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January / February 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
January/February 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

Feb. 5, 2010 Techniques for Empowering Youth in Mediation.  Marge Gaffin, BS Psychology and MSW from OSU, LISW-S, ACSW, BCD with specialized training in obsessive-compulsive disorder will be speaking on drawing out children and teens so that they can and will participate fully in mediation.

May 7, 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE—note different date than first Friday of even numbered months—Conflict Management Week finale.  To be held at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  Details coming soon!

June 4, 2010 TBA
Aug. 7, 2010  TBA
Oct. 2, 2010 TBA
Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Speaker Suggestion??
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 would like to suggest, please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

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 February 20, 2010.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

President’s Column
Maara Fink

Well, it’s officially 2010. Hard to believe that another year and decade has come and gone. Like so many others, I find the start of a new year to be the perfect time to take inventory of the areas, both personal and professional, which could use a bit of attention and/or improvement.  Some are easy to identify (unfortunately, not as easy to achieve) like better organizational systems, decision-making (just say “no”) and time management (also, just say “no”).  The more challenging tasks come to me as I lie awake making “to do” lists in my head.

During the final days of 2009 and first days of 2010, I was engaged in a series of conversations that led me to focus more intensively on the current state of OMA and the field in general.  What I realized, to my great disappointment, is that we are not where I was hoping we would be as we ushered in this new decade.  Don’t get me wrong, we have made strides (the Uniform Mediation Act; the marketing campaign of 2008) and effected some significant changes (the most recent language modifications to proposed HB 306 )along the way; but nowhere near where I had hoped the field would be when I entered it well-over (I know, really well-over but who is counting…) a decade ago. At that time mediation was still gaining momentum and legitimacy as an alternative method of dispute resolution.  While these days we find that most have dropped the designation as an “alternative” process, I do believe we are still struggling to establish mediation as a legitimate profession.  We have seen hundreds of mediators join our ranks only to leave disheartened and disillusioned with the field and its ability to provide a living-wage to its members.  A decade ago, I knew dozens of mediators here in Toledo who were making a decent living as full-time mediators.  Most of those individuals have gone back to the professions they previously abandoned.

I also have very real concerns about the complete lack of regulation within the field.  We have all heard “horror” stories of mediators and mediations gone-awry (like the one I heard the other day about a mediator who called one of the parties a crook and liar – in a most neutral way, I’m sure).  Yet, there is still not much that can be done to prevent incompetent mediators engaging in the practice of mediation.  I strongly believe that in order to ensure quality of the process and enhance the legitimacy of our profession that we must explore our options for regulation (mark your calendars to join us for our OMA Annual Conference in May for an exciting panel discussion on what regulation in the field might look like).

I am steadfast in my belief in the power of mediation and the vast potential for growth in the field.   However, this will not happen if we maintain the status quo.  It is imperative that we work together to forge a sustainable future for the field.  And it will take work! This will not happen without collective action.   I encourage those of you who have stayed on the sidelines to get in the game! We have a way to go and my guess is we won’t achieve all that we hope to in 2010 – but it can’t hurt for each of us to add this work to our “to do” list for the year.  You never know what together we might achieve!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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.

Truancy Prevention Through Mediation in Marion, Ohio
Joey Sink-Oiler Contract Mediator 740-802-0748 mediator4u@gmail.com
Truancy prevention through mediation has worked well in Marion, Ohio for the past five school years.  It was piloted with help from Family Court. According to documentation from Marion County Family and Children First Council, from 2002-2006 the number of diversion hearings conducted by Family Court/Juvenile Court primarily due to truancy grew by approximately a 200% increase. “ The Family and Children First Council wanted to focus on what was missing from the mix of services and programs that would lead to a reduction of high-risk youth coming to the attention of Family Court/Juvenile Court in the first place.”

According to documentation from MCFCFC, “Las Angeles County research from the Office of Education identifies truancy as the most powerful predicator of delinquency and crime increase (such as shop lifting).” Additionally the report from MCFCFC goes on to state “this research supports that children that are truant are at-risk of academic failure, delinquency, victimization, experimentation of substance use and sexual activity.” This led to the collaboration of several service providers in the community working together to assure the success of the mediations. A typical mediation may consist of any combination of the following: parents, student, teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, and/or other necessary support persons. According to Kelly Garrett of United Way the number of children referred to Family Court for Truancy and the number of Diversion cases fell by at least 40% after the inception of the program.

During the first three years, it was operated by a grant from the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Funding was small and the program started in one elementary and one middle school based on findings that most high school dropout students had attended one of these two schools. The fourth year of the program was funded by reclaim dollars through Family Court and 600 mediations were completed in both Marion City and Marion County school districts. For the 2009-2010 school year, due to a funding decrease, the number of mediations dropped to 425. Both Family Court and. Marion City Schools are funding the program this school year. The program requires two positions, a coordinator and a mediator. Joey Sink-Oiler, who has been with the program for the past five school years, currently holds both positions.

