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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 

gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

January / April 2007

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

January/February/March/April 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 11, 2007
Annual Meeting at the Riffe Center
—Note date and place change. Join OMA in welcoming Nina Meierding for our Annual Meeting and Conference where she will speak on questioning and resistance/impasse breaking. More details below.www.mediate.com/ohio/pg49.cfm

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

August 3, 2007
TBA

October 5, 2007
Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of  Children
Steve Polovick,
Mediator Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

December 7, 2007
Probate and Guardianship Mediation Ann L. Snyder,
Magistrate Summit County Probate Court

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case Study Program by Ed Krauss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conflict Management Week

May 7-11, 2007

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

Ohio Mediation Association Conference! Training Opportunity!

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

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization.I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated.Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me:Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mc.ohio.org
I look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material:
Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.The next deadline is April 20, 2007. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone/fax:(614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

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

Association for Conflict Resolution News

Mark your calendar to join colleagues and friends at the Association for Conflict Resolution Seventh Annual Conference “Rethinking the Table: People, Places and Practices” October 24-27, 2007 Held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel in beautiful downtown Phoenix, Arizona Program, hotel and travel information will be posted at www.ACRnet.org
as details become available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
2006-2007 Meeting Schedule

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00.
Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500
*Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility.Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.

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

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

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

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

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

The National Conference of Minority Professionals in ADR will:

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

Conference Workshop Tracks:

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

Pre-Conference Trainings Offered on May 15, 2007:

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

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

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

August 9-11, 2007ABA Annual Meeting San FranciscoCalifornia

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

August 7-9, 2008ABA Annual Meeting New York

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

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

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association
Basic Mediation Training April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007.Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.comFax: (614) 228-7213Mailing address:67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

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

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

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Presents: 20th Annual Professional Skills Program, June 21-23, 2007, Malibu, California Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Pepperdine Law
School present an annual three day program featuring twelve courses addressing distinct dispute resolution processes. Course offerings range from basic to advanced courses, as well as specialized areas of mediation. For program content, faculty bios, and cost, please visit our website at: straus.pepperdine.edu and click on “Mediation Training and Conferences” or call (310) 506-6342.

Family Mediation Series Presented by the Northern Virginia Mediation Service June 11-16 and June 18-21
This intensive family series will cover the topics needed to practice family mediation in a variety of contexts, including mediating issues in divorce as well as disputes within intact family units. This series builds upon the learning from the basic Mediation Skills and Process workshop and prepares participants to begin the co-mediations needed for Virginia Certification. Please note that additional workshops are needed to complete the NVMS Certificate in Family Mediation.For more information on additional requirements visit our web page http://www.nvms.us or call us at (703) 993-3724.

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

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

Web Sites of Interest:

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

January 2004

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication January 2004

President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
President Elect/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com or scochran@co.clermont.oh.us
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail: jsphaedrus@ameritech.net
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2004 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at Fawcett Center

 

February 6 2004 Jennifer Baader, RN, and new OMA member presenting Mediation in Healthcare

March 26, 2004 Annual Meeting at Fawcett Center OSU The Future of Credentialing and What it Means to Ohio Mediators. NOTE DIFFERENT DATE AND LOCATION THAN REGULAR MEETINGS!

June 4, 2004 Victoria Solomon and the Gifts the Mediator Brings to the Table (originally scheduled for December, 2003).

August 6, 2004 TBA

October 1, 2004 TBA

December 3, 2004 TBA

 

All meetings to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice (Directions on back page)

 

UMA FORUMS

The OMA and the Ohio Community Mediation Association (OCMA) co-sponsored forums to discuss the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) and its impact in Ohio (see the President’s Column below). The UMA has been sponsored and submitted to the Legislature as House Bill 303. A discussion area has been prepared at the following website for those who were not able to attend or would like to continue the discussions from the forums. www.ohiocommunitymediation.org/discus.

 

President’s Column
By Martha Antolik

I’ve never yet met a mediator who did not believe in the power of hope. Regardless of style or professional background, or of definitions of what a mediator is or does, one characteristic shared by all is that we dwell in hope. And we offer it to those with whom we work.

2004 will see the Supreme Court and its mediation programs moving into a new home—a downtown Columbus building rescued from neglect and returned to its former Art Deco glory. Such an undertaking requires hope that what is saved from the past is still important to the future. We of the OMA board encourage you to take the opportunity to view the building upon its opening—you won’t be disappointed as you walk through this grand structure!

