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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 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

Bi-Monthly and Annual Meeting Dates

Mark your Calendars for our exciting upcoming meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months)

Oct. 1, 2010 Curtis P. Haugtvedt, Associate Professor of Marketing, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.

The marketing of a concept (mediation, the use of mediation as an alternative to litigation) as opposed to marketing a product.  How best to excite people about a concept rather than a hard product one can see.   Market your practice!

Dec. 3, 2010  TBA

Feb. 4, 2011  TBA

April 29, 2011  ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

More details to follow but we think you will really like the speaker who just committed!

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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September / October 2009

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 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

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009-2010 meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences the Friday of Ohio’s Conflict Management Week in May.)

Oct. 9, 2009 OMA IS BACK ON THE ROAD! OMA Bi-Monthly Meeting in CLEVELAND, OHIO! Please join the Ohio Mediation Association and the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio on October 9, 2009 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 1301 East 9th Street, Second Level Cleveland Ohio 44114 (216) 696-3525 http://www.clemetrobar.org PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO OMA meeting on 10/2 at the MCL Cafeteria.  Our next meeting in Columbus will be on 12/4.

Dec. 4, 2009 TBA

Feb. 5, 2010 TBA

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

Today was my son’s first day of Kindergarten.  A very BIG day in our household.  It is what keeps crowding out the really brilliant insights that I am supposed to be sharing with you through this column.  But, so far the best insight that I can come up with is the fact that it is important not to push.  Why, you may ask?  Because it is important to follow the rules.  I can see you all scratching your heads and thinking, “Well there you go, she has finally gone over the edge.”  But read on and it may become clear how it all ties in (or it may not but it’s a short article).

You see my son was really excited to go to Kindergarten but something was making him very nervous.  We finally got it out of him last night.  He was worried about breaking the rules (he’s not so worried about breaking them at home but I digress…).    His biggest problem – he didn’t know what the rules were for Kindergarten.  Words can’t capture the overwhelming look of relief that washed over his face when I pulled out the rules and read them to him one by one.  He said, “I can follow all of those rules, I’ve been following them at preschool for years (and that’s a long time when you are only 5)!”

Still wondering how possibly my son’s first-day-of-school anxiety relates to our role as mediators.  It’s all about the importance of establishing groundrules.  We often forget that we are dealing with individuals at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.  Mediation is a new experience for the majority of parties – a “first day” if you will.  Many of us have been in the “business” so long that we tend to forget that while this may be old hat to us, it is a brand new experience for the parties.  The result is that we often rush through our introduction and dive right into the process without fully informing the parties of the “rules of the game.”   Taking the time to set the tone and establish the groundrules will go a long way in calming the parties’ fear of the unknown.  They provide parameters and a framework within which parties feel safe to attempt to resolve the conflict that brought them to the table.

I think I hear a chorus of “duhs” from the crowd.  I know this is totally basic.  But that’s exactly my advice this month – let’s take a moment to go back to the basics.  To remember what makes mediation such an extraordinary process though which even the most intense conflicts can be resolved. But, let us also remember that for many, it can be a scary foray into unchartered territory.  As mediators, we have the power to calm fears and provide comfort to those experiencing their “first day” – may we always remember the value of providing people with the opportunity to empower themselves by giving them the tools they need to succeed.

I hope you will plan to join OMA at our bi-monthly meeting in Cleveland on October 9, 2009.   I will look forward to seeing you there!

OMA BETTER WORLD AWARD GOES TO PARTNER IN MEDIATION PROMOTION
By Jay M. Patterson
Immediate Past President

For those of you not able to attend the successful OMA Annual Conference in May, you may not be aware of this year’s recipient of the OMA Better World Award.  Each year, the Better World Award is presented by OMA to a person or entity that has made the world (or at least our corner of it) a better place through their work, directly or indirectly, related to mediation.  The 2009 award was presented to LondyLawrence, the advertising agency responsible for the creation and execution of OMA’s statewide marketing campaign on behalf of the entire mediation field.

OMA is deeply committed to advancing the field of mediation.  One of the most important elements necessary to advance the mediation profession is making the general public more aware of mediation and to help inspire the public to have a conversation with a mediator to explore the use of mediation as a means to improve quality of life.  The idea of the advertising campaign was that if we could simply get people to take the first step of exploring mediation, many would elect to use it in order to address their concerns.  Just as one would not consider the use of a taxi or rental car for ground transportation at an airport if one were not aware of the existence of such services, one cannot make one’s life better through mediation if it is not in one’s everyday consciousness.  Conversely if a mediator has the opportunity to explain the many advantages of mediation, many people will come to realize those advantages and select mediation as the means to address their needs.

