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May / August 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June/July/August 2010

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org
Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

OMA BI-MONTHLY MEETINGS

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

Aug. 7, 2010  Tax Matters in Divorce presented by Susan Moussi, CPA, CFP, CDFA, CVA

Oct. 2, 2010 TBA

Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Feb. 4, 2011 TBA

April 1, 2011 ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

More information to follow as details become available.

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

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

I am truly excited and honored to help lead OMA this coming year.  The achievements and inroads that OMA has made is something we should all be proud of as members.

In thinking about the future of our profession, the one thing I kept coming back to is its unrealized potential.  The potential for having mediation be the first option when members of our society are in conflict. In our cultural dialog, mediators’ opinions on issues such as overseas conflict and domestic problems are not solicited. This is puzzling since the insights we experience in session and through our training have great relevance.

So why hasn’t mediation advanced in the public consciousness? My hunch is, unlike a good movie where people tell family and friends, when people reach resolution they are happy with the results but equally happy to close a chapter and move on. If this theory is true, than ultimately the accolades and promotion of our profession must rest with us.

Not only do we need to be effective mediators but also need to be part-time billboards. Woody Mosten, the featured speaker at our 2009 OMA Conference, spoke about how much promotion he has done to make mediation the first thing people turn to when conflict sets in– his effort and the results are remarkable.  To take mediation to the next level I believe we need to adopt the same model.

This mission is a natural fit with our organization. By joining together we can find ways to effectively promote mediation and relay the important contributions of our field. So please get involved in OMA – participate in the meetings and help share your ideas that will make the message of mediation travel.

OMA’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010
Suzanne Barker, Appointed Board Member

The 2010 OMA conference was held on May 7, 2010 at the Riffe Center.  Unlike past conferences, this year’s conference featured a panel discussion of leading mediation experts regarding the current and future state of mediation in Ohio.  The morning session focused on the current state of mediation and the challenges of mediating in the private sector as well as through court based programs.  The afternoon session was a lively discussion on what is needed for mediation to continue to flourish in Ohio.  Licensure vs. certification, making mediation profitable, and mediation trade marketing were among the topics discussed on what the future of mediation might look like.

Wendy Hawbaker received the 2010 Better World Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of mediation.  Jay Patterson and Shirley Cochran were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their many years of service to the field of mediation in Ohio.   Please submit your suggestions for next year’s conference.

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
2010 – 2011 Meeting Schedule

Please join us on the second Friday of the month;

members and non-members are welcome!

Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NEW Location:  Oakley Branch–Hamilton County Public Library

4033 Gilmore Avenue (corner of Madison &  Gilmore, map available at www.cincinnatilibrary.org)

The library allows us to bring lunch to the meeting, with one stipulation: we must clean up after each meeting.

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

Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  To join the Mediation Council or to renew membership (annual dues are $15), contact Anne Wakefield at mediationworks11@aol.com

September 10, 2010, 4:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. (time change for this meeting only): Social kick-off meeting at The View Restaurant, 2200 Victory Parkway, refreshments provided by the Mediation Council.

October 8, 2010: Eric Barrett, Social Media Consultant, presents “Building a Social Media Strategy in the Midst of a Revolution”, exploring how mediators can benefit from the use of social media technology for marketing, education and networking.

November 12, 2010: Janet Moore, attorney at law, will discuss the efforts to create a community-based mediation program in Cincinnati, including the history of this project, the current plans to create such a program in the near future and the role local mediators may play in developing and supporting this community resource.

December, 2010:  no meeting

January 14, 2011: Alys McCalmont, President, McCalmont-Burtin, Professional Organizers LLC, presents “Old Fashioned Marketing of Your Business”.

February 11, 2011: Cathie Kuhl presents “Five Core Concerns: Another Approach to Handling Emotions in Mediation”. This presentation is based on the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

March 11, 2011: Sharon James and Marie Hill present “Getting beyond Impasse”. These two seasoned mediators share their experiences and give tips for successfully overcoming impasse in mediation.

April 8, 2011: Lou Ann Wood reviews and leads a discussion of the book Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight by Robert Mnookin.

May 13, 2011: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Hayley (née Baker) at 513-639-9132.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS AND INFORMATION:

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

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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Program Coordinator
Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio
Ideal candidate will have a background in Conflict Management Program Development as several new projects include:

•   The Certificate in Conflict Management and Peace Studies

•   The Sustained Campus Dialogue Network we are implementing on all 3 main  campuses –  http://www.sdcampusnetwork.org/

•   Developing a Mediation Program for all 3 campuses to address  Staff/Student/Faculty conflicts

•   Our Study Abroad Programs in Conflict Management and Peace Studies through Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

•    Our international conferences on Conflict Resolution Education,

Examples at:  http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_network/3rd_intl_cre_summit_2010

http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/intl_policy_summit_cre_sel_ce_and_pe_2009

http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_network/2nd_intl_cre_summit_2008

The web site link to a brief overview of some of the Center’s work is at:

http://www.tri-c.edu/enrichment/communityservices/GRIC/Pages/Default.aspx

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ON-LINE.

https://careers.tri-c.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1280171953731

 

Job Description:

Title Coordinator II, Global Issues Resource Center
Department Name Global Issues Resource Center
Campus or Location Eastern Campus
Vacancy Number 076-11
Reports To Director III, Global Issues Resource Center
Recruitment Type External/Internal
Job Category Support Staff
Position Type Full-Time
Union Position? Non-Union
Number of Openings 1

Job Responsibilities Primary Responsibilities Include:

Coordinates the assessment, design, development, planning, funding, and general effectiveness of departmental programs as assigned.

Works under the supervision of the Center Director.

Assists Director in design and development of training programs including, but not limited to, needs assessments; research of available grant and other funding sources; curriculum development and enhancement; recruitment and proposal of qualified personnel including consultants and instructors; negotiation of contracts with vendors and pay rates for instructors; assessment of profitability of programs.

Assists Director in development of ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships with vendors, customers, government agencies, and other partners.

Implements training programs, services, and events. Provides effective coordination/support to consultants, trainers, students/attendees, and employees.

Responsible for timely and accurate: room scheduling, preparation of agreements, processing invoices, determination of workable delivery dates, follow through on appropriate guidelines for purchasing, and acting as backup for registration of students.

Responsible for regular update of GIRC’s Web sites (www.CREducation.org and www.tri-c.edu/enrichment/communityservices/GRIC/Pages/Default.aspx), electronic list serves, and the database.

Serves as a liaison to contractors, trainers, and employees to ensure all paperwork is handled properly for hiring of personnel, payment, etc.

Ensures all college and departmental policies are followed.

Obtains bids and proposals for services in accordance with departmental and college policies and guidelines.

Proposes a comprehensive marketing plan as requested.

Develops a potential partner/client list for marketing of programs.

Ensures program stays within budget.

Drafts and oversees local, state, federal, and private grant applications.

Responsible for all other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the social sciences, education, or related field.

Experience working in the public sector; demonstrated strong networking and partnership building experience.

Minimum of two years experience in program coordination including design, implementation and evaluation.

Demonstrated experience in project management; especially strong time and resource management skills.

Demonstrated experience in budgeting and assessment of profitable programs; demonstrated experience in ability to research, obtain, and manage grant funding.

Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Ability to communicate (written, oral, electronic, presentation-style) effectively and diplomatically with diverse populations; strong networking abilities and ability to develop mutually beneficial relationships; ability to appropriately respond to the needs of diverse populations.

Ability to provide timely and accurate research.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s degree in the social sciences, education, or related field.

Two years’ experience in marketing programs in the public sector; business or consulting experience.

Advanced experience in educational programming.

Experience in the field of conflict management and course work completed.

Background in government and/or education, government/education operations.

Advanced program development experience in the areas of needs assessment, program design, implementation and evaluation; grant and budget management experience.

Advanced knowledge and experience with grant generation and/or funding sources, project management, or budget oversight.

Advanced technology skills in the areas of word processing, powerpoint creation, spreadsheets, databases, web site development, and online research.

Knowledge and ability to effectively use Banner software.

Work Schedule Must be able to travel and work flexible hours as needed to achieve departmental goals.

Target Hiring Rate/Salary $42K to $56K annualized

Position Status This is a full-time, exempt, non-bargaining, support staff position, salary grade 11.

Special Note SPECIAL NOTE:

As a condition of hire, the recommended candidate must demonstrate required skills in keyboarding, basic math and grammar, standard level work processing (MS Word) and standard level spreadsheet applications (MS Excel) through the College’s skill assessment process.

Posting Open Date 07-26-2010

Repost Date

Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

For full consideration, apply by this date

Special Instructions to Applicants During the application process, you may be required to attach a cover letter and/or resume. It is recommended that you have these documents ready to be attached electronically to the online application. This system accepts only MS Word or PDF attachments.

Required applicant materials Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Cover Letter

Affirmative Action Statement Cuyahoga Community College is committed to attaining excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce. Cuyahoga Community College is an equal employment/educational opportunity institution.

Please make sure you meet the required qualifications for this position before applying.  Also, please take note of required applicant materials (if any) for this position and have documents ready to attach before applying.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

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

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

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

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

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

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

WEB SITES OF INTEREST:

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

May / June 2009

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June/July/August 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: Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

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.)
Aug. 7, 2009 We are back at the MCL Cafeteria in Westerville for Tom Carlisi, M.A., LPCC, who will speak on the topic of Nonviolent Communication and Mediation.
Oct. 2, 2009 TBA
Dec. 4, 2009 TBA
Feb. 5, 2010 TBA

President’s Column
by Maara Fink
IT’S NOW OR NEVER!

As I’m sure have all seen by now, the subject line of my last bulk e-mail read, “Now or Never!” I worried at first, that I might be overstating the seriousness of the threat – that my plea to members to speak out now on behalf of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution might sound alarmist. But then I realized – I am really worried. Panicked, in fact. It finally dawned on me – that for the first time in the 13 years since I entered the field the Commission might actually be closed for business. And this, my friends, should worry us all.

I tend to be fairly optimistic about things like this. You see I still believe that elected officials make good, sound decisions based on fact and reason. That they will vote based on what is best for his or constituents, state, and country. Well, I know better now. It’s about check marks. The number of check marks indicating the calls, letters and e-mails that have come in supporting a particular program, agency or office. Those calls, letters and e-mails actually DO make a difference. They can actually save programs!

This is obviously, where YOU, ME, WE come in. We can make a difference. We can be heard. We have only just begun in our fight to make mediation a household word – to make it the first resource for those in conflict. But, this current threat to the Commission has made it painfully clear to me that we still have a long way to go. With the downsizing of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Section on Dispute Resolution and the potential loss of the Commission looming overhead, I realize that we must not rely on others to promote and protect the field, we must do it ourselves.
You’ve heard this all before. I’ve heard it, too. But, today it all seems more real than ever and the need to act, much more urgent. My fellow members, it’s really is NOW or NEVER!!

ON A LIGHTER NOTE…
What had a fabulous conference in May! Almost 80 OMA members had the amazing opportunity to participate in this full-day training with Forrest (Woody) Mosten. We felt quite fortunate to have him here in Ohio and will look forward to a continued relationship with him in the future.
If you didn’t make it this year, I hope you will plan to join us in 2010!

AUGUST BI-MONTHLY MEETING
Our next bi-monthly meeting will be on August 7, 2009 in COLUMBUS at the MCL Cafeteria in Westerville. Our featured speaker will be Tom Carlisi, M.A., LPCC, who will speak on the topic of Nonviolent Communication and Mediation.

Please visit www.mediateohio.org for more information!

The Significance of Emotional Engagement in Conflict Management
By Dale Eilerman, M.Ed.

The ability to emotionally engage with an individual or group is a significant factor in establishing a constructive and helpful relationship. It is often the difference in whether an experience is perceived as positive or negative, regardless of the outcome. Engagement should be a fundamental course of action taken by professionals when addressing conflict management in the process of mediation, coaching, or counseling.

Research done by The Gallup Organization, and presented in the book Follow This Path by Curt Coffman and Gabriel Gonzalez-Molina, indicates that emotional engagement is more important than rational reasoning in influencing people and winning their trust and cooperation. This is true in all types of business situations affecting customer or client relationships. Engagement is also an important driver in maximizing employee and organizational performance. In a world that has become driven by data and outcome measures we need to recognize that the way a person feels is as significant as what the person thinks.

Conflict management is more than just problem solving. Ideally it also addresses the relationships and feelings of those involved in a dispute. Effective conflict management incorporates both a concrete solution and a sense of emotional resolve. Engagement is a way to integrate thinking and feeling – head and heart – and can play an important role in constructively resolving differences.

The Role of Engagement in Problem Resolution
Conflict management and interpersonal problem resolution is a stressful experience. A professional working as a third party facilitator in the role of mediator, coach or counselor is wise to acknowledge the emotions attached to the individuals and situation before proceeding to attempt to develop a well thought out solution to the problem. Engaging clients at the onset in a discussion that puts the emotional dynamics on the table and attempts to allay them will put the parties in a position where they can use a cognitive process more effectively.

Normal feelings of anger, fear, hurt and frustration are typically present in conflicts between individuals or groups. These feelings, and the circumstances of the threat presented by the conflict, cause our bodies to react in the “fight or flight” stress response. We instinctively prepare to protect ourselves, manage the situation, and compete with our adversary by taking an offensive or defensive stance. In situations where there is a power differential based on role, position, personality, or other factors the dynamics of this threat relationship are compounded.
A competitive position in dealing with a challenging threat does not promote the use of cooperation, collaboration and compromise, which are often the goals of the third party facilitator. However participants that are engaged in the resolution process will invest more into reaching productive outcomes that may have value for both sides and will be more inclined toward collaboration or compromise vs. competing. Competing results in a win/lose outcome. Collaboration and compromise result in both sides winning at some level and respecting the value in doing this. Engagement opens the door to mutual understanding, and empathy in some cases. Recognizing that each party cares about the problem or conflict and its impact helps move it toward resolution.

Facilitators who are able to develop an emotionally engaged relationship with their clients, and ideally foster engagement between the individuals/groups in dispute, will typically find a more productive and successful resolution to the problems that are being addressed. The mediator, coach, or counselor becomes the emotional engineer who guides the process of identifying and utilizing the emotional triggers that will result in constructive interactions and results. Engagement will help to reduce stressful feelings and raise a sense of awareness, trust, commitment and hope. The problem resolution process is better prepared to move from instinctive self protection to cooperation. A cooperative approach to conflict management shifts the dynamics from “me against you” to “us against the problem”. Failure to establish engagement may result in interactions that are driven by “every man for himself” and encourages the maintenance of a competitive stance.

Techniques for Eliciting Engagement
The following are some techniques that can be used to develop emotional engagement with clients in the course of conflict management. Facilitators will find that their personal comfort and style in managing stress will be a factor in how well they are able to accomplish this function.

Introductory Phase
• Remaining neutral is important in many situations involving a third party facilitator. This does not prohibit the use of engagement techniques. However it is important that efforts related to engagement are offered equally to both sides in the dispute. In some cases the engagement process may be best achieved with each party separately and in other situations it can occur simultaneously.
• Introduce yourself by briefly explaining your role, the process that will be used and what the clients might expect. Use an open style of communication that includes appropriate touch such as a warm handshake, eye contact, and an invitation to sit down and relax. Participants will recognize the genuine care and commitment of the mediator/coach/counselor which can increase the level of motivation and investment on their part.
• There is a need for the facilitator to provide emotional/psychic safety and security. You must demonstrate acceptance and fairness, especially if there are power differentials between the parties. A sense that power and control tactics are being used will decrease feelings of trust and may reduce the level of open communication. Use language that is caring and supportive while also communicating control such as assuring that ground rules and boundaries will be respected.
• State an awareness of the likelihood that participants are experiencing stress and a range of emotions related to the conflict and efforts to resolve it. Acknowledge and normalize feelings as a way of helping the clients to accept this and bring them into the open. This process is important in making an emotional connection between the facilitator and the client and also between the clients and each other. This builds a bridge between the parties involved.
• Defining the right outcome is an important part of the engagement process – what is it that parties really want and what is it that will truly resolve the dispute? Having this discussion at the onset of the problem solving process will clarify the purpose and driving force behind the conflict. Connect this to personal beliefs, values and goals of the participants when possible. Acknowledge the importance of this to those involved – though they may differ from each other. Help them appreciate where the other is coming from.
• Be aware of your body language as well as that of the clients as this may convey up to 90% of what is being communicated. Point out and discuss any discrepancies that are apparent between verbal and non-verbal communications. This will help to assure communication that is open and accurate and let your clients know that you are “tuned in” to them.
• Ensure that participants want to proceed with the process. Watch for signs that may suggest resistance, reluctance or concerns and make an effort to identify and address these. This may be a sign of disengagement. Invite the clients to discuss their concerns so that they feel comfortable moving forward.

Process Phase
• Identify desired solutions from both an outcome and a feeling perspective. Sincerely listen to define what is essential or at the root of each side. Sometimes having the opportunity for participants to express feelings and/or address feelings is sufficient to reach closure on the conflict or problem. Other times participants will be confused or uncertain about what they really want and facilitating communication to clarify this will move them toward a successful resolution.
• Clarify and respect the feelings, concerns, and nature of the problems as presented by both sides and have them do this for each other.
• Ensure that participants feel heard and work to clarify for mutual understanding. This goes a long way toward constructive resolution and willingness to work on agreements.
• Give credence to opinions and beliefs even when not supported by data. This can lessen resistance and open the discussion for consideration of options that are supported by data.
• Find common ground where and when possible to show links, similarities and agreement. Help parties find the connection between their personal values/beliefs and those that will result from constructive solution to the problems.
• When appropriate address the value and purpose of the relationship the parties have with each other and how this is impacted by the conflict. When parties sense that the other side cares about and respects them and the situation it will break down some of the resistance. The opposite will increase resistance – feeling that the other party does not care and is only focused on personal gain.
• Offer summary statements to clarify and confirm. This will help to build the foundation of trust and understanding which is necessary to come to a resolution of the problem. It can also help to allay the fears of a person who feels that their perspective is not clear or understood by the other person.
• Review progress that is occurring. Give recognition and praise to efforts and results that are moving the problem forward. Provide positive reinforcement. Point out and summarize the progress as well as clarify the remaining barriers.
• Help parties to see learning and growth in their personal efforts to find a mutually agreeable solution. Encourage them to acknowledge efforts and give recognition to each other during the process. Thank you’s and other forms of appreciation will increase efforts to work together instead of against each other.
• Use a caucus or individual session to re-engage with a client is who is unable or unwilling to move forward in the process. Define any barriers that are inhibiting progress and attempt to re-establish a sense of trust and commitment to move forward.

Closure Phase
• Assess for satisfaction in reaching a mutually agreeable resolution or decision. Inquire about the level of personal feelings. This shows focus on the problem and on the person.
• Summarize decisions and outcomes to ensure that both parties are in agreement. Seek clarification that both sides are resolved to move forward based on both their feelings and the terms of the agreement. In some cases the synergy and commitment can result in outcomes that are better than either wanted initially and can perhaps ward off future problems.
• Thank participants for their efforts to listen and work at understanding each other’s perspective. Comment on how this helped to lead to a satisfactory resolution. Allow participants to talk about the process and how this worked for them.
• Close the session with appreciation and a warm handshake. Encourage the parties to shake hands and make any final comments to each other.

Summary
Emotional engagement is a significant component of effective conflict management and problem resolution. The art of managing disagreement is driven by the ability to have the parties actively engaged with the facilitator and with each other around finding a mutually agreeable solution to the problem. They must trust the facilitator and the process. It is important to keep differences constructive and to work for collaborative discovery of solutions based on commitment, trust and cooperation. When parties are engaged 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. Dale earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Liberal Arts degree from Earlham College. He is the Director of Organizational Learning for a behavioral health organization in Dayton, Ohio. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Dayton and Wright State University. Dale can be contacted at 937.219.4996, dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com or at www.conflictsolutionsohio.com
Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is August 20, 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

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:
July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois
Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Steven Abrams
Mediated Solutions
2720 Airport Drive
Columbus OH 43219 (614) 418-1874
SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377 (937) 264-2336
Martha.antolik@wright.edu
W004mla@who.rr.com

Amy Armstrong
Parent Strong, LLC
1996 Chatfield Road
Columbus OH 43221 (614) 208-8383
amy@parentstrong.com

Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 221-0944
Fax (614) 221-2340
twheeler@adllp.com

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

H. Eugene Baker, C.E.O.
Baker H.R. Consulting
565 Waterbury Blvd.
Gahanna OH 43230 (614) 582-5015
Fax (614) 472-3828
gahannabaker@aol.com
www.bakerhrconsulting.com

Suzanne Barker
69 Euclid Avenue
Columbus OH 43201 (614) 299-6843
barkersu@aol.com

Sharon Bell
602 7th Street, 4th Floor
Portsmouth OH 45662 (740) 355-8368
Cricket544@earthlink.net

Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio Richard Appleton
1169 Dublin Road
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 486-6531 x 150
Fax (614) 486-0031
rappleton@columbus-ohbbb.org

Blue Mediation, LLC
Robert M. Blue
537 Rustic Trail
Beavercreek OH 45434 (937) 546-4825
Fax: (937) 320-0505
bluemediation@aol.com

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road
Columbus OH 43202 (614) 783-7281
Fax (614) 447-0262
findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512 (330) 629-8882
Fax (330) 726-5926
dlchermely@zoominternet.net

Chestnut Hill Associates, Susan Stanton Katz, Esq. Principal
P.O. Box 26
Hubbard OH 44425-0026 (917) 902-2768
Fax: (330) 568-7466
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Patricia A. Clary
621 E. Mehring Way #1607
Cincinnati OH 45202 (513) 827-9652
Fax: (513) 827-9652
Plcary1@gmail.com

Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Maggie Henry
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177 (937) 383-3286
Fax (937) 383-1245
mhenry@clintoncountycourts.org

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

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 228-7191
Fax (614) 228-7213
SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Dr. Christopher Cottrell
Crosspoint Mediation
953 Sapphire Flame Drive
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 990-9589
crosspointmediation@yahoo.com

James J. Cullers Mediation and Arbitration Services
224 Tamarack Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050 (740) 392-0391
Fax (740) 392-0391
jcullers@embargmail.com

Teresa Cusma Community Mediation Center of Stark Co.
401 W. Tuscarawas Ave. # 201
Canton OH 44702 (330) 430-9502
Fax: (330) 430-9505
teresacmc@sbcglobal.net

Sandra L. DeBlanc, LLC
9946 Ketch Road
Plain City OH 43064 (614) 410-3370
sdeblanc@capitalmediators.com

Diana M. DeCola
1726 Spring Street
Parkersburg WV 26101 (740) 802-0337
Artemis1120@hotmail.com
aams@frognet.net

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton OH 45435 (937) 775-2067/264-2336
Fax (937) 775-3152
Dan.destephen@wright.edu
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377

Edward E. Devlin
Devlin Group, Inc.
56 Milford Drive
Hudson OH 44236 (330) 342-5636
Fax: (330) 342-5637
Ed.devlin@devlingroupinc.com

Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130 (614) 444-5872
ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Thomas S. Douglas Resolutions
4930 N. Holland Sylvania Road
Sylvania OH 43560 (419) 882-2400
Fax (419) 882-3839
tsdesq@bex.net

Phillip Dunfee
33 West Main St., Suite 108
Newark OH 43055 (740) 405-4165
phil@phildunfee.com

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

Maara Fink University of Toledo College of Law
2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606 (419) 530-4236
Fax: (419) 530-2605
Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Ernie Fischer
508 Stedway Court
Gahanna OH 43230 (614) 476-3779 (home)
Cell (614) 499-1037
Efisc77@aol.com

Nancy Flinchbaugh, City of Springfield Mediation Service
76 E. High Street
Springfield OH 45502 (937) 324-7696
Fax: (937) 328-3489
nflinchbaugh@ci.springfield.oh.us

Harry Flynn
1158 Belrose
Mayfield Hts. OH 44124 (440) 473-8500
Fax: (440) 473-8600
Mediate.flynn@gmail.com

Dr. Jan Marie Fritz
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237 (513) 731-7878
Fax: (513) 556-1274
Jan.fritz@uc.edu

Sandra Mendel Furman
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209 (614) 237-7266
Fax (614) 237-8992
Smfurman205@msn.com

Mary Goebel-Komala
Soyhia Center
1015 Harmon Street
Findlay OH 45840 (419) 423-2435
Fax: (419) 423-7662
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Terri B. Gregori, Esq.
1598 Blackstone Drive
Columbus OH 43235 (614) 264-0304
tgregori@columbus.rr.com

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation G.R. Hamm
602 7th Street, 4th Floor
Portsmouth OH 45662 (740) 355-8368
grhamm@sciotocounty.net

Daniel Gibson Harry
P.O. Box 45
Bethany WV 26032 (304) 829-4807
Dang_harry@yahoo.com

Phillip J. Henry
7530 Lucerne Drive Ste. 200
Middleburg Heights OH 44130 (440) 243-2800
Fax: (440) 243-2852
phenry@pmlawyers.com

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

Shawn Judge
United States District Court
85 Marconi Blvd., Room 169
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 719-3303
shawnkjudge@aol.com

Frances V. King
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 213-4755
Fax (419) 213-4844
king@co.lucas.oh.us

