Ohio Mediation Association
A Bi-Monthly Publication January 2004
President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: email@example.com
President Elect/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: email@example.com
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2004 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at Fawcett Center
February 6 2004 Jennifer Baader, RN, and new OMA member presenting Mediation in Healthcare
March 26, 2004 Annual Meeting at Fawcett Center OSU The Future of Credentialing and What it Means to Ohio Mediators. NOTE DIFFERENT DATE AND LOCATION THAN REGULAR MEETINGS!
June 4, 2004 Victoria Solomon and the Gifts the Mediator Brings to the Table (originally scheduled for December, 2003).
August 6, 2004 TBA
October 1, 2004 TBA
December 3, 2004 TBA
All meetings to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice (Directions on back page)
The OMA and the Ohio Community Mediation Association (OCMA) co-sponsored forums to discuss the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) and its impact in Ohio (see the President’s Column below). The UMA has been sponsored and submitted to the Legislature as House Bill 303. A discussion area has been prepared at the following website for those who were not able to attend or would like to continue the discussions from the forums. www.ohiocommunitymediation.org/discus.
By Martha Antolik
I’ve never yet met a mediator who did not believe in the power of hope. Regardless of style or professional background, or of definitions of what a mediator is or does, one characteristic shared by all is that we dwell in hope. And we offer it to those with whom we work.
2004 will see the Supreme Court and its mediation programs moving into a new home—a downtown Columbus building rescued from neglect and returned to its former Art Deco glory. Such an undertaking requires hope that what is saved from the past is still important to the future. We of the OMA board encourage you to take the opportunity to view the building upon its opening—you won’t be disappointed as you walk through this grand structure!
The UMA forums previously described in this newsletter are ongoing—and the legislature has taken up the bill. Testimony from OMA has an ‘interested party’ has been offered. There is hope here, too, that whatever our views on this legislation, that we will save from our past the value placed on dialogue and seeking understanding as we move into a future that will most likely see the UMA being enacted.
So, happy New Year! And may 2004 be your, and OMA’s, best year yet!
Putting on my mediator hat—getting into character.
By Shirley Cochran
(The second in a series of articles by members concerning what we do when we are not mediating, whether or not it has anything to do with conflict resolution. Send your stories for future publication so we can learn more about our members. Editor)
It is a chicken/egg thing. I don’t know if I became a lawyer because I like to debate and be “on stage” or if I like being “on stage” because it is part of what a trial lawyer does, but in any event, I got the opportunity to actually act a few years ago because of the Columbus Bar Association. In addition to being a committee that did law related acting for the law related educational programs, the Performance Ensemble committee also put on plays that had trial related themes. The first one I saw was “A Few Good Men” popularized by the movie of the same title starring Tom Cruise. It was an excellent performance and included some lawyers I knew so when the call for auditions in the fall came for “Twelve Angry Men” I thought “What the heck, I would be auditioning with other lawyers or law professionals” and showed up for the auditions. There were over 20 people auditioning for the 13 parts (12 jurors and a bailiff), so I figured I did not have a chance. Imagine my surprise when I was selected to play the juror with the foreign background. Instead of eastern European, we made my juror Latin American so I spoke with a Spanish accent the entire time. Leave it to me to have my first performance since Senior Play in High School, to be one in which we were on stage the entire time except for intermission—at least I did not have to learn entrance and exit lines! It was a wonderful experience followed by roles in “Witness for the Prosecution”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial”, and “Miracle on 34th Street” among others. The Bar Committee became a nonprofit corporation Lawyers Performance Ensemble and by 2002, I was president having served as Vice President of Production and Secretary as well as an original founding member.
In mediating, as in acting, the “character” of a neutral facilitator is something into which I can slip like another personality. I can remove myself from my personal feelings about the parties or the subject and “become” the mediator. From each role I have taken the best characteristic of the character I have played and tried to make it part of me and mediating is no different. The calm unbiased but empathic listener is what I try to merge into but calling upon my minimal talent as an actor helps me do it with less effort.
Better World Award Nominations Due by February 6, 2004
Each year the OMA takes nominations for its Better World Award. As there were no nominations last year, we did not give the award and we would not like to repeat the situation. The nominations can be of individuals or entities who either mediate or have an impact upon mediation in Ohio. Previous recipients include the Commission on Dispute Resolution, Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Martha Green, The Clark County Court Mediation program and many others. Nominations in writing setting forth the name and contact information of the nominees with a brief statement as to why the are being nominated should be provided to one of the officers listed above before the deadline for consideration this year.