To this end, the OMA Board endeavored to seek professional assistance to create high quality newspaper advertisements and radio public service announcements.  Without knowing it, you may have seen LondyLawrence’s work on many advertising campaigns on TV and print for numerous well-known companies.  The newspaper ads, which reached hundreds of thousands of readers, depicted provocative images of people in conflict throughout history and informed readers of mediation as a better way to deal with conflict.  Along with these eye-catching images of undesirable historical means of conflict resolution, the ads featured the tag line “Before Things Get Out Of Hand.”  The ads also featured the OMA web site address, which contains the searchable OMA Mediator Directory so that an interested person might locate and ultimately hire an OMA member to provide mediation services.  The Board felt strongly that helping to link prospective clients with OMA members would add value to their membership and help reward those willing to contribute to action on behalf of all Ohio mediators.

The inscription placed on the Better World Award is reprinted as follows:

“LondyLawrence is the advertising agency responsible for the creation of the statewide advertising campaign long planned by OMA and executed in the fall 2008 and early 2009.  The effort by OMA to market mediation on a statewide basis in Ohio is unprecedented for a professional association and possibly for any Ohio mediation entity.

In addition to creating the advertising campaign and a script for use in radio public service announcements (PSA’s), they also worked to identify and negotiate the actual print media buys in several newspapers across Ohio.  Further, they secured studio time and voice talent for the creation of the PSA as well as distributing the PSA to 50 radio stations across the state.  All work performed by LondyLawrence was provided at no charge to OMA.  The value of this work is estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.  But for the largess of LondyLawrence, there is simply no question that it would not have been possible to execute our statewide marketing effort to increase awareness, familiarity, trust and legitimacy for the mediation profession and every mediator in Ohio.

OMA is indeed fortunate to have found such a generous partner in our quest to increase the use of mediation as an effective means to improve quality of life for Ohioans.  We believe such generosity deserves our recognition and thanks through the Better World Award.”

Bret Lawrence, a Principal of the firm, received the award on behalf of LondyLawrence.  Mr. Lawrence expressed an appreciation for working on a project in which the subject matter allowed for wide creative expression.  He also emphasized how rewarding it was to truly contribute to improving society.

Although OMA was able to secure the services of LondyLawrence without charge, the cost of the space for the ads themselves was not inexpensive.  But for the resources that come from membership we would not have been able to afford to conduct the campaign.  I’m convinced that the realization of mediation’s true potential to improve quality of life is dependent upon and directly linked to whether and how much we are willing to act collectively to assert our interests as a united profession.  Collective action starts with one mediator at time contributing to the collective whole.  Thank you, OMA members, for playing your personal role in contributing to advancing the interests of all Ohio mediators through your membership.  Please spread the word about OMA to other mediators who may not yet be a member of the only statewide professional mediation association in Ohio serving all mediators irrespective of style, region, or setting.  Your own future as a mediator may just depend on it.

Training in New ADR Process “Co-resolution” Coming to Columbus, Nov. 13th.
Nathan Witkin, The Co-resolution Group

Co-resolution is an entirely new dispute resolution process that serves as an advanced form of mediation.  While a mediator invites parties to cooperate as an impartial outsider, co-resolvers personally assist separate parties in a cooperative negotiation.  Without requiring skills or knowledge beyond basics in mediation, this new system provides mediators with a more active, involved role in the interaction, provides the parties with a personal coach and a fair opponent, and enforces cooperation better than any other negotiation-based process.

Co-resolution Basics
Aiming to affect the disputants’ negotiation in a positive manner, co-resolution involves two negotiators (“co-resolvers”) that advocate for different sides, but work together to bring the disputants to negotiate under cooperative, mediation-based strategies.  What makes co-resolution unique is that the negotiators work against each other, coaching separate parties, but work as continuing opponents in a partner-like relationship.  The resulting dynamic ensures both cooperation across the table and loyalty on each side of the table.

Cooperation.  Because the co-resolvers must negotiate against each other in the future, both will remain fully cooperative throughout the negotiation.  Future interactions allow negotiators to reciprocate present action in later disputes, so guaranteeing this continuing relationship means that competitive, deceptive tactics would drive the negotiators into an escalating chain of retaliation.  Since their relationship sets the tone and the quality of the negotiation, the co-resolvers will vehemently promote cooperation rather than even risk triggering such distrust.  The parties will then buy into this process, despite the fact that their own negotiator will limit their behavior, because the co-resolvers provide the benefits of professional negotiation coaching and because no other negotiation process restrains the other side.

