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


September / December 2006

By January 9, 2006Newsletter
Ohio Mediation Association
A Monthly(?) Publication

September/October/November/December 2006

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: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail:
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail:
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail:
Mark 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.)

February 2, 2007 Debbie Taylor, Victim Offender Mediation in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

May 11, 2007 Annual Meeting at the Riffe Center—Note date and place change. Join OMA in welcoming Nina Meierding for our Annual Meeting and Conference where she will speak on questioning and resistance/impasse breaking. More details to come.

June 1, 2007 TBA

August 3, 2007 TBA

October 5, 2007 TBA

December 7, 2007 TBA

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)


OMA Case Study Group
Phil Dunfee, Vice President

The Ohio Mediation Association launched a pilot Case Study Group on December 1, 2006 in order to provide for the professional development, skill refinement, and personal enrichment for mediators throughout Ohio. As a pilot program of OMA, it is our intent to refine the program for reproduction throughout Ohio for all mediators.

The OMA’s Case Study Group developed by Judith Thomas, Kathleen Hoenie, Suzanne Barker, and Susan Shostak, has been designed to provide the maximum relevant benefit in all fields of mediation. The format is highly interactive and facilitated, addressing real world concerns and issues. It is a place to solicit expert insight and positive critique from some of Ohio’s best mediators; a safe place to discuss difficult cases, learn from past mistakes and share success in an environment of strict confidentiality; a place of enormous professional value; an educational experience free of charge. The pilot Case Study Group will convene after the general meetings of the OMA which are scheduled 11:00am to 2:00 pm, the first Friday of the even-numbered months. This pilot project will run from 2:00pm to 3:30 pm. It is open to all OMA member and non-members as well.

When you arrive you will be asked to sign in and agree to a standard confidentiality policy. There will be a prearranged volunteer presenter who will verbally present a case which will be discussed for the entire group time. Everyone in attendance will be informed as to the type of case, relationships, the case’s nature and issues involved. The presenter will explain why he or she is presenting this case as he or she asks the group for specific input, constructive criticism, and help. The group is free to ask any questions and interact with the presenter as they discuss the case with each other and the presenter. A volunteer facilitator will be at each Study Group meeting to keep the group on task, keep the process moving and support the goals and purpose of the presenter.

The OMA Case Study Group is an open group, fielding a new case at every meeting. Because this group is presenter directed, it will reflect the diverse needs of the participants from all areas of practice in mediation. It will operate in many respects as a positive peer review panel. It is not a forum for criticism over techniques or styles, or a social event or classroom, or place for evangelism for one style or process or another. Its content is solely determined by the case presenter as he or she determines the agenda of that group meeting with the facilitator keeping the process moving.

If you are looking to get better at your craft and are open to new ideas and points of view, I strongly recommend you take good look at the OMA Case Study Group by attending these pilot offerings simply by attending or volunteering to be a presenter. If you have a case you would like to present, please make your desire known to Susan Shostak at or Kathleen Hoenie at

Ohio Rule 16 Update
by C. Eileen Pruett

Ohio court Mediation programs that are governed by local court mediation rules will adopt expanded training and screening for domestic abuse requirements on January 1, 2007. OMA members contributed to these changes to the way Ohio’s Rule 16 of the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts approaches regulation of mediation training and screening. The revised rule solidifies the Supreme Court of Ohio’s position as a leader in committing court resources to mediation in order to better meet the needs of families.*

First, mediators for court-connected family mediation programs will complete 14 hours of specialized training in Domestic abuse and mediation. The Supreme Court has provided Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals to parenting mediators for several years. Now child protection, truancy, unruly, victim offender and juvenile perpetrated domestic violence mediators will also be required to complete this interdisciplinary training. Jacqueline Hagerott, Dispute Resolution Section Manger at the Supreme Court (and OMA member) notes that “This training has been enhanced to mirror the trend in domestic violence prevention to empower victims.” In addition, the training will provide mediators with the skills necessary to determine whether mediation is an appropriate, safe option for the parties. Successful management to provide for safety and appropriateness before, during and after the mediation process is a critical element of the training.

