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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 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

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009-2010 meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences the Friday of Ohio’s Conflict Management Week in May.)

Oct. 9, 2009 OMA IS BACK ON THE ROAD! OMA Bi-Monthly Meeting in CLEVELAND, OHIO! Please join the Ohio Mediation Association and the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio on October 9, 2009 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 1301 East 9th Street, Second Level Cleveland Ohio 44114 (216) 696-3525 http://www.clemetrobar.org PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO OMA meeting on 10/2 at the MCL Cafeteria.  Our next meeting in Columbus will be on 12/4.

Dec. 4, 2009 TBA

Feb. 5, 2010 TBA

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

Today was my son’s first day of Kindergarten.  A very BIG day in our household.  It is what keeps crowding out the really brilliant insights that I am supposed to be sharing with you through this column.  But, so far the best insight that I can come up with is the fact that it is important not to push.  Why, you may ask?  Because it is important to follow the rules.  I can see you all scratching your heads and thinking, “Well there you go, she has finally gone over the edge.”  But read on and it may become clear how it all ties in (or it may not but it’s a short article).

You see my son was really excited to go to Kindergarten but something was making him very nervous.  We finally got it out of him last night.  He was worried about breaking the rules (he’s not so worried about breaking them at home but I digress…).    His biggest problem – he didn’t know what the rules were for Kindergarten.  Words can’t capture the overwhelming look of relief that washed over his face when I pulled out the rules and read them to him one by one.  He said, “I can follow all of those rules, I’ve been following them at preschool for years (and that’s a long time when you are only 5)!”

Still wondering how possibly my son’s first-day-of-school anxiety relates to our role as mediators.  It’s all about the importance of establishing groundrules.  We often forget that we are dealing with individuals at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.  Mediation is a new experience for the majority of parties – a “first day” if you will.  Many of us have been in the “business” so long that we tend to forget that while this may be old hat to us, it is a brand new experience for the parties.  The result is that we often rush through our introduction and dive right into the process without fully informing the parties of the “rules of the game.”   Taking the time to set the tone and establish the groundrules will go a long way in calming the parties’ fear of the unknown.  They provide parameters and a framework within which parties feel safe to attempt to resolve the conflict that brought them to the table.

I think I hear a chorus of “duhs” from the crowd.  I know this is totally basic.  But that’s exactly my advice this month – let’s take a moment to go back to the basics.  To remember what makes mediation such an extraordinary process though which even the most intense conflicts can be resolved. But, let us also remember that for many, it can be a scary foray into unchartered territory.  As mediators, we have the power to calm fears and provide comfort to those experiencing their “first day” – may we always remember the value of providing people with the opportunity to empower themselves by giving them the tools they need to succeed.

I hope you will plan to join OMA at our bi-monthly meeting in Cleveland on October 9, 2009.   I will look forward to seeing you there!

OMA BETTER WORLD AWARD GOES TO PARTNER IN MEDIATION PROMOTION
By Jay M. Patterson
Immediate Past President

For those of you not able to attend the successful OMA Annual Conference in May, you may not be aware of this year’s recipient of the OMA Better World Award.  Each year, the Better World Award is presented by OMA to a person or entity that has made the world (or at least our corner of it) a better place through their work, directly or indirectly, related to mediation.  The 2009 award was presented to LondyLawrence, the advertising agency responsible for the creation and execution of OMA’s statewide marketing campaign on behalf of the entire mediation field.

OMA is deeply committed to advancing the field of mediation.  One of the most important elements necessary to advance the mediation profession is making the general public more aware of mediation and to help inspire the public to have a conversation with a mediator to explore the use of mediation as a means to improve quality of life.  The idea of the advertising campaign was that if we could simply get people to take the first step of exploring mediation, many would elect to use it in order to address their concerns.  Just as one would not consider the use of a taxi or rental car for ground transportation at an airport if one were not aware of the existence of such services, one cannot make one’s life better through mediation if it is not in one’s everyday consciousness.  Conversely if a mediator has the opportunity to explain the many advantages of mediation, many people will come to realize those advantages and select mediation as the means to address their needs.