Loyalty.  Even though the co-resolvers have an overarching relationship with each other, each will remain entirely loyal to their separate parties in the negotiation.  Because co-resolution is an informal process, and because the co-resolvers are brought in as a package deal, either party can easily fire both co-resolvers.  As a result, if either party feels that their negotiation assistant is ineffective or sympathetic to the other side, they can terminate the entire process.  Both co-resolvers are therefore under strong incentive to focus support, coaching, and advocacy to their separate parties.

Thus, the future interests of the co-resolvers bring them to curb negotiation behaviors that would harm their relationship, while the present interests bring them to fully assist separate parties in negotiating against the other side.  The combined result should be personal support in negotiation that concentrates on cooperation with the other side.

Co-resolution Info Sessions and Trainings
To promote wider understanding and practice of co-resolution, The Co-resolution Group will be holding free info sessions in September and a six-hour training on Friday, November 13th.
The free info sessions will be at the downtown Columbus public library, from 6:00 to 7:00pm, on the following dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 1st:  Conference Room #2
Tuesday, Sept. 8th:  Conference Room #2
Wednesday, Sept. 16th:  Conference Room #2
Tuesday, Sept. 22nd:  Conference Room #3
Tuesday, Sept. 29th:  Conference Room #3
Attendees will receive the opening chapter of the Co-resolution Training Manual.  Space is limited, so please email coresolution.adr@gmail.com if you might attend.
The six-hour training will be held on Friday, November 13th at the Columbus Convention Center.  The training includes the 90-page Co-resolution Training Manual©, interactive lecture, role play, and certificate of completion.  Because this process is just now being introduced to the public, the training and materials are being offered at the low rate of $65.  Email coresolution.adr@gmail.com or visit www.co-resolution.com if you are interested and want more details.
The co-resolution concept has been published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, presented at national conferences, and has received accolades from ADR experts such as Nancy Rogers and Bernie Mayer.  You can be among the first to be trained in this revolutionary dispute resolution process.

Job Posting: The Lake County Common Pleas Court, General Division, is hiring a full-time staff mediator for foreclosure and other civil cases. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 1, 2009. The job description and application process can be found on the court’s Web site at http://www.lakecountyohio.gov/cpcgd/. Click on Announcements, find the summary posting, and click on read more.

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

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

September 11, 2009:  Jan Fritz Jan Fritz, PhD, Professor UC DAAP – School of Planning will discuss UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security.  The Security Council adopted resolution (S/RES/1325) on women and peace and security on October 31, 2000. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

November 13, 2009:  Lou Ann Wood and Marie Hill will lead a discussion of the book, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict (author: Arbinger Institute, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.).  To make this discussion more rewarding, Lou Ann and Marie encourage all to read the book before the meeting.  In addition to discussion, Lou Ann and Marie hope to develop some tools we can use, based upon suggestions made in the book, when clients become stuck.

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.

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:

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

Joseph W. Anyimadu
3446 Cunard Square
Columbus OH 43227 (614) 441-4243
Fax: (614) 475-7279
Newstar11@columbus.rr.com

Amy R. Bayliff
1626 Oakland Parkway
Lima OH 45805 (567) 204-6556
AMY@BAYDAISY.COM

Daniel B. Bennington
Attorney at Law
87 Somerset Road
Delaware OH 43015 (614) 620-9539
Dan.bennington@yahoo.com

Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc.
c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402 (937) 610-2263
Fax (937) 222-3338
SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW
Dover OH 44622 (330) 364-2647
mivid@tusco.net

Stephen P. Calardo, JD
Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314 (513) 598-5000
Fax (513) 598-5500
scalardo@fuse.net

Martha Camp
117 Wehe Terrace
Pomeroy OH 45769 (740) 590-8610
plowsharesinc@yahoo.com

Capital Mediation Associates LLC c/o J. Christopher Scott
655 Metro Place S. Suite 600 Dublin OH 43017  (614) 789-1733
Fax: (614) 538-8056
cscott@capitalmediators.com

Jack W. Carney-DeBord’s Law Office
c/o Jack W. Carney-DeBord
305 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 369-7567
Fax: (740) 368-9747
Jcarney1@rr.ohio.com

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
P O Box 42351
Cincinnati OH 45242 (513) 721-4466
Fax (513) 721-3383
jlawson@cfrd.com

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker
7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600
Cincinnati OH 45202 (513) 639-9132
Fax: (513) 744-6332
c.baker@cincinnati.bbb.org

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

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

Barbara V. Culp
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 225
Minford OH 45653 (740) 981-2697
bculp@falcon1.net

Eleventh District Ct. of Appeals c/o Shibani Sheth-Massacci
111 High Street, N.E.
Warren OH 44481 (330) 675-6681
Fax: (330) 675-7842
ssmassacci@11thappealohio.us

