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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2010

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

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

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

Feb. 4, 2011   TBA

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

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

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November / December 2009

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2009

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

OMA MEETINGS

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

Dec. 4, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November / December 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2008

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay M. Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: pdunfee@alltel.net
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Denise Nixon Sparks (614) 944-5764 dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

President’s Column
byMaara Fink
What is Mediation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

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

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is December 20, 2008.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00.  Meeting Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility.  Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.  If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137  If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:
April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois
Greetings. This is my regular fall email asking you to help “spread the word” about the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri (MU) School of Law.  Our school is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution with one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school. Below is information about our innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested.  Now starting its tenth year, the LL.M. program attracts students from diverse backgrounds.  Over the years, students have come from 25 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/llm/current-students.html.   We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program.  LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  For example, Art Hinshaw is a clinical professor of law and the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  Martha Halvordson and Stephanie Sloggett-O’Dell are former classmates turned colleagues in Civil Alternatives, a full-service dispute resolution firm with offices in Kansas City and Los Angeles.  Mohan Srimat Tirumala Peddinti (Ped) is a derivatives negotiator in the Securities Legal Division of Goldman Sachs in Bangalore, India.  Nivedita Gutta is the volunteer coordinator at the Safe Horizon Mediation Center in New York City, which offers assistance to crime and abuse victims, their families and the community. Students may enroll full-time or part-time. We normally schedule required courses one day a week so that part-time students can work the other four days.  This has enabled students to attend from such states as Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.  About a year ago, we opened our admissions criteria to people who have substantial ADR experience but who do not have law degrees.  Although the program will still be geared primarily to lawyers, we have gotten inquiries from very attractive applicants who did not have law degrees.  For example, we got an inquiry from a federal court ADR administrator in another state who does not have a law degree and we would have been happy to have him join the class (though it didn’t work out in his case). Let me also introduce our three newest faculty members, Rafael Gely, Stacie Strong, and Jennifer Reynolds, who bring new strength and diversity to the Center.  For more information, see http://www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/pdf/newfaculty.pdf. LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s School of Journalism.   Many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, where they can earn a Certificate in Public Affairs in conjunction with the LL.M. degree.  Full information about the LL.M. Program, including details on financial aid, is on the web at http://law.missouri.edu/llm.   If you or others have questions, feel free to contact me at (573) 882-3914, landej@missouri.edu, or Karen Neylon, the program coordinator, at (573) 882-2020, mulawcdr@missouri.edu.  John Lande Isidor Loeb Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri School of Law Columbia, MO 65211 Tel: 573-882-3914 Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http:/law.missouri.edu/llm/ Personal Web: http:/law.missouri.edu/lande

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

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

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

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

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

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 18 & 19, or April 15 & 16, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2009.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

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

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

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

November / December 2007

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2007

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

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

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

Magistrate Summit County Probate Court

February 1, 2008 TBA

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference at the Riffe Center with Larry Fong! Dr.

Fong is a Past President of the Association of Conflict

Resolution (ACR) and is a well known lecturer. Put this on your calendar now for a day of tool box information.

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

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

UMA AFTER TWO YEARS
BY SHIRLEY COCHRAN, JD

Ohio’s version of the Uniform Mediation Act or UMA became effective on October 29, 2005. Prior to effective date many groups banded together to try to let all mediators known to the groups that if there was a problem, to let someone connected to the Ohio Mediation Association, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Supreme Court of Ohio’s committee on Dispute Resolution or the Ohio Community Mediation Association know about it as soon as it happened. In the almost two (2) years since the UMA went into effect, this author has been made aware of only three subpoenas.

The First Subpoena—multiple parties involved in the discussions with the mediator, all working for same company with the discussion beginning after an employee was fired to see what they could do to keep the situation from happening in the future. Mediator worked on getting them to present a proposal to the management and management agreeing to what was proposed. Attorney for Plaintiff (former co-worker of the group involved in the mediation) subpoenaed the mediator and was on fishing expedition for anything that might help his client against the former employer. He did not understand what a mediation was—his idea was only two parties just before or after litigation filed. A motion to quash was filed and he withdrew subpoena before the judge could rule on the motion—he said he did not want his client’s case delayed any further by arguing over the subpoena. The mediator could have used an agreement to mediate which would have bolstered argument that it was a mediation not some sort of consulting being done by the mediator, which was what the attorney was arguing to avoid the privilege.

The Second Subpoena—domestic case where the male party kept agreeing to things in the mediation and then saying he did not understand what he had agreed to or that was not what he agreed to after the mediation session ended. The attorney for the female subpoenaed mediator to have her testify as to agreement being reached and the content of said agreement. The attorney had not given mediator the fourteen (14) days’ notice required so the mediator called attorney about that and discussed fact that mediator does not have to testify and so it was dropped. The attorney was frustrated that the male party kept agreeing in mediation—multiple sessions and then when it came time to back it up in court, denied he understood or that he had agreed, but the attorney understood she could not force mediator to testify under UMA. The mediator could have used an agreement to mediate and a memo of understanding signed by parties before leaving especially after he kept reneging on what he had agreed to in session.

The Third Subpoena—The parties represented by attorneys in mediation reach agreement and attorneys are going to draft settlement papers. When one party got the papers, disagreed that content was what he agreed to and refused to sign them. Other side wants mediator to testify as to content of mediated agreement to implement what was agreed upon. This case was in court already but matter was put off until it could be mediated. The mediator sort of wanted to testify as the one now saying that is not what he agreed to was a pain during the mediation and it is what was agreed upon but he understood the problem with doing so under the UMA unless both parties agree and mediator thinks he should. After speaking with the mediator on the phone that it was probably not a good idea for him to testify about the settlement, he decided to testify at the hearing to determine if there had been a settlement of the case. He used the section of the UMA that talks about what a mediator can relay to a court—if a mediation was held, who was there and if there was a settlement and only testified as to those issues. When asked other questions, he asserted the privilege and the Judge did not require him to testify to those matters. The parties had testified without objection as to what they thought the agreement had been before the mediator testified. The trial judge held there had been a mediation and that there had been a settlement of the case according to the terms testified to by the parties.