The Art of Disagreement
Dale Eilerman, M.Ed., PCC-S
Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC

Most of us would likely say that we do not care to be around disagreeable people.  This choice of behavior is typically discouraged in organizations as being disruptive and unsettling.  It can generate negative emotional reactions and a sense that the disagreeable person is being uncooperative and is not “on board”.  However the act of disagreeing is essential to identify problems, provide contrary perspectives, consider alternatives and make changes.  What we need to recognize is that there is a skill and “art” in offering a disagreement that plays an important part in the success in taking this position.  It is not what is said, but how it is said.

Michael A. Roberto speaks to the importance of disagreement in his book entitled Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer (Wharton School Publishing, 2005).  Roberto describes organizational cultures in which the prevailing norm is to have yes-people who outwardly agree with leadership and do not question decisions in open meetings.  Differing opinions and beliefs are instead taken underground resulting in a hidden erosion of support and lost opportunities for considering viable alternatives.  In some cases this type of culture has resulted in serious negative outcomes that could have been avoided if those in disagreement had felt like they could speak up and be heard without consequence.

Cultivating an environment that supports constructive disagreement requires encouragement of frank discussions, challenging questions and debate.  This milieu results in decisions that are well thought out and earn the confidence and support of those who need to implement them.

What are some of the traits and techniques that contribute to the art of disagreement?
• Demonstrate an attitude of inclusion
• Use data and decision making procedures
• Beware of emotional responses
• Seek first to understand, then to be understood
• Agree to disagree

Demonstrate an Attitude of Inclusion

Disagreement will begin to be valued when leaders demonstrate an attitude of inclusion.  Openness to and active solicitation of differing ideas, perspectives, feelings, and beliefs generates greater breadth of thinking than a closed and conservative approach to decision making which tends to shut out diversity.  The attitude of inclusion stimulates expression of disagreements and a collaborative discovery of solutions.  This approach will increase the likelihood that optimal choices will be made.

Respect for disagreement encourages risk taking, creative thinking and consideration of alternatives that otherwise would not be put on the table.  Leaders who challenge their associates to brain storm, critique, and think outside the box will maximize the potential that exists within the group.  Appreciation shown for effort, and not just for the chosen decision, will further encourage people to take the risk of offering ideas and positions that might not otherwise be put out for consideration.

Use Data and Decision Making Procedures

It is helpful to have decision making procedures that facilitate the presentation of differing options while also maintaining an orderly process for reaching conclusions.  Brainstorming, nominal group technique and multi-voting are methods that can be used to generate ideas and focus on preferred choices.  If there is no structure to facilitate the decision making process the participants will experience frustration from “wheel spinning” and be less open to considering differing ideas.

Disagreements must merit the time and attention required for contemplation.  Simply arguing for a personal agenda is not adequate.  Those who want their perspective to be considered need to demonstrate its value with data or other supportive evidence and use the decision making process that is in place.  Use of an organized presentation with handouts, charts, or other visual aids can be very effective in demonstrating a perspective that needs to win the approval of others.  It may be helpful to pass alternatives through “filters” to assure that they meet the criteria required for consideration prior to presenting them.  Disagreements that are obviously well thought out and rationally presented within organizational guidelines will be given more respectful consideration than those which are spontaneous and “off the cuff”.

When working to resolve disagreements determine if the differences are centered on the central goal or on the process for achieving the desired outcome.  There will often be more receptivity to variations in process and procedures that to wholesale changes in the objective.  Do proposals meet the identified goals and requirements?  If yes, then disagreement may be in the area of process; how to reach the goal rather than the goal itself.  Recognizing and communicating this distinction can keep the process moving along constructively.

Beware of Emotional Responses

Disagreements can cause emotional reactions that disrupt the objective assessment of an option being considered.  Presentations that are overly dramatic may not be effective – the content can be lost in the expression.  The idea will be judged on the listener’s affective reactions and not on merit.

However presentations without any emotion may be as ineffective as those with excessive emotion.  Ideas communicated with feeling create energy.  Emotions that are tempered and expressed for emphasis and effect can be a powerful enhancement in communicating the intensity of belief and conviction.

When presenting a different perspective it is important not to alienate others in the group.  Separate the person from the problem.  Statements that are confrontational, blaming and critical are usually not well received and can be harmful.  Indicating a desire to collectively solve the problem at hand will be more effective than forming factions.

Being prepared and professional will increase the likelihood of receptivity to contrary opinions and perspectives.  Conflict and disagreements that are cognitively presented with poise and confidence will be received best.  Even skeptics are likely to consider ideas that are presented with logic, reason and conviction.  Use of substantiated facts, relevant references, and evidence of success in other settings will help to change the minds of those who may initially be in opposition.  The inclusion of enough emotion to demonstrate assurance that it will work in the current situation may be enough to tip the scales.