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

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

Jessica M. Harmon
Harmon ADR Services
98 Kelly Marie Drive
Pataskala OH 43062 (614) 403-3590
harmonmediation@earthlink.net

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

Jeff Hutson
Lane, Alton & Horst
2 Miranova Place Suite 500
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 233-4747
Fax (614) 228-0146
jhutson@lanealton.com

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 240-7410
Fax (614) 240-7415
Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

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

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
20133 Farnsleigh Road
Cleveland OH 44122 (216) 991-6200
Fax (216) 991-6199
lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Barbara Lehman
101 E. Columbia Street
Springfield OH 45502 (937) 605-2023
Fax: (937) 328-2639
lehmanb@clarkohiojuvcourt.us

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office
c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover
225 Court Street, Room 301
Elyria OH 44035 (440) 328-2250
Fax: (440) 328-2252
loraincountyadr@windstream.net

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980 (614) 578-1584
Fax: (614) 792-7681
loweryb5@aol.com

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

Sharon Maerten-Moore Fourth District Court of Appeals
14 S. Paint Street, Suite 38
Chillicothe OH 45601 (740) 779-6662
Fax: (740) 779-6665
smaerten@hotmail.com

Nicholas J. Marino, Attorney
697 W. Market Street Suite 300
Akron OH 44303 (800) 533-1446
Fax: (330) 836-9665
NJM@Marinolaw.biz

Jerome F. Weiss, Mediation, Inc. 1600 Midland Building
101 Prospect Avenue W.
Cleveland OH 44115 (216) 589-9995
Fax: (216) 589-9723
mediator@mediationresolve.com

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court
300 E. Scott Street
Youngstown OH 44505 (330) 740-2244 ext. 6408
Fax: (330) 742-5899
mpatzak@mahoningcountyoh.gov

Margaret E. Honore Miller, J.D.
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601 (740) 703-6088
Fax: (740) 775-2512
mediation@mail2world.com

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

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Cozette Snead P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248 (937) 225-4539
Fax (937) 496-7835
Sneadc@mcohio.org
Vanita Nevis
3113 Blue Ridge Road
Columbus OH 43219 (614) 337-9866
vnevis@odod.state.oh.us

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

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Dick Altman, Christopher DelFavero & Denise McColley
660 North Perry St. Suite 403B
Napoleon OH 43545 (419) 592-5105
Fax: (419) 592-2759
chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43221 (614) 688-4918
F (614) 292-2035
Cole.228@osu.edu

Belinda Ohlinger Solution Builders Mediation Services
5900 Sawmill Road, Suite 110 Dublin OH 43017 (614) 761-2540
Fax: (614) 761-2988
ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209 (513) 533-2002
Fax (513) 721-2401
dwp@bpbslaw.com

Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130 (740) 653-9396
Fax: (740) 652-9396
fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870 (419) 627-7782
Fax: (419) 627-6600
cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Christy K. Radigan
7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054 (614) 855-6926 (home)
Fax (614) 855-2798
cradigan@insight.rr.com

Barbara K. Roman, Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis
28601 Chagrin Blvd. #500
Cleveland OH 44122 (216) 831-0042
Fax: (216) 831-0542
broman@meyersroman.com

Susan Grody Ruben
30799 Pinetree Road, #226
Cleveland OH 44124 (216) 464-4060
Fax: (216) 595-5274
SusanGrodyRuben@att.net

Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207 (614) 491-5597
Fax (614) 491-3404
Russellviv@aol.com

Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258 (330) 499-3069
N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road
Junction City OH 43748 (740) 987-7466
Fax: (740) 987-7466
confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

Leslie Swift, Ph.D.LLC
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236 (513) 791-8849
Fax (513) 791-8873
drswift@fuse.net

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-4213 (614) 644-8716
Fax (614) 466-3074
eturner@serb.state.oh.us

Adam Vernau LLC
1288 Brittany Hills Drive
Newark OH 43055 (740) 587-2637
Fax: (740) 281-0584
adam@vernaulaw.com

Stephen D. Walters
55 Public Square, Suite 1010
Cleveland OH 44113 (216) 348-1400
Fax: (216) 687-4235
swalters@sdwalters.net

Watkins Global Network, LLC c/o Mario W. Watkins
3556 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus OH 43204 (614) 351-7420
Fax: (614) 351-7430
Global.i3431@att.net

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive
Columbus OH 43224 (614) 447-7050
Lindawbesq@aol.com