William J. Kepko
Kepko & Phillips, Co. L.P.A.
108 East Vine Street
Mount Vernon OH 43050 (740) 392-2900
Fax: (740) 392-2902
lawwjk@kepkophillips.com

Phyllis Kuehnl-Walters PhD.
73 Villa Pointe Drive
Springboro OH 45066 (937) 219-1143
dockuehnl@aol.com

Mary Denise Kuprionis
1 Camargo Canyon
Cincinnati OH 45243 (513) 271-7249
jkuprionis@cinci.rr.com

Mark Laughlin
7025 Brafferton Place
Columbus OH 43235 PayPal so no phone
Marklaughlin.mediate@gmail.com

Barbara Lehman
9515 Sheeha Road
Centerville OH 45458 (937) 239-6298
barblehman@earthlink.net

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055 (740) 670-5409
Fax: (740) 670-5419
jpatterson@lcounty.com

Melanie J. McCort
568 S. 5th Street
Columbus OH 43206 (614) 224-5719
Mjmccort7@att.net

Lauren T. McGarity
Alternative Solutions
4924-C Reed Road
Columbus OH 43220 (614) 538-2898
Lauren@winwin-inc.org

Shaker Mediation Center, LLC. Matt Mennes, J.D.
3401 Enterprise Parkway # 340
Beachwood OH 44122 (216) 766-5717
Fax: (216) 766-5796
Mennesm@aol.com
www.shakermediation.com

Judy Mirka
Delaware OH Mediation
95 Elizabeth Street, Apt. 312
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 815-8127
judymirka@gmail.com

Cynthia Morgan
2968 Meadowbrook Blvd.
Cleveland Heights OH 44118 (216) 371-0607
Fax: (216) 397-5671
CMBMORGAN@GMAIL.COM

Mary Nienaber
Capital University Law School
2211 Green Island Drive
Columbus OH 43228 (614) 578-6178
mnienaber@law.capital.edu
Nienaber.mary@gmail.com

Leslie Nye O’Donnell
1120 Chester Avenue, Suite 470
Cleveland OH 44114 (216) 225-1412
Fax: (216) 249-4320
leslieatty@gmail.com

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss
77 S. High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108 Phone 614/752-9595
Fax: 614/752-9682
www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov
ed.krauss@cdr.state.oh.us

Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 228-5515
Fax (614) 461-0066
mediatemso@cs.com

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

Alison Pfeister, Esq.
Alison J. Pfeister Co., LPA
56 Milford Road Suite 308
Hudson OH 44236 (330) 328-5673
Fax: (330) 319-7329
Alison.pfeister@gmail.com

Donna Posluszny
106 Rockledge Drive
Perrysburg OH 43551 (419) 874-3776
donnacpoz@gmail.com

Stephen Puderbaugh
9889 Whispering Pine Drive
Tipp City OH 45371 (937) 475-7467
Stephen@puderbaugh.com

Amanda Ralph
1972 Belgrave Drive
Columbus OH 43220 (614) 397-8179
amandasralph@gmail.com

Sandy Robitz
1871 Summerchase Road NE
Canton OH 44721 (330) 361-0226 (Cell)
(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)
srobitz@neo.rr.com

Carolyn Streit Roehrig
10428 Lee’s Creek Road
Harrison OH 45030 (513) 246-0511
Fax: (513) 246-0525
CarroleMarie@aol.com

John Schmieding
276 Highland Avenue
Athens OH 45701 (740) 592-5983
John_45701@yahoo.com

Jessica Schreiber
Attorney at Law
18101 Shelburne Road
Cleveland Heights OH 44118 (216) 371-1662
Fax: (216) 371-3060
jschreib@olympus.net

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130 (740) 681-1031
Fax (740) 689-3631
shostak@ohiohills.com

Mr. Gerson L. Silver
Dayton Mediation Center
1034 Bertram Avenue
Dayton OH 45406 (937) 275-5129
GSilver400@aol.com

Lisa Jill Singh
311 W. Dorothy Lane
Dayton OH 45429 (937) 660-3285
Lisa.j.singh@gmail.com
peacelisa@gmail.com

Jerry Sutton
1405 Glen View Road
Yellow Springs OH 45387 (937) 243-8501
Sutton-law@woh.rr.com

Diane Tedeschi, M.Ed., LPC, CDMS, On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235 (614) 459-0826
Fax: (614) 459-4720
tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Judith Thomas
935 River Road, Suite C
Granville OH 43023 (740) 587-3367
Fax (740) 587-1612
mediator@creative-resolutions.com

Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator
555 N. Erie Street
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 2936-2312
Fax: (419) 245-1802
James.petas@noris.org

Jacqueline Tolbert Ohio Civil Rights Commission
7162 Reading Road, Suite 1001
Cincinnati OH 45237 (513) 852-2895
Fax (513) 852-3357
tolbertj@ocrc.state.oh.us

Belinda Torres, Ph.D.
9614 Old Johnnycake Ridge Rd.
Mentor OH 44091 (440) 358-1159
Fax: (440) 358-1201
belindatorres@roadrunner.com

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct. Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq. Mediation Director
221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #310
Marysville OH 43040 (937) 645-4176
Fax: (937) 645-4174
kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us

Kent Valin
6119 Putney Court Avenue NW
Massillon OH 44646 (330) 880-5280
kentandnora@sssnet.com

Barbara A. Venesy, Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy
2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751 (330) 864-6060
Fax (330) 864-6060
bavenesy@att.net

Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230 (513) 498-6384
Fax (513) 624-6941
Mediationworks11@aol.com

Joseph K. Wehby
215 E. 8th Street
Newport KY 41071 (859) 578-8544
Fax: (859) 578-0341
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Gina Weisshaar
41 E. Como Avenue
Columbus OH 43202 (614) 893-2881
gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810 (410) 230-2563
k-wildman@onu.edu

Douglass A. Wistendahl
18 North May Avenue
Athens OH 45701 (917) 209-4425
douglassaw@hotmail.com

Robert N. Wistner, JD Wistner Center for Collaborative Divorce Planning
5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100
Dublin OH 43017 (614) 734-8354
Fax: (614) 717-9586
rwistner@columbus.rr.com

Nathan Witkin, The Co-Resolution Group
1500 Southland Pkwy. Apt. #2
Marion OH 43302 (330) 620-2956
ndwitkin@gmail.com
www.co-resolution.com

Debora Witten aka Buckeye Mediation, Inc.
465 Robbins Avenue
Niles, OH 44446 (330) 544-0424
Fax (330) 544-9218
DeboraKayWitten@aol.com

Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244 (513) 271-2223
Fax (513) 0615
woodcandl@aol.com

Dr. Gary Zoldesy
696 Pleasant Valley Drive
Akron OH 44319 (330) 245-1669
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Zena D. Zumeta, J.D.
330 E. Liberty Suite 3A
Ann Arbor MI 48104 (734) 663-1155
Fax: (734) 663-0524
zzumeta@igc.org
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:
Friday, July 17 Columbus Convention Center 10:00-5:00 Training in Co-resolution The first negotiation structure designed for mediators. Co-resolution is a new dispute resolution process that allows mediation-trained professionals to negotiate for individual parties while guaranteeing cooperative strategies across the table. This idea was recently published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly and will be presented at the 2009 ACR National Conference. To learn more about co-resolution, read the short essay under the “About” tab at www.co-resolution.com. This simple concept will contribute significantly to the field of alternative dispute resolution. The 6-hour training comes with a 50-page training manual, lecture on theory and practice of co-resolution, role play, and certificate of completion. Because this is the first official training, it is being offered at the low introductory rate of $65, and participants can chose to stay and pay after the first hour of explanation. For more information or to register, email coresolution.adr@gmail.com or call 330-620-2956. Be among the first to learn this revolutionary negotiation process. Nathan Witkin The Co-Resolution Group www.co-resolution.com 330-620-2956

Tri-State Conference on Gangs September 21 – 23, 2009 Sharonville, Ohio Purpose: To provide and share current information about criminal gang activity in southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and eastern Kentucky. Instructors include national, regional, and local experts on gang crimes. Time is set aside for networking with professionals from your area and region. Location: Sharonville Convention Center (SCC), 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio, www.ci.sharonville.oh.us. Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lodging: Attendees are responsible for their own lodging reservations. Area hotels include Sheraton Hotel, 11320 Chester Road, (directly across the street) 513-771-2080 LivINN Suites, 11385 Chester Road, (next door to SCC) 513-772-7877 Marriott Residence Inn, 11689 Chester Road 513-771-2525 Fairfield Inn & Suites, 11440 Chester Road, 513-842-9112 Questions? Please contact Linda Schmidt at 513-314-9387 or email at: linda.schmidt47@yahoo.com, or, John McConnaughey at 513-779-4131 or email at: JRM4299@fuse.net

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

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

Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting “The Best Meet Where the West Begins” April 24 & 25, 2009; Fort Worth, Texas To request MCLE credit in other states contact Brenda Rachuig ASAP at (800) 280-1368 or aam@attorney-mediators.org Brenda Rachuig Executive Director Association of Attorney-Mediators Post Office Box 741955 Dallas, Texas 75374-1955 1-800-280-1368 972-669-8101 972-669-8180 fax www.attorney-mediators.org Email: aam@attorney-mediators.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

May / June 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June 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.)

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference with Dr. Larry Fong at the Riffe Building Downtown Columbus!

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

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

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page.) Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
My Top Six Wishes for the Mediation Profession: (Part Two of Two)
By Jay M. Patterson

This column, my last as OMA President, contains the final part of my top six wishes for the mediation profession. The first three wishes (or, more accurately the last three, as required by the tradition of reverse chronological order for top # lists) were presented in my previous column. My final three wishes are:

3. We refrain from doing so much mediation for little or no fee. As this was discussed extensively in my June 2006 column entitled, Maybe There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch, I won’t go into great detail here. To summarize, I surely believe some no cost or low cost mediation has a definite place in our profession. However, from my perspective, mediators too often agree to provide services for little or no fee which, in turn, actively fosters societal perception that mediation itself has limited or no value. Given our capitalist economic system, we have a predisposed zeitgeist that acquisition of a product of value involves an exchange of another thing of value. Nothing wrong with that but I believe if a product is offered without someone paying reasonable compensation, it is likely that one would then conclude that the product has limited value, at most. I further believe when people perceive mediation as having limited value, this, in turn, limits the number of people willing to utilize it and thus limits the improved quality of life we know often occurs on those occasions when we can get parties to the table. I also believe we have actively enabled our profession to be taken advantage of to some extent by some mediation programs (and sometimes, individual clients) that could provide a living fee or wage to mediators if they were to make it a priority. We make it easy for some programs to refrain from making mediation a higher priority. As it stands, many programs need not even consider an even exchange of reasonable compensation in return for professional service. What possible incentive would a program have to provide a living fee/wage to a mediator if it could be gotten for little or no compensation? If mediators more often collectively declined to mediate unless a true, reasonable living wage was paid, I believe many programs would make funding for mediation a priority. If we really want to maximize the number of people with improved quality of life through quality mediation, I believe we need to have the courage of our own conviction about mediation’s value by more often providing services consistent with its true value. Until we as professionals begin to more often say words to the effect of, “I must respectfully decline to provide mediation services without a living wage”, we will continue to see the underutilization of mediation as a means to improve quality of life.

2: we act more collectively on a statewide basis on behalf of all mediators in ohio. Unfortunately, from my perspective, our field is not as organized in Ohio as it could be. For better or worse, leadership for the field in Ohio is somewhat fragmented into segments based on settings, regions or areas of interest. Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing bad about organizing based on narrower interests within the field. In fact, it’s a good thing. I’m simply setting forth the proposition that this is not a substitute for united, and cohesive action for the mediation field as a whole in Ohio. I firmly believe we will be more persuasive about mediation’s value, have more clout with policy makers and will achieve more as a field overall, if we act more often as a collective, united, holistic, statewide profession. As the only statewide professional mediation association whose mission is to advance the entire field of mediation in Ohio, OMA provides the organizational structure to carry the load for advancing the field as a collective whole. Particularly in the last few years, OMA has acted to benefit all of Ohio’s mediators in very significant ways often without some mediators even having knowledge of OMA’s contribution or how it benefited them. As just one example, OMA stood up for all mediators in Ohio and successfully argued against a proposed amendment of the Uniform Mediation Act that would have subjected mediators to forced testimony in court. Although OMA has made strides, it could do even more for Ohio’s mediators with more resources that stem directly from its membership. It is my hope that all mediators who are members of a mediation association with a narrower scope will also become members of OMA. If you’re reading this, I’m probably preaching to the choir, as you are likely to be member of OMA. As a fellow choir member, I hope you will sing the same song by actively conveying this message to non-OMA members.

1: We have an organized, honest, and frank, interest-based discussion within our field dedicated to the difficult and controversial topic of professional mediator standards with teeth. From time to time, the topic of certification, licensure or other such standards with teeth has been discussed (mostly informally) among mediators. To the extent we’ve had these discussions, we’ve often made all the same mistakes our clients have sometimes made before they come to us for assistance. We’ve seen avoidance of this topic out of fear of disagreement or dissention. We’ve had positional discussions. We’ve made assumptions about what the outcome would be if we were to discuss the topic. I’m anything but sure that a collective consensus could or would be reached on this controversial topic. However, the fact that the topic is controversial is, in my opinion, evidence that the discussion needs to actually occur and that it should be had in an organized, interest-based format. In my opinion, it would be a shame if we didn’t at least try to follow the very principals we all espouse to our clients by discussing this difficult topic, sooner rather than later, in an organized discussion that attempts to meet the most important interests of all parties.

As Always, I invite you to share your thoughts, in agreement or disagreement, or to add your own wishes for the field in a letter to the editor of this, your newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

A Farewell to the Board from Shirley A. Cochran
As of the Annual Meeting, I will no longer be the Immediate Past President of OMA and for once in a long time, not an officer and member of the Board. Although I will continue to handle membership and the newsletter, I am no longer required to attend the board meetings before the general meeting and the special meetings we hold one or two times a year to keep the organization running. In some respects, I will miss being on the board. After all, 2 years as Immediate Past President, 2 years as President, and 6 years as Treasurer (I think), adds up to 10 years of the 18 OMA has been in existence and seems like forever, but I would not change any of it. It is time to move on to another state-wide organization, the Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women—I bet they can’t wait for me to be elected President-Elect in May! I leave the board knowing it is in great hands and I expect wonderful things from this organization in the years to come. Thank you for letting me serve OMA and for indulging me in my continued service to the best mediation association in the country.

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

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

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

OMA ELECTION RESULTS!

  • 23 OMA members voted
  • Maara Fink received 22 votes for president; 1 person didn’t vote
  • Phil Dunfee received 20 votes for vice president; 3 people didn’t vote
  • Denise Nixon Sparks received 22 votes for secretary; 1 person didn’t vote
  • Two individuals voted against the second amendment.  With that exception, all amendment changes received positive endorsement from the 23 voters.

Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

3rd National Training Institute of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution June 2 – 6, 2008 Capital University Law School Columbus, Ohio

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

 

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

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

 

Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) CALL FOR ARTICLE PROPOSALS ACResolution Magazine Fall 2008

ACR’s fall 2008 issue of ACResolution magazine will focus on the topic of Consumer Disputes. We are soliciting contributions that address this topic from the points of view of interveners, parties, and theorists from all practice areas. We seek proposals from people who would like to write articles on any aspect of consumer disputes. We seek diversity in authors and subject matter; authors do not have to be ACR members. If interested, please: write a half-page (150-300 word) description of your proposed article, include a title/headline for your article, include your name and contact information, include one to three lines of biographical information, and specify if you would like to write a major (2,700 words) or minor (1,300 words) feature. Send your proposals via e-mail to ACResolution at publications@ACRnet.org as soon as possible, but no later than June 2, 2008. An editorial advisory committee will review the proposals and choose 2 or 3 major features and 2 or 3 minor features. All authors will be notified by June 13. If selected, completed articles will be due to ACR by August 1, 2008. For more information about ACResolution, please visit http://www.ACRnet.org/publications/acresolution.htm.

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.

New and renewing members as of April 19, 2008:

Steven Abrams 

Mediated Solutions

2720 Airport Drive

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1874 

SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation 

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 grhamm@sciotocounty.net
Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377
(937) 264-2336 

Martha.antolik@wright.edu

W004mla@who.rr.com

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

Fax (614) 221-2340

twheeler@adllp.com

Thomas L. Bailey, Jr. 

Capital Mediation Associates

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 Fax: (614) 890-1118 (h) (614) 890-7014 tbailey@capitalmediators.com 

 

Suzanne Barker 

69 Euclid Avenue

Columbus OH 43201

(614) 299-6843 

barkersu@aol.com

Sharon Bell 

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 

Cricket544@earthlink.net

Daniel B. Bennington 

Attorney at Law

87 Somerset Road

Delaware OH 43015

(614) 620-9539 

Dan.bennington@yahoo.com

Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc. 

c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402

(937) 610-2263
Fax (937) 222-3338 

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW 

Dover OH 44622

(330) 364-2647 

mivid@tusco.net

Capital Mediation Associates LLC c/o J. Christopher Scott 

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

Fax: (614) 538-8056

cscott@capitalmediators.com

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road 

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 783-7281 

Fax (614) 447-0262

findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45208
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

jlawson@cfrd.com

Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 629-8882 

Fax (330) 726-5926

dlchermely@zoominternet.net

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

 

Cleveland Municipal Court Magistrate’s Dept. Jennifer Watkins Johnson 12th Floor 

1200 Ontario

Cleveland OH 44113

(216) 664-6670 

Fax: (216) 664-4949

No e-mail provided

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker 

7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 639-9132 

Fax: (513) 744-6332

c.baker@cincinnati.bbb.org

Shirley A. Cochran
2897 Liberty Bell Lane
Reynoldsburg OH 43068-3930
(614) 863-4775 

Fax (614) 863-4775

scochran@insight.rr.com

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Dr. Christopher Cottrell 

Crosspoint Mediation

953 Sapphire Flame Drive

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 990-9589 

crosspointmediation@yahoo.com

Ray A. Cox, Attorney at Law and Mediation 

265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459

(937) 291-3119 

Fax: (937) 291-3229

Ray.a.cox@sbcglobal.net

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

Fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@crimevictimservices.org

James J. Cullers Mediation and Arbitration Services 

224 Tamarack Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax (740) 392-0391

jcullers@embargmail.com

Barbara V. Culp 

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 225

Minford OH 45653

(740) 981-2697 

bculp@falcon1.net

Donna Dansker
1319 Stonemill Court
Cincinnati OH 45215
(513) 821-0767 

Fax (513) 821-4089

eddansker@fuse.net

Sandra L. DeBlanc, LLC
9946 Ketch Road 

Plain City OH 43064

(614) 410-3370 

sdeblanc@capitalmediators.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

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

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

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

phil@phildunfee.com

Eleventh District Ct. of Appeals c/o Shibani Sheth-Massacci 

111 High Street, N.E.

Warren OH 44481

(330) 675-6681 

Fax: (330) 675-7842

ssmassacci@11thappealohio.us

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870
(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Ernie Fischer 

508 Stedway Court

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 476-3779 (home) 

Cell (614) 499-1037

Efisc77@aol.com

Irvin Foster 

Catalyst – IPF

P.O. Box 17609

Dayton, Ohio

Phone: (202) 615-9425 

Email: catipfohio@yahoo.com

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

Sandra Mendel Furman
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209
(614) 237-7266 

Fax (614) 237-8992

Smfurman205@msn.com

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Cathie Kuhl, Director, Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service
230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 946-3400
Fax: (513) 946-3388 

CKUHL@CMS.HAMILTON-CO.ORG

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

CAHSYS@VERIZON.NET

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244-2917

(513) 378-8548 

marie@marie-hill.com

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

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Jeff Hutson 

Lane, Alton & Horst

2 Miranova Place Suite 500

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146

jhutson@lanealton.com

Knox Co. Common Pleas Court 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
20133 Farnsleigh Road
Cleveland OH 44122
(216) 991-6200
Fax (216) 991-6199 

lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055
(740) 670-5409 

Fax: (740) 670-5419

jpatterson@lcounty.com

Lifespan Counseling Assoc. c/o Dene Berman Ph.D. 

1195 Meadow Bridge Road P.O. Box 340398

Beavercreek OH 45434

(937) 426-2079 

Fax: (937) 426-0211

Dene.berman@wright.edu

http://lifespancounseling.org

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office 

c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover

225 Court Street, Room 301

Elyria OH 44035

(440) 328-2250 

Fax: (440) 328-2252

loraincountyadr@windstream.net

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court 

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown OH 44505

(330) 740-2244 ext. 6408 

Fax: (330) 742-5899

mpatzak@mahoningcountyoh.gov

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Pamela Washington
25 East Boardman Street, #330
Youngstown OH 44503
(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

mvdrs@yahoo.com

 

Sharon Maerten-Moore Fourth District Court of Appeals 

14 S. Paint Street, Suite 38
Chillicothe OH 45601

(740) 779-6662 

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Mediation First 

c/o Karen Y. Preston

348 Kendall Place

Columbus OH 43205

(614) 206-8416 

KYPreston@Fireproof.com

Apreston@columbus.rr.com

Frederick Meister, Meister Law and Mediation Offices 

150 East Mound St., Suite 200
Columbus OH 43215-5429

(614) 221-1644 

Fax: (614) 221-1696

FM@MeisterLaw.net

Miami County Juvenile Court Tom Bomhard 

201 West Main Street

Troy OH 45373

(937) 440-3515 

Fax: (937) 440-5971

tbomhard@co.miami.oh.us

Margaret E. Honore Miller, J.D.
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 703-6088 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

mediation@mail2world.com

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Cozette Snead P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 225-4063 

Fax (937) 496-7835

Sneadc@mcohio.org

 

Vanita Nevis 

3113 Blue Ridge Road

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 337-9866 

vnevis@odod.state.oh.us

Linda Norris Counter-Point Mediation Services 

6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068

(614) 863-9249 

lnorris@insight.rr.com

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Dick Altman, Christopher DelFavero & Denise McColley 

660 North Perry St. Suite 403B

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 592-5105 

Fax: (419) 592-2759

chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss 

77 S. High Street, 24th Floor

Columbus OH 43215-6108

Phone 614/752-9595 www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov 

ed.krauss@cdr.state.oh.us

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole 

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43221

(614) 688-4918 

F (614) 292-2035

Cole.228@osu.edu

Bobbie Corley O’Keefe, Esq. 

830 E. Johnstown Road, Suite B

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 414-0572 

Fax: (614) 414-0573

Bcok01@yahoo.com

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

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 403-3825 

jmpmediation@ameritech.net

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209
(513) 533-2002 

Fax (513) 721-2401

dwp@bpbslaw.com

Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-9396 

Fax: (740) 652-9396

fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net

John Polanski, M. Ed., Trumbull County Family Court 

220 S. Main Ave., PO Box 1209

Warren OH 44482

(330) 675-7862 

Fax: (330) 675-2619

jcpolans@co.trumbull.oh.us

Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman 

419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810

(410) 230-2563 

k-wildman@onu.edu

 

Eileen Pruett 

1227 W. 1st Avenue

Columbus OH 43212

(614) 486-7610 (614) 595-7127 

epruett@columbus.rr.com

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

cradigan@insight.rr.com

Sandy Robitz 

1871 Summerchase Road NE

Canton OH 44721

(330) 361-0226 (Cell) 

(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)

srobitz@neo.rr.com

Ralph Rutledge, Solutions Mediation Group 

Box 279

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 642-2122 

Fax (937) 642-7195

rrrutledge@rutledgelegal.com

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

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Angela Silva 

3829 Drexel

Toledo OH 43612

(419) 508-9291 

Fax: (419) 478-1775

cataniabreeze@aol.com

Donald R. Smith, Ph.D. 

Doppler and Newton, Inc.

