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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2007

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com

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.)

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

Magistrate Summit County Probate Court

February 1, 2008 TBA

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference at the Riffe Center with Larry Fong! Dr.

Fong is a Past President of the Association of Conflict

Resolution (ACR) and is a well known lecturer. Put this on your calendar now for a day of tool box information.

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 shostak@ohiohills.com

UMA AFTER TWO YEARS
BY SHIRLEY COCHRAN, JD

Ohio’s version of the Uniform Mediation Act or UMA became effective on October 29, 2005. Prior to effective date many groups banded together to try to let all mediators known to the groups that if there was a problem, to let someone connected to the Ohio Mediation Association, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Supreme Court of Ohio’s committee on Dispute Resolution or the Ohio Community Mediation Association know about it as soon as it happened. In the almost two (2) years since the UMA went into effect, this author has been made aware of only three subpoenas.

The First Subpoena—multiple parties involved in the discussions with the mediator, all working for same company with the discussion beginning after an employee was fired to see what they could do to keep the situation from happening in the future. Mediator worked on getting them to present a proposal to the management and management agreeing to what was proposed. Attorney for Plaintiff (former co-worker of the group involved in the mediation) subpoenaed the mediator and was on fishing expedition for anything that might help his client against the former employer. He did not understand what a mediation was—his idea was only two parties just before or after litigation filed. A motion to quash was filed and he withdrew subpoena before the judge could rule on the motion—he said he did not want his client’s case delayed any further by arguing over the subpoena. The mediator could have used an agreement to mediate which would have bolstered argument that it was a mediation not some sort of consulting being done by the mediator, which was what the attorney was arguing to avoid the privilege.

The Second Subpoena—domestic case where the male party kept agreeing to things in the mediation and then saying he did not understand what he had agreed to or that was not what he agreed to after the mediation session ended. The attorney for the female subpoenaed mediator to have her testify as to agreement being reached and the content of said agreement. The attorney had not given mediator the fourteen (14) days’ notice required so the mediator called attorney about that and discussed fact that mediator does not have to testify and so it was dropped. The attorney was frustrated that the male party kept agreeing in mediation—multiple sessions and then when it came time to back it up in court, denied he understood or that he had agreed, but the attorney understood she could not force mediator to testify under UMA. The mediator could have used an agreement to mediate and a memo of understanding signed by parties before leaving especially after he kept reneging on what he had agreed to in session.

The Third Subpoena—The parties represented by attorneys in mediation reach agreement and attorneys are going to draft settlement papers. When one party got the papers, disagreed that content was what he agreed to and refused to sign them. Other side wants mediator to testify as to content of mediated agreement to implement what was agreed upon. This case was in court already but matter was put off until it could be mediated. The mediator sort of wanted to testify as the one now saying that is not what he agreed to was a pain during the mediation and it is what was agreed upon but he understood the problem with doing so under the UMA unless both parties agree and mediator thinks he should. After speaking with the mediator on the phone that it was probably not a good idea for him to testify about the settlement, he decided to testify at the hearing to determine if there had been a settlement of the case. He used the section of the UMA that talks about what a mediator can relay to a court—if a mediation was held, who was there and if there was a settlement and only testified as to those issues. When asked other questions, he asserted the privilege and the Judge did not require him to testify to those matters. The parties had testified without objection as to what they thought the agreement had been before the mediator testified. The trial judge held there had been a mediation and that there had been a settlement of the case according to the terms testified to by the parties.

In these types of cases where there is a dispute as to the terms of the agreement and if there was an agreement, one mediator suggests tearing up the written agreement and starting from scratch since at least according to one person there is no agreement. My only question is does that reward the one who reneges? Some people assert that oral contracts are not worth the paper they are written on (Yogi Berra) or that they are unenforceable in court. The following is an example of an oral contract, the issues involved and the difference if the oral agreement is reached in a mediation: Neighbor A and B agree during a conversation that A should have someone come out and cut down the tree that is threatening both houses and each will pay half. When B gets the half of the bill, saying it is too much, refuses to pay A anything. There is an oral contract between A and B and A can take B to court and prove the contract by testifying, calling B on cross-examination and anyone who witnessed the agreement to pay half of the costs. If this conversation is in a mediation, without an agreement in writing signed by both or all parties, there is a privilege and no testimony can be provided unless both or all parties agree. So it may as Yogi Berra said if the proof of an oral agreement involves a mediation under the UMA.

In conclusion, so far only three possible subpoenas have come to light in 23 months of effectiveness. None of the mediators have been forced to testify so far although one did voluntarily but to a limited amount of material and there has been one ruling on a case but not on the issue of the mediator’s privilege. The UMA seems to be working to keep what goes on in mediation, in the mediation. If any mediator is subpoenaed, please advise someone in the mediation community so someone can assist with information if not representation to assert the privilege.

Shirley A. Cochran is an attorney and mediator in Columbus. She is a past President of the Ohio Mediation Association and past chair of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations’ Committee on Dispute Resolution and was part of the panel of speakers presenting on the UMA upon its introduction in 2005.

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 fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

What was the SuperMeeting?
On Thursday, October 11, 2007, the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College hosted a “SuperMeeting” at the Crowne Plaza North (formerly the Columbus Marriott North) in Columbus, Ohio. The SuperMeeting, held once every three years, is a day of court personnel education presented in conjunction with the Fall conferences of several court professional associations. Morning sessions that day included Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer addressing attendees about “Future Trends in Courts” and Mary Campbell McQueen discussing “Court Performance Standards”. The afternoon session was devoted to the topic, “Generations in the Workplace”, with presenter Craig Pourciau, who concentrated on the challenges, benefits and opportunities of multi-generations in the workplace. Members of the OMA Board attended although not actually a “court” professional association as many of the OMA members are court connected or court personnel.

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, 2007. 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

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 Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

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 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 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

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

January 9, 2008 – The new NKU ADR Center Presenters Michael Carol, Director & Lou Manchise, Management Lecturer

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February 13, 2008 – Truancy Mediation in Hamilton County Presenter to be named

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March 12, 2008 – Peer Mediation Presenter Jane Rega, Executive Director, The Center for Peace Education

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April 9, 2008 – Book Review of Beyond Reason by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro Discussion leader Bea Larsen

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May 14, 2008 – The group meets for its Annual Luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

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If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Association for Conflict Resolution News

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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 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 Christy Radigan for assistance.