To further address concerns about domestic abuse, the Rule requires all court mediation programs to implement domestic violence screening procedures. Magistrate Dick Altman leads a work group developing screening tools and training for mediators in the Courts of Common Pleas General Division and Municipal Courts. “Looking for indicators of abuse, coercion and control in all cases provides important safeguards for Ohio citizens who participate in a variety of mediation programs.” Dick noted. He also said that the efforts of the Supreme Court staff and Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution over several years led to thoughtful development of the Rule and widespread acceptance of the changes by courts and practitioners.

Rule 16 codifies the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ protocols for domestic violence and mediation. These protocols prohibit the use of mediation: 1) as an alternative to the prosecution or adjudication of domestic violence; 2) In determining whether to grant, modify or terminate a protection order; 3) In determining the terms and conditions of a protection order; and 4) In determining the penalty for violation of a protection order.

The Rule also provides for participation by “an attorney or other individual designated by an individual”, as required by the Uniform Mediation Act (Ohio Revised Code § 2710.09) Finally, the Rule adopts the AFCC/ABA/ACR Model Standards for Family Mediators as the aspirational standards for family mediators in Ohio. Adoption of aspirational standards of conduct for mediators, safety protocols and procedures that encourage referrals to legal services for parties, including victims of domestic violence, “enhance the rule significantly.” says Henry County Family Court Judge Denise McColley. “The Supreme Court facilitated the shift from a ‘bare bones’ training and qualifications rule to a comprehensive rule developed with input and approval from key stakeholders.” she noted.

Supreme Court Advisory Committee member Tom Week, Director of Ohio State Legal Services Association also sees the changes to Rule 16 as “a tremendous accomplishment.” Tom supervises legal aid offices in 30 Ohio Counties. “For the Supreme Court to support a thoughtful approach to development and implementation of comprehensive guidelines that will protect victims in all mediation programs is good news for Ohio domestic violence victims and further evidence of Ohio’s leadership in dispute resolution,” Tom noted.

*(For full text of Rule 16 see

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.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Ohio Department of Education Center for Students, Families and Communities Office for Exceptional Children Procedural Safeguards The Ohio Department of Education, Center for Students, Families and Communities; Office for Exceptional Children, Procedural Safeguards is seeking interested qualified individuals to submit resumes to perform mediations in special education on a contractual intermittent basis for special education disputes pursuant to 34 C.F.R. 300.704(b)(3)(ii) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA ’04) and Rule 3301-51-08 (A)(c) of the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities. Applicants must be trained mediators with at least 7 years experience mediating complex issues. The successful applicant will have knowledge or understanding of special education and the IEP process, and a flexible schedule. Applicants must submit a resume outlining their education, mediation experience and knowledge in the area of special education. Selected candidates will be required to attend three days of training in Columbus on June 12, 13 & 14, 2007. Minorities and bi-lingual speakers are highly encouraged to apply. A personal service contract will be awarded based on the aforementioned criteria for a fee of $125 an hour for mediation services. The contract will be in effect for fiscal year 2007 (July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007). Mileage will be reimbursed pursuant to travel regulations of the State of Ohio. Your proposal will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, January 31, 2007 and should be submitted to: Ohio Department of Education ATTN: Steve Polovick Mediation Coordinator Office for Exceptional Children 25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 202 Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183 (614) 387-0340 Your proposal can also be sent by e-mail to or by fax to (614) 728-1097. All responses must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, January 31, 2007, in order to be considered for an interview. Notification will be made by phone or e-mail no later than March 31, 2007. There will be no notification to unsuccessful applicants.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is January 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

Job Opening: There is a position opening in the ADR clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Law.  I took a different position at the law school after 12 years in the ADR clinic and so I could answer questions about the position.  We have had a visitor in the position and we are now searching to fill it.  Please share this information with anyone interested and apologies for the cross posting.  See the announcement at Thanks for your support. Suzanne J. Schmitz Assistant Professor Southern Illinois University School of Law 230 Lesar Bldg Carbondale, IL 62901 (618) 453-8712 Fax:  (618) 453-3317

Job Opening at Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) in Annapolis, Maryland Court ADR Resources Director Essential Functions: The major focus of the Court ADR Resources Director is to work collaboratively with judges, lawyers, and other appropriate court personnel in Maryland’s Circuit Courts across the state to help advance their court ADR programs. Functions include helping courts: identify ADR needs, apply for MACRO grant funds, identify training needs, design and develop pilot programs, draft or amend rules, procedures and forms, formulate action plans, promote and increase awareness about ADR programs, analyze evaluative data, monitor ADR programs and problem solve. This position also works closely with the District Court ADR office to help support its goals. Responsible for developing and coordinating a new Court ADR Network to enhance communication for all court ADR program coordinators and administrators in the Circuit and District courts; oversees the new innovative Court ADR Program’s System of Assessment Project (CAPSAP) which consists of a web-based data collection and reporting system. Assists in coordinating ADR public awareness campaign and works collaboratively with staff in all aspects of MACRO’s multi-faceted work. Education: Juris Doctorate and completion of 40 hours of mediation training. Experience: Five years of relevant professional experience in law, dispute resolution, court administration, or related field. For more information, visit

Association for Conflict Resolution News

ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference, “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping The Future,” was held in Philadelphia, PA, October 25-28th.  The conference hosted a variety of workshops, lectures, panels and intimate roundtable discussions on the issues of conflict resolution with some of the most experienced professionals in the field. Speakers included Ohio’s own Shirley Cochran, Mayra Kolman, Christy Cumberlander Walker, and was presided over by Terry Wheeler as President.  Among the awards presented during the conference was the Presidential Award from Terry Wheeler to Marya Kolman for being one of the tri-chairs of the conference committee for the last two years. Congratulations to both Terry and Marya for their service to our National/International Dispute Resolution organization.

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 Martha Antolik for assistance.

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

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Jan Marie Fritz
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237
(513) 731-7878 

Fax: (513) 556-1274

Holliday Mediation 

c/o Kirk Holliday
8515 Ethan Court
Fairfield OH 45014

(513) 742-8295 

Fax: (513) 942-2769

James P. Luton 

Attorney at Law

131 S. Prospect Street

Marion OH 43302

(740) 382-6588 

Fax: (740) 375-5372

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

Fax: (740) 779-6665

Steve Miller 

2351 Wells Drive

Sidney OH 45365

(937) 622-0023

Professor Roberta S. Mitchell
Capital University Law School
303 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 236-6517

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

Oxford OH 45056

(513) 529-6923 

Fax: (513) 529-6939

Faith Walzak 

Delaware County Juvenile Court
88 N. Sandusky Street

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 833-2610 

Fax: (740) 833-2599

Nancy Womble-Morrison
755 E. Main Street
Columbus OH 43205
(614) 260-9743 or 258-4490 

Fax (614) 258-4492


2006-2007 Meeting Schedule

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.

January 10, 2007: “Do Men and Women Communicate Differently When in Conflict?” Cynthia Berryman-Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Women’s Studies at the University of Cincinnati discusses whether and how communication differs between the sexes when in conflict.

February 14, 2007: “Mediating Wrongful Death Cases: One Mediator’s Experience” Roz Florez, Mediator, Hamilton County Common Pleas ADR, shares her experiences and thoughts on mediating these types of cases.

March 14, 2007: Cathie Kuhl reviews and leads the group in a discussion about the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

April 11, 2007: “Mediation Case Studies” Marie Bader presents two cases and leads the group in a discussion of those cases.

May 9, 2007: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

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


Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution Education March 14th – 17th, 2007 Cleveland, Ohio, USA Global Issues Resource Center, Office of Community Continuing Education at Cuyahoga Community College and The Organization of American States will host a four-day Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution Education in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  This event will bring together government representatives from among the 50 states and 34 countries of the Americas and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in place to deliver conflict resolution education at the K-12 level and in colleges of teacher education. This first-ever Summit offers a dynamic opportunity to develop a hemispheric infrastructure throughout the Americas to advance the work in the fields of conflict resolution education and peace education. The Summit will bring together policymakers and educators representing regions across the United States and select member countries of the OAS representing North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. These national and international educators will exchange program best practices, evaluation methodology, creation of policy implementation structures, and consideration of obstacles to success. This event offers a needed opportunity for college students, college faculty, university scholars, K-12 educators, public health officials, prevention specialists, and state, local, and national policy makers in the Americas and beyond to convene in one location to learn more about the most current work being undertaken. March 14th and 15th: The general Summit event is open nationally and internationally to anyone who wishes to attend. Presenters will share examples of best practices within their states and nations, implementation models, and evaluation results. March 16th and 17th, 2007: During this time there will be closed policy meetings engaging teams of state and federal government agencies and their NGOs/University Partners. This portion of the Summit is by invitation only.  State and country teams will work on – evaluation, creation of policy, and best practices in creating the structures for K-12 and Higher Education policy implementation. A compilation of the work in the states and countries will be published for distribution to all attendees and other interested policymakers in the United States, the Americas, the Caribbean, and beyond.  Keynote Speakers include: March 14th, 2007 Dr. Gonzalo Retamal (Chile), Visiting Professor on Education in Emergencies and Post Conflict, at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.  Former Senior Research Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Education and former Senior Education Officer, UNHCR.  Co -Head of the Ministry of Culture for the Joint Interim Administration of United Nations in Kosovo (UNMIK). UNESCO representative in Iraq for the ‘Food for Oil’ programme.  Senior Education Advisor for Humanitarian Assistance at the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Geneva and with UNESCO in Eastern Africa.  Chief of the School Education Programme of UNRWA in the Middle East. March 15th, 2007 Dr. Janet Patti (USA), Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College. Co-Director of the Leadership Center at Hunter College and Coordinator of the Education Administration and Supervision Aspiring Leaders Program.  Member of the Leadership Team of the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).  Vice President of Affiliate Affairs of the New York State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.  Faculty member of the City University of New York’s Graduate Center doctoral faculty and the School of Professional Studies faculty of Social, Emotional and Academic Education. Summit Features: Launching of the International Conflict Resolution Education Website, Association of Conflict Resolution Education, Research, and International Section Meetings, International Network on Conflict Resolution Education and Peace Education Advisory Committee Meetings, Workshops and panels led by experts, showcasing best practices in the hemisphere, Exhibits of current international resources, Special sessions during which Ministry of Education officials from countries around the world will share their current national efforts on conflict resolution education, including guests from among the 34 countries of the Americas, Armenia, Australia, Bulgaria, Israel, and more. Who Should Attend: College faculty, staff and students; k-12 educators and administrators; public health officials; prevention specialists; state, local and national policymakers in the Americas and beyond.  Credits Offered: CEU, Social Work, Counselor, CHES, RCH, Graduate (one credit hour available for an additonal $200 and the completion of an assignment one month after the conference from Ashland University).  For more information including a registration form, please see the attached preliminary conference program, call 216-987-2224 or e-mail Jennifer Batton at:


3rd National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution: Promoting Opportunities in the Field of ADR

Save the Date: May 16 -18, 2007 Pre-conference May 15, 2007 Columbus, OH

Press Release 10/18/06 Senior Mediators Release Statement Urging Effective Negotiation Approaches There comes a time when even mediators will speak up.  Mediators are conflict resolvers who help others to resolve conflict in a voluntary and constructive way.  Mediators are normally quiet, priding themselves on their impartiality and neutrality.  Now, however, over 75 of the world’s leading mediators have “had enough” according to CEO Jim Melamed, and have signed a statement urging that community, national and global leaders engage effective negotiation and mediation approaches. Here is the text of the Mediators’ Statement developed at the recent Senior Mediators Conference in Keystone, Colorado: Given that the world is confronted with real and perceived threats from several international arenas we, the undersigned, urge that citizens of our nations insist their elected and appointed government officials immediately engage in honest, direct and unconditional negotiations with all authorities and powers who can resolve these pending crises in ways that are equitable and practical for all concerned without sacrifice to national sovereignty or security. As citizens of the world and as professional negotiators and mediators we urge that proven conflict resolution processes be employed now. Upon’s release of the Keystone Conference Mediators’ Statement, initiative Executive Director William Lincoln stated, “The Mediators’ Statement is crisp, non-accusatory and non-political — it’s just an honest statement asking for direct negotiations and mediated negotiations in every sector.” In addition to maximizing the use of effective negotiation and mediation in situations of community, national and international turmoil, Associate CRI Director Polly Davis adds, “The Mediators’ Statement and birth of the International Coalition of Concerned Mediators initiative emphasize that we need to bring civility back into our negotiation and conflict resolution discussions.” CRI Executive Director William Lincoln adds that “Permitting ‘the spirit of compromise’ to be the motivating force for coming to the table is the wrong impetus.  Converting real and potential conflict into mutual challenges is the correct and most productive mindset. A constructive negotiation attitude is more important than tricks and tactics and certainly a better approach than war.  The International Coalition of Concerned Mediators will emphasize constructive negotiation and mediation approaches that demand candor, humanity and creativity.  Our joint survival demands no less.” Signatory mediators and the ICCM ask all who support the Mediators’ Statement to express your support at by adding your name to the list of supporters and by sharing this opportunity with your family, friends and colleagues.  We can change the world for the better!  Please do your part!  We need you now.  For additional information, contact the International Coalition of Concerned Mediators (ICCM) at

The Call for Proposals for ACR’ Annual Conference is now open!

ACR is now accepting proposals for the Seventh Annual Conference that will be held October 24 27, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. On-line submission of session proposals opens today, January 3, 2007 and closes Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please visit for the proposal submission form and additional information and instructions.

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

February 7-13, 2007 ABA Mid-Year Meeting Biscayne Marriott, Miami, Florida

February 22-24, 2007 Third Annual Arbitration Training Institute International Barclay Hotel New York

February 22-23, 2007 Construction Law Forum International Barclay Hotel New York

April 26-28, 2007 Ninth Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington DC

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


I am writing my regular fall email to ask you to help “spread the word” about the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Law. Below is information about our exciting and innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested. The MU Law School is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution with one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school. Now in its eighth year, the LL.M. program has 20 students from diverse backgrounds.  Through the years, students have come from 21 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program. Our program features small classes, limited to students with law degrees.  As a result, students and faculty develop a close feeling of community. LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  For example, Jim Reeves started a firm in St. Louis called Conflict Management Systems with a focus on mediation, facilitation, and organizational conflict management.  Suzanne Curran Carney is the program development director at Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  Art Hinshaw is the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University College of Law.  Pablo Ipina runs the Centre of Mediation and Arbitration which is supported by the Interamerican Development Bank in La Paz, Bolivia. Students may enroll full-time or part-time.  Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year.  Part-time students typically complete the program in two years and we work hard to accommodate their needs.  We normally schedule required courses one day a week so that part-time students can work the other four days.  This has enabled students to attend from such states as Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. LL.M. students must have a law degree. The Admissions Committee prefers applicants with significant prior legal experience. Applicants without significant prior legal experience are considered more favorably if they have other relevant full-time work experience and/or a demonstrated interest in dispute resolution. Financial aid is available, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships.  See  LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s famous Journalism School.  For information about these programs, please contact Prof. Richard Reuben at or (573) 884-5204.  In addition, many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. Applicants submitting complete files by January 1 receive decisions in February.  Applicants submitting completed files by March 15 receive decisions in April.  Applications received after March 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis.   Student aid is available for full-time students, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships. Full information about the LL.M. Program is on the web at If you or others have questions, feel free to contact me at (573) 882-3914,,  or Karen Neylon, the program coordinator, at (573) 882-2020, I hope you all have a good year. Best, 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: LL.M. Web: Personal Web:


Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 21 & 22 or April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, 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 .

Two fantastic Advanced Mediation opportunities have been combined into a double-header this February, and I thought you’d want to know about them.  Doug Noll and I are combining to do a unique training on February 7-9 called “Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator”, which will be followed by the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative (HNII) and the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) offering the “Beyond Yes Dialogue Series” on February 9-11.  Each of these two independent events will take place at the beautiful and serene Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, in Ojai, California. Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator: An Advanced Mediator Skills Retreat is a course designed explicitly for mediators who have achieved a level of success and a respect for other mediation styles and applications, and who are prepared to move beyond the confines of evaluative and facilitative processes of mediation and make a difference with their work – both in the lives of participants in their mediations, and in themselves. This course is for those who are ready to move to the next level of awareness and consciousness, grounded in mutual respect and deeper connections with the participants.  Topics will include The Power of Self-Reflection, Human Dynamics, Neuropsychology and the Psychology of Conflict, Dealing with Difficult People, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Bringing People to Closure.  More information about Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator is available at The Beyond Yes Dialogue Series is lead by Erica Ariel Fox, Director of the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative, and focuses on understanding and cultivating the art of the advanced conflict resolution practitioner. The Dialogue Series explores what experiences and personal qualities (psychological, intellectual, ethical and spiritual) negotiators and mediators contribute on an individual level to the resolution of conflict.  This dialogue will bring experienced practitioners together to look inward so that we can be more focused and have greater impact as we then reach outward.  More information about Harvard’s Beyond Yes Dialogue Series is available at This double-header experience is where you want to be if you are serious about moving your work to the next level and making this coming year of practice different than the last.  You will be exposed to work in these five days, through the Master Mediator training and HNII’s dialogue, that is cutting edge in every way.  This is work that will be deeply meaningful to you on a personal as well as professional level.  You will leave with a whole new chapter of professional skills that will make you noticeably more effective at the mediation table.  (Read more about the Master Mediator at Both programs have arranged for special group rates at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  Rooms that are regularly $450-500 per night are only $215 a night during the week and $265 per night on Friday and Saturday nights.  In order to receive these group rates, travel arrangements must be made through our dedicated travel site at  The Master Mediator program is all day Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday until 3:00 pm, followed by the Beyond Yes Dialogue Series beginning at 5:00 pm Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday and Sunday until 2:00 pm.  Please register for either or both of them independently. Here is the catch…  You will want to make the decision about joining us very quickly, for several reasons.  Each program is limited to 50 participants.  Room availability and group rates at the Inn are only guaranteed through January 6, after which it is all subject to availability.  Early registration for the Master Mediator program has been extended through January 15.  Discounts to the Master Mediator program are available to members of several professional mediation organizations, including the IAM, ACCTM, ACR, AAA, AAM, CDRC, SCMA, ADR-NC, and the ADR Sections of the ABA and many state and county Bar Associations.  The Master Mediator training also offers California MCLE Credit. I hope we’ll see you there. Lee Jay Mediator Director, Mediating the Litigated Case program, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School

Advisory Board, Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative at Harvard’s Program on Negotiation

3055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550 Los Angeles, CA 90010 213-383-0438 or 800-395-6495 213-383-5130 Fax


Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, Presents Mediating the Litigated Case March 1-3 and 8-10, 2007 Honolulu, Hawaii This sophisticated six-day program presented in Honolulu, Hawaii offers the opportunity for four days of recreation between the sessions.  This training is for experienced litigators, in-house counsel, and other practitioners.  Professionals can study the mediation of litigated cases to either become a mediator or to be a better advocate.  Faculty:  Nina Meierding, Peter Robinson and Matthew Guasco. For more information, please visit or call (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