1047 Rudolph Court

Spring Hill FL 34609

(352) 683-8440 

Fax: (352) 683-8411

DOCVALHALL@HOTMAIL.COM

Doug Smith 

4324 Shelbourne Lane

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 451-5355 

Doug1Smith@yahoo.com

Jerry Sutton 

1405 Glen View Road

Yellow Springs OH 45387

(937) 243-8501 

Sutton-law@woh.rr.com

Diane Tedeschi, M.Ed., LPC, CDMS, On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826 

Fax: (614) 459-4720

tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Judith Thomas
935 River Road, Suite C
Granville OH 43023
(740) 587-3367 

Fax (740) 587-1612

mediator@creative-resolutions.com

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 

Fax (614) 466-3074

eturner@serb.state.oh.us

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct. Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq. Mediation Director 

221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #310

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 645-4176 

Fax: (937) 645-4174

kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us

Kent Valin 

6119 Putney Court Avenue NW

Massillon OH 44646

(330) 880-5280 

kentandnora@sssnet.com

Kathleen A. Vavro Mediation and Consultation Services 

8714 Headlands Road

Mentor OH 44060

(440) 749-1757 

kvavro@oh.rr.com

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

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230
(513) 498-6384 

Fax (513) 624-6941

Mediationworks11@aol.com

Gina Weisshaar 

41 E. Como Avenue

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 893-2881 

gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Wayne Wisniewski MA Greene Co. Family & Children First 

158 E. Main Street

Xenia OH 45385

(937) 562-5600 

Fax: (937) 562-5601

wwisniewski@co.greene.oh.us

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

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

Wood & Hancock County Common Pleas Courts 

c/o Michael E. Hyrne
One Courthouse Square, 1st Fl. Bowling Green OH 43402

(419) 354-9684 

Fax: (419) 354-0331

mhyrne@co.wood.oh.us

Judge Steve Yarbrough, Retired 

7818 Westcroft Drive

Sylvania OH 43560-1864

(419) 343-6222 

Fax: (419) 824-8389

SAYarbama1@msn.com

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

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

Hofstra Law School and The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. present THE TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICE INSTITUTE SUMMER 2008, at Hofstra Law School THREE IMPORTANT AND INNOVATIVE COURSES, FIVE TOP INSTRUCTORS RETHINKING CONFLICT A Master Class on Popular Culture and the Relational Orientation to Life May 21-22, 2008 Taught by Joseph Folger and Baruch Bush BASIC AND DIVORCE MEDIATION TRAINING The Transformative Approach: Basic Skills and Divorce Mediation May 19-20 (Basic) and May 21-23, 2008 (Divorce) Taught by Baruch Bush and Elayne Greenberg RELATIONAL FACILITATION The Purpose and Practice of Leading Groups Responsively May 19-20, 2008 Taught by Scott Sears and Judith Saul Limited enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis To register: call Dawn Marzella at 516-463-6889 or email lawdmm@hofstra.edu (If interested in CLE credits, please inquire at time of registration) Visit us on the web:  http://conflictresolution.und.edu Supporting Difficult Conversations.  People Talk. People Listen. Things Change. Helping Families, Businesses, Communities around the Globe. *Offering Training, Workshops, Coaching, Mediation, Group Facilitation, Dialogue*

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

 

May / June 2007

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June 2007

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.comMark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

June 1, 2007 Mediation and Education: What is new? Sarah Wallis, Director

Education Programs Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.

August 3, 2007 TBA

October 5, 2007 Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of Children. Steve

Polovick, Mediator Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

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

Magistrate Summit County Probate Court

 

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

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

 

Ohio Loses a Champion of Mediation with Passing of Bill Clark of Columbus
In January the Dispute Resolution field lost a giant with the passing of Bill Clark. Bill was an original member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Committee on Dispute Resolution and a Commissioner for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. He also was active in the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations’ Committees on Dispute Resolution. Bill had been a trial lawyer who left that practice to devote himself entirely to dispute resolution and he will be greatly missed. Our sympathies go out to Bill’s family.

Ohio’s Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) Survives Its First Attack?
What Happens in Mediation Stays in Mediation.
By Shirley A. Cochran (Originally published in the Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly Spring 2007, Page 31.)

It started when the Corporation contacted the Mediation Center to mediate between two employees, but before that could occur, one was terminated. Then the Corporation asked the Mediation Center to help resolve conflict in the department of the former employee about avoiding problems like were created in the future. The Mediation Center’s Director sent out confidential questionnaires to the department’s employees asking for issues to be discussed, met with groups of employees, facilitated the discussion of problem areas and assisted in their resolution of the disagreements and the employees submitted to the Board a plan of action to avoid the issues raised by the situation with the former employee. Meanwhile, litigation filed in Common Pleas Court pitted Plaintiff employee against the Corporation. Counsel for Plaintiff issued a subpoena duces tecum for the Mediation Center records and testimony by the Director of the contact with Defendant Corporation. That is when I got the e-mail in response to the request made when the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) training took place in 2005, to have anyone subpoenaed contact us to track such incidents and offer help to quash subpoenas if the mediation privilege was attacked.

The Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) was enacted by Ohio’s legislature as Chapter 2710 of the Ohio Revised Code and became effective October 29, 2005. It repealed Ohio’s former mediation privilege statute, replacing it with a very broad protection of the confidentiality of the mediation process that is a cornerstone of why mediation works. In a mediation if people know what goes on in the session will stay there, they are more likely to open up the discussion to what is really behind the dispute and be more willing to brainstorm solutions that may end the problem. To protect that confidentiality and keep the parties, mediator and nonparty participants from having to testify the UMA provides a privilege personal to each person’s position in the mediation with the mediator being able to refuse to testify about anything that happened at the mediation, with certain exceptions, and to keep others from testifying about what the mediator said during the process. Specifically, it provides: O.R.C. Section 2710.01 (A) “Mediation” means any process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.

2710.02 (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) or (C) of this section, sections 2710.01 to 2710.10 of the Revised Code apply to a mediation under any of the following circumstances: *** (3) The mediation parties use as a mediator an individual who holds himself or herself out as a mediator, or the mediation is provided by a person that holds itself out as providing mediation.

2710.03 (A) Except as otherwise provided in section 2710.05 of the Revised Code, a mediation communication is privileged as provided in division (B) of this section and is not subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in a proceeding unless waived or precluded as provided in section 2710.04 of the Revised Code. *** (B) In a proceeding, the following privileges apply: *** (2) A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication. A mediator may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator.

In other words, if a person facilitates communication and negotiation between parties in dispute, assisting them in reaching voluntary agreement about the dispute and holds themselves out to be a mediator, the privilege is theirs to assert to keep them from having to testify in discovery or in a proceeding.

It appeared fairly obvious that although there were two different instances involved, the Mediation Center staff attempted to facilitate the communication and negotiation between parties in dispute (originally Plaintiff employee and a member of Defendant’s staff; secondly between members of Defendant’s staff in the department), assisted them in reaching voluntary agreement about the dispute (no agreement in the first instance as the session was never held; voluntary agreement in the second instance); the Mediation Center staff held themselves out as mediators, and the Mediation Center staff believed confidentiality is very important to the mediation process.

Plaintiff’s counsel did not see it that way. He asserted the Director acted as a consultant and although he never explained what that meant, he felt if this privilege was permitted to stand all sorts of consultants could go into businesses and by using “magic words” keep from having to testify about anything that went on. A copy of testimony in a deposition of one of Defendant Corporation’s employees was provided as proof that there was no mediation when the meetings with the departmental staff took place, but it was not clear why he thought that it was proof there was no mediation. A heated telephone conversation took place after the filing of the motion for a protection order where he made accusations of perverting the true meaning of the UMA, but in the end, Plaintiff’s counsel withdrew the subpoena in a formal court filing making the motion moot while reiterating his accusation of frivolousness and perversion of the UMA. It was not a pretty win; but a win nonetheless.

Should anyone be aware of any other subpoenas issued for anyone to testify about a mediation communication, please contact me or Maria Mone Executive Director Ohio Commission on Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution so we can be consistent in responses to attacks on Ohio’s mediation privilege statute.

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Shirley A. Cochran is an attorney and mediator in Columbus. She is Immediate Past President of the Ohio Mediation Association and former chair of both the Columbus Bar and Ohio State Bar Associations’ committee on Dispute Resolution. She was involved in creation of the original privilege statute and the passage of the UMA in Ohio, serving as one of the trainers of mediators through funding from the Supreme Court of Ohio as well as the Commission on Dispute Resolution.

 

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

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

 

OMA Conference 2007 “Being a Better Mediator” Big Hit

As the conclusion to Ohio’s Conflict Management Week, the Ohio Mediation Association’s Annual Conference “Being a Better Mediator” was held on Friday, May 11, 2007. One hundred people came to hear Nina Meierding present on questioning and impasse resolution at the Riffe Center in Columbus. Participants were the first to receive the new OMA pen and a drawing was for books by Bernie Meyer. Winners were Barbara Dixon, Judith Thomas, Laura Tonsic, Patti Smith, Terry Wheeler, Joe Palmer, Marcie Vendetti, Joe Natalie, Kristine Hayes, Bonnie Edwards, and Kendal Isaac. According to the evaluations, the presentation was more than most anticipated and was very well received. The Better World Award was presented as set out in the following article and the officers gave their reports at the business meeting at lunch. A good and educational time was had by all.

Better World Award 2007 Recipient Marya Cody Kolman
Nominated by Sheri Center

Marya Cody Kolman has been the Director of Mediation Services for the Franklin County Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile Branch since 1999. Through Marya’s vision, energy and persistence, she expanded the programs provided by the department and offered services for never married parents, post divorce parenting time disputes, juvenile domestic violence, and truancy, along with continuing to maintain the already established mediation programs.

Marya has nurtured and continues to offer an apprenticeship program for mediators pursing the Supreme Court of Ohio requirements to mediate divorce. Along with support from staff and volunteers, Marya offers basic mediation training classes at no charge for the participants and throughout the year she speaks, trains and teaches in many different venues to many people from many different walks of life, including teaching at The Ohio State University Law School as an adjunct Professor. Marya is very active with the Association for Conflict Resolution and has been dynamic on the Conference Committee for several years, as well as part of the Family Section. She has recently received recognition for her invaluable contributions from ACR, and from the Capital University Conference for Minority Professionals to whom she contributes significantly each year.

Marya Kolman’s generosity of spirit with her staff, the programs she has brought to the court’s mediation department, the mediation opportunities she has made a available for volunteers and contract mediators, her love of mediation and devotion to promoting opportunities that allow for both the access to mediation for the citizens of this community and the persons interesting in pursing mediation as an avocation is absolutely extraordinary and awe-inspiring and has contributed to making this a better world.

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

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

 

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

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

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

Conflict Resolution Day Facts at a Glance:

  • 2007 will mark the third annual celebration of Conflict Resolution Day
  • In 2006, there were at least 22 official proclamations from states, counties and cities recognizing Conflict Resolution Day
  • The conflict resolution day logo of a tree was designed to match the intention for Conflict Resolution Day to grow organically from the “grassroots.”
  • Conflict Resolution Day 2006 was celebrated in North America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Conflict Resolution Day 2007 is October 18. How will you celebrate? For great ideas and listings of past events, visit www.ACRnet.org/crday.

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

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

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

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

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

 

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

Steven Abrams 

Mediated Solutions

2720 Airport Drive

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1784 

SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

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

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

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

1682 Schrock Road

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 794-9047 

Fax: (614) 794-5998

galbu@fmcs.gov

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

Fax (614) 221-2340

twheeler@adllp.com

Thomas L. Bailey, Jr. 

Capital Mediation Associates

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

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

 

Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc. 

c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402

(937) 610-2263
Fax (937) 222-3338 

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Barton A. Bixenstine, Esq. 

Ulmer & Berne, LLP

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

(216) 583-7032 

Fax: (216) 583-7033

bbixenstine@ulmer.com

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

Fax (614) 231-1855

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

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45202-2036
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

cfrd@cfrd.com

Catholic Charities 

c/o Donna Posluszng

1933 Spielbusch Avenue

Toledo OH 43604-5360

(419) 244-6711 ext. 410 

Fax: (419) 244-4860

pozes@sbcglobal.net

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker 

7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 639-9132 

Fax: (513) 621-0907

c.baker@cinbbb.org

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Dr. Christopher Cottrell 

953 Sapphire Flame Drive

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 990-9589 

crosspointmediation@yahoo.com

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

Fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@wcoil.com

John J. Cruze Hamilton Co. Common Pleas ADR 

1000 Main St. Room 450
Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 946-5477

jcruze@cms.hamilton-co.org

James J. Cullers 

920 Club Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax: (740) 392-0391

jcullers@columbus.rr.com

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

phil@phildunfee.com

Brenda English #C8 

5415 Yorkshire Terrace Drive

Columbus OH 43232

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

401 E. Schrock Road

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 519-8703 

Mfarmer7@columbus.rr.com

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

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Ernie Fischer 

508 Stedway Court

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 476-3779 (home) 

Cell (614) 499-1037

Efisc77@aol.com

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

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Martha Green Athens County Court of Common Pleas 

1 S. Court Street, 4th Floor

Athens OH 45701

(740) 592-3220 

athensmeigsmediate@yahoo.com

Jessica M. Harmon 

Harmon ADR Services

98 Kelly Marie Drive

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 403-3590 

harmonmediation@earthlink.net

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

Jefferson OH 44047

(440) 576-3239 

Fax: (440) 576-4639

WSHawbaker@co.ashtabula.oh.us

Kristine L. Hayes, Attorney at Law Easton Town Center 

4200 Regent St., Suite 200

Columbus OH 43219-6140

(614) 944-5170 

Fax: (614) 453-5389

Kristine.hayes@gmail.com

www.kristinehayes.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 378-8548 

mmhill@fuse.net

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

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Jeff Hutson
Two Miranova Place Suite 500 

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146

jhutson@lanealton.com

The Isaac Firm 

c/o Kendall Isaac

5300 E. Main St. Ste. 103

Columbus OH 43213

(614) 755-6540 

Fax: (614) 755-6542

Kendall@theisaacfirm.com

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Faye Sutton List
42857 N. Ridge Road 

Elyeria OH 44035

(440) 324-9619 

Fax: (440) 324-9001

fayelist@hotmail.com

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office 

c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover

225 Court Street, Room 301

Elyria OH 44035

(440) 328-2250 

Fax: (440) 328-2252

loraincountyadr@windstream.net

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

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Michael E. Masterson Hamilton Co. Domestic Relations Court 

800 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 946-9138 

Fax: (513) 946-9142

MMasterson@cms.hamilton-co.org

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

Fax: (614) 221-1696

FM@MeisterLaw.net

Miami County Juvenile Court Tom Bomhard 

201 West Main Street

Troy OH 45373

(937) 440-5970 

Fax: (937) 440-5971

tbomhard@co.miami.oh.us

Margaret E. Honore Miller
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 775-0333 x 115 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

mediation@mail2world.com

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Sandra Frederick P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 225-4099 

Fax (937) 225-5017

fredricks@mcohio.org

 

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

nataliefamily@yahoo.com

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

Fax (614) 855-5233

lnickey@insight.rr.com

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole 

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210

(614) 688-4918 

F (614) 292-2035

Cole.228@osu.edu

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

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

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

Oxford OH 45056

(513) 529-6923 

Fax: (513) 529-6939

patterja@muohio.edu

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court 

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown OH 44505

(330) 740-2244 ext. 6408 

Fax: (330) 742-5899

mpatzak@mahoningcountyoh.gov

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209
(513) 533-2002 

Fax (513) 721-2401

dwp@bpbslaw.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

cradigan@insight.rr.com

John Randle, Sr. 

3822 Hickory Rock Drive

Powell OH 43065

(740) 917-9445 

Jrandle_6@hotmail.com

Carolyn Streit Roehrig 

10428 Lee’s Creek Road

Harrison OH 45030

(513) 246-0511 

Fax: (513) 246-0525

Carolyn.Roehrig@emcbc.doe.gov

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

Fax: (216) 595-5274

SGRuben@aol.com

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

Fax (614) 491-3404

Russellviv@aol.com

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

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

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

johnspille@fuse.net

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

eschneider@drcourt.org

Jerry Sutton 

1405 Glen View Road

Yellow Springs OH 45387

(937) 243-8501 

Sutton-law@woh.rr.com

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

Fax (513) 791-8873

radischco@fuse.net

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

Fax: (614) 459-4720

tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 

Fax (614) 466-3074

eturner@serb.state.oh.us

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

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

Jerome F. Weiss, Mediation, Inc. 1600 Midland Building 

101 Prospect Avenue W.

Cleveland OH 44115

(216) 589-9995 

Fax: (216) 589-9723

mediator@mediationresolve.com

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

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Wayne Wisniewski MA Greene Co. Family & Children First 

158 E. Main Street

Xenia OH 45385

(937) 562-5600 

Fax: (937) 562-5601

wwisniewski@co.greene.oh.us

Robert N. Wistner, JD 

5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100

Dublin OH 43017

(614) 734-8354 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

rwistner@columbus.rr.com

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct. Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq. Mediation Director 

221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #337

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 645-4176 

Fax: (937) 645-4174

kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Free UMA training with CLE credits—June 19, 2007 from 12:30-5:00 PM in Waverly Ohio. Call (740) 355-8368 for reservations and speak with either Sharon Bell or GR Hamm.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training June 13 & 14, or September 12 & 13, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

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

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

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

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

Pepperdine University School of Law presents A World Class View of Dispute Resolution, the 20th Annual Professional Skills Program with seventeen courses, thirty-seven faculty, over 300 participants from around the world, two and a half days of interactive dialogue and in cooperation with Mediate.com. Woodstock, Vermont co-sponsored by Vermont Law School, October 4-6, 2007. To register or for more information, visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342.

 

Web Sites of Interest:

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

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2006

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Newscaster 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 2006 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

June 2, 2006 Case Study Kickoff. As a result of the survey of members, OMA is starting a case study group. Bring a case to discuss where you wish you had a co-mediator or to get someone else’s reaction to what occurred, or one in which something worked you did not think would, or just come to listen and learn from other mediators.

August 4, 2006 TBA

October 6, 2006 TBA

December 1, 2006 TBA

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

President’s Column
Ask Not What the Mediation Profession Can Do For You…

If you are satisfied with the state of mediation in our society, you need not read another line of this column. If you think mediation has achieved it full potential, you can skip any column I ever write. If, however, you believe as I do that we have not even begun to scratch the surface of the potential of mediation to improve the quality of life of countless people, then my comments are aimed at you.

As I begin my term as President of OMA, I intend to use this column to share my thoughts, provoke you to think about your personal role in advancing the field of mediation, and challenge you to action. You need not agree with me, but I submit to you that maintaining the status quo in our profession is simply not acceptable. Therefore, I believe it is the responsibility of all mediators to take action beyond just the good work we do when we have clients in front of us.

So I ask you, when is the last time you took a specific concrete action to advance the field of mediation as a whole beyond simply providing services to your clients or marketing your own services? If you can’t think of a recent action step you took to make the mediation pie bigger rather than simply getting your slice of it, then, with all due respect, you are part of the problem of the under- utilization of mediation.

Over the years, I have had countless conversations with mediators ruing the reality that mediation is extremely difficult to perform as a vocation. There are lots of good reasons mediation has not fulfilled its potential; far too many to recite in this single column. However, I posit that at the core of many of those reasons is a failure on our part as professionals to act in an organized, cohesive, and unified way to change the cultural paradigm of how society deals with conflict.

One of the most important elements to advancing the field of mediation is a strong, active, articulate, and enthusiastic voice for the profession. Although OMA has done some of this work in the past, I would like OMA to become even better and more active. However, this will not happen just because we want it to happen. It will only occur if you, as a serious professional engaged in the practice of mediation, put you talents, energy and ideas to use.

OMA has endeavored to form several committees we think are crucial to becoming that true voice for the profession. Those committees are: 1. Funding (to increase OMA’s financial resources to advance mediation), 2. Membership (to maintain and increase the pool of professionals actively engaged as professional mediators, 3. Speakers/Topics (for our bi-monthly meetings), 4. Annual Conference (to plan and implement our annual conference), and 5. Case Study (to organize periodic review of cases to increase our skills). In addition, we would like to have two ad hoc committees: 1. Technology (regarding our web site to serve our members) and 2. Public Policy (regarding issues or legislation with regard to mediation). We need you to take the step to help OMA play a role in controlling our own destiny as a profession. We need you to become a member of a committee. Please contact me or another Officer of OMA to show your commitment to advancing the profession by becoming a member of the committee of your choice.

I invite you to share your thoughts about the mediation field with me personally, or better yet, in a letter to the editor of our newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Thank you.

As my terms as President wind down I must take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of the assistance provided to me over the years. From our Vice President Jay Patterson who took every opportunity to learn about the ways things are done to copy or improve upon them; to Dan DeStephen who as our Treasurer looked after our money and invested it for the first time; to Sheri Center who was a great friend as well as wonderful Secretary; and Martha Antolik as our Past President providing another voice in the discussions and of course our web guru who tried to teach me how to put pages onto the web, unsuccessfully and how to send bulk e-mail successfully—almost to the point I think people were getting tired of getting them from me! Our new board members were also invaluable. Susan Shostak worked on membership, Ramona Inskeep on fundraising and Joe Palmer being the latest addition all providing their own perspective on the direction of OMA as well as hours of work to help meet those goals.

Most of all I want to thank our members who by renewing their memberships or joining have given me the idea that we may be doing something right to try to move our profession forward. Thank you—all of you, Shirley Cochran

 

Ohio Mediation Association Membership Survey

In January 2006, the Ohio Mediation Association requested feedback from current members in the form of an online survey. The OMA Board has reviewed the results of the survey and have taken actions in a number of areas based on the results. Approximately 34% of OMA’s membership responded to the survey.

The survey generated a umber of possible topics for Robert Benjamin’s presentation on May 12th at the OMA State Conference. Based on the responses, the OMA has asked Robert to speak on how to address combative parties and how to assist parties overcome impasses.

The responses to the survey on the day, time, and location of the OMA meetings reveal high levels of satisfaction with the day (91% preferring to keep the meeting on Friday) and the time (82% preferring to keep the 11:30 to 2:30 pm time). While the survey found a general preference for keeping the meeting in Columbus (68%), there is some interest in holding a meeting outside of Columbus. The OMA Board will therefore make every effort to hold one of the association’s meetings at a location outside of Columbus. The survey also generated a list of potential topics of interest to OMA members for the meetings. This list will be forwarded to the program chair.

The survey reported there is strong interest in an ongoing case-study group–74% of those responding to the survey indicated an interest. The Board has asked Susan Shostak to contact those expressing an interest in participating in such a group. OMA will send an announcement on a day, time, and location for the first meeting to all members.

A variety of members indicated a willingness to participate on a number of potential OMA Committees (Membership, Annual Conference, Fundraising, and Newsletter). The OMA Board will create a description of what each committee’s charge and contact those expressing an interest to serve on one of these committees. OMA will also send a second announcement to all members soliciting additional volunteers for these committees.

A number of individuals expressed an interest in either running for an office in OMA or serving as an appointed Board member. Jay Paterson, president-elect, has those wishing to run for an office with information on the steps necessary to appear on the ballot. The new OMA Board will meet in early April to discuss the question of how many appointed positions will be available for the OMA Board. The goal is to have a full Board in place by the May annual meeting.

The survey generated a list of functions/services members wanted from OMA. This list will be used as the foundation for planning/prioritizing the work of the OMA Board over the next year. The Board will keep the membership informed on actions coming out of this discussion via the newsletter and email. One item that did emerge from the survey question on how to find the resources for improving the quality of services provided to members by the OMA was membership dues. OMA has never increased membership dues since the creation of the organization. The Board has decided to increase dues to $50/year to enable serve members.

A sizable majority of members (80%) feel that OMA should conduct a state-wide public education program about mediation. A variety of ways were also suggested for how such a campaign could be funded. The Board will continue to explore ways to increase the public’s awareness of mediation.

Most members (56%) report satisfaction with the state of the Ohio mediation field in terms of the quality of services. About an equal number (59%), however, were not satisfied with how frequently mediation is used in Ohio. Over two-third’s (69%) of the respondents believe that some type of certification or licensure would be helpful to advance the field of mediation in Ohio. On each of these questions, members provided the Board with written comments to explain their feelings. In the case of certification/licensure, the comments also included what the certification/licensure process would look like.

The OMA Board has agreed to continue to discuss the question of mediator certification. At this time, however, the Board has not made a decision on the desirability of OMA becoming a certifying body for mediation within Ohio. The Board has agreed to continue discussing this topic in search of a consensus among Board members.

The Board wishes to thank all the OMA members who participated in the survey. Questions concerning the results of the survey can be directed to Dan DeStephen at dan.destephen@wright.edu.

 

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.

 

Editor’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

“Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don’t change.” Jane Goodall

We have been up to a lot here at OMA since January. We elected new officers, appointed new non-voting members of the Board, had our annual conference and meeting as well as given out our Better World Award. We have cleaned up our directory for membership through membership year 2004-2005 and are working on 2005-2006, figured out how to put pdf files on the website, (well Martha has anyway), and have sent out bulk e-mails about jobs we are aware of and other information we believe our members want to know. We want this newsletter to be as helpful to our members as possible so let me know if there is anything we need to work on as months go by. Thanks.

 

FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE
By Ed Krauss

Following is a scenario and then questions about the scenario. You are invited to respond, and responses (some or all, depending on volume) will appear in a future edition. We hope this will spark interest and responses, and if so there will be future scenarios for your consideration.

You are a mediator who recently retired from social work. Your background includes clinical counseling and school social work, and you have spent tens of thousands of hours talking to teachers, parents, and students in your career.

A man and woman come to you to mediate a parenting agreement for their pending divorce. They have four children. As you work through the arraignments for taking children to school, for sharing time with each parent, for holidays, you are confronted with both parents agreeing to what appears to be, from your perspective, a complicated package. They are both highly positional, and the way they are resolving their concerns is by structuring a schedule which calls for lots of transportation, lots of moving of children, with little room for realities such as car troubles or bad weather.

You have tried all the good techniques you learned; asking “Please help me understand how that will work well for your children” and “This is your agreement, you need to design what is best for you and your children, but it does seem to me that this agreement will place some time and travel burdens on all concerned” and other probing questions. The parents continue to move towards accepting an agreement that sets off lots of alarm bells in your head.

Two questions:

[1] Specific to this scenario: What should the mediator do?

[2] Second, general question: Is it ever acceptable for the mediator, who speaks from a legitimate, strong knowledge base (which could be small business, medical, environmental, etc.), to speak to the flaws in an potential agreement? If yes, please give an example, and how it should be done. If not, why not.

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. The schedule of meetings for the coming year is as follows:

Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137.

 

Ohio State Bar Association Directory Web Site Revisions Make It Easier to Use.

The Ohio State Bar Association has just completed its Web Site renovations at www.ohiobar.org. If you visit the site, click on Public, Legal Services, ADR, and Search the Database of Neutrals, you should be able to find your information if you are already on the site. There is also a place to click for neutrals to amend their information or contact the person in charge to provide information to be listed after the ADR link under This Is For Providers Of ADR Services. Hopefully, you are in the directory and appropriately listed. Contact Shirley Cochran if there is a problem.

 

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 OMA’s President, 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 If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Martha Antolik for assistance.

Corrections/Additions/Renewals:

Tracy Anderson 

431 Columbian Avenue
Columbus OH 43223

(614) 279-1867 

Reedyreedboy@aol.com

Sandusky & Seneca Co. Co. Pleas Court Barbara J. Ansted
201 N. Park Avenue 

Fremont OH 43420

(419) 334-7436 

Fax (419) 334-8866

barbthemediator@sbcglobal.net

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

Martha.antolik@wright.edu

W004mla@who.rr.com

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

mubader@insightbb.com

Julia Benkert
2220 Deerfield Crossing
Piqua OH 45356
(937) 778-1618 

Fax: (937) 773-5858

JuliaBslp@netscape.net

Vi Berlin Accent Mediation
864 Wallwood Drive
Copley OH 44321
(330) 668-9710 

Fax (330) 665-9182

vberlin@aol.com

Tina M. Bickert
8894 Kingsley Drive 

Reynoldsburg OH 43068

(614) 866-6682 

tbickert@wideopenwest.com

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW 

Dover OH 44622

(330) 243-5431 

mivid@tusco.net

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

Fax (614) 231-1855

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

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45202-2036
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

cfrd@cfrd.com

Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 629-8882 

Fax (330) 726-5926

 

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office 

c/o Darren Miller
270 E. Main Street
Batavia OH 45103

(513) 732-7397 

Fax (513) 732-7390

dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

 

Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Colleen K.E. Fear
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286 

Fax (937) 383-1245

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

John J. Cruze
Cruze Mediation Services
6470 A Glenway Ave. #270
Cincinnati OH 45211
(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 598-6800

cruzelegal@fuse.net

James J. Cullers
920 Club Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 392-0391 

Fax (740) 392-0391

jcullers@columbus.rr.com

Paula Daniel
1635 Cambridge Blvd.
Columbus OH 43212
(614) 487-1036 

Fax: (614) 487-1396

Paulak1991@aol.com

Donna Dansker
1319 Stonemill Court
Cincinnati OH 45215
(513) 821-0767 

Fax (513) 821-4089

eddansker@fuse.net

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

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

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

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

phil@phildunfee.com

Gregory L. Edmonds
5036 Buffalo Run
Westerville OH 43081
(614) 506-3782 (cell) 

Gregory.Edmonds@sbcglobal.net

Maxine R. Edmonds
5036 Buffalo Run
Westerville OH 43081
(614) 895-0025 

medmonds@sbcglobal.net

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870
(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

C. Eileen Pruett, Manager Small Claims Division Franklin Co. Municipal Court 

375 South High St., 16th Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 645-8500 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Guernsey Co. Common Pleas Ct. c/o Mag. Marcia Hollins
801 Wheeling Ave. , Room E
Cambridge OH 43725
(740) 432-9252 

Fax: (740) 432-9289

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710
(937) 833-6588 

Fax (937) 833-6588

Mediate@woh.rr.com

Rhonda D. Hixon 

Fayette Co. Juvenile Court
110 E. Court Street
Washington C.H. OH 43160

(740) 335-0640 

Fax: (740) 333-3598

Rhonda.hixon@fayette-co-oh.com

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

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Jeff Hutson
175 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146 jhutson@lah4law.com

Joint Off. of Citizen Complaints 

c/o Diane D. Welborn
15 E. Fourth St., Suite 208

Dayton OH 45402

(937) 223-4613 

Fax: (937) 228-1183

wellborn@dayton-ombudsman.org

Louie R. Kindell
PO Box 1454 419 N. Wayne St.
Piqua, OH 45356
(937) 773-8047 

Fax: (937) 773-5858

alouiekindell@woh.rr.com

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

Fax (740) 393-5096

rochellefritz@hotmail.com

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

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Cathie Kuhl, Director, Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service
230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 946-3400
Fax: (513) 946-3388 

pcms@cms.hamilton-co.org

Pamela Lemaster
244 Isaac Tharp Street 

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 306-3402 

pamelalemaster@yahoo.com

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055
(740) 670-5409 

Fax: (740) 670-5419

jpatterson@lcounty.com

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980
(614) 792-7681 

loweryb5@aol.com

Cheryl Lowry, Ph.D.
Conflict Management Services
1500 W. 3rd Ave., Suite 126
Columbus OH 43212
(614) 488-4540 

Fax (614) 488-4530

cms@iwaynet.net

Lucas Co. DR Court
c/o Denise Logan
429 N. Michigan St., Ste. A
Toledo OH 43624-1692
(419) 213-6800 

Fax: (419) 213-6808

dlogan@co.lucas.oh.us

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Dorothy Kane, Director
25 East Boardman Street
Youngstown OH 44503
(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

 

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

Fax: (614) 221-1696

FM@MeisterLaw.net

Margaret E. Honore Miller
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 775-0333 x 115 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

mediation@mail2world.com

Robert H. Monnaville
163 N. Sandusky St., # 103
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 363-7182 

Fax: (740) 363-7153

rmonnaville@thomaslawlpa.com

Vickie Moreland 

Butler County DR Court

315 High Street, 3rd Floor

Hamilton OH 45011

(513) 785-5805 

Fax: (513) 785-5372

morelandvg@butlercountyohio.gov

Patrick J. Murphy
526 Superior Ave., Suite 1400
Cleveland OH 44114
(216) 875-2067 

Fax: (216) 875-1570

pmurphy@bsmph.com

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

nataliefamily@yahoo.com

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

Fax (614) 855-5233

lnickey@insight.rr.com

Linda Norris
6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068
(614) 863-9249 

lnorris@insight.rr.com

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Christopher DelFavero 

PO Box 70

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 592-5105 

Fax: (419) 592-2759

chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss 

77 S. High Street, 24th Floor

Columbus OH 43215-6108

Phone 614/752-9595 

Fax 614/752-9682

www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov

website@cdr.state.oh.us

Ohio State University c/o Carole Hinchcliff, Moritz College of Law Library
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210
(614) 292-2962 

F (614) 292-9438

Hinchcliff.1@osu.edu

Brenda Ohlinger
4875 Chevy Chase Avenue
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 459-2323 

Fax: (614) 761-2988

ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

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

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 403-3825 

jmpmediation@ameritech.net

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti
101 Wildwood Drive
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 965-3694 (home) (330) 740-2278 Mahoning Co. Juvenile Ct. 

mpvendetti@aol.com

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209
(513) 533-2002 

Fax (513) 721-2401

dwp@bpbslaw.com

Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-2200 

fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net

Michelle Quinn
3563 Mountshannon Road 

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 921-8779 

michelledquinn@msn.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

cradigan@insight.rr.com

Robert E. Rosenberg
Stephens & Rosenberg, Attorneys at Law
206 South Meridian St. # A
Ravenna OH 44266
(330) 296-3434 

Fax: (330) 296-3435

RobertERosenberg@aol.com

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

Fax (614) 491-3404

Russellviv@aol.com

Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258
(330) 499-3069 

Fax (330) 499-0905

N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

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

Fax (330) 864-7155

JASchafer@schafercarrlaw.com

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

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Mary L. Shumard, LSW, CCDCI Tylersville Crossing
5750 Gateway Blvd. #103
Mason OH 45040-1497
(513) 779-7400 

Fax: (513) 779-7624

mshumard@fuse.net

Carol Siekierka, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 496-7228 

Fax (937) 496-7443

 

Harrold W. Spicknall, Ph.D.
2608 Ashton Road 

Cleveland Heights OH 44118

(216) 321-1025
Fax: (216) 321-8909 

h.spicknall@att.net

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

johnspille@fuse.net

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

eschneider@drcourt.org

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

Fax (513) 791-8873

LBSwift@fuse.net

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

Fax: (614) 459-4720

tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Judith Thomas
136 E. Broadway
Granville OH 43023
(740) 587-3367 

Fax (740) 587-1612

mediator@creative-resolutions.com

Fredric P. Tilton
4007 Bach-Buxton Road
Amelia OH 45102
(513) 752-3051 

Fax: (513) 752-8267

ftilton@fure.net

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 876-0089 

Fax (614) 466-3074

eturner@serb.state.oh.us

Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court 

c/o Andrea L. Fischer-Immke
125 East High Ave. Room 225
New Philadelphia OH 44663

(330) 365-3269 

Fax (330) 365-3398 fisher@co.tuscarawas.oh.us

VN Consulting Inc. c/o Lucretia K. Van Niel, MSW, LISW
4265 Waterside Place
Grove City OH 43123
(614) 871-1815 

Fax (614) 871-1820

vnci@sbcglobal.net

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

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

James A. Veri
6310 Fay Road
Concord OH 44077
(440) 477-5259 

Fax (440) 354-9580

VeriKJ@earthlink.net

Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230
(513) 498-6384 

Fax (513) 624-6941

Mediationworks11@aol.com

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Capitol Mediation
c/o Robert J. Wheaton
6969 Read Bank Rd. 

PO Box 128
Galena OH 43021-0128

Fax (614) 523-1155 

Cell (614) 620-1155

capmediation@sbcglobal.net

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

Fax (614) 221-2340

twheeler@adllp.com

Kenneth N. Wildman
Positive Negotiations
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810
(410) 230-2563 

k-wildman@onu.edu

 

Robert N. Wistner, JD
140 Marion Street
Dublin OH 43017
(614) 889-9756 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

rwistner@columbus.rr.com

Wood County Common Pleas Court M. Hyrne
Courthouse
Bowling Green OH 43402
Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2005. 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 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.

Capital University law School 2nd National Training Institute for Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution June 5-9, 2006, Columbus Ohio (Please note, we have had to move the date for Capital University Law School’s 2006 Minority ADR Training Institute from June 12-16, 2006.)

Tentative Trainings: Domestic Abuse Issues (2 days), Basic Mediation (2 days), Faith-based Mediation (2-3 days), Family Mediation (5 days), Labor & Employment Mediation/Arbitration (5 days), Afrocentric Conflict Resolution (3 days), Healthcare Dispute Resolution (2 days). These trainings will enhance your skills as a minority ADR professional and provide invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities. For more information as it becomes available visit: www.law.capital.edu/adr/ Or contact: Floyd Weatherspoon, Professor of Law and Director of Minority ADR Initiatives, at (614) 236-6531, or via e-mail at adrconference@law.capital.edu.

 

Antioch University McGregor is launching two new certificate programs in Conflict Resolution and a Concentration Option to compliment the Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution.

 

The Professional Certificate (2 quarters), Graduate Certificate (4 quarters) and Master’s Concentration Option will debut in Fall 2006 as part of Antioch University McGregor’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program in the School of Liberal Arts. Please see http://www.mcgregor.edu/cr Conflict Resolution is no longer a stand-alone professional field of specialization. It is now a critical skill for effective leadership in a wide range of careers including government agencies, schools, hospitals, corporations, universities and communities. The Certificate Programs are designed to offer an entry or mid-level option for professionals in other fields (including those who already hold a Master’s or terminal degree) to gain practical skills in conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation for use within their own organizations and professional disciplines. The Certificate also provides an option for those individuals not ready to commit to a Master’s program while maintaining the flexibility to transfer all the credits earned through the certificate, should their plans change, as the certificates are fully integrated with the degree program.

The Concentration Option enables those students pursuing the Master’s to align their degree to one specific area of interest or one specific sector of practice within the field of Conflict Resolution. Antioch University McGregor contributes to the betterment of the individual and the community by fostering academic excellence and providing socially responsive, flexible and innovative education programs for adult learners. McGregor features a wide array of Bachelor’s Degree completion programs, Master’s programs in Conflict Resolution, Management and Education and also Individualized Liberal and Professional Studies programs.

Please e-mail me at robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu or call at (937) 769-1816 with any questions or for more information.

Best Regards, Rob McLaughlin, M.A. Antioch University McGregor Conflict Resolution Graduate Program 800 Livermore St. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu

 

Best Practices in Americans with Disability Mediation

 

Please go to http://www.mediate.com/articles/editorial6.cfm to see a call for submissions for the next collection on the ADA Mediation Page: “Best Practices in ADA Conflict Management.”  (Previous collections include “Mediation Capacity” and “ADA Workplace Mediation.”) Please send in your ideas, and pass this on to others in your networks who might want to contribute. While you’re on the ADA Mediation page, please take a moment to browse through the extensive list of articles on ADA mediation.  Thank you for your contributions to ADA mediation. Judy Cohen Editor, ADA Mediation page judycohen@mediate.com www.mediate.com/adamediation

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

Mark Your Calendars for the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s

ABA Annual Meeting 3-8, 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Check www.abanet.org/dispute or call 202-662-1680 for more information.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

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

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

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

 

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

 

TRAINING SCHEDULE THROUGH JUNE 30, 2006 for Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals Sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section June dates not confirmed, Franklin (Columbus) in conjunction with Minority Training Institute Contact Crevon Tarrance, Supreme Court of Ohio TarrancC@sconet.state.oh.us.

 

Basic Mediation Training for Residence Life Staff, Students, and Higher Education Faculty Sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 , 9AM to 5PM Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

· Do you often deal with conflict?

· Are you looking for new and more effective ways to address conflict at your university?

· Would you like to improve your own conflict resolution skills?

· Would you like to use new mediation concepts and skills to manage conflict in your university environment?

You are invited to attend a basic mediation skills training sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. The training will focus specifically on mediation in residence life settings in higher education.

Who should attend: Priority in attendance will be given to teams (at least 2 individuals from an Ohio college or university) including University/College Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Directors, Area Coordinators, and students from Residence Life.

When: September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 from 9AM to 5PM, with one free hour for lunch.

Where: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Cost: Training fees will be covered by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, however, each attendee will need to pay $25 to cover the cost of the training manual. Lunch will not be provided.

Training Topics include:

· Conflict 101 · Definition, Characteristics, and Standards of Mediation
· Mediation Stages · Active listening skills
· Mediation Skills · Ethical issues and confidentiality

Attendance at all three days is required. A complete information packet including location, parking, agenda, and a request for sample case studies will be mailed to applicants upon receipt of their registration form.  A certificate will be issued upon completion of the three day training.

The training will be conducted by Kenzi Bisbing from Townhall II in Kent, Ohio, and Teresa Cusma from the Community Mediation Center Stark County in Canton, Ohio.

Registration Deadline September 1st, 2006. Space is limited to 30 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Teams of Ohio college and university faculty/staff and students from residence life will receive priority.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Batton, Director of Education Programs, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at 614-644-9275 or via email at Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us.

Register early for Purpose Drives Practice: An International Conference on Transformative Mediation St. Paul, MN  / September 17th & 18th, 2006.

    • Join Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, Winners of the 2006 Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award, along with Andrew Thomas, visionary leader in community mediation for over 25 years, and other highly regarded speakers.
    • Presented by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, with Platinum Co-sponsors, The Conflict Resolution Center of the University of North Dakota, The Conflict Studies Programs and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University, Hofstra University School of Law, and Twin Cities Mediation.

Go to http:// transformativemediation.org to see the full list of workshops and to register now. Dan Simon 612-824-8988 http://twincitiesmediation.com Twin Cities Mediation 1716 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN  55408

Annual Conference Registration to Open in Late May ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference October 25-28, 2006 Philadelphia, PA Be sure to join us in Philly this fall for an exciting three days of informative sessions, meetings and networking opportunities! OMA’s own Terry Wheeler is ACR President so come join Terry in Philly! Registration will be open by the end of May, so keep checking the Annual Conference website http://acrnet.org/conferences/ac06/ac06-homepage.htm for the most up-to-date information. As an added bonus, ACR members save up to $80 on Annual Conference registration fees! The Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center at 17th and Race Streets. To reserve your room at the Annual Conference rate of $155/night, call the Sheraton at 215-448-2000 and mention the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Web Sites of Interest:

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

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2005

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2005

President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran Phone/Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Immediate Past President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@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.)

June 3, 2005 Special 2-hour presentation on Real Estate Disputes and the Role of the Mediator. Presenters Melissa A. Marcin of Marcin & Marcin and Joseph Pitstick, of Cuni, Ferguson & LeVay. Don’t miss this presentation to be put on the list for Condo and Home Owner Associations for mediators who wish to be able to mediate for such groups.

August 5, 2005 C. Eileen Pruett on what the UMA means to Ohio mediators now that it will become effective in October.

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

 

President’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Ohio Mediation Association year starts May 1st and runs through April 30th so we are at the start of our new year. The first thing I would like to do is thank our members and especially our officers for all the hard work this past year in bringing OMA to where it is today. We had 118 dues paying members, presented informative and enjoyable programs at our bi-monthly meetings, completed a fantastic annual meeting in April with a well-received program by Bernie Mayer attended by 70 people, participated in the final passage of the Uniform Mediation Act in the Ohio Legislature, were part of the Conflict Management Week 2005 planning group, amended our by-laws to return to two-year term of office for the President and eliminated the office of President-Elect, participated in a group preparing training materials for the impact the UMA will have on Ohio mediators in October, presented a workshop on credentialing at the Minorities in Dispute Resolution Conference, and were instrumental in creating the Summit Group of mediation organizations to further the use of mediation in the State of Ohio. Makes me tired just to read about it!

Another major change this year was the use of the Mediate.com web site directory. Each dues paying member should have received a message by e-mail with a member number and password to have complete control over their directory listing. You can add to your listing and change information at your convenience and when you need to do so. I know I went in and changed my listing when I left my position at the court at the end of January so people can find me at my home office again and it was very easy. We will continue to list the renewals and new members in the Newscaster along with any changes or corrections (like this month we added a member’s correct e-mail address), but at any time you can go to www.mediate.com/ohio and see the entire directory or search by name. To be able to search by county, the member has to have put the counties in the directory listing so be sure you go in and make your listing all it can be.

For those who missed the annual meeting, OMA purchased a number of copies of Bernie Mayer’s most recent book, Beyond Neutrality, to sell to members and non-members alike at a discount. In addition to personalizing the books purchased that day for those individuals, Bernie was kind enough to sign each of the remaining books, which will be sold at our meetings. Members pay $32 and non-members $36 for a book that retails for $38 plus shipping and handling. Bring your checkbook to the next meeting and take away an interesting challenge to mediators concerning the crisis Bernie believes we are facing in conflict resolution.

As mandated by the by-laws, the OMA officers gave reports at the annual meeting as well as asking for members to get more involved in the actual running of the organization. I was re-elected to serve the second year of the President’s term as set forth in the by-laws again and Jay Patterson was re-elected Vice President. My favorite part of the annual meeting was the awarding of the Better World Award to Marie Hill of Cincinnati (see the article below for specifics). We had great food and wonderful thought-provoking discussions. The Supreme Court of Ohio assisted in providing Bernie as our speaker and Antioch University McGregor provided materials as well as a booth staffed with OMA member Rob McLaughlin to answer questions concerning the Masters program there. Mark your calendars for April 7, 2006 for the next opportunity to come together to celebrate OMA’s year of accomplishments.

Better World Award 2005

Marie Hill nominated by Lou Ann Wood

Marie Hill has trained, mentored, and influenced hundreds of individuals in the career of mediation, and if not the career, at least in their thinking in the whole area of peace making. She has been training both basic and advanced mediation for many years, has presented at national conferences, was a founding member of the Cincinnati Mediation Council, past Vice President of the Ohio Mediation Association, and member of the Governor’s Task Force on Family Law and Children. As Coordinator of the Mediation Program for Beech Acres Mediation Center Marie Hill offers an opportunity for beginning mediators to co-mediate at the Center to develop their skills and gain confidence. She is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association of Conflict Resolution. Marie Hill’s influence on the field of mediation in this state and others is hereby honored.

Conflict Management Week 2005 Winning Through Working Together

May 8th -14th was Conflict Management Week 2005 in the state of Ohio. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Winning through Working Together” — a theme developed to encourage the public to consider using conflict management and dispute resolution methods to enhance their daily lives. During this annual series of events, schools, courts, communities, and government organizations spread the word about effective approaches to preventing and resolving conflicts. Ohioans also recognized their state’s leadership in the field of conflict management and the growth of mediation as a method for settling disputes. Educational information and resources to help promote the Week were available under the heading of Learn How You Can Get Involved at http://www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/cmweek05.htm

 

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release May 11, 2005. Yellow Springs, Ohio – Antioch University McGregor is launching a new certificate program in Intercultural Conflict Management (ICM) to mark Ohio’s Conflict Management Week, May 8-14, 2005. The Intercultural Conflict Management Certificate Program will debut this fall as part of Antioch University McGregor’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program in the School of Management. Please see http://www.mcgregor.edu/cr/icmc.html. Conflict resolution is no longer a stand-alone professional field of specialization.  It is now a critical skill for effective leadership in a wide range of careers including: government agencies, schools, hospitals, corporations, universities and communities. The Intercultural Conflict Management Certificate Program is designed to provide practical skills training in intercultural conflict management that prepares individuals to be proactive, positive agents of change. The skill sets learned and practiced within the program are aimed at providing participants with the fundamental tools, understanding and confidence to deal effectively with intercultural conflicts wherever they occur, be it in interpersonal relationships, communities or the workplace. Governor of Ohio, Bob Taft, recently designated May 8 ­ 14, 2005 Conflict Management Week with the theme, “Winning through Working Together”, to encourage the public to consider using conflict management and dispute resolution methods to enhance their daily lives. Ohio leads the nation with more than 1,700 school-based conflict management programs in existence. To raise awareness of the newly established Intercultural Conflict Management Certificate Program and in celebration of Ohio Conflict Management Week, Dr. Getinet Belay, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at Antioch University McGregor, will host an online chat on “Identity, Culture and Conflict.” The chat will be held Thursday, May 12 from 11 a.m.  to 1 p.m. The chat can be accessed through the McGregor web site at http://www.mcgregor.edu/chat Antioch University McGregor contributes to the betterment of the individual and the community by fostering academic excellence and providing socially responsive, flexible and innovative education programs for adult learners. McGregor features a wide array of bachelor’s degree completion programs, master’s programs in conflict resolution, management and education and also individualized liberal and professional studies programs. Please do not hesitate to email me at robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu or call

at (937) 769-1816 with any questions or for more information. Best Regards, Rob McLaughlin, M.A. Antioch University McGregor 800 Livermore St. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity” Horace Mann

 

THIRD SUMMIT MEETING OF MEDIATION ORGANIZATIONS HELD on April 25, 2005. The meeting was attended by the following organizations: Ohio Mediation Association (OMA), Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Services, Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO), Mediation Association of Northwest Ohio (MANWO), and the Ohio State Bar Dispute Resolution Committee (OSBA DR Committee). The issue of data collection was discussed and Bruce Heckman is preparing a RFP for a comparison of mediation and non-mediated settlements in court cases. Areas to be discussed are speed/timing, cost, satisfaction of parties and durability of the resolution. The slogan or tag line for mediation has been reduced to the top ten slogans that are to be sent out to the different organization’s members for ranking of their top three. A decision about the final slogan choice will be made at the next meeting. Conflict Management week should probably be on the agenda for the summit group since it is a statewide effort to get the word out about conflict management. A review of this year’s events will be made at the next meeting and planning for the following year begun. Discussion about a possible symposium or multiple day conference was begun. Organizations are being asked to discuss this internally and decide what, if anything, they might be able to commit to doing for something in November of 2006 at the earliest. The next meeting will be hosted by the Supreme Court in July on a date to be determined.

 

From the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

Second Annual Conference on Conflict Resolution Education What Works! Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education:  Early Childhood to Higher Education September 28th – October 1st, 2005, Columbus, Ohio USA On September 28-October 1, 2005, the second annual What Works! Conference will bring together college and university faculty, K-12 teachers and counselors, high school and college students, Conflict Resolution practitioners, parents, and community leaders.  Under the guidance of experts in the field of Conflict Resolution Education, these educators, youth and community leaders will explore effective models for Conflict Resolution and learn proven techniques to reduce and manage conflict in the classroom, in peer groups, families, and community settings.   What Works! will provide participants with the skills, techniques and resources needed to create safe and healthy learning environments in their educational setting and community.  RCH, CEU, CHES, social work, and graduate credit will be offered. Ohio’s national reputation as a leader in conflict resolution education is built on years of collaboration among state and local agencies, schools and universities, community organizations, trainers and independent consultants.  The list of sponsors and planning committee members for this year’s conference reflects this collaboration.  Sponsors include: the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Interfaith Center for Peace, the Office of the Attorney General of Ohio, the Ohio Resource Network (Safe School Center), the University of Cincinnati, Miami University’s Office of Student Activities, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the Ohio Supreme Court Interpreter Services Program, the U.S. Department of Education, and the European Centre for Conflict Prevention. September 28th -29th Two Day Intensive Training What Works! will begin at the Marriott Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio, on September 28th and 29th with two days of intensive training. For additional details and registration information, please check the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution’s Web site at www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov in early March or contact the Commission at 614-752-9595.

 

In My Opinion By Shirley Cochran, JD

We have a responsibility to comment upon articles we find in the newspaper or in magazines that are either erroneous or could use clarification concerning mediation. For instance, in the Columbus Dispatch recently, the Dear Prudence column headline was “Mediator might convince woman of her bad driving” The letter was from a husband who was complaining about his wife’s driving to the point of calling her a menace behind the wheel and was wanting to ban his wife from driving with their child in the car now that their first child was being born. In Prudence’s response to Married to Hell on Wheels, she stated the following: “If she gives you static and is in denial (after suggesting giving her a choice between anger management classes and taking a bus or cab), find a neutral mediator. The body-shop bills, the insurance increases and speeding tickets should be quite convincing to an outsider.” In response, I sent an e-mail to Margo Howard (apparently Prudence does not exist) explaining that a mediator does not “convince” a party of anything nor does whether or not she believes the information the husband can provide will convince the mediator of the bad driving of the wife have anything to do with what occurs in a mediation. I requested she correct the erroneous impression she left with the general public about mediation and mediators but have yet to hear if that will be done.

 

In another instance, CEO Magazine had in its April edition an article about homeowners suing or being sued by their homeowner associations for things such as the wrong color paint on a house. I mentioned that we as the Ohio Mediation Association are trying to work with these groups to suggest mediation rather than litigation to resolve these issues as the homeowners are probably not going to move. In fact the case mentioned settled before the court decided the matter. The letter to the editor was printed in the June issue and it is yet to be determined if anyone else but me read it, but at least it is there.

 

If we do not work to bring mediation to the public eye and correct erroneous information about mediation and mediators, who will?

 

Ohio State Bar Association Directory Web Site Revisions Make It Easier to Use.

The Ohio State Bar Association has just completed its Web Site renovations at www.ohiobar.org. If you visit the site, click on Public, Legal Services, ADR, and Search the Database of Neutrals, you should be able to find your information if you are already on the site. There is also a place to click for neutrals to amend their information or contact the person in charge to provide information to be listed after the ADR link under This Is For Providers Of ADR Services. Hopefully, you are in the directory and appropriately listed. Contact Shirley Cochran if there is a problem.

 

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.

 

New and Renewing 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 OMA’s President, 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 mediate.com/Ohio. If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know.

Corrections/Additions:

Name/Address Phone and/or e-mail
Tracy Anderson 

431 Columbian Avenue

Columbus OH 43223

(614) 279-1867 

Reedyreedboy@aol.com

Martha L. Antolik 

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

(937) 264-2336 

Fax (937) 264-0722

W004mla@who.rr.com

Bridge Consulting, LLC 

c/o Ramona Inskeep

11713 Julie Drive

Baltimore OH 43105

(614) 561-8630 

Bridge_mediation@ameritech.net

Tonya Charles, Montgomery Co. DR Court 

301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-7745 

Fax: (937) 496-7443

charlest@mcohio.org

Diane L. Chermely, JD 

945 Windham Court Suite 3

Boardman OH 44512

(330) 629-8882 

Fax (330) 726-5926

 

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office c/o Darren Miller 

270 E. Main Street

Batavia OH 45103

(513) 732-7397 

Fax (513) 732-7390

dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

 

Gina M. Crawford, PH.D. 

23818 Cliff Drive

Bay Village, Ohio 44140

440 570-9653 

Fax (440) 617-0199

 

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University 

3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.

Dayton OH 45435

(937) 775-2067 

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

Erie Co. Family Ct. Mediation Chris Perrin 

323 Columbus Avenue

Sandusky OH 44870

(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Kathy Field 

1073 Wilson Avenue

Marion OH 43302

(740) 387-4370 

Kfield@rrohio.com

Findlay Municipal Court Mediation Coordinator 

318 Dorney Plaza PO Box 826

Findlay OH 45840

Nancy Bachynski ? 

(419) 424-7143

Fax (419) 424-7803

Sandra Fredrick, LSW 

301 W. Third St., 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-4099 

Fax (937) 496-7443

fredricks@mcohio.org

Vicky Fulkerson 

641 Grove Avenue

Zanesville OH 43701

(740) 454-3269 (W) (740) 452-4669 (H) 

Fax: (W) (740) 455-0739

Vickyfulkerson@hotmail.com

Sandra Mendel Furman 

One Easton Oval, Suite 500

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 416-5611 

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Guernsey Co. Common Pleas Ct. 

c/o Magistrate Marcia Hollins

801 Wheeling Ave. , Room E

Cambridge OH 43725

(740) 432-9252 

Fax: (740) 432-9289

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams 

237 Maple Street

Brookville OH 45309-1710

(937) 833-6588 

Fax (937) 833-6588

Mediate@woh.rr.com

Debbie Heimberger 

6401 Stonebridge Street

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 397-4498 

ThreeCDeb@aol.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 474-1564 

brhill@voyager.net

Judith A. Houts, Ph.D. 

79 Prince Road

Pataskala OH 43062

(740) 964-2103 

Judithhouts@msn.com

Francie Kaufman 

c/o Columbus Medical Assn.

431 E. Broad Street

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Edward M. Krauss 

Dispute Resolution, Inc.

783 South Sixth Street

Columbus OH 43206-2130

(614) 444-5872 

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Cathleen Kuhl 

CMS Hamilton County

 

Cincinnati OH

(513) 

Fax: (513)

ckuhl@cms.hamilton-co.org

Beth Leger Montgomery Co. CP Ct. Domestic Relations Division 

301 W. Third St., 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-5412 

Fax (937) 496-7334

legerb@mcohio.org

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Mediation Coordinator Jay Patterson 

75 East Main Street

Newark OH 43055

(740) 670-5409 

jpatterson@lcounty.com

Beverly Lowery 

6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207

Columbus OH 43235-7980

(614) 792-7681 

loweryb5@aol.com

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Janice Bailey, Director 

25 East Boardman Street

Youngstown OH 44503

(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

Rob McLaughlin 

PO Box 1052

Lebanon OH 45036

(513) 850-1189 

robm@your-net.com

Terry McMenamin, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court 

301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-7766 

Fax: (937) 496-7443

mcmenamint@mcohio.org

Mediated Solutions c/o Steven D. Abrams 

2720 Airport Drive, Suite 100

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1784 

Fax (614) 418-1701

sabrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Professor Roberta S. Mitchell 

Capital University Law School

303 E. Broad Street

Columbus OH 4215

(614) 236-6517 

Fax: (614) 236-6970

rmitchell@law.capital.edu

Ohio State University c/o Carole Hinchcliff, Moritz Law Library 

55 West 12th Ave. Room 274A

Columbus OH 43210

(614) 292-7722 

F (614) 292-3202

Hincliff1@osu.edu

Nola J. Olinger Mont. Co. DR Court 

301 W. Third St, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-4093 

Fax (937) 496-7443

Olinger.n@mcohio.org

Cris Olmstead, PCC, LSW 

301 W. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-6809 

Fax (937) 496-7443

OlmsteadC@mcohio.org

Michelle Quinn 

3563 Mountshannon Road

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 921-8779 

michelledquinn@msn.com

Robert E. Rosenberg 

206 South Meridian Street Suite A

Ravenna OH 44266

(330) 296-3435 

Fax: (330) 296-3435

RobertERosenberg@aol.com

Fredric P. Tilton 

4007 Bach-Buxton Road

Amelia OH 45102

(513) 752-3051 

Fax: (513) 752-8267

ftilton@fure.net

Jim Toy 

8495 Charleston Valley Drive

Mason OH 45040

(513) 314-2010 

jamestoy@gmail.com

Tuscarawas Co. Common Pleas Ct. c/o Andrea L. Fischer-Immke 

125 East High Ave. Room 225

New Philadelphia OH 44663

(330) 365-3269 

Fax (330) 365-3398 fisher@co.tuscarawas.oh.us

University of Toledo College of Law c/o Maara Fink 

2801 W. Bancroft Street

Toledo OH 43606

(419) 530-4236 

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Barbara A. Venesy 

Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy

2741 Foxwood Drive

Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

Odella T. Welch 

560 Woodlake Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 523-3022 

Fax (614) 523-3022

Wot560@aol.com

Lou Ann Wood 

AAL Mediation Services

6726 Main Street

Newtown OH 45244

(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

 

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 June 20, 2005. 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 also 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.

 

Volunteer Opportunity: the Better Business Bureau of Cincinnati serving Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana has been mediating cases since 1999. It has grown from 11 mediations that year to 35 cases in 2004. They have mediated 108 workplace disputes over the last six years, amounting to 325 hours of service by their small pool of 9 mediators. Volunteer mediators must have previously completed mediator training, have experience mediating cases on various issues, and be willing to volunteer their time. Individuals interested in mediating cases for the BBB should send their resume, including information about their mediator training and number of types of cases previously mediated to Christine Bake, Dispute Resolution Specialist, Better Business Bureau, 898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH 45202.

 

National Conflict Resolution Day: ACR is working to create a national day of recognition for conflict resolution, in order to increase public awareness about conflict resolution and its many benefits. Our goal is to gain a Congressional proclamation designating a National Conflict Resolution Day in 2005. ACR is coordinating its efforts with other national conflict resolution organizations, and is reaching out to local, state and international groups to build interest in holding local celebrations in conjunction with this celebration, planned for November 2005.

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

August 4-9, 2005 ~ The American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Hotel, Chicago, IL

Check www.abanet.org/dispute or call 202-662-1680 for more information.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

 

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training June 7 & 8, September 14 & 15, or December 7 & 8, 2005; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, or October 27, 28, November 2, 3, & 4, 2005. 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

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.

 

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

 

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Basic Mediation Training: May: 16 (9-5), 18 (9-5), 20 (9-1); July: (9-5), 13 (9-5), 15 (9-1) ; September: 12 (9-5), 14 (9-5), 16 (9-1); November: 7 (9-5), 9 (9-5), 11 (9-1). 2005 Divorce Mediation Training- 40 hour training; pre-requisite: basic mediation training. Fall: October 14 (evening),15, 16, 28 (evening), 29, 30 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 .

 

Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) 5 -day, 40-Hour Performance-based Mediation Skills Training 2005 Schedule June 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 2005 August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2005 October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 2005 December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 2005 Location: Chicago, IL Cost: $1,195.00 for registration received 28 days before the first day of training. The cost after this deadline is $1,250.00. The core of CCR’s training is the simulated mediations and individualized coaching each trainee receives. Experienced mediator-trainers are present for the entirety of each simulation and serve as coaches, providing concrete feedback in the moment and methods to reach the trainees highest potential. Training class size is limited to ensure a 3-to-1 trainee to trainer ratio. Training focuses on the mediation process, effective communication skills and various problem-solving techniques For more information, visit us online at www.ccrchicago.org or contact CCR’s Director of Training Services, Alyson Carrel, at (312) 922-6464 ext. 12 or email acarrel@ccrchicago.org

Information provided by the ABA Dispute Resolution Section e-mail Service:

June 16-18, 2005 Pepperdine’s Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law Malibu, California

http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/conferences/summer05/

July 29-30, 2005 The Masters Forum The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law Malibu, California http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/conferences/masters.jsp )

Web Sites of Interest:

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

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

May 2004

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2004

President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com or scochran@co.clermont.oh.us
Immediate Past President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
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

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

August 6, 2004 Jennifer Baader, RN, and new OMA member presenting Mediation in Healthcare (Originally scheduled for February, 2004.)

October 1, 2004 OMA’s New website unveiled and explained! (Tentatively scheduled with Mediate.com personnel.)

December 3, 2004 TBA

February 4, 2005 TBA

April 8, 2005 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT FAWCETT CENTER (Note different date and location for Annual Conference 2005.)

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)

President’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

“What one decides to do in crisis depends on one’s philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasn’t any philosophy in crisis, others make the decision.” Jeannette Rankin, Suffragette and first woman elected to the US Congress as quoted in ACResolution Winter 2004 at Page 8.

I decided my first column as President of this great organization should be a statement of my philosophy of life as regards crisis management since that is our business. Then, the more I thought about it, my philosophy changes depending upon the crisis. If it is family, it is based upon emotion (follow your heart and protect those you love); work related is much more logical, (react only after reasoning through the consequences of the reaction), etc. I also realized my philosophy has changed over the years. It used to be “Don’t get mad, get even,” but now I am not so sure that is my first response. I am becoming more reflective and less reactive. Until we know how we react in crisis, how can we help others deal with it? I think I will be paying a bit more attention to this issue as I mediate my cases just to see how I react to the crisis itself and those involved.

Thanks to Immediate Past President Martha Antolik for her fine work the last two years. Vice President Jay Patterson has taken the lead on our comment on the UMA and represented us well. Sheri Center, our Secretary has stepped up to not only do the minutes but other items I might need not necessarily in her job description. Our Treasurer, Dan DeStephen has not only kept the books but came through in a pinch with a gift for outgoing President Martha, his wife. My thanks to all our Board and my hope that this is the beginning of a great year.

OMA needs to decide where we are headed and what we plan to do as an organization. The officers will be discussing some long-term planning before our June meeting so if you have anything we should consider, please contact any of us listed above. Comment on and the forums concerning the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators will be first on our list as those forums are planned for May and June (see announcement below). Continued work on the UMA as it enters the Ohio Senate will also be a priority.

As a member, let us know if there are programming ideas you would like to see implemented and ideas for the Annual Conference set for April 8, 2005. It looks like our new website with Mediate.com will be operational soon and we can use the old address of www.mediateohio.org as well as mediate.com/Ohio. We will be moving the Newscaster to an e-zine before the end of this OMA year if not the calendar year and we have other plans to make OMA visible as well as viable as the voice for Ohio’s mediators. Let us know what you are willing to do to help.

Ohio Forums on the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators
The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Ohio Community Mediation Association, the Ohio State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee, the Ohio Mediation Association, the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio and the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section are pleased to announce three forums on the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Forum dates, times and locations are as follows:

· Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m., Dayton City Hall, 3301 W. Third St., Sixth floor training room, Dayton, Ohio. Parking is available in the parking garage West of City Hall. (Hosted by the Dayton Mediation Center and the Ohio Community Mediation Association.)

· Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m., Brecksville Center for the Arts, 8997 Highland Dr. Brecksville, Ohio. Directions are posted at www.manomediate.org. (Hosted by the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio.)

· Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Ohio State Bar Association, 1700 Lakeshore Dr., Columbus, Ohio. (Hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association)

The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators were adopted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution (ABA), and the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) (the successor to the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR)) in 1994. These Standards have served as a foundation for many other statements of ethics and conduct in the mediation field.

Last year the AAA, ABA and ACR announced the formation of a Joint Committee, which consists of two members from each organization, to review and suggest revisions to the Model Standards. The review will respond to the rapidly changing dynamics of the mediation field since the original Standards were adopted. The Joint Committee released the first revision of the Model Standards in January 2004. The Joint Committee is anxious to elicit comments and observations from interested professionals to obtain as much input as possible so that any revisions to the Model Standards accurately reflect the current status of mediation practice. The Committee believes that input from individuals and organizations will be critical to keeping the Standards current and meaningful.

The Ohio forums will allow individuals interested in mediation to provide comments directly to two Committee members – Terry Wheeler, who is one of the ACR representatives to the Joint Committee, and Joseph Stulberg, who serves as the Reporter to the Joint Committee. Josh Stulberg is a professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Terry Wheeler is a Columbus attorney with Artz & Dewhirst and Co-Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at Capital University Law School.

We invite you to share your perspectives either by participating in one of the forums, posting to the website (http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/dr/phorum/list.php?f=5) or by sending your written comments to the Committee Reporter. A copy of the Model Standards is also available at the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management site at http://disputeresolution.ohio.gov/ Please pass this announcement along to interested individuals and entities for their consideration as well.

If you have questions about the forums, please contact Ed Krauss, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management 614-752-9595 or Eileen Pruett, Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section 614-387-9420.

The Better World Award Receipients March 26, 2004

The Honorable Merle Grace Kearns of the Ohio House of Representatives

Nominated by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

Representative Kearns has been a long-time supporter of the field of dispute resolution and conflict management and exemplifies the spirit of this award. Throughout her career in state government, Representative Kearns has promoted and continues to promote the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution in public policy development and state governance. She currently sits on the Board of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national nonprofit organization that works with states to promote collaboration to achieve more effective governance. This past year, Representative Kearns was instrumental in working with state officials to restore Commission funding for fiscal years 2004-2005 and in helping to educate her fellow legislators regarding the value of the Commission’s programs and services.

Barbara Blevins and Nancy Kearney

Nominated by Crevon Tarrance , Program Manager, Dispute Resolution Services, The Supreme Court of Ohio

As domestic violence prevention advocates, Barb and Nancy approached staff at the Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section in 1999 to solicit help in providing consistent, high-quality training for mediators regarding domestic abuse. They had made the critical distinction that mediated cases with positive outcomes for clients tended to be those where the mediator was sufficiently trained on domestic abuse issues. Barb and Nancy became part of a work group convened to discuss curriculum development; a group that met for nearly two years. They assisted in drafting Guiding Principles, highlighting elements of importance and consensus from their discussions, to give to consultants who would be adapting for Ohio a previously developed curriculum. At least in part because of Barb and Nancy’s initiative, the Supreme Court of Ohio now has a two-day course, Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals offered free of charge to any court mediation program and their community stakeholders (as of early 2004, 357 participants have been trained from forty counties); better screening procedures and protocol for handling cases that might involve domestic abuse are in existence and there are stronger alliances with the advocacy community and expanded resource networks.

OMA Successful in Obtaining Amendment to Uniform Mediation Act
By Jay M. Patterson, Vice President

OMA got what it asked for-period. Although this is only partially true, OMA was successful in getting a grammatical period. In reviewing and monitoring the progress of the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA), OMA requested that the Judiciary Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives amend the bill by inserting a period in a critical sentence of the UMA that sets forth the privilege held by mediators. The bill as originally introduced was, at best, unclear as to whether mediators could avoid being called to testify regarding what the parties said in mediation. At worst, the original language could have been read to say there was no privilege for mediators as to what the parties said and thus, under this interpretation, would mean that a mediator could be forced to disclose what the parties said in mediation.

The originally proposed language of 2710.03 (B) (2) of the Ohio Revised Code said “A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication and may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator.” OMA was concerned that the words at the end of this sentence, i.e. “of the mediator” could be interpreted to apply to the first clause of the sentence relating to what a mediator could refuse to disclose. Therefore, the concern was that the first clause when combined with the end clause could have led to an interpretation that a mediator could only refuse to disclose his or her own statements made in mediation. OMA suggested that a period be inserted between the clause relating to what a mediator may refuse to disclose and the clause relating to what a mediator may prevent another person from disclosing. With the help of Eileen Pruitt of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, OMA was successful in obtaining this amendment to the bill. Section 2710.03 (B) (2) as passed by the Judiciary Committee now reads “ A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication. A mediator may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator”.

As mentioned above OMA did not get everything it wanted. Despite opposition testimony by OMA, the Judiciary Committee passed an amendment requested by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. This change substantially alters the original language of the UMA dealing with the exceptions to privilege in proposed section 2710.05 (B). Under this amendment, felonies and other specific crimes are per se not privileged. The original language stated that in order for a mediation communication related to a felony or misdemeanor to be disclosed, a court would need to determine after an in camera hearing that the need for the information substantially outweighs the need to protect the privilege. OMA remains opposed to this reduction of the privilege and will most likely make its opposition to this amendment known when/if the bill gets to the Senate.

This vigilance is just one of the ways the officers are working to make OMA an active voice for the mediators of Ohio. However, the officers alone can not make OMA all it can be. We need the help of a membership that is involved and committed. Get involved now!

You can view the bill in its entirety at www.legislature.state.oh.us/. It is known as House Bill 303.

The 2004 Ohio Mediation Association Annual Conference
By Sheri Center, Secretary

Part 1, was composed of a panel discussing the topic, “Mediation Quality Assurance: National and State Responses”. Speakers included Dan DeStephan of Wright State University, presenting the position of the Association for Conflict Resolution; Sarah Cole of Ohio State University College of Law. Dan DeStephan presented the following information using a power point presentation and handouts.

The ACR’s quality initiatives are: *Improve Professionalism among Members

*Improve the quality of Services within Society

· Articulation of Standards of Practice

· Certification of Practitioners

ACR’s Certification efforts are initiated because of:

· the growing use of mediation to resolve public and private disputes

· the growing use of mandated mediation

· the proliferation of subjective competency standards

· the non-transferability of mediation competency through-out the states

· confusion over the term, ‘mediation’

The Basic Element of the Certification Process is intended to:

· be a voluntary process

· focus on practitioner rather than on certifying entity or training program

· be open to anyone, not just ACR member

· have an emphasis on recognition of existing competency

· certify ‘early intermediate’ level rather than entry or advanced

· serve as a review process rather than a performance –based process

· evolve

Components of the Review Process will:

· review an applications portfolio of mediation training and experience

· require successful completion of a written knowledge assessment (test)

· offer re-certification after 3-years

· de-certification for professional misconduct or ethical violations.

Dan presented a description of the current status of the initiative

· The report of the initial ACR Certification

· Task Force is in its final states of editing prior to its release

· ACR Board is creating an Implementation Task Force

ACR’s position is not ‘should there be certification of mediators. The issue is who should certify: ACR feels that it is time for the largest professional organization within the field of dispute resolution to influence how mediators are selected.

Sarah Cole, representing Academia, presented the following:

Is regulation of the profession necessary? The belief is that regulation protects the public by offering good agreements and a promoting a positive image of mediation. Regulation also promotes mediation by focusing on quality/ethics, increasing credibility, enhancing career opportunities and reducing court congestion.

Types of regulation include:

· Certification: satisfying voluntary set of standards laid out by organizations. Certification would not be required in order to practice mediation

· Licensure. This has been unpopular due to it’s expense, limitations, creation of barriers, and increasing a homogenous look to mediation

· No qualifications – there are concerns by some that certification may bring about the loss of diversity within the field.

What else should be looked at? Experience, education, training, letters of reference.

A points system has been suggested. Points would be given for education, training and experience.

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) requires parties interested in certification to be mentored, to first observe mediations and then participate with a co-mediator. Other considerations include college degrees, number of hours of experience, foreign language proficiency, whether or not one is an attorney, and having five years of residency.

The FMCS system is connected to workplace related mediation. They also suggest giving pointed for certified trainers.

Additional concerns related to a point system certification include having an appeals process if a mediator is denied inclusion on roster. Also, keeping confidential, the number of points one has.

 

ACR
This organization has discussed grandparenting mediators with over 500 hours of experience. Taking the test will still be required.

Drawbacks to the ACR approach

· Is written knowledge assessment useful?

· Is it possible to document 100 hours of training/coursework? The number, 100 hours, is an arbitrary number.

· Lack of ACR certification may result in lack of business for individual mediators.

· Is it realistic to accurately document the number of mediations one has participated in?

ABA Credentialing Task Force
A report by the Task Force is expected to available by March 2004.

Questions that people in the profession continue to consider include:

· Mediator training programs; should they be subject to review and accreditation.

· Is there value in addressing how people get into the field of mediation?

· Who do we include vs. who do we exclude? How does one recognize excellence?

OMA’s Website Is Moving!
By Martha Antolik, Immediate Past President

OMA is moving—our new website will be developed and maintained by mediate.com, a premier location for all things conflict resolution on the Internet. The new mediate.com location will provide us with the capability to provide you with some exciting benefits, including:

*A greatly enhanced Member Directory, with far easier search capabilities. This new Member Directory will also provide you with the opportunity to keep your own information updated as needed—by you doing this yourself!

*Turning this newsletter into an e-newsletter, sent directly to you via email and posted on our website.

* A new and improved website utilizing mediate.com’s Dynamic Website technology, which provides us with total control over changing, maintaining and adding content to out site as needed.

*We’ve become an affiliate with mediate.com—and that means that you as an OMA member can put up your own website through mediate.com at a significant savings.

What will stay the same is our domain—www.mediateohio.org. When you type that URL into your search engine, what you will be directed to is still the Ohio Mediation Association website.

So, stay tuned for more information about our new presence on the world-wide web!

Why Certification May Happen—Whether We Like It or Not
By Martha Antolik, Immediate Past President

At our most recent Annual Meeting, the topic of the day was the certification of mediators. One of the biggest controversies in our field, certification has its vocal opponents and equally-as-vocal proponents. The issue is far from settled, at this writing.

A recent juxtaposition of news items appearing in the Dayton Daily News, however, illustrate that the stage is being set for this concept to be discussed by others outside the field—including those in the position to make decisions that affect all of us as practitioners.

The March 28th edition of Parade magazine included an article titled “A Saner, Smarter Way to Say Goodbye,” which provides readers with information about divorce mediation. Among the benefits touted are that parties can “avoid whopping divorce fees. Using mediators can save you a lot of money.” The article goes on to advise readers to consult the Association for Conflict Resolution’s website—www.acrnet.org—for a nationwide list of experienced divorce mediators.

Parade has a readership that could be arguably quoted as in the millions. So, millions of Americans who might not otherwise have known about mediation have been provided not only with the idea that it exits, but a thumbnail sketch of how mediation works, why it’s a good idea, and how one can find a good mediator. The listing of ACR is another plus, as this professional association is positioning itself as the preeminent entity for practitioners within the field.

This same edition of the Sunday newspaper also included this cautionary tale, under the heading of “National Headlines.” In San Mateo, California, a divorce mediation session ended with the stabbing death of a woman who had unsuccessfully tried to obtain what was described in this very short article as a “restraining order” against her husband. He left the session before her—whether by his own design or the urging of the mediator using a typical protocol for high-conflict cases—and waited for her to enter the elevator. Once inside, he murdered his estranged wife.

What was not stated was the kind of orders the victim was trying to obtain, whether the mediator knew that this was occurring, or if the mediator had done any pre-screening to determine if mediation should not go forward. Nor did readers learn whether this was a mandated mediation.

Some in our field have stated that certification will do nothing to stop “bad” mediators. What has not been well discussed up to now is the possibility that, as mediation becomes more well-known and parties have greater opportunity to engage in the process, the possibility grows for more sad situations like this one to occur—and with that, the likelihood of bodies such as the legislature to react by imposing their own ‘certification’ on the field, objections from mediators notwithstanding.

Does anyone think that the elected judges of the San Mateo Common Pleas Court are not taking a close look at the mediation going in their jurisdiction to determine liability? Or that the estate of the slain woman might not be considering filing suit against the mediator? Or that more cases like this one might not provoke a media-driven backlash leading to imposed credentialing?

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.

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President, 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. If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know. The comprehensive list of all new and renewing members will appear in the next edition of the Newscaster.

Corrections: Nancy Nickey Fax and Phone: (614) 855-5233

Kathleen P. Hoenie E-mail: khoenie@cs.com

Sandra Fredrick E-mail: fredricks@mcohio.org

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 June 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

New Videos from the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution: Effective Advocacy in Mediation Reference Number V03EAM; Running Time 1 hour 45 minutes discusses Premeditation Considerations, Preparing the Client for Mediation, Effective Advocacy in Mediation, and Ethical Considerations for Advocates in Mediation. Effective Mediator Practice Reference Number V03EMP Running Time 1 hour 35 minutes discussing Developing a Mediation Business, Practice Tips, and Ethical Considerations for Mediators. Buy Mediation Toolbox, which includes both programs and save. For more information and to order, visit www.abanet.org/cle/catalog or call (800) 285-2221, select option 2. Mediation Madness is a series of ten vignettes demonstrating tough trial lawyers thrown into a mediation. It is a “how not to do it” demonstration and is designed to be the catalyst for panel discussion or role play of how to be better advocates in mediation. The vignettes were developed as a project of the ADR Advocacy in Litigation Practice Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. The project was underwritten by the American Bar Association in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The video can be ordered in either VHS or DVD format with printed teaching ads for $75 by contacting the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution at (202) 662-1680.

Job Announcements: We have no local announcements for this Newscaster. 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. National Job Openings:

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY MEDIATION, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
The Director of Development is responsible for providing leadership and management in the development and execution of plans, which result in support for the current operating budgets, special projects, and future operating/capital/endowment needs of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM). He or she serves as primary staff person to the Board’s Development Committee and works closely with the Executive Director to involve the Board of Directors on development-related issues. In conjunction with Executive Director, acts as organization spokesperson for NAFCM with members, funders, partners, and prospects. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES 1.Develop and implement an overall fundraising plan including annual giving, government, corporate and foundation support, major gift cultivation and solicitation, planned giving, and donor communications and publications. 2. Plan and conduct an annual campaign utilizing direct mail, personal solicitation, and special events and other appropriate methods. 3.Plan and coordinate corporate and private foundation grantseeking activities. 4. Analyze potential target market donor audiences and develop cultivation and solicitation strategies. 5. Serve as senior staff liaison to Board’s Development Committee and fundraising-related ad hoc task forces. 6. Attends Board meetings and reports along with the Development Committee Co-chairs on all development-related activities and progress. 7. Establish and administer donor recognition policies and procedures. 8. In conjunction with the Executive Director, initiate development relationships and make presentations to potential partners, funders, and donors. 9. Provides technical assistance to NAFCM community mediation centers in development. 10. Coordinates the development activities of the Executive Director and Board Chair(s). SUPERVISION GIVEN/RECEIVED Reports directly to the Executive Director. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five years increasing development experience with demonstrated success. Individual must possess strong interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communications skills. Must be able to manage multiple projects, staff, and activities in a dynamic environment. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Linda Baron, Executive Director, National Association for Community Mediation, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 200036 or send email to lbaron@nafcm.org.

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Position Available: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF TRAINING The Organization: The Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) is an independent, not-for-profit organization, with a mission to work with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to manage and resolve conflict. CCR accomplishes its mission by offering free mediation services to Chicago-area residents, institutions, organizations and businesses. In addition, almost weekly, CCR conducts performance-based mediation skills training to individuals or provides specifically designed conflict management training to various organizations. CCR’s trainings are recognized for the use of expert mediator coaches who provide individual feedback to participants during practice simulations. Under the direction of a 24-member Board of Directors, a staff of ten carries out CCR’s programs along with more than 150 volunteer mediators. For more information, see our website: www.ccrchicago.org. Training Responsibilities: Train Be the Lead Trainer in CCR trainings Coach participants in training simulations Evaluate the skills of participants and determine if they meet CCR’s volunteer mediator criteria Coordinate all Trainings Organize the production of all CCR trainings Recruit and train trainers Schedule trainings and trainers Expand CCR’s Training Services Create and implement CCR’s long-range training plan Increase revenue from training services Design new training offerings Market and Sell CCR’s Training Services Sell and conduct specifically designed trainings Update training information on CCR’s website and other web listings Write brochures, articles, press releases and ads Create and Revise Training Materials Update and revise training manuals as needed Write CCR training modules for use by all trainers Create new training exercises and presentations General Assist with continuing education programs for CCR volunteers Work in a team with other staff, volunteers and Board members in various CCR activities Associate Director Responsibilities Help Executive Director oversee various operational issues (financial, facilities, human resources, etc.) and other Mediation Program areas as appropriate Perform management responsibilities as needed Qualifications: College degree required. Mediation and training experience required. Must have interest in CCR’s mission and not-for-profit work. Self-starter with exceptional verbal and writing ability; excellent organization skills; desire and ability to sell training services; ability to work in a team environment as well as independently. Some evening and weekend work required. CCR is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Hours and Salary: This is a full-time position with a salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits. HOW TO APPLY: Fax, mail or e-mail cover letter, resume and salary history to Deborah Klecha, Center for Conflict Resolution, 11 East Adams, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60603. FAX: 312-922-6463. E-MAIL: dklecha@ccrchicago.org. No phone inquiries please.

2004 James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition
The Association for Conflict Resolution and the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution (ABA-DRS) are pleased to announce the 2004 James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition. First Prize: $1000 in each of the two divisions: graduate student and law student Submission Deadline: June 1, 2004. The purpose of the competition is to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making among students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools as well as students enrolled in graduate programs both in the United States and abroad.  For complete competition information and submission guidelines, go to: http://www.acrnet.org/resources/boskey.htm

ACR’S ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY SECTION 2004 MID-YEAR CONFERENCE
“Leadership Forum 2004: Challenges and Strategies for Environment and Public Policy Conflict Resolution” May 20-22, 2004 Heathman Hotel Portland, Oregon ACR’s Environment and Public Policy Section will host its annual Mid-Year Conference in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon this coming May. Conference events will be held in downtown Portland at the Heathman Hotel, which was recently named one of America’s Top 100 Hotels by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Registration opens on March 8. Details will be posted on ACR’s Web site as they emerge:

http://www.acrnet.org/conferences/sections/epp04.htm.

ACR’S 2004 ANNUAL CONFERENCE “Valuing Peace in the 21st Century: Expanding the Art and Practice of Conflict Resolution” September 30-October 2, 2004 Sacramento Convention Center Sacramento, California This conference will highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the field of conflict resolution in the 21st century and will present examples of innovative practice in a wide range of types and venues of conflict. Sacramento, the host city, has many attractions, including art galleries, museums, restaurants and exciting nightlife. You may want to build a vacation around the conference, and take advantage of Sacramento’s proximity to the wineries of the Sierra Nevada foothills and the Napa/Sonoma Valley, Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events

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: June 5 (Sat.9-5), 9 (Wed. 5-9) , 12 (Sat.9-5) 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

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training June 3 & 4, August 5 & 6, and September 29 & 30, 2004; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13, and October 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29, 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

First National Conference on Transformative Mediation Looking Back, Looking Forward Transformative Practice Ten years after “The Promise of Mediation” Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. at Hofstra University School of Law, November 7 & 8, 2004, Philadelphia PA. Contact Jennifer Jorgeson by Phone (845) 452-7843 or e-mail: jenniferjorgens@earthlink.net. Conference brochure www.transformativemediation.org.

SAVE-THE-DATES The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 16th Annual Conference “Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision Making” Greenbelt, Maryland Pre-Conference:    Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Conference:  Thursday, June 24, and Friday, June 25, 2004 Conference brochures will be mailed in early spring 2004. Questions:  Call the Center at (301) 776-6055.

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. 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. 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

Web Sites of Interest:

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

May 2003

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2003

President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: mantolik@coaxnet
President Elect/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insightrrcom or scochran@coclermontohus
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail: jsphaedrus@ameritechnet
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wrightedu

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2003 meetings!!

June 6, 2003 Summit County, Dan Dodds and Susan Tucker will present on

Informal hearings on minor issues with the ability of the participants to fill out a form to journalize their agreement

August 1, 2003 A Domestic Violence Mediation Program from Clermont County

Juvenile Court. Presentation by Lou Ann Wood, Mediator and

Carolin Baker, Manager of the Clermont County program.

October 3, 2003 WAVE: youth peer mediators organization from Cleveland, Ohio who were recognized by the White House Carol Close, Coordinator and several peer mediators will be at our meeting

December 5, 2003 Victoria Solomon, J.D., L.I.S.W., will be presenting “Ten Gifts a Mediator Brings to the Table”.

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)

 

President’s Column
By Martha Antolik

Now that our Annual Meeting has come and gone and many of you are beginning to make plans for the summer, OMA’s officers take the time to get together and look both at the year and meetings past, and what may lie ahead within our future. We’ll be doing that soon.

A quick glance around the state at who is part of the profession of dispute resolution yields more activity within more groups of mediators. The Mediation Association of Northwest Ohio, or MANO, has held its own annual meeting in Cleveland, while the Minority Mediators Association has also presented a major conference in Columbus. Small groups of mediators in Cincinnati and other cities throughout Ohio are getting together on a regular basis to talk about mediation as a practice, a profession, and a phenomenon.

OMA is part of this new mix, and as the officers look to what’s coming up, we’ll be thinking of how OMA can be the professional organization that meets your needs. Are you looking to network with other mediators? Or wondering exactly what networking might do for your practice? OMA can help!

Of course, what you get out of something is sometimes best determined by what you put in—and OMA is always open to knowing more from you about what you’d like to do and how you’d like to be involved.

Have a wonderful summer—and keep OMA in your seasonal plans.

 

OMA Elections: At the Annual meeting April 25th, Shirley Cochran was installed as President Elect and Dan DeStephen as Treasurer. Additionally, Ed Kraus from the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management has agreed to handle our Membership Database so all we need now is someone to take minutes at our meetings as the Secretary until next April. Anyone interested in helping or having questions, please contact any of the officers listed above

Better World Award: Each year the OMA had presented the Better World Award to an organization or a person who has had a major impact upon mediation in Ohio. Previous recipients include then Attorney General Betty Montgomery, Chief Justice Thomas J Moyer, Martha Green, the Clark County Juvenile Court Program and the Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management This year we did not receive a single nomination and rather than give the award just to give it, we did not present an award Please begin to think of worthy recipients and nominate some one or some entity by contacting an officer now so we are not in the same position next year

 

Monthly Presenters for OMA by Sandra Fredrick

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

 

Ohio State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Directory Update

By Shirley A Cochran, JD

Yes, the OSBA dispute resolution directory which will let the general public search for a mediator who will mediate ADA claims or environmental disputes, etc, is up and running on the OSBA’s website! Two problems have arisen. First, it is a devil of a thing to find and once there, the information is so old, the provider might no longer providing those services at that contact information To find the directory, go to the OSBA website: wwwohiobarorg, Search OSBA (box on the lower left corner) for Dispute Resolution Directory and #2 should be the directory Click on the directory and then click on search to take you into the database Once at the database, the individual can select mediation (which is the default choice) or other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration, and then the type or types of mediation At the bottom of the grid the button takes the searcher to the list the directory has put together In choosing a provider, click on the first name and the specific information is provided We are working on the accessibility issue with the OSBA tech people (if those of us who know the site is there can’t find it, how do we expect the general public to find it?) Once you actually do find your name and click on it, check to see what information needs to be changed, and e-mail mfraser@ohiobarorg for the changes to be made. Good luck and welcome to cybertime!

 

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 wwwmediateohiocom

 

New Members:

Denise Logan
429 N. Michigan St., Suite A
Toledo, OH 43624
419/213-6800
dlogan@co.lucas.oh.us
Areas of Practice: Divorce

Teddy C. Ryan, Jr.
POB 129
Sebring, OH 44672
330/938-9080
330/938-3245 FAX
tedryan@hotmial.com
Area of Practice: Planning, zoning and land use, including sighting government facilities

Michelle Salomone
2480 Willis Road
Dublin, OH 43016
614/761-7576
Areas of Practice: Family, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile,

Ursula Shugart
Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution
320 West Park Avenue
Hubbard, OH 44425
330/534-0253
centerforadr@aol.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Business/Commercial, Labor

 

Quality Assurance Discussion

As you may be aware, many people have been involved in a discussion of how to assure the quality of mediation services being provided in Ohio. As a result of that discussion, the following is being provided for your comment and discussion. This is the work of the individual mentioned and not to be attributed to any other individual or group, including the Ohio Mediation Association.

Draft by Shirley Cochran 1/1/03 as taken liberally from the Commission on Dispute Resolution’s Standards of Practice for Truancy Mediators:

Standards of Practice for Mediation

Standards of Practice

The following standards of practice are consistent with the fundamental values of mediation and are provided to assist mediators and program coordinators in maintaining a focus on these values. These standards are not intended to unduly restrict the practice of mediation, but rather to help ensure competence and quality in the practice of mediation.

VOLUNTARY PROCESS

A mediator shall respect and encourage mediation as a voluntary process. If it appears or is known that a party has been ordered, coerced, or subjected to threats to reach an agreement a mediator shall withdraw from the process.

Clarity around this issue is critical. Depending on the program, attendance at mediation may not be voluntary. What is voluntary, and must remain so, is what may be agreed to at the table. The model of any Mediation Program should be that the mediation process is voluntary and any agreement is one that all parties feel is fair, equitable, and reasonable, and is reached without pressure to do so.

SELF-DETERMINATION

A mediator shall respect and encourage self-determination.

· Self-determination means that the parties to the dispute voluntarily design their own resolution, if a resolution can be found. The mediator guides the parties through a process to help the parties develop their own agreement. The mediator may provide information about the process, raise issues, and help to explore options, but the mediator does not make decisions for any party in the mediation.

· The mediator is there to explain the process, raise or explore pertinent issues that may have been missed or not fully explored, help parties offer and consider options, and facilitate the parties in designing their own solutions. It is incumbent upon the mediator to defend the process of mediation, which requires that the parties reach a voluntary, self-designed solution to the concerns presented, without pressure, coercion, or threats of fines or jail.

· Because mediation is voluntary, any party may withdraw from mediation at any time, and the presence or absence of other persons [attorneys, accountants, social workers, counselors] at a mediation depends on the agreement of the parties and the mediator.

· Mediators should not offer legal, financial, medical, or other forms of advice, but should encourage each party to make as fully informed a choice as possible when deciding on a particular agreement. The mediator should, as appropriate, make the parties aware of the value of consulting with professionals [attorneys, social workers, counselors] not at the mediation table, to help the parties make informed choices and decisions.

· If a mediator believes that a party cannot fairly present his or her perspective or is unable to participate in the search for an equitable, self-determined solution due to a physical or mental incapacity, including the influence of drugs or alcohol, the mediator must withdraw.

CONFIDENTIALITY

A mediator shall maintain the confidentiality of information acquired in the mediation process as required by Ohio law (See attached Ohio Revised Code Section 2317.023 and summary).

· In the mediator’s opening comments it is appropriate for a mediator to discuss the parties’ expectations of confidentiality, and to request confidentially from all parties. However, if the nature of problems disclosed may call for reaching out to, and discussing matters with, persons not at the mediation table such as social workers, or health care workers, the mediator will not make those connections, but the other parties can.

· The mediator must maintain confidentiality, which includes destroying notes made during the session. However, there are exceptions to confidentiality (See ORC Section 2317.023). Prior to undertaking the mediation, the mediator should inform the parties of the limitations of confidentiality.

· The mediator may report, if required, whether parties appeared at a scheduled mediation, and whether a full, partial, or no agreement was reached, but no details of that agreement.

· Caucuses may be an appropriate part of resolving a particular conflict. The purpose and confidentiality restrictions governing such caucuses must be clearly explained to all mediation participants.

· Confidentiality should not be construed to limit or prohibit the effective monitoring, research, or evaluation of mediation programs by responsible persons. Under appropriate circumstances, researchers may be permitted to obtain access to statistical data and, with the permission of the parties, to individual case files, observations of live mediations, and interviews with participants.

IMPARTIALITY

A mediator shall mediate in an impartial manner.

· Impartiality means not favoring one party over another, treating all parties in an equitable and fair manner, and avoiding conduct that could give the appearance of partiality towards one of the parties. Impartiality also requires that a mediator not have preconceived opinions regarding the parties’ situation.

· Treating all parties alike is a critical skill for a mediator to bring to the table. The parties to the mediation might be much younger, not dressed as formally, or lacking in comparable English skills. As a result, the parties might perceive the mediator as a professional similar to, and therefore aligned with persons with authority involved in the dispute. In recognition of this, the mediator must use similar posture, speaking style, and tone of voice with all parties. Any appearance of favoritism or partiality must be avoided.

· The mediator may have preconceived opinions about the subject matter of the mediation. Such preconceptions have to be left outside the door of the mediation room: the mediator must not let those opinions affect words, gestures, facial expressions, or the direction in which the conversation is guided. Long-held values or beliefs may be quite subtle. Mediators must be aware of and guard against responding to parties in a manner which reflects impressions based on the parties’ personal characteristics, background or mannerisms during the mediation.

· It may take concentration and self-awareness for a mediator to perform in an impartial manner. However it is essential that such impartiality be obtained and maintained; as stated above, the mediator does not represent an entity. Neutral as a pane of glass is one description, and if the mediator cannot do so in a particular mediation then he or she is obligated to withdraw.

COMPETENCE

A mediator shall be qualified by education, experience, and training to undertake the mediation.

· Because there are different styles and approaches to mediation, it is difficult to define the exact point at which one becomes well qualified, or even adequately qualified, in mediation. Certainly a specific range of skill, knowledge, and ability must be reached, but that range is not easy to define.

· For a mediator to obtain competence therefore requires pursuing knowledge in the classroom and at the mediation table. Part of this pursuit of knowledge should cover the diversity of culture and belief systems the mediator might encounter.

· Training in basic mediation is a necessary foundation, but becoming a successful mediator requires experience. It is often advantageous for that experience to come in a co-mediation setting or for the mediator to be observed by another who can afterward offer comments and guidance.

· Mediators have a responsibility to work with their program coordinators or other mediators to obtain the necessary skills and substantive training and to upgrade those skills and training on an on-going basis by being observed and by participating in co-mediations and in training programs.

· A mediator must accurately represent the mediator’s knowledge, skills, and ability to mediate a particular situation. The mediator should disclose to the parties the limits of the mediators skills or substantive knowledge wherever this may be relevant the mediation process.

EXPLAINING THE MEDIATION PROCESS

A mediator shall define mediation, describe the mediation process to all parties present, and explain the role of the mediator.

· A mediator should begin a session with introductions. All persons present at the table should have an opportunity to introduce themselves and to indicate what their roles are the mediation.

· Following the introductions a mediator should define what mediation is and is not. Mediation is a process in which a neutral facilitates communication between the parties, and without deciding the issues or imposing a solution on the parties, enables them to understand and resolve their own dispute. Mediation is not a legal hearing. A mediator shall explain the mediation process and the role of the mediator to all participants and their representatives to enable them to make an informed decision whether to use or continue the process.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

A mediator shall disclose all circumstances that may raise a question as to the mediator’s ability to conduct a neutral and balanced process.

· A mediator shall disclose any present or prior relationship, personal or professional between the mediator and any party or their representative that may affect or give the appearance of affecting the mediator’s ability to remain neutral and conduct a balanced process. If there is a bias on the part of the mediator that must be disclosed. The party should be given an opportunity to withdraw, and should the party choose to go forward with the mediation the mediator should carefully consider whether he or she will be able to maintain impartiality. If a bias or conflict of interest clearly impairs a mediator’s impartiality, the mediator shall withdraw.

· Mediators must never permit their behavior in the mediation process to be guided by a desire for a high settlement rate, or by pressure to resolve cases in a particular manner by the courts or program coordinators.

· A mediator should not perform a mediation when concentration is difficult due to the mediator’s physical or emotional distractions.

POWER BALANCE

A mediator shall conduct the mediation in a manner most likely to balance the strengths of the presentation of each party’s perspective and suggested solutions.

· Parties to a mediation may have quite different levels of education or income. In addition, some parties may have a much stronger command of the English language. These and other factors can cause one person to feel inferior and weak, another to feel superior and strong. On top of this, some parties by virture of their professions, carry with them the implied strength of a large system. Against this array the individual party may feel at a great disadvantage, regardless of educational background or verbal skills.

· It is important for the mediator to be aware of the possibilities for such imbalances, and to speak in a neutral and respectful manner to all participants, using the same language styling and delivery. Checking back with someone who may have difficulty grasping all the information as it is presented is not only appropriate but mandatory, but it must be done in a way that avoids any hint of condescension or impatience. A mediator should strive to create an atmosphere where the concerns and perspectives of all parties are listened to and understood.

References:

· Ensuring Competence and Quality Standards of Practice for Truancy Mediation, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, 2002.

 

 

Summary of Ohio Revised Code Section 2317.023

When is a Mediation Communication Confidential?

January 1997, §2317.023 of the Ohio Revised Code became effective. This statute states that a “mediation communication is confidential”, and that no person shall disclose a mediation communication in a civil proceeding or in an administrative proceeding except as provided in division (C) of §2317.023. A “mediation communication” is defined as a communication made “in the course of and relating to the subject matter of a mediation.” Division (C) lists the following exceptions — those instances when a mediation communication would not be protected as confidential:

(1) a communication by a mediator may be disclosed by any person if all parties to the mediation and the mediator consent to the disclosure, unless ORC §2317.02 (H) or §3109.052 (C) apply. Sections 2317.02 (H) and 3109.052 (C) concern exceptions for a mediator involved in any proceeding for divorce, dissolution, legal separation, annulment, or the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of children.

(2) a communication made by a person other than the mediator may be disclosed by a person other than the mediator if all parties consent.

 

(3) a communication is not protected if its disclosure is required by ORC §2921.22 which requires persons to report a felony to law enforcement authorities.

(4) a communication may be disclosed if a court, after a hearing, determines that (a) the disclosure does not circumvent Evidence Rule 408, (b) that disclosure is necessary in the particular case to prevent a manifest injustice, and (c) that the necessity for disclosure is of sufficient magnitude to outweigh the importance of protecting the general requirement of confidentiality in mediation proceedings.

§ 2317.023 Disclosure of mediation communication.

Text of Statute

 

(A) As used in this section:

(1) “Mediation” means a non-binding process for the resolution of a dispute in which both of the

following apply:

(a) A person who is not a party to the dispute serves as mediator to assist the parties to the dispute in negotiating contested issues.

(b) A court, administrative agency, not-for-profit community mediation provider, or other public body appoints the mediator or refers the dispute to the mediator, or the parties, engage the mediator.

(2) “Mediation communication” means a communication made in the course of and relating to the

subject matter of a mediation.

(B) A mediation communication is confidential. Except as provided in division (C) of this section, no person shall disclose a mediation communication in a civil proceeding or in an administrative

proceeding.

(C) Division (B) of this section does not apply in the following circumstances:

(1) Except as provided in division (H) of section 2317.02 and division (C) of section 3109.052

[3109.05.2] of the Revised Code, to the disclosure by any person of a mediation communication made by a mediator if all parties to the mediation and the mediator consent to the disclosure;

(2) To the disclosure by a person other than the mediator of a mediation communication made by a person other than the mediator if all parties consent to the disclosure;

(3) To the disclosure of a mediation communication if disclosure is required pursuant to section

2921.22 of the Revised Code;

(4) To the disclosure of a mediation communication if a court, after a hearing, determines that the

disclosure does not circumvent Evidence Rule 408, that the disclosure is necessary in the particular case to prevent a manifest injustice, and that the necessity for disclosure is of sufficient magnitude to outweigh the importance of protecting the general requirement of confidentiality in mediation proceedings.

(D) This section does not prevent or inhibit the disclosure, discovery, or admission into evidence of a statement, document, or other matter that is a mediation communication but that, prior to its use in a mediation proceeding, was subject to discovery or admission under law or a rule of evidence or was subject to disclosure as a public record pursuant to section 149.43 of the Revised Code. This section does not affect the admissibility of a written settlement agreement signed by the parties to a mediation or the status of a written settlement agreement as a public record under section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

HISTORY: 146 v H 438. Eff 7-1-97; 146 v H 350, § 14. Eff 1-27-97.

The provisions of § 14 of HB 350 (146 v –) read as follows: SECTION 14. That Section 3 of Am. Sub. H.B. 438 of the 121st General Assembly be amended to read as follows: “SECTION 3. Sections 1 and 2 of Am. Sub. H.B. 438 of the 121st General Assembly shall take effect on July 1, 1997, except that section 2317.023 of the Revised Code, as amended by Am. Sub. H.B. 438 of the 121st General Assembly, shall take effect on the effective date of Am. Sub. H.B. 350 [1-27-97] of the 121st General Assembly.”

 

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 June 20, 2003 My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insightrrcom Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

 

Job Announcements: We have no announcements for this Newscaster, but 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

 

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events
August 7-13, 2003 – ABA Annual Meeting (Section of Dispute Resolution Meetings/Programs TBA) San Francisco, California

For additional information, contact: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 740 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 662-1680, Fax (202) 662-1683 dispute@abanetorg, wwwabanetorg/dispute

HEAD OF MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS TO RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 28, 2003 – Chief Judge Robert M Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals will receive the D’Alemberte/Raven Award from the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution http://wwwabanetorg/dispute/homehtml Named for former ABA presidents Talbot S D’Alemberte and Robert D Raven, the award recognizes outstanding service in the field of conflict resolution  Recent recipients include former United States Attorney General Janet Reno and Harvard Professor Roger Fisher, co-author of Getting to Yes Bell is the first chief state court judge to receive this award  He is being given the award in recognition of his creation and leadership of MACRO, the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, a recognized leader in advancing the appropriate use of mediation and other non-adversarial forms of conflict resolution in the court system and in the wider community The award will be presented at the Dispute Resolution Section’s Spring conference in San Antonio on Friday, March 21 (see http://wwwabanetorg/dispute/conference/5adrhtml ) Alternative dispute resolution in Maryland was given a jump-start in 1998 when Bell created a commission of 40 high-level representatives from the court system, the executive and legislative branches of government, academia, the mediation field, businesses and the community  This commission, the predecessor to MACRO, developed an action plan titled “Join the Resolution”  Its purpose was to advance conflict resolution in courts, schools, neighborhoods, government agencies, criminal and juvenile justice programs and the business community MACRO has helped Maryland’s courts increase and improve the dispute resolution options they offer  It has also supported efforts to help prevent disputes from escalating, and resolve conflicts before court intervention becomes necessary MACRO has been recognized as a model state office of dispute resolution by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which funds MACRO’s assistance to other states seeking to emulate Maryland’s program  MACRO has also been featured as a model program at events sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, the Council of State Governments and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 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 American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional association in the world With more than 410,000 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

 

Air Force ADR Program Unveils New Website The Air Force Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program has just posted a new  <http://www.adr.af.mil/> ADR Program website. The website is designed to ensure Air Force personnel and the public are one mouse click away from essential information.  Highlights of the website include:  <http://www.adr.af.mil/acquisition/main.htm> Acquisition ADR Program – includes a brand new  <http://www.adr.af.mil/acquisition/elements.html> ADR Agreement tool designed to ensure Air Force ADR agreements encompass the facts and circumstances of a contract dispute.  The ADR Agreement Tool is also intended to continually change as we incorporate lessons learned from our latest ADR efforts. In addition, links to the Air Force’s “ADR First” policy are listed. Labor-Management ADR Program – includes a number of signed <http://www.adr.af.mil/SOURCE/laborflowcharts.htm> ADR agreements and a list of suggested clauses that could be considered in custom tailoring <http://www.adr.af.mil/SOURCE/suggestedlanguage.htm> labor-management ADR agreements. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Complaint ADR Program – includes a new <http://www.adr.af.mil/afadr/brochure/index.htm> on-line brochure designed to explain our ADR program to EEO complainants.  In addition, the site provides a  <http://www.adr.af.mil/compendium/appendices.html> host of tools for Air Force mediators to use when mediating EEO complaints.  <http://www.adr.af.mil/afadr/results.htm> Reports on the Results Achieved by the Air Force ADR Program provide the business reasons behind our program and lists the  <http://www.adr.af.mil/achieve.htm> national awards for excellence the Air Force ADR program has won.  <http://www.adr.af.mil/general/main.htm> Virtual Library of ADR Articles, Studies and Reports provides an exhaustive resource for Air Force ADR professionals seeking more information about ethics, confidential and interest-based negotiations, as well as ADR results achieved by other public and private-sector organizations.  For more information about the Air Force ADR Program, contact Zach Sweet at (703) 697-0407. ADR Program website: http://www.adr.af.mil/

 

New collection of articles on ADA mediation in the workplace Please visit www.mediate.com/adamediation for a new collection of articles on ADA mediation in the workplace — as well as an archived treasure trove of articles on ADA mediation. The new collection includes: ADA Mediation Guidelines: An Ongoing Endeavor (Judy Cohen), Mediating Reasonable Accommodations (Debra DuPree), An Organizational Ombuds Perspective (Marsha Wagner), and an announcement of an exciting ADA mediation initiative by EEOC and National Council on Disability (Kathleen Blank). Judith Cohen, Section Editor www.mediate.com/adamediation judycohen@mediate.com

 

Mediation Practice Guide – A Handbook for Resolving Business Disputes (Second Edition) Author: Bennett G. Picker Publisher: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Order online at http://www.abanet.org/dispute/resources1.html Or call the ABA Service Center, 312-988-5522 222 pages, Paperback, Product Code: 4740056 Regular Price: $39.00 ABA DR Section Member Price: $32.00 Description: “Mediation Practice Guide – A Handbook for Resolving Business Disputes” has been widely acclaimed as an outstanding practical guide to mediation. This Second Edition is a revised and expanded version which provides an invaluable and straightforward understanding of key suitability, preparation and advocacy issues in mediation. TOPICS INCLUDE: Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation Suitability of Dispute for Mediation Why Mediation Works or Fails How to Propose Mediation Mediator Styles, Strategies and Techniques How to Select a Mediator How to Prepare for Mediation Role of the Client in Mediation Negotiating Techniques in Mediation Mediation Forms and Agreements Corporate and Law Firm ADR Strategies Practice Tips for Effective Mediation Advocacy “This is the single best practical guide to business mediation I have seen.” Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow Georgetown University Law Center and Chair, CPR Georgetown Commission on Ethics and Standards in ADR “…his practice tips for mediation advocacy helped me prepare my CEO and myself for a difficult mediation. This book should be on the desk of every corporate counsel.” Jack L. Foltz Former Chairman, American Corporate Counsel Association

 

September 13, 2003 – International ADR Conference, Washington, DC International Dispute Resolution By the Rules: Opportunities in Mediation and Arbitration The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C. See tentative schedule at http://www.abanet.org/dispute/internationalarbconfdcflier.pdf (subject to change).

November 13-14, 2003 – The Second Annual National Institute on Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training Philadelphia, PA ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education: see info at http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/n03mst1.pdf

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Servies of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basice Mediaiton Training July 16 & 17, or September 16&17, 2003 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2003Presenter 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 wwwcommunitymediationcom Fax: (614) 228-7213

 

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: wwwconflictmgmtcom

 

ACR Conferences: Association for Conflict Resolution (a merged organization of AFM, CREnet and SPIDR) 1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20036 Tel: 202-667-9700 Fax: 202-265-1968 E-mail: acr@acresolutionorg Web: http://wwwacresolutionorg

ACR’S FAMILY SECTION CONFERENCE A Family Affair: Making Room at the Table July 10-13, 2003 Hyatt Hotel, Denver, CO

SAVE THE DATE: ACR’S THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE The World of Conflict Resolution: A Mosaic of Possibilities October 15-18, 2003 Orlando, Florida USA

 

MWI’s Executive Mediation Training Program http://wwwmwiorg/training/executivehtml
DESCRIPTION:    “MWI’s Executive Mediation Training Program” is a five-day comprehensive “hands-on” mediation skill-building program designed for professionals interested in exploring and learning about the mediation process through lectures, demonstrations, interactive exercises,
supervised role-plays, and group discussions For more information please visit the website or call Charles Doran, Executive Director at 800-348-4888 x22 with questions and to request a brochure TRAINERS and GUEST SPEAKERS:  Charles Doran, Ericka Gray, Moshe Cohen, David Hoffman, James McGuire and other experienced trainers and role-play coaches (see http://wwwmwiorg/peoplehtml for more information about the trainers) DATES: October 27-31, 2003 LOCATION: The Union Club, Boston, MA COST: $1125 ($1075 if registered a month in advance) Training Prerequisite: none Experience Prerequisite: none Register for this program at https://wwwmwiorg/registerhtml TITLE:  “MWI’s Train the Trainer Institute” http://wwwmwiorg/training/trainerhtml DESCRIPTION: “MWI’s Train the Trainer Institute” is a three-day advanced seminar designed to prepare experienced mediators and other dispute resolution professionals to become effective trainers and role-play coaches
For more information please visit http://wwwmwiorg/training/trainerhtml or call Charles Doran, Executive Director at 800-348-4888 x22 with questions and to request a brochure TRAINERS and GUEST SPEAKERS:    Melissa Brodrick, Charles Doran and other experienced trainers and role-play coaches (see http://wwwmwiorg/peoplehtml for more information about the trainers)
DATES: choose from: September 17-19, 2003 September 15-17, 2004 LOCATION: Mediation Works Incorporated – Boston, MA COST: $850  ($775 if registered a month in advance) Training Prerequisite: Mediators and must have completed 30-hours of formal mediation training (or meet their state’s requirement); Experience Prerequisite: Mediators and other ADR Practitioners must
have experience with at least 10 cases in the past two years Register for this program at https://wwwmwiorg/registerhtml Contact: Charles P Doran Mediator / Executive Director Mediation Works Incorporated 9 Park Street – Sixth Floor Boston, MA 02108-4807 Phone:   617-973-9739 x22 / 800-348-4888 Fax: 617-973-9532 E-mail: ChuckDoran@MWIorg Web:   http://wwwmwiorg/ Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI) is dedicated to providing dispute resolution services and training to corporate, institutional and individual clients seeking to resolve difficult disputes

 

MEDIATION TRAINING & CONSULTATION INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 40 HOUR DIVORCE AND CUSTODY MEDIATION TRAININGS (Mich., PA, IL) June 23-27, 2003 Lancaster, Pennsylvania July 14-18, 2003 Chicago, Illinois August 4-8, 2003 Ann Arbor, Michigan December 3-5 and 9-10, 2003 Ann Arbor, Michigan Faculty: Zena D. Zumeta, J.D., and associates “The best training in the field of mediation that I’ve been to!” Michigan Participant, 2002 To register or for more information, call 1-800-535-1155 or (734) 663-1155 or visit the MTCI website at www.learn2mediate.com Register one month prior to session start date and receive an early registration discount.

 

The publicity is now out on the MATA Advanced Mediator Training course in Rome 13 – 20 September 2003 and can be accessed on www.mata.org.uk The course is open to all practising civil and commercial mediators, the only requirement being to have had some experience. The venue, programme and the international faculty can be seen on the website. The format is to have sole occupation of a restored castle in the hills of Umbria for a week and live ‘on retreat’ as a group of mediators and faculty in sharing and developing the skills and processes of mediation to a higher level together. Numbers are restricted to 21 plus four faculty so the participant/faculty ratio is very high. Partners can be accommodated at nominal extra cost. Participant quotes from 2002 include “quite the most stimulating experience”….”powerful community for learning in a beautiful place”….”unrivalled quality”. The discounted cost is £3000 (excluding flight cost from your home to/from Rome airport). The discount/upgrade facility is available until the end of April. View the website or contact David Richbell on 00 44 1234 709907 or through email david@richbell.org David Richbell Commercial Mediator and Trainer Tel: 01234 709907 Fax: 01234 709424 Address: Church Cottage, Melchbourne, Bedfordshire, MK44 1BB www.richbell.org

 

JUNE 13, 2003 – PHILADELPHIA, PA MAXIMIZE YOUR MEDIATIONS! The ABA Section on Dispute Resolution’s Training Committee, in coordination with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations presents a one-day program for litigators, insurance adjusters and mediators designed to help them MAXIMIZE what they take away from a mediation. Featured speakers include Hon. Richard Klein, Lee Jay Berman, and Louis Coffey, Esq., as well as five panel presentations by the mediators of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Dispute Resolution Committees. Topics will include choosing the right mediator, making clients more effective in mediation, reaching non-economic solutions, why mediations fail, and how to succeed, and mediator secrets – “Why we do the things we do”. For more information, please visit www.pbi.org or email info@pbi.org.

 

June 12-13, 2003 Beyond Basic Mediation & Ethical Issues for Mediators Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution The University of Texas School of Law 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705 Trainer: Kimberlee Kovach MCLE hours submitted to State Bar For information, please call the Center at (512) 471-3507 June 23-27, 2003 40-Hour Basic Mediation Trainers: Kimberlee Kovach, Eric Galton July 23-25, 2003 Negotiation Workshop Trainer: John Fleming August 8, 2003 Advanced Facilitation Training Trainers: Corder/Thompson & Associates

 

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: wwwstateohus/cdr
Ohio Mediation Association: wwwmediateohioorg
Ohio State Bar Association: wwwohiobarorg
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School wwwmcgregoredu
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://aompaceedu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001htm

 

“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://wwwcardozoyuedu Go to Publications, then On Line Journal, Current Volumes, Volume 2 No 2, and Symposia and it is the first article

 

 

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

May 2002

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2002

President: Bridget Durham (614) 645-6624 Fax: (614) 645-8902 E-mail: BDDurham@cmhmetro.net
President Elect: Martha Antolik (937) 429-9974 Fax: (937) 429-8841 E-mail: mantolik@coax.net
Vice President: TBA
Secretary/Membership: TBA
Treasurer/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 (Phone & Fax) E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Immediate Past President: Wendy Hawbaker (440) 576-3628 E-mail: ashtamediate2@suite224.net

Mark your calendars for more of our Year 2000-2001 meetings:

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.)

June 7, 2002: The June meeting will be a discussion about the pros & cons of OMA becoming a Chapter or Affiliate of ACR. Please see the minutes of the meeting in February and the article from Terry Wheeler in the March Newscaster.

President’s Column
By Bridget Durham
“Gradually lifting our expectations of ourselves”

Since March 20 th , we have a new litter of Boxer puppies at our house. For what seemed like forever, they looked and behaved just like one another. Last week, their personalities began to emerge. Curious & inquisitive, bossy & stubborn, playful & silly, big eater & lazy, cuddly, timid & shy. Their mother, our beautiful dear Dixie, has also begun to recognize and respond to each pup in the manner most consistent with their personality.

It took time for this unique and individual characteristic to emerge and then a bit more time for us to recognize them. As has been the case with my role as VP and OMA for the past year. After a three-year absence from Ohio and the mediation community here, I came back in 1999 to find OMA a little more mature than it was when I left Ohio in 1996.

Over the past 12 months, we have surveyed the membership in an effort to make sure we, the EC, were stepping out in a direction consistent with the thoughts and wishes of you, our members. We spent many hours laboring and debating the language and proposed amendments to the by-laws, scrutinized adding an additional position, that of President Elect, and even altered some “term limits.”

These were, for us, significant, sincere pieces of work. From all reports, the membership is pleased and even beginning to express some excitement and anticipation of the next 12 months. We couldn’t be more pleased! After focusing on some basic foundational pieces of the association, we are ready to take the next step. And, you guessed it; this is where YOU come in.

So many of you have told me that you would like to be involved, but have never been asked. Some of you have expressed interest in a specific piece of work or project, but not other aspects of the same project. For example, at the conclusion of our April 19 th Annual Meeting, we were in need of a secretary and a vice president. From opposite sides of the same room, one person said she would love to be secretary, but was only interested in doing the minutes. Across the room, someone else said they’d be interested in secretary, but only in dealing with the membership components. Wa-La! Problem solved!

Had you not stepped forward, and let us know what you wanted to contribute, we would not have known. And so…this is what we are asking – for now.

This publication goes out to almost 400 people, 250 of those are members. I need each of you, yes; each and every single one of you, to email me some pretty specific information. The questions are listed below. Email or regular mail your response to me. Our goal will be to develop something akin to a membership profile or inventory.

If someone called me to ask that I work on a project, I would be happy to do so, provided they asked me to do one of the things I am comfortable doing. We need you to help us involve you in as successful a manner as possible. If you like organizing events, maybe working on the committee to put together the annual meeting would be something you’d enjoy. Maybe you are a good writer, maybe we could use you on the soon to be developed & deployed Public Relations Committee. If there is the possibility that at some point in the future you’d be interested in a position on the Executive Committee, we want to nurture your interest.

We have done our “organizational structure” homework and the foundation is laid for OMA to become more than a 250 member, every other month, networking group. We do not mean to imply that the every other month lunch meetings no longer have value. No, indeed. They are the core of our history and the backbone of our future.

Martha Antolik recently said we have been, “gradually lifting our expectations of ourselves.” I couldn’t have put it any better than that. It is time for us to do something more. Quite simply, because there is more to be done.

I look forward to my email box being filled with your responses. In the future, these questions will become a part of the membership application. New members will have their profile in place and impact the direction of OMA. For those of you have been around awhile, don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized and utilized for whom you are and what you have to contribute.

What skills or special talents do you bring to OMA?

Which committees would you be interested in?

Public Relations

Annual Meeting

Training & Education

Mediator Mentoring

Are you a:

Mediator in Private Practice

Mediator in a Community Mediation Center

Mediator in a Court Connected Program

Mediation Program Administrator

Mediation Trainer

Other_________________

Complete this sentence. I wish OMA would…

BETTER WORLD AWARD
The Ohio Mediation Association is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Better World Award has been presented to the Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service for its fine commitment and contribution to the field of mediation.

For over ten years the Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service (MVDRS) has served the citizens of the greater Youngstown area with assistance in resolution of a variety of issues, including landlord-tenant disputes, small claims matters, neighborhood issues and parenting disputes.

MVDRS was formed in 1991 by an interested and varied group representing the courts and the legal community, education and business, the clergy and civic organizations.  Early financial assistance came from the Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.

The program has operated since its inception with a full-time staff of two (executive director and administrative assistant), both of whom are trained and experienced in mediation, and who often serve in that capacity.  Trained volunteers enable MVDRS to extend its reach with their commitment and talent.  The program accepts referrals from municipal and county courts, as well as domestic relations, juvenile and probate courts, law enforcement and community agencies.

The commitment of the Board, the dedication of the staff and the talent of the volunteers all combine to make MVDRS the kind of community dispute resolution agency that promotes the goals of OMA.  In its own very special way, it is genuinely helping to make the world a better place.  Congratulations, and thank you, to the Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service.

Editorial note: the award was accepted by Former OMA President John Polanski as an original Board member of MVDRS. In the photo, John is seen with the Better World Award and Immediate Past President Wendy Hawbaker is shown with the gift from OMA for her service over the past two years.

(Put Photos in here)

This photo is of Barbara Ashley Philips, speaker for the OMA Annual Conference at the Fawcett Center April 19, 2002.

Dialogue on Quality Assurance in Mediation
For the past several years the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and
Conflict Management has periodically invited its program partners
(organizations and individuals that provide training and dispute resolution
services in Ohio) to come together to discuss topics relevant to the field.
Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend.  In January this
group began a dialogue regarding quality assurance in mediation.  The
focus of the dialogue is not on mediator certification or licensure, but
rather the broader topic of assuring quality programs and services.   Over
the next several months the Commission will continue to host this dialogue.
The next meeting is scheduled for May 17 th . If you are
interested in attending please RSVP to Lynn Verdin at 752-9595.

Officers divide State
The OMA officers have divided the State of Ohio into four basic regions and have taken on the task of contacting mediators in those counties to see if there is an interest in a meeting on the new responsibilities under the UMA and what the OMA might be able to do for them. Each officer’s counties list is as follows: NORTHEAST—Wendy Hawbaker: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lorain, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne, Tuscararus, Harrison, Jefferson. NORTHWEST—Bridget Durham: Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Marion, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Wyandot, Delaware, Auglaize, Mercer. SOUTHEAST—Shirley Cochran: Athens, Belmont, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Vinton, Washington, Franklin, Knox, Coshocton. SOUTHWEST—Martha Antolik: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Warren, Shelby, Union. If you are from any of these counties, or know of mediators or programs in these counties, contact the appropriate officer at the e-mail or phone listed above.

Annual Treasurer’s Report of the OMA
Shirley Cochran, Treasurer

As of the Annual Meeting, we have $5,787.60 in the OMA Treasury. This does not include any dues or registrations from the conference, nor the bills from the conference with the exception of a deposit of $500 to Fawcett Center. In the Financial Year 04/01/01-04/01/02, we showed a loss of $2,857.68, but the costs over and above the generous grant from the Commission for our website creation and maintenance totaled $2,858.10. Therefore this one-time expense for the creation of the website was the cause of our first year loss since I have been treasurer.

The majority of our expenses have center around the Newscaster and mailing costs for the minutes. With the website now providing access for those items, we should see a decrease in those expenditures with adding the monthly web service fee as a minimal increase as more of our members drop off the snail mail list. Anyone with questions or concerns about the financials, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The Dayton Mediation Center receives Daily Points of Light Award
By Sandra Fredrick

It is very exciting to have a mediation center in our community, Dayton, Ohio. I am very proud to have the Dayton Mediation Center and its volunteer mediators recognized and presented with the Daily Points of Light Award by the Corporation for National Service, Points of Light Foundation. The center has been in operation since 1987 receiving about 2,000 referrals yearly for possible mediations. They mediate about 575 cases a year. The program has also been recognized for the juvenile assault mediation program and the lack of recidivism with those cases.

The Dayton Daily News stated, “Out of 3,500 nominations, the Dayton Mediation Center finished in the top 10 percent during the judging process and was ultimately picked for the award”. Tom Whalrab, Director, of The Dayton Mediation Center said, “We don’t have an opinion. We’re impartial. We let people speak for themselves and we believe people are capable of doing that. There’s a certain value in talking things out and we believe that’s what people want”.

I am a former mediator for this organization and have used the mediation center for my own community dispute. It is a pleasure to have such a recognized Mediation Center in our community. Congratulations Dayton Mediation Center, Tom Wahlrab, staff and volunteer mediators.

The Springfield Mediation Service
The mission of the Springfield Mediation Service (SMS) is to provide neighbors and landlords and tenants with collaborative methods to resolve their disputes. Mediation and Conciliation Intake. In 2001, the SMS provided intake for 138 cases, an 8% increase over 2000. 88% of the cases mediated resulted in an agreement. 45% of the cases resulted in a settlement through mediation or conciliation. All services are voluntary. In cases where one party chooses not to participate, referrals are made. Mediator Training. The SMS is blessed with the ongoing service of 13 volunteer mediators. Continuing Education training was offered 4 times for these mediators on the Neighborhood Mediation Project, Facilitation, Stories, and Sharing wisdom.

Neighborhood Mediation Project. Nine volunteer mediators participated in a project to more fully communicate the Mediation Service to neighborhood groups. Mediators were paired with neighborhood organizations during a 6-month period. 20 meeting visits were made, including presentations on the mediation process. Plans are to offer mediation training for neighborhood leaders in 2002. Outreach. SMS continues to promote the use of mediation in the community through presentations and training. Presentations were made at Social Services 101, the Department of Job and Family Services Work Plus classes, Project Woman, a Presbyterian Church and Clark State continuing education. Over 200 students and teachers attended our mini-lesson on mediation at the Springfield Peace Camp. We also helped coordinate training and supervised 24 peer mediators for the 2001 Peace Camp.

Clark County Common Pleas Court Mediation Center
The Clark County Common Pleas Court Mediation Center began in late 1995. At that time, the focus was on mediations addressing parenting and visitation issues referred by Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile court to address family issues. The program expanded in 1996/97 through a grant from the Supreme Court of Ohio. A pilot truancy prevention mediation project implemented at Lincoln Elementary School has expanded to include thirty-eight schools. The program has been recognized by the Supreme Court of Ohio and as well as the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management as a successful model now shared with other Ohio counties as well as a number of other state programs. In 2001 the Center was honored by the Ohio Mediation Association with “A Better World Award” for the Truancy Prevention and Behavior Mediation Program.

A partnership with the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services offers mediation to families as a way to provide services to deter and/or reduce court involvement. In addition the Center provides mediation for a variety of youth disposition and adjudication of abuse, neglect, and dependency findings; and the resolution of parenting disputes for never-married and divorcing parents. Referrals to mediation come from Judge Monnin, Magistrates, Probation Officers and Diversion Officers, Human Services, Schools, attorneys, staff from the police department, sheriff’s office and others. In July of 2000, the Court received pilot project funding from the Supreme Court of Ohio to provide Civil Mediation through the Common Pleas Court General Division. Civil mediation places emphasis on a facilitative process to allow parties to resolve legal issues brought before the general division of the common pleas court. Seventy-five general division cases were referred to mediation during 2001. The Mediation Center has been recognized at a national and state level. Staff members serve on many local, state and national forums and boards. The Center staff includes Sharon Travis as Director; George Brose, Lead Family Mediator, Barbara Lehman and Etta Royer, Truancy Prevention Mediators, Hatsue Hyland, Administrative Assistant and Elsa Roush, Clerk. For more information, call 390-7940.

Family Mediation when a Juvenile has Been Charged with Domestic Violence—Clermont County Juvenile Court
Over the past 6 years, I have been privileged to be the independent contracted mediator in this program offered to juveniles when they have been charged for the first time, with domestic violence and there has been nobody hospitalized or seriously wounded. The program was developed in response to the growing number of domestic violence charges and concern that they be addressed as family issues to be resolved within the family, respecting each family’s need for self-determination. If successful, the advantage to the youth is that the charge does not become official and the youth does not become part of the court system. The charge stays open for six months and in that time I usually meet with the family three to five times for an hour and one half to two hours per session. A written document, called a Memorandum of Agreement, is developed by the family to describe to the Court what changes have taken place within the family. It addresses the issues of better anger management and conflict resolution, as well as identifying the other issues and concerns that were discussed in the mediation sessions. Each member involved signs the document, which I have typed and sent to the juvenile to mail back to me. I then submit the signed document, which is used to satisfy the charge, to my contact person at the Court. If sessions provide nothing else (but of course I believe in the mediation process and the “magic of mediation”), they do provide space for family members to sit down, relax (uninterrupted by phones, cell phones, beepers, others in and out, TV, etc.) and to share what’s on their minds, in their hearts, and how they want the relationships within the family to be and what they are willing to do. I think this program is a wonderful gift to families in trouble and a true opportunity to do prevention work. I am available to discuss the program in more detail, with anyone interested at (513) 271-2223. Lou Ann Wood, AAL Mediation, 6726 Min Street, Cincinnati, OH 45244

CYBERNEWS UPDATE – May 2002
Thanks to everyone who has checked out www.mediateohio.org & sent in questions and comments. Judging from the feedback you like what you see and find it easy to navigate. I will check on what it takes to have my e-mail address included on the site so that I can be contacted directly but until then I will continue to impose on the executive committee to forward messages via the “Contact Us” section.

Let me put yet another request out there for folks to check their listing to see if it appears correctly. If you’ve tried to get to your listing via the mediator locator you’ve found that by typing any single item (e.g. county, zip code, area of practice) one or more names will appear (hopefully including yours!). If this is not the case or you have other questions or concerns don’t hesitate to ask.

By now you’re aware that the latest Newscaster and meeting minutes are available on line (as well as past issues in the archives). As noted earlier we (Shirley, Martha & I) are working on an easy way to post news and announcements as they become available rather than waiting for the Newscaster and/or minutes to be published. Such updated information will soon be available as part of the Minutes section so the next time you’re at the site check to see what’s new. your web lackey, John Polanski

Mediation as Entertainment
Did you know there was a mediation program on television? The Home and Garden TV (HGTV) network’s Designing for the Sexes provides entertainment when on Thursday evenings host interior designer Michael Payne mediates an interior-decorating dispute between a husband and wife. According to an article in Just Resolutions, the Newsletter of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution written by Dana Lansky, an associate at Foley, Hoag & Eliot, LLP. According to Lansky, most of the compromising, negotiating and deal making occur off screen. At the end of the show, viewers get to see the room transformed. Unfortunately for me, I don’t get HGTV, but maybe someone who does can watch and do a summary for the next Newscaster. Shirley A. Cochran, JD, Editor

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR

MOCK MEDIATION FORUM

The Ohio Judicial Conference is sponsoring a pilot Mock Mediation Forum for 7 th and 8 th graders in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties for the fall of 2002.

This inaugural Forum will include teams from 25 schools who have existing conflict resolution programs. Students will be given a case reflecting a real-life situation they might encounter, and volunteer teachers and coaches will guide them in mediation techniques. On the day of the Forum, teams will gather at a centrally located site and will demonstrate a mediation to a team of evaluators. Teams will be given feedback and constructive criticism and will be awarded a ranking. A group session for all 25 teams will culminate the Forum and will give the students the opportunity to observe professional mediators in a simulated session.

Volunteer coaches and evaluators are needed to make this project a success. Please contact Wendy Hawbaker, OMA president, at (440) 576-3628 ashtamediate2@suite224.net or Karen Frees at the Ohio Judicial Conference (800) 282-1510, for more information.

!!TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!!
When you signed up for the Annual Conference did you conveniently send in your $35 annual dues for the 2002-2003 year? If not, please complete the Membership Application that has been mailed to you so we have accurate, updated information, or contact any officer for an application by e-mail attachment or snail mail.

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s treasurer, Shirley Cochran at 28987 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley or Martha Antolik for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc., for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A revised membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience.

New Members:

Michelle Flaum Bowman
9642 Sage Meadow Ct.
Centerville, OH 45458
P37/885-5135
mflaum@gemair.com
Areas of Practice: Divorce Interpersonal

Conflict Management Corporation
Mary Louise Tobias, Attorney
The Atrium
30400 Detroit Rd., Suite 307
Westlake, OH 44145
1-800/716-2488
440/323-5551 FAX
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Business/Commercial, Labor

Merle Graybill
57 Avon Place
Athens, OH 45701
740/593-6840
740/593-6840 FAX
graybill@ohio.edu
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Labor

Edward E. Turner
State Employee Relations Board
65 East 5 th Street, 12 Fl.
Columbus, OH 43215
614/644-8716
614/466-3074 FAX
eturner@serb.state.oh.us
Areas of Practice: Labor

Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville, OH 45309
937/833-6588
937/833-6588 FAX
mediate@who.rr.com

Corrections:

Jay M. Patterson
372 Oakland Park Ave.
Columbus, OH 43214
Mark Yajko, JD
48938 Calcutta-Smithferry Road
East Liverpool, OH 43920-9637

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Resolution on Mediation and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Adopted by the Section on February 2, 2002

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution has noted the wide range of views expressed by scholars, mediators, and regulators concerning the question of whether mediation constitutes the practice of law.  The Section believes that both the public interest and the practice of mediation would benefit from greater clarity with respect to this issue in the statutes and regulations governing the unauthorized practice of law (“UPL”).  The Section believes that such statutes and regulations should be interpreted and applied in such a manner as to permit all individuals, regardless of whether they are lawyers, to serve as mediators.  The enforcement of such statutes and regulations should be informed by the following principles: Mediation is not the practice of law.  Mediation is a process in which an impartial individual assists the parties in reaching a voluntary settlement.  Such assistance does not constitute the practice of law.  The parties to the mediation are not represented by the mediator. Mediators’ discussion of legal issues.  In disputes where the parties’ legal rights or obligations are at issue, the mediator’s
discussions with the parties may involve legal issues.  Such discussions do not create an attorney-client relationship, and do not constitute legal advice, whether or not the mediator is an attorney. Drafting settlement agreements.  When an agreement is reached in a mediation, the parties often request assistance from the mediator in memorializing their agreement.  The preparation of a memorandum of understanding or settlement agreement by a mediator, incorporating the terms of settlement specified by the parties, does not constitute the practice of law.  If the mediator drafts an agreement that goes beyond the terms specified by the parties, he or she may be engaged in the practice of law. However, in such a case, a mediator shall not be engaged in the practice of law if (a) all parties are represented by counsel and (b) the mediator discloses that any proposal that he or she makes with respect to the terms of settlement is informational as opposed to the practice of law, and that the parties should not view or rely upon such proposals as advice of counsel, but merely consider them in consultation with their own attorneys.        Mediators’ responsibilities.  Mediators have a responsibility to inform the parties in a mediation about the nature of the mediator’s role in the process and the limits of that role.  Mediators should inform the parties: (a) that the mediator’s role is not to provide them with legal representation, but rather to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement; (b) that a settlement agreement may affect the parties’ legal rights; and (c) that each of the parties has the right to seek the advice of independent legal counsel throughout the mediation process and should seek such counsel before signing a settlement agreement. This and other ADR policy updates are available at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.abanet.org/dispute/webpolicy.html

The ABA Task Force on E-commerce and ADR has released a draft of its final report and recommendations along with proposed guidelines for best practices for ODR Service Providers.  This document takes into account many of the comments and input received on our preliminary concept paper from May 2001. These documents are posted online at the Task Force website: http://www.law.washington.edu/aba-eadr .  They are in both MS-Word and PDF format.

The Task Force welcomes your comments and suggestions.  The comment period
runs until May 31.   Please send your comments: via email to eadr@u.washington.edu or via mail to: ABA Task Force on E-commerce & ADR
c/o Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology University of Washington School of Law 1100 NE Campus Parkway Seattle, WA 98105 We look forward to receiving your feedback. Anita Ramasastry Associate Director Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology Assistant Professor of Law University of Washington School of Law 1100 NE Campus Parkway Seattle,  WA 98105-6607
Tel: (206) 616-8441/Fax: (206) 616-3427 E-fax 208-439-7818 http://www.law.washington.edu/lct

IDAHO LAW EASES DISPUTE RESOLUTION
A bill signed into law in March requires litigants in the state seeking damages of less than $25,000 to use alternative dispute resolution. Parties can challenge an ADR award in court, but not without financial risk. http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.abanet.org/journal/ereport/m29arb.html

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20 th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2002. 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 announcements for this Newscaster, but 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.

ATTENTION MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION AND ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
PROFESSIONALS The Rutgers State University School of Law-Newark recently founded a new scholarly on-line journal.  The Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal, or “RCRLJ”, aims to address the many varied issues that face practitioners in the areas of Mediation, Negotiation and Alternate Dispute Resolution. RCRLJ was founded by students enrolled in the University’s Conflict Management Certificate Program. Currently, RCRLJ seeks submissions of articles and notes for its initial on-line publication, which is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2002.  The deadline for the Spring/Summer edition is June 15, 2002.  The submission deadline for the subsequent Fall/Winter edition is October 15, 2002. Requirements are as follows: Articles must be at least 20 and no more than 75 pages in length. Student Notes must be at least 20 and no more than 45 pages in length. All Submissions must be original, unpublished works and should be submitted via email in RTF (rich text format) format.  All submissions should be footnoted and cited according to Bluebook standards. If you are interested in submitting an article or note, or if you have
any other questions regarding the Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal please contact us at RCRLJ@pegasus.rutgers.edu . Thank you. Robyn Veasey Managing Editor

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS :

The Springfield Mediation Service and the Clark County Common Pleas Court Mediation Center are planning basic mediation training to be held Thursday, May 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m. and Friday-, May 31 – June 2. Persons eligible for training include Neighborhood Association members and those connected with the schools Truancy Mediation Program. For more information contact Sharon Travis at 390-7940 or Jackie Sudhoff at 328-3480.

I am Sandra Quick, the Supervisor of Customer Relations with Columbus Public Schools. I have attended two OMA meetings. I am serving on a planning committee with Capital U School of Law for minority mediators. The title is “Eliminating Barriers for Minorities in ADR/Mediation.” It will be May 20-21 at Capital U. The cost will be approximately $50. There will be nationally known and local speakers/panelist. Many areas of ADR will be represented; law enforcement, education, labor, EEO, public policy, community, family and more. There will be three tracks, those who are just getting started in ADR or are interested in getting started, those who are currently practicing, and those who want to be mentors. I am writing to ask you to help us identify minorities who might be interested in attending the conference. You can give them my e-mail or work phone number, 365-8888. If you have questions feel free to call also. Thank you for your assistance. Sandra

Mark your calendar for one of the region’s best conferences in 2002! Judith S. Wallerstein, PhD., is widely considered the world’s foremost authority on the impact of divorce on children and their parents, and the author of The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study . Dr. Wallerstein will speak in Cincinnati about the conclusions from this in-depth, close-up 25-year study, which followed the lives for 131 children whose parents divorced. The conference is at the Cincinnati Cintas Center and starts at 7:30 PM on Friday, October 11, 2002, when Dr. Wallerstein will review her study findings in detail. On Saturday morning, October 12, 2002, from 9:00 AM-noon, Dr. Wallerstein will speak with a panel of experts from both the mental health and legal communities. Co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, Beech Acres, and The Krug Lecture Series. For more information call (513) 961-8886.

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, J.D., Leslie Martin, B.A., and Kenneth T. Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W. Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynet.net. Website: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.conflictmgmt.com/ General/Basic Mediation : June 13-14, July 11-12, August 1-2, 19-20, September 5-6, October 2-3, and November 7-8; Divorce and Family Mediation : May 23-24 & 29-31, July 24-26 & 29-31, September 19-20 & 25-27, and November 14-15 & 20-22; Mediating Divorce Finances : August 26-27; Transformative Mediation : June 27-28 and October 15-16; Principled Negotiation : August 8-9 and October 24-25; Mediating with Teenagers : August 16, and October 11 ; Asking Strategic Questions : August 22 and October 9; Identifying Issues and Interests in Mediation : August 23 and October 10; Victim-Offender Mediation : July 15-16 and October 17-18; Civil Mediation : August 30 and October 29; Marketing Professional Services : August 12 and November 4; Group Facilitation : July 31, and October 21; and Divorce 101 : June 24-25.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and The Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training May 21-22, August 14-15, October 1-2, or December 11-12, 2002 and the 40 hour Domestic Mediation Training October 24-25, 29-31, 2002. For more information or registration brochure, contact CMS, 80 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH 43215, phone (614) 228-7191 or fax (614) 228-7213

Begler Group Trainings in Unified Mediation:  Working from a Gestalt
Perspective: Ann L. Begler of the Begler Group will present a three day training in “Unified Mediation:  Working from a Gestalt Perspective “at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in September 2002.  The workshop will run from Thursday afternoon, September 26, through Sunday morning, September 29.  The training will teach participants how to use the gestalt cycle of experience as a framework to support mediation, how to work with resistance to avoid impasse and how the mediator’s awareness and immediate use of self can enhance opportunities for resolution.  Additional information is provided by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. A one-day workshop on Unified Mediation: Working from a Gestalt Perspective will be presented as part of the annual conference of the Maine Association of Mediators.  This workshop will take place on May 17, 2002 in Augusta, Maine. Additional workshops on Unified Mediation:  Working from a Gestalt Perspective are being planned for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Online Dispute Resolution Training June 17-21, 2002 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Instructional Technology Center, Healy Library, UMass Boston Online Resolution and the Dispute Resolution Masters Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston are offering a week-long, not-for-credit seminar that orients participants to the emerging field of on-line dispute resolution. Course Background Courts cannot handle online disputes. The judicial system is slow, expensive, and geographically bound. Rapidly expanding e-commerce, the growth in cross-boundary transactions, and the inability of traditional legal processes to deal with disputes arising over the web has created a need for online redress options. The international consensus is that online alternative dispute resolution is
the best solution to these problems. Online ADR (or “ODR”) can resolve
online disputes quickly, confidentially, and effectively. It helps parties to be at their best, it connects capable neutrals with parties in effective ways, and it brings efficiencies to inefficient online marketplaces. ODR is the hottest area of the ADR field right now. But it is still in its infancy. Do the rules of offline ADR apply to ODR? How does technology change the equation? Can ODR be effective when parties are not looking into the other side’s eyes? How can offline neutrals best translate their skills online? How can technology merge with face-to-face ADR to make it more effective? Any questions or comments? Please contact Colin Rule, 617-354-5444 x664 or crule@onlineresolution.com To register for the course or to learn more about the Dispute Resolution
program at UMass-Boston, call 617.287.7421 or visit the program website.

Second Annual NYU Program on Employment Law and Mediator Skills Training for ADR Neutrals June 17-21, 2002, in New York City The Center for Labor and Employment Law at NYU School of Law Details available  http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.nyu.edu/laborcenter/ or contact Ben Eisenman at ben.eisenman@nyu.edu or 212 998-6242

October 16-19, 2002: The Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS) presents professional mediation training entitled, Mediation for the Professional, an interactive 3-day course, focused both on the skills of the mediator and on the skills of the parties and advocates in mediation.  Led by Linda Singer and Michael Lewis, this course is designed for attorneys, managers, human resource and other professionals interesting in learning or further developing their mediation skills.  Tuition:  $895 before August 19, 2002, after August 19, 2002, $995.  Payment may be made by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard.  To register, please contact CDS at (202) 265-9572, ext 320.  For more information check our website at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.cdsusa.org/ .  Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peach, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC.  CDS courses have been approved for CEU and CLE credits.

On June 12-14, 2002, Conflict Resolution Network Canada and Family Mediation Canada are co-sponsoring an in-depth national conflict resolution conference at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Provocative sessions, national and internationally renown presenters and abundant networking opportunities make “Connections 2002- Building a culture of peace” an event that Canadians interested and active in conflict resolution will not want to miss. Our print program will be mailed to members of both organizations in the next few days.  In the meantime, a copy of our program is available on-line. This link http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.crnetwork.ca/i2002/Sessions/program-english.pdf offers our complete 20-page program in PDF format. You may print the program, fill in the registration form, mail or fax it to Family Mediation Canada at: Family Mediation Canada 528 Victoria Street North Kitchener, ON N2H 5C1 FAX: 519-585-3121 We hope to see you on the Island in June!
Kathleen Cleland Moyer on behalf of the conference planning committee 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: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.crnetwork.ca/

The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 14th Annual Conference June 12-14, Greenbelt, MD
The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 14th Annual Conference brochure is on the web at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.natlctr4adr.org/ < http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.natlctr4adr.org/ > . To request a copy of the brochure by mail, please call the Center at (301) 261-1124.

Mediation for the Professional October 16-19, 2002: The Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS) presents
professional mediation training entitled, Mediation for the Professional, an interactive 3-day course, focused both on the skills of the mediator and on the skills of the parties and advocates in mediation.  Led by Linda Singer and Michael Lewis, this course is designed for attorneys, managers, human resource and other professionals interesting in learning or further developing their mediation skills.  Tuition:  $895 if registered by September 15, 2001, $975 thereafter (payment may be made by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard.  To register, please contact CDS at (202) 265-9572, ext 320.  For more information check our website at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.cdsusa.org/ .  Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peach, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC CDS courses have been approved for CEU and CLE credits.

TITLE: “MWI’s Train the Trainer Institute” TRAINERS and GUEST SPEAKERS: Melissa Brodrick, Charles Doran and other experienced trainers and role-play coaches (see for more information about the trainers). DATES: September 18-20, 2002 LOCATION: Mediation Works Incorporated – Boston, MA COST: $850  ($775 if registered a month in advance) DESCRIPTION: “MWI’s Train the Trainer Institute” is a three-day advanced seminar designed to prepare experienced mediators and other dispute resolution professionals to become effective trainers and role-play coaches. For more information please visit < www.mwi.org/training/trainer.html < http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.mwi.org/training/trainer.html > > or call Charles Doran, Executive Director at 800-348-4888 x22 with questions and to request a brochure. Training Prerequisites: Mediators and must have completed 30-hours of formal mediation training (or meet their state’s requirement);  Experience Prerequisites: Mediators and other ADR Practitioners must have experience with at least 10 cases in the past two years.
Contact: Charles P. Doran Mediator / Executive Director Mediation Works Incorporated 9 Park Street – Sixth Floor Boston, MA 02108-4807 Phone:   (617) 973-9739 x22 / (800) 348-4888
Fax:       (617) 973-9532 E-mail:   ChuckDoran@MWI.org Web:      www.mwi.org < http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.mwi.org/ > Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI) is dedicated to providing dispute resolution services and training to clients seeking to resolve difficult disputes.

Here are some things going on at the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School that you might be interested in. E-NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution publishes a weekly e- newsletter with timely information about the Center and the LL.M. program, upcoming conferences, job/fellowship announcements, DR resources, etc.  The archive of back issues is at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/news.htm .  If you want to subscribe to the newsletter, there is a link on that page to request this. LL.M. PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2002 The LL.M. Admissions Committee is continuing to accept applications.  Applicants submitting complete files by March 1 will receive notification in April.  Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis if space is still available.  If you know of qualified people who might be interested in applying, please let them know about the upcoming deadline.  To qualify for the LL.M. Program, students must have completed the first degree in law required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued.  For more information about admission to the LL.M. Program, see http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/admission_requirements.htm . LL.M. PROGRAM WEB SITE HAS BEEN IMPROVED The LL.M. Program web site has added several new pages.  Profiles of current LL.M. students are at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/current_students.htm .  Profiles of some LL.M. alumni are at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/alumni.htm .  Answers to frequently asked questions are at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/LLM_FAQ.htm .  Next step: a photo album.  (Those who know me are no doubt wondering why the photos were not the first thing up on the website.) If you have questions about the LL.M. Program, I would be happy to answer them. John Lande Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO  65211 Tel:  573-882-3914 Fax: 573-882-3343 Email:  landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web:  http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/

Adult Guardianship Mediation Training TCSG and PeaceTalks present Adult Guardianship Mediation Training – June 2-4, 2002 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This two and one-half day training — Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning — will be presented jointly by TCSG and PeaceTalks.  It is targeted to mediators who would like to expand their practice to include mediation of disputes that arise when guardianship over an adult is being considered, and to persons interested in establishing such service programs. For more information, contact Penny Hommel The Center for Social Gerontology 2307 Shelby Avenue Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 Phone:  734 665-1126
Fax:  734 665-2071 phommel@tcsg.org http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.tcsg.org/ or Susan Hartman PeaceTalks shartman_pt@hotmail.com

Berlin Summer Program August 5-17 This 2-week program focuses on the cutting edge of dispute resolution (including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation) in a cross-cultural setting. It also presents the exceptional opportunity for students to obtain mediator certification in one of the most fascinating cities of Europe. Berlin, the new capital of unified Germany, is uniquely cosmopolitan with cultural attractions that few other cities can match. This is a joint program of Tulane and Humboldt University, one of the premier German law schools located in the historic center of Berlin among grand 18 th and 19 th century palaces. Half of the students will be German law students and attorneys, and the other half will be American (and some European) law students and attorneys. COURSES The program offers three courses: Intercultural Negotiation/Mediation (two credits), International Arbitration (one credit), and Transitional Civil Litigation (one credit). Students may receive up to three credits for two of
the three courses, which reflects the ABA requirement that students not receive more than three credits during a 2-week session. Students may attend the third course on a non-credit basis. There will be additional lectures, presentations and panel discussions featuring internationally renowned scholars and practitioners. All classes will be conducted in English. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses. Tuition for the program is $1,650. Upon enrollment, students will receive a list with housing suggestions and additional information. Contact: Joachim Zekoll [jzekoll@law.tulane.edu]

Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas October 24-26, 2002 ~ University of Massachusetts Boston Call for Papers Conference Information On October 24-26, 2002, the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts Boston will host a conference for graduate students who are studying conflict in diverse disciplines including: political science, urban planning, social work, psychology, environmental science, industrial organizations, public administration, sociology, international affairs, religion, law, economics, anthropology, public health, dispute resolution, labor relations, and education. Features: *Keynote Address by Robert Mnookin of Harvard Law School *Panel Discussions Chaired by Prominent Dispute Resolution Scholars *Career Exposition *Pre-Conference Skill-Building Workshops *Opportunities to Network with Conflict Scholars and Students at *Conference Luncheon *Evening Banquet Graduate Student Address: A graduate student will be chosen to give a major conference address. If you wish to be considered as this Conference Speaker, send in a cassette
tape version of the speech you would like to give (approximately 20 minutes in length). The Graduate Student Speaker will receive an honorarium of $100.00 and the conference registration fee will be waived. The deadline for submission of conference address tapes is 4:00  pm on May 15, 2001. Please mail tape to the address on the registration form. Proposal Information: We encourage current students studying conflict in doctoral, masters, law or graduate certificate programs to submit proposals on a conflict related
topic. We ask that applicants consider the multidisciplinary nature of the conference and work to make their work accessible to those trained in other disciplines. UMass Boston graduate students and faculty will review proposals. Proposals and CVs must be one page each, contain the author’s name and contact information in the upper left side of the document. Please submit one copy electronically to disres@umb.edu .  We kindly request that you attach the documents as an MSWord file or as a rich text file (rtf).  Paper Information We will send notification of your acceptance by May 15.  Full papers are due on August 15.  Papers, based on accepted proposals, should be 20-30 pages long and documented using an academic style (ex. APA, MLA, Law). Please e-mail one copy of your paper to disres@umb.edu and submit one hard copy to the address below. Student papers selected for presentation will be grouped according to topic. We will electronically distribute the presenters and session chair your paper to review before the presentation. Initial presentations of papers will be short summaries (5-10 minutes) made at Round Table discussion sessions. Audience members will be invited to join the discussion halfway through the round table session. Mail to: Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution University of Massachusetts Boston Attn:  Proposal Committee 100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393 Student papers selected for presentation will be grouped according to topic. We will send the presenters and session chair a copy of your paper to review before the presentation. Initial presentations of papers will be short summaries (5-10 minutes) made at Round Table discussion sessions. Audience members will be invited to join the discussion halfway through the round table session. On October 24, we will have three pre-conference Skill Building Workshops. These are: Intra-party Conflict in Multi-party Cases; Human Rights & Conflict Resolution and Shifts Happen: Moving From Automatic to Intentional Conversations About Divisive Issues. More information is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.disres.umb.edu/

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.state.oh.us/cdr (This is one of the sites where the directory will appear.)
Ohio Mediation Association: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/https://www.mediateohio.org/
Ohio State Bar Association: http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.ohiobar.org/ (Another directory website.)
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://www.mcgregor.edu/
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://web.archive.org/web/20030523123944/http://aom.pace.edu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001.htm

 

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, 24 th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108