In these types of cases where there is a dispute as to the terms of the agreement and if there was an agreement, one mediator suggests tearing up the written agreement and starting from scratch since at least according to one person there is no agreement. My only question is does that reward the one who reneges? Some people assert that oral contracts are not worth the paper they are written on (Yogi Berra) or that they are unenforceable in court. The following is an example of an oral contract, the issues involved and the difference if the oral agreement is reached in a mediation: Neighbor A and B agree during a conversation that A should have someone come out and cut down the tree that is threatening both houses and each will pay half. When B gets the half of the bill, saying it is too much, refuses to pay A anything. There is an oral contract between A and B and A can take B to court and prove the contract by testifying, calling B on cross-examination and anyone who witnessed the agreement to pay half of the costs. If this conversation is in a mediation, without an agreement in writing signed by both or all parties, there is a privilege and no testimony can be provided unless both or all parties agree. So it may as Yogi Berra said if the proof of an oral agreement involves a mediation under the UMA.

In conclusion, so far only three possible subpoenas have come to light in 23 months of effectiveness. None of the mediators have been forced to testify so far although one did voluntarily but to a limited amount of material and there has been one ruling on a case but not on the issue of the mediator’s privilege. The UMA seems to be working to keep what goes on in mediation, in the mediation. If any mediator is subpoenaed, please advise someone in the mediation community so someone can assist with information if not representation to assert the privilege.

Shirley A. Cochran is an attorney and mediator in Columbus. She is a past President of the Ohio Mediation Association and past chair of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations’ Committee on Dispute Resolution and was part of the panel of speakers presenting on the UMA upon its introduction in 2005.

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

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

What was the SuperMeeting?
On Thursday, October 11, 2007, the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College hosted a “SuperMeeting” at the Crowne Plaza North (formerly the Columbus Marriott North) in Columbus, Ohio. The SuperMeeting, held once every three years, is a day of court personnel education presented in conjunction with the Fall conferences of several court professional associations. Morning sessions that day included Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer addressing attendees about “Future Trends in Courts” and Mary Campbell McQueen discussing “Court Performance Standards”. The afternoon session was devoted to the topic, “Generations in the Workplace”, with presenter Craig Pourciau, who concentrated on the challenges, benefits and opportunities of multi-generations in the workplace. Members of the OMA Board attended although not actually a “court” professional association as many of the OMA members are court connected or court personnel.

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

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

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

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

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

January 9, 2008 – The new NKU ADR Center Presenters Michael Carol, Director & Lou Manchise, Management Lecturer

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February 13, 2008 – Truancy Mediation in Hamilton County Presenter to be named

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March 12, 2008 – Peer Mediation Presenter Jane Rega, Executive Director, The Center for Peace Education

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April 9, 2008 – Book Review of Beyond Reason by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro Discussion leader Bea Larsen

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

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

Association for Conflict Resolution News

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

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

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

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

Capital Mediation Associates LLC c/o J. Christopher Scott 

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

Fax: (614) 538-8056

cscott@capitalmediators.com

Gregory L. Edmonds
5585 Broadview Road 

Columbus OH 43230

(614) 506-3782 (cell) 

Gledmon007@yahoo.com

Arthur Fordham 

200 Rathbone Road

Marietta OH 45750

(740) 373-5210 

mttartf@yahoo.com

Denyse M. Fordham, MAEd 

200 Rathbone Road

Marietta OH 45750

(740) 373-5210 

Fax: (740) 373-5210

mttadenyse@hotmail.com

Joseph Legal Services Co. LPA 

Brett R. Joseph, Esq.

337 Keefus Road

Conneaut OH 44030

(440) 599-2109 

Brett_joseph@earthlink.net

Lucas Co. DR Court
c/o Denise Logan
429 N. Michigan St., Ste. A
Toledo OH 43604-5621
(419) 213-6800 

Fax: (419) 213-6808

dlogan@co.lucas.oh.us

James P. Luton 

Attorney at Law

131 S. Prospect Street

Marion OH 43302

(740) 382-6588 

Fax: (740) 375-5372

Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Christopher DelFavero 

660 North Perry St. Suite 403B

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 592-5105 

Fax: (419) 592-2759

chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com

Resolve Mediation Services LLC c/o Denise Nixon-Sparks 

4200 Regents St. #200

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 944-5764 

Fax: (614) 944-5796

dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive 

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050 

Lindawbesq@aol.com

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training November 28 & 29, 2007 or February 20 & 21, or April 16 & 17, 2008, and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, 2008. Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

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

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

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

Web Sites of Interest:

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

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 2001

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

c/o Martha Antolik, M.S., Secretary
520 Linton Court
Dayton OH 45430

A Bi-Monthly Publication September, 2001

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

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

All meetings to be held at 11:00 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice: (Directions on back page.)

October 5, 2001 : The status of the Uniform Mediation Act. The Ohio State Bar Association’s Bill Weisenberg will join us for a discussion of the rights and responsibilities of OMA under the UMA. Bill is a former Commissioner of the Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and a friend to all dispute resolution programs. By this meeting, the vote of the Uniform Commissioners will have been taken. In addition, the Commission is calling a meeting on October 3 rd from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM with Nancy Rogers, new Dean of the OSU School of Law, Recorder for the UMA and one of the Uniform Commissioners for Ohio. Those interested in attending this meeting should contact the Commission directly by September 28 th at (614) 752-9595. Get some of the most informed people’s perspectives on what the UMA means to Ohio and the OMA and its members in particular.

December 7, 2001 : TBA

February 1, 2002: TBA

April 5, 2002 : Annual Meeting TBA

President’s Corner
by Wendy Hawbaker

In July, the Executive Committee met for its annual half-day meeting to regroup, reorient and look at goals and objectives for the upcoming year.   This year we focused on a couple of very important areas.  First, we decided that a review of the OMA bylaws was in order.   We want to propose revisions to fit with the present realities of our organization.  We are in the process of conducting that review, and the proposed changes will be offered to the membership in the near future for comment and a vote.

