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


Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication March 2004

President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail:
President Elect/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: or
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail:
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail:
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail:

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

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! See enclosed registration material for early bird dates and member discounts.

June 4, 2004 Victoria Solomon and the Gifts the Mediator Brings to the Table (originally scheduled for December, 2003).

August 6, 2004 Jennifer Baader, RN, and new OMA member presenting Mediation in Healthcare (Originally scheduled for February, 2004.)

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)

President’s Column
By Martha Antolik

This will be my final column addressing you as president of OMA, as Shirley Cochran will most capably take the helm at our Annual Meeting in March. It is my hope that you will read use the registration form included with this newsletter and reserve your place at this important meeting. We’ll be hearing about the certification process for mediators that is now in place in Washington state, and for some national professional organizations, and we’ll be looking at how, when, and whether this might occur here in Ohio. Certainly, we want your voices and opinions to be part of this discussion!

Also, please know that I will continue working on OMA’s behalf as immediate past-president. The Executive Board of OMA has been working on a variety of projects, from assisting with the Uniform Mediation Act forums around the state, to exploring how our website might be improved, to considering the kinds of member benefits that would be deemed most valuable.

And lastly, I have enjoyed serving as your president during the past two years as I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you and get to know your thoughts and concerns. Though I will no longer be president, I’ll still enjoy that. So, please join me in March as we welcome our new OMA president. I’ll look to see you there!

Deadline Extended

Center for Students, Families and Communities Office for Exceptional Children Procedural Safeguards

The Ohio Department of Education, Center for Students, Families and Communities; Office for Exceptional Children, Procedural Safeguards is seeking interested qualified individuals to submit proposals to perform mediation in the area of special education on a contractual intermittent basis for special education disputes pursuant to 34 C.F.R. § 300.506 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’97) and Rule 3301-51-08 (A)(c) of the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities. Applicants must be trained mediators and have at least 7 years experience mediating complex issues; applicants must have some knowledge or understanding in the area of special education and must have a flexible schedule as mediations in special education usually take a day or longer. Applicants must submit a resume outlining their education and mediation experience including experience in special education. A personal service contract will be awarded based on the aforementioned criteria for a fee of $100 an hour for mediation services from portal to portal. The contract will be in effect for fiscal year 2005 (July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005). Mileage will be reimbursed pursuant to travel regulations of the State of Ohio. Your proposal will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, March 26, 2004 and should be submitted to: Ohio Department of Education ATTN: Mbulelo G. Mzozoyana, Ph.D. Office for Exceptional Children 25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 202 Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183 (614) 752-1400 Your proposal can also be sent by e-mail to or by fax to (614) 728-1097. All responses must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, March 26, 2004, in order to be considered. Notification will be made by phone or e-mail no later than April 16, 2004. There will be no notification to unsuccessful applicants.

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.

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 on the Commission’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.

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 What follows is the list of all members, new and renewing as of February, 2004. If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know.

New Members since last Newscaster:

Name/Address Phone and/or e-mail Mediation Areas
Michael Bollon 

4824 Deis Hill Road NW

Dover OH 44622

(330) 243-5431 

Home (330) 364-2647

Family, Divorce, Neighborhood/ 

Community, Business/Commercial,


Barbara V. Culp 

33 Bucklick Creek Road

Minford OH 45653

(740) 820-4366 NONE PROVIDED
Susan K. French-Scaggs, JD 

8180 Brecksville Road

Brecksville OH 44141

(440) 717-9850 

Fax (440) 717-9851

Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Labor, Business/Commercial
Michael J. Hardesty 

933 High Street, #140

Worthington OH 43085

(614) 880-0883 

Fax (614) 436-8330

Interpersonal, Business/Commercial, Labor, Other: Litigation—all types
Verna M. Jones, JD 

VM Jones Enterprises LLC

PO Box 12073

Columbus OH 43212

(614) 488-0685 

Fax (614) 488-0685

Neighborhood/Community, Business 


Mediated Solutions c/o Steven D. Abrams 

49 S. Remington Road

Columbus OH 43209

(614) 418-1784

Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Business 

/Commercial, Other: Workplace

Marianne C. Morton 

3079 Jetstream Drive

Columbus OH 43231

(614) 899-3164

Family, Divorce, Business, Labor
Patrick J. Murphy 

Bonezzi Switzer Murphy & Polito Co., LPA

526 Superior Avenue, Suite 1400

Cleveland OH 44114

(216) 875-2067 

Fax (216) 875-1570

Other: Medical Malpractice, 

Products Liability, and Personal


Private Dispute Resolution c/o Tamara L. McIntosh 

One West Fourth Street, Suite 900

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 381-9299 

Fax (513) 381-9206


Environmental, Other: General


Christy K. Radigan 

4297 Gray’s Market Drive

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 478-3856

Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community
Susan E. Shostak 

248 Pearl Avenue North

Lancaster OH 43130

(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Other: Truancy and Inter-agency
Sharon Travis Bell 

