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


Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2004

President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: or
Immediate Past President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail:
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

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 OMA’s New website unveiled and explained! (Tentatively scheduled with personnel.)

December 3, 2004 TBA

February 4, 2005 TBA

April 8, 2005 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT FAWCETT CENTER (Note different date and location for Annual Conference 2005.)

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 Shirley Cochran

“What one decides to do in crisis depends on one’s philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasn’t any philosophy in crisis, others make the decision.” Jeannette Rankin, Suffragette and first woman elected to the US Congress as quoted in ACResolution Winter 2004 at Page 8.

I decided my first column as President of this great organization should be a statement of my philosophy of life as regards crisis management since that is our business. Then, the more I thought about it, my philosophy changes depending upon the crisis. If it is family, it is based upon emotion (follow your heart and protect those you love); work related is much more logical, (react only after reasoning through the consequences of the reaction), etc. I also realized my philosophy has changed over the years. It used to be “Don’t get mad, get even,” but now I am not so sure that is my first response. I am becoming more reflective and less reactive. Until we know how we react in crisis, how can we help others deal with it? I think I will be paying a bit more attention to this issue as I mediate my cases just to see how I react to the crisis itself and those involved.

Thanks to Immediate Past President Martha Antolik for her fine work the last two years. Vice President Jay Patterson has taken the lead on our comment on the UMA and represented us well. Sheri Center, our Secretary has stepped up to not only do the minutes but other items I might need not necessarily in her job description. Our Treasurer, Dan DeStephen has not only kept the books but came through in a pinch with a gift for outgoing President Martha, his wife. My thanks to all our Board and my hope that this is the beginning of a great year.

OMA needs to decide where we are headed and what we plan to do as an organization. The officers will be discussing some long-term planning before our June meeting so if you have anything we should consider, please contact any of us listed above. Comment on and the forums concerning the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators will be first on our list as those forums are planned for May and June (see announcement below). Continued work on the UMA as it enters the Ohio Senate will also be a priority.

As a member, let us know if there are programming ideas you would like to see implemented and ideas for the Annual Conference set for April 8, 2005. It looks like our new website with will be operational soon and we can use the old address of as well as We will be moving the Newscaster to an e-zine before the end of this OMA year if not the calendar year and we have other plans to make OMA visible as well as viable as the voice for Ohio’s mediators. Let us know what you are willing to do to help.

Ohio Forums on the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators
The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Ohio Community Mediation Association, the Ohio State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee, the Ohio Mediation Association, the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio and the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section are pleased to announce three forums on the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Forum dates, times and locations are as follows:

· Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m., Dayton City Hall, 3301 W. Third St., Sixth floor training room, Dayton, Ohio. Parking is available in the parking garage West of City Hall. (Hosted by the Dayton Mediation Center and the Ohio Community Mediation Association.)

· Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m., Brecksville Center for the Arts, 8997 Highland Dr. Brecksville, Ohio. Directions are posted at (Hosted by the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio.)

· Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Ohio State Bar Association, 1700 Lakeshore Dr., Columbus, Ohio. (Hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association)

The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators were adopted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution (ABA), and the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) (the successor to the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR)) in 1994. These Standards have served as a foundation for many other statements of ethics and conduct in the mediation field.

Last year the AAA, ABA and ACR announced the formation of a Joint Committee, which consists of two members from each organization, to review and suggest revisions to the Model Standards. The review will respond to the rapidly changing dynamics of the mediation field since the original Standards were adopted. The Joint Committee released the first revision of the Model Standards in January 2004. The Joint Committee is anxious to elicit comments and observations from interested professionals to obtain as much input as possible so that any revisions to the Model Standards accurately reflect the current status of mediation practice. The Committee believes that input from individuals and organizations will be critical to keeping the Standards current and meaningful.

The Ohio forums will allow individuals interested in mediation to provide comments directly to two Committee members – Terry Wheeler, who is one of the ACR representatives to the Joint Committee, and Joseph Stulberg, who serves as the Reporter to the Joint Committee. Josh Stulberg is a professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Terry Wheeler is a Columbus attorney with Artz & Dewhirst and Co-Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at Capital University Law School.

We invite you to share your perspectives either by participating in one of the forums, posting to the website ( or by sending your written comments to the Committee Reporter. A copy of the Model Standards is also available at the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management site at Please pass this announcement along to interested individuals and entities for their consideration as well.

If you have questions about the forums, please contact Ed Krauss, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management 614-752-9595 or Eileen Pruett, Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section 614-387-9420.

