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


January / February 2008

By January 1, 2008Newsletter

Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication
January/February 2008

President: 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:
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail:
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 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.)

February 1, 2008 Martha Green “Are Mediators Compliance Professionals?”

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference at the Riffe Center with Larry Fong! Dr. Fong is a Past President of the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is a well known lecturer. Put this on your calendar now for a day of tool box information.

June 6, 2008 Magistrate Ann Snyder—Mediation in 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.)

Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or

President’s Column
By Jay M. Patterson
Recognizing a Better World

Making the world a better place is not only accomplished through grand initiatives and gestures on the national and international stage. Many people contribute to making society a better more peaceful place on a seemingly smaller but no less significant scale.

This truism is certainly the case for those involved in the field of dispute resolution. Many of you know people who contribute to making the world a better place through their involvement, directly or indirectly, in mediation.

As most of you know, the Ohio Mediation Association annually presents an award to a person or entity that has made the world a better place through their work related to the mediation or dispute resolution profession. This award is to be presented at the OMA annual conference to be held on May 9, 2008.

The Board of OMA invites you to submit your nomination for the OMA Better World Award. To submit a nomination you merely need to write a brief statement stating the name of the nominee and explaining how you believe the nominee has made the world a better place for Ohioans. Please submit your nomination to me or to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran, by no later than January 31, 2008.

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 February 20, 2008. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Save the Date! 3rd National Training Institute of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

June 2 – 6, 2008 Capital University Law School Columbus, Ohio

This year’s Institute will offer 6 – 8 trainings from various ADR organizations (TBA). These trainings – ranging from 8 hours to 40 hours – will enhance your ADR skills, offer opportunities to be placed on ADR panels / rosters, and prepare you for advancement within the field. Visit for information as it becomes available. For questions, contact us at Capital University Law School 303 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215 614-236-6500

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

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Section Director, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution The American Bar Association seeks a Section Director to oversee and manage its more than 18,000 member Section of Dispute Resolution. Among its goals, the Section provides its members and the public with creative leadership in the dispute resolution field by fostering diversity, developing and offering educational programs, providing technical assistance, and producing publications that promote problem-solving and excellence in the provision of dispute resolution services. The Section’s spring meeting is the premier national conference on dispute resolution. Responsibilities. The Section Director works closely with the section chair, executive committee, council and leadership from over 40 committees, taskforces and working groups to formulate and implement all section activities. This includes planning and oversight of a $1 million + budget, supervising an eight person staff, conducting legal educational meetings and conferences, publishing resources for members including a monthly e-newsletters, quarterly magazine, and practical books on ADR issues, developing relevant ABA policies, raising outside funds to support section programs, and expanding technology based services to the members. Qualifications. Applicant should have at least five years of prior management experience, preferably in an association or non-profit entity setting. Prior experience in alternative dispute resolution and an advanced degree in law, management, or business are highly desirable. Must exhibit strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to customer service. Salary. Salary is based on experience and is very competitive within the NGO and ADR community; excellent benefits. Organization. The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. Application. Applicants are encouraged to visit the section’s website at To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references t Attn: HR- C335, by e-mail to or to the American Bar Association, 740 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 or fax to 202-662-1032. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Your e-mail address will only be used within the ABA and its entities. We do not sell or rent e-mail addresses to anyone outside the ABA. To change your e-mail address or remove your name from any future general distribution e-mails, complete the form at If you prefer, call us at 800-285-2221 or write t American Bar Association, Service Center 541 North Fairbanks Court Chicago, IL 60611 To review our privacy statement, go to

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

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

February 13, 2008 Truancy Mediation in Hamilton County Presenter to be named


March 12, 2008 Peer Mediation Presenter Jane Rega, Executive Director, The Center for Peace Education


April 9, 2008 Book Review of Beyond Reason by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro Discussion leader Bea Larsen


May 14, 2008 The group meets for its Annual Luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.


If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Association for Conflict Resolution News

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

August 7-9, 2008 ABA 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, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois

Barbara V. Culp 

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 225

Minford OH 45653

(740) 981-2697

Mark T. Laughlin 

7025 Brafferton Place

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 306-4031

Mary E. Murphy 

2639 M.L. King, Jr. Drive

Cleveland OH 44104

(216) 721-8945

Sandy Robitz 

1871 Summerchase Road NE

Canton OH 44721

(330) 361-0226 (Cell) 

(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)

Angela Silva 

3829 Drexel

Toledo OH 43612

(419) 508-9291 

Fax: (419) 478-1775

Gina Weisshaar 

41 E. Como Avenue

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 893-2881















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 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 Christy Radigan for assistance.



