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


May / June 2007

By January 5, 2007Newsletter

Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June 2007

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail:
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail:
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail:
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail:
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.comMark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

June 1, 2007 Mediation and Education: What is new? Sarah Wallis, Director

Education Programs Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.

August 3, 2007 TBA

October 5, 2007 Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of Children. Steve

Polovick, Mediator Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

December 7, 2007 Probate and Guardianship Mediation. Ann L. Snyder,

Magistrate Summit County Probate Court


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

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


Ohio Loses a Champion of Mediation with Passing of Bill Clark of Columbus
In January the Dispute Resolution field lost a giant with the passing of Bill Clark. Bill was an original member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Committee on Dispute Resolution and a Commissioner for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. He also was active in the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations’ Committees on Dispute Resolution. Bill had been a trial lawyer who left that practice to devote himself entirely to dispute resolution and he will be greatly missed. Our sympathies go out to Bill’s family.

Ohio’s Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) Survives Its First Attack?
What Happens in Mediation Stays in Mediation.
By Shirley A. Cochran (Originally published in the Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly Spring 2007, Page 31.)

It started when the Corporation contacted the Mediation Center to mediate between two employees, but before that could occur, one was terminated. Then the Corporation asked the Mediation Center to help resolve conflict in the department of the former employee about avoiding problems like were created in the future. The Mediation Center’s Director sent out confidential questionnaires to the department’s employees asking for issues to be discussed, met with groups of employees, facilitated the discussion of problem areas and assisted in their resolution of the disagreements and the employees submitted to the Board a plan of action to avoid the issues raised by the situation with the former employee. Meanwhile, litigation filed in Common Pleas Court pitted Plaintiff employee against the Corporation. Counsel for Plaintiff issued a subpoena duces tecum for the Mediation Center records and testimony by the Director of the contact with Defendant Corporation. That is when I got the e-mail in response to the request made when the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) training took place in 2005, to have anyone subpoenaed contact us to track such incidents and offer help to quash subpoenas if the mediation privilege was attacked.

The Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) was enacted by Ohio’s legislature as Chapter 2710 of the Ohio Revised Code and became effective October 29, 2005. It repealed Ohio’s former mediation privilege statute, replacing it with a very broad protection of the confidentiality of the mediation process that is a cornerstone of why mediation works. In a mediation if people know what goes on in the session will stay there, they are more likely to open up the discussion to what is really behind the dispute and be more willing to brainstorm solutions that may end the problem. To protect that confidentiality and keep the parties, mediator and nonparty participants from having to testify the UMA provides a privilege personal to each person’s position in the mediation with the mediator being able to refuse to testify about anything that happened at the mediation, with certain exceptions, and to keep others from testifying about what the mediator said during the process. Specifically, it provides: O.R.C. Section 2710.01 (A) “Mediation” means any process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.

2710.02 (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) or (C) of this section, sections 2710.01 to 2710.10 of the Revised Code apply to a mediation under any of the following circumstances: *** (3) The mediation parties use as a mediator an individual who holds himself or herself out as a mediator, or the mediation is provided by a person that holds itself out as providing mediation.

2710.03 (A) Except as otherwise provided in section 2710.05 of the Revised Code, a mediation communication is privileged as provided in division (B) of this section and is not subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in a proceeding unless waived or precluded as provided in section 2710.04 of the Revised Code. *** (B) In a proceeding, the following privileges apply: *** (2) A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication. A mediator may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator.

In other words, if a person facilitates communication and negotiation between parties in dispute, assisting them in reaching voluntary agreement about the dispute and holds themselves out to be a mediator, the privilege is theirs to assert to keep them from having to testify in discovery or in a proceeding.

It appeared fairly obvious that although there were two different instances involved, the Mediation Center staff attempted to facilitate the communication and negotiation between parties in dispute (originally Plaintiff employee and a member of Defendant’s staff; secondly between members of Defendant’s staff in the department), assisted them in reaching voluntary agreement about the dispute (no agreement in the first instance as the session was never held; voluntary agreement in the second instance); the Mediation Center staff held themselves out as mediators, and the Mediation Center staff believed confidentiality is very important to the mediation process.