The Better World Award Receipients March 26, 2004

The Honorable Merle Grace Kearns of the Ohio House of Representatives

Nominated by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

Representative Kearns has been a long-time supporter of the field of dispute resolution and conflict management and exemplifies the spirit of this award. Throughout her career in state government, Representative Kearns has promoted and continues to promote the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution in public policy development and state governance. She currently sits on the Board of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national nonprofit organization that works with states to promote collaboration to achieve more effective governance. This past year, Representative Kearns was instrumental in working with state officials to restore Commission funding for fiscal years 2004-2005 and in helping to educate her fellow legislators regarding the value of the Commission’s programs and services.

Barbara Blevins and Nancy Kearney

Nominated by Crevon Tarrance , Program Manager, Dispute Resolution Services, The Supreme Court of Ohio

As domestic violence prevention advocates, Barb and Nancy approached staff at the Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section in 1999 to solicit help in providing consistent, high-quality training for mediators regarding domestic abuse. They had made the critical distinction that mediated cases with positive outcomes for clients tended to be those where the mediator was sufficiently trained on domestic abuse issues. Barb and Nancy became part of a work group convened to discuss curriculum development; a group that met for nearly two years. They assisted in drafting Guiding Principles, highlighting elements of importance and consensus from their discussions, to give to consultants who would be adapting for Ohio a previously developed curriculum. At least in part because of Barb and Nancy’s initiative, the Supreme Court of Ohio now has a two-day course, Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals offered free of charge to any court mediation program and their community stakeholders (as of early 2004, 357 participants have been trained from forty counties); better screening procedures and protocol for handling cases that might involve domestic abuse are in existence and there are stronger alliances with the advocacy community and expanded resource networks.

OMA Successful in Obtaining Amendment to Uniform Mediation Act
By Jay M. Patterson, Vice President

OMA got what it asked for-period. Although this is only partially true, OMA was successful in getting a grammatical period. In reviewing and monitoring the progress of the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA), OMA requested that the Judiciary Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives amend the bill by inserting a period in a critical sentence of the UMA that sets forth the privilege held by mediators. The bill as originally introduced was, at best, unclear as to whether mediators could avoid being called to testify regarding what the parties said in mediation. At worst, the original language could have been read to say there was no privilege for mediators as to what the parties said and thus, under this interpretation, would mean that a mediator could be forced to disclose what the parties said in mediation.

The originally proposed language of 2710.03 (B) (2) of the Ohio Revised Code said “A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication and may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator.” OMA was concerned that the words at the end of this sentence, i.e. “of the mediator” could be interpreted to apply to the first clause of the sentence relating to what a mediator could refuse to disclose. Therefore, the concern was that the first clause when combined with the end clause could have led to an interpretation that a mediator could only refuse to disclose his or her own statements made in mediation. OMA suggested that a period be inserted between the clause relating to what a mediator may refuse to disclose and the clause relating to what a mediator may prevent another person from disclosing. With the help of Eileen Pruitt of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, OMA was successful in obtaining this amendment to the bill. Section 2710.03 (B) (2) as passed by the Judiciary Committee now reads “ A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication. A mediator may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator”.

As mentioned above OMA did not get everything it wanted. Despite opposition testimony by OMA, the Judiciary Committee passed an amendment requested by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. This change substantially alters the original language of the UMA dealing with the exceptions to privilege in proposed section 2710.05 (B). Under this amendment, felonies and other specific crimes are per se not privileged. The original language stated that in order for a mediation communication related to a felony or misdemeanor to be disclosed, a court would need to determine after an in camera hearing that the need for the information substantially outweighs the need to protect the privilege. OMA remains opposed to this reduction of the privilege and will most likely make its opposition to this amendment known when/if the bill gets to the Senate.

This vigilance is just one of the ways the officers are working to make OMA an active voice for the mediators of Ohio. However, the officers alone can not make OMA all it can be. We need the help of a membership that is involved and committed. Get involved now!

You can view the bill in its entirety at It is known as House Bill 303.

The 2004 Ohio Mediation Association Annual Conference
By Sheri Center, Secretary

Part 1, was composed of a panel discussing the topic, “Mediation Quality Assurance: National and State Responses”. Speakers included Dan DeStephan of Wright State University, presenting the position of the Association for Conflict Resolution; Sarah Cole of Ohio State University College of Law. Dan DeStephan presented the following information using a power point presentation and handouts.

