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March / April 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
March/April 2010

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

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

May 7, 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE—note different date than first Friday of even numbered months—Conflict Management Week finale.

To be held at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  See flyer attached concerning the Panel Discussion on the State of Mediation in Ohio.  Panelists include: Judith Wayne Thomas, Wendy S. Hawbaker, Richard McGriogan, Susan Grody Ruben, Sarah Cole, Teresa Cusma, Jay Patterson, and Maria Mone; Moderators Maara Fink and Terry Wheeler.

June 4, 2010 TBA

Aug. 7, 2010  TBA

Oct. 2, 2010 TBA

Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest, please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

Allow me to set the scene – your devoted OMA board gathered ‘round the table with pencils in hand and pensive looks on faces.  What were we doing, you might ask?  Diligently attempting to generate innovative ideas for an amazing annual conference designed to thrill and delight our members. No short order you realize.  In truth, we, just like the rest of you, want to attend a conference that we actually find interesting, informative, enlightening, and useful.

We proceeded to review “big” names in the field; discuss the benefits of “toolbox” trainings; and emphasize the importance of meeting the needs of our members.  The pensive looks became bored looks and soon a few barely-stifled yawns crept across the faces around the table.  Then someone then uttered these words, “…what are we really interested in?”  We quickly became engaged in a very lively conversation.  Finally, some enthusiasm around the table!

It was through this conversation that realized it was time to try something new.  As much as we love our “big” names and our “toolbox” trainings (and we really do love them), the time had come to bring together experts in the field for a REAL discussion of the issues facing mediators and field of mediation. We know this may be risky.  We know this may cause some feelings of discomfort for a few of you.  But, if we don’t have these very important conversations with each other, we will continue to struggle to establish ourselves as legitimate professionals in a legitimate field of practice.  IT IS WORTH IT!

Therefore, I hope you will plan to join us on May 7, 2010 at the Riffe Center for our 2010 Annual Conference. The program is designed to be interactive and we want to hear from YOU.  Please visit our website www.mediateohio.org for conference and membership registration and information.  For your convenience, please note that you can pay online with PayPal. www.mediateohio.org/pg69.cfm

I’ll see you in May!

Member News: David Voth, Executive Director Crime Victim Services in Lima has published a book: Quality Victim Advocacy: A Field Guide.  It includes core crime victim needs and logic models for victim services and victim offender mediation.  It is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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, 2010.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at lunch time on the second Friday of every other month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00.  The meeting time is 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; the meeting location is the Hyde Park Hyde Park Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue.  Attendees may bring lunch to the meetings.

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

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

Save the Date: ACR 10th Annual Conference September 1-4, 2010, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, ACR’s 10th Annual Conference will be the major event of the year for conflict resolution practitioners!  Over 1000 professionals will attend and participate in over 100 thought provoking workshops. There will be ample networking opportunities held throughout the conference. Bring your families and discover the magic that is Chicago!  This year’s conference theme is, “Many Paths: One Destination.”  Come celebrate the oneness, unity and the common goal we share in reaching our destination, peaceful conflict resolution.  Information on conference registration, exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship will be posted on the ACR website (www.acrnet.org) in early March. For more information contact Beth Murray at bmurray@acrnet.org.

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

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

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

L. Anna Firestone, JD
Bowen, Keck & Firestone
338 S. High Street
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 255-2015
Fax: (614) 453-8121
afirestone@lawbkf.com

Tom McGuire
23520 Brister Road
Coolville OH 45723 (740) 591-0733
Fax: (740) 667-0435
Mac457@windstream.net

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training April 14 & 15; or June 9 & 10; or September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training April 22 or October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, or November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2010.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

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

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

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

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

Pepperdine University School of Law A World Class View of Dispute Resolution Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Malibu California June 10-12, 2010 and Vermont Law School Woodstock Vermont October 14-16, 2010.  For more information visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342. Mediation & other dispute resolution workshops at each.

Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio is offering several opportunities in 2010 to experience Compassionate Communication from several presenters including:  Friday-Saturday, April 16-17: “Embodying Compassion,” with Dian Killian, Ph.D. (from Brooklyn, NY); Friday-Sunday, August 27-29: “Embodied Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication,” with Robert Gonzales, Ph.D. (Prescott, AZ). We hope to see you at one of more of these events — click here for more information or to register.

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

For the 2010 OMA Conference Flyer, Please go here https://www.mediateohio.org

March / April 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
March/April 2008

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 2008 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

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.