2460 Winterstreen Run Road

Blue Creek OH 45616-9601

(937) 544-4141

VN Consulting Inc. c/o Lucretia K. Van Niel 

118 St. Julien Street

Worthington OH 43085

(614) 436-5442 

Fax (614) 436-8588

Family, Interpersonal, Other: Health 

Care and Older Adults

Odella T. Welch 

560 Woodlake Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 523-3022 

Fax (614) 523-3022

Family, Divorce, Other: Truancy

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 April 20, 2004 My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: 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 Kenneth J. Marshall Palo Alto, California Tel (650) 814-9299 Fax (650) 618-2200

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events

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 Reduced Hotel and Airline Rates Available CLE Credits Available For additional information, see: 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 ( 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,, or check for updated schedules and information on upcoming meetings.


Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio 3RD ANNUAL MEETING AND WORKSHOP APRIL 30, 2004 Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 5300 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meeting and Workshop, Lunch included (with vegetarian selections). Featured Presenter Zena Zumeta Nationally Respected Mediator and Trainer, on Framing Issues in Mediation: An Advanced Workshop and Tough Moments in Mediation Early Bird Rate (Must be received by April 5, 2004): Members: $60, Non-members: $75 After April 5, 2004 Members:$70, Non-members:$85 CLE’s and CEU’s have been applied for – please contact MANO for further information.  Registration form and Membership application available online at or email:

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Basic Mediation Training for Winter/Spring 2004: 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

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training 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 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:

“Mediation Advocacy” (DC) The ABA Public Contract Law Section Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Government Contracts Committee, the ABA Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar, and the Federal Interagency ADR Working Group Contracts and Procurement Section will once again be co-sponsoring an important (and FREE) ADR program. Entitled “Mediation Advocacy,” the program will address the role of the advocate throughout the mediation process — the best and most effective advocacy practices and, perhaps more importantly, what not to do as an advocate if you ever hope to achieve success in mediation. Chairing the program and serving as its moderator will be Peter R. Steenland, Jr., Esq., currently counsel to the law firm of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in Washington, D.C. and formerly Senior Counsel for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Associate Attorney General’s Office at the United States Department of Justice. Joining Mr. Steenland will be five eminent professionals, each with substantial experience in the mediation of all sorts of disputes: Judge Patricia J. Sheridan of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals (VABCA); Judge Allan H. Goodman of the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals (GSBCA); Frank Carr, Esq., currently Partner with the firm of Carr, Swanson & Randolph in Ellicott City, MD and formerly the Chief Trial Attorney and Dispute Resolution Specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Val McWhorter, Esq., Founder and Partner with the Tyson’s Corner, VA law firm of Smith, Pachter, McWhorter & Allen; and Marvin E. Johnson, Esq., Founder and Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. based Center for Alternative

Dispute Resolution and formerly Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law and Dispute Resolution at Bowie State University. The program will be held at Arnold & Porter’s Paul Porter Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 24, 2004, from 1:30 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. (Eastern Time). If you would like to attend in person, all you have to do is send me a reply e-mail message. We expect a large response, so I urge you to respond immediately to assure yourself a spot. Teleconferencing. Once again, this year through the good graces of the ABA Underserved Lawyers Fund and the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, we will be making our programs available to those of you primarily outside the Washington Beltway by means of teleconferencing. The program has been scheduled late enough in the day to allow participation by those on the West Coast. If you wish to participate in the February 24 program by teleconference, please provide me with the following, and I will have an ABA representative get in touch with you to furnish the necessary dial-in information: 1. Your name. 2. Your organization. 3. Your address, telephone, and e-mail address. 4. How many people at your location will participate. Rich Walters Dispute Resolution Officer FAA Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition and Co-Chair ABA Public Contract Law Section Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (202) 267-3433 E-mail:

Programs at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (CA) Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law presents:  Mediating the Litigated Case, Irvine, California, March 17-18, April 21-22, and May 6-7, 2004.  A sophisticated six-day program for experienced litigators, in-house counsel, and other practitioners.  This program has sold out the last five years. Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law presents: The 17th Annual Professional Skills Program, Malibu, California, June 17-19, 2004.  Offers ten different three-day courses addressing distinct dispute resolution processes.  Register early for discount.

MYERS-BRIGGS and Conflict Resolution (MA) Saturday, April 3, 2004 Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. This course explores ways mediators, facilitators, human resource professionals, and others who deal with conflict in the workplace or other settings can use the insights of Myers Briggs as a powerful tool in resolving conflict.  Drawing on the ground-breaking work of Carl Jung, Myers and Briggs developed a way to understanding your – and others’ – preferred ways of processing and evaluating information.  We will begin to explore Jungian personality type theory, discuss how different personality types trigger each other in conflict, how  different types are likely to react when in conflict, and focus on ways of helping people get “unstuck” in their disputes.  Prerequisite: Participants must determine their type prior to attending this course.  Participants will be asked to share their type with the instructor and other participants.  Should you need to take the MBTI, this may be arranged through DisputEd at an additional cost or you may do this through your own resources. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Ann Gosline, Esq.  is certified in Myers Briggs and has been applying Myers-Briggs insights in her mediation and facilitation practice for 20 years.  She became a full-time mediator and arbitrator in 1984, following 9 years in legal practice. She has mediated or arbitrated cases involving employment, commercial, environmental, contract and personal injury/tort claims involving higher education, federal, state and local government, and the construction, airline, mining, utilities, manufacturing, chemical and energy industries., and has extensive experience mediating multi-party public policy disputes.   She has edited a treatise and authored articles on ADR processes and is a frequent trainer and lecturer on ADR and conflict management system design.

Continuing Education Lawyers:  Please inquire about CLE credits. REGISTRATION & COSTS Registration Fee:  $175 by March 5, 2004, or $195 thereafter.  MBTI administration and scoring is available through the instructor at additional cost.  Please note that registration is limited so early registration is advised. You may register by faxing your contact information, including name, address, telephone, fax and email, along with payment information (Visa or Mastercard) to DisputEd, or by mailing your registration with a check or credit card to DisputEd. DisputEd 26 Berkeley Street, Arlington, MA 02474 800-981-3577 Voice  781-648-1234 Fax
Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution  Fall Training Schedule 40-Hour Skill-Based Mediation Training*

March 29 – April 2, 2004 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive Columbia, MD (Register by March 15, 2004 and receive the early fee.) This 40-hour mediation skill-development course is taught by Marvin E. Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator and trainer with more than 28 years of dispute resolution experience. Course Overview: The participants will learn how to use mediation to resolve disputes.  In addition, participants will learn how differing power balances, interests, and values affect the mediation process. Participants will develop the necessary analytical skills to understand and shape the mediation process to accommodate any type of dispute. Attend this seminar if you want to: Complete the training to become a mediator. Learn to utilize a full range of effective mediation skills, techniques, and strategies. Understand the intricacies of the mediation process. Understand the application of mediation theory and practice. Acquire the confidence to utilize mediation skills in a variety of conflicts. Content Highlights: Overview of the dispute resolution field and the various dispute resolution processes Overview of the stages of the mediation process Purpose and content of the mediator’s opening statement Understand why the parties need uninterrupted time Understand the importance of and how to gather information Understand the importance of and how to clarify and prioritize the parties’ issues Distinguish between positions and interests Understand what an impasse is and which techniques to utilize to break various impasses Identify appropriate provisions for an effective agreement Identify appropriate criteria to evaluate a mediation session Factors that influence behavior and are instrumental in effectuating settlements For more information, contact the Center at (301) 776-6055. *This program meets Maryland Rule of Procedure, Title 17-Alternative Dispute Resolution, Rule 17-106(a) (1-5). SAVE-THE-DATES The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 16th Annual Conference “Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision Making” Greenbelt, Maryland Pre-Conference:    Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Conference:  Thursday, June 24, and Friday, June 25, 2004 Conference brochures will be mailed in early spring 2004.

Questions:  Call the Center at (301) 776-6055. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY — PRE-REGISTER BY MARCH 15 AND SAVE!!!!!

The DC-ACR ’04 Program Series In cooperation with the Department of Interior Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution Presents A Brown Bag, Lunchtime Session

“Exporting ADR to Foreign Countries and Cultures – Lessons Learned” In the global village, there are a growing number of opportunities for well-meaning U.S.-based conflict resolution providers and educators to work outside the country.  Given the complex interaction of cultures, language, and circumstances, “conflict resolution experts” risk causing harm to the very persons or parties who have invited them in.  Learn how experienced professionals prepare for this challenge.  Find out if their “do’s and don’t’s” can help establish ADR programs in unfamiliar territory here at home.   Presenter: Sandra I. Cheledlin is associate professor of conflict resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.  ICAR’s recent projects have been in Rwanda, Columbia, Georgia, and the Ukraine.  Dr. Cheldelin has served as director of ICAR; on the faculty and as provost at the McGregor School of Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio; on the faculty and as academic dean at the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley; and on the faculty and as director of education, development and research at the medical school at Ohio University. Wednesday, February 18, 2004

12 to 1:15pm* Room 7000A (on the 7th floor level) U.S. Department of the Interior

On C Street, between 18th and 19th Streets, N.W. Washington, DC  RSVP:  Please reserve your space no later than 9:00am, February 18, 2004, by contacting Michael Muchmore, Staff Assistant at 202 327-5383.  (Government-issued photo identification, e.g. driver’s license, is REQUIRED)

THE ABCs OF INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION, L.A. Orange County Bar Association International Law Section March 15, 2004 (12:00 Noon) Airport Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine, CA Speakers: Steven A. Wawra, Esq., Moderator

Mediator/Arbitrator, IVAMS Richard Chernick, Esq. Vice President and Managing Director of

JAMS Arbitration Practice and Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association Robert N. Dobbins, Esq. Mediator/Arbitrator/Founder, Appropriate Dispute Resolution

Adjunct Professor & Southern Counties Liaison, The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law Richard W. Page, Esq. Mediator/Arbitrator/Attorney

Shareholder, The Page Firm Member, American Arbitration Association Executive Committee/Board of Directors Advisor, International Centre for Dispute Resolution American Arbitration Association Experts in the field of international dispute resolution will discuss what business lawyers and litigators must know about international dispute resolution, including:

Effective dispute resolution provisions for international contracts Procedure and what to be concerned about in arbitrating in international forums Enforcement of international arbitration agreements and awards Use, procedures and rules of mediation in resolving international disputes For registration and information, contact Contact Orange County Bar Association at (949) 440-6700 or register on-line at

MWI Training Programs, MA – MWI’s Forty-Hour Mediation Training Program – March 3-21, 2004 (weeknight and weekend schedule) Overview: MWI’s Forty-Hour Mediation Training Program is designed to prepare participants to effectively facilitate the mediation process. The

program explores all aspects of the mediation process through lectures, demonstrations, interactive exercises, supervised role-plays and group discussions. For more information – or 800-348-4888 – MWI’s Negotiation Skills Workshop – May 13&14, 2004 Overview: Based on principles developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project

by Roger Fisher, co-author of the bestseller Getting To Yes, MWI’s Negotiation Skills Workshop is designed to build each participant’s capacity to transform adversarial approaches to negotiation into problem-solving collaborations, producing better outcomes for all parties while enhancing

long-term working relationships. For more information – or 800-348-4888 – MWI’s Forty-Hour Executive Mediation Training Program – May 17-21, 2004

(weekday schedule) Overview: MWI’s Executive Mediation Training Program is a five-day

comprehensive “hands-on” mediation skill-building program designed for professionals interested in exploring and learning about the mediation process through lectures, demonstrations, interactive exercises, supervised role-plays, and group discussions. For more information – or 800-348-4888

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: 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, call 866.590.7195 or email


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 (


Ø August 13-16 at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (Ohio) ( 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:


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 , , Nancy Highness 425-883-3928 or Phil Cutler, 206-340-4600. Visit our Conference website at 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:
Ohio Mediation Association:
Ohio State Bar Association:
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at

“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, 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 is focused on “the Civil Workplace” and has several articles of interest to workplace and other mediators.


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Ohio Mediation Association Annual Conference Seminar March 26, 2004, Fawcett Center, OSU, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus OH 43210 (614) 292-1342

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Session One: 10:00 AM-Noon Quality Assurance of Mediation: Is Certification of Mediators the Answer? National and State Responses.
A panel discussion of what national organizations such as the Association of Conflict Resolution, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, and the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution have proposed concerning mediation certification; an academic perspective and what Ohio has done on this question to date. Moderator: Martha Antolik, OMA President.

Noon-1:30 PM Annual Meeting with Officers’ reports and the Better World Award Presentation.

Session Two: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Noon Quality Assurance of Mediation: Is Certification of Mediators the Answer? What one state has done and what Ohio could do.

A presentation by Eleanor Cozart, President of the Washington State Mediation Association on their certification program and a discussion lead by Shirley Cochran, OMA President Elect of what Ohio could do.

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