Capital Mediation Associates LLC c/o J. Christopher Scott 

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

Fax: (614) 538-8056

cscott@capitalmediators.com

Gregory L. Edmonds
5585 Broadview Road 

Columbus OH 43230

(614) 506-3782 (cell) 

Gledmon007@yahoo.com

Arthur Fordham 

200 Rathbone Road

Marietta OH 45750

(740) 373-5210 

mttartf@yahoo.com

Denyse M. Fordham, MAEd 

200 Rathbone Road

Marietta OH 45750

(740) 373-5210 

Fax: (740) 373-5210

mttadenyse@hotmail.com

Joseph Legal Services Co. LPA 

Brett R. Joseph, Esq.

337 Keefus Road

Conneaut OH 44030

(440) 599-2109 

Brett_joseph@earthlink.net

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

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Christopher DelFavero 

660 North Perry St. Suite 403B

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 592-5105 

Fax: (419) 592-2759

chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com

Resolve Mediation Services LLC c/o Denise Nixon-Sparks 

4200 Regents St. #200

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 944-5764 

Fax: (614) 944-5796

dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive 

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050 

Lindawbesq@aol.com

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training November 28 & 29, 2007 or February 20 & 21, or April 16 & 17, 2008, and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, 2008. 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 .

SAVE THE DATE for our next International Conference Aug. 25-26, 2008, in Santa Barbara, California “New Waves of Transformative Practice: New Voices, New Frontiers, New Challenges” Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at  www.transformativemediation.org Fulfilling the Promise of Mediation…

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

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

From Western Ohi 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

September / October 2007

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 2007

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 405-4165 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com

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.)

October 5, 2007 Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of Children with Disabilities. Steve Polovick, Mediation Coordinator Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

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

Magistrate Summit County Probate Court

February 1, 2008 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.)

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 shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
By Jay M. Patterson
Practicing What We Preach

One of the concepts we mediators often discuss with our clients is the value of controlling ones own future by getting actively involved in creating a solution to an obstacle. Of course, the flip side of the freedom to craft solutions that serve ones interests is the required willingness to take personal responsibility to actively work on the solution rather than relying on others to solve it for them. I believe, and I think most mediators believe, in the empowerment that comes from direct and active involvement. I further believe the profession of mediation itself could get better at abiding by that very same principle.

As we approach the end of the terms of most of the OMA board, it will again become necessary for mediators to help take control of the profession’s collective future by showing a willingness to take a leadership role in OMA as it continues to work to advance the field of mediation throughout Ohio. The terms of President, Vice President and Secretary will end on April 30, 2008. In addition, the terms of the appointed board members end annually.

I beseech you to at least have a conversation with me or another board member to merely discuss the possibility of becoming a member of the OMA board and thereby playing a direct role in advancing our collective future as a profession. You are not obligating yourself to become a leader of OMA by simply considering the option in a discussion with a board member. If you have the discussion, though, you might just find the prospect to be more interesting than at first you might have thought. Speaking for myself, I have found the work of OMA to be truly rewarding.

If you too believe better outcomes can be produced by direct involvement in the challenge of the underutilization of mediation in our society, I hope you will follow the same value we communicate to our clients by getting involved yourself. Take control of your profession’s future; don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. We need to begin planning for the election and appointments now, so I’m looking forward to hearing from you very soon.

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 fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you

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, 2007. 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

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 Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

We are doing some hiring this year, at UNLV, and one of the possibilities is someone with an interest and expertise in ADR.  We are hoping to strengthen our already strong (we think) Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution.  One possibility could be someone with an interest in running an ADR clinic, which we don’t currently have.  Conceivably we could also hire a non-clinician, particularly if it were someone with empirical strengths or interests in the business side of dispute resolution.  For information on the Saltman Center see our website at::  http://www.law.unlv.edu/saltman.html The official ad is below.  Please feel free to distribute or post both this e-mail and the ad. Jean R. Sternlight Saltman Professor, UNLV Boyd School of Law & Director Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451003, Las Vegas NV 89154-1003 phone: (702) 895-2358 fax: (702) 895-2482

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS—WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for at least one tenure-track Associate Professor or tenured Full Professor of Law position, with appointment to begin with the 2008-2009 academic year. We have substantial flexibility in subject matter interests, with special interest in clinical teaching.  We seek candidates with excellent academic records and experience and who have a strong commitment to scholarship and teaching.  Candidates must have earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school or an equivalent degree. Applicants for Full Professor must have records of substantial accomplishment and qualifications sufficient to be awarded tenure.  Salary will be commensurate with the labor market.    This position, like all faculty positions, is contingent on funding.  Application review will begin immediately. The Boyd School of Law is a fully-accredited public law school in state-of-the-art facilities at the center of the UNLV campus.  We have a diverse faculty of new and experienced legal educators drawn from top institutions.  The Boyd School of Law has 473 students enrolled (346 full-time, 127 part-time) and 41 full-time faculty. For more information on the Boyd School of Law, see our website at http://www.law.unlv.edu/.  UNLV is a premier metropolitan research university located in the nation’s fastest growing city.  It is the state’s largest comprehensive doctoral degree granting institution, with 27,000 students and more than 850 full-time faculty. UNLV provides traditional and professional academic programs for a diverse student body and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning, and scholarship.  For more information on the University, see the UNLV website at http://www.unlv.edu.    Applicants should submit a letter of interest, along with a detailed resume, three professional references, and off-prints of your published works. Contact:  Professor Christopher L. Blakesley, Chair, Appointments Committee, UNLV—Boyd School of Law, 4505 Maryland Parkway – Box 451003, Las Vegas, NV  89154-1003. UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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 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 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

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

October 10, 2007 Hear a magistrate’s view of how mediation affects the court docket & what magistrate’s expectations are of mediators and mediation. Jack McManus, Chief Magistrate, Hamilton County Juvenile Court

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November 14, 2007 Applications for High Conflict Families, Domestic Violence and Alienation Attendees share learning notes from AFCC & NCJCF Regional Training & Conf. ACR Annual Conf in Phoenix Donna Dansker to report on conf highlights.

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December, 2007 No Meeting

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January 9, 2008 The new NKU ADR Center Presenters Michael Carol, Director & Lou Manchise, Management Lecturer

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February 13, 2008 Truancy Mediation in Hamilton County Presenter to be named

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March 12, 2008 Peer Mediation Presenter Jane Rega, Executive Director, The Center for Peace Education

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April 9, 2008 Book Review of Beyond Reason by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro Discussion leader Bea Larsen

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May 14, 2008 The group meets for its Annual Luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

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If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

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 www.ACRnet.org 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 www.ACRnet.org/crday.