Wood & Hancock County Common Pleas Courts
c/o Michael E. Hyrne
One Courthouse Square, 1st Fl. Bowling Green OH 43402 (419) 354-9684
Fax: (419) 354-0331
mhyrne@co.wood.oh.us
ACR 9th Annual Conference October 7-10, 2009 Hilton Atlanta, Georgia Convening “Whole of Community” Integrating Approaches & Practices to Address Conflicts in a Chaotic World.  For more information visit www.acrnet.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.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Tri-State Conference on Gangs September 21 – 23, 2009 Sharonville, Ohio.  Purpose: To provide and share current information about criminal gang activity in southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and eastern Kentucky. Instructors include national, regional, and local experts on gang crimes.  Time is set aside for networking with professionals from your area and region. Location: Sharonville Convention Center (SCC), 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio, www.ci.sharonville.oh.us.  Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Lodging:  Attendees are responsible for their own lodging reservations. Area hotels include Sheraton Hotel, 11320 Chester Road, (directly across the street) 513-771-2080 LivINN Suites, 11385 Chester Road, (next door to SCC) 513-772-7877 Marriott Residence Inn, 11689 Chester Road 513-771-2525 Fairfield Inn & Suites, 11440 Chester Road, 513-842-9112 Questions? Please contact Linda Schmidt at 513-314-9387 or email at: linda.schmidt47@yahoo.com, or, John McConnaughey at 513-779-4131 or email at: JRM4299@fuse.net
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 9 & 10, or December 2 & 3, 2009 or February 3 & 4, or April 14 & 15, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course October 20, 2009 or March 10, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training November 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2009 or 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

Pepperdine University School of Law A World Class View of Dispute Resolution, the 22nd Annual Professional Skills Program co-sponsored by the Vermont Law School.  Woodstock, Vermont October 15-17, 2009.  To register or for more information visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342.

Web Sites of Interest:

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

September / October 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association

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: Phillip Dunfee(740) 366-3297 pdunfee@alltel.net
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 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.)

October 3, 2008 A representative from Richard Cordray, State Treasurer’s

Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure”

Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

December 5, 2008 TBA

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

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

The President’s Column is on break this edition as our OMA President, Maara Fink and her family welcomed a new member to their ranks and she is on maternity leave.

Better World Award 2008
The Ohio Mediation Association Better World Award was presented to past OMA President John Polanski M.Ed. at the OMA Annual Meeting and Conference. Nominated by Eileen Pruett, Ed Krauss, and Wendy Hawbaker, John was the Executive Committee’s choice for this year’s award.

John’s career in mediation, mediation program design and implementation spans more than 20 years. He has developed, managed and provided a variety of mediation services for courts in Mahoning County and Ashtabula County. In his current position he has designed and implemented an array of mediation services for the Trumbull County Family Court.

John is an active member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio. In the past he has served as president of the Ohio Mediation Association and a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution.

In addition to John’s commitment to peaceful resolution of all variety of disputes and his work for the protection of the earth in every aspect, his professional skills as a program designer, mediator and trainer qualify him as an ideal recipient of this award. His absolute support of mediators and the mediation process, his good cheer, thoughtful counsel and his constant moral support have benefited many members of Ohio’s dispute resolution community. His energy and enthusiasm have provided many meetings and training sessions with the “spark” that makes them worthwhile for every participant. In short, John has integrity, wisdom and knowledge that he is always willing to share.

New OMA Board Members
In addition to Susan Shostak as a continuing Board Member of the Ohio Mediation Association Jim Petas and Sandra Mendel Furman have joined. In case you are not familiar with the new board members they provided the following information about themselves:

James S. Petas—Jim received his graduate and undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo and has been mediating for 12 years. He is the Senior Mediator for the Toledo Municipal Court, Dispute Settlement Program and is currently finishing his term as co-chair of the Toledo Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Jim is also an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and has a private practice specializing in couple and family therapy.

Sandra Mendel Furman—Sandra received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her law degree from Capital University Law School. She is a mediator and arbitrator in private practice in Columbus as well as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. Her areas of practice are varied and she is also a member of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations as well as the Association for Conflict Resolution.

UMA Update
by Shirley A. Cochran, J.D.

Although subpoenaed, a family court mediator was not required to testify when the Judge granted the motion to quash filed by the prosecutor’s office in the Delaware County Common Pleas Court, Juvenile Division.

If you personally are subpoenaed or know of a mediator who has received a subpoena, contact Shirley Cochran to discuss assistance with a motion to quash and for addition to our list of cases concerning this issue.

