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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2009

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Vice President:  Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: pdunfee@windstream.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

OMA MEETINGS

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009-2010 meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months except for April since we usually hold our conference at a facility in Columbus in late April or in early May on the Friday of Ohio’s Conflict Management Week).

Dec. 4, 2009

WE’RE BACK!!  Please join us on December 4th at our usual spot in Columbus (Westerville).

We have no formal speaker planned so that we can all have a chance to DE-BRIEF 2009 and GENERATE ALTERNATIVES for 2010.

DATE:December 4, 2009
TIME:11:30-1:00pm
PLACE: MCL Cafeteria, Westerville, Ohio

Please bring your “war” stories from 2009 and your thoughts and suggestions for 2010.

Feb. 5, 2010 TBA
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 December 20, 2009.  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

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
by Maara Fink
I hope this current issue of Mediate Ohio finds you happy and healthy and enjoying this holiday season.  As we all stop to take a moment to reflect and give thanks, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our members, for all that you do to contribute to the growth and prosperity of mediation in Ohio.  Each of you play such a critical role in ensuring that mediation will continue to flourish and that individuals in our communities will have the option to resolve conflict through a more peaceful, comprehensive, and time-efficient process.  You do this each time you educate consumers, colleagues and friends about mediation; each time you provide a quality process for participants; and each time that you stand up for the field and those who work in it.  It is hard for one person to make a difference, but you do so much.  Collectively, we can do even more.

One great example of this is the recent proposal of legislation mandating the mediation of foreclosure cases. Once this proposed legislation was brought to my attention, I was compelled to draft a letter to the legislators stating my concerns with some of the language in the bill.  As I am well-aware, my letter alone probably won’t sway many in the legislature.  However, letters from almost 200 members of the Ohio Mediation Association might actually affect how certain laws are written in the state of Ohio.  Now that is what I call a significant impact!  So, if you haven’t already, let your voice be heard.  Send an email or letter to your legislator today!

So, again, my thanks to you for all that you do to make the field of mediation and our organization so successful.  But, there is certainly work to be done. We have a long way to go before mediation is first avenue for those in conflict.  But, I believe that if we (re)commit ourselves to doing all that we can to ensure that mediation will thrive and mediators will prosper, we will see a significant change in the years to come.
Happy Holidays!

To see links to available pending legislation, see below:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=128_HB_0306
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=128_SB_197
If you have any comments or questions or would like a sample letter to forward to legislators, please e-mail me at omapresident@www.mediateohio.org.

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
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 lunch time on the second Friday of every other 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.  The meeting time is 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; the meeting location is the Hyde Park Hyde Park Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue.  Attendees may bring lunch to the meetings.

The schedule of meeting topics is below. With the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Baker at 513-639-9132.

January 15, 2010: Marie Bader and Cathie Kuhl will present one or more mediation cases and lead us through an analysis and discussion of the cases.

March 12, 2010:  Diann Harper and Betsy Sato will discuss the work of the Housing Mediation Service.

May 14, 2010:  The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATES AND INFORMATION:
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 www.mediateohio.org 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 Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

William W. Burnett
2100 Far Hills Avenue
Oakwood OH 45419 (937) 609-0741
Home (937) 9036
Wwburnett2100@yahoo.com

Richard C. Cahaan
60 W. Dominion Blvd.
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 268-4629
Richard.Cahaan@gmail.com

Thomas P. Erven
110 Boggs Lane Suite 242
Cincinnati OH 45246 (513) 326-5555
Fax (513) 326-5550
terven@yandalaw.com

Randy L. Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172 (614) 459-2896
Randyfisher@wideopenwest.com

Stephen Grenier
P.O. Box 204
Delaware OH 43015 (614) 332-5781
Fax: (877) 740-7890
stephengrenier@yahoo.com

Franklin J. Hickman
Hickman & Lowder Co. L.P.A.
1300 East Ninth Street #1020
Cleveland OH 44114 (216) 861-0360
Fax: (216) 861-3113
fhickman@hickman-lowder.com

Lindsey N. Lilly
7475 Valley View Place #304
Cincinnati OH 45244 (513) 515-5756
LindseyN.Lilly@Ky.gov

Allen Garreth Nederveld
4519 Olentangy Blvd.
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 323-0351 (cell) (614) 239-5033 (work) (614) 262-3072 (H)
Fax: (614) 238-7834
alleng@wowway.com

Kathleen A. Vavro Mediation and Consultation Services
8714 Headlands Road
Mentor OH 44060 (440) 749-1757
kvavro@oh.rr.com

Paul D. Rice
466 Glyn Tawel Drive
Granville OH 43023 (740) 587-7157
NO E-MAIL PROVIDED

Donald R. Smith, Ph.D.
Doppler and Newton, Inc.
1047 Rudolph Court
Spring Hill FL 34609 (352) 683-8440
Fax: (352) 683-8411
DOCVALHALL@HOTMAIL.COM