Plaintiff’s counsel did not see it that way. He asserted the Director acted as a consultant and although he never explained what that meant, he felt if this privilege was permitted to stand all sorts of consultants could go into businesses and by using “magic words” keep from having to testify about anything that went on. A copy of testimony in a deposition of one of Defendant Corporation’s employees was provided as proof that there was no mediation when the meetings with the departmental staff took place, but it was not clear why he thought that it was proof there was no mediation. A heated telephone conversation took place after the filing of the motion for a protection order where he made accusations of perverting the true meaning of the UMA, but in the end, Plaintiff’s counsel withdrew the subpoena in a formal court filing making the motion moot while reiterating his accusation of frivolousness and perversion of the UMA. It was not a pretty win; but a win nonetheless.

Should anyone be aware of any other subpoenas issued for anyone to testify about a mediation communication, please contact me or Maria Mone Executive Director Ohio Commission on Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution so we can be consistent in responses to attacks on Ohio’s mediation privilege statute.


Shirley A. Cochran is an attorney and mediator in Columbus. She is Immediate Past President of the Ohio Mediation Association and former chair of both the Columbus Bar and Ohio State Bar Associations’ committee on Dispute Resolution. She was involved in creation of the original privilege statute and the passage of the UMA in Ohio, serving as one of the trainers of mediators through funding from the Supreme Court of Ohio as well as the Commission on Dispute Resolution.


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


OMA Conference 2007 “Being a Better Mediator” Big Hit

As the conclusion to Ohio’s Conflict Management Week, the Ohio Mediation Association’s Annual Conference “Being a Better Mediator” was held on Friday, May 11, 2007. One hundred people came to hear Nina Meierding present on questioning and impasse resolution at the Riffe Center in Columbus. Participants were the first to receive the new OMA pen and a drawing was for books by Bernie Meyer. Winners were Barbara Dixon, Judith Thomas, Laura Tonsic, Patti Smith, Terry Wheeler, Joe Palmer, Marcie Vendetti, Joe Natalie, Kristine Hayes, Bonnie Edwards, and Kendal Isaac. According to the evaluations, the presentation was more than most anticipated and was very well received. The Better World Award was presented as set out in the following article and the officers gave their reports at the business meeting at lunch. A good and educational time was had by all.

Better World Award 2007 Recipient Marya Cody Kolman
Nominated by Sheri Center

Marya Cody Kolman has been the Director of Mediation Services for the Franklin County Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile Branch since 1999. Through Marya’s vision, energy and persistence, she expanded the programs provided by the department and offered services for never married parents, post divorce parenting time disputes, juvenile domestic violence, and truancy, along with continuing to maintain the already established mediation programs.

Marya has nurtured and continues to offer an apprenticeship program for mediators pursing the Supreme Court of Ohio requirements to mediate divorce. Along with support from staff and volunteers, Marya offers basic mediation training classes at no charge for the participants and throughout the year she speaks, trains and teaches in many different venues to many people from many different walks of life, including teaching at The Ohio State University Law School as an adjunct Professor. Marya is very active with the Association for Conflict Resolution and has been dynamic on the Conference Committee for several years, as well as part of the Family Section. She has recently received recognition for her invaluable contributions from ACR, and from the Capital University Conference for Minority Professionals to whom she contributes significantly each year.

Marya Kolman’s generosity of spirit with her staff, the programs she has brought to the court’s mediation department, the mediation opportunities she has made a available for volunteers and contract mediators, her love of mediation and devotion to promoting opportunities that allow for both the access to mediation for the citizens of this community and the persons interesting in pursing mediation as an avocation is absolutely extraordinary and awe-inspiring and has contributed to making this a better world.

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

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


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

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

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

Conflict Resolution Day Facts at a Glance:

  • 2007 will mark the third annual celebration of Conflict Resolution Day
  • In 2006, there were at least 22 official proclamations from states, counties and cities recognizing Conflict Resolution Day
  • The conflict resolution day logo of a tree was designed to match the intention for Conflict Resolution Day to grow organically from the “grassroots.”
  • Conflict Resolution Day 2006 was celebrated in North America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Conflict Resolution Day 2007 is October 18. How will you celebrate? For great ideas and listings of past events, visit

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

August 9-11, 2007 ABA Annual Meeting San Francisco California

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

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

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

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


Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Christy Radigan for assistance.

Steven Abrams 

Mediated Solutions

2720 Airport Drive

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1784

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation c/o Sharon Bell 

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 Fax: (740) 355-8230
George Albu Commissioner Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service 

1682 Schrock Road

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 794-9047 

Fax: (614) 794-5998

Artz & Dewhirst, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 221-0944 

Fax (614) 221-2340

Thomas L. Bailey, Jr. 

Capital Mediation Associates

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

Fax: (614) 890-1118


Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc. 

c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402

(937) 610-2263
Fax (937) 222-3338 


Barton A. Bixenstine, Esq. 

Ulmer & Berne, LLP

1660 W. 2nd St., Suite 1100
Cleveland OH 44113-1448

(216) 583-7032 

Fax: (216) 583-7033

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
P.O. Box 13786
Columbus OH 43209-1866
(614) 783-7281 

Fax (614) 231-1855

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45202-2036
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

Catholic Charities 

c/o Donna Posluszng

1933 Spielbusch Avenue

Toledo OH 43604-5360

(419) 244-6711 ext. 410 

Fax: (419) 244-4860

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker 

7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 639-9132 

Fax: (513) 621-0907

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213


Dr. Christopher Cottrell 

953 Sapphire Flame Drive

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 990-9589

Crime Victim Services c/o David Voth
116 W. North Street
Lima OH 45801-4311
(419) 222-8666 

Fax: (419) 227-7478

John J. Cruze Hamilton Co. Common Pleas ADR 

1000 Main St. Room 450
Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 946-5477

James J. Cullers 

920 Club Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax: (740) 392-0391

Phillip Dunfee
1407 Morgan Bryan Drive
Newark OH 43055
(740) 366-3297

Brenda English #C8 

5415 Yorkshire Terrace Drive

Columbus OH 43232

Work (614) 461-0256 Fax (614) 461-1256 Home (614) 861-9236
Mark Farmer 

401 E. Schrock Road

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 519-8703

Maara Fink
University of Toledo College of Law 2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606
(419) 530-4236 

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Ernie Fischer 

508 Stedway Court

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 476-3779 (home) 

Cell (614) 499-1037

Sandra Mendel Furman
One Easton Oval, Suite 500
Columbus OH 43219
(614) 416-5611 

Fax (614) 416-5770

Martha Green Athens County Court of Common Pleas 

1 S. Court Street, 4th Floor

Athens OH 45701

(740) 592-3220

Jessica M. Harmon 

Harmon ADR Services

98 Kelly Marie Drive

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 403-3590

Wendy S. Hawbaker Ashtabula County Joint Court Mediation Project 25 West Jefferson St. 

Jefferson OH 44047

(440) 576-3239 

Fax: (440) 576-4639

Kristine L. Hayes, Attorney at Law Easton Town Center 

4200 Regent St., Suite 200

Columbus OH 43219-6140

(614) 944-5170 

Fax: (614) 453-5389

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 378-8548

Kathleen P. Hoenie Family Matters Mediation Services
2227 Buckley Road
Columbus OH 43220-4613
(614) 457-3177 

Fax (614) 457-3177

Jeff Hutson
Two Miranova Place Suite 500 

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146

The Isaac Firm 

c/o Kendall Isaac

5300 E. Main St. Ste. 103

Columbus OH 43213

(614) 755-6540 

Fax: (614) 755-6542

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Faye Sutton List
42857 N. Ridge Road 

Elyeria OH 44035

(440) 324-9619 

Fax: (440) 324-9001

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office 

c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover

225 Court Street, Room 301

Elyria OH 44035

(440) 328-2250 

Fax: (440) 328-2252

Sharon Maerten-Moore
14 South Paint Street, Suite 38
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 779-6662 

Fax: (740) 779-6665

Michael E. Masterson Hamilton Co. Domestic Relations Court 

800 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 946-9138 

Fax: (513) 946-9142

Frederick Meister
150 E. Mound St., Suite 200
Columbus OH 43215-5429
(614) 221-1644 

Fax: (614) 221-1696

Miami County Juvenile Court Tom Bomhard 

201 West Main Street

Troy OH 45373

(937) 440-5970 

Fax: (937) 440-5971

Margaret E. Honore Miller
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 775-0333 x 115 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Sandra Frederick P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 225-4099 

Fax (937) 225-5017


Joseph E. Natalie
452 W. Lawndale Place
Zanesville OH 43701-3950
(740) 454-0811

Nancy R. Nickey, Mediation Services of Franklin County
5616 Hensel Woods Road
Gahanna OH 43230-1811
(614) 855-5233 

Fax (614) 855-5233

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole 

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210

(614) 688-4918 

F (614) 292-2035

Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-5515 

Fax (614) 461-0066

Jennifer A. Patterson Center for Public Mgt. & Regional Affairs
Miami Univ. 2 Harrison Hall 

Oxford OH 45056

(513) 529-6923 

Fax: (513) 529-6939

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court 

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown OH 44505

(330) 740-2244 ext. 6408 

Fax: (330) 742-5899

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209
(513) 533-2002 

Fax (513) 721-2401

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

John Randle, Sr. 

3822 Hickory Rock Drive

Powell OH 43065

(740) 917-9445

Carolyn Streit Roehrig 

10428 Lee’s Creek Road

Harrison OH 45030

(513) 246-0511 

Fax: (513) 246-0525

Susan Grody Ruben
30799 Pinetree Road, #226
Cleveland OH 44124
(216) 464-4060 

Fax: (216) 595-5274

Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207
(614) 491-5597 

Fax (614) 491-3404

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

John C. Spille
3200 N. Whitetree Circle
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 794-1137

Summit County DR Court
c/o Edward Schneider
205 South High Street
Akron OH 44308
(330) 643-5456

Jerry Sutton 

1405 Glen View Road

Yellow Springs OH 45387

(937) 243-8501

Leslie Swift, Ph.D.
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 791-8849 

Fax (513) 791-8873

Diane Tedeschi On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826 

Fax: (614) 459-4720

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 

Fax (614) 466-3074

Barbara A. Venesy, Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy 

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

Jerome F. Weiss, Mediation, Inc. 1600 Midland Building 

101 Prospect Avenue W.

Cleveland OH 44115

(216) 589-9995 

Fax: (216) 589-9723

Shelley Whalen Community Mediation Serv. of Central Ohio
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213


Wayne Wisniewski MA Greene Co. Family & Children First 

158 E. Main Street

Xenia OH 45385

(937) 562-5600 

Fax: (937) 562-5601

Robert N. Wistner, JD 

5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100

Dublin OH 43017

(614) 734-8354 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct. Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq. Mediation Director 

221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #337

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 645-4176 

Fax: (937) 645-4174



Free UMA training with CLE credits—June 19, 2007 from 12:30-5:00 PM in Waverly Ohio. Call (740) 355-8368 for reservations and speak with either Sharon Bell or GR Hamm.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training June 13 & 14, or September 12 & 13, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center. Please visit our website at to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail .

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

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

Pepperdine University School of Law presents A World Class View of Dispute Resolution, the 20th Annual Professional Skills Program with seventeen courses, thirty-seven faculty, over 300 participants from around the world, two and a half days of interactive dialogue and in cooperation with Woodstock, Vermont co-sponsored by Vermont Law School, October 4-6, 2007. To register or for more information, visit or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342.


Web Sites of Interest:

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



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

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

From Western 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