June 6, 2008 Magistrate Ann Snyder—Mediation in Summit County Probate Court.

August 1, 2008 Scott Brown, Community Education Coordinator with Richard Cordray, State Treasurer’s Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure” Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

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
My Top Six Wishes for the Mediation Profession: (Part One of Two)
By Jay M. Patterson

As my term as President winds down and I soon begin to transition to the Immediate Past President role, I would like to present my top six wishes for the mediation profession, some of which I’ve touched upon in past columns. I have mercifully broken my list into two parts, the second of which will be reserved for my final column. The good news is that I’ve dispensed with the traditional “top ten” list since I could only think of six wishes. The not so good news is that, in my opinion, we are a long way from fulfilling these wishes. That said, I can think of no reason why we can’t ultimately fulfill these wishes if we act together to improve our collective future. As in many of my past columns, I present this list as a challenge to you to determine what wishes, if any, you share, and more importantly, which ones you will take personal responsibility for to help bring to fruition. In my view, it’s not enough to only do good work with our clients. Every mediator has an obligation to help advance the field as a whole. The first three of my wishes, that are entirely my own and not necessarily those of OMA as an entity (and presented in the obligatory reverse chronological order), are:

6: We more often assert ourselves as professionals. Whether the topic is related to marketing the profession, compensation for services, discussion of professional issues, command of the future direction of the field, regulation and discipline of mediators by other professions, programmatic protocols consistent with widely accepted mediation practices etc., mediators too often fail to stand up and assert our expertise and our interests to those who impact our field. Whatever the context, one of the causes for the current state of our field is a direct result of our own inaction as a profession. Others outside the profession have sometimes filled the vacuum created by this inaction or failure to speak up, with less than ideal results. I believe we must speak early and often and not wait to be asked about our profession, our process, our methodology, our worth, or any other important element of our field. As mediators, we are not always naturally inclined to advocate for things. But most of us wouldn’t be mediators if we didn’t believe in the power derived from the assertion of interests. Mediators have interests just like everyone else does and I think we need to get better at advocating for our own collective professional interests at all levels, whether that be to policy makers, program development decision makers, program leaders, the general public, or anyone else.

5: We refrain from thinking of ourselves in progress limiting, self-fulfilling boxes such as, but not limited to, “court connected”, “private practice” or “community” mediation. On occasion, I have witnessed conversations about the profession that draw largely artificial lines between mediation’s settings, models, styles, regions etc. I believe, at the very least, this thinking has limited our progress for the field as a collective whole. I acknowledge and respect that there are some relatively small differences in priorities, approaches, styles or areas of emphasis among mediators and mediation programs. However, mediators have much more in common than we have differences. Until our profession has evolved into a widely recognized, established, understood and accepted product in the minds of the general public, I think we might be better served if the profession made more cooperative effort to concentrate on initiatives that will benefit every mediator without regard to these largely artificial boundaries. When we reach the point that mediation is widely established, we can then more appropriately focus on our particular practices, programs and styles. Until then, I think our first priority should be to make the entire mediation pie bigger rather than focusing so much on individual slices. If we make the pie bigger we can all have more of it. At the risk of abruptly switching metaphors, a rising tide raises all boats.

4: We do more to market the concept of mediation directly to the retail consumer. I’m speaking here about what has often been referred to as the “Got Milk?” campaign for mediation. It is a significant challenge for an individual mediator to market herself or himself when many of the general public have no conception or have a misconception of what mediation really is and how it can improve their quality of life. Unlike say, a taxi service or a doctor, it’s more difficult to encourage the use of your product if you must first explain what the heck it is. If people don’t know what your product is, how could they possibly know they need it? People know when they need a taxi. Taxis are a preexisting answer in people’s everyday consciousness to the question of how to get ground transportation. We can’t say the same for mediation. To the extent mediation has been marketed, it has largely been done at the wholesale level, i.e. lobbying for funding to start or maintain mediation programs, getting referrals from programs or other entities, etc. Without question, we should continue these wholesale marketing efforts. However, I believe we have made much less effort and been much less deliberate about marketing the mediation profession to the retail level, i.e. the general public, (of which every member of the wholesale level is a part of). If we make more efforts to market from the ground up, by making the general public aware of the existence and worth, of the mediation field, I believe more people will be more willing to explore mediation directly with a mediator or mediation program. Once the mediation profession as a “product” is common knowledge, individual marketing for mediators/mediation programs will be more successful. Likewise, if the general public becomes informed about mediation they are more likely to request that mediation programs be developed in both the public and private sector. The first step of creating a tipping point of sorts is to simply make the mediation field as commonly known as taxis. OMA is close to taking an unprecedented step toward this effort. However, much work remains to be done and we will need more resources to increase our effort in this regard.

Stay tuned for part two of my list in my next column. As Always, I invite you to share your thoughts, in agreement or disagreement, or to add your own wishes for the field in a letter to the editor of this, your newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Dear ADRy: Advice for the Conflict-Worn
Friends, are you tired of asking yourself questions about conflict and wondering what is the answer? Friends, do you ask yourself why one party’s BATNA is always the other party’s WATNA? Are there days, my friends, when it seems like parties couldn’t reach a settlement if it was handed to them on a silver platter? Have you ever speculated as to why Conflict Management Week occurs in May when Conflict Resolution Day is in October? Do you ever wish there was someone you could go to for advice and guidance in these matters?

Well, wish no more! You can now send your questions to “Dear ADRy”, who will share advice, wisdom and guidance concerning just about anything related to mediation. Send your question by email to scochran@insight.rr.com, and “Dear ADRy” will publish selected questions in the upcoming OMA Newsletters.

Okay, okay — “Dear ADRy” is not really a person; it is a collection of seasoned mediation professionals from across the state who mediate in various settings and handle a variety of cases. They are volunteering to address your questions and give you the benefit of their experience and advice. Your question will be routed to the “Dear ADRy’ whose background and experience is suited to answer it. Although “Dear ADRy” will attempt to answer all questions, “Dear ADRy” reserves the right to decline to answer any question that may jeopardize the confidentiality of parties, or for other good cause.

So, take a moment to email Dear ADRy today—she’s waiting to hear from you!

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@mcohio.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, 2008. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

The Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) Announces the 2008 MANO Annual Conference & Training Event

“Subtleties in Communication and Negotiations… What They Mean” Trainer: Barbara Ashley Phillips at the Embassy Suites Hotel 3775 Park East Drive Beachwood OH 44122 Friday April 25, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Cots $125.00 includes Breatkfast, Lunch & Instructional Materials. MANO Member & Student Discounts apply. Registration deadline April 18th with early registration discount if by April 1st. Join Barbara for an intimate breakfast conversation from 7-8:00 AM for an additional $9.www.MANOmediate.org or call Jerry Leeds (440) 354-1400 with questions or concerns. CLE 6 credits pending CEU 6 credits pending.

Ohio Public Issues Negotiation Initiative (OPINI)
Sponsored by The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution seeks to expand and diversify the availability of facilitation and consensus building service providers in Ohio. The Ohio Public Issues Negotiation Initiative (OPINI) will offer education, training, observation and opportunities to work with mediators and facilitators in “real-time” multi-party stakeholder negotiations. Participants will learn about the skills and training required for employment in multiparty mediation in public policy, environmental, labor-management and other settings. This yearlong program will:

· Provide training in facilitation and consensus building. Participants will attend an orientation session on May 12th and a daylong training during Fall 2008.

· Provide multiple opportunities to observe multi-party mediation, facilitation and consensus building negotiations throughout the yearlong program.

· Partner with a mentor to create a customized program based upon participants’ interests and designed to enhance their existing facilitation and dispute resolution skills.

· Create opportunities to partner with professional service providers on a project(s).

Upon acceptance to and completion of the program, individuals will be qualified for application to the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution’s Public Disputes Roster. This roster serves as a resource of public policy dispute resolution practitioners available to state and local governments and non-governmental agencies.

Please submit the following to be considered for the program:

· Application

· Resume

· Two references familiar with your work and/or interest in participating in the OPINI

· A brief statement indicating how you will use the skills learned in the OPINI during the year

A limited number of spaces will be available. Emerging and mid-career professionals who are interested in third party (neutral) service provision (mediation and facilitation) are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to individuals with a background and/or experience in dispute resolution, public policy, governmental relations, community affairs and related areas. Individuals from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. The early application deadline for the program is April 21, 2008. The final deadline to submit application materials is May 16, 2008. For more information, please feel free to contact The Commission on Dispute Resolution 77 S. High Street, 24th Floor Columbus, OH 43215 614-752-9595 www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov

Criteria for Selection

· Resident of the State of Ohio
· Required Experience:
1.50 hours facilitation, mediation or conflict resolution training and/or coursework.

Examples:
· Professional development/training
· Community mediation training
· Conference workshops
· Graduate-level coursework

2.12 hours Participation as a (neutral) third party in a collaborative process.
Examples:
· Facilitating professional or community meeting (church, neighborhood group, etc.).
· Participating in group discussions that lead to a collaborative decision.
· Designing a structure for group discussions (development of meeting agendas, issue
identification for discussion, discussion format, ground rules and outcomes/deliverables).
· Moderating or facilitating a public dialogue or panel, leading a church, committee, community group or task force.

3. Personal Attributes
· Ability to put ego aside
· Ability to listen
· Strong verbal and written communication skills
· Ability to capture and synthesize complex information
· Ability to learn new skills and quickly grasp complex substantive material and information
· Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of project team
· Willingness to take direction and work collaboratively with a mentor
· Ability to work amidst uncertainty, while maintaining composure

OPINI Deadlines In order to be considered for the program, please submit the following materials by the early application deadline of April 21, 2008 or by the final application deadline of May 16, 2008.

· Application
· Resume
· Two references familiar with your work and/or interest in participating in the OPINI
· A brief statement indicating how you will use the skills learned in the OPINI during the year

Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Save the Date! 3rd National Training Institute of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

June 2 – 6, 2008 Capital University Law School Columbus, Ohio

This year’s Institute will offer 6 – 8 trainings from various ADR organizations (TBA). These trainings – ranging from 8 hours to 40 hours – will enhance your ADR skills, offer opportunities to be placed on ADR panels / rosters, and prepare you for advancement within the field. Visit www.law.capital.edu/ADR/ for information as it becomes available. For questions, contact us at adrconference@law.capital.edu. Capital University Law School 303 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215 614-236-6500 www.law.capital.edu

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.

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

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.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training April 16 & 17, or, June 11 & 12, or September 10 & 11, 2008 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, or October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 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 .

The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has recently hosted some excellent talks that are now available as webcasts.  Several of these talks were part of our Peace in the Desert™  Lecture Series.   Check out our website at: http://www.law.unlv.edu/media_Events.html if you are interested, for example, in viewing: John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame, speak on “The Moral Imagination:  The Art and Soul of Building Peace.” Laura Nader, Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, speak on “Confict Resolution and the Anti-Law Movement: A Global Effort?”. Dennis Ross, former director of policy planning for President George H.W. Bush and special Middle East coordinator under President Bill Clinton, speak on “Statecraft:  And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World.” Scott R. Peppet, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School, speak on “The Ethics of Collaborative Law.” We also hosted a full-day conference on “Collaboration and the Colorado River.” The program is available at:  http://www.law.unlv.edu/pdf/Colorado_Conference.pdf Papers from this conference will be published in the Nevada Law Journal.   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

Embracing Diversity in Conflict Facilitation Gill Emslie and Christy Cumberland Walker Monday 14th July, 2008 (In Scotland). This training is designed to develop the skills to facilitate and transform conflict in diverse cultures. We examine our own personal relationship to conflict, and practice facilitation and mediation. We also explore how to be an ally to those in conflict, observing our tendencies and bias, recognizing and combating institutionalized racism, seeing the influence of rank, power and privilege, naming taboos and unspoken tensions, and being in the moment. We will work creatively, drawing from various disciplines including meditation, facilitation, Process Work, and archetypal awareness. Findhorn Consultancy Service is an organization whose purpose is to support the transformation of consciousness in businesses, organizations and communities. Cost: £455 if your income is low £515 if your income is medium £605 if your income is high £895 if paid by your organization includes 5 nights accommodation and all meals Gill’s training and experience in transpersonal psychology and organizational development provide the framework for her work as a coach and trainer in the areas of organizational development, leadership, personal and professional development, staff training, Process Work, supervision, conflict facilitation, specific skills for women in leadership, confidence building and a holistic approach to intentional design, monitoring and evaluation (Outcome Mapping). Christy has enjoyed a private practice in alternative dispute resolution since 1998. She has had contracts with various local, state, and national clients. she is a meditation trainer, arbitrator and facilitator and has developed and presented trainings in the areas of dispute resolution, cultural recognition and respect, family mediation, and domestic violence. To book: https://www.findhorn.info/bookevent_plus.php?&name=Embracing%20Diversity%20in%20Conflict%20Facilitation&price1=455&price2=515&price3=605&date=140708&days=4&intro=&price_date=0

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

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