OMA Donors
Did you know there are actually some people who check the donation section on the OMA Membership Application? Over the years different members have felt moved to contribute more than just their membership to assist OMA in meeting its objectives of being the only state-wide representative of all mediators regardless of subject matter or employer. Thank you for the generous donations:  Thomas Bailey, Jr. , Daniel B. Bennington, Michael Bollon, Jay M. Patterson, John Polanski, Diane Tedeschi, Edward Turner, Stephen D. Walters, Watkins Global Network, LLC c/o Mario W. Watkins, Lou Ann Wood, Judge Steve Yarbrough, Retired. The Board of OMA invites you to likewise thank your peers for their generosity.

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.orgI 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 October 20, 2008. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com

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, IllinoisRenewing, 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:

Martha Boyce

3950 Fenwick Road

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 459-1783

MEBK2001@hotmail.com

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

Fax: (513) 556-1274

Jan.fritz@uc.edu

Jennifer A. Patterson

244 Carmen Avenue

Hamilton OH 45013

(513) 226-3446

jenniferapatterson@gmail.com

Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator

555 N. Erie Street

Toledo OH 43604

(419) 2936-2312

Fax: (419) 245-1802

James.petas@noris.org

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

Fax: (216) 595-5274

SGRuben@aol.com

Tom Strasburg

431 Potawatomi Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 774-8383

tstrasburg@columbus.rr.com

Stephen D. Walters

55 Public Square, Suite 1010

Cleveland OH 44113

(216) 348-1400

Fax: (216) 687-4235

swalters@sdwalters.net

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive
 

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050

Lindawbesq@aol.com

HIRING FOR NEW ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) is relocating its Administrative Office to Hofstra Law School, in Hempstead, NY (45 minutes east of Manhattan, on Long Island).  In connection with this move, we are seeking to hire an Administrative Director for the Institute, who would also work on other administrative tasks in the Law School Dean’s office. This is a FULL TIME position, including benefits, with half time devoted to ISCT administration and half time to other duties, as spelled out in the formal job description pasted below. We encourage applications from interested members of the ADR/mediation community. If you have questions after reading the job posting below, please contact Baruch Bush, at lawrab@hofstra.edu. However, applications should be sent to the email address in the job posting. For information about the Institute and its work, see our website: www.transformativemediation.org

Official Job Posting: Hofstra Law School Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research Hofstra University School of Law seeks a Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research to provide administrative services related to the Institute of the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) activities, including running the day-to-day operations of ISCT.  ISCT sponsors and organizes training events, lectures, and symposia, conducts research, and produces scholarly and practice-oriented print and video resources for the conflict resolution field.  These services will include: first-line response to all inquiries about ISCT programs and resources; assistance in program marketing and event coordination for ISCT-sponsored programs; ISCT database and website maintenance; ISCT Board meeting coordination; maintenance of ISCT records and files, including mediator certification records.  The Administrator will work with an off-site ISCT Coordinator who will oversee the administrative work and provide liaison to the ISCT Board. The Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research will also work within our Office of Institutional Advancement, providing prospect research and other kinds of support for our development and alumni relations efforts, including data base maintenance.  The Coordinator will assist with data entry and information management for donors and prospects, and coordinate, design, and maintain policies/procedures, fundraiser prospect management, reporting, and statistical analysis. Bachelors degree required. Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.  For further information, please visit law.hofstra.edu. Please direct your confidential letter of inquiry, with resume, to Miriam Albert, Vice Dean for Administration, 121 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549, (516) 463-6091 (fax) or lawdean@hofstra.edu.

The Small Claims Division and Dispute Resolution Program seeks the services of up to fourteen (14) mediators to provide mediation services for cases referred to mediation by Judges and Magistrates of the Franklin County Municipal Court. Mediations will typically be scheduled and conducted Monday through Friday, during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although an occasional evening mediation may be scheduled at 6:00 p.m. Required services include conducting the mediations and preparing the mediation agreements.

The services will be awarded by contract to up to fourteen (14) mediators, for a period of sixteen (16) months, commencing November 1, 2008 and ending February 28, 2010. The contract will not exceed $6,000 per mediator. Rate of pay is $75.00 per mediated case and $25.00 for cases where the mediator comes to court but the mediation was not conducted.