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Stephen Covey’s maxim from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People of “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood” serves as a good technique when attempting to win over someone to a new way of thinking.  If you want to be understood be a good listener.  Once the other party believes that they have been thoroughly understood they will be more receptive to listening to alternative perspectives.

Listen intently and do not get caught up in formulating a response before the other party has finished their presentation.  Use active listening and clarification questions to demonstrate interest and insight into the ideas of others.  Active listening with focused eye contact, nodding, note taking, appropriate questions and summary statements for clarification will demonstrate interest and respect in those who present opposing viewpoints and thereby increase their receptivity to alternative positions.

A good technique for presenting disagreement is to both support and confront.  This involves the use of the word “and” instead of the word “but”.  An example would be to say “I understand what you are suggesting and I have another point of view” rather than “I understand what you are suggesting but I want you to listen to my idea.”  The use of the word “but” erases everything that was presented before it and only includes the words that follow it.  Use of the word “and” shows respect and consideration for one point of view while adding other thoughts or opinions.  A difference that is presented with respect and as an alternative will be received better than one that shows distain and one-sided thinking.

Agree to Disagree

Attempt to join in agreement with the prevailing position as much as possible.  This is especially true when disagreeing with a person or group who is in a position of influence.  Artful disagreement will often include reference and support for the areas where there is agreement and then requests for considering additional perspectives.  Respectful acknowledgement that there are points in common will reduce the level of resistance to hearing new ideas.

However there will be times when presenting a disagreement will not result in the idea being accepted.  When other ideas win out it is important to support the decision and work to make it effective.  The welfare of the team or organization is more important than individual goals.  Sometimes it is best to agree to disagree and move on.

Summary

Disagreement, when demonstrated effectively, can be a valuable component of effective organizations.  The art of disagreement is often not in what is said, but how it is said.  Presenting opposing positions successfully may require courage driven by conviction and supported by data.  It is important to keep differences constructive and to work for collaborative discovery of solutions.  When presented well, disagreement opens the door to consideration of options that can result in integrated decision making and optimal outcomes.

Biography

Dale Eilerman operates Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC working with individuals and organizations to improve performance.  He specializes in the dynamics associated with the management of differences and conflict and provides consultation, training, coaching, team-building, and conciliation work including mediation.  He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Dayton and Wright State University, provides counseling and coaching in a private practice, and is the Director of Organizational Learning for a behavioral health organization in Dayton, Ohio.  Dale earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Liberal Arts degree from Earlham College.  He can be contacted at 937.219.4996 or dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE AND INFORMATION:

PLEASE NOTE: ANNUAL DUES CHANGED IN 2009!  THE CURRENT RATES ARE:
$60 FOR AN INDIVIDUAL AND $100 FOR AN INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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:

Gregory L. Edmonds
5585 Broadview Road
Columbus OH 43230 (614) 506-3782
(330) 887-4776
Gledmo007@yahoo.com

Eileen Pruett
375 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 645-8500
Fax: (614) 645-8465
pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Paula J. Trout, MBA, MPA, JD
President/CEO ADR Forums
P.O. Box 29143
Las Vegas NV 89126-3143 (310) 251-4973/(702) 385-4973
Fax: (702) 448-5106
pjtroutmlm@aol.com

Hon. Steve Yarbrough, Retired
7818 Westcroft Drive
Sylvania OH 43560-1864 (419) 343-6222
Fax: (419) 824-8389
SAYarbama1@msn.com

Theresa M. Zimmerman Consultants, LLC
32200 Miles Road
Solon OH 44139 (330) 328-2562
tz@tzconsultants.com
TRAINING, WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES:
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association                          Basic Mediation Training February 3 & 4; or April 14 & 15; or June 9 & 10; or September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training April 22 or October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, or November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2010.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

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

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

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center
2010 Trainings.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

The Association of Attorney-Mediators 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.

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.

AFCC 47th Annual Conference June 2-5, 2010, Sheraton Denver, Denver, Colorado
Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THE DATE!

ACR 10th Annual Conference 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 resolution 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

January / February 2009

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
January/February 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@alltel.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

February 6, 2009 Cincinnati—Blue Ash Library—see President’s Column!

May 8, 2009  Annual Meeting and Conference at the Riffe Center, Columbus, Ohio—details to

Follow. Presenter is Woody Mosten.

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

Happy New Year!!  OMA finished off 2008 with a bang.  We had a fabulous December meeting at the Supreme Court of Ohio with Chief Justice Moyer as our presenter.  Members in attendance enjoyed this special opportunity to hear from the Chief about emergent issues in the field of mediation.  Our thanks to the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section for hosting us at the Court!