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Announces the 6th Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training October 11-12, 2007 Hyatt Regency San Antonio San Antonio, Texas This two-day advanced program features experienced faculty with expertise in all facets of the mediation process. Seasoned mediation advocates will present panel discussions with successful mediators and corporate counsel. Litigators will offer insights on preparing for mediation while academics present the latest research on negotiation. Get proven business advice from practitioners who have developed a consistent demand for their services. Enrollment in this program is limited to ensure a high faculty-to-participant ratio and multiple opportunities for interaction. Sign up now to reserve your space in this dynamic training:

http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/DRBrochure_SanAntonio_08.pdf REGISTRATION ENDS ON OCTOBER 1, 2007. To register fax the completed registration form to 202-662-1683 or call 202-662-1680. The Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training is offered in cooperation with the State Bar ADR Sections and Committees of Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas; the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association; and the Association of Attorney Mediators.

· 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

Greetings. This is my regular fall email asking you to help “spread the word” about the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Law.  Our school is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution with one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school. Below is information about our innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested.  We are strongly committed to diversity and we encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program. Now starting its ninth year, the LL.M. program has 22 students from diverse backgrounds.  Our program features small classes, generally limited to students with law degrees.  As a result, students and faculty develop a close feeling of community.  Over the years, students have come from 24 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see http://law.missouri.edu/llm/current-students.htm.  Students may enroll full-time or part-time. 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 out of state. 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 reubenr@missouri.eduor (573) 884-5204.  Many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, where they can earn a Certificate in Public Affairs in conjunction with the LL.M. degree. 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. Catherine (Katie) Moore has expanded the mediation services in her solo practice in southwestern Missouri. Applicants submitting complete files by January 1 receive decisions in February.  Applicants submitting completed files by March 1 receive decisions in April.  Applications received after March 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis.   Financial aid is available, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships.  See http://law.missouri.edu/llm/pdf/financial-form.pdf.  Full information is on the web at http://law.missouri.edu/llm.  If you or others have questions, feel free to contact me at (573) 882-3914, landej@missouri.edu, or Karen Neylon, the program coordinator, at (573) 882-2020, umclawcdr@missouri.edu. While I’m at it, here’s a reminder about the symposium that our Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is sponsoring on Oct. 12 entitled, “Innovative Models of Lawyering: Collaborative Law and Other Processes.”  David Hoffman, the founding partner of the Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, and a former chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, will give the keynote presentation, entitled, “Practicing Law as Form of Dispute Resolution:  Towards a Unified Field Theory of ADR.”  The symposium will be published next year in our Journal of Dispute Resolution and it should be really good.   For more details, see http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/news/upcomingevents.html.   I hope you all have a good year. 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: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://law.missouri.edu/llm/Personal Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges present: Regional Training Conference—Applications for High Conflict Families, Domestic Violence and Alienation at the Hyatt Regency Columbus September 27-29, 2007

Register on line at www.afccnet.org Help support Ohio’s member of the planning committee, Hon. Denise McColley and our Ohio presenters including Judge McColley, Magistrate Richard Altman, Maara Fink, Marie Hill, John L. McElwee, Marya C. Kolman, Christie Cumberlander Walker, Crevon Tarrance, Kathy Clark, and Stephanie Kreisher.

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 Christy Radigan for assistance.

Corrine E. Bell
1240 E. 9th Street, Suite 3001
Cleveland OH 44199
(216) 522-4794
Fax: (216) 522-7389
Corrine.bell@eeoc.gov
Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW
Dover OH 44622
(330) 243-5431
mivid@tusco.net
Martha Boyce
3950 Fenwick Road
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 459-1783
MEBK2001@hotmail.com
Vickie Moreland
Butler County DR Court
315 High Street, 2nd Floor
Hamilton OH 45011
(513) 785-5372
Fax: (513) 785-5337
morelandvg@butlercountyohio.gov
Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 629-8882
Fax (330) 726-5926
dlchermely@zoominternet.net
Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Colleen K.E. Fear
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286
Fax (937) 383-1245
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
Randy L. Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172
(614) 459-2896
Fax: (614) 246-7185
Randyfisher@wideopenwest.com
Dr. Jan Marie Fritz
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237
(513) 731-7878
Fax: (513) 556-1274
Jan.fritz@uc.edu
Walter N. Harrop
203 Freer Court
Ashland OH 44805
(419) 289-8344
wdharrop@zoominternet.net
Annette Ciavarella Haut
5656 Gray Fox Drive NW
Canton OH 44718
(330) 494-6115
annettehaut@yahoo.com
Holliday Mediation
c/o Kirk Holliday
8515 Ethan Court
Fairfield OH 45014
(513) 942-2769
Kholliday1@cinci.rr.com
Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980
(614) 792-7681
loweryb5@aol.com
Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Pamela Washington
25 East Boardman Street
Youngstown OH 44503
(330) 744-4244
Fax: (330) 744-4480
mvdrs@yahoo.com
Steve Miller
2351 Wells Drive
Sidney OH 45365
(937) 622-0023
Miller.2351@hotmail.com
Robert H. Monnaville
163 N. Sandusky St., # 103
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 363-7182
Fax: (740) 363-7153
rmonnaville@thomaslawlpa.com
Cynthia Morgan
2968 Meadowbrook Blvd.
Cleveland Heights OH 44118
(216) 371-0607
Fax: (216) 397-5671
CMBMORGAN@GMAIL.COM
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss
77 S. High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108
Phone 614/752-9595
Fax: 614/752-9682
www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov
ed.krauss@cdr.state.oh.us
Bobbie Corley O’Keefe, Esq.
830 E. Johnstown Road, Suite B
Gahanna OH 43230
(614) 414-0572
Fax: (614) 414-0573
Bcok01@yahoo.com
Harold Paddock Suite 112
2600 Corporate Exchange Drive
Columbus OH 43131
(614) 839-0400
Fax: (614) 839-0821
Harold@settlementweek.com
Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-2200
fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net
Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810
(410) 230-2563
k-wildman@onu.edu
Ralph Rutledge
P. O. Box 279
Marysville OH 43040
(937) 642-2122
Fax (937) 642-7195
rrrutledge@rutledgelegal.com
Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258
(330) 499-3069
Fax (330) 499-0905
N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET
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
Dr. John Spiesman
P. O. Box 042
Thompson OH 44086-0042
(440) 474-3437
Fax: (440) 474-9727
DrSpiesman@aol.com
Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section
c/o Jacqueline C. Hagerott
65 S. Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-3431
(614) 387-9420
Fax: (614) 387-9409 

hagerotj@sconet.state.oh.us
mediate@sconet.state.oh.us

Fredric P. Tilton
4007 Bach-Buxton Road
Amelia OH 45102
(513) 752-3051
Fax: (513) 752-8267
ftilton@fuse.net
Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator
555 N. Erie Street
Toledo OH 43604
(419) 2936-2312
Fax: (419) 245-1802
James.petas@noris.org
Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court
c/o Andrea L. Fischer-Immke
125 East High Ave. Room 225
New Philadelphia OH 44663
(330) 365-3269
Fax (330) 365-3398 fisher@co.tuscarawas.oh.us