Respondents are requested to reply via email (preferred method) or hardcopy directly to

Patricia Benchia, manager
Dispute Resolution Program
375 South High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus
, Ohio 43215-4520
benchiap@fcmcclerk.com

Call for PapersJames Madison University and The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Present Conflict Transformation: The International Undergraduate Research Conference James Madison University School of Communication Studies Harrisonburg, Virginia April 15 and 16, 2009 Contact: Dorothy J. Della Noce (dellandj@jmu.edu) The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University invites college and university undergraduate students to present their research on conflict transformation at the 2009 International Undergraduate Research Conference on Conflict Transformation. Conflict Transformation: The International Undergraduate Research Conference is an initiative to stimulate undergraduate research on the topic of conflict transformation. The goal is to bring together students (and their professors and mentors) from around the world, who are interested in examining and advancing the concept of conflict transformation, to engage in dialogue about the concept and to share their work. International and interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged. The Conference will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16, 2009, at James Madison University. Professor Joseph P. Folger of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will kick off the conference at a luncheon on Wednesday with his Keynote Address: The Disciplinary Roots of Conflict Intervention: How Should Theory Shape Our Practice? Deadline for Submission. Papers and poster proposals must be received no later than Monday, December 1, 2008. Authors will be notified of acceptance via e-mail. Awards: The Top Student Paper will be published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly. An award of $100.00 (USD) each will be presented for the top three (3) papers. These cash awards are sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. Kristine Paranica Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation 314 Cambridge Street Stop 8009 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND  58202-8009 email:  isct@und.nodak.edu phone:  (701) 777-2022 fax:  (701) 777-6184 Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at www.transformativemediation.org

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS :

Compassionate Communication—Central Ohio “Mediation and Conflict Resolution” with Ike Lasater, J.D . Beginner’s workshop followed by an Intermediate Workshop. Sponsored by Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the elimination of violence in Central Ohio and beyond. Beginner’s Workshop October 10th 7-9 PM and October 11th 10 AM-5 PM ($135 until 9/29/08 then $155), Intermediate Workshop October 12th 1-6 PM ($65 if by 9/29/08 then $80) Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road Columbus OH 43229 Call (614) 558-1141; website www.nvcohio.org; e-mail ccco112@sbcglobal.net.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training December 3 & 4, 2008 or February 18 & 19, or April 15 & 16, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008 or 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.comFax: (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 CenterUnited 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 .

The 2008 Professional Skills Programs in Dispute Resolution: Vermont October 23-25, 2008 Mediation Workshops: STAR: A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies, Advanced Mediation Skills and Techniques, Advanced Collaborative Family Law, Specialized Mediation Handling Challenging Employment, Professional Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases, Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Settlement Skills, The Impact of Culture and Gender on Mediation and Negotiation. To register or for more information visit www.straus.pepperdine.eduor call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342

Web Sites of Interest:

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

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

September / October 2007

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 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) 405-4165 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.)

October 5, 2007 Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of Children with Disabilities. Steve Polovick, Mediation Coordinator Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

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

Magistrate Summit County Probate Court

February 1, 2008 TBA

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

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

President’s Column
By Jay M. Patterson
Practicing What We Preach

One of the concepts we mediators often discuss with our clients is the value of controlling ones own future by getting actively involved in creating a solution to an obstacle. Of course, the flip side of the freedom to craft solutions that serve ones interests is the required willingness to take personal responsibility to actively work on the solution rather than relying on others to solve it for them. I believe, and I think most mediators believe, in the empowerment that comes from direct and active involvement. I further believe the profession of mediation itself could get better at abiding by that very same principle.

As we approach the end of the terms of most of the OMA board, it will again become necessary for mediators to help take control of the profession’s collective future by showing a willingness to take a leadership role in OMA as it continues to work to advance the field of mediation throughout Ohio. The terms of President, Vice President and Secretary will end on April 30, 2008. In addition, the terms of the appointed board members end annually.

I beseech you to at least have a conversation with me or another board member to merely discuss the possibility of becoming a member of the OMA board and thereby playing a direct role in advancing our collective future as a profession. You are not obligating yourself to become a leader of OMA by simply considering the option in a discussion with a board member. If you have the discussion, though, you might just find the prospect to be more interesting than at first you might have thought. Speaking for myself, I have found the work of OMA to be truly rewarding.

If you too believe better outcomes can be produced by direct involvement in the challenge of the underutilization of mediation in our society, I hope you will follow the same value we communicate to our clients by getting involved yourself. Take control of your profession’s future; don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. We need to begin planning for the election and appointments now, so I’m looking forward to hearing from you very soon.

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

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

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

We are doing some hiring this year, at UNLV, and one of the possibilities is someone with an interest and expertise in ADR.  We are hoping to strengthen our already strong (we think) Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution.  One possibility could be someone with an interest in running an ADR clinic, which we don’t currently have.  Conceivably we could also hire a non-clinician, particularly if it were someone with empirical strengths or interests in the business side of dispute resolution.  For information on the Saltman Center see our website at::  http://www.law.unlv.edu/saltman.html The official ad is below.  Please feel free to distribute or post both this e-mail and the ad. Jean R. Sternlight Saltman Professor, UNLV Boyd School of Law & Director Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451003, Las Vegas NV 89154-1003 phone: (702) 895-2358 fax: (702) 895-2482