W. Cephus Watts, Jr. J.D., Ph.D.
964 Kingsbridge Court
Akron OH 44313 (216) 470-5974
Fax: (330) 867-5108 willie_watts44313@yahoo.com

William H. Wolff, Jr., Retired Trial and Appellate Judge
34322 Westbury Road
Kettering OH 45409 (937) 293-5295
Fax: (937) 938-6789
judgewolff@noh.rr.com
CALL FOR ARTICLE PROPOSALS:
ACResolution Magazine Spring 2010 The theme of ACR’s spring 2010 issue of ACResolution magazine is Preparing for Practice with Heart. The issue will focus on the notion of bringing our hearts, not just our heads to our work as conflict resolvers. It will go into the mindfulness, reflection and presence needed for practice. Articles could cover holistic approaches to practice, personal meditation, teaching meditation to clients, dealing with the emotional aspects of conflict, and resolving deeply rooted conflicts. The editors seek proposals from people who would like to write articles on any aspect of this topic. They seek diversity in authors and subject matter; authors do not have to be ACR members. If interested, please:
• write a half-page (150-300 word) description of your proposed article,
• include a title/headline for your article,
• include your name and complete contact information,
• include one to three lines of biographical information, and
• specify if you would like to write a major (2,700 words) or minor (1,300 words) feature.

Send your proposal via e-mail with the subject heading Spring Proposal to ACResolution at publications@ACRnet.org as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, December 8, 2009. An editorial advisory committee will review the proposals and choose 2 or 3 major features and 2 or 3 minor features. All authors will be notified by mid-December. If selected, completed articles will be due to ACR by February 1. For more information about ACResolution, please visit http://www.ACRnet.org/publications/acresolution.htm.
CALL FOR TRAINING PROPOSALS:
ACR 10th Annual Conference Many Paths: One Destination September 1-4, 2010 Chicago, Illinois
In 2010, ACR will celebrate its 10th Annual Conference. Over the past 10 years, we as a community have seen an evolving and growing need for high quality conflict resolution, from the international to the interpersonal level. ACR’s 10th Annual Conference provides the opportunity to step back and reflect on changes witnessed, chal¬lenges met, and prospects for the future. Our 2010 Conference is an excellent time to celebrate the essence of ACR, an organization that embraces and acknowledges the full spectrum of peaceful conflict reso¬lution and recognizes the value of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections to enhance conflict resolution choices universally. ACR em¬bodies “Many Paths: One Destination,” this year’s conference theme.  This theme celebrates the oneness, the unity, the common goal we share in reaching the One Destination: Peaceful Conflict Resolu¬tion. The theme recognizes the connections within and across our practice areas, Sections and Chapters, and the valuable partnerships created within professions such as family services, legal, health care, education, business and many others.

When thinking about proposals for the 2010 conference, consider the theme and how ACR represents the many paths that we travel. We invite proposals that highlight:
•    Similarities and possibilities for relationships across Sections, illus¬trating the interconnectedness of our work and our field
•    Cutting edge practices and programs that are successful, unique and/or replicable
•    Research areas that benefit the field and beyond: what are the con¬nections between theory and practice? What research findings will help us reach our destination?
•    Theoretical and philosophical underpinning of conflict and its resolution
•    Advanced techniques and skill building

In addition to ACR’s traditional 60 minute facilitated discussions on Diversity & Equity, proposals are invited for 90 minute mainstream track sessions on research, skill building and practice enhancements in resolving disputes among diverse and underserved clientele. We invite proposals on racism, sexism, ageism, and cross cultural issues.

Our hope is that the proposals received will enable conference attendees to discover new paths and deepen their understanding of familiar ones all pointing to one destination: peaceful conflict resolution.

The deadline for submission is 11:00 pm (Eastern) on Friday, November 20, 2009.
To submit your proposal, click here. Association for Conflict Resolution | 5151 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 500 | Washington, DC 20016 | phone: 202.464.9700 | fax: 202.464.9720 | e-mail: membership@ACRnet.org
TRAININGS, WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES:

The Mediation Association of Northeast Ohi MEDIATION: BEST PRACTICES & ETHICS, Thursday, December 3, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. At Corporate College, East
Cost $75 for MANO Members ($85 for non-members) Registration Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch & conference materials Registration Online at www.manomediate.org

Featured speakers include:
Jonathan Coughlan: Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel, President of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, Adjunct Professor at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law.  Joy Willmott: Adjunct Instructor at Case Western Reserve University, Substance Abuse Specialist at Case Western Reserve University. A Panel of Mediation Experts including Professor Kathryn Mercer (CWRU), Gail Ignaz-Hoover (Lorain County Common Pleas) and Ian Heisey (BPDC) to discuss mediation best practices and suggested answers to ethical dilemmas.  Want more info? Visit: www.manomediate.org

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training December 2 & 3, 2009 or February 3 & 4, or April 14 & 15, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, 2010.  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 www.communitymediation.com 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 www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution 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 training@clevelandmediation.org .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center have announced trainings for 2009.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

The Association of Attorney-Mediators announces its Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting, March 26 and 27, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri MARK YOUR CALENDAR and plan to be with your colleagues for this outstanding Advanced Mediator Training.  We return with our member requested, two partial-day format, filled with refreshing speakers and invigorating topics. The training will begin at noon on the 26th, followed by an early evening meal and unusual activities for participants and guests, and adjourn on Saturday the 27tharound noon, allowing the afternoon for sightseeing or early travel home. The venue for the training will be the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel, on popular Washington Avenue, at the discounted rate of $109 (plus tax) per night. As additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the AAM website at www.attorney-mediators.org.