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

This is to notify you that on September 7 Northcoast Conflict Solutions, Independence Ohio, will be offering a seminar: Marketing your Private Mediation Practice. Further information about Northcoast and the seminar is available athttp://www.ncsmediation.com/

ROUNDTABLE and CLE OPPORTUNITY

Roundtable: Southeast Ohio Court Mediator’s Roundtable. Training: The Uniform Mediation Act:  The Role of Professionals in Mediation Description: The Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) was adopted in Ohio on October 29, 2005. This training aims to familiarize participants of the Act’s provisions, including the scope of the Act, specific privileges and exceptions, confidentiality, the role of party and non-party participants and client’s rights. Note: Session is limited to 50 participants. Sponsor: The Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section Date: September 14, 2007 Time: Roundtable (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) Training (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Trainer: Magistrate Richard Altman Location: Marietta, Washington County Children’s Services Building, 204 Davis Avenue Cost: Registration fees, materials and snacks are provided free of charge. Registration Deadline: August 31, 2007 Cancellation:  If you cannot attend, please let us know September 7, 2007 using the contact methods listed above. Who Should Attend: This training is designed for mediators, attorneys, judges, magistrates, social service providers, guardians ad litem, Ohio court personnel and any other professional who works directly or indirectly with the process of mediation. CLE: Approval has been requested from the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 2.75 general credit hours (for training only). How to Register: You may fax the following information to 614.387.9409 (Attn: Dispute Resolution Section) or e-mail to mediate@sconet.state.oh.us:

· name
· address
· phone
· e-mail
· court/organization affiliation
· special needs

Please note whether you are registering for the roundtable, CLE or both and the title, time and date of the training. Questions:  Contact Jacqueline C. Hagerott, Manager, Dispute Resolution Section at: hagerotj@sconet.state.oh.us or 614.387.9420.

Same Seminar, Different Location and Date: Date: October 19, 2007 Time: Roundtable (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) Training (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Location: Summit County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations. Registration Deadline: October 5, 2007. Cancellation:  If you cannot attend, please let us know October 12, 2007 using the contact methods listed above.

Same Seminar, Different Location and Date: Date: November 9, 2007. Time: Roundtable (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) Training (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Location:  Montgomery County: University of Dayton, School of Law Registration Deadline:  October 26, 2007. Cancellation:  If you cannot attend, please let us know November 2, 2007 using the contact methods listed above.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training November 28 & 29, 2007 or February 20 & 21, or April 16 & 17, 2008, and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11, 2007 or May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, 2008. 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 .

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 Mediate.com. Woodstock, Vermont co-sponsored by Vermont Law School, October 4-6, 2007. To register or for more information, visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342.

The Elder Mediation Program of the Montgomery County Mediation Center, Pennsylvania, presents: Advanced Mediation Training – Elder Mediation October 1 – 4, 2007 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Further information is available at http://www.mediation-services.org/Adv_Eldr_trng2007.html

European Mediation Conference 2007, Vienna, Austria General theme: “Mediation goes Europe” Date: Friday 28th – Saturday 29th September 2007 Pre-Conference: Thursday 27 September 2007 Venue: PENTA RENAISSANCE HOTEL VIENNA Working languages: German, English, French For details see the conference website: http://www.europemediation.eu/enRegistration: http://www.europemediation.eu/RegisterConference organizer: European Institute for Business Mediation – EiBM (ZVR: 372455964) European Mediation Network Initiative – EMNI Seidlgasse 21/3/1, A-1030 Wien Tel: +43-710 25 72 Fax: +43-512 91 30 45 http://www.europemediation.eue-mail: office@europemediation.eu

MTI’S 5th Annual “Mediation-at-Sea” cruise, November 4-11, 2007, New York to Bermuda, is ready for boarding . . => http://www.mediationworks.com/cruiseSeminars for mediators, collaborative lawyers, and ADR professionals for CME, CEU, and CLE credits.

Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law is sponsoring a symposium on Friday afternoon, Oct. 12, 2007, entitled, “Innovative Models of Lawyering: Collaborative Law and Other Processes.” The presentations will be published by our Journal of Dispute Resolution, along with six additional articles. The keynote speaker will be David Hoffman, the founding partner of the Boston Law Collaborative, LLC and a former chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.  His talk will be “Practicing Law as Form of Dispute Resolution: Towards a Unified Field Theory of ADR.” For more information, including bios of the speakers, see http://law.missouri.edu/cle/program-descrip/descrip08/Program.html 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: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://law.missouri.edu/llm/

A symposium: the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution is hosting in Las Vegas on October 12, 2007, re: “Collaboration and the Colorado River.”   A draft program and a registration form are now available on our web site: http://www.law.unlv.edu/saltman_Events.htmlRegistrations will be processed on a first-come first-served basis Jean R. Sternlight Saltman Professor, UNLV Boyd School of Law & Director Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451003 Las Vegas NV 89154-1003 phone: (702) 895-2358

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

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

From Western Ohi 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

July / August 2007

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
July/August 2007

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cradigan@insight.rr.com

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.)

August 3, 2007 How is the UMA doing in Ohio? A year and a half’s perspective. Shirley Cochran, Attorney at Law and Mediator.

October 5, 2007 Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of Children with Disabilities. Steve Polovick, Mediation Coordinator 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 shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
By Jay M. Patterson
An Easy Way to Help Yourself by Helping the Whole

As most of you know, I have a deep seeded belief that every mediator has an obligation to play her or his personal role in advancing this profession that has yet to realize its true potential for improving quality of life. (In the past, you might have, indeed, heard this theme from me a time or two or three…or more.) Fulfilling that obligation can come in many forms. We don’t all need to contribute in the same way. Mediators can find the path that fits them best. The key is to find some route to do more than simply the good work we do with our own clients.

