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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2010

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org
Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.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.)

Dec. 3, 2010   Foreclosure Mediation with Eileen Pruett, Manager of the Small Claims Court of Franklin County and Linda Cook, Senior Attorney, Ohio Poverty Law Center—see specifics below.

Feb. 4, 2011   TBA

April 29, 2011 ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE Kenneth Cloke on The Art of Waking People Up: Utilizing Dangerous Dialogues to Resolve Conflict.

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

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November / December 2009

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2009

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

OMA MEETINGS

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

Dec. 4, 2009

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

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

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

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

Feb. 5, 2010 TBA
Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is December 20, 2009.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training December 2 & 3, 2009 or February 3 & 4, or April 14 & 15, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, 2010.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution
Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center.  Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.
Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

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

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

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

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

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

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

November / December 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2008

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay M. 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: Denise Nixon Sparks (614) 944-5764 dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.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.)

December 5, 2008 CHIEF JUSTICE MOYER TO SPEAK TO OMA 12/5/08 AT 2:00PM Please join the Ohio Mediation Association and the Supreme Court of Ohio for our December OMA meeting and Central Ohio Court Mediator’s Roundtable.  Both meetings will be held at the Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio.  Please note the change of venue!
Roundtable:   9:30am-1:30pm (Lunch will be provided)OMA Meeting: 1:30pm-2:00pm – General Member Meeting; 2:00pm-2:30pm – Chief Justice Moyer.

Registration is required for both events.  For security purposes, you must register with the Supreme Court (see details below) even you plan to attend the OMA meeting ONLY.  Following, please find additional information regarding the Roundtable: Primary Purpose: Roundtables provide opportunities to share best practices regarding the practice of mediation, program development strategies and networking opportunities for judges, magistrates, court personnel, mediators, attorneys and other stakeholders in similar geographic settings. Regional roundtables provide mediators an opportunity to meet with others in close proximity irregardless of their case jurisdiction to encourage networking and expedite mentoring relationships.

Participants: Roundtables are designed for mediators, attorneys, judges, magistrates, and other Ohio court personnel who work directly or indirectly with the process of mediation in the Courts of Ohio. Date/Time: December 5, 2008   9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  (OMA meeting to follow) Location: Ohio Judicial Center, Supreme Court of Ohio, Columbus, OH http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov Registration: Online at http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/dispute_resolution/calendar08.pdf Questions: Contact Ken Davis, Program Manager at the Dispute Resolution Section at   davisk1@sconet.state.oh.us or 614.387.9420
February 6, 2009 TBA

May 8, 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference at the Riffe Center—details to follow.

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.)

President’s Column
byMaara Fink
What is Mediation?

The fact that I, the President of the Ohio Mediation Association, have posed this question may cause you some concern.  It would probably also concern my employers who pay me to teach law students all about the world of mediation.  The truth is, I thought I knew everything there was to know about mediation, but now I’m not so sure.

My understanding of the process was challenged once again during a talk given by a magistrate who was recently appointed to mediate cases here in Toledo.  Cases are referred to and scheduled for “mediation.”  The only problem is that, according to the magistrate, it’s not really mediation.   We were told that there isn’t time for a “real” mediation; and “real” mediation, the “touchy-feely” kind, wouldn’t be appropriate in the cases she will be mediating.  So, that left me wondering, do I still know what mediation is?  Has the process become so mutated that I might not even recognize it?

And here’s where I get worried.  If I’m not sure I know what mediation is anymore, how is the average consumer supposed to know what it is?  The reality is that they can’t.  They don’t.  I don’t.  If a woman goes through mediation for her divorce, it will be a very different process from what she will experience during the mediation of the foreclosure on her home.

So, how do we educate the public?  How should lawyers prepare their clients?  How should we prepare ourselves?  Must we agree on what we are preparing for?  Must there be a common understanding of what mediation is?  Or what the process entails?

