Serving Ohio’s Mediators and those in need of Mediation services


January / April 2007

By January 1, 2007Newsletter

Mediate Ohio
A Bi-Monthly Publication

January/February/March/April 2007

Jay Patterson
(614) 403-3825 E-mail:

Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor:
Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail:

Vice President:
Phil Dunfee
(740) 366-3297 E-mail:

Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail:

Christy Radigan
(614) 855-6926 E-mail:

Web Guru:
Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail:

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

May 11, 2007
Annual Meeting at the Riffe Center
—Note date and place change. Join OMA in welcoming Nina Meierding for our Annual Meeting and Conference where she will speak on questioning and resistance/impasse breaking. More details

June 1, 2007 Mediation and Education: What is new? Sarah Wallis,
Director Education Programs
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution.

August 3, 2007

October 5, 2007
Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of  Children
Steve Polovick,
Mediator Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

December 7, 2007
Probate and Guardianship Mediation Ann L. Snyder,
Magistrate Summit County Probate Court

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at
Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page)

Spring: A Time for Renewal
President’s Column By Jay M. Patterson

As I write this column with sub-zero temperature outside my window, the renewal that comes from spring seems quite distant.Present temperature notwithstanding, I have trust in my calendar that we will soon see growth from seeds that have previously been sown.

Spring is also the time for renewal of OMA memberships.Just as we cannot bear fruit without planting a few seeds, OMA cannot act to advance the mediation profession without the resources that stem from your membership.

The Board of OMA has been steady and deliberate in building resources to help take OMA in new and exciting directions that I believe have the potential to make a real difference in advancing the field of professional mediation.Much of OMA’s recent infrastructure building efforts have perhaps been somewhat invisible, just as the roots of a stately oak tree starts where the eye cannot see.Nonetheless, the roots of OMA’s growth have begun to reach more solid ground.

In the recent past OMA has endeavored to discuss its current state and make longer term plans for advancing the field of mediation and serving its membership.These discussions have led to some concrete milestones that will put OMA in good stead for the future.None of these milestones occurred automatically.They were realized because the board deliberately set out to generate them.For example, as a result of several actions taken by the board, membership is as high as I can remember and quite possibly as high as it’s ever been in its history.

Further, OMA has begun to build concrete resources that, for the first time, might make it realistic to begin a discussion about some big picture initiatives that heretofore were simply out of the question.One example of a potential big picture initiative is the possibility of an educational campaign about mediation to help inspire the general public to initiate a conversation with a mediator/mediation program so that person can learn directly how the mediation process might be used to address that person’s concern.Although the desire to take on projects such as these has been discussed often by the board, it has been clear that a meaningful discussion about this type of activity would have to wait until more resources were built. As a result of specific actions taken by the board, I believe OMA is getting close to the point where exploring big picture initiatives such as this might begin to be realistic.

As encouraged as I am about OMA’s progress, much work remains to be done.Whether or not our potential as a profession is realized depends largely on you, the members.From my perspective, one of the easiest things you can do to help serve your interest as a mediator is to simply renew your membership so that OMA can continue its momentum in advancing professional mediation.

You will soon be receiving information about renewing your membership.Please help OMA continue its growth path.Take the time to renew your membership promptly.While you’re at it, please consider checking the box on the membership form that gives members the opportunity to make a donation in addition to membership.Further, please pass the word about OMA to other mediators that may not be members.

As always, I invite you to share your thoughts directly with me or in a letter to the editor of this newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Case Study Program by Ed Krauss

On June 1, our next OMA meeting, we will have the third in a series of pilot programs devoted to a mediation case study following our regular meeting.

I want to strongly encourage you to participate. Just put it on your schedule, plan on being involved in an OMA activity from lunch at
through the end of the case study, about
. In fact, if you can’t take that much time, please consider just the case study for a change, arriving at

I had the opportunity to present a case at our February meeting. It was interesting to tell the story of the situation, to discuss the techniques I used, and to use the opportunity to think about – and reflect on – what happened. Those present asked questions about my approach, how I invited the parties to share, what sticking points there were, what solution was reached and how it was reached, and other questions and comments. They also shared stories and comments from their experiences.

What I most enjoyed, and believe you would too, was the chance to discuss our craft with people who get it. We didn’t have to talk about what mediation is and isn’t, but rather spent the time talking about how one case (and glimpses at others) proceeded.