We are looking forward to a fabulous 2009!  As promised, OMA is hitting the road!  Our first meeting of the year will be held on February 6, 2009 in Cincinnati at the Blue Ash Library (4911 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242).  The meeting will begin at 12:00pm and will end before 2:00pm.  We are excited to announce that our presenter will be Dr. Richard McGuigan, Chair of the Conflict Analysis and Management Department at Antioch University McGregor.  This meeting is open to ALL members and we hope to see you there!  Please watch your e-mail and www.mediateohio.org for more details!  NOTE:  There will be no meeting at the MCL Cafeteria in February or April.

Also, mark your calendars for the 2009 Ohio Mediation Association Conference featuring Forrest “Woody” Mosten (www.mostenmediation.com).  The Conference will be held on May 8, 2009.  Please watch your e-mail and www.mediateohio.org for more details!

May you all enjoy a happy and healthy 2009!

OMA MEETS WITH STATE OFFICE HOLDER, RICHARD CORDRAY!
By Immediate Past President
Jay M. Patterson

OMA takes seriously its mission to promote an understanding of the value of mediation as an effective method of resolving disputes in Ohio.  On behalf of the mediators of this state, OMA looks for every opportunity to inform people about OMA and the importance of quality, professional mediation as a means to improve quality of life for Ohioans.  OMA’s role in sharing information about and advocating for the field of mediation extends to all persons including important policy makers, decision makers, office holders and other persons important to the advancement of mediation.

Consistent with that mission, at a recent meeting sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office regarding Ohio’s response to the foreclosure crisis, I had an opportunity to introduce myself on behalf of OMA to then State Treasurer, now Attorney General, Richard Cordray.   Mr. Cordray indicated he had heard of me as a representative of OMA and further asked me to meet with him to discuss mediation.

We met informally for a few minutes in the last days of his term as Treasurer and he expressed some interest in meeting again on potential mediation related topics.  I assured him OMA would welcome the opportunity to again meet with him as Attorney General and that OMA would be happy to be a resource in any way we can related to improving quality of life through quality mediation.

I’m pleased to say that I believe Mr. Cordray now has a better understanding of OMA and its role in advancing mediation in Ohio than might have been the case before our meeting.  Moreover, I’m proud that OMA was deemed important enough to Mr. Cordray for him to request a meeting.  I view this as merely one of the many signs of the progress OMA has made as an organization in the recent past.  Every mediator of this state should know that without the resources and support that come from individual mediators through their membership, there would be no statewide professional organization with which to meet with officials and from which to promote the empowerment and recognition of all Ohio mediators.  So, to every mediator that has done her/his part by supporting OMA, thank you.

Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions
Submitted by Cathie Kuhl

I had the opportunity to meet some future mediators—and future OMA members—at the University of Cincinnati Law ADR Club meeting in November.  I took this opportunity to talk to one of the two leaders of this group, Siobhan Taylor, who is a second year law student at the University of Cincinnati School of Law.  Ms. Taylor told me that the UC Law ADR Club is ”all about giving future attorneys experience helping real people with real problems find real solutions”.   Ms. Taylor and her co-president, Sarah Keates, are leading the ADR club members in this quest.

The UC Law ADR club consists of 25 law students; Ms. Taylor is quick to point out that there are many first year students involved.  She said that there is strong interest at the law school in non-traditional dispute resolution practices, particularly mediation.   The ADR Club operates in collaboration with the Center for Practice at UC Law School; ADR Club officers serve on the Center’s Student Advisory Board.   Professor Marjorie Aaron directs the Center for Practice, which allows students to obtain applied practical experience outside the typical law school curriculum. According to Professor Aaron, “Many students are recognizing that strategies for resolving clients’ disputes are most important for their practice,” and she is pleased to be involved with the efforts of the ADR Club at the law school.

Ms. Taylor explains that traditional law school curriculum is mostly focused on passing the bar, not the day-to-day practice skills that attorneys need and future employers want.  She said that ADR club gives students practice-based experience, creating a well-rounded attorney who is prepared to enter the real world.  The UC Law ADR Club provides student opportunities to pursue work in ADR by helping to create hands-on experiences, and meeting with practicing professionals.

At the November meeting, two mediators, Bob Rack, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Mediation and yours truly, Hamilton County’s Municipal Court Mediation, presented information about their work.  In addition to this type of forum, Ms. Taylor said that the club activities for the coming year include meet-and-greet activities, developing mentoring opportunities and working with Professor Aaron to host the ABA’s Negotiation Competition in the fall and Representation in Mediation competition in the spring.

The club meets monthly during the school year and Ms. Taylor said that if anyone is interested in contacting her about addressing the club members at a meeting or establishing a mentoring opportunity, she can be reached by e-mail at taylorsb@email.uc.edu .

Saw this quote and thought it fits mediators: JOHN WAYNE: Talk low, Talk Slow and Don’t Say Too Much.  Sharon Bell

A Coming Storm?
By Shirley A. Cochran, J.D.