To this end, the OMA Board endeavored to seek professional assistance to create high quality newspaper advertisements and radio public service announcements.  Without knowing it, you may have seen LondyLawrence’s work on many advertising campaigns on TV and print for numerous well-known companies.  The newspaper ads, which reached hundreds of thousands of readers, depicted provocative images of people in conflict throughout history and informed readers of mediation as a better way to deal with conflict.  Along with these eye-catching images of undesirable historical means of conflict resolution, the ads featured the tag line “Before Things Get Out Of Hand.”  The ads also featured the OMA web site address, which contains the searchable OMA Mediator Directory so that an interested person might locate and ultimately hire an OMA member to provide mediation services.  The Board felt strongly that helping to link prospective clients with OMA members would add value to their membership and help reward those willing to contribute to action on behalf of all Ohio mediators.

The inscription placed on the Better World Award is reprinted as follows:

“LondyLawrence is the advertising agency responsible for the creation of the statewide advertising campaign long planned by OMA and executed in the fall 2008 and early 2009.  The effort by OMA to market mediation on a statewide basis in Ohio is unprecedented for a professional association and possibly for any Ohio mediation entity.

In addition to creating the advertising campaign and a script for use in radio public service announcements (PSA’s), they also worked to identify and negotiate the actual print media buys in several newspapers across Ohio.  Further, they secured studio time and voice talent for the creation of the PSA as well as distributing the PSA to 50 radio stations across the state.  All work performed by LondyLawrence was provided at no charge to OMA.  The value of this work is estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.  But for the largess of LondyLawrence, there is simply no question that it would not have been possible to execute our statewide marketing effort to increase awareness, familiarity, trust and legitimacy for the mediation profession and every mediator in Ohio.

OMA is indeed fortunate to have found such a generous partner in our quest to increase the use of mediation as an effective means to improve quality of life for Ohioans.  We believe such generosity deserves our recognition and thanks through the Better World Award.”

Bret Lawrence, a Principal of the firm, received the award on behalf of LondyLawrence.  Mr. Lawrence expressed an appreciation for working on a project in which the subject matter allowed for wide creative expression.  He also emphasized how rewarding it was to truly contribute to improving society.

Although OMA was able to secure the services of LondyLawrence without charge, the cost of the space for the ads themselves was not inexpensive.  But for the resources that come from membership we would not have been able to afford to conduct the campaign.  I’m convinced that the realization of mediation’s true potential to improve quality of life is dependent upon and directly linked to whether and how much we are willing to act collectively to assert our interests as a united profession.  Collective action starts with one mediator at time contributing to the collective whole.  Thank you, OMA members, for playing your personal role in contributing to advancing the interests of all Ohio mediators through your membership.  Please spread the word about OMA to other mediators who may not yet be a member of the only statewide professional mediation association in Ohio serving all mediators irrespective of style, region, or setting.  Your own future as a mediator may just depend on it.

Training in New ADR Process “Co-resolution” Coming to Columbus, Nov. 13th.
Nathan Witkin, The Co-resolution Group

Co-resolution is an entirely new dispute resolution process that serves as an advanced form of mediation.  While a mediator invites parties to cooperate as an impartial outsider, co-resolvers personally assist separate parties in a cooperative negotiation.  Without requiring skills or knowledge beyond basics in mediation, this new system provides mediators with a more active, involved role in the interaction, provides the parties with a personal coach and a fair opponent, and enforces cooperation better than any other negotiation-based process.

Co-resolution Basics
Aiming to affect the disputants’ negotiation in a positive manner, co-resolution involves two negotiators (“co-resolvers”) that advocate for different sides, but work together to bring the disputants to negotiate under cooperative, mediation-based strategies.  What makes co-resolution unique is that the negotiators work against each other, coaching separate parties, but work as continuing opponents in a partner-like relationship.  The resulting dynamic ensures both cooperation across the table and loyalty on each side of the table.

Cooperation.  Because the co-resolvers must negotiate against each other in the future, both will remain fully cooperative throughout the negotiation.  Future interactions allow negotiators to reciprocate present action in later disputes, so guaranteeing this continuing relationship means that competitive, deceptive tactics would drive the negotiators into an escalating chain of retaliation.  Since their relationship sets the tone and the quality of the negotiation, the co-resolvers will vehemently promote cooperation rather than even risk triggering such distrust.  The parties will then buy into this process, despite the fact that their own negotiator will limit their behavior, because the co-resolvers provide the benefits of professional negotiation coaching and because no other negotiation process restrains the other side.