Family Mediation or  Civil & Workplace Mediation Training Early Bird Registration
deadline 12/4/09 January 4-8, 2010 Grand Forks, ND Choose the training that suits you best !  40-Hour Family Mediation Learn skills essential for becoming a family mediator.  Our Family Mediation Seminar will encompass: Understanding the dynamics of conflict, Impact of family conflict and divorce on parents and children, Transformative Mediation Theory, Role of empowerment and recognition, Mediator skills and intervention, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Identifying and screening domestic violence issues, Role of family law in mediation. 40-Hour Civil and Workplace Mediation Learn new or add to your existing skills in working more effectively with conflict in the community, in neighborhoods, civil disputes, and workplace settings.  Our Civil and Workplace Mediation Training will encompass: Understanding the dynamics of conflict, The Art of having Difficult Conversations (1 on 1 skills),Impact of conflict on human interaction and relationships, Transformative Mediation Theory, Role of empowerment and recognition, Mediator skills and interventions, Contexts for using the mediation process, Ethics/Professional Responsibility Both Seminars will be held Jan. 4-8, 2010 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM in Swanson Hall, UND Campus Cost:  Early Bird = $775.00 if registered and paid by December 4, 2009.  Don’t miss your chance to save $100.00  After the 4th = $875.00 Registration will close December 12, 2009 Registration fees are only refundable if notice of cancellation is received by the registration closing, 12/12/09.  Any cancellations after Dec. 12 will incur a service charge of 30% of the registration fee. Professional Continuing Education Credits Available for 40-hour offerings: ND/MN CLE, ND/MN ADR, NDAPA, HRCI (Civil & Workplace), NDSWE, ND Counseling, and  2 UND Continuing Ed. Grad Credits  Please contact us for registration or with any questions you may have. Conflict Resolution Center 314 Cambridge St Grand Forks, ND 58203 Phone: 701-777-3664 E-mail: conflict.resolution@und.edu

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THESE DATES!
Paris – Thursday, February 11, 2010 The International Chamber of Commerce and the American Bar Association Sections of International Law and Dispute Resolution are pleased to announce the date of their joint international mediation conference Managing Risks and Getting Results: How to Use Mediation Effectively in International Business Disputes Topic: Nowadays, companies are more than ever interested in limiting risks and achieving quick and business-wise results when resolving disputes. The current economic climate has also led them to seek cheaper and less litigious ways of settling controversies. This conference aims to provide companies with guidance on using mediation to meet these ends. Experienced practitioners and users of mediation will describe the benefits it offers as a dispute resolution technique for international business, with examples of corporate disputes where mediation has been helpful in reaching a settlement acceptable to the parties. Speakers will also provide insight into the process of choosing settlement techniques for specific disputes and offer practical advice on setting up mediation, including the drafting of clauses, appointing mediators, and mediation advocacy and representation. Venue: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 38 Cours Albert 1er, 75008 Paris, France Who should attend? In-house counsel, members of senior corporate management, newcomers to mediation, attorneys in law firms and mediation practitioners. Registration: More program and registration information will be available shortly. In the meantime, inquiries can be sent t mediation@iccwbo.org.

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring Conference April 15-18, 2010 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York.  ADR: Building Bridges to a Better Society. Early Bird Registration ends March 10, 2009.  Conference website www.abanet.org/dispute.

ACR 10th Annual Conference Many Paths: One Destination September 1-4, 2010 Chicago, Illinois
In 2010, ACR will celebrate its 10th Annual Conference. Over the past 10 years, we as a community have seen an evolving and growing need for high quality conflict resolution, from the international to the interpersonal level. ACR’s 10th Annual Conference provides the opportunity to step back and reflect on changes witnessed, chal¬lenges met, and prospects for the future. Our 2010 Conference is an excellent time to celebrate the essence of ACR, an organization that embraces and acknowledges the full spectrum of peaceful conflict reso¬lution and recognizes the value of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections to enhance conflict resolution choices universally. ACR em¬bodies “Many Paths: One Destination,” this year’s conference theme.  This theme celebrates the oneness, the unity, the common goal we share in reaching the One Destination: Peaceful Conflict Resolu¬tion. The theme recognizes the connections within and across our practice areas, Sections and Chapters, and the valuable partnerships created within professions such as family services, legal, health care, education, business and many others.
Web Sites of Interest:
Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

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