Every so often the stars align just right and I show up somewhere I am supposed to be but not for the reason I believed.  That is what happened in September with the Administrative Law Committee meeting of the Ohio State Bar Association.  I thought I was there because of one of the non-mediator hats I wear—hearing officer for two state agencies, since there has been a discussion of consolidating all hearing officers under one agency rather than having each agency hire them as employees or contractors.  In a way, that is what the discussion was about, but when mediators were added to the discussion, my ears perked up.  These mediations would be between the state agency and the public that they license, contract, discipline or whatever reason there might be for a hearing.

It appears Governor Strickland has a task force investigating this consolidation of all decision-makers and the task force decided other forms of dispute resolution should be included, such as mediation.  Once they decided that, they contacted the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management to talk about the state employee or workplace mediation program.  That program trained a group of state employees to mediate employee/supervisor cases and then they are used to mediate disputes in other agencies at no cost to the parties and no payment to the mediators other than their regular state pay.

The task force also contacted Nancy Rogers, then Dean of the law school at the Ohio State University who volunteered her dispute resolution seminar class to research and make a proposal for this state-wide agency mediation program.  This was a small class of law students none of whom were actually mediating as their profession yet.  Among their recommendations were to train staff attorneys from the appropriate state agencies to mediate for another agency with the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management as the scheduling agency.  One of the main reasons for this particular proposal was the task force mandated that the program be “revenue neutral” or not cost the state anything or in such a way that there was no additional cost to the state.

There are multiple reasons why this proposal is unacceptable; not the least of which is that no full-time mediators were contacted concerning the task force’s inquiries.  Again more people are being trained to mediate whose main job is not mediation.  These people are also all lawyers who, in my opinion and experience, have more difficulty practicing true mediation as opposed to holding settlement conferences.  In addition, Ohio has never favored restricting mediation to attorneys—even court related mediations like for instance Florida has for any case larger than small claims.  In addition, there is not enough work for the mediators who have decided to make this their profession without training more people who are not even interested in mediation as a profession.

Regardless of the mediator/staff attorney being from another agency, they are still an employee of the State which will reflect negatively upon the program with the very person the program is meant to help—the public.  As a contract mediator for multiple agencies and courts, I even have difficulty at times convincing the non-connected party that I am unbiased and not going to favor the party paying my fee.  I cannot imagine there will be much trust possible that this staff attorney/mediator is unbiased and neutral.

Lastly, a state-wide program providing mediation services for which the mediators are not compensated as any other provider of services is unacceptable.  There are many free mediation services using volunteers but even if the mediation is at no cost to the parties, the mediators need to receive compensation—even if it is a token or honorarium or the entire profession of mediators will be seen as valueless.

None of this of course, addresses the “revenue neutral” requirement of the task force mandate.  The way I see it, if cases are resolved through mediation, there will be less of a need for decision-makers such as hearing officers.  (As I think about it that will reduce my ability to earn funds as a hearing officer but hopefully would increase the possibility to earn funds mediating which is what I prefer.)  I would propose that the funds the departments and agencies are currently using for hearing officers be placed into a fun for dispute resolution.  The mediators and hearing officers both would be paid out of this fund and as the mediations reduce the need for the hearings, the fund’s use would be appropriately proportioned without needing to be increased.  Eventually, the state could end up with a panel of mediators and hearing officers such as the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on the national level.

The first thing needing to be done is contact with the Governor and the task force explaining that a major component of the mediation process was missing from these discussions—the mediators.  Assuming the task force wishes to remedy that oversight, reference to this article can be made as a starting point for the discussion.

There is another meeting of the OSBA Administrative Law Committee scheduled for January 30th so more will be forthcoming as more information becomes available.  Already, Linda Norris, an OMA member who did her thesis on this sort of issue has volunteered to be of assistance and if anyone else would like to be involved in the solution to this problem, please contact me or the officers of OMA.

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 February 20, 2009.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at 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

Save the Date: MANO Conference April 3, 2009 Health Care Mediation.  More information to follow or see www.manomediate.org

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

ACR 9th Annual Conference Convening “Whole of Community” Integrating Approaches and Practices to Address Conflicts in a Chaotic World Atlanta, Georgia October 7 – 10, 2009 Call for Proposals ACR is now accepting proposals for its 9th Annual Conference that will take place October 7 – 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. Online submission of session proposals is now open and closes Monday, February 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time). Follow this link to access the Call for Proposals form.