Secondly, we looked at the critical issues facing the mediation community in Ohio and nationally (the Uniform Mediation Act, credentialing, matters surrounding professional background and defining quality mediation are a few of these).   Recognizing that the OMA is an organization formed to “promote the development of excellence in the practice of mediation….” our group has a responsibility to mediation, to mediators and to the public to weigh in on these evolving concerns.  We agreed that it was appropriate for the OMA to take a proactive role in the evolution of the field.  The practice of mediation is evolving at an extremely rapid pace.  If we as mediators fail to act now, we will loose control of the development of our own profession.

In order to effectively address our responsibility we intend to tap the resources and talents of mediators throughout the state to build a broader base of professionals to weigh in on these issues. To that end, we will be convening groups throughout Ohio, staffed by a member of the Executive Committee and scheduled for a convenient time and place, to share experience and concerns about matters that affect our profession. Holding these meetings in various locations of the state will allow for more accessibility to our members and to non-member mediators who want to have a voice in the

development of our field. This regional presence will also help us to identify needs specific to mediators and mediation consumers in various regions of Ohio.

Recognizing the value of our bimonthly luncheon meetings (held during the even-numbered months) as an opportunity to network and hear from presenters, we are also aware that more frequent meetings will be necessary to accomplish the goal we’ve set out.  To accomplish this, our regional meetings will be held during the odd-numbered months and will focus on more “business/action” oriented discussions.

In order to carry out this plan we are asking our members and other interested mediators for their participation and comment.  We are also looking for groups and individuals throughout the state who are interested in molding the future of mediation.  Please contact any member of the Executive Committee to discuss this important work. We look forward to hearing from you and to working towards our goals with your help.

Vice President’s Request for Principals of Mediation Providers
Vice president Bridget Durham is asking for copies of your organization’s principals or mission statement in the provision of Mediation Services. In deciding what is mediation; what it should look like, it was suggested at the last meeting that we collect these aspirational statements from those who have taken the time to put serious thought into what it is we do. Bridget said she would be the clearinghouse for these statements and would then use them to assist OMA in providing an overall statement of what we believe mediation should be. Bridget’s information is at the top of the newsletter to contact her by phone, fax or e-mail.

Dispute Resolution Magazine
The American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution has a quarterly magazine full of articles of interest to all who are involved with dispute resolution, not just mediation. In the Spring 2001 issue, the focus was on Dispute Resolution Ethics. Check this edition out as a great starting place for some of the discussions OMA is interested in starting statewide and in the regional meetings. The ABA Section is open to non-attorney members. For those interested, contact the Section at 740 15 th Street, NW, Washington DC 20005 (202) 662-1680, or for non-member subscription at $30 per year, (312) 988-5522 or e-mail at service@abanet.org.

!!TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!!
When you signed up for the Annual Conference did you conveniently send in your $35 annual dues for the 2001-2002 year? If not, please complete the Membership Application that has been mailed to you so we have accurate, updated information, or contact Martha 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 secretary, Martha Antolik. Her address is 520 Linton Court, Dayton, OH 45430. She can also be reached at (937) 429-9974, (937) 429-8841 FAX, and mantolik@coax.net. Contact Martha 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.

Corrections:

Jean Binkovitz, J.D.
193 E. Whittier Street
Columbus, OH 43206
740/873-7215
binkovitzmediation@yahoo.com

Kenneth T. Davis
P.O. Box 636
Marysville, OH 43040
937/645-3051
937/645-3159 FAX
kdavis@co.union.oh.us
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Juvenile, Neighbor/Community, Business/Commercial, Victim-Offender

Belinda Ohlinger
4873 Chevy Chase Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
614/71-2540
ohlinger@copper.net
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighbor/Community, Business/Commercial

David Wade Peck, Esq.
Barron, Peck, Bennie &Katz
1400 Fourth & Vice Tower, 1 W. 1 st Street
Cincinnati, 45202
513/721-1350
513/731-8311 FAX
dwp@bpattorneys.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighbor/Community, Business/Commercial, Civil litigation

Nancy Savage
5484 Fleetwood Dr., NW
Canton, OH 44718
330/449-3069
330/499-0905 FAX
nsavage@worldnet.att.net
nsavage@cutlergmac.com

Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Juvenile, Business/Commercial, Intgerpersonal, Labor, Neighbor/Community

Susan Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster, OH 43130
740/681-1031
740/689-3831 FAX
Shostak@ohiohills.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Workplace, Neighbor/Community, Inter-Agency

New Members:

Janice D. Bishop
1931 Dale Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237
513/281-1645 FAX

Family
Jacqueline Joiner
1937 Fairfax Street
Cincinnati, OH 45204
513/221-6881
513/221-6881 FAX
joiner@one.net
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce

Robert M. Nagle, Ph.D.
2818 Chapel Hill Drive
Lima, OH 45805
419/222-5933
rnagle@who.rr.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Juvenile, Business/Commercial

Dr. M. Douglas Reed and Associates
C/o Mary L. Shuman, LSW, CCDCI, FSICPP
8857 Cincinnati-Dayton Road
West Chester, OH 45069
513/779-7400
513/779-7426 FAX
marymaryshoe@aol.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighbor/Community, Business/Commercial

Christopher A. Walker, J.D.
Stillwater Mediation Services
830 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
937/767-2377
937/767-2397 FAX
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Business/Commercial,

Public policy
Albert L. Watson
8950 Daly Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231
513/556-3346
513/556-3848 FAX
albert.l.watson@uc.edu
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Business/Commercial, Labor,

Issues of persons with disabilities
Elizabeth Ann Winner
POB 18667
1246 Nilles Rd., #4
Fairfield, OH 45018
513/887-8735
513/829-2830 FAX
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Juvenile

Bernard S. Winnick, Attorney at Law
1653 Merriman Rd., Suite 109
Akron, OH 44313-5287
330/869-2818
330/869-8113 FAX
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Business/Commercial, Labor