Loyalty.  Even though the co-resolvers have an overarching relationship with each other, each will remain entirely loyal to their separate parties in the negotiation.  Because co-resolution is an informal process, and because the co-resolvers are brought in as a package deal, either party can easily fire both co-resolvers.  As a result, if either party feels that their negotiation assistant is ineffective or sympathetic to the other side, they can terminate the entire process.  Both co-resolvers are therefore under strong incentive to focus support, coaching, and advocacy to their separate parties.

Thus, the future interests of the co-resolvers bring them to curb negotiation behaviors that would harm their relationship, while the present interests bring them to fully assist separate parties in negotiating against the other side.  The combined result should be personal support in negotiation that concentrates on cooperation with the other side.

Co-resolution Info Sessions and Trainings
To promote wider understanding and practice of co-resolution, The Co-resolution Group will be holding free info sessions in September and a six-hour training on Friday, November 13th.
The free info sessions will be at the downtown Columbus public library, from 6:00 to 7:00pm, on the following dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 1st:  Conference Room #2
Tuesday, Sept. 8th:  Conference Room #2
Wednesday, Sept. 16th:  Conference Room #2
Tuesday, Sept. 22nd:  Conference Room #3
Tuesday, Sept. 29th:  Conference Room #3
Attendees will receive the opening chapter of the Co-resolution Training Manual.  Space is limited, so please email coresolution.adr@gmail.com if you might attend.
The six-hour training will be held on Friday, November 13th at the Columbus Convention Center.  The training includes the 90-page Co-resolution Training Manual©, interactive lecture, role play, and certificate of completion.  Because this process is just now being introduced to the public, the training and materials are being offered at the low rate of $65.  Email coresolution.adr@gmail.com or visit www.co-resolution.com if you are interested and want more details.
The co-resolution concept has been published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, presented at national conferences, and has received accolades from ADR experts such as Nancy Rogers and Bernie Mayer.  You can be among the first to be trained in this revolutionary dispute resolution process.

Job Posting: The Lake County Common Pleas Court, General Division, is hiring a full-time staff mediator for foreclosure and other civil cases. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 1, 2009. The job description and application process can be found on the court’s Web site at http://www.lakecountyohio.gov/cpcgd/. Click on Announcements, find the summary posting, and click on read more.

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 October 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

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.

September 11, 2009:  Jan Fritz Jan Fritz, PhD, Professor UC DAAP – School of Planning will discuss UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security.  The Security Council adopted resolution (S/RES/1325) on women and peace and security on October 31, 2000. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

November 13, 2009:  Lou Ann Wood and Marie Hill will lead a discussion of the book, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict (author: Arbinger Institute, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.).  To make this discussion more rewarding, Lou Ann and Marie encourage all to read the book before the meeting.  In addition to discussion, Lou Ann and Marie hope to develop some tools we can use, based upon suggestions made in the book, when clients become stuck.

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.

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:

Antioch University McGregor
Dr. Richard McGuigan Conflict Analysis & Engagement Dept.
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs OH 45387 (937) 769-1809
Fax: (937) 769-1807
rmcguigan@antioch.edu

Joseph W. Anyimadu
3446 Cunard Square
Columbus OH 43227 (614) 441-4243
Fax: (614) 475-7279
Newstar11@columbus.rr.com

Amy R. Bayliff
1626 Oakland Parkway
Lima OH 45805 (567) 204-6556
AMY@BAYDAISY.COM

Daniel B. Bennington
Attorney at Law
87 Somerset Road
Delaware OH 43015 (614) 620-9539
Dan.bennington@yahoo.com

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
SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW
Dover OH 44622 (330) 364-2647
mivid@tusco.net

Stephen P. Calardo, JD
Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314 (513) 598-5000
Fax (513) 598-5500
scalardo@fuse.net

Martha Camp
117 Wehe Terrace
Pomeroy OH 45769 (740) 590-8610
plowsharesinc@yahoo.com

Capital Mediation Associates LLC c/o J. Christopher Scott
655 Metro Place S. Suite 600 Dublin OH 43017  (614) 789-1733
Fax: (614) 538-8056
cscott@capitalmediators.com

Jack W. Carney-DeBord’s Law Office
c/o Jack W. Carney-DeBord
305 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 369-7567
Fax: (740) 368-9747
Jcarney1@rr.ohio.com

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
P O Box 42351
Cincinnati OH 45242 (513) 721-4466
Fax (513) 721-3383
jlawson@cfrd.com

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker
7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600
Cincinnati OH 45202 (513) 639-9132
Fax: (513) 744-6332
c.baker@cincinnati.bbb.org

Meghan Clarke
The ARIA Group
7765 Kennedy Lane
Cincinnati OH 45242 (513) 374-4689
Fax: (513) 972-9861 (call first)
MClarke@ariagroup.com

Ray A. Cox, Attorney at Law and Mediation
265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459 (937) 291-3119
Fax: (937) 291-3229
Ray.a.cox@sbcglobal.net

Barbara V. Culp
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 225
Minford OH 45653 (740) 981-2697
bculp@falcon1.net

Eleventh District Ct. of Appeals c/o Shibani Sheth-Massacci
111 High Street, N.E.
Warren OH 44481 (330) 675-6681
Fax: (330) 675-7842
ssmassacci@11thappealohio.us

Franklin Co. Municipal Court Pat Benchia, Asst. Manager Small Claims Division 375 South High St., 16th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-4520 (614) 645-8500
Fax: (614) 645-8465
benchiap@fcmcclerk.com

Cathie Kuhl, Director, Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service
230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202  (513) 946-3400
Fax: (513) 946-3388
CKUHL@CMS.HAMILTON-CO.ORG

Jessica M. Harmon
Harmon ADR Services
98 Kelly Marie Drive
Pataskala OH 43062 (614) 403-3590
harmonmediation@earthlink.net

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710 (937) 307-1988
CAHSYS@VERIZON.NET

Jeff Hutson
Lane, Alton & Horst
2 Miranova Place Suite 500
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 233-4747
Fax (614) 228-0146
jhutson@lanealton.com

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 240-7410
Fax (614) 240-7415
Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Frances V. King
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 213-4755
Fax (419) 213-4844
king@co.lucas.oh.us

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
20133 Farnsleigh Road
Cleveland OH 44122 (216) 991-6200
Fax (216) 991-6199
lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Barbara Lehman
101 E. Columbia Street
Springfield OH 45502 (937) 605-2023
Fax: (937) 328-2639
lehmanb@clarkohiojuvcourt.us

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
loraincountyadr@windstream.net

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980 (614) 578-1584
Fax: (614) 792-7681
loweryb5@aol.com

Lucas Co. DR Court
c/o Denise Logan
429 N. Michigan St., Ste. A
Toledo OH 43604-5621 (419) 213-6800
Fax: (419) 213-6808
dlogan@co.lucas.oh.us

James P. Luton
Attorney at Law
131 S. Prospect Street
Marion OH 43302 (740) 382-6588
Fax: (740) 375-5372
Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net

Sharon Maerten-Moore Fourth District Court of Appeals
14 S. Paint Street, Suite 38
Chillicothe OH 45601 (740) 779-6662
Fax: (740) 779-6665
smaerten@hotmail.com

Nicholas J. Marino, Attorney
697 W. Market Street Suite 300
Akron OH 44303 (800) 533-1446
Fax: (330) 836-9665
NJM@Marinolaw.biz

Jerome F. Weiss, Mediation, Inc. 1600 Midland Building
101 Prospect Avenue W.
Cleveland OH 44115 (216) 589-9995
Fax: (216) 589-9723
mediator@mediationresolve.com

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court
300 E. Scott Street
Youngstown OH 44505 (330) 740-2244 ext. 6408
Fax: (330) 742-5899
mpatzak@mahoningcountyoh.gov

Margaret E. Honore Miller, J.D.
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601 (740) 703-6088
Fax: (740) 775-2512
mediation@mail2world.com

Janet Mitchell, Coordinator
Bluffton University Mediation
1 University Drive #185
Bluffton IN 45817 (419) 358-3068
Fax: (419) 358-3074
mitchellj@bluffton.edu

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Cozette Snead P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248 (937) 225-4539
Fax (937) 496-7835
Sneadc@mcohio.org
Vanita Nevis
3113 Blue Ridge Road
Columbus OH 43219 (614) 337-9866
vnevis@odod.state.oh.us

Linda Norris Counter-Point Mediation Services
6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068 (614) 863-9249
lnorris@insight.rr.com

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Dick Altman, Christopher DelFavero & Denise McColley
660 North Perry St. Suite 403B
Napoleon OH 43545 (419) 592-5105
Fax: (419) 592-2759
chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43221 (614) 688-4918
F (614) 292-2035
Cole.228@osu.edu

Belinda Ohlinger Solution Builders Mediation Services
5900 Sawmill Road, Suite 110 Dublin OH 43017 (614) 761-2540
Fax: (614) 761-2988
ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209 (513) 533-2002
Fax (513) 721-2401
dwp@bpbslaw.com

Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130 (740) 653-9396
Fax: (740) 652-9396
fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870 (419) 627-7782
Fax: (419) 627-6600
cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Christy K. Radigan
7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054 (614) 855-6926 (home)
Fax (614) 855-2798
cradigan@insight.rr.com

Barbara K. Roman, Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis
28601 Chagrin Blvd. #500
Cleveland OH 44122 (216) 831-0042
Fax: (216) 831-0542
broman@meyersroman.com

Susan Grody Ruben
30799 Pinetree Road, #226
Cleveland OH 44124 (216) 464-4060
Fax: (216) 595-5274
SusanGrodyRuben@att.net

Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207 (614) 491-5597
Fax (614) 491-3404
Russellviv@aol.com

Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258 (330) 499-3069
N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road
Junction City OH 43748 (740) 987-7466
Fax: (740) 987-7466
confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

Leslie Swift, Ph.D.LLC
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236 (513) 791-8849
Fax (513) 791-8873
drswift@fuse.net

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-4213 (614) 644-8716
Fax (614) 466-3074
eturner@serb.state.oh.us

Adam Vernau LLC
1288 Brittany Hills Drive
Newark OH 43055 (740) 587-2637
Fax: (740) 281-0584
adam@vernaulaw.com

Stephen D. Walters
55 Public Square, Suite 1010
Cleveland OH 44113 (216) 348-1400
Fax: (216) 687-4235
swalters@sdwalters.net

Watkins Global Network, LLC c/o Mario W. Watkins
3556 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus OH 43204 (614) 351-7420
Fax: (614) 351-7430
Global.i3431@att.net

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive
Columbus OH 43224 (614) 447-7050
Lindawbesq@aol.com

Wood & Hancock County Common Pleas Courts
c/o Michael E. Hyrne
One Courthouse Square, 1st Fl. Bowling Green OH 43402 (419) 354-9684
Fax: (419) 354-0331
mhyrne@co.wood.oh.us
ACR 9th Annual Conference October 7-10, 2009 Hilton Atlanta, Georgia Convening “Whole of Community” Integrating Approaches & Practices to Address Conflicts in a Chaotic World.  For more information visit www.acrnet.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.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Tri-State Conference on Gangs September 21 – 23, 2009 Sharonville, Ohio.  Purpose: To provide and share current information about criminal gang activity in southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and eastern Kentucky. Instructors include national, regional, and local experts on gang crimes.  Time is set aside for networking with professionals from your area and region. Location: Sharonville Convention Center (SCC), 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio, www.ci.sharonville.oh.us.  Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Lodging:  Attendees are responsible for their own lodging reservations. Area hotels include Sheraton Hotel, 11320 Chester Road, (directly across the street) 513-771-2080 LivINN Suites, 11385 Chester Road, (next door to SCC) 513-772-7877 Marriott Residence Inn, 11689 Chester Road 513-771-2525 Fairfield Inn & Suites, 11440 Chester Road, 513-842-9112 Questions? Please contact Linda Schmidt at 513-314-9387 or email at: linda.schmidt47@yahoo.com, or, John McConnaughey at 513-779-4131 or email at: JRM4299@fuse.net
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 9 & 10, or December 2 & 3, 2009 or February 3 & 4, or April 14 & 15, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course October 20, 2009 or March 10, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training November 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2009 or 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

Pepperdine University School of Law A World Class View of Dispute Resolution, the 22nd Annual Professional Skills Program co-sponsored by the Vermont Law School.  Woodstock, Vermont October 15-17, 2009.  To register or for more information visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342.

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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