So, for those of you that have yet to find a way to contribute in a fashion that suits you, I have another suggestion for an easy way for you to help your profession advance. You can simply contact one or more mediators you know that might not yet be a member of OMA and urge them to join the only statewide professional mediation association serving all regions, styles and settings of mediation. In order to make this as easy as possible for you, we have drafted a template letter available on our web site, www.mediateohio.org for you to use in whole or to modify to your satisfaction. You can simply click on “Join OMA! Letter” and use this Word formatted document to forward via email or regular mail to other mediators. In this way, you can help OMA build resources to act on behalf of the profession as a collective whole. This, in turn, will help all individual mediators.

I believe our profession’s best days are ahead of us. I also believe those better days will not occur automatically. Our future as a profession rests largely on our ability to be less passive as a profession and by asserting ourselves as the true professionals we are. In my opinion, we can best achieve this through the collective action that starts with individual commitment.

As always, I invite you to share your thoughts either in agreement or disagreement to me, personally, or in a letter to the editor of this newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution Supports Ohio’s Youth with Diverse Programming
By Sarah Wallis

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management serves as a source for information and technical assistance in the areas of mediation, facilitation, conflict resolution education and much more. However, the Commission is unique as a Dispute Resolution state agency in that it has a position dedicated to supporting conflict resolution capacity in K-12 schools and colleges/universities throughout Ohio.

The Education section of the Commission is currently involved in an evaluation project with Vanderbilt University, a partnership with Cleveland State University and Temple University in Pennsylvania, as well as an innovative project to train staff in all eight Juvenile Corrections Facilities under the administration of the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

The Vanderbilt project is an evaluation of the effectiveness the Ohio model of comprehensive school based conflict management. The Ohio model consists of training a school based site team and providing follow up training throughout the year. In addition the program provides technical support, expertise, and guidance on implementing an action plan based on the School Conflict Management Resource Guides. The Resource Guides are a collection of hundreds of student oriented conflict management activities developed jointly by the Commission and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). This model for building conflict management capacity has been implemented in over 800 schools throughout Ohio. It has been shown that with proper implementation, which includes each student in the building receiving 25 lessons on the conflict management concepts (understanding conflict, understanding emotions, communication skills and problem solving), the climate of a school will shift in a positive direction, and will reduce fights and office referrals.

The school site teams consist of at least one administrator and three teachers. The administrator is required as they set the tone for the building and are essential for sustainability. The rest of the school team is made up of other staff-i.e. school nurses, school resource officers, guidance counselors, or other teachers. After being trained the school team becomes responsible for implementing and coordinating the school conflict management curriculum. There are currently 50 schools throughout Ohio that are participating in the evaluation. Based on the results of this evaluation the Ohio model could be endorsed as a Federal best practice.

The partnership with Cleveland State University and Temple University is a project funded by the US Department of Education and the Gund Foundation of Cleveland. This project, Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) is designed to incorporate conflict resolution skills (problem solving, emotional literacy, understanding conflict) into the curriculum of teacher training programs. The incorporation of these skills will enhance the likelihood of teachers remaining in the teaching profession and being even more effective in the classroom. This program has just received extension funding for two years and will be expanding to the University of Akron and Goucher College in Maryland.

The Commission is also developing a pilot curriculum for teacher training programs based on interactive video simulations to enhance decision-making around conflict situations in classrooms and school settings.

The most recent area of interagency collaboration is the partnership with the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS). DYS and the Commission are working together to train staff in all eight DYS facilities and integrate the conflict management resource guides into the education and social work curriculum for the youth. This training is designed to build capacity within each facility to train their own staff and provide alternatives to physical altercations for both youth and employees.

This is an overview of the major projects of the Education section of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, if you are interested in learning more about these projects please contact Sarah Wallis at sarah.wallis@cdr.state.oh.us or 614-644-9275.

For information on other areas of Commission, including trainings and projects please go to www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov .

Don’t forget to renew your membership in OMA.

Due’s year is May 1st – April 30th each year.

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 fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you

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 August 20, 2007. 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

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 Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

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 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 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 www.ACRnet.org 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 www.ACRnet.org/crday.

ACR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH
Summary – JDG Associates has been engaged to conduct the search for the Executive Director position at the Washington, DC-based Association for Conflict Resolution. ACR is the nation’s largest professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. Its mission is to advance the practice, research, public understanding and teaching of conflict prevention and resolution. With more than 5,000 members, ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world. A multicultural and multidisciplinary organization, ACR offers its members conferences, professional interest sections, insurance products, regional chapters, quality assurance initiatives, training standards, and public policy representation. The position reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for instilling in the staff a team-oriented, community approach for working together, based on the values of ACR and the field of conflict resolution, as well as a culture of “customer-oriented” responsiveness to membership. ACR’s website is www.acrnet.org. Principal responsibilities:Working with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of the organization; works with the Treasurer to ensure and maintain ACR’s fiscal integrity. Manages and supervises the administrative offices of ACR including oversight of all staffing and personnel issues, and the development and maintenance of policies and procedures. Supervises all aspects of educational events for the Association, including annual conferences, section conferences, professional development and technical assistance programming, as well as oversees the publication of ACR’s journal, newsletters and website. Works with the Board and staff to create, plan and coordinate long-range strategies, including the development and articulation of a compelling vision of ACR for its fundraising activities. Develops and strengthens partnerships with allied organizations and key stakeholders and constituencies; represents ACR at conferences and other events. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree with a major in public administration, business administration, behavioral health, communications or related discipline; Master’s preferred. Strong track record in management of a non-profit, member-based organization with sections and/or chapters very helpful, as would be experience in: Working with board of directors and committees; Organizing and managing large educational events/conferences; Promoting diversity and equity throughout an organization; Member recruitment and retention strategies; Fund raising; Promoting a positive image of an organization. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential. Reply T PAUL BELFORD, Principal JDG Associates, Ltd. 1700 Research Boulevard Rockville, MD 20850 301 340 2210 belford@jdgsearch.com

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 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 Christy Radigan for assistance.