The UMA forums previously described in this newsletter are ongoing—and the legislature has taken up the bill. Testimony from OMA has an ‘interested party’ has been offered. There is hope here, too, that whatever our views on this legislation, that we will save from our past the value placed on dialogue and seeking understanding as we move into a future that will most likely see the UMA being enacted.

So, happy New Year! And may 2004 be your, and OMA’s, best year yet!

 

Putting on my mediator hat—getting into character.
By Shirley Cochran

(The second in a series of articles by members concerning what we do when we are not mediating, whether or not it has anything to do with conflict resolution. Send your stories for future publication so we can learn more about our members. Editor)

It is a chicken/egg thing. I don’t know if I became a lawyer because I like to debate and be “on stage” or if I like being “on stage” because it is part of what a trial lawyer does, but in any event, I got the opportunity to actually act a few years ago because of the Columbus Bar Association. In addition to being a committee that did law related acting for the law related educational programs, the Performance Ensemble committee also put on plays that had trial related themes. The first one I saw was “A Few Good Men” popularized by the movie of the same title starring Tom Cruise. It was an excellent performance and included some lawyers I knew so when the call for auditions in the fall came for “Twelve Angry Men” I thought “What the heck, I would be auditioning with other lawyers or law professionals” and showed up for the auditions. There were over 20 people auditioning for the 13 parts (12 jurors and a bailiff), so I figured I did not have a chance. Imagine my surprise when I was selected to play the juror with the foreign background. Instead of eastern European, we made my juror Latin American so I spoke with a Spanish accent the entire time. Leave it to me to have my first performance since Senior Play in High School, to be one in which we were on stage the entire time except for intermission—at least I did not have to learn entrance and exit lines! It was a wonderful experience followed by roles in “Witness for the Prosecution”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial”, and “Miracle on 34th Street” among others. The Bar Committee became a nonprofit corporation Lawyers Performance Ensemble and by 2002, I was president having served as Vice President of Production and Secretary as well as an original founding member.

In mediating, as in acting, the “character” of a neutral facilitator is something into which I can slip like another personality. I can remove myself from my personal feelings about the parties or the subject and “become” the mediator. From each role I have taken the best characteristic of the character I have played and tried to make it part of me and mediating is no different. The calm unbiased but empathic listener is what I try to merge into but calling upon my minimal talent as an actor helps me do it with less effort.

 

Better World Award Nominations Due by February 6, 2004

Each year the OMA takes nominations for its Better World Award. As there were no nominations last year, we did not give the award and we would not like to repeat the situation. The nominations can be of individuals or entities who either mediate or have an impact upon mediation in Ohio. Previous recipients include the Commission on Dispute Resolution, Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Martha Green, The Clark County Court Mediation program and many others. Nominations in writing setting forth the name and contact information of the nominees with a brief statement as to why the are being nominated should be provided to one of the officers listed above before the deadline for consideration this year.

 

Officer Nominations Due by February 6, 2004

The offices of President-Elect (one-year term), Vice-President (two-year term) and Secretary (two-year term) are due by February 6, 2004, for the elections to be held before our Annual Meeting Conference March 26, 2004. Anyone interested in the positions can contact the current holders of the office, Shirley Cochran, Jay Patterson, or Sheri Center with questions. The OMA is going places as evidenced by our expanded presence in the debate on the UMA but we can only proceed if we have people to lead. Contact any of the officers to make them aware of your interest and willingness to serve.

 

Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education:

Early Childhood to Higher Education

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Interfaith Center for Peace, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Ohio Resource Network are hosting the first-annual conference, What Works! Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education: Early Childhood to Higher Education, May 5th- 8th, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio. The national conference focuses on conflict resolution innovations specifically for higher education, Pre-K-12 schools, and high school students. This exciting event will bring together college and university faculty, educators, practitioners, high school students and community members to explore positive models for reducing and managing conflict with a goal to create safe and healthy learning environments. The conference will draw individuals from throughout Ohio and the U.S. to attend two day pre-conference intensive training sessions, May 5th and 6th, followed by two days of keynote lectures from nationally recognized experts, intensive workshops on programs, and strategies and theories for building peaceful school and university communities, May 7th and 8th. A variety of registration options are available. Participants may choose to attend the entire four day conference, the pre-conference intensive training only, the full workshop schedule on May 7th – 8th, or may choose a single day, either May 7th or 8th. Those who take advantage of early registration, before March 1st, will receive a significant discount on all fees. The Conference will be held on the 31st floor of the Riffe Center (77 South High Street), located directly across from the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. Complete conference information will be available in December, 2003.

 

 

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

 

Sherman’s Executive Communicator (“SEC”) December 1, 2003 Presentation and Negotiation Tips for Today’s Leader “Inspire Others to Action” Negotiation Tips – Why are some people difficult?

*We’ve talked in past postings about HOW to deal with difficult people who continually resort to verbal attacks when dealing with conflict.  We’ve suggested that there are various ways to deflect a verbal onslaught, such as countering with silence, discovering objective criteria, or attempting to

control the process.  All of these approaches are designed to keep you from getting emotionally caught up in the conflict.

*But there is an important preliminary question that we should answer that will help us deal more effectively with these types of individuals . . . WHY are some people difficult?

*People are difficult for a variety of reasons.  They may not have the skills to handle conflict.  It is a fact of life that most people have very little training in conflict management and resolution.

*People are also difficult because they do not want to appear weak.  We’ve all felt humiliated when someone betrays our trust by taking advantage of us.   A natural response is to become confrontational.

*In our business dealings, people are difficult because they often represent demanding clients.  We certainly don’t want to appear weak when representing others.

*Perhaps the most compelling reason why people are difficult is that it has always worked for them.  It’s a way of life.  They believe that their success is tied to their confrontational approach to conflict.  Sad . . . but true.

*Armed with this information, you can deal more effectively with difficult people.  You can begin by adjusting your attitude when confronting these individuals.  Knowing that they may not have the appropriate skills or that they are controlled by others should help you depersonalize a verbal

assault.  You may even feel sorry for your negotiating counterpart if you consider that this is the way he/she handles all conflict – both personal and business.

*Also recognize that an aggressive, confrontational approach often hides the root cause of the conflict.  You need to discover the real interests behind stated positions by asking questions and delving into the subject matter of the negotiations.  Your job is to focus on problem-solving, not changing their behavior.

*Your approach to difficult people – especially those who are committed to making life miserable for everyone else – is to remain calm.  Don’t allow these “Rambo” negotiators to steal your energy and bring you down to their level.  They are pros at confrontation.  When you lose your cool and get out of control, they win.

*Your awareness of what underlies the actions of difficult people brings you power.  Use that power to find solutions to conflict, bringing your difficult counterpart kicking and screaming to a satisfactory result. Copyright 2003 Sherman Leadership Group You can reprint any part of this posting with the following attribution: “Reprinted with permission.  Sherman’s Executive Communicator.  Subscribe for free at www.ShermanLeadership.com.”

 

 

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President Elect, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org. What follows is the list of all members, new and renewing as of December, 2003. If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know.

Additions:

Catholic Charities Mediation Department Louis Cocchiarella 

1933 Spielbusch Avenue

Toledo OH 43624

(419) 244-6711 

F (419) 244-4860

lcocchiarella@toledodiocese.org

Family, Divorce, Neigh./Comm., 

Juvenile, Other: Guardianship

/Eldercare

Franklin County Juvenile Court c/o Romona Inskeep Mediator 

373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215-4598

(614) 462-4698 

F (614) 462-3748

Romona_Inskeep@FCCOURTS.ORG

Family, Divorce, Juvenile
Franklin County DR Court c/o Marya Kolman Mediator 

373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 462-5872 

F (614) 462-3748

Mary_Kolman@fccourts.org

Family, Divorce, Juvenile

 

Corrections:

Roger Sorey’s address is 315 High Street, 2nd Floor

Belinda Ohlinger, Solution Builders Mediation Services, Office (614) 761-2540 Home (614) 459-2020 E-mail: ohlinger@copper.net. Mediation areas: Divorce, family, juvenile, domestic violence, victim/offender, employment, EEO, church

Stephen E. Williams’ e-mail is: Mediate@who.rr.com. Mediation areas include Small Business and Workplace Issues, not Juvenile.

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter The next deadline is February 20, 2004 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: We have no local announcements for this Newscaster, but see the Mediators Wanted announcement below. There are some announcements that become available for the meetings Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster 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

 

Mediators Wanted: Law school graduates with extensive ADR experience and credentials are sought to join a neutral panel in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panel is part of a new dispute resolution company backed by individuals with a strong background in the alternative dispute resolution industry. In accordance with industry convention, panelists are independent contractors. They accept cases in their preferred practice areas to meet their desired workload. Practicing attorneys and academics seeking to make mediation a bigger, or better managed, part of their worklife are encouraged to apply. While our current geographic focus is the San Francisco Bay Area, qualified neutrals in other major cities are also encouraged to contact us. Please reply by in complete confidence with a resume to panel@mediatorswanted.com. Kenneth J. Marshall Palo Alto, California Tel (650) 814-9299 Fax (650) 618-2200 http://www.mediatorswanted.com

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events

February 7-8, 2004 – ABA Mid–Year Meeting/ DR Section Meetings San Antonio, Texas

Hilton Palacio del Rio (210)222-1400

April 15-17, 2004 – 6th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference New York, New York Resolution and Resilience in New York Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers 811 Seventh Avenue (Between 53rd and 52nd Streets), New York, NY (800) 325-3535, (212) 581-1000 www.starwood.com/sheraton Reduced Hotel and Airline Rates Available CLE Credits Available For additional information, see: http://www.abanet.org/dispute/conference/6th/home.html Updated, complete conference information, including concurrent session descriptions, in Word Make sure this premier dispute resolution event is on your spring calendar. Last year the Section’s Spring meeting in San Antonio, Texas was a tremendous success attracting over 1,000 participants in spite of the fact that the Iraq war began simultaneously with the dispute resolution conference. This spring we will again provide a very high quality and phenomenal range of programming opportunities. The Annual Spring Conference is an essential gathering place for dispute resolution leaders, providers, consumers, scholars, students, from small firms, universities, large law firms, corporations, accounting offices, psychologists’ offices, and others that comprise the wonderful world of dispute resolution.  Highlights include: * The 15th Annual Frank E.A. Sander Lecture: Reconciliation and Reparations featuring presentations by Alexander Boraine, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat and Ziyad Motala * A stellar Plenary on Maintaining a Healthy Corporate Body, moderated by ABA President-Elect Robert Grey and featuring Enron Bankruptcy Examiner R. Neal Batson, Tyco Executive Vice President William B. Lytton, Microsoft Mediator Eric Green and Prof. Lynn Stout * Skills Training by leading practitioners on the latest innovations in DR practice * Over 120 Presentations covering the diverse world of dispute resolution, organized into practice and interest specific tracks * Presentation of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke * The Forum on Expanding Opportunities for Minorities and Women in Dispute Resolution * The Court ADR Mini-Conference for neutrals, judges, program administrators and more * Innovative teaching techniques at the Legal Educators’ Colloquium Subject matter tracks this year will include: Arbitration, Community and Peer Mediation, Communication, Construction ADR, Corporate/Business ADR, Court-Connected ADR, Employment and Labor ADR, Ethics, Family, Government ADR, Environment & Public Policy, Intellectual Property and Technology, International, Practice Development and Management, and Technology. The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (www.starwood.com/sheraton) has a block of rooms held at the reduced rate of $189 (single/double) plus tax (13.25%) and a $2.00 occupancy tax for Conference attendees. The cut-off date for hotel reservations is March 29, 2004 at 5:00 PM (CST). Reservations received on or before the cut-off date will be honored at the ABA group rate. After the cut-off date, the hotel shall continue to accept reservations, at the ABA group rate, ONLY on a space-available basis. Call the Hotel directly at (212) 841-6450 or (800) 325-3535 and refer to the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sixth Annual Conference.

August 6-8, 2004 – ABA Annual Meeting/ DR Section Programs & Meetings Atlanta, Georgia

For additional information on meetings, contact: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, (202) 662-1687, dispute@abanet.org, or check www.abanet.org/dispute for updated schedules and information on upcoming meetings.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Basic Mediation Training for Winter/Spring 2004: January 17 (Sat.9-5), January 21 (Wed. 5-9), January 24 (Sat.9-5) March 29 (Mon. 9-5), March 31 (Wed. 9-1), April 5 (Mon. 9-5) June 5 (Sat.9-5), 9 (Wed. 5-9) , 12 (Sat.9-5) Spring 2004 Divorce Mediation Training- 40 hour training; pre-requisite: basic mediation training March 5 (Friday evening), March 6, March 7, March 19 (Friday evening), March 20, March 21  Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information contact:  Bob Curtis, Training Co-ordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org www.clevelandmediation.org

 

Basic Mediation Training with Marie Hill and Lou Ann Wood at Beech Acres Mediation Center, January 29-30, 2004.  To register or receive a brochure, e-mail Marie at mhill@beechacres.org or call 513-231-6630.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training February 4 & 5 or April 14 & 15, 2004; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2004. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, 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

Basic Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training Information 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

 

Conflict Management Services

Presenters Cheryl M Lowry, Ph D, Robert N Wistner, JD, Leslie Martin, BA, and Kenneth T Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynetnet Website: www.conflictmgmt.com

 

ADVANCED MEDIATION: SKILLS FOR WORKPLACE AND OTHER MEDIATORS Date:  Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm This interactive advanced mediation workshop designed for the experienced workplace mediator, will expand mediation practitioners’ toolboxes.  The course will include sessions on Breaking Impasse, When It’s Only About Money, and Difficult Mediation Experiences.  Faculty: Margaret L. Shaw, a nationally renowned mediation trainer, is a principal of ADR Associates; an Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law; and a member of the CPR/Institute for Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.  As a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, she has mediated a number of employment class actions as well as age, sex, race and disability discrimination claims and disputes involving wrongful termination and sexual harassment.  She has facilitated consensus-building and problem-solving initiatives in the workplace.  Ms. Shaw is a frequent writer and speaker on ADR processes. ARBITRATION FOR MEDIATORS: THE BASICS OF THEORY AND PRACTICE Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2004 Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm This one day participatory workshop will provide you with both the theory and skills to expand your dispute resolution practice into arbitration.  Participants will explore differences between service as an adjudicator and a mediator, legal principles in arbitration and how to conduct a simple arbitration. Faculty: Lela Porter Love is Professor of Law and   Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in NYC, a program that has consistently been ranked among the top ten in the nation by US News and World Report.  Professor Love founded and directs Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic, which was among the first programs in the country to train law students to serve as mediators.  Professor Love regularly conducts mediation and arbitration training programs and has an active dispute resolution practice, ranging from community disputes to complex litigated matters.  She has written widely on the topic of dispute resolution. Training Institute Coordinator: Susan D. Romer, J.D. Courses will be held at: John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium 899 Tenth Avenue  (bet. 58th and 59th Streets) New York City For registration and additional information, please contact: Research and Administrative Office at John Jay College of Criminal Justice 899 Tenth Avenue, Suite 520 New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 237-8692 Fax:  (212) 237-8646 Email:  dispute@jjay.cuny.edu Website:  http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/dispute

Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare (Canada) More than a conference, this dialogue is three days of idea exchange and development, learning , and community building. Through open inquiry and focused discussion, participants will  connect with a diverse community committed to advancing the field of healthcare conflict management to improve healthcare delivery. Internationally respected dialogue leaders include Robert Benjamin, Kenneth Cloke, Peter Block, and Phyllis Beck Kritek. Creative Conflict Management in Healthcare March 24-26, 2004 Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada To download the program please go to:

http://www.healthdialogue.org/hm/dialogue/program.html This dialogue is a joint project of Simon Fraser University, mediate.calm, and Health Care Mediations Inc. To learn more about this event and to qualify for the December 15, 2003 early bird rate, please go to www.healthdialogue.org, call 866.590.7195 or email info@healthdialogue.org.

 

UNIFIED MEDIATION Designed for experienced mediators, this training introduces you to the unique theory and methodology of Gestalt which will strengthen and deepen your skills and help you reach the “next level” of your expertise in working with disputants. Workshop Description: Mediation is a process of problem solving, empowerment, and resolution. Gestalt theory and methodology are processes of awareness, action, contact and completion. Gestalt theory is based upon and grounded in perceptual psychology, holism, field and systems theory. In the hundred years since its initial development it has been studied, refined and applied with excellent results to individuals and groups of people in both therapeutic and organizational (including business) contexts. This workshop examines mediation and conflict resolution from a Gestalt perspective and teaches mediators how Gestalt processes can enhance and refine customary mediation work. Using the Cycle of Experience as the organizing framework, participants will learn and work through the stages of a mediation applying a variety of Gestalt tools and concepts. Through presentation of theory, and skill development exercises, participants will 1) learn the power of “use of self as intervenor,” 2) enhance their practice by understanding how to work with resistance, and 3) develop skill to work with the underlying energetic process of mediation. We are offering the course on two dates and at two different locations for your convenience. Register with the location at which you want to attend the workshop. Both sessions will start on Thursday at 3:00 and end on Sunday at 12:00 CLEs and CEUs will be available.

Ø April 29-May 2 at the Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod (www.gisc.org)

508/349-7900

Ø August 13-16 at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (Ohio) (www.gestaltcleveland.org) 216/421-0468

 

Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference. Next year around this time, we hope to warmly welcome you to Kitchener-Waterloo on June 2-5, 2004 for Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference! At Interaction 2004, we will celebrate the struggles and triumphs of 30 years of conflict resolution in Canada. Inspiring keynote speakers, ground-breaking workshops and an outstanding conference ambiance make this another “must attend” conference of Conflict Resolution Network Canada! In the heartland of Ontario, you will experience special events like “Oktoberfest in June,” an outdoor “Plenary in the Park,” an Aboriginal Drama and Art Exhibit, the world famous Kitchener Farmer’s Market and a star studded Peace and Music Gala at Kitchener City Hall. While in the area, take a short drive to the world renowned Stratford Festival Theatre, Niagara Falls, or visit the charming village of St. Jacobs. A “Call for Proposals” for workshop presenters will go out in September 2003. We’ll keep you posted as we develop our full roster of speakers and events. Conflict Resolution Network Canada Réseau pour la Résolution de Conflits Canada Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 Phone: (519) 885-0880  Fax: (519) 885-0806 Web site: www.crnetwork.ca

 

TWELFTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONFERENCE

Friday May 7, 2004; 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 8, 2004; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shoreline Conference Center, Seattle, Washington The University of Washington School of Law, the Dispute Resolution Section of the Washington State Bar, the Washington Mediation Association and Resolution Washington request your participation in the Twelfth Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference. This Request for Proposal process is intended to encourage a broad and diverse community to present at this conference. The conference is designed for ADR practitioners and others interested in learning more about conflict resolution. Attendees include mediators, arbitrators, attorneys, government representatives, human resources personnel, advocates, ombudsmen and counselors. The conference will be held at the Shoreline Conference Center in north Seattle.  Participants desire sessions that offer exercises and interaction and minimize the lecture approach. We encourage proposals that emphasize active learning, “how to” sessions, role plays, case studies and time for group discussion. The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all DR topics. Past conferences have included topics such as the mediator’s persuasive tools, evaluating body language, arbitration training, marketing your ADR practice, skills for transformative mediation, mediating on line, large group facilitation, using humor in mediation, ADR in the federal courts, power balancing in divorce mediation, mediation across cultures, communication theories, ADR in child protection cases, the workplace, victim-offender mediation, and peer mediation programs in schools. We welcome and encourage creative, innovative proposals! *For further information, you may contact Kathy Kline, 206-543-8881 , kkline@u.washington.edu , Nancy Highness 425-883-3928 or Phil Cutler, 206-340-4600. Visit our Conference website at www.mediate.com/nwadr. We look forward to seeing you at the Twelfth Annual Northwest Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference on May 7-8, 2004!

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Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.state.oh.us/cdr

 

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediate.ohio.org

 

Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org

 

The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School www.mcgregor.edu

 

The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://aompace.edu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001.htm

 

“Addressing the Redress: A Discussion of the Status of the United State’s Postal Service’s Transformative Mediation Program” by Professor Lisa B Bingham, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Cardozo On-Line Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 2, 2001, http://www.cardozoyu.edu Go to Publications, then On Line Journal, Current Volumes, Volume 2 No 2, and Symposia and it is the first article

 

The Nov/Dec edition of the Ivey Business Journal, which is online at www.iveybusinessjournal.com is focused on “the Civil Workplace” and has several articles of interest to workplace and other mediators.

 

 

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

 

Ohio Mediation Association
c/o Ohio Commission on Dispute
Resolution and Conflict Management
77 South High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108