The ACR’s quality initiatives are: *Improve Professionalism among Members

*Improve the quality of Services within Society

· Articulation of Standards of Practice

· Certification of Practitioners

ACR’s Certification efforts are initiated because of:

· the growing use of mediation to resolve public and private disputes

· the growing use of mandated mediation

· the proliferation of subjective competency standards

· the non-transferability of mediation competency through-out the states

· confusion over the term, ‘mediation’

The Basic Element of the Certification Process is intended to:

· be a voluntary process

· focus on practitioner rather than on certifying entity or training program

· be open to anyone, not just ACR member

· have an emphasis on recognition of existing competency

· certify ‘early intermediate’ level rather than entry or advanced

· serve as a review process rather than a performance –based process

· evolve

Components of the Review Process will:

· review an applications portfolio of mediation training and experience

· require successful completion of a written knowledge assessment (test)

· offer re-certification after 3-years

· de-certification for professional misconduct or ethical violations.

Dan presented a description of the current status of the initiative

· The report of the initial ACR Certification

· Task Force is in its final states of editing prior to its release

· ACR Board is creating an Implementation Task Force

ACR’s position is not ‘should there be certification of mediators. The issue is who should certify: ACR feels that it is time for the largest professional organization within the field of dispute resolution to influence how mediators are selected.

Sarah Cole, representing Academia, presented the following:

Is regulation of the profession necessary? The belief is that regulation protects the public by offering good agreements and a promoting a positive image of mediation. Regulation also promotes mediation by focusing on quality/ethics, increasing credibility, enhancing career opportunities and reducing court congestion.

Types of regulation include:

· Certification: satisfying voluntary set of standards laid out by organizations. Certification would not be required in order to practice mediation

· Licensure. This has been unpopular due to it’s expense, limitations, creation of barriers, and increasing a homogenous look to mediation

· No qualifications – there are concerns by some that certification may bring about the loss of diversity within the field.

What else should be looked at? Experience, education, training, letters of reference.

A points system has been suggested. Points would be given for education, training and experience.

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) requires parties interested in certification to be mentored, to first observe mediations and then participate with a co-mediator. Other considerations include college degrees, number of hours of experience, foreign language proficiency, whether or not one is an attorney, and having five years of residency.

The FMCS system is connected to workplace related mediation. They also suggest giving pointed for certified trainers.

Additional concerns related to a point system certification include having an appeals process if a mediator is denied inclusion on roster. Also, keeping confidential, the number of points one has.


This organization has discussed grandparenting mediators with over 500 hours of experience. Taking the test will still be required.

Drawbacks to the ACR approach

· Is written knowledge assessment useful?

· Is it possible to document 100 hours of training/coursework? The number, 100 hours, is an arbitrary number.

· Lack of ACR certification may result in lack of business for individual mediators.

· Is it realistic to accurately document the number of mediations one has participated in?

ABA Credentialing Task Force
A report by the Task Force is expected to available by March 2004.

Questions that people in the profession continue to consider include:

· Mediator training programs; should they be subject to review and accreditation.

· Is there value in addressing how people get into the field of mediation?

· Who do we include vs. who do we exclude? How does one recognize excellence?

OMA’s Website Is Moving!
By Martha Antolik, Immediate Past President

OMA is moving—our new website will be developed and maintained by, a premier location for all things conflict resolution on the Internet. The new location will provide us with the capability to provide you with some exciting benefits, including:

*A greatly enhanced Member Directory, with far easier search capabilities. This new Member Directory will also provide you with the opportunity to keep your own information updated as needed—by you doing this yourself!

*Turning this newsletter into an e-newsletter, sent directly to you via email and posted on our website.

* A new and improved website utilizing’s Dynamic Website technology, which provides us with total control over changing, maintaining and adding content to out site as needed.

*We’ve become an affiliate with—and that means that you as an OMA member can put up your own website through at a significant savings.

What will stay the same is our domain— When you type that URL into your search engine, what you will be directed to is still the Ohio Mediation Association website.

So, stay tuned for more information about our new presence on the world-wide web!

Why Certification May Happen—Whether We Like It or Not
By Martha Antolik, Immediate Past President

At our most recent Annual Meeting, the topic of the day was the certification of mediators. One of the biggest controversies in our field, certification has its vocal opponents and equally-as-vocal proponents. The issue is far from settled, at this writing.

A recent juxtaposition of news items appearing in the Dayton Daily News, however, illustrate that the stage is being set for this concept to be discussed by others outside the field—including those in the position to make decisions that affect all of us as practitioners.

The March 28th edition of Parade magazine included an article titled “A Saner, Smarter Way to Say Goodbye,” which provides readers with information about divorce mediation. Among the benefits touted are that parties can “avoid whopping divorce fees. Using mediators can save you a lot of money.” The article goes on to advise readers to consult the Association for Conflict Resolution’s website——for a nationwide list of experienced divorce mediators.