If you have any questions you can contact the case study program coordinator, Susan Shostak, We are hoping that there will be enough interest that we can drop the word pilot and just have this be a regular occurrence; five times a year we get together and talk about what we do and how we do it from the point of a real case.

Again, I encourage you to join the discussion next June 1 – I know I am.

AFCC Call for Presenters:
AFCC has chosen
for the site of its fall 2007, Regional Conference. The Call for Presenters is out with a deadline of
April 23, 2007
and I hope each of you will consider submitting a proposal and/or save the dates for a wonderful AFCC program. AFCC continues to be the leader in interdisciplinary education for professionals who deal with families within court systems. We are fortunate to be hosing this event in
Columbus. Eileen Pruett Manager, Small Claims Division and Dispute Resolution Program Franklin County Municipal Court 375 S. High Street 16th floor
Columbus, OH  43215
614-645-8500 614-645-8465 (fax)

Conflict Management Week

May 7-11, 2007

As part of Conflict Management Week, on May 8th the Commission on Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management will host a daylong symposium on school safety with a focus on bullying prevention. This important event will bring together state and national experts on school bullying.State government partners such as the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Resource Network, and the Ohio Departments of Health and Mental Health will also participate and will provide information and resource materials for parents, educators, and students.The event will be in the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus. The fee for the event, which runs from
10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (lunch on your own) is $25.00 per person. Prevention RCHs and CEUs will be available.Counseling credits are pending. For further details and the registration information please visit If you can’t open the PDF please let me know and I’ll send it to you in WORD. Space is limited, please register soon. Ed Krauss

Ohio Mediation Association Conference! Training Opportunity!

Ohio’s celebration of Conflict Management Week will culminate with the 2007 Ohio Mediation Association Annual Conference. The conference will feature a “toolbox” mediation training titled “Being a Better Mediator” by internationally known mediator and trainer, Nina Meierding. The conference will include lunch provided by OMA, the OMA Annual Meeting and the presentation of the Better World Award.The conference has received credit for 5 hours for attorneys, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.The conference registration is open to both members and non-members of OMA. You may access more information about the conference as well as the registration form at You may also access registration information on the home page of OMA’s web site,

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
I look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material:
Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.The next deadline is April 20, 2007. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone/fax:(614) 863-4775 E-mail:
Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

Job Announcements:
There are some announcements that become available for the meetings.Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor.In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President.An additional website to check is at

Association for Conflict Resolution News

Mark your calendar to join colleagues and friends at the Association for Conflict Resolution Seventh Annual Conference “Rethinking the Table: People, Places and Practices” October 24-27, 2007 Held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel in beautiful downtown Phoenix, Arizona Program, hotel and travel information will be posted at
as details become available

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.orgIf 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 Martha Antolik for assistance.

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

Barton A. Bixenstine, Esq.
Ulmer & Berne, LLP
1660 W. 2nd St., Suite 1100
Cleveland OH 44113-1448
(216) 583-7032
Fax: (216) 583-7033

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

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office
c/o Darren Miller
270 E. Main Street
Batavia, OH  45103
(513) 732-7126
Fax (513) 732-7127

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

Ray A. Cox, Esq
265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton, OH  45459
(937) 291-3119
Fax: (937) 291-3229

James J. Cullers
920 Club Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 392-0391
Fax (740) 392-0391

Sandra L. DeBlanc, LLC
445 Hutchinson Ave., #800
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 733-0378

Delaware County Juvenile Court
c/o Faith Walzak
88 North Sandusky
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 83-2610
Fax (740) 833-2599

Franklin County Domestic Relations & Juvenile Court
c/o Marya Kolman
373 S. High St.
3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-4598
(614) 462-5872
Fax: (614) 462-3748

Franklin Co. Municipal Court
C. Eileen Pruett, Manager Small Claims Division
375 South High St.
16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-4520
(614) 645-8500
Fax: (614) 645-8465

Knox County Court of Common Pleas Mediation Services
c/o Rochelle R. Fritz
111 East High Street, 2nd Fl
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
(740) 393-6817
Fax (740) 393-5096

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. at Law
23230 Chagrin Blvd. # 740
Cleveland, OH 44122
(216) 464-2777
Fax (216) 464-7990

Lifespan Counseling Assoc.
c/o Dene Berman Ph.D.
1450 Hanes Road
PO Box 340398
Bevercreek, OH 45434
(937) 426-2079
Fax: (937) 426-0211

Linda Norris
6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
(614) 863-9249

Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus, OH  43214
(614) 403-3825
Fax: (614) 447-8662

J. Christopher Scott, LLC
Capital Mediation Assoc.LLC
445 Hutchinson Ave. #800
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 410-3370
Fax: (614) 538-8056

Deborah L. Taylor
Juvenile Court Montgomery County
303 W. Second Street
Dayton, OH  45422
(937) 496-6971


2006-2007 Meeting Schedule

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00.
Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500
*Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility.Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.

April 11, 2007:
“Mediation Case Studies” Marie Bader presents two cases and leads the group in a discussion of those cases.

May 9, 2007:
The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

3rd National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution: Promoting Opportunities in the Field of ADR

Continuing its commitment to increasing the presence of minority professionals at all levels in the field of alternative dispute resolution, Capital University Law School is proud to announce The 3rd National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Horatio “Ray” Lanier, President of the Association for Conflict Resolution and Senior Dispute Resolution Officer at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Michael K. Lewis, Senior Associate of the Center for Dispute Settlement and Principal in JAMS, the Resolution Experts are this year’s keynote speakers. The Conference is open to anyone interested in enhancing their ADR skills.

The National Conference of Minority Professionals in ADR will:

  • Expand your ADR skills and opportunities, whether you are new to the profession, or have been practicing for some time.
  • Provide networking opportunities and connect you with other minority ADR professionals and mentors.
  • Share information about how to become listed on various ADR organization panels.
  • Help you identify the obstacles and challenges you may face in becoming the active ADR professional you desire to be and offer ways to overcome them.
  • Offer the opportunity to learn about the full spectrum of ADR, e.g. courts, community, family, faith-based, employment/labor, environmental and public policy, state and federal government, and education.
  • Provide information on how to start and market your ADR business.

Conference Workshop Tracks:

  • Skill
  • Access and Opportunities
  • Labor and Employment Mediation/Arbitration
  • Impact of ADR on Minority Clients & Communities
  • Multiculturalism

Pre-Conference Trainings Offered on May 15, 2007:

Visit the Conference Web Site for more complete program information, pre-conference training descriptions, registration, hotel accommodations, etc. –

For questions, contact us at; or call (614) 236-7313.


Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

April 26-28, 2007 Ninth Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Omni Shoreham Hotel WashingtonDC

August 9-11, 2007ABA Annual Meeting San FranciscoCalifornia

April 2-5, 2008 Tenth Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton Seattle, Washington

August 7-9, 2008ABA Annual Meeting New York

April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois


Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association
Basic Mediation Training April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007.Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.comFax: (614) 228-7213Mailing 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 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 .

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Presents: 20th Annual Professional Skills Program, June 21-23, 2007, Malibu, California Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Pepperdine Law
School present an annual three day program featuring twelve courses addressing distinct dispute resolution processes. Course offerings range from basic to advanced courses, as well as specialized areas of mediation. For program content, faculty bios, and cost, please visit our website at: and click on “Mediation Training and Conferences” or call (310) 506-6342.

Family Mediation Series Presented by the Northern Virginia Mediation Service June 11-16 and June 18-21
This intensive family series will cover the topics needed to practice family mediation in a variety of contexts, including mediating issues in divorce as well as disputes within intact family units. This series builds upon the learning from the basic Mediation Skills and Process workshop and prepares participants to begin the co-mediations needed for Virginia Certification. Please note that additional workshops are needed to complete the NVMS Certificate in Family Mediation.For more information on additional requirements visit our web page or call us at (703) 993-3724.

First National Symposium on Ethical Standards for Elder Mediation,
April 19-20, 2007 at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA

This exciting 2-day event will address issues of ageism, capacity, and self-determination in elder mediation. Featured speakers will include Harry “Rick” Moody, Nancy Neveloff Dubler, Robert Baruch Bush, and distinguished panelists such as Charley Sabatino and Erica Wood and others from the fields of mediation, elder law, bioethics, geriatric ethics, geriatric medicine and social work. A brochure and on-line registration is available at

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association:
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict
Ohio State Bar Association:
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO):