, Ohio
Joey Sink-Oiler Contract Mediator 740-802-0748 mediator4u@gmail.com
Truancy prevention through mediation has worked well in Marion, Ohio for the past five school years.  It was piloted with help from Family Court. According to documentation from Marion County Family and Children First Council, from 2002-2006 the number of diversion hearings conducted by Family Court/Juvenile Court primarily due to truancy grew by approximately a 200% increase. “ The Family and Children First Council wanted to focus on what was missing from the mix of services and programs that would lead to a reduction of high-risk youth coming to the attention of Family Court/Juvenile Court in the first place.”

According to documentation from MCFCFC, “Las Angeles County research from the Office of Education identifies truancy as the most powerful predicator of delinquency and crime increase (such as shop lifting).” Additionally the report from MCFCFC goes on to state “this research supports that children that are truant are at-risk of academic failure, delinquency, victimization, experimentation of substance use and sexual activity.” This led to the collaboration of several service providers in the community working together to assure the success of the mediations. A typical mediation may consist of any combination of the following: parents, student, teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, and/or other necessary support persons. According to Kelly Garrett of United Way the number of children referred to Family Court for Truancy and the number of Diversion cases fell by at least 40% after the inception of the program.

During the first three years, it was operated by a grant from the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Funding was small and the program started in one elementary and one middle school based on findings that most high school dropout students had attended one of these two schools. The fourth year of the program was funded by reclaim dollars through Family Court and 600 mediations were completed in both Marion City and Marion County school districts. For the 2009-2010 school year, due to a funding decrease, the number of mediations dropped to 425. Both Family Court and. Marion City Schools are funding the program this school year. The program requires two positions, a coordinator and a mediator. Joey Sink-Oiler, who has been with the program for the past five school years, currently holds both positions.

The Art of Disagreement
Dale Eilerman, M.Ed., PCC-S
Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC

Most of us would likely say that we do not care to be around disagreeable people.  This choice of behavior is typically discouraged in organizations as being disruptive and unsettling.  It can generate negative emotional reactions and a sense that the disagreeable person is being uncooperative and is not “on board”.  However the act of disagreeing is essential to identify problems, provide contrary perspectives, consider alternatives and make changes.  What we need to recognize is that there is a skill and “art” in offering a disagreement that plays an important part in the success in taking this position.  It is not what is said, but how it is said.

Michael A. Roberto speaks to the importance of disagreement in his book entitled Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer (Wharton School Publishing, 2005).  Roberto describes organizational cultures in which the prevailing norm is to have yes-people who outwardly agree with leadership and do not question decisions in open meetings.  Differing opinions and beliefs are instead taken underground resulting in a hidden erosion of support and lost opportunities for considering viable alternatives.  In some cases this type of culture has resulted in serious negative outcomes that could have been avoided if those in disagreement had felt like they could speak up and be heard without consequence.

Cultivating an environment that supports constructive disagreement requires encouragement of frank discussions, challenging questions and debate.  This milieu results in decisions that are well thought out and earn the confidence and support of those who need to implement them.

What are some of the traits and techniques that contribute to the art of disagreement?
• Demonstrate an attitude of inclusion
• Use data and decision making procedures
• Beware of emotional responses
• Seek first to understand, then to be understood
• Agree to disagree

Demonstrate an Attitude of Inclusion

Disagreement will begin to be valued when leaders demonstrate an attitude of inclusion.  Openness to and active solicitation of differing ideas, perspectives, feelings, and beliefs generates greater breadth of thinking than a closed and conservative approach to decision making which tends to shut out diversity.  The attitude of inclusion stimulates expression of disagreements and a collaborative discovery of solutions.  This approach will increase the likelihood that optimal choices will be made.

Respect for disagreement encourages risk taking, creative thinking and consideration of alternatives that otherwise would not be put on the table.  Leaders who challenge their associates to brain storm, critique, and think outside the box will maximize the potential that exists within the group.  Appreciation shown for effort, and not just for the chosen decision, will further encourage people to take the risk of offering ideas and positions that might not otherwise be put out for consideration.

Use Data and Decision Making Procedures

It is helpful to have decision making procedures that facilitate the presentation of differing options while also maintaining an orderly process for reaching conclusions.  Brainstorming, nominal group technique and multi-voting are methods that can be used to generate ideas and focus on preferred choices.  If there is no structure to facilitate the decision making process the participants will experience frustration from “wheel spinning” and be less open to considering differing ideas.

Disagreements must merit the time and attention required for contemplation.  Simply arguing for a personal agenda is not adequate.  Those who want their perspective to be considered need to demonstrate its value with data or other supportive evidence and use the decision making process that is in place.  Use of an organized presentation with handouts, charts, or other visual aids can be very effective in demonstrating a perspective that needs to win the approval of others.  It may be helpful to pass alternatives through “filters” to assure that they meet the criteria required for consideration prior to presenting them.  Disagreements that are obviously well thought out and rationally presented within organizational guidelines will be given more respectful consideration than those which are spontaneous and “off the cuff”.

When working to resolve disagreements determine if the differences are centered on the central goal or on the process for achieving the desired outcome.  There will often be more receptivity to variations in process and procedures that to wholesale changes in the objective.  Do proposals meet the identified goals and requirements?  If yes, then disagreement may be in the area of process; how to reach the goal rather than the goal itself.  Recognizing and communicating this distinction can keep the process moving along constructively.

Beware of Emotional Responses

Disagreements can cause emotional reactions that disrupt the objective assessment of an option being considered.  Presentations that are overly dramatic may not be effective – the content can be lost in the expression.  The idea will be judged on the listener’s affective reactions and not on merit.

However presentations without any emotion may be as ineffective as those with excessive emotion.  Ideas communicated with feeling create energy.  Emotions that are tempered and expressed for emphasis and effect can be a powerful enhancement in communicating the intensity of belief and conviction.

When presenting a different perspective it is important not to alienate others in the group.  Separate the person from the problem.  Statements that are confrontational, blaming and critical are usually not well received and can be harmful.  Indicating a desire to collectively solve the problem at hand will be more effective than forming factions.

Being prepared and professional will increase the likelihood of receptivity to contrary opinions and perspectives.  Conflict and disagreements that are cognitively presented with poise and confidence will be received best.  Even skeptics are likely to consider ideas that are presented with logic, reason and conviction.  Use of substantiated facts, relevant references, and evidence of success in other settings will help to change the minds of those who may initially be in opposition.  The inclusion of enough emotion to demonstrate assurance that it will work in the current situation may be enough to tip the scales.

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Stephen Covey’s maxim from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People of “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood” serves as a good technique when attempting to win over someone to a new way of thinking.  If you want to be understood be a good listener.  Once the other party believes that they have been thoroughly understood they will be more receptive to listening to alternative perspectives.

Listen intently and do not get caught up in formulating a response before the other party has finished their presentation.  Use active listening and clarification questions to demonstrate interest and insight into the ideas of others.  Active listening with focused eye contact, nodding, note taking, appropriate questions and summary statements for clarification will demonstrate interest and respect in those who present opposing viewpoints and thereby increase their receptivity to alternative positions.

A good technique for presenting disagreement is to both support and confront.  This involves the use of the word “and” instead of the word “but”.  An example would be to say “I understand what you are suggesting and I have another point of view” rather than “I understand what you are suggesting but I want you to listen to my idea.”  The use of the word “but” erases everything that was presented before it and only includes the words that follow it.  Use of the word “and” shows respect and consideration for one point of view while adding other thoughts or opinions.  A difference that is presented with respect and as an alternative will be received better than one that shows distain and one-sided thinking.

Agree to Disagree

Attempt to join in agreement with the prevailing position as much as possible.  This is especially true when disagreeing with a person or group who is in a position of influence.  Artful disagreement will often include reference and support for the areas where there is agreement and then requests for considering additional perspectives.  Respectful acknowledgement that there are points in common will reduce the level of resistance to hearing new ideas.

However there will be times when presenting a disagreement will not result in the idea being accepted.  When other ideas win out it is important to support the decision and work to make it effective.  The welfare of the team or organization is more important than individual goals.  Sometimes it is best to agree to disagree and move on.

Summary

Disagreement, when demonstrated effectively, can be a valuable component of effective organizations.  The art of disagreement is often not in what is said, but how it is said.  Presenting opposing positions successfully may require courage driven by conviction and supported by data.  It is important to keep differences constructive and to work for collaborative discovery of solutions.  When presented well, 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.  He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Dayton and Wright State University, provides counseling and coaching in a private practice, and is the Director of Organizational Learning for a behavioral health organization in Dayton, Ohio.  Dale earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Liberal Arts degree from Earlham College.  He can be contacted at 937.219.4996 or dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE AND INFORMATION:

PLEASE NOTE: ANNUAL DUES CHANGED IN 2009!  THE CURRENT RATES ARE:
$60 FOR AN INDIVIDUAL AND $100 FOR AN INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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:

Gregory L. Edmonds
5585 Broadview Road
Columbus OH 43230 (614) 506-3782
(330) 887-4776
Gledmo007@yahoo.com

Eileen Pruett
375 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 645-8500
Fax: (614) 645-8465
pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Paula J. Trout, MBA, MPA, JD
President/CEO ADR Forums
P.O. Box 29143
Las Vegas NV 89126-3143 (310) 251-4973/(702) 385-4973
Fax: (702) 448-5106
pjtroutmlm@aol.com

Hon. Steve Yarbrough, Retired
7818 Westcroft Drive
Sylvania OH 43560-1864 (419) 343-6222
Fax: (419) 824-8389
SAYarbama1@msn.com

Theresa M. Zimmerman Consultants, LLC
32200 Miles Road
Solon OH 44139 (330) 328-2562
tz@tzconsultants.com
TRAINING, WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES:
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association                          Basic Mediation Training February 3 & 4; or April 14 & 15; or June 9 & 10; or September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training April 22 or October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, or November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 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
2010 Trainings.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

The Association of Attorney-Mediators 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.

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.

AFCC 47th Annual Conference June 2-5, 2010, Sheraton Denver, Denver, Colorado
Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THE DATE!

ACR 10th Annual Conference 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 resolution 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

November / December 2009

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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