Parade has a readership that could be arguably quoted as in the millions. So, millions of Americans who might not otherwise have known about mediation have been provided not only with the idea that it exits, but a thumbnail sketch of how mediation works, why it’s a good idea, and how one can find a good mediator. The listing of ACR is another plus, as this professional association is positioning itself as the preeminent entity for practitioners within the field.

This same edition of the Sunday newspaper also included this cautionary tale, under the heading of “National Headlines.” In San Mateo, California, a divorce mediation session ended with the stabbing death of a woman who had unsuccessfully tried to obtain what was described in this very short article as a “restraining order” against her husband. He left the session before her—whether by his own design or the urging of the mediator using a typical protocol for high-conflict cases—and waited for her to enter the elevator. Once inside, he murdered his estranged wife.

What was not stated was the kind of orders the victim was trying to obtain, whether the mediator knew that this was occurring, or if the mediator had done any pre-screening to determine if mediation should not go forward. Nor did readers learn whether this was a mandated mediation.

Some in our field have stated that certification will do nothing to stop “bad” mediators. What has not been well discussed up to now is the possibility that, as mediation becomes more well-known and parties have greater opportunity to engage in the process, the possibility grows for more sad situations like this one to occur—and with that, the likelihood of bodies such as the legislature to react by imposing their own ‘certification’ on the field, objections from mediators notwithstanding.

Does anyone think that the elected judges of the San Mateo Common Pleas Court are not taking a close look at the mediation going in their jurisdiction to determine liability? Or that the estate of the slain woman might not be considering filing suit against the mediator? Or that more cases like this one might not provoke a media-driven backlash leading to imposed credentialing?

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, 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 If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know. The comprehensive list of all new and renewing members will appear in the next edition of the Newscaster.

Corrections: Nancy Nickey Fax and Phone: (614) 855-5233

Kathleen P. Hoenie E-mail:

Sandra Fredrick E-mail:

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 June 20, 2004 My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

New Videos from the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution: Effective Advocacy in Mediation Reference Number V03EAM; Running Time 1 hour 45 minutes discusses Premeditation Considerations, Preparing the Client for Mediation, Effective Advocacy in Mediation, and Ethical Considerations for Advocates in Mediation. Effective Mediator Practice Reference Number V03EMP Running Time 1 hour 35 minutes discussing Developing a Mediation Business, Practice Tips, and Ethical Considerations for Mediators. Buy Mediation Toolbox, which includes both programs and save. For more information and to order, visit or call (800) 285-2221, select option 2. Mediation Madness is a series of ten vignettes demonstrating tough trial lawyers thrown into a mediation. It is a “how not to do it” demonstration and is designed to be the catalyst for panel discussion or role play of how to be better advocates in mediation. The vignettes were developed as a project of the ADR Advocacy in Litigation Practice Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. The project was underwritten by the American Bar Association in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The video can be ordered in either VHS or DVD format with printed teaching ads for $75 by contacting the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution at (202) 662-1680.

Job Announcements: We have no local announcements for this Newscaster. 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. National Job Openings:

The Director of Development is responsible for providing leadership and management in the development and execution of plans, which result in support for the current operating budgets, special projects, and future operating/capital/endowment needs of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM). He or she serves as primary staff person to the Board’s Development Committee and works closely with the Executive Director to involve the Board of Directors on development-related issues. In conjunction with Executive Director, acts as organization spokesperson for NAFCM with members, funders, partners, and prospects. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES 1.Develop and implement an overall fundraising plan including annual giving, government, corporate and foundation support, major gift cultivation and solicitation, planned giving, and donor communications and publications. 2. Plan and conduct an annual campaign utilizing direct mail, personal solicitation, and special events and other appropriate methods. 3.Plan and coordinate corporate and private foundation grantseeking activities. 4. Analyze potential target market donor audiences and develop cultivation and solicitation strategies. 5. Serve as senior staff liaison to Board’s Development Committee and fundraising-related ad hoc task forces. 6. Attends Board meetings and reports along with the Development Committee Co-chairs on all development-related activities and progress. 7. Establish and administer donor recognition policies and procedures. 8. In conjunction with the Executive Director, initiate development relationships and make presentations to potential partners, funders, and donors. 9. Provides technical assistance to NAFCM community mediation centers in development. 10. Coordinates the development activities of the Executive Director and Board Chair(s). SUPERVISION GIVEN/RECEIVED Reports directly to the Executive Director. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five years increasing development experience with demonstrated success. Individual must possess strong interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communications skills. Must be able to manage multiple projects, staff, and activities in a dynamic environment. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Linda Baron, Executive Director, National Association for Community Mediation, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 200036 or send email to