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS—WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for at least one tenure-track Associate Professor or tenured Full Professor of Law position, with appointment to begin with the 2008-2009 academic year. We have substantial flexibility in subject matter interests, with special interest in clinical teaching.  We seek candidates with excellent academic records and experience and who have a strong commitment to scholarship and teaching.  Candidates must have earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school or an equivalent degree. Applicants for Full Professor must have records of substantial accomplishment and qualifications sufficient to be awarded tenure.  Salary will be commensurate with the labor market.    This position, like all faculty positions, is contingent on funding.  Application review will begin immediately. The Boyd School of Law is a fully-accredited public law school in state-of-the-art facilities at the center of the UNLV campus.  We have a diverse faculty of new and experienced legal educators drawn from top institutions.  The Boyd School of Law has 473 students enrolled (346 full-time, 127 part-time) and 41 full-time faculty. For more information on the Boyd School of Law, see our website at http://www.law.unlv.edu/.  UNLV is a premier metropolitan research university located in the nation’s fastest growing city.  It is the state’s largest comprehensive doctoral degree granting institution, with 27,000 students and more than 850 full-time faculty. UNLV provides traditional and professional academic programs for a diverse student body and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning, and scholarship.  For more information on the University, see the UNLV website at http://www.unlv.edu.    Applicants should submit a letter of interest, along with a detailed resume, three professional references, and off-prints of your published works. Contact:  Professor Christopher L. Blakesley, Chair, Appointments Committee, UNLV—Boyd School of Law, 4505 Maryland Parkway – Box 451003, Las Vegas, NV  89154-1003. UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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.

October 10, 2007 Hear a magistrate’s view of how mediation affects the court docket & what magistrate’s expectations are of mediators and mediation. Jack McManus, Chief Magistrate, Hamilton County Juvenile Court

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November 14, 2007 Applications for High Conflict Families, Domestic Violence and Alienation Attendees share learning notes from AFCC & NCJCF Regional Training & Conf. ACR Annual Conf in Phoenix Donna Dansker to report on conf highlights.

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December, 2007 No Meeting

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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

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

Conflict Resolution Day Facts at a Glance:

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

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

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Announces the 6th Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training October 11-12, 2007 Hyatt Regency San Antonio San Antonio, Texas This two-day advanced program features experienced faculty with expertise in all facets of the mediation process. Seasoned mediation advocates will present panel discussions with successful mediators and corporate counsel. Litigators will offer insights on preparing for mediation while academics present the latest research on negotiation. Get proven business advice from practitioners who have developed a consistent demand for their services. Enrollment in this program is limited to ensure a high faculty-to-participant ratio and multiple opportunities for interaction. Sign up now to reserve your space in this dynamic training:

http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/DRBrochure_SanAntonio_08.pdf REGISTRATION ENDS ON OCTOBER 1, 2007. To register fax the completed registration form to 202-662-1683 or call 202-662-1680. The Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training is offered in cooperation with the State Bar ADR Sections and Committees of Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas; the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association; and the Association of Attorney Mediators.

· 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

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-Columbia (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.  We are strongly committed to diversity and we encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program. Now starting its ninth year, the LL.M. program has 22 students from diverse backgrounds.  Our program features small classes, generally limited to students with law degrees.  As a result, students and faculty develop a close feeling of community.  Over the years, students have come from 24 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see http://law.missouri.edu/llm/current-students.htm.  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 out of state. LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s famous Journalism School.  For information about these programs, please contact Prof. Richard Reuben at reubenr@missouri.eduor (573) 884-5204.  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. LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  For example, Jim Reeves started a firm in St. Louis called Conflict Management Systems with a focus on mediation, facilitation, and organizational conflict management.  Suzanne Curran Carney is the program development director at Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  Art Hinshaw is the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University College of Law. Catherine (Katie) Moore has expanded the mediation services in her solo practice in southwestern Missouri. Applicants submitting complete files by January 1 receive decisions in February.  Applicants submitting completed files by March 1 receive decisions in April.  Applications received after March 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis.   Financial aid is available, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships.  See http://law.missouri.edu/llm/pdf/financial-form.pdf.  Full information is on the web at http://law.missouri.edu/llm.  If you or others have questions, feel free to contact me at (573) 882-3914, landej@missouri.edu, or Karen Neylon, the program coordinator, at (573) 882-2020, umclawcdr@missouri.edu. While I’m at it, here’s a reminder about the symposium that our Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is sponsoring on Oct. 12 entitled, “Innovative Models of Lawyering: Collaborative Law and Other Processes.”  David Hoffman, the founding partner of the Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, and a former chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, will give the keynote presentation, entