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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2002

President: Bridget Durham (614) 645-6624 Fax: (614) 645-8902 E-mail: BDDurham@cmhmetro.net
President Elect: Martha Antolik (937) 429-9974 Fax: (937) 429-8841 E-mail: mantolik@coax.net
Vice President: TBA
Secretary/Membership: TBA
Treasurer/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 (Phone & Fax) E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Immediate Past President: Wendy Hawbaker (440) 576-3628 E-mail: ashtamediate2@suite224.net

Mark your calendars for more of our Year 2000-2001 meetings:

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.)

June 7, 2002: The June meeting will be a discussion about the pros & cons of OMA becoming a Chapter or Affiliate of ACR. Please see the minutes of the meeting in February and the article from Terry Wheeler in the March Newscaster.

President’s Column
By Bridget Durham
“Gradually lifting our expectations of ourselves”

Since March 20 th , we have a new litter of Boxer puppies at our house. For what seemed like forever, they looked and behaved just like one another. Last week, their personalities began to emerge. Curious & inquisitive, bossy & stubborn, playful & silly, big eater & lazy, cuddly, timid & shy. Their mother, our beautiful dear Dixie, has also begun to recognize and respond to each pup in the manner most consistent with their personality.

It took time for this unique and individual characteristic to emerge and then a bit more time for us to recognize them. As has been the case with my role as VP and OMA for the past year. After a three-year absence from Ohio and the mediation community here, I came back in 1999 to find OMA a little more mature than it was when I left Ohio in 1996.

Over the past 12 months, we have surveyed the membership in an effort to make sure we, the EC, were stepping out in a direction consistent with the thoughts and wishes of you, our members. We spent many hours laboring and debating the language and proposed amendments to the by-laws, scrutinized adding an additional position, that of President Elect, and even altered some “term limits.”

These were, for us, significant, sincere pieces of work. From all reports, the membership is pleased and even beginning to express some excitement and anticipation of the next 12 months. We couldn’t be more pleased! After focusing on some basic foundational pieces of the association, we are ready to take the next step. And, you guessed it; this is where YOU come in.

So many of you have told me that you would like to be involved, but have never been asked. Some of you have expressed interest in a specific piece of work or project, but not other aspects of the same project. For example, at the conclusion of our April 19 th Annual Meeting, we were in need of a secretary and a vice president. From opposite sides of the same room, one person said she would love to be secretary, but was only interested in doing the minutes. Across the room, someone else said they’d be interested in secretary, but only in dealing with the membership components. Wa-La! Problem solved!

Had you not stepped forward, and let us know what you wanted to contribute, we would not have known. And so…this is what we are asking – for now.

This publication goes out to almost 400 people, 250 of those are members. I need each of you, yes; each and every single one of you, to email me some pretty specific information. The questions are listed below. Email or regular mail your response to me. Our goal will be to develop something akin to a membership profile or inventory.

If someone called me to ask that I work on a project, I would be happy to do so, provided they asked me to do one of the things I am comfortable doing. We need you to help us involve you in as successful a manner as possible. If you like organizing events, maybe working on the committee to put together the annual meeting would be something you’d enjoy. Maybe you are a good writer, maybe we could use you on the soon to be developed & deployed Public Relations Committee. If there is the possibility that at some point in the future you’d be interested in a position on the Executive Committee, we want to nurture your interest.

We have done our “organizational structure” homework and the foundation is laid for OMA to become more than a 250 member, every other month, networking group. We do not mean to imply that the every other month lunch meetings no longer have value. No, indeed. They are the core of our history and the backbone of our future.

Martha Antolik recently said we have been, “gradually lifting our expectations of ourselves.” I couldn’t have put it any better than that. It is time for us to do something more. Quite simply, because there is more to be done.

I look forward to my email box being filled with your responses. In the future, these questions will become a part of the membership application. New members will have their profile in place and impact the direction of OMA. For those of you have been around awhile, don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized and utilized for whom you are and what you have to contribute.

What skills or special talents do you bring to OMA?

Which committees would you be interested in?

Public Relations

Annual Meeting

Training & Education

Mediator Mentoring

Are you a:

Mediator in Private Practice

Mediator in a Community Mediation Center

Mediator in a Court Connected Program

Mediation Program Administrator

Mediation Trainer

Other_________________

Complete this sentence. I wish OMA would…

BETTER WORLD AWARD
The Ohio Mediation Association is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Better World Award has been presented to the Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service for its fine commitment and contribution to the field of mediation.

For over ten years the Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service (MVDRS) has served the citizens of the greater Youngstown area with assistance in resolution of a variety of issues, including landlord-tenant disputes, small claims matters, neighborhood issues and parenting disputes.

MVDRS was formed in 1991 by an interested and varied group representing the courts and the legal community, education and business, the clergy and civic organizations.  Early financial assistance came from the Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.

The program has operated since its inception with a full-time staff of two (executive director and administrative assistant), both of whom are trained and experienced in mediation, and who often serve in that capacity.  Trained volunteers enable MVDRS to extend its reach with their commitment and talent.  The program accepts referrals from municipal and county courts, as well as domestic relations, juvenile and probate courts, law enforcement and community agencies.

The commitment of the Board, the dedication of the staff and the talent of the volunteers all combine to make MVDRS the kind of community dispute resolution agency that promotes the goals of OMA.  In its own very special way, it is genuinely helping to make the world a better place.  Congratulations, and thank you, to the Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service.

Editorial note: the award was accepted by Former OMA President John Polanski as an original Board member of MVDRS. In the photo, John is seen with the Better World Award and Immediate Past President Wendy Hawbaker is shown with the gift from OMA for her service over the past two years.

(Put Photos in here)

This photo is of Barbara Ashley Philips, speaker for the OMA Annual Conference at the Fawcett Center April 19, 2002.

Dialogue on Quality Assurance in Mediation
For the past several years the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and
Conflict Management has periodically invited its program partners
(organizations and individuals that provide training and dispute resolution
services in Ohio) to come together to discuss topics relevant to the field.
Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend.  In January this
group began a dialogue regarding quality assurance in mediation.  The
focus of the dialogue is not on mediator certification or licensure, but
rather the broader topic of assuring quality programs and services.   Over
the next several months the Commission will continue to host this dialogue.
The next meeting is scheduled for May 17 th . If you are
interested in attending please RSVP to Lynn Verdin at 752-9595.

Officers divide State
The OMA officers have divided the State of Ohio into four basic regions and have taken on the task of contacting mediators in those counties to see if there is an interest in a meeting on the new responsibilities under the UMA and what the OMA might be able to do for them. Each officer’s counties list is as follows: NORTHEAST—Wendy Hawbaker: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lorain, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne, Tuscararus, Harrison, Jefferson. NORTHWEST—Bridget Durham: Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Marion, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Wyandot, Delaware, Auglaize, Mercer. SOUTHEAST—Shirley Cochran: Athens, Belmont, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Vinton, Washington, Franklin, Knox, Coshocton. SOUTHWEST—Martha Antolik: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Warren, Shelby, Union. If you are from any of these counties, or know of mediators or programs in these counties, contact the appropriate officer at the e-mail or phone listed above.

Annual Treasurer’s Report of the OMA
Shirley Cochran, Treasurer

As of the Annual Meeting, we have $5,787.60 in the OMA Treasury. This does not include any dues or registrations from the conference, nor the bills from the conference with the exception of a deposit of $500 to Fawcett Center. In the Financial Year 04/01/01-04/01/02, we showed a loss of $2,857.68, but the costs over and above the generous grant from the Commission for our website creation and maintenance totaled $2,858.10. Therefore this one-time expense for the creation of the website was the cause of our first year loss since I have been treasurer.

The majority of our expenses have center around the Newscaster and mailing costs for the minutes. With the website now providing access for those items, we should see a decrease in those expenditures with adding the monthly web service fee as a minimal increase as more of our members drop off the snail mail list. Anyone with questions or concerns about the financials, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The Dayton Mediation Center receives Daily Points of Light Award
By Sandra Fredrick

It is very exciting to have a mediation center in our community, Dayton, Ohio. I am very proud to have the Dayton Mediation Center and its volunteer mediators recognized and presented with the Daily Points of Light Award by the Corporation for National Service, Points of Light Foundation. The center has been in operation since 1987 receiving about 2,000 referrals yearly for possible mediations. They mediate about 575 cases a year. The program has also been recognized for the juvenile assault mediation program and the lack of recidivism with those cases.

The Dayton Daily News stated, “Out of 3,500 nominations, the Dayton Mediation Center finished in the top 10 percent during the judging process and was ultimately picked for the award”. Tom Whalrab, Director, of The Dayton Mediation Center said, “We don’t have an opinion. We’re impartial. We let people speak for themselves and we believe people are capable of doing that. There’s a certain value in talking things out and we believe that’s what people want”.

I am a former mediator for this organization and have used the mediation center for my own community dispute. It is a pleasure to have such a recognized Mediation Center in our community. Congratulations Dayton Mediation Center, Tom Wahlrab, staff and volunteer mediators.

The Springfield Mediation Service
The mission of the Springfield Mediation Service (SMS) is to provide neighbors and landlords and tenants with collaborative methods to resolve their disputes. Mediation and Conciliation Intake. In 2001, the SMS provided intake for 138 cases, an 8% increase over 2000. 88% of the cases mediated resulted in an agreement. 45% of the cases resulted in a settlement through mediation or conciliation. All services are voluntary. In cases where one party chooses not to participate, referrals are made. Mediator Training. The SMS is blessed with the ongoing service of 13 volunteer mediators. Continuing Education training was offered 4 times for these mediators on the Neighborhood Mediation Project, Facilitation, Stories, and Sharing wisdom.

Neighborhood Mediation Project. Nine volunteer mediators participated in a project to more fully communicate the Mediation Service to neighborhood groups. Mediators were paired with neighborhood organizations during a 6-month period. 20 meeting visits were made, including presentations on the mediation process. Plans are to offer mediation training for neighborhood leaders in 2002. Outreach. SMS continues to promote the use of mediation in the community through presentations and training. Presentations were made at Social Services 101, the Department of Job and Family Services Work Plus classes, Project Woman, a Presbyterian Church and Clark State continuing education. Over 200 students and teachers attended our mini-lesson on mediation at the Springfield Peace Camp. We also helped coordinate training and supervised 24 peer mediators for the 2001 Peace Camp.

Clark County Common Pleas Court Mediation Center
The Clark County Common Pleas Court Mediation Center began in late 1995. At that time, the focus was on mediations addressing parenting and visitation issues referred by Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile court to address family issues. The program expanded in 1996/97 through a grant from the Supreme Court of Ohio. A pilot truancy prevention mediation project implemented at Lincoln Elementary School has expanded to include thirty-eight schools. The program has been recognized by the Supreme Court of Ohio and as well as the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management as a successful model now shared with other Ohio counties as well as a number of other state programs. In 2001 the Center was honored by the Ohio Mediation Association with “A Better World Award” for the Truancy Prevention and Behavior Mediation Program.

A partnership with the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services offers mediation to families as a way to provide services to deter and/or reduce court involvement. In addition the Center provides mediation for a variety of youth disposition and adjudication of abuse, neglect, and dependency findings; and the resolution of parenting disputes for never-married and divorcing parents. Referrals to mediation come from Judge Monnin, Magistrates, Probation Officers and Diversion Officers, Human Services, Schools, attorneys, staff from the police department, sheriff’s office and others. In July of 2000, the Court received pilot project funding from the Supreme Court of Ohio to provide Civil Mediation through the Common Pleas Court General Division. Civil mediation places emphasis on a facilitative process to allow parties to resolve legal issues brought before the general division of the common pleas court. Seventy-five general division cases were referred to mediation during 2001. The Mediation Center has been recognized at a national and state level. Staff members serve on many local, state and national forums and boards. The Center staff includes Sharon Travis as Director; George Brose, Lead Family Mediator, Barbara Lehman and Etta Royer, Truancy Prevention Mediators, Hatsue Hyland, Administrative Assistant and Elsa Roush, Clerk. For more information, call 390-7940.

Family Mediation when a Juvenile has Been Charged with Domestic Violence—Clermont County Juvenile Court
Over the past 6 years, I have been privileged to be the independent contracted mediator in this program offered to juveniles when they have been charged for the first time, with domestic violence and there has been nobody hospitalized or seriously wounded. The program was developed in response to the growing number of domestic violence charges and concern that they be addressed as family issues to be resolved within the family, respecting each family’s need for self-determination. If successful, the advantage to the youth is that the charge does not become official and the youth does not become part of the court system. The charge stays open for six months and in that time I usually meet with the family three to five times for an hour and one half to two hours per session. A written document, called a Memorandum of Agreement, is developed by the family to describe to the Court what changes have taken place within the family. It addresses the issues of better anger management and conflict resolution, as well as identifying the other issues and concerns that were discussed in the mediation sessions. Each member involved signs the document, which I have typed and sent to the juvenile to mail back to me. I then submit the signed document, which is used to satisfy the charge, to my contact person at the Court. If sessions provide nothing else (but of course I believe in the mediation process and the “magic of mediation”), they do provide space for family members to sit down, relax (uninterrupted by phones, cell phones, beepers, others in and out, TV, etc.) and to share what’s on their minds, in their hearts, and how they want the relationships within the family to be and what they are willing to do. I think this program is a wonderful gift to families in trouble and a true opportunity to do prevention work. I am available to discuss the program in more detail, with anyone interested at (513) 271-2223. Lou Ann Wood, AAL Mediation, 6726 Min Street, Cincinnati, OH 45244

CYBERNEWS UPDATE – May 2002
Thanks to everyone who has checked out www.mediateohio.org & sent in questions and comments. Judging from the feedback you like what you see and find it easy to navigate. I will check on what it takes to have my e-mail address included on the site so that I can be contacted directly but until then I will continue to impose on the executive committee to forward messages via the “Contact Us” section.

Let me put yet another request out there for folks to check their listing to see if it appears correctly. If you’ve tried to get to your listing via the mediator locator you’ve found that by typing any single item (e.g. county, zip code, area of practice) one or more names will appear (hopefully including yours!). If this is not the case or you have other questions or concerns don’t hesitate to ask.

By now you’re aware that the latest Newscaster and meeting minutes are available on line (as well as past issues in the archives). As noted earlier we (Shirley, Martha & I) are working on an easy way to post news and announcements as they become available rather than waiting for the Newscaster and/or minutes to be published. Such updated information will soon be available as part of the Minutes section so the next time you’re at the site check to see what’s new. your web lackey, John Polanski

Mediation as Entertainment
Did you know there was a mediation program on television? The Home and Garden TV (HGTV) network’s Designing for the Sexes provides entertainment when on Thursday evenings host interior designer Michael Payne mediates an interior-decorating dispute between a husband and wife. According to an article in Just Resolutions, the Newsletter of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution written by Dana Lansky, an associate at Foley, Hoag & Eliot, LLP. According to Lansky, most of the compromising, negotiating and deal making occur off screen. At the end of the show, viewers get to see the room transformed. Unfortunately for me, I don’t get HGTV, but maybe someone who does can watch and do a summary for the next Newscaster. Shirley A. Cochran, JD, Editor

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR

MOCK MEDIATION FORUM

The Ohio Judicial Conference is sponsoring a pilot Mock Mediation Forum for 7 th and 8 th graders in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties for the fall of 2002.

This inaugural Forum will include teams from 25 schools who have existing conflict resolution programs. Students will be given a case reflecting a real-life situation they might encounter, and volunteer teachers and coaches will guide them in mediation techniques. On the day of the Forum, teams will gather at a centrally located site and will demonstrate a mediation to a team of evaluators. Teams will be given feedback and constructive criticism and will be awarded a ranking. A group session for all 25 teams will culminate the Forum and will give the students the opportunity to observe professional mediators in a simulated session.

Volunteer coaches and evaluators are needed to make this project a success. Please contact Wendy Hawbaker, OMA president, at (440) 576-3628 ashtamediate2@suite224.net or Karen Frees at the Ohio Judicial Conference (800) 282-1510, for more information.

!!TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!!
When you signed up for the Annual Conference did you conveniently send in your $35 annual dues for the 2002-2003 year? If not, please complete the Membership Application that has been mailed to you so we have accurate, updated information, or contact any officer for an application by e-mail attachment or snail mail.

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s treasurer, Shirley Cochran at 28987 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley or Martha Antolik for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc., for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A revised membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience.

New Members:

Michelle Flaum Bowman
9642 Sage Meadow Ct.
Centerville, OH 45458
P37/885-5135
mflaum@gemair.com
Areas of Practice: Divorce Interpersonal

Conflict Management Corporation
Mary Louise Tobias, Attorney
The Atrium
30400 Detroit Rd., Suite 307
Westlake, OH 44145
1-800/716-2488
440/323-5551 FAX
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Business/Commercial, Labor

Merle Graybill
57 Avon Place
Athens, OH 45701
740/593-6840
740/593-6840 FAX
graybill@ohio.edu
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Labor

Edward E. Turner
State Employee Relations Board
65 East 5 th Street, 12 Fl.
Columbus, OH 43215
614/644-8716
614/466-3074 FAX
eturner@serb.state.oh.us
Areas of Practice: Labor

Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville, OH 45309
937/833-6588
937/833-6588 FAX
mediate@who.rr.com

Corrections:

Jay M. Patterson
372 Oakland Park Ave.
Columbus, OH 43214
Mark Yajko, JD
48938 Calcutta-Smithferry Road
East Liverpool, OH 43920-9637

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Resolution on Mediation and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Adopted by the Section on February 2, 2002

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution has noted the wide range of views expressed by scholars, mediators, and regulators concerning the question of whether mediation constitutes the practice of law.  The Section believes that both the public interest and the practice of mediation would benefit from greater clarity with respect to this issue in the statutes and regulations governing the unauthorized practice of law (“UPL”).  The Section believes that such statutes and regulations should be interpreted and applied in such a manner as to permit all individuals, regardless of whether they are lawyers, to serve as mediators.  The enforcement of such statutes and regulations should be informed by the following principles: Mediation is not the practice of law.  Mediation is a process in which an impartial individual assists the parties in reaching a voluntary settlement.  Such assistance does not constitute the practice of law.  The parties to the mediation are not represented by the mediator. Mediators’ discussion of legal issues.  In disputes where the parties’ legal rights or obligations are at issue, the mediator’s
discussions with the parties may involve legal issues.  Such discussions do not create an attorney-client relationship, and do not constitute legal advice, whether or not the mediator is an attorney. Drafting settlement agreements.  When an agreement is reached in a mediation, the parties often request assistance from the mediator in memorializing their agreement.  The preparation of a memorandum of understanding or settlement agreement by a mediator, incorporating the terms of settlement specified by the parties, does not constitute the practice of law.  If the mediator drafts an agreement that goes beyond the terms specified by the parties, he or she may be engaged in the practice of law. However, in such a case, a mediator shall not be engaged in the practice of law if (a) all parties are represented by counsel and (b) the mediator discloses that any proposal that he or she makes with respect to the terms of settlement is informational as opposed to the practice of law, and that the parties should not view or rely upon such proposals as advice of counsel, but merely consider them in consultation with their own attorneys.        Mediators’ responsibilities.  Mediators have a responsibility to inform the parties in a mediation about the nature of the mediator’s role in the process and the limits of that role.  Mediators should inform the parties: (a) that the mediator’s role is not to provide them with legal representation, but rather to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement; (b) that a settlement agreement may affect the parties’ legal rights; and (c) that each of the parties has the right to seek the advice of independent legal counsel throughout the mediation process and should seek such counsel before signing a settlement agreement. This and other ADR policy updates are available at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.abanet.org/dispute/webpolicy.html

The ABA Task Force on E-commerce and ADR has released a draft of its final report and recommendations along with proposed guidelines for best practices for ODR Service Providers.  This document takes into account many of the comments and input received on our preliminary concept paper from May 2001. These documents are posted online at the Task Force website: http://www.law.washington.edu/aba-eadr .  They are in both MS-Word and PDF format.

The Task Force welcomes your comments and suggestions.  The comment period
runs until May 31.   Please send your comments: via email to eadr@u.washington.edu or via mail to: ABA Task Force on E-commerce & ADR
c/o Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology University of Washington School of Law 1100 NE Campus Parkway Seattle, WA 98105 We look forward to receiving your feedback. Anita Ramasastry Associate Director Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology Assistant Professor of Law University of Washington School of Law 1100 NE Campus Parkway Seattle,  WA 98105-6607
Tel: (206) 616-8441/Fax: (206) 616-3427 E-fax 208-439-7818 http://www.law.washington.edu/lct

IDAHO LAW EASES DISPUTE RESOLUTION
A bill signed into law in March requires litigants in the state seeking damages of less than $25,000 to use alternative dispute resolution. Parties can challenge an ADR award in court, but not without financial risk. http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.abanet.org/journal/ereport/m29arb.html

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20 th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2002. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775. E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com . Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor .

Job Announcements: We have no announcements for this Newscaster, but 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.

ATTENTION MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION AND ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
PROFESSIONALS The Rutgers State University School of Law-Newark recently founded a new scholarly on-line journal.  The Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal, or “RCRLJ”, aims to address the many varied issues that face practitioners in the areas of Mediation, Negotiation and Alternate Dispute Resolution. RCRLJ was founded by students enrolled in the University’s Conflict Management Certificate Program. Currently, RCRLJ seeks submissions of articles and notes for its initial on-line publication, which is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2002.  The deadline for the Spring/Summer edition is June 15, 2002.  The submission deadline for the subsequent Fall/Winter edition is October 15, 2002. Requirements are as follows: Articles must be at least 20 and no more than 75 pages in length. Student Notes must be at least 20 and no more than 45 pages in length. All Submissions must be original, unpublished works and should be submitted via email in RTF (rich text format) format.  All submissions should be footnoted and cited according to Bluebook standards. If you are interested in submitting an article or note, or if you have
any other questions regarding the Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal please contact us at RCRLJ@pegasus.rutgers.edu . Thank you. Robyn Veasey Managing Editor

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS :

The Springfield Mediation Service and the Clark County Common Pleas Court Mediation Center are planning basic mediation training to be held Thursday, May 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m. and Friday-, May 31 – June 2. Persons eligible for training include Neighborhood Association members and those connected with the schools Truancy Mediation Program. For more information contact Sharon Travis at 390-7940 or Jackie Sudhoff at 328-3480.

I am Sandra Quick, the Supervisor of Customer Relations with Columbus Public Schools. I have attended two OMA meetings. I am serving on a planning committee with Capital U School of Law for minority mediators. The title is “Eliminating Barriers for Minorities in ADR/Mediation.” It will be May 20-21 at Capital U. The cost will be approximately $50. There will be nationally known and local speakers/panelist. Many areas of ADR will be represented; law enforcement, education, labor, EEO, public policy, community, family and more. There will be three tracks, those who are just getting started in ADR or are interested in getting started, those who are currently practicing, and those who want to be mentors. I am writing to ask you to help us identify minorities who might be interested in attending the conference. You can give them my e-mail or work phone number, 365-8888. If you have questions feel free to call also. Thank you for your assistance. Sandra

Mark your calendar for one of the region’s best conferences in 2002! Judith S. Wallerstein, PhD., is widely considered the world’s foremost authority on the impact of divorce on children and their parents, and the author of The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study . Dr. Wallerstein will speak in Cincinnati about the conclusions from this in-depth, close-up 25-year study, which followed the lives for 131 children whose parents divorced. The conference is at the Cincinnati Cintas Center and starts at 7:30 PM on Friday, October 11, 2002, when Dr. Wallerstein will review her study findings in detail. On Saturday morning, October 12, 2002, from 9:00 AM-noon, Dr. Wallerstein will speak with a panel of experts from both the mental health and legal communities. Co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, Beech Acres, and The Krug Lecture Series. For more information call (513) 961-8886.

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, J.D., Leslie Martin, B.A., and Kenneth T. Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W. Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynet.net. Website: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.conflictmgmt.com/ General/Basic Mediation : June 13-14, July 11-12, August 1-2, 19-20, September 5-6, October 2-3, and November 7-8; Divorce and Family Mediation : May 23-24 & 29-31, July 24-26 & 29-31, September 19-20 & 25-27, and November 14-15 & 20-22; Mediating Divorce Finances : August 26-27; Transformative Mediation : June 27-28 and October 15-16; Principled Negotiation : August 8-9 and October 24-25; Mediating with Teenagers : August 16, and October 11 ; Asking Strategic Questions : August 22 and October 9; Identifying Issues and Interests in Mediation : August 23 and October 10; Victim-Offender Mediation : July 15-16 and October 17-18; Civil Mediation : August 30 and October 29; Marketing Professional Services : August 12 and November 4; Group Facilitation : July 31, and October 21; and Divorce 101 : June 24-25.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and The Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training May 21-22, August 14-15, October 1-2, or December 11-12, 2002 and the 40 hour Domestic Mediation Training October 24-25, 29-31, 2002. For more information or registration brochure, contact CMS, 80 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH 43215, phone (614) 228-7191 or fax (614) 228-7213

Begler Group Trainings in Unified Mediation:  Working from a Gestalt
Perspective: Ann L. Begler of the Begler Group will present a three day training in “Unified Mediation:  Working from a Gestalt Perspective “at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in September 2002.  The workshop will run from Thursday afternoon, September 26, through Sunday morning, September 29.  The training will teach participants how to use the gestalt cycle of experience as a framework to support mediation, how to work with resistance to avoid impasse and how the mediator’s awareness and immediate use of self can enhance opportunities for resolution.  Additional information is provided by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. A one-day workshop on Unified Mediation: Working from a Gestalt Perspective will be presented as part of the annual conference of the Maine Association of Mediators.  This workshop will take place on May 17, 2002 in Augusta, Maine. Additional workshops on Unified Mediation:  Working from a Gestalt Perspective are being planned for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Online Dispute Resolution Training June 17-21, 2002 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Instructional Technology Center, Healy Library, UMass Boston Online Resolution and the Dispute Resolution Masters Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston are offering a week-long, not-for-credit seminar that orients participants to the emerging field of on-line dispute resolution. Course Background Courts cannot handle online disputes. The judicial system is slow, expensive, and geographically bound. Rapidly expanding e-commerce, the growth in cross-boundary transactions, and the inability of traditional legal processes to deal with disputes arising over the web has created a need for online redress options. The international consensus is that online alternative dispute resolution is
the best solution to these problems. Online ADR (or “ODR”) can resolve
online disputes quickly, confidentially, and effectively. It helps parties to be at their best, it connects capable neutrals with parties in effective ways, and it brings efficiencies to inefficient online marketplaces. ODR is the hottest area of the ADR field right now. But it is still in its infancy. Do the rules of offline ADR apply to ODR? How does technology change the equation? Can ODR be effective when parties are not looking into the other side’s eyes? How can offline neutrals best translate their skills online? How can technology merge with face-to-face ADR to make it more effective? Any questions or comments? Please contact Colin Rule, 617-354-5444 x664 or crule@onlineresolution.com To register for the course or to learn more about the Dispute Resolution
program at UMass-Boston, call 617.287.7421 or visit the program website.

Second Annual NYU Program on Employment Law and Mediator Skills Training for ADR Neutrals June 17-21, 2002, in New York City The Center for Labor and Employment Law at NYU School of Law Details available  http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.nyu.edu/laborcenter/ or contact Ben Eisenman at ben.eisenman@nyu.edu or 212 998-6242

October 16-19, 2002: The Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS) presents professional mediation training entitled, Mediation for the Professional, an interactive 3-day course, focused both on the skills of the mediator and on the skills of the parties and advocates in mediation.  Led by Linda Singer and Michael Lewis, this course is designed for attorneys, managers, human resource and other professionals interesting in learning or further developing their mediation skills.  Tuition:  $895 before August 19, 2002, after August 19, 2002, $995.  Payment may be made by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard.  To register, please contact CDS at (202) 265-9572, ext 320.  For more information check our website at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.cdsusa.org/ .  Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peach, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC.  CDS courses have been approved for CEU and CLE credits.

On June 12-14, 2002, Conflict Resolution Network Canada and Family Mediation Canada are co-sponsoring an in-depth national conflict resolution conference at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Provocative sessions, national and internationally renown presenters and abundant networking opportunities make “Connections 2002- Building a culture of peace” an event that Canadians interested and active in conflict resolution will not want to miss. Our print program will be mailed to members of both organizations in the next few days.  In the meantime, a copy of our program is available on-line. This link http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.crnetwork.ca/i2002/Sessions/program-english.pdf offers our complete 20-page program in PDF format. You may print the program, fill in the registration form, mail or fax it to Family Mediation Canada at: Family Mediation Canada 528 Victoria Street North Kitchener, ON N2H 5C1 FAX: 519-585-3121 We hope to see you on the Island in June!
Kathleen Cleland Moyer on behalf of the conference planning committee 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: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.crnetwork.ca/

The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 14th Annual Conference June 12-14, Greenbelt, MD
The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 14th Annual Conference brochure is on the web at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.natlctr4adr.org/ < http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.natlctr4adr.org/ > . To request a copy of the brochure by mail, please call the Center at (301) 261-1124.

Mediation for the Professional October 16-19, 2002: The Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS) presents
professional mediation training entitled, Mediation for the Professional, an interactive 3-day course, focused both on the skills of the mediator and on the skills of the parties and advocates in mediation.  Led by Linda Singer and Michael Lewis, this course is designed for attorneys, managers, human resource and other professionals interesting in learning or further developing their mediation skills.  Tuition:  $895 if registered by September 15, 2001, $975 thereafter (payment may be made by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard.  To register, please contact CDS at (202) 265-9572, ext 320.  For more information check our website at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.cdsusa.org/ .  Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peach, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC CDS courses have been approved for CEU and CLE credits.

TITLE: “MWI’s Train the Trainer Institute” TRAINERS and GUEST SPEAKERS: Melissa Brodrick, Charles Doran and other experienced trainers and role-play coaches (see for more information about the trainers). DATES: September 18-20, 2002 LOCATION: Mediation Works Incorporated – Boston, MA COST: $850  ($775 if registered a month in advance) DESCRIPTION: “MWI’s Train the Trainer Institute” is a three-day advanced seminar designed to prepare experienced mediators and other dispute resolution professionals to become effective trainers and role-play coaches. For more information please visit < www.mwi.org/training/trainer.html < http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.mwi.org/training/trainer.html > > or call Charles Doran, Executive Director at 800-348-4888 x22 with questions and to request a brochure. Training Prerequisites: Mediators and must have completed 30-hours of formal mediation training (or meet their state’s requirement);  Experience Prerequisites: Mediators and other ADR Practitioners must have experience with at least 10 cases in the past two years.
Contact: Charles P. Doran Mediator / Executive Director Mediation Works Incorporated 9 Park Street – Sixth Floor Boston, MA 02108-4807 Phone:   (617) 973-9739 x22 / (800) 348-4888
Fax:       (617) 973-9532 E-mail:   ChuckDoran@MWI.org Web:      www.mwi.org < http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.mwi.org/ > Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI) is dedicated to providing dispute resolution services and training to clients seeking to resolve difficult disputes.

Here are some things going on at the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School that you might be interested in. E-NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution publishes a weekly e- newsletter with timely information about the Center and the LL.M. program, upcoming conferences, job/fellowship announcements, DR resources, etc.  The archive of back issues is at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/news.htm .  If you want to subscribe to the newsletter, there is a link on that page to request this. LL.M. PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2002 The LL.M. Admissions Committee is continuing to accept applications.  Applicants submitting complete files by March 1 will receive notification in April.  Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis if space is still available.  If you know of qualified people who might be interested in applying, please let them know about the upcoming deadline.  To qualify for the LL.M. Program, students must have completed the first degree in law required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued.  For more information about admission to the LL.M. Program, see http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/admission_requirements.htm . LL.M. PROGRAM WEB SITE HAS BEEN IMPROVED The LL.M. Program web site has added several new pages.  Profiles of current LL.M. students are at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/current_students.htm .  Profiles of some LL.M. alumni are at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/alumni.htm .  Answers to frequently asked questions are at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/LLM_FAQ.htm .  Next step: a photo album.  (Those who know me are no doubt wondering why the photos were not the first thing up on the website.) If you have questions about the LL.M. Program, I would be happy to answer them. John Lande Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO  65211 Tel:  573-882-3914 Fax: 573-882-3343 Email:  landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web:  http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/

Adult Guardianship Mediation Training TCSG and PeaceTalks present Adult Guardianship Mediation Training – June 2-4, 2002 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This two and one-half day training — Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning — will be presented jointly by TCSG and PeaceTalks.  It is targeted to mediators who would like to expand their practice to include mediation of disputes that arise when guardianship over an adult is being considered, and to persons interested in establishing such service programs. For more information, contact Penny Hommel The Center for Social Gerontology 2307 Shelby Avenue Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 Phone:  734 665-1126
Fax:  734 665-2071 phommel@tcsg.org http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.tcsg.org/ or Susan Hartman PeaceTalks shartman_pt@hotmail.com

Berlin Summer Program August 5-17 This 2-week program focuses on the cutting edge of dispute resolution (including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation) in a cross-cultural setting. It also presents the exceptional opportunity for students to obtain mediator certification in one of the most fascinating cities of Europe. Berlin, the new capital of unified Germany, is uniquely cosmopolitan with cultural attractions that few other cities can match. This is a joint program of Tulane and Humboldt University, one of the premier German law schools located in the historic center of Berlin among grand 18 th and 19 th century palaces. Half of the students will be German law students and attorneys, and the other half will be American (and some European) law students and attorneys. COURSES The program offers three courses: Intercultural Negotiation/Mediation (two credits), International Arbitration (one credit), and Transitional Civil Litigation (one credit). Students may receive up to three credits for two of
the three courses, which reflects the ABA requirement that students not receive more than three credits during a 2-week session. Students may attend the third course on a non-credit basis. There will be additional lectures, presentations and panel discussions featuring internationally renowned scholars and practitioners. All classes will be conducted in English. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses. Tuition for the program is $1,650. Upon enrollment, students will receive a list with housing suggestions and additional information. Contact: Joachim Zekoll [jzekoll@law.tulane.edu]

Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas October 24-26, 2002 ~ University of Massachusetts Boston Call for Papers Conference Information On October 24-26, 2002, the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts Boston will host a conference for graduate students who are studying conflict in diverse disciplines including: political science, urban planning, social work, psychology, environmental science, industrial organizations, public administration, sociology, international affairs, religion, law, economics, anthropology, public health, dispute resolution, labor relations, and education. Features: *Keynote Address by Robert Mnookin of Harvard Law School *Panel Discussions Chaired by Prominent Dispute Resolution Scholars *Career Exposition *Pre-Conference Skill-Building Workshops *Opportunities to Network with Conflict Scholars and Students at *Conference Luncheon *Evening Banquet Graduate Student Address: A graduate student will be chosen to give a major conference address. If you wish to be considered as this Conference Speaker, send in a cassette
tape version of the speech you would like to give (approximately 20 minutes in length). The Graduate Student Speaker will receive an honorarium of $100.00 and the conference registration fee will be waived. The deadline for submission of conference address tapes is 4:00  pm on May 15, 2001. Please mail tape to the address on the registration form. Proposal Information: We encourage current students studying conflict in doctoral, masters, law or graduate certificate programs to submit proposals on a conflict related
topic. We ask that applicants consider the multidisciplinary nature of the conference and work to make their work accessible to those trained in other disciplines. UMass Boston graduate students and faculty will review proposals. Proposals and CVs must be one page each, contain the author’s name and contact information in the upper left side of the document. Please submit one copy electronically to disres@umb.edu .  We kindly request that you attach the documents as an MSWord file or as a rich text file (rtf).  Paper Information We will send notification of your acceptance by May 15.  Full papers are due on August 15.  Papers, based on accepted proposals, should be 20-30 pages long and documented using an academic style (ex. APA, MLA, Law). Please e-mail one copy of your paper to disres@umb.edu and submit one hard copy to the address below. Student papers selected for presentation will be grouped according to topic. We will electronically distribute the presenters and session chair your paper to review before the presentation. Initial presentations of papers will be short summaries (5-10 minutes) made at Round Table discussion sessions. Audience members will be invited to join the discussion halfway through the round table session. Mail to: Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution University of Massachusetts Boston Attn:  Proposal Committee 100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393 Student papers selected for presentation will be grouped according to topic. We will send the presenters and session chair a copy of your paper to review before the presentation. Initial presentations of papers will be short summaries (5-10 minutes) made at Round Table discussion sessions. Audience members will be invited to join the discussion halfway through the round table session. On October 24, we will have three pre-conference Skill Building Workshops. These are: Intra-party Conflict in Multi-party Cases; Human Rights & Conflict Resolution and Shifts Happen: Moving From Automatic to Intentional Conversations About Divisive Issues. More information is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.disres.umb.edu/

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.state.oh.us/cdr (This is one of the sites where the directory will appear.)
Ohio Mediation Association: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/https://www.mediateohio.org/
Ohio State Bar Association: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.ohiobar.org/ (Another directory website.)
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.mcgregor.edu/
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://aom.pace.edu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001.htm

 

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, 24 th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108

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