Position Available: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF TRAINING The Organization: The Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) is an independent, not-for-profit organization, with a mission to work with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to manage and resolve conflict. CCR accomplishes its mission by offering free mediation services to Chicago-area residents, institutions, organizations and businesses. In addition, almost weekly, CCR conducts performance-based mediation skills training to individuals or provides specifically designed conflict management training to various organizations. CCR’s trainings are recognized for the use of expert mediator coaches who provide individual feedback to participants during practice simulations. Under the direction of a 24-member Board of Directors, a staff of ten carries out CCR’s programs along with more than 150 volunteer mediators. For more information, see our website: Training Responsibilities: Train Be the Lead Trainer in CCR trainings Coach participants in training simulations Evaluate the skills of participants and determine if they meet CCR’s volunteer mediator criteria Coordinate all Trainings Organize the production of all CCR trainings Recruit and train trainers Schedule trainings and trainers Expand CCR’s Training Services Create and implement CCR’s long-range training plan Increase revenue from training services Design new training offerings Market and Sell CCR’s Training Services Sell and conduct specifically designed trainings Update training information on CCR’s website and other web listings Write brochures, articles, press releases and ads Create and Revise Training Materials Update and revise training manuals as needed Write CCR training modules for use by all trainers Create new training exercises and presentations General Assist with continuing education programs for CCR volunteers Work in a team with other staff, volunteers and Board members in various CCR activities Associate Director Responsibilities Help Executive Director oversee various operational issues (financial, facilities, human resources, etc.) and other Mediation Program areas as appropriate Perform management responsibilities as needed Qualifications: College degree required. Mediation and training experience required. Must have interest in CCR’s mission and not-for-profit work. Self-starter with exceptional verbal and writing ability; excellent organization skills; desire and ability to sell training services; ability to work in a team environment as well as independently. Some evening and weekend work required. CCR is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Hours and Salary: This is a full-time position with a salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits. HOW TO APPLY: Fax, mail or e-mail cover letter, resume and salary history to Deborah Klecha, Center for Conflict Resolution, 11 East Adams, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60603. FAX: 312-922-6463. E-MAIL: No phone inquiries please.

2004 James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition
The Association for Conflict Resolution and the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution (ABA-DRS) are pleased to announce the 2004 James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition. First Prize: $1000 in each of the two divisions: graduate student and law student Submission Deadline: June 1, 2004. The purpose of the competition is to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making among students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools as well as students enrolled in graduate programs both in the United States and abroad.  For complete competition information and submission guidelines, go to:

“Leadership Forum 2004: Challenges and Strategies for Environment and Public Policy Conflict Resolution” May 20-22, 2004 Heathman Hotel Portland, Oregon ACR’s Environment and Public Policy Section will host its annual Mid-Year Conference in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon this coming May. Conference events will be held in downtown Portland at the Heathman Hotel, which was recently named one of America’s Top 100 Hotels by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Registration opens on March 8. Details will be posted on ACR’s Web site as they emerge:

ACR’S 2004 ANNUAL CONFERENCE “Valuing Peace in the 21st Century: Expanding the Art and Practice of Conflict Resolution” September 30-October 2, 2004 Sacramento Convention Center Sacramento, California This conference will highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the field of conflict resolution in the 21st century and will present examples of innovative practice in a wide range of types and venues of conflict. Sacramento, the host city, has many attractions, including art galleries, museums, restaurants and exciting nightlife. You may want to build a vacation around the conference, and take advantage of Sacramento’s proximity to the wineries of the Sierra Nevada foothills and the Napa/Sonoma Valley, Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events

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.


Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Basic Mediation Training for Winter/Spring 2004: June 5 (Sat.9-5), 9 (Wed. 5-9) , 12 (Sat.9-5) 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 June 3 & 4, August 5 & 6, and September 29 & 30, 2004; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13, and October 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29, 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:

First National Conference on Transformative Mediation Looking Back, Looking Forward Transformative Practice Ten years after “The Promise of Mediation” Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. at Hofstra University School of Law, November 7 & 8, 2004, Philadelphia PA. Contact Jennifer Jorgeson by Phone (845) 452-7843 or e-mail: Conference brochure

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.

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. 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. 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:

Web Sites of Interest:

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


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

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

From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

Ohio Mediation Association
c/o Ohio Commission on Dispute
Resolution and Conflict Management
77 South High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108