Unfortunately, you won’t find the answers to these questions here in this column.  As you may have guessed by now, I don’t yet have them.  But, I’m working hard to figure it all out and I invite you to do the same.  I believe it is critical for the future of our profession.

I would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to send me your feedback, comments, questions, concerns, etc. through a letter to the editor or at www.mediateohio.org.

Mediation Marketing Efforts Unprecedented in Ohio
by Jay M. Patterson, Immediate Past President

The Ohio Mediation Association (OMA) is deeply committed to increasing the general public’s familiarity, trust and use of mediation as a means to improve quality of life for Ohioans.  In keeping with that commitment, OMA has completed one phase of a first of its kind statewide marketing effort to promote mediation.  As far as I am aware, no other entity has attempted to promote mediation as a whole to the general public across such a wide audience in Ohio.

The crux of the initial phase of OMA’s publicity/marketing effort on behalf of all of Ohio’s mediators and mediation programs was a print advertising campaign in several newspapers across the state.  These ads reached a combined circulation of millions.

The theme of the campaign, created especially for OMA by advertising firm, Londy Lawrence, depicted conflict in the historical context.  As such, the campaign featured edgy and provocative images of fictional characters in conflict throughout history.  For example, one ad depicted two, circa 1800’s, western gunslingers squaring off along with the tag line, “Before things get out of hand”.  The ad also listed OMA’s web site address so that prospective clients might locate a mediator through OMA’s searchable Directory of Mediators.  The OMA Board saw this campaign as a way to raise mediation awareness by the public while also to adding value to OMA memberships by providing members with potential access to clients that might search for a mediator on our web site Mediator Directory.

OMA hopes to soon launch a second phase of the publicity campaign via radio.  The plan is to send a mediation promotional announcement explaining the value of mediation to approximately 50 radio stations across the state.  The radio spots were professionally created and produced specifically for OMA.  If you attended the OMA Annual Conference in May, you heard the announcement played at the luncheon.  Unlike the newspaper campaign, which required a significant financial investment, we hope the radio spots will be played as PSA announcements in order to minimize costs.  Please listen for the radio ads and if you hear it, please drops us a note to let us know from where you heard it.  OMA is also investigating still other ways to promote the field of professional mediation.

These efforts and so much more need to be done and can be done to advance the field of mediation.  It is only through the collective resources stemming from OMA membership that this or any future OMA efforts are possible.  In my opinion, collective action by the profession as a whole is the only viable path to realizing mediation’s true potential.  Collective action not only increases our own professional power and recognition, it also serves our individual interest to enable more mediation at a living wage.  If you are reading this and you are a member, thank you for your support.  I hope all members will play their personal role in advancing the mediation profession by continuing their membership, by actively encouraging other mediators who may not yet be members to likewise join the collective whole, and by becoming more involved in OMA beyond membership.  If you are not currently a member, I hope you will strongly consider serving your individual interest by joining, OMA, the only professional mediation association in Ohio serving all mediators, irrespective of style, region or setting, i.e. Ohio’s mediation collective whole.

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

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:
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 (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.  Now starting its tenth year, the LL.M. program attracts students from diverse backgrounds.  Over the years, students have come from 25 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/llm/current-students.html.   We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program.  LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  For example, Art Hinshaw is a clinical professor of law and the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  Martha Halvordson and Stephanie Sloggett-O’Dell are former classmates turned colleagues in Civil Alternatives, a full-service dispute resolution firm with offices in Kansas City and Los Angeles.  Mohan Srimat Tirumala Peddinti (Ped) is a derivatives negotiator in the Securities Legal Division of Goldman Sachs in Bangalore, India.  Nivedita Gutta is the volunteer coordinator at the Safe Horizon Mediation Center in New York City, which offers assistance to crime and abuse victims, their families and the community. 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 such states as Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.  About a year ago, we opened our admissions criteria to people who have substantial ADR experience but who do not have law degrees.  Although the program will still be geared primarily to lawyers, we have gotten inquiries from very attractive applicants who did not have law degrees.  For example, we got an inquiry from a federal court ADR administrator in another state who does not have a law degree and we would have been happy to have him join the class (though it didn’t work out in his case). Let me also introduce our three newest faculty members, Rafael Gely, Stacie Strong, and Jennifer Reynolds, who bring new strength and diversity to the Center.  For more information, see http://www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/pdf/newfaculty.pdf. LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s School of Journalism.   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.  Full information about the LL.M. Program, including details on financial aid, 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, mulawcdr@missouri.edu.  John Lande Isidor Loeb Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri 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:/law.missouri.edu/lande