Officer Nominations Due by February 6, 2004
The offices of President-Elect (one-year term), Vice-President (two-year term) and Secretary (two-year term) are due by February 6, 2004, for the elections to be held before our Annual Meeting Conference March 26, 2004. Anyone interested in the positions can contact the current holders of the office, Shirley Cochran, Jay Patterson, or Sheri Center with questions. The OMA is going places as evidenced by our expanded presence in the debate on the UMA but we can only proceed if we have people to lead. Contact any of the officers to make them aware of your interest and willingness to serve.
Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education:
Early Childhood to Higher Education
The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Interfaith Center for Peace, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Ohio Resource Network are hosting the first-annual conference, What Works! Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education: Early Childhood to Higher Education, May 5th- 8th, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio. The national conference focuses on conflict resolution innovations specifically for higher education, Pre-K-12 schools, and high school students. This exciting event will bring together college and university faculty, educators, practitioners, high school students and community members to explore positive models for reducing and managing conflict with a goal to create safe and healthy learning environments. The conference will draw individuals from throughout Ohio and the U.S. to attend two day pre-conference intensive training sessions, May 5th and 6th, followed by two days of keynote lectures from nationally recognized experts, intensive workshops on programs, and strategies and theories for building peaceful school and university communities, May 7th and 8th. A variety of registration options are available. Participants may choose to attend the entire four day conference, the pre-conference intensive training only, the full workshop schedule on May 7th – 8th, or may choose a single day, either May 7th or 8th. Those who take advantage of early registration, before March 1st, will receive a significant discount on all fees. The Conference will be held on the 31st floor of the Riffe Center (77 South High Street), located directly across from the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. Complete conference information will be available in December, 2003.
Monthly Presenters for OMA by Sandra Fredrick
I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com I look forward to hearing from you
Sherman’s Executive Communicator (“SEC”) December 1, 2003 Presentation and Negotiation Tips for Today’s Leader “Inspire Others to Action” Negotiation Tips – Why are some people difficult?
*We’ve talked in past postings about HOW to deal with difficult people who continually resort to verbal attacks when dealing with conflict. We’ve suggested that there are various ways to deflect a verbal onslaught, such as countering with silence, discovering objective criteria, or attempting to
control the process. All of these approaches are designed to keep you from getting emotionally caught up in the conflict.
*But there is an important preliminary question that we should answer that will help us deal more effectively with these types of individuals . . . WHY are some people difficult?
*People are difficult for a variety of reasons. They may not have the skills to handle conflict. It is a fact of life that most people have very little training in conflict management and resolution.
*People are also difficult because they do not want to appear weak. We’ve all felt humiliated when someone betrays our trust by taking advantage of us. A natural response is to become confrontational.
*In our business dealings, people are difficult because they often represent demanding clients. We certainly don’t want to appear weak when representing others.
*Perhaps the most compelling reason why people are difficult is that it has always worked for them. It’s a way of life. They believe that their success is tied to their confrontational approach to conflict. Sad . . . but true.
*Armed with this information, you can deal more effectively with difficult people. You can begin by adjusting your attitude when confronting these individuals. Knowing that they may not have the appropriate skills or that they are controlled by others should help you depersonalize a verbal
assault. You may even feel sorry for your negotiating counterpart if you consider that this is the way he/she handles all conflict – both personal and business.
*Also recognize that an aggressive, confrontational approach often hides the root cause of the conflict. You need to discover the real interests behind stated positions by asking questions and delving into the subject matter of the negotiations. Your job is to focus on problem-solving, not changing their behavior.
*Your approach to difficult people – especially those who are committed to making life miserable for everyone else – is to remain calm. Don’t allow these “Rambo” negotiators to steal your energy and bring you down to their level. They are pros at confrontation. When you lose your cool and get out of control, they win.
*Your awareness of what underlies the actions of difficult people brings you power. Use that power to find solutions to conflict, bringing your difficult counterpart kicking and screaming to a satisfactory result. Copyright 2003 Sherman Leadership Group You can reprint any part of this posting with the following attribution: “Reprinted with permission. Sherman’s Executive Communicator. Subscribe for free at www.ShermanLeadership.com.”