A Mediate Solution
C/o Bryan Loveless
793 South 5 th Street
Columbus, OH 43206
614/445-7748
bryanloveless@hotmail.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Business/Commercial, Environmental, Labor, Medical

Bridge Consulting
C/o Romona Inskeep, CEO
1209 Hill Road North, #108
Pickerington, OH 43147
614/286-4194
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Business

Cheryl Burger Evans, Ph.D.
551 Foliage Lane
Springboro, OH 45066
937/748-4481
937/529-4127 FAX
evanscb@muohio.edu
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce

Tracey Kokumo, J.D
Director of Mediation Programs and Services, Hamilton County Juvenile Court800 Broadway, Floor 6
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1332
513/852-8855
513/852-3933 FAX
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Church

Michael Kutsick
1801 East 12 th Street, #1403
Cleveland, OH 44114
216/771-3110
mkutsick@yahoo.com
Areas of Practice: family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Business/Commercial

Barbara McManus
203 Lafayette Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45220
513/281-1642
513/241-2399 FAX
bflorez203@aol.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Juvenile

Heather Morton
Preble County Juvenile Court
Court House, 2 nd Floor
Eaton, OH 45320
937/456-8136
937/456-3602 FAX
Areas of Practice: Juvenile

Elizabeth R. Murray, Esq.
2200 PNC Center
201 E. 5 th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513/651-6420
513/651-6981 FAX
emurray@fbtlaw.com

Joseph E. Natalie
452 W. Lawndale Place
Zanesville, OH 43701-3950
740/453-0351
740/453-1066 FAX
jnat@clover. net
Areas of Practice: Family, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Business/Commercial

Editorial Comment by Shirley Cochran, J.D. As Editor of the Newscaster, I am taking advantage of the forum and would encourage others to do the same by writing a short article for the OMA membership on anything touching our experiences as mediators. The recent Ohio Supreme Court case of Campbell v. Burton (2001), 92 Ohio St. 3d. 336, bothers me quite a bit. In this case, a teacher who had information concerning possible child abuse did not report it and when the child was further harmed by the abuse, the parents sued the teachers, school, and school district. The ruling on the case concerned personal liability for those who have a reporting duty when they do not report, and as such, would not have bothered me as a mediator, except for how the teacher found out about the alleged abuse—it was during a mediation session at which the teacher served as mediator. There was no discussion of the mediation privilege statute, although it would not have applied as it has an exception for reporting mandatory reporting issues, but it was not mentioned at all. In being torn between Supreme Court opinions that do not mention matters extraneous to the decision and the opportunity for the Supreme Court to have reaffirmed that the mediation privilege statute worked in this situation as an example of one of the statutory waivers, I am not sure why I am so upset about this case. Perhaps it is an irrational need to have the statute for which I have had the most passion in a long time mentioned when appropriate, especially when this was a perfect example of how it should work to not make the discussion confidential when the highest court in the state has that opportunity. I suppose not mentioning it is better than it being mentioned in the wrong context or interpreted in a way I feel is inappropriate, but it still was of concern to me and for that reason, I thought I would bring it to your attention.

Uniform Mediation Act
Executive Summary

The Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) promotes the increasingly important use of mediation as an appropriate means of dispute resolution, while also protecting the rights of participants in the mediation processes.

It will strengthen existing state laws and court rules by providing a strong mediation privilege that permits the parties, mediator, and non-party participants to prevent the use of mediation communications in legal proceedings that take place after the mediation. This privilege is consistent with the current trend of state law protections for mediation, and if adopted uniformly, will assure that mediation communications in one state will not be subject to admissibility in another state

Scope: The protections of the Act will be available to mediation participants in almost all mediations in which the parties agreed to mediation or are directed into mediation by a court or other governmental entity. The only mediations that the Act will not apply to are those involving labor unions, student peer mediations, and judicial settlement conferences.

The Mediation Privilege: As a general matter, anyone who participates in a mediation will be able to prevent the statements they make from being used against them in later legal proceedings. (Sections 5-7). Under the UMA, statements made in mediation are treated as inadmissible in much the same way that the law in most states bars the use of statements made to attorneys, doctors, and priests.

The UMA mediation privilege applies to bar the use of mediation communications in a wide range of proceedings that take place after the mediation, including civil and criminal trials, arbitrations, administrative hearings, and legislative proceedings. (Section 3(8))

There are only limited exceptions to this general rule, for example to permit disclosures of threats of bodily harm, reports of abuse and neglect, and to establish that a mediation was used as a pretext to further a crime. (Section 7(a)) To ensure the integrity of the mediation process, there are also limited exceptions that would permit a judge to admit mediation communications into evidence to establish that a mediated settlement agreement was induced by fraud or duress, or that the mediator engaged in professional malpractice or misconduct. (Section 7(b))

Relatedly, the Act further bars mediator disclosures to courts, administrative agencies, and other government entities. (Section 8 (a)-(c))

Party Accompaniment: The Act provides parties with the ability to be accompanied by a friend, family member, or lawyer, which is particularly important when a party is compelled into a mediation by a court or other governmental entity. (Section 9)

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest: To further the integrity of the process, the UMA also includes optional model provisions for requiring the disclosure of conflicts of interest by a mediator and compelling a mediator’s disclosure of qualifications when asked. (Section 8(d)-(f)).

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws will review the final draft in August 2001. If approved by the full Conference, the proposed legislation will be forwarded to the American Bar Association for approval by the ABA House of Delegates in February 2001. If approved by the Conference and the ABA, the Act will be forwarded to individual states for adoption.

The Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children issued its report entitled “Family Law Reform: Minimizing Conflict, Maximizing Families” but it would be prohibitive to provide to our members, even figuring the cost for the member who might want a copy. It represents both what the recommendations of the task force are in terms of such things as developmentally-appropriate parenting plans and usage of Guardians Ad Litem by various courts, and some statistics of what the task force found in response to a survey of domestic relations courts in all 88 counties in Ohio. If anyone is interested in a copy of the report, it is suggested that you contact the Task Force directly or Wendy Hawbaker for the information.

On-Line Database for Court-Related ADR I am pleased to announce a new resource for the ADR field: an on-line, searchable database of resources on court-related ADR. The database, which was created by the Center for Analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems (CAADRS) can be accessed starting today at www.caadrs.org. Click on “Resource Center.”

So far the database includes information on more than 1,000 items including books, articles, web sites, laws, organizations, programs, etc. It covers subjects from certification and program design to confidentiality and evaluation. While we didn’t evaluate each entry, we did annotate them and include information on how to access each one. Visitors to the site can decide for themselves which ones they want to get. We’re posting this notice not only so that you can make use of the database, but also so that you can suggest additions and give us other feedback on the database. Email us at caadrs@caadrs.org. Just keep in mind that the focus is on court-related ADR, so that might explain why your favorite resource isn’t there. Please pass this along to anyone who is interested in court-related ADR and excuse the cross-posting. Thanks for your help. We’ll look forward to hearing from you. Susan M. Yates

Executive Director Center for Analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems Chicago, IL www.caadrs.org

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 October 20, 2001. 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: Although we have some announcements for this Newscaster, there are some announcements that also 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.

Job Posting for a Mediator for Juvenile Court—Victim Offender and working with the police department. Hours are Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM until 11:00 PM. Send resume or call Monica Brown, 101 E. Columbus Street, Springfield OH 45502 (937) 328-2626.

The Truancy Mediation Program, managed by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, with support from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution Programs, is expected to grow dramatically from the present seven counties to fourteen or more in the coming year.  Clark County is one of these, but although their affiliation with the State program is new they have had a successful program for three years, and have experienced mediators on staff.  However, other counties will be needing trained mediators, especially those with Truancy Mediation Experience. Joining, or considering doing so, are Miami, Preble, Holmes, Greene, Sandusky, Cuyahoga, Hancock, and Portage Counties.  For further information please contact Ed Krauss at 614 752 9681 or Bruno Romero at 614 752 4700.

 

Chief Executive Officer Association for Conflict Resolution Washington, DC (Dupont Circle area) Executive management Full time Salary:$90,000 – $105,000 DOE Respond to: ACR_Search@wright.edu Description: The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) seeks to hire a Chief

Executive Officer to lead a dynamic new organization created by the merger of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM), the Conflict Resolution Education Network (CREnet) and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR).  Successful candidates for this position will have significant experience as administrators of medium to large professional or not-for-profit organizations, with special emphasis on membership

associations, experience in working with policy Boards of Directors, and

evidence of a commitment to equity and diversity in their professional

lives. Education and/or experience in the field of conflict resolution is highly desirable, but not required. Expertise in managing in a

collaborative, team-oriented culture is required. The CEO is responsible

for the day-to-day operation of the organization, including supervision of staff, budget and programs. ACR has the goal of becoming the leading conflict resolution organization in North America while seeking also to reach out to practitioners throughout the world, as well as to work collaboratively with other conflict resolution organizations in North America and around the world. As a membership organization, ACR seeks to enhance the growth and development of its members as practitioners, educators, trainers and researchers in the field of conflict resolution. As a professional organization, ACR seeks to advance the public’s understanding of conflict resolution through its publications and public education initiatives. More information about ACR can be found at http://web.archive.org/web/20030530060758/http://www.acresolution.org/ . ACR offers an excellent salary and comprehensive benefits. The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $105,000, depending on the successful candidate’s credentials, qualifications, and relevant experience. Please send an electronic copy of your application and resume to Dan DeStephen, Chair of the Search Committee, at ACR_Search@wright.edu . Questions about this position can be directed to either Daniel Bowling ( dbowling@acresolution.org ; phone 202-667-9700 ext. 209) or Dan DeStephen ( ACR_Search@Wright.edu ; phone 937-775-2067). This position will remain open until filled, but the first review of candidates will occur in early September. Association for Conflict Resolution (a merged organization of AFM, CREnet and SPIDR) 1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Third Floor Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-667-9700

Email: acr@acresolution.org Web: http://web.archive.org/web/20030530060758/http://www.acresolution.org/

Postdoctoral Fellowships University of Michigan at Ann Arbor POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS Michigan Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowships program is offering three-year fellowships at the University of Michigan to begin September 2002. Annual stipend will be $42,000. Application postal deadline: October 5, 2001. No email applications accepted. Information and applications are available online at www.rackham.umich.edu/Faculty/society.html, or by writing: Society of Fellows 3030 Rackham Building University of Michigan 915 E Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070 society.of.fellows@umich.edu

Communication Specialist, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

CPR Institute Seeks Senior Staff: The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, formerly the Center for Public Resources, a non-profit alliance of leading corporations, law firms, public institutions, judges and scholars, seeks one or more senior staff members to (1) develop and work with our member base; (2) expand and encourage greater use of our publications, consulting and training programs, and panels; (3) secure grant funding. CPR is a prime mover in the evolution of private and public conflict management, bringing legal, academic and institutional leaders together, setting standards, and creatively advancing ADR theory and practice. The CPR Pledge, signed on behalf of more than 4,000 institutions, was a major contributor to cultural change. CPR has developed an extraordinary range of tools including state-of-the-art books and monographs; guidance for innovative problem-solving within companies, courts and law firms; videotapes describing process choices; readily adaptable rules and procedures, with commentary; a high-profile awards program that rewards outstanding scholarship and practical achievement; a widely-read periodical, Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation; and conferences, workshops and training programs exploring theory and practice. CPR has accomplished all of these things because its broad, diverse membership including corporate general counsel, senior lawyers at leading firms, and outstanding scholars. At the same time, it has succeeded in establishing a reputation as a convener and leader in the pursuit of excellence, integrity and constructive evolution in conflict management. In recent years, CPR has spearheaded a number of Public Policy projects such as the CPR/Georgetown Commission on Ethics, the CPR Judicial Project (in conjunction with the Federal Judicial Center), the CPR Commission on the Future of Arbitration, and the CPR Project on Problem Solving and Legal Education. Qualifications

CPR seeks expressions of interest from persons having some or all of these attributes: Experience. CPR staff members typically bring with them experience in a law firm, corporate legal department, court, or agency; counseling, drafting, advocacy and service as a mediator or arbitrator are all relevant, as is experience with international and online transactions. Pertinent educational credentials, such as teaching experience or a graduate degree in conflict resolution or conflict management from a recognized institution, may also be beneficial. Communication skills; ability to work with various constituencies. CPR staff perform a variety of tasks that demand excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to organize and work independently with multi-disciplinary groups of leaders from business, law, academia and the public sector. Creativity and commitment to advancing the field. CPR staff tend to be distinguished by the ability to see and understand future opportunities and trends in conflict management, including international and online opportunities. They are also committed to fully exploiting the possibilities of interest-based negotiation, mediation and other approaches to conflict inside and outside the court system, but also recognize their limitations. Finally, they understand the need to set standards of excellence in conflict management, and CPR’s unique leadership role. Business development skills. CPR has an immediate need for a staffer with proven skills in grant-making, administration, member development, marketing, or strategic planning, or experience in assisting entrepreneurial growth and development for an organization. All CPR staff members work out of CPR’s offices in New York City. Salary and benefits are highly competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested persons are encouraged to fax, mail or e-mail their particulars, in strictest confidence, to my assistant, Bonnie, at fax: 212/949-6490, or e-mail: bdetzel@cpradr.org . Thomas J. Stipanowich

President CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution 366 Madison Avenue New York, N.Y. 10017

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS :

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. Title/Location/Date/Time/Credits/Cost*) Negotiating Insurance Claims: Strategies & Skills/Columbus/Sept. 14/9:00 – 4:00/5.25 CLE/$150/$175; Basic Mediation/Cleveland/Sept. 10 – 11/8:30 – 5:00/13.5 CLE/$395/$440; Managing Adult Conflict in Early Childhood Programs/Columbus/Oct. 4 – 5/8:30 – 4:30/TBA/$300/$350; Intensive Mediation/Columbus/Oct. 22 – 26/8:30 – 5:00/34.0 CLE/$750/$805; Basic Mediation/Columbus/Oct. 22 – 23/8:30 – 5:00/13.5 CLE/$350/$395; Becoming A More Effective Mediator/Columbus/Oct. 24/8:30 – 5:00/7.0 CLE/$150/$175; Negotiation: The Building Block of Dispute Resolution/Columbus/Oct. 25/8:30 – 5:00/7.0 CLE/$150/$175; Succeeding in the Business of Mediation/Columbus/Oct. 26/8:30 – 12:00/3.25 CLE$75/$100; Mediation Ethics: Avoiding the Hidden Pitfalls/Columbus/Oct. 26/1:30 – 5:00/3.25 CLE/$75/$100; Handling Workplace Conflicts: Strategies & Skills/Columbus/Nov. 13 – 14/8:30 – 4:30/12.5 CLE/$300/$350; Divorce Mediation/Columbus/Dec. 3 – 7/8:30 – 6:00/40.0 CLE/$750/$805; Basic Mediation/Columbus/Dec. 12 – 13/8:30 – 5:00/13.5 CLE/$350/$395.* Early Bird registration rates are listed first. Early Bird rates apply when a registration form and payment (check, credit card, or purchase order) are received six weeks prior to the scheduled training.

Conflict Management Services

Presenters Cheryl M. Lowry, Ph D., Paula Trout, MA, JD, and Kenneth T. Davis, BA of Union County’s Victim-Offender Mediation Program. 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/20030530060758/http://www.conflictmgmt.com/

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and The Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training September 12 & 13, or November 14 & 15, 2001 and February 6 & 7, 2002, plus the 40 hour Domestic Mediation Training October 3, 4, 10-12, 2001, and April 11, 12, 17-19, 2002. For more information or registration brochure, contact Michelle at CMS, 80 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH 43215, phone (614) 228-7191 or fax (614) 228-7213

Free arbitrator training for qualified persons who would like to serve as an arbitrator for the BBB AUTO LINE program. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is offering free arbitrator training for qualified persons who would like to serve as an arbitrator for the BBB AUTO LINE program. Trainees must be either attorneys or persons with prior experience as an arbitrator. BBB AUTO LINE is a national program administered by the Better Business Bureau system and provides both mediation and arbitration – at no cost to the consumer — for vehicle warranty disputes. BBB AUTO LINE arbitration hearings are held at Better Business Bureau locations around the country. The parties participate in person and/or by telephone, and hearings average less than two hours. We ask arbitrators to hear up to two cases per month at a location convenient to the arbitrator’s home or place of work. Arbitrators receive an honorarium of $100 for each BBB AUTO LINE case heard. Training for certification as a BBB AUTO LINE arbitrator consists of one short evening session followed by a day-long session. The training sessions are largely interactive, and provide an opportunity to practice and enhance arbitrator skills. Continuing Legal Education credits are requested for the training in a number of states. A schedule of upcoming trainings can be found at http://www.dr.bbb.org/arbitrator/training_schedule.cfm An application for those interested in becoming a BBB AUTO LINE arbitrator can be found at http://www.dr.bbb.org/arbitrator/arbitrator.cfm For more information, you may also write to Annette Lee, Council of Better Business Bureaus, 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203 (703.247.9374) or contact her at alee@cbbb.bbb.org. The Better Business Bureau offers the opportunity for those with a commitment to alternative dispute resolution to further that commitment through service to your local community as a BBB AUTO LINE arbitrator. We look forward to hearing from you. Alan L. Cohen, Deputy General Counsel, Council of Better Business Bureaus, 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800,

Arlington, VA 22203 703.247.9363 (phone) 703.276.0634 (fax)

The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland is offering a 15 hour workshop on Mediating from a Gestalt Perspective the weekend of Sept 28, 2001.  The workshop will start on Friday evening and will end on Sunday afternoon.  I am presenting this workshop along with Sally Higgenbottom, a mediator from Boston who was a collegaue with me in GIC’s program on organizational development.  The workshop will be highly experiential and will use the gestalt cycle of experience as a framework for approaching mediation.  It

offers a “how to” approach for doing what we ‘re told we’re to do as mediators. The workshop is open to mediators and others interested in or practicing dispute resolution processes. More information about this workshop and the Institute can be found at the GIC website. Here is a link to the site:   http://www.gestaltcleveland.org/”>Gestalt Institute of Cleveland On-Line Ann Begler, Begler Group, 945 Liberty Avenue, #7, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-391-4000

Basic Mediation Training with Marie Hill and Lou Ann Wood 12 hours Thursday and Friday: September 13-14 2001 or Thursday and Friday: January 31 – February 1, 2002. Divorce and Family Mediation Training John McElwee, JD and Marie Hill, MEd – 40 hours October 24-25-26, 29-30, 2001 or

March 13-14-15, 18-19, 2002. Cincinnati, OH – CLE’s and CEU’s available. e-mail Marie Hill at mhill@beechacres.org or call 513-231-6630 for a brochure.

AFCC Northeast Regional Conference, New York City, September 13-15, 2001, New Yorker Hotel. High Conflict Families and the Courts, an International Showcase. Registration by August 6, 2001 to insure your name appears in the conference list. Contact AFCC, 6515 Grand Teton Place, Suite 210, Madison WI 53719-1048, Phone (608) 664-3750.

Georgetown University Law Center/ Hewlett Fellowship in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving Announcement. The Georgetown University Law Center will begin offering, with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an LL.M. degree program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving in 2001. There will be one Fellow chosen each year for a two year fellowship program designed to prepare the Fellow for a career in scholarship, teaching and practice in the field of dispute resolution, including conflict resolution and legal problem solving in such areas as general domestic litigation, environment, international, public interest and public policy, corporate, intellectual property or other areas of interest to the Fellow and faculty. The Fellow will begin by assisting in course instruction in current Georgetown offerings in Dispute Resolution, including Negotiation, Mediation, Multi-Party Dispute Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution (survey) (seminar) and (policy), including some clinical supervision in a planned Mediation clinical offering, taking relevant substantive courses in the

field of the Fellow=s interest and then will develop and teach his/her own courses in the field. The Fellow will be expected to complete an LL.M thesis of publishable quality to contribute to the advancement of the field of conflict resolution and legal problem solving. Application should be made by letter, with accompanying resume, writing sample, official law school transcript and statement of research and

teaching interests, to Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, DC. 20001-2095. Candidates should have exceptional academic credentials, preferably including publication and strong research interests, law school courses in negotiation or dispute resolution, some social science, and some relevant experience in dispute resolution (including litigation, negotiation, mediation, public policy consensus building, ombuds, or equivalent

experience). Applicants should be prepared to begin at the beginning of a semester, either August 30, 2001 or January 7, 2002. Acceptance will be highly competitive. The second Fellowship will begin July 1, 2002. Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000 (taxable) per annum, plus all tuition and fees in the LL.M program. For further information, please write, call or email: Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow Director, Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem-Solving Georgetown University Law Center 600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC. 20001-2095 (202) 662-9379/ meadow@law.georgetown.edu

Call for Papers: ADR & the Law As you may know, since 1997 the Fordham Urban Law Journal (AULJ@), in conjunction with the American Arbitration Association (AAAA@), has published a book entitled ADR & the Law, covering developments in both domestic and international alternative dispute resolution. We are proud that the AAA has selected the Journal to continue this scholarly and well-respected publication.  ADR & the Law is the successor of the AAA publication Arbitration and the Law, and like its predecessor, is published annually.  Work on the 2001 edition is almost complete, and we are

beginning work on the 2002 edition.  The 2001 edition includes analyses of important judicial decisions, new legislative developments, and commentary by distinguished legal practitioners and scholars in the area of alternative dispute resolution. We are currently soliciting pieces for the domestic section of the 2002 edition of ADR & the Law and we would be pleased and honored to review a piece that you may submit.  We provide professionals and scholars significant leeway regarding the length and format of these submissions. Submissions may range from transcripts of speeches, to short commentaries, to full articles.  Where appropriate, your submission should include citations in accordance with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (17th ed.).  Please keep in mind that the Journal will assist you with the

format and citations in your piece. We sincerely hope that you decide to publish your ideas on alternative

dispute resolution with the AAA and ULJ in the upcoming edition of ADR & the Law.  Should you have any questions or comments regarding submissions or the book, please contact Lynn Singband or Gena Lai at the Urban Law Journal at (212) 636-6881, by fax at (212) 636-6694, or by email at lynnsingband@yahoo.com .  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Los Angeles County Bar Association   Dispute Resolution Services, Inc  THIRTY HOUR BASIC MEDIATOR TRAINING Contact Jenna Albrecht at (213) 896-6532 fax: (213) 613-1299 THIRTY HOUR BASIC MEDIATOR TRAINING September 10 – 14 (9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.) LACBA Lexis Conference Center 281 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30 (Weekdays/ 6-9 p.m., Saturday/ 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) Ken Edwards Center 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA $485 DRS associates $515  LA County Bar Members $560  All others Acclaimed mediator skills training on negotiations process, mediation law and legal requirements, settlement skills, breaking impasse, communication and active listening, drafting the settlement agreement. Meets requirements of California Dispute Resolution Programs Act. Approved for 25 hours of CLE credit. Faculty: Lynne Bassis, Esq., Frank Riela, Esq., John Rodriguez, Therese White, Gail Nugent

Mediation Works Incorporated’s “MWI’s Train the Trainer Institute” 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, facilitators and role-play coaches.  Boston, MA. For more information please visit < http://web.archive.org/web/20030530060758/http://www.mwi.org/programs/trainer.html > or call (800) 348-4888 x22. 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. DATES:  September 19-21, 2001  9:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day TRAINERS:  Melissa Brodrick and Charles Doran LOCATION: Mediation Works Incorporated, Boston, MA COST:  $750 ($695 if registered by August 20, 2001) For more information, plus hotel information, please visit  < http://web.archive.org/web/20030530060758/http://www.mwi.org/ > or call Charles Doran, Executive Director at (800) 348-4888 x22 with questions and to request a brochure.

IRS Nationwide Tax Forum:Taxpayer Rights & Alternative Dispute Resolution October 2 & 3, 2001 at the Berkeley Marina Radisson Hotel in Berkeley, CA For more info: 202/694-1842 TEL 202/694-1845 FAX

thomas.c.louthan@irs.gov E-MAIL www.irs.gov/appeals INTERNET SITE

Nordic Forum for Mediation Conference http://www.n-f-m.org/ (under construction). The Nordic Forum for Mediation is arranging a conference in Copenhagen 18-20th January 2002. Prior to the conference there will be a training institute on the 16th and 17th January 2002. The conference and the training institute will gather mediators from areas

such as victim-offender, family, community, school, international, corporate and civil mediation. We have been so privileged that high profiled mediators from different sectors and styles of mediation have accepted our invitation to be with us, not only at the conference but also in the pre-conference training institute. Along with those you will meet a variety of skilled mediators. It is an opportunity that people interested in mediation cannot miss if their calendar allows them to be present. You are invited to an historic event. The conference site is wonderful: http://www.scanticon-borupgaard.com/engelsk/i_index.htm. The workshops will run simultaneously in 10 parallel tracks. A large number of the workshops offered in Scandinavian languages will be repeated in the English language. Also, we ask that participants send their fee at the time of registration so we can guarantee a space. Unfortunately the wonderful conference site provides only space for 350 participants and we are giving priority to those signing up first. The rates: 1. dkr. 6.000 equivalent to USD 750 (admission fee, accommodation and food included) for the conference, 2. and 5.000 dkr. app. equivalent to 625 USD for the training institute (admission fee, accommodation and food included). 3. You don’t have to buy the full packet. You can choose between the two events though my recommendation is to attend both. 4. If you attend both the training institute and the conference, you will be charged an additional fee for another night (Thursday-Friday) equivalent to 100 USD. For more info: Hans Boserup [SMTP:boserup@po.ia.dk]

On Saturday, September 8, 2001 The Mediation Council of Illinois will offer a Fall Conference MEDIATION SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 2001 400 Field Drive, Lake Forest, IL, at Trustmark FALL CONFERENCE TOPICS Reality Testing, Financial Planning, Domestic Violence Training, Tough Moments, Grandparents, Positions to Interests, Child Welfare, Parental Alienation, Ethics, Screening, Self-Righteousness, Self-Awareness, Loss & Grief, Marketing Judicial Panel: View from the Bench -“Impact of Mediation on Domestic Relations Issue” Judges Cerri, Edmonson, Equi and Gavin Contact The Council at 312-641-3000, email at skzingery@aol.com,

or visit our webpage at http://web.archive.org/web/20030530060758/http://www.mediationillinois.org/ . Fax: 847-462-0385

Professional Mediation Skills Training Program (36 Hour Training) Dates: October 5-7, 20-21, 2001 Location: University of Washington School of Law 1100 NE Campus Parkway Seattle, Washington 98105 For additional information, please contact the University of Washington School of Law Continuing Legal Education Office at 206-543-0059 or 800-253-8648; e-mail address: uwcle@u.washington.edu. Visit our webpage at www.uwcle.org.

MEDIATION TRAINING AND CONSULTATION INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES THE FOLLOWING

WORKSHOPS FOR FALL: November 12-16, 2001 Ann Arbor, Michigan Zena D. Zumeta, J.D. 330 E. Liberty, Suite 3A Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2238

(734) 663-1155/ Fax: (734) 663-0524 Email: mtci@igc.org

Websites: http://web.archive.org/web/20030530060758/http://www.learn2mediate.com/ www.collaborateatwork.com

In connection with NARF and WSWC, the American Bar Association’s

Section of Dispute Resolution presents a program on: Indian Tribes, Natural Resources Conflicts and Alternative Dispute Resolution In Cooperation With: The Native American Rights Fund The Western States Water Council Patton Boggs LLP October 9, 2001 St. George, Utah Program Outline: A full day of panel discussions on ADR practices and policies,

the mechanics of mediation, in-depth talks on United States v. Michigan

and the future of Indian water rights settlements. Guest Speakers to Include: The Honorable Richard Enslen, Senior United States District Court Judge John D. Leshy, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California at Hastings Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar (Invited) Located at the St. George Holiday Inn 850 South Bluff Street Cost of the program is $95 Contact Rebecca Richter for more information 202.457.6155/rrichter@pattonboggs.com Continuing Legal Education Credits* The program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. With a reception immediately following Additional registration information forthcoming *CLE Accreditation has been requested for this program from every state (including California and Pennsylvania) with mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements for lawyers. Please be aware that each state has its own rules and regulations, including its definition of “CLE.” Attorneys seeking to obtain MCLE credit in Pennsylvania are required to pay state accreditation fees directly to the PACLE. Please be prepared to remit payment to the PACLE ($2.00 per credit hour or any portion thereof) after the program. Certificates of attendance will be available at the conclusion of the program for both attendees and speakers. If you have questions about the number or credit hours granted by each state, you may call 312-988-6217, starting 2 to 3 weeks before the program.

The Association for conflict Resolution (a merged organization of AFM, CREnet, and SPIDR) announce the first International Conference in cooperation with the National Association for Community Mediation. Coming Together is scheduled from October 10-13, 2001, in Toronto, Ontario at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. Hotel reservations need to be made by September 10, 2001 at (416) 947-4955 ext. 4440, and reservations for the conference need to be made by October 1, 2001. Questions concerning the conference are to be directed to Paco Martinez at (703) 685-4130. ACR’s Second Annual International Conference will be held in San Diego, California August 21-24, 2002. Call for Proposes at http://web.archive.org/web/20030530060758/http://www.acresolution.org/ .

Web Sites of Interest: Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.state.oh.us/cdr/ (This is one of the sites where the directory will appear.)

Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org (Another directory website.)

The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School http://web.archive.org/web/20030530060758/http://www.mcgregor.edu/

Coming soon: OMA’s website!!!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 43266-0124