Beech Acres Mediation Training February 7 & 8, 2008 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Learn conflict resolution skills. Register by 1/19/08 to receive a special rate of only $225. Trainers Marie Hill, M. Ed. and PCC and Sharon James, M.A. On the web: or call (513) 233-4706

Deal with conflict and disputes often? Townhall II and the Community Mediation Center of Stark County are conducting a Basic Mediation Training in Portage County on February 21 & 22, 2008.  This training is approved for CLE, CEU, & RCH credits.  Please see the attached training flyer and registration form for more details.  Feel free to share this training opportunity with others who are interested in learning how to apply mediation skills and concepts to resolve disputes in their personal and professional lives. Kenzi Bisbing Conflict Management Services Coordinator Townhall II 155 N. Water St. Kent, OH 44240 330-346-3001

Inaugural Child Abduction Mediation Training Melvin A. Rubin of Mediation Services, Inc, in continuing affiliation with the University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Continuing Legal Education and in collaboration with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is proud to announce a very special training in Cross-Border Family Mediation with an Emphasis on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction This training is designed to provide experienced family and civil mediators with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to provide conflict resolution services in a variety of international settings as well as in high conflict domestic cases. Training will be provided by a panel of distinguished international authorities including: Denise Carter, Reunite, London, England Susan Rohol and Yiota Souras, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children The Honorable Judith L. Kreeger, Miami, Florida Lawrence S. Katz, Esquire, Miami, Florida Julia Alanen, Esquire, Washington, D.C. Melvin A. Rubin, Esquire, Miami, Florida Professor Timothy Acaro, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Professor Jennifer Zawid, Coral Gables, Florida additional faculty to be announced Date:  February 22-24, 2008 Place:  The University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida Fee:  $495 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) Register on-line at For additional information please contact Professor Jennifer Zawid at or Melvin A. Rubin at CLE and CME credits are available/ possible roster eligibility Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn, Coral Gables at a very desirable rate of $118 per night. Please call 305-667-5611 (refer to code UMZ). Rooms are also available at the world famous Biltmore Hotel at a rate of $355 per night. Please call 305-445-8066/ext 2302 (refer to code UM).

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 20 & 21, or April 16 & 17, or, June 11 & 12, or September 10 & 11, 2008 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, or October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008. 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 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 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 .

Embracing Diversity in Conflict Facilitation Gill Emslie and Christy Cumberland Walker Monday 14th July, 2008 (In Scotland). This training is designed to develop the skills to facilitate and transform conflict in diverse cultures. We examine our own personal relationship to conflict, and practice facilitation and mediation. We also explore how to be an ally to those in conflict, observing our tendencies and bias, recognizing and combating institutionalized racism, seeing the influence of rank, power and privilege, naming taboos and unspoken tensions, and being in the moment. We will work creatively, drawing from various disciplines including meditation, facilitation, Process Work, and archetypal awareness. Findhorn Consultancy Service is an organization whose purpose is to support the transformation of consciousness in businesses, organizations and communities. Cost: £455 if your income is low £515 if your income is medium £605 if your income is high £895 if paid by your organization includes 5 nights accommodation and all meals Gill’s training and experience in transpersonal psychology and organizational development provide the framework for her work as a coach and trainer in the areas of organizational development, leadership, personal and professional development, staff training, Process Work, supervision, conflict facilitation, specific skills for women in leadership, confidence building and a holistic approach to intentional design, monitoring and evaluation (Outcome Mapping). Christy has enjoyed a private practice in alternative dispute resolution since 1998. She has had contracts with various local, state, and national clients. she is a meditation trainer, arbitrator and facilitator and has developed and presented trainings in the areas of dispute resolution, cultural recognition and respect, family mediation, and domestic violence. To book:

SAVE THE DATE for our next International Conference Aug. 25-26, 2008, in Santa Barbara, California “New Waves of Transformative Practice: New Voices, New Frontiers, New Challenges” Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at Fulfilling the Promise of Mediation…

Web Sites of Interest:

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


Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohi 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