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 Denise Nixon Sparks for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Leslie Bowen
2302 Brisum Way
Hilliard OH 43026 (614) 771-6613
Leslie.bowen@sbcglobal.net

Mary Kay Crowder
334 E. Center Street
Marion OH 43302 (740) 802-2249
Fax: (740) 389-4335
mkcrowder@roadrunner.com

Randy L. Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172 (614) 459-2896
Fax: (614) 246-7185
Randyfisher@wideopenwest.com

Marissa L. Godby
1236 Constitution Drive
Independence KY 41051 (513) 621-1652
brandichase@yahoo.com

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

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

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circle Training for Schools, Community, and Justice Organizations Cleveland, Ohio, February 25th – 28th, 2009 Hosted by: Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College, The Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio Resource Network, the OhioCommission on Dispute Resolution, Lake County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division, and Mahoning County Juvenile Court Used in schools, corrections, and the community, restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior.  Restorative programs create opportunities for victims, offenders and community members to meet to discuss the crime and its aftermath, expect offenders to take steps to repair the harm they have caused, seek to restore victims and offenders, and provide opportunities for parties with a stake in a specific crime to participate in its resolution.  Peacemaking circles are one form of restorative process.   Saturday, February 28th, 2009, 9AM – 5PM Workshop: An Overview of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles – A Training for Schools, Community, and Justice Organizations (CRN: 18774) Cost: $50.   Wednesday – Friday, February 25th – 28th, 2009, 9AM – 5PM Training:  Implementing Restorative Justice Circle Processes in Schools and Community (CRN: 18775) Cost: $150. Who Should Attend?  School personnel, school counselors, law enforcement, school based probation, juvenile courts, juvenile detention facilities, school resource officers, youth serving organizations, gang prevention and intervention workers, faith-based organizations.    Credits Available:  Social Work, Counselor, RCH, CEUs, and Graduate Credit.  Questions? Call Global Issues Resource Center at 216-987-2231  or Jennifer.Batton@tri-c.edu To Register:  Please call 216-987-3075 and be sure to include the Course Registration Number (CRN) listed above, associated with the training or workshop you are interested in attending.  Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

An Overview of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles A Training for Schools, Community, and Justice Organizations Saturday, February 28th, 2009   9 – 5pm This workshop will provide information on the implementation and evaluation of restorative justice practices in schools, the justice system, social services, the workplace and in neighborhoods.  Attendees will learn about practical applications of these approaches and share new resources.  Participants will learn the principles of restorative approaches and explore ways to use and adapt the practices in a wide variety of contexts including classrooms, youth programming, workplaces and the justice system.  Restorative measures in schools are part of the whole school environment; restorative classroom management approaches fit well with on-going efforts, such as preventing bullying and harassment, teaching pro-social skills and discipline policies.  Cost:  (CRN: 18774) $50 includes all materials.  Lunch on your own.   Credit:  6.5 Social Work, 6.5 RCH, 6.5 Counselor, and 6.5 CEUs available.
Implementing Restorative Justice Circle Processes in Schools and Community Wednesday – Friday, February 25th – 28th, 2009  9 – 5pm