Correction: Barbara A. Venesy, Law Office of Barbara A. Venesy (not Offices)

Sandusky & Seneca Co. Co. Pleas Court Barbara J. Ansted
201 N. Park Avenue Fremont OH 43420
(419) 334-7436 

Fax (419) 334-8866

barbthemediator@sbcglobal.net

Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377
(937) 264-2336 

Martha.antolik@wright.edu

W004mla@who.rr.com

Stephen P. Calardo, JD 

Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314

(513) 598-5000 

Fax (513) 598-5500

scalardo@fuse.net

Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC
Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415
(937) 219-4996 

dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton OH 45435
(937) 775-2067/264-2336 

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

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

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

CAHSYS@VERIZON.NET

Diane M. Jeffers 

3693 Sunset Drive

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 296-7543 

mediationconcept@yahoo.com

Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130
(614) 444-5872 

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Rex A. Littrell 

Ulmer & Berne LLP

88 East Broad St., Suite 1600

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 229-0012 

Fax: (614) 229-0013

rlittrell@ulmer.com

Brenda Ohlinger
5900 Sawmill Road, Suite 110 Dublin OH 43017
(614) 761-2540 

Fax: (614) 761-2988

ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

Michelle Parker 

3956 Darby Park

Hilliard OH 43026

(614) 774-5913 

Mchel5@aol.com

Julie A. Schafer, Esq.
755 White Pond Dr., Suite 403
Akron OH 44320
(330) 864-2003 

Fax (330) 864-7155

JASchafer@schaferlaw.com

Paula J. Trout, JD, MBA, MPA, CTM Alternative Dispute Resolution Forums 

589 Locust Court

Westerville, Ohio

Phone: 614-893-8308 

pjtroutmlm@aol.com.

Kent Valin Community Mediation Center of Stark Co. 5105 Beechgrove NE Canton OH 44705 (330) 492-3306 

kentandnora@neo.rr.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

Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

NEWS: Mediation Training Institute International is for sale. MTI is the most prominent source of mediation training in the world. Acquisition by an Ohio ADR firm, academic institution, or large law firm would immediately propel the new owner to being the global leader in ADR training. Inquiries outside Ohio also welcome. This is a truly unique opportunity for a visionary entrepreneur in dispute resolution. Request the detailed prospectus at http://www.mediationworks.com/sale/ For MTI’s physical street address and telephone contact numbers, visit http://www.mediationworks.com/contact.htm

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training 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 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 .

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 Mediate.com. Woodstock, Vermont co-sponsored by Vermont Law School, October 4-6, 2007. 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

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

From Western Ohi 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

May / June 2007

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June 2007

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
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 shostak@ohiohills.com

 

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.

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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 fredricks@mc.ohio.org 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: scochran@insight.rr.com 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 Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

 

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 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 www.ACRnet.org 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 www.ACRnet.org/crday.

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 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 Christy Radigan for assistance.

Steven Abrams 

Mediated Solutions

2720 Airport Drive

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1784 

SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

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

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 Fax: (740) 355-8230 sbell@sciotocounty.net grhamm@sciotocounty.net
George Albu Commissioner Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service 

1682 Schrock Road

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 794-9047 

Fax: (614) 794-5998

galbu@fmcs.gov

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

Fax (614) 221-2340

twheeler@adllp.com

Thomas L. Bailey, Jr. 

Capital Mediation Associates

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

Fax: (614) 890-1118 tbailey@capitalmediators.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

Barton A. Bixenstine, Esq. 

Ulmer & Berne, LLP

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

(216) 583-7032 

Fax: (216) 583-7033

bbixenstine@ulmer.com

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

Fax (614) 231-1855

findingcommonground@yahoo.com sheriweed@columbus.rr.com

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

cfrd@cfrd.com

Catholic Charities 

c/o Donna Posluszng

1933 Spielbusch Avenue

Toledo OH 43604-5360

(419) 244-6711 ext. 410 

Fax: (419) 244-4860

pozes@sbcglobal.net

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker 

7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 639-9132 

Fax: (513) 621-0907

c.baker@cinbbb.org

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

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Dr. Christopher Cottrell 

953 Sapphire Flame Drive

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 990-9589 

crosspointmediation@yahoo.com

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

Fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@wcoil.com

John J. Cruze Hamilton Co. Common Pleas ADR 

1000 Main St. Room 450
Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 946-5477

jcruze@cms.hamilton-co.org

James J. Cullers 

920 Club Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax: (740) 392-0391

jcullers@columbus.rr.com

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

phil@phildunfee.com

Brenda English #C8 

5415 Yorkshire Terrace Drive

Columbus OH 43232

Work (614) 461-0256 Fax (614) 461-1256 Home (614) 861-9236 englishb@sconet.state.oh.us
Mark Farmer 

401 E. Schrock Road

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 519-8703 

Mfarmer7@columbus.rr.com

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

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Ernie Fischer 

508 Stedway Court

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 476-3779 (home) 

Cell (614) 499-1037

Efisc77@aol.com

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

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Martha Green Athens County Court of Common Pleas 

1 S. Court Street, 4th Floor

Athens OH 45701

(740) 592-3220 

athensmeigsmediate@yahoo.com

Jessica M. Harmon 

Harmon ADR Services

98 Kelly Marie Drive

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 403-3590 

harmonmediation@earthlink.net

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

Jefferson OH 44047

(440) 576-3239 

Fax: (440) 576-4639

WSHawbaker@co.ashtabula.oh.us

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

Kristine.hayes@gmail.com

www.kristinehayes.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 378-8548 

mmhill@fuse.net

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

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Jeff Hutson
Two Miranova Place Suite 500 

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146

jhutson@lanealton.com

The Isaac Firm 

c/o Kendall Isaac

5300 E. Main St. Ste. 103

Columbus OH 43213

(614) 755-6540 

Fax: (614) 755-6542

Kendall@theisaacfirm.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

Faye Sutton List
42857 N. Ridge Road 

Elyeria OH 44035

(440) 324-9619 

Fax: (440) 324-9001

fayelist@hotmail.com

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

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

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Michael E. Masterson Hamilton Co. Domestic Relations Court 

800 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 946-9138 

Fax: (513) 946-9142

MMasterson@cms.hamilton-co.org

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

Fax: (614) 221-1696

FM@MeisterLaw.net

Miami County Juvenile Court Tom Bomhard 

201 West Main Street

Troy OH 45373

(937) 440-5970 

Fax: (937) 440-5971

tbomhard@co.miami.oh.us

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

mediation@mail2world.com

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

fredricks@mcohio.org

 

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

nataliefamily@yahoo.com

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

Fax (614) 855-5233

lnickey@insight.rr.com

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole 

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210

(614) 688-4918 

F (614) 292-2035

Cole.228@osu.edu

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

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

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

Oxford OH 45056

(513) 529-6923 

Fax: (513) 529-6939

patterja@muohio.edu

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

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

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

cradigan@insight.rr.com

John Randle, Sr. 