New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:
New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President Elect, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org. What follows is the list of all members, new and renewing as of December, 2003. If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know.
|Catholic Charities Mediation Department Louis Cocchiarella
1933 Spielbusch Avenue
Toledo OH 43624
F (419) 244-4860
|Family, Divorce, Neigh./Comm.,
Juvenile, Other: Guardianship
|Franklin County Juvenile Court c/o Romona Inskeep Mediator
373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43215-4598
F (614) 462-3748
|Family, Divorce, Juvenile|
|Franklin County DR Court c/o Marya Kolman Mediator
373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
F (614) 462-3748
|Family, Divorce, Juvenile|
Roger Sorey’s address is 315 High Street, 2nd Floor
Belinda Ohlinger, Solution Builders Mediation Services, Office (614) 761-2540 Home (614) 459-2020 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mediation areas: Divorce, family, juvenile, domestic violence, victim/offender, employment, EEO, church
Stephen E. Williams’ e-mail is: Mediate@who.rr.com. Mediation areas include Small Business and Workplace Issues, not Juvenile.
Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter The next deadline is February 20, 2004 My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: email@example.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor
Job Announcements: We have no local announcements for this Newscaster, but see the Mediators Wanted announcement below. There are some announcements that become available for the meetings Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor
Mediators Wanted: Law school graduates with extensive ADR experience and credentials are sought to join a neutral panel in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panel is part of a new dispute resolution company backed by individuals with a strong background in the alternative dispute resolution industry. In accordance with industry convention, panelists are independent contractors. They accept cases in their preferred practice areas to meet their desired workload. Practicing attorneys and academics seeking to make mediation a bigger, or better managed, part of their worklife are encouraged to apply. While our current geographic focus is the San Francisco Bay Area, qualified neutrals in other major cities are also encouraged to contact us. Please reply by in complete confidence with a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kenneth J. Marshall Palo Alto, California Tel (650) 814-9299 Fax (650) 618-2200 http://www.mediatorswanted.com
American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events
February 7-8, 2004 – ABA Mid–Year Meeting/ DR Section Meetings San Antonio, Texas
Hilton Palacio del Rio (210)222-1400
April 15-17, 2004 – 6th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference New York, New York Resolution and Resilience in New York Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers 811 Seventh Avenue (Between 53rd and 52nd Streets), New York, NY (800) 325-3535, (212) 581-1000 www.starwood.com/sheraton Reduced Hotel and Airline Rates Available CLE Credits Available For additional information, see: http://www.abanet.org/dispute/conference/6th/home.html Updated, complete conference information, including concurrent session descriptions, in Word Make sure this premier dispute resolution event is on your spring calendar. Last year the Section’s Spring meeting in San Antonio, Texas was a tremendous success attracting over 1,000 participants in spite of the fact that the Iraq war began simultaneously with the dispute resolution conference. This spring we will again provide a very high quality and phenomenal range of programming opportunities. The Annual Spring Conference is an essential gathering place for dispute resolution leaders, providers, consumers, scholars, students, from small firms, universities, large law firms, corporations, accounting offices, psychologists’ offices, and others that comprise the wonderful world of dispute resolution. Highlights include: * The 15th Annual Frank E.A. Sander Lecture: Reconciliation and Reparations featuring presentations by Alexander Boraine, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat and Ziyad Motala * A stellar Plenary on Maintaining a Healthy Corporate Body, moderated by ABA President-Elect Robert Grey and featuring Enron Bankruptcy Examiner R. Neal Batson, Tyco Executive Vice President William B. Lytton, Microsoft Mediator Eric Green and Prof. Lynn Stout * Skills Training by leading practitioners on the latest innovations in DR practice * Over 120 Presentations covering the diverse world of dispute resolution, organized into practice and interest specific tracks * Presentation of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke * The Forum on Expanding Opportunities for Minorities and Women in Dispute Resolution * The Court ADR Mini-Conference for neutrals, judges, program administrators and more * Innovative teaching techniques at the Legal Educators’ Colloquium Subject matter tracks this year will include: Arbitration, Community and Peer Mediation, Communication, Construction ADR, Corporate/Business ADR, Court-Connected ADR, Employment and Labor ADR, Ethics, Family, Government ADR, Environment & Public Policy, Intellectual Property and Technology, International, Practice Development and Management, and Technology. The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (www.starwood.com/sheraton) has a block of rooms held at the reduced rate of $189 (single/double) plus tax (13.25%) and a $2.00 occupancy tax for Conference attendees. The cut-off date for hotel reservations is March 29, 2004 at 5:00 PM (CST). Reservations received on or before the cut-off date will be honored at the ABA group rate. After the cut-off date, the hotel shall continue to accept reservations, at the ABA group rate, ONLY on a space-available basis. Call the Hotel directly at (212) 841-6450 or (800) 325-3535 and refer to the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sixth Annual Conference.
August 6-8, 2004 – ABA Annual Meeting/ DR Section Programs & Meetings Atlanta, Georgia
For additional information on meetings, contact: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, (202) 662-1687, email@example.com, or check www.abanet.org/dispute for updated schedules and information on upcoming meetings.
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:
Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Basic Mediation Training for Winter/Spring 2004: January 17 (Sat.9-5), January 21 (Wed. 5-9), January 24 (Sat.9-5) March 29 (Mon. 9-5), March 31 (Wed. 9-1), April 5 (Mon. 9-5) June 5 (Sat.9-5), 9 (Wed. 5-9) , 12 (Sat.9-5) Spring 2004 Divorce Mediation Training- 40 hour training; pre-requisite: basic mediation training March 5 (Friday evening), March 6, March 7, March 19 (Friday evening), March 20, March 21 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-ordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.clevelandmediation.org
Basic Mediation Training with Marie Hill and Lou Ann Wood at Beech Acres Mediation Center, January 29-30, 2004. To register or receive a brochure, e-mail Marie at email@example.com or call 513-231-6630.
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training February 4 & 5 or April 14 & 15, 2004; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2004. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, 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
Basic Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training Information 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
Conflict Management Services
Presenters Cheryl M Lowry, Ph D, Robert N Wistner, JD, Leslie Martin, BA, and Kenneth T Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynetnet Website: www.conflictmgmt.com
ADVANCED MEDIATION: SKILLS FOR WORKPLACE AND OTHER MEDIATORS Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm This interactive advanced mediation workshop designed for the experienced workplace mediator, will expand mediation practitioners’ toolboxes. The course will include sessions on Breaking Impasse, When It’s Only About Money, and Difficult Mediation Experiences. Faculty: Margaret L. Shaw, a nationally renowned mediation trainer, is a principal of ADR Associates; an Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law; and a member of the CPR/Institute for Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. As a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, she has mediated a number of employment class actions as well as age, sex, race and disability discrimination claims and disputes involving wrongful termination and sexual harassment. She has facilitated consensus-building and problem-solving initiatives in the workplace. Ms. Shaw is a frequent writer and speaker on ADR processes. ARBITRATION FOR MEDIATORS: THE BASICS OF THEORY AND PRACTICE Date: Thursday, January 22, 2004 Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm This one day participatory workshop will provide you with both the theory and skills to expand your dispute resolution practice into arbitration. Participants will explore differences between service as an adjudicator and a mediator, legal principles in arbitration and how to conduct a simple arbitration. Faculty: Lela Porter Love is Professor of Law and Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in NYC, a program that has consistently been ranked among the top ten in the nation by US News and World Report. Professor Love founded and directs Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic, which was among the first programs in the country to train law students to serve as mediators. Professor Love regularly conducts mediation and arbitration training programs and has an active dispute resolution practice, ranging from community disputes to complex litigated matters. She has written widely on the topic of dispute resolution. Training Institute Coordinator: Susan D. Romer, J.D. Courses will be held at: John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium 899 Tenth Avenue (bet. 58th and 59th Streets) New York City For registration and additional information, please contact: Research and Administrative Office at John Jay College of Criminal Justice 899 Tenth Avenue, Suite 520 New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 237-8692 Fax: (212) 237-8646 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/dispute
Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare (Canada) More than a conference, this dialogue is three days of idea exchange and development, learning , and community building. Through open inquiry and focused discussion, participants will connect with a diverse community committed to advancing the field of healthcare conflict management to improve healthcare delivery. Internationally respected dialogue leaders include Robert Benjamin, Kenneth Cloke, Peter Block, and Phyllis Beck Kritek. Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare March 24-26, 2004 Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada To download the program please go to:
http://www.healthdialogue.org/hm/dialogue/program.html This dialogue is a joint project of Simon Fraser University, mediate.calm, and Health Care Mediations Inc. To learn more about this event and to qualify for the December 15, 2003 early bird rate, please go to www.healthdialogue.org, call 866.590.7195 or email email@example.com.