Circle processes provide a way to bring people together to have difficult conversations, to work through conflict or differences and to build relationships.  The peacemaking circle process is being used for decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution and community building in schools, neighborhoods, workplace, family and the criminal justice system.  This introductory training will explore: foundational values and philosophy of circle practice, ceremony and ritual of circles,  conflict as opportunity to build relationships,  structure of circle process,  practical applications of circle process,  initiating the circle process,  challenges in circles.  Circles provide a way to enhance school safety by building community and connecting youth to adults and each to other in meaningful and practical ways.  The Restorative Circle provides the school community with a way to help students who have been harmed while holding students who do harm accountable for violations without sending them away from education. Circles are used in schools to enhance teaching and encourage accountability and care.   Cost:  (CRN: 18775) $150 includes all materials.  Lunch on your own.  Credit:  19.5 Social Work, 19.5 Counselor, 19.5 RCH, 19.5 CEUs available. One credit hour of Ashland University graduate credit available for attendance at the completion of the three day training in its entirety, for an additional $200.  Questions?  Call Global Issues Resource Center at 216-987-2231 or Jennifer.Batton@tri-c.edu

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 18 & 19, or April 15 & 16, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2009.  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 .

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

November / December 2007

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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 / December 2006

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org
A Monthly(?) Publication

September/October/November/December 2006

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.)

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

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

June 1, 2007 TBA

August 3, 2007 TBA

October 5, 2007 TBA

December 7, 2007 TBA

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page)

 

OMA Case Study Group
Phil Dunfee, Vice President

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio Rule 16 Update
by C. Eileen Pruett

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

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

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

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

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

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

*(For full text of Rule 16 see http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/Rules/superintendence/Superintendence.pdf.)

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.

 

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

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is January 20, 2007. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: 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/

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

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

Association for Conflict Resolution News

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

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website 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 Martha Antolik for assistance.

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

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

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

Fax: (513) 556-1274

Jan.fritz@uc.edu

Holliday Mediation 

c/o Kirk Holliday
8515 Ethan Court
Fairfield OH 45014

(513) 742-8295 

Fax: (513) 942-2769

Kholliday1@cinci.rr.com

James P. Luton 

Attorney at Law

131 S. Prospect Street

Marion OH 43302

(740) 382-6588 

Fax: (740) 375-5372

Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net

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

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Steve Miller 

2351 Wells Drive

Sidney OH 45365

(937) 622-0023 

Miller.2351@hotmail.com

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

rmitchell@law.capital.edu

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

Faith Walzak 

Delaware County Juvenile Court
88 N. Sandusky Street

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 833-2610 

Fax: (740) 833-2599

fwalzak@co.delaware.oh.us

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

Fax (614) 258-4492

HouseofCommand@SBCglobal.net

 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

ACR is now accepting proposals for the Seventh Annual Conference that will be held October 24 27, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. On-line submission of session proposals opens today, January 3, 2007 and closes Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please visit http://ACRnet.org/conferences/ac07/RFP.php for the proposal submission form and additional information and instructions.

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

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

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

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

August 9-11, 2007 ABA Annual Meeting San Francisco California

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

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois

 

I am writing my regular fall email to ask you to help “spread the word” about the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Law. Below is information about our exciting and innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested. The MU Law School is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution with one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school. Now in its eighth year, the LL.M. program has 20 students from diverse backgrounds.  Through the years, students have come from 21 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see http://law.missouri.edu/llm/current-students.htm. We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program. Our program features small classes, limited to students with law degrees.  As a result, students and faculty develop a close feeling of community. LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  For example, Jim Reeves started a firm in St. Louis called Conflict Management Systems with a focus on mediation, facilitation, and organizational conflict management.  Suzanne Curran Carney is the program development director at Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  Art Hinshaw is the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University College of Law.  Pablo Ipina runs the Centre of Mediation and Arbitration which is supported by the Interamerican Development Bank in La Paz, Bolivia. Students may enroll full-time or part-time.  Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year.  Part-time students typically complete the program in two years and we work hard to accommodate their needs.  We normally schedule required courses one day a week so that part-time students can work the other four days.  This has enabled students to attend from such states as Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. LL.M. students must have a law degree. The Admissions Committee prefers applicants with significant prior legal experience. Applicants without significant prior legal experience are considered more favorably if they have other relevant full-time work experience and/or a demonstrated interest in dispute resolution. Financial aid is available, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships.  See http://law.missouri.edu/llm/pdf/financial-form.pdf.  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.edu or (573) 884-5204.  In addition, many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. Applicants submitting complete files by January 1 receive decisions in February.  Applicants submitting completed files by March 15 receive decisions in April.  Applications received after March 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis.   Student aid is available for full-time students, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships. Full information about the LL.M. Program is on the web at 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. I hope you all have a good year. Best, John Lande Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO 65211 Tel: 573-882-3914
Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/ Personal Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 21 & 22 or April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or 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 .

Two fantastic Advanced Mediation opportunities have been combined into a double-header this February, and I thought you’d want to know about them.  Doug Noll and I are combining to do a unique training on February 7-9 called “Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator”, which will be followed by the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative (HNII) and the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) offering the “Beyond Yes Dialogue Series” on February 9-11.  Each of these two independent events will take place at the beautiful and serene Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, in Ojai, California. Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator: An Advanced Mediator Skills Retreat is a course designed explicitly for mediators who have achieved a level of success and a respect for other mediation styles and applications, and who are prepared to move beyond the confines of evaluative and facilitative processes of mediation and make a difference with their work – both in the lives of participants in their mediations, and in themselves. This course is for those who are ready to move to the next level of awareness and consciousness, grounded in mutual respect and deeper connections with the participants.  Topics will include The Power of Self-Reflection, Human Dynamics, Neuropsychology and the Psychology of Conflict, Dealing with Difficult People, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Bringing People to Closure.  More information about Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator is available at www.MediationTools.com/mastermediator/Flyer.htm. The Beyond Yes Dialogue Series is lead by Erica Ariel Fox, Director of the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative, and focuses on understanding and cultivating the art of the advanced conflict resolution practitioner. The Dialogue Series explores what experiences and personal qualities (psychological, intellectual, ethical and spiritual) negotiators and mediators contribute on an individual level to the resolution of conflict.  This dialogue will bring experienced practitioners together to look inward so that we can be more focused and have greater impact as we then reach outward.  More information about Harvard’s Beyond Yes Dialogue Series is available at http://www.mediationtools.com/events/hniiojai.pdf. This double-header experience is where you want to be if you are serious about moving your work to the next level and making this coming year of practice different than the last.  You will be exposed to work in these five days, through the Master Mediator training and HNII’s dialogue, that is cutting edge in every way.  This is work that will be deeply meaningful to you on a personal as well as professional level.  You will leave with a whole new chapter of professional skills that will make you noticeably more effective at the mediation table.  (Read more about the Master Mediator at http://www.mediationtools.com/mastermediator/Flyer_files/page0001.htm). Both programs have arranged for special group rates at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  Rooms that are regularly $450-500 per night are only $215 a night during the week and $265 per night on Friday and Saturday nights.  In order to receive these group rates, travel arrangements must be made through our dedicated travel site at www.protravel.com/events/mediationevents.html.  The Master Mediator program is all day Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday until 3:00 pm, followed by the Beyond Yes Dialogue Series beginning at 5:00 pm Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday and Sunday until 2:00 pm.  Please register for either or both of them independently. Here is the catch…  You will want to make the decision about joining us very quickly, for several reasons.  Each program is limited to 50 participants.  Room availability and group rates at the Inn are only guaranteed through January 6, after which it is all subject to availability.  Early registration for the Master Mediator program has been extended through January 15.  Discounts to the Master Mediator program are available to members of several professional mediation organizations, including the IAM, ACCTM, ACR, AAA, AAM, CDRC, SCMA, ADR-NC, and the ADR Sections of the ABA and many state and county Bar Associations.  The Master Mediator training also offers California MCLE Credit. I hope we’ll see you there. Lee Jay Mediator Director, Mediating the Litigated Case program, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School

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

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

 

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