3822 Hickory Rock Drive

Powell OH 43065

(740) 917-9445 

Jrandle_6@hotmail.com

Carolyn Streit Roehrig 

10428 Lee’s Creek Road

Harrison OH 45030

(513) 246-0511 

Fax: (513) 246-0525

Carolyn.Roehrig@emcbc.doe.gov

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

Fax: (216) 595-5274

SGRuben@aol.com

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

Fax (614) 491-3404

Russellviv@aol.com

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

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

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

johnspille@fuse.net

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

eschneider@drcourt.org

Jerry Sutton 

1405 Glen View Road

Yellow Springs OH 45387

(937) 243-8501 

Sutton-law@woh.rr.com

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

Fax (513) 791-8873

radischco@fuse.net

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

Fax: (614) 459-4720

tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

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

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

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

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

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

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Wayne Wisniewski MA Greene Co. Family & Children First 

158 E. Main Street

Xenia OH 45385

(937) 562-5600 

Fax: (937) 562-5601

wwisniewski@co.greene.oh.us

Robert N. Wistner, JD 

5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100

Dublin OH 43017

(614) 734-8354 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

rwistner@columbus.rr.com

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

kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

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 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 .

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: straus.pepperdine.edu 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 http://www.nvms.us 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 Mediate.com. Woodstock, Vermont co-sponsored by Vermont Law School, October 4-6, 2007. 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

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

January / April 2007

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Mediate Ohio
www.mediateohio.org
A Bi-Monthly Publication

January/February/March/April 2007

President:
Jay Patterson
(614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net

Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor:
Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com

Vice President:
Phil Dunfee
(740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com

Treasurer:
Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu

Secretary:
Christy Radigan
(614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com

Web Guru:
Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com

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.)

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 below.www.mediate.com/ohio/pg49.cfm

June 1, 2007 Mediation and Education: What is new? Sarah Wallis,
Director Education Programs
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution.

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)

Spring: A Time for Renewal
President’s Column By Jay M. Patterson

As I write this column with sub-zero temperature outside my window, the renewal that comes from spring seems quite distant.Present temperature notwithstanding, I have trust in my calendar that we will soon see growth from seeds that have previously been sown.

Spring is also the time for renewal of OMA memberships.Just as we cannot bear fruit without planting a few seeds, OMA cannot act to advance the mediation profession without the resources that stem from your membership.

The Board of OMA has been steady and deliberate in building resources to help take OMA in new and exciting directions that I believe have the potential to make a real difference in advancing the field of professional mediation.Much of OMA’s recent infrastructure building efforts have perhaps been somewhat invisible, just as the roots of a stately oak tree starts where the eye cannot see.Nonetheless, the roots of OMA’s growth have begun to reach more solid ground.

In the recent past OMA has endeavored to discuss its current state and make longer term plans for advancing the field of mediation and serving its membership.These discussions have led to some concrete milestones that will put OMA in good stead for the future.None of these milestones occurred automatically.They were realized because the board deliberately set out to generate them.For example, as a result of several actions taken by the board, membership is as high as I can remember and quite possibly as high as it’s ever been in its history.

Further, OMA has begun to build concrete resources that, for the first time, might make it realistic to begin a discussion about some big picture initiatives that heretofore were simply out of the question.One example of a potential big picture initiative is the possibility of an educational campaign about mediation to help inspire the general public to initiate a conversation with a mediator/mediation program so that person can learn directly how the mediation process might be used to address that person’s concern.Although the desire to take on projects such as these has been discussed often by the board, it has been clear that a meaningful discussion about this type of activity would have to wait until more resources were built. As a result of specific actions taken by the board, I believe OMA is getting close to the point where exploring big picture initiatives such as this might begin to be realistic.

As encouraged as I am about OMA’s progress, much work remains to be done.Whether or not our potential as a profession is realized depends largely on you, the members.From my perspective, one of the easiest things you can do to help serve your interest as a mediator is to simply renew your membership so that OMA can continue its momentum in advancing professional mediation.

You will soon be receiving information about renewing your membership.Please help OMA continue its growth path.Take the time to renew your membership promptly.While you’re at it, please consider checking the box on the membership form that gives members the opportunity to make a donation in addition to membership.Further, please pass the word about OMA to other mediators that may not be members.

As always, I invite you to share your thoughts directly with me or in a letter to the editor of this newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Case Study Program by Ed Krauss

On June 1, our next OMA meeting, we will have the third in a series of pilot programs devoted to a mediation case study following our regular meeting.

I want to strongly encourage you to participate. Just put it on your schedule, plan on being involved in an OMA activity from lunch at
11:30
through the end of the case study, about
3:30
. In fact, if you can’t take that much time, please consider just the case study for a change, arriving at
1:45
.

I had the opportunity to present a case at our February meeting. It was interesting to tell the story of the situation, to discuss the techniques I used, and to use the opportunity to think about – and reflect on – what happened. Those present asked questions about my approach, how I invited the parties to share, what sticking points there were, what solution was reached and how it was reached, and other questions and comments. They also shared stories and comments from their experiences.

What I most enjoyed, and believe you would too, was the chance to discuss our craft with people who get it. We didn’t have to talk about what mediation is and isn’t, but rather spent the time talking about how one case (and glimpses at others) proceeded.

If you have any questions you can contact the case study program coordinator, Susan Shostak, shostak@ohiohills.com. We are hoping that there will be enough interest that we can drop the word pilot and just have this be a regular occurrence; five times a year we get together and talk about what we do and how we do it from the point of a real case.

Again, I encourage you to join the discussion next June 1 – I know I am.