**** HURRY! **** Register TODAY!!! ACR 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Retreat Transforming the Practitioner: Attention to Intention February 13-16, 2009 St. Malo Retreat Center Allenspark, Colorado Join Gary J. Freidman, Erica Ariel Fox, Stephanie West-Allen and other leaders in the field of spirituality and conflict resolution for an experience that will bring new depth to the multiple dimensions of your life. Rocky Mountain Retreat Program Click here to view the agenda and flyer for the retreat. 20 CLE’s are approved for Colorado. You may apply for CEUs in your state if required. Registration Spirituality Section members – $595 (double) / $795 (single) Non-Spirituality Section members – $695 (double) / $895 (single) The registration fee covers lodging and meals for Friday evening through Monday lunch. Lodging at the St. Malo Conference Center will be assigned when you register.  Attendees will be assigned roommates. Payment in full is required at registration. Contact Paulette Washington at pwashington@acrnet.org or David Solin at dsolin@acrnet.org to register. Questions about Registration? Contact Paulette at pwashington@acrnet.org. Questions about Lodging? Contact Nan Waller Burnett at 303-273-0459 or nandrp@aol.com. Ground Transportation The retreat will take place at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. This center is located approximately an hour and 45 minutes from the Denver International Airport. For those who need ground transportation, ACR will arrange bus service to and from the retreat center from Denver International Airport as follows: Friday, February 13

Denver International Airport to St. Malo Retreat Center Departing DIA at 12:00 pm (noon) Monday, February 16 St. Malo Retreat Center to Denver International Airport

Arriving at DIA at 2:15 pm A ground transportation form will be sent to attendees in January. The roundtrip cost for this ground transportation is $40 per person. Questions about Ground Transportation? Contact David Solin at dsolin@acrnet.org. We look forward to seeing you in February!

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 Marra Fink for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

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

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

William D. Dowling, Esq.
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP
3800 Embassy Parkway #300
Akron OH 44333 (330) 258-6502
Fax: (330) 252-5502
wdowling@bdblaw.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

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

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

Harold Paddock
Suite 1A
2602 Oakstone Drive
Columbus OH 43231 (614) 839-0400
Fax: (614) 839-0821
Harold@settlementweek.com

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 Ohio Commission 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, or June 9 & 10, or September 9 & 10, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, or November 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 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 .

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

North Coast Conflict Solutions’ first training, Elder Mediation training, will be given February 13.

Cleveland Mediation Center’s first training,  Advanced Family/Divorce, will be given starting January 14.

Elder Decisions Elder /Adult Family Mediation Training 617-621-7009  trainings@ElderDecisions.com www.ElderDecisions.com www.AgreementResources.com Tues & Wed February 10-11, 2009 8:30a – 4:30 Walker Center    ~     Newton, MA A charming B&B and Conference Center Just off Rte 95 and the Mass Pike (Rte 90) and close to the Riverside MBTA Station Elder mediation helps seniors and their adult children resolve conflicts around issues such as living arrangements, caregiving, financial planning, inheritance/estate disputes, medical decisions, family communication, driving, and guardianship. Trainers The Elder Decisions Team: Arline Kardasis, Blair Trippe, Honorable John Maher, Emily B. Saltz, LICSW Geriatric Care Manager Director, Elder Resources, Newton, MA, Jeffrey A. Bloom Margolis & Bloom, Elder Law and Estate Attorneys Boston, MA MENTAL & PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF AGING Maintaining Independence Coping with Loss Caregiving and Aging Families Long Term Care Options for Elders LEGAL PLANNING Planning for Financial Management MassHealth Eligibility Medical Decision Making Asset Protection Guardianship  ADVANCED MULTI-PARTY MEDIATION SKILLS & CHALLENGES OF ELDER MEDIATION Neutrality vs. Mediator Advocacy Common Hurdles New Strategies for Intake Working with Large, Dispersed Family Groups Ethical Concerns Challenges of Aging Log on now to register at www.ElderDecisions.com 617-621-7009 training@ElderDecisions.com Early Registration: $525 through January 9, 2009 ($595 thereafter). Includes lunches snacks and course materials. Location:  The Walker Center, 171 Grove Street, Newton, MA www.walkerctr.org For Guestroom Reservations, call 617-969-3919.

We would like to invite you back to join us in Baltimore for our upcoming 20-Hour Advanced Mediation and Conflict Transformation Skills Training January 28-30, 2009.  This 20-Hour mediation training is designed for those who are interested in improving and expanding their mediation skills in the area of custody, parenting agreements, and child support. Dates: January 28-30, 2009 (20-Hours) Time: 5:00-9:00pm (Wednesday), 9:00am-5:30pm (Thursday and Friday) Location:  Gramercy Mansion in Baltimore,  Maryland Cost: $745

* Understanding the domestic mediation process and mediator’s role

* Hands-on skills necessary to mediate custody, visitation, and child support issues

* Domestic violence and mediation

* Communication skills for domestic conflict and conflict transformation how-to’s

* Creating Parenting Plans: Psychological and Cognitive Issues

* Individual feedback from trainers addressing participants’ consideration: specific strengths and areas for betterment

* Certification for private and circuit court mediators and for daily use and practice

Louise Phipps Senft & Associates/Baltimore Mediation has delivered the highest quality family mediation training for 15 years and is nationally recognized as a leader in Conflict Transformation and Mediation training in the Transformative Framework.  Louise Phipps Senft and the Baltimore Mediation team will provide you with a training experience consistently rated a “10” by participants.  Our trainings are approved by the Maryland Circuit Courts, Federal Mediation Rosters, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners, and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. To register for the 20-Hr Mediation Fundamentals click here: http://www.baltimoremediation.com/enroll.php.   Or, for more information please call 443-524-0833 or email office@baltimoremediaiton.com.