UNIFIED MEDIATION Designed for experienced mediators, this training introduces you to the unique theory and methodology of Gestalt which will strengthen and deepen your skills and help you reach the “next level” of your expertise in working with disputants. Workshop Description: Mediation is a process of problem solving, empowerment, and resolution. Gestalt theory and methodology are processes of awareness, action, contact and completion. Gestalt theory is based upon and grounded in perceptual psychology, holism, field and systems theory. In the hundred years since its initial development it has been studied, refined and applied with excellent results to individuals and groups of people in both therapeutic and organizational (including business) contexts. This workshop examines mediation and conflict resolution from a Gestalt perspective and teaches mediators how Gestalt processes can enhance and refine customary mediation work. Using the Cycle of Experience as the organizing framework, participants will learn and work through the stages of a mediation applying a variety of Gestalt tools and concepts. Through presentation of theory, and skill development exercises, participants will 1) learn the power of “use of self as intervenor,” 2) enhance their practice by understanding how to work with resistance, and 3) develop skill to work with the underlying energetic process of mediation. We are offering the course on two dates and at two different locations for your convenience. Register with the location at which you want to attend the workshop. Both sessions will start on Thursday at 3:00 and end on Sunday at 12:00 CLEs and CEUs will be available.
Ø April 29-May 2 at the Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod (www.gisc.org)
Ø August 13-16 at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (Ohio) (www.gestaltcleveland.org) 216/421-0468
Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference. Next year around this time, we hope to warmly welcome you to Kitchener-Waterloo on June 2-5, 2004 for Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference! At Interaction 2004, we will celebrate the struggles and triumphs of 30 years of conflict resolution in Canada. Inspiring keynote speakers, ground-breaking workshops and an outstanding conference ambiance make this another “must attend” conference of Conflict Resolution Network Canada! In the heartland of Ontario, you will experience special events like “Oktoberfest in June,” an outdoor “Plenary in the Park,” an Aboriginal Drama and Art Exhibit, the world famous Kitchener Farmer’s Market and a star studded Peace and Music Gala at Kitchener City Hall. While in the area, take a short drive to the world renowned Stratford Festival Theatre, Niagara Falls, or visit the charming village of St. Jacobs. A “Call for Proposals” for workshop presenters will go out in September 2003. We’ll keep you posted as we develop our full roster of speakers and events. Conflict Resolution Network Canada Réseau pour la Résolution de Conflits Canada Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 Phone: (519) 885-0880 Fax: (519) 885-0806 Web site: www.crnetwork.ca
TWELFTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE
Friday May 7, 2004; 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 8, 2004; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shoreline Conference Center, Seattle, Washington The University of Washington School of Law, the Dispute Resolution Section of the Washington State Bar, the Washington Mediation Association and Resolution Washington request your participation in the Twelfth Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference. This Request for Proposal process is intended to encourage a broad and diverse community to present at this conference. The conference is designed for ADR practitioners and others interested in learning more about conflict resolution. Attendees include mediators, arbitrators, attorneys, government representatives, human resources personnel, advocates, ombudsmen and counselors. The conference will be held at the Shoreline Conference Center in north Seattle. Participants desire sessions that offer exercises and interaction and minimize the lecture approach. We encourage proposals that emphasize active learning, “how to” sessions, role plays, case studies and time for group discussion. The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all DR topics. Past conferences have included topics such as the mediator’s persuasive tools, evaluating body language, arbitration training, marketing your ADR practice, skills for transformative mediation, mediating on line, large group facilitation, using humor in mediation, ADR in the federal courts, power balancing in divorce mediation, mediation across cultures, communication theories, ADR in child protection cases, the workplace, victim-offender mediation, and peer mediation programs in schools. We welcome and encourage creative, innovative proposals! *For further information, you may contact Kathy Kline, 206-543-8881 , firstname.lastname@example.org , Nancy Highness 425-883-3928 or Phil Cutler, 206-340-4600. Visit our Conference website at www.mediate.com/nwadr. We look forward to seeing you at the Twelfth Annual Northwest Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference on May 7-8, 2004!
Web Sites of Interest:
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.state.oh.us/cdr
Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediate.ohio.org
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School www.mcgregor.edu
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://aompace.edu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001.htm
“Addressing the Redress: A Discussion of the Status of the United State’s Postal Service’s Transformative Mediation Program” by Professor Lisa B Bingham, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Cardozo On-Line Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 2, 2001, http://www.cardozoyu.edu Go to Publications, then On Line Journal, Current Volumes, Volume 2 No 2, and Symposia and it is the first article
The Nov/Dec edition of the Ivey Business Journal, which is online at www.iveybusinessjournal.com is focused on “the Civil Workplace” and has several articles of interest to workplace and other mediators.
DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA
Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700
All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following
From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center
From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center
From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center
From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center
Ohio Mediation Association
c/o Ohio Commission on Dispute
Resolution and Conflict Management
77 South High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108