AFCC Call for Presenters:
AFCC has chosen
Columbus
for the site of its fall 2007, Regional Conference. The Call for Presenters is out with a deadline of
April 23, 2007
and I hope each of you will consider submitting a proposal and/or save the dates for a wonderful AFCC program. AFCC continues to be the leader in interdisciplinary education for professionals who deal with families within court systems. We are fortunate to be hosing this event in
Columbus. Eileen Pruett Manager, Small Claims Division and Dispute Resolution Program Franklin County Municipal Court 375 S. High Street 16th floor
Columbus, OH  43215
614-645-8500 614-645-8465 (fax) pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Conflict Management Week

May 7-11, 2007

As part of Conflict Management Week, on May 8th the Commission on Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management will host a daylong symposium on school safety with a focus on bullying prevention. This important event will bring together state and national experts on school bullying.State government partners such as the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Resource Network, and the Ohio Departments of Health and Mental Health will also participate and will provide information and resource materials for parents, educators, and students.The event will be in the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus. The fee for the event, which runs from
10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (lunch on your own) is $25.00 per person. Prevention RCHs and CEUs will be available.Counseling credits are pending. For further details and the registration information please visit http://disputeresolution.ohio.gov/index.htm. If you can’t open the PDF please let me know and I’ll send it to you in WORD. Space is limited, please register soon. Ed Krauss

Ohio Mediation Association Conference! Training Opportunity!

Ohio’s celebration of Conflict Management Week will culminate with the 2007 Ohio Mediation Association Annual Conference. The conference will feature a “toolbox” mediation training titled “Being a Better Mediator” by internationally known mediator and trainer, Nina Meierding. The conference will include lunch provided by OMA, the OMA Annual Meeting and the presentation of the Better World Award.The conference has received credit for 5 hours for attorneys, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.The conference registration is open to both members and non-members of OMA. You may access more information about the conference as well as the registration form at http://www.mediate.com/ohio/pg49.cfm. You may also access registration information on the home page of OMA’s web site, www.mediateohio.org.

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 fredricks@mc.ohio.org
I look forward to hearing from you.

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 April 20, 2007. 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

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 Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

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 www.ACRnet.org
as details become available

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.orgIf 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.

TALK WORKS! Mediation Services
c/o Marie U. Bader
P.O. Box 176206
Covington, KY 41017-6206
(859) 380-2137
mubader@insightbb.com

Barton A. Bixenstine, Esq.
Ulmer & Berne, LLP
1660 W. 2nd St., Suite 1100
Cleveland OH 44113-1448
(216) 583-7032
Fax: (216) 583-7033
bbixenstine@ulmer.com

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

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office
c/o Darren Miller
270 E. Main Street
Batavia, OH  45103
(513) 732-7126
Fax (513) 732-7127
dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

Shirley A. Cochran
2897 Liberty Bell Lane
Reynoldsburg, OH  43068-3930
(614) 863-4775
Fax (614) 863-4775
scochran@insight.rr.com

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

James J. Cullers
920 Club Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 392-0391
Fax (740) 392-0391
jcullers@columbus.rr.com

Sandra L. DeBlanc, LLC
445 Hutchinson Ave., #800
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 733-0378
sdeblancrobbins@aol.com

Delaware County Juvenile Court
c/o Faith Walzak
88 North Sandusky
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 83-2610
Fax (740) 833-2599
fwalzak@co.delaware.oh.us

Franklin County Domestic Relations & Juvenile Court
c/o Marya Kolman
373 S. High St.
3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-4598
(614) 462-5872
Fax: (614) 462-3748
Marya_Kolman@fccourts.org

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

Knox County Court of Common Pleas Mediation Services
c/o Rochelle R. Fritz
111 East High Street, 2nd Fl
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
(740) 393-6817
Fax (740) 393-5096
rochellefritz@hotmail.com

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. at Law
23230 Chagrin Blvd. # 740
Cleveland, OH 44122
(216) 464-2777
Fax (216) 464-7990
lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Lifespan Counseling Assoc.
c/o Dene Berman Ph.D.
1450 Hanes Road
PO Box 340398
Bevercreek, OH 45434
(937) 426-2079
Fax: (937) 426-0211
Dene.berman@wright.edu

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

Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus, OH  43214
(614) 403-3825
Fax: (614) 447-8662
jmpmediation@ameritech.net

J. Christopher Scott, LLC
Capital Mediation Assoc.LLC
445 Hutchinson Ave. #800
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 410-3370
Fax: (614) 538-8056
scott@capitalmediators.com

Deborah L. Taylor
Juvenile Court Montgomery County
303 W. Second Street
Dayton, OH  45422
(937) 496-6971
taylord@mcohio.org

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
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.

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

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

Continuing its commitment to increasing the presence of minority professionals at all levels in the field of alternative dispute resolution, Capital University Law School is proud to announce The 3rd National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Horatio “Ray” Lanier, President of the Association for Conflict Resolution and Senior Dispute Resolution Officer at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Michael K. Lewis, Senior Associate of the Center for Dispute Settlement and Principal in JAMS, the Resolution Experts are this year’s keynote speakers. The Conference is open to anyone interested in enhancing their ADR skills.

The National Conference of Minority Professionals in ADR will:

  • Expand your ADR skills and opportunities, whether you are new to the profession, or have been practicing for some time.
  • Provide networking opportunities and connect you with other minority ADR professionals and mentors.
  • Share information about how to become listed on various ADR organization panels.
  • Help you identify the obstacles and challenges you may face in becoming the active ADR professional you desire to be and offer ways to overcome them.
  • Offer the opportunity to learn about the full spectrum of ADR, e.g. courts, community, family, faith-based, employment/labor, environmental and public policy, state and federal government, and education.
  • Provide information on how to start and market your ADR business.

Conference Workshop Tracks:

  • Skill
    Building
  • Access and Opportunities
  • Labor and Employment Mediation/Arbitration
  • Impact of ADR on Minority Clients & Communities
  • Multiculturalism

Pre-Conference Trainings Offered on May 15, 2007:

Visit the Conference Web Site for more complete program information, pre-conference training descriptions, registration, hotel accommodations, etc. – www.law.capital.edu/adr

For questions, contact us at adrconference@law.capital.edu; or call (614) 236-7313.

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

August 9-11, 2007ABA Annual Meeting San FranciscoCalifornia

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

August 7-9, 2008ABA 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, 2009ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association
Basic Mediation Training April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 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 www.communitymediation.comFax: (614) 228-7213Mailing 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 .

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: straus.pepperdine.edu 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 http://www.nvms.us or call us at (703) 993-3724.

First National Symposium on Ethical Standards for Elder Mediation,
April 19-20, 2007 at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA

This exciting 2-day event will address issues of ageism, capacity, and self-determination in elder mediation. Featured speakers will include Harry “Rick” Moody, Nancy Neveloff Dubler, Robert Baruch Bush, and distinguished panelists such as Charley Sabatino and Erica Wood and others from the fields of mediation, elder law, bioethics, geriatric ethics, geriatric medicine and social work. A brochure and on-line registration is available at http://www.mediation-services.org.

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