We also offer the following upcoming 20 hour trainings:

Basic Mediation Skills Training: Legal and Ethical Issues, February 25-27  (http://www.baltimoremediation.com/tw_20b_basic3.php) Workplace Mediation Skills Training, March 10-12 (http://www.baltimoremediation.com/tw_20a_workplace.php) Basic Mediation Skills Training: Self Awareness and Third Party Intervention, June 17-19  (http://www.baltimoremediation.com/tw_20b_basic1.php) Louise Phipps Senft Owner/President — Louise Phipps Senft & Associates BALTIMORE MEDIATION 4502 Schenley Road Baltimore, Maryland 21210 443-524-0833 www.BaltimoreMediation.com Mediation, Facilitation, Training Voted “Baltimore’s Best” Mediator “Better Process… Better Outcome…The Transformative Approach”

Online conference registration is available for AFCC’s 46th Annual Conference, Children, Courts and Custody: Back to the Future or Full Steam Ahead?, in New Orleans, May 27-30, 2009. Register today for the early bird rate — available only to AFCC members.  Hotel rooms have sold out for the last three annual conferences, so remember to make your reservations early. Call the Sheraton New Orleans direct at (504) 525-2500 or toll-free at (888) 627-7033 and request the AFCC special rate of $165 per night. The Annual Conference Scholarship application is posted on the AFCC Web site. More than 40 conference scholarships will be granted, including a limited number of scholarships with travel stipends. Please click the links below for more information. Online Registration  Scholarship Application  Conference Brochure (PDF) AFCC TRAININGS IN NEW ORLEANS If you are interested in parenting coordination, you will not want to miss two important training programs sponsored by AFCC in collaboration with Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, February 9-12, 2009. The training programs will take place at the Pan American Life Conference Center, 601 Poydras, 11th Floor, in New Orleans. Parenting Coordination: Working with High Conflict Families with Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D., will be offered February 9-10, 2009. Attachment, Alienation and Access: Advanced Interventions for Parenting Coordinators with Arnold Shienvold, Ph.D., will be presented on February 11-12, 2009.  Each two-day training program is eligible for 13 hours of continuing education for psychologists. The two training programs together are intended to meet the 26 hours of specialized PC training required by Louisiana Statute LSA-R.S. 9:358.3 in addition to the 14 separate hours of mediation training.  A block of rooms is being held until January 16, 2009, at the Sheraton New Orleans on Canal Street at the special rate of $165 per night. For hotel reservations, call(888) 627-7033 or (504) 525-2500 and ask for the Loyola College of Law special rate. AFCC members receive a $70 discount per training and save an additional $70 when registering for both trainings. Please view the program brochure and download the registration form at www.afccnet.org/training or contact AFCC at afcc@afccnet.org or (608) 664-3750. 6525 Grand Teton Plaza, Madison, WI 53719-1085 e-mail: afcc@afccnet.orgwww.afccnet.org (608) 664-3750 • Fax (608) 664-3751

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

January / February 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
January/February 2008

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

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

February 1, 2008 Martha Green “Are Mediators Compliance Professionals?”

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference at the Riffe Center with Larry Fong! Dr. Fong is a Past President of the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is a well known lecturer. Put this on your calendar now for a day of tool box information.

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

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

Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
By Jay M. Patterson
Recognizing a Better World

Making the world a better place is not only accomplished through grand initiatives and gestures on the national and international stage. Many people contribute to making society a better more peaceful place on a seemingly smaller but no less significant scale.

This truism is certainly the case for those involved in the field of dispute resolution. Many of you know people who contribute to making the world a better place through their involvement, directly or indirectly, in mediation.

As most of you know, the Ohio Mediation Association annually presents an award to a person or entity that has made the world a better place through their work related to the mediation or dispute resolution profession. This award is to be presented at the OMA annual conference to be held on May 9, 2008.

The Board of OMA invites you to submit your nomination for the OMA Better World Award. To submit a nomination you merely need to write a brief statement stating the name of the nominee and explaining how you believe the nominee has made the world a better place for Ohioans. Please submit your nomination to me or to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran, by no later than January 31, 2008.

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@mco.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is February 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

Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

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

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

Job Announcements: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President. An additional website to check is at Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Section Director, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution The American Bar Association seeks a Section Director to oversee and manage its more than 18,000 member Section of Dispute Resolution. Among its goals, the Section provides its members and the public with creative leadership in the dispute resolution field by fostering diversity, developing and offering educational programs, providing technical assistance, and producing publications that promote problem-solving and excellence in the provision of dispute resolution services. The Section’s spring meeting is the premier national conference on dispute resolution. Responsibilities. The Section Director works closely with the section chair, executive committee, council and leadership from over 40 committees, taskforces and working groups to formulate and implement all section activities. This includes planning and oversight of a $1 million + budget, supervising an eight person staff, conducting legal educational meetings and conferences, publishing resources for members including a monthly e-newsletters, quarterly magazine, and practical books on ADR issues, developing relevant ABA policies, raising outside funds to support section programs, and expanding technology based services to the members. Qualifications. Applicant should have at least five years of prior management experience, preferably in an association or non-profit entity setting. Prior experience in alternative dispute resolution and an advanced degree in law, management, or business are highly desirable. Must exhibit strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to customer service. Salary. Salary is based on experience and is very competitive within the NGO and ADR community; excellent benefits. Organization. The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. Application. Applicants are encouraged to visit the section’s website at www.abanet.org/dispute. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references t Attn: HR- C335, by e-mail to abajobsdc@abanet.org or to the American Bar Association, 740 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 or fax to 202-662-1032. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Your e-mail address will only be used within the ABA and its entities. We do not sell or rent e-mail addresses to anyone outside the ABA. To change your e-mail address or remove your name from any future general distribution e-mails, complete the form at https://www.abanet.org/members/join/coa2.html. If you prefer, call us at 800-285-2221 or write t American Bar Association, Service Center 541 North Fairbanks Court Chicago, IL 60611 To review our privacy statement, go to http://www.abanet.org/privacy_statement.html.

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.

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

Barbara V. Culp 

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 225

Minford OH 45653

(740) 981-2697 

bculp@falcon1.net

Mark T. Laughlin 

7025 Brafferton Place

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 306-4031 

emptyl@59.yahoo.com

Mary E. Murphy 

2639 M.L. King, Jr. Drive

Cleveland OH 44104

(216) 721-8945 

murnak@sbcglobal.net

Sandy Robitz 

1871 Summerchase Road NE

Canton OH 44721

(330) 361-0226 (Cell) 

(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)

srobitz@neo.rr.com

Angela Silva 

3829 Drexel

Toledo OH 43612

(419) 508-9291 

Fax: (419) 478-1775

cataniabreeze@aol.com

Gina Weisshaar 

41 E. Como Avenue

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 893-2881 

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

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Beech Acres Mediation Training February 7 & 8, 2008 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Learn conflict resolution skills. Register by 1/19/08 to receive a special rate of only $225. Trainers Marie Hill, M. Ed. and PCC and Sharon James, M.A. On the web: www.beechacres.org/mediation or call (513) 233-4706

Deal with conflict and disputes often? Townhall II and the Community Mediation Center of Stark County are conducting a Basic Mediation Training in Portage County on February 21 & 22, 2008.  This training is approved for CLE, CEU, & RCH credits.  Please see the attached training flyer and registration form for more details.  Feel free to share this training opportunity with others who are interested in learning how to apply mediation skills and concepts to resolve disputes in their personal and professional lives. Kenzi Bisbing Conflict Management Services Coordinator Townhall II 155 N. Water St. Kent, OH 44240 330-346-3001 www.townhall2.com

Inaugural Child Abduction Mediation Training Melvin A. Rubin of Mediation Services, Inc, in continuing affiliation with the University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Continuing Legal Education and in collaboration with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is proud to announce a very special training in Cross-Border Family Mediation with an Emphasis on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction This training is designed to provide experienced family and civil mediators with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to provide conflict resolution services in a variety of international settings as well as in high conflict domestic cases. Training will be provided by a panel of distinguished international authorities including: Denise Carter, Reunite, London, England Susan Rohol and Yiota Souras, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children The Honorable Judith L. Kreeger, Miami, Florida Lawrence S. Katz, Esquire, Miami, Florida Julia Alanen, Esquire, Washington, D.C. Melvin A. Rubin, Esquire, Miami, Florida Professor Timothy Acaro, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Professor Jennifer Zawid, Coral Gables, Florida additional faculty to be announced Date:  February 22-24, 2008 Place:  The University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida Fee:  $495 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) Register on-line at www.mediationtrainings.com For additional information please contact Professor Jennifer Zawid at jzawid@law.miami.edu or Melvin A. Rubin at mrubin@melrubin.com. CLE and CME credits are available/ possible roster eligibility Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn, Coral Gables www.hicoralgables.com at a very desirable rate of $118 per night. Please call 305-667-5611 (refer to code UMZ). Rooms are also available at the world famous Biltmore Hotel www.biltmorehotel.com at a rate of $355 per night. Please call 305-445-8066/ext 2302 (refer to code UM).

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 20 & 21, or April 16 & 17, or, June 11 & 12, or September 10 & 11, 2008 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, or October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008. Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

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

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

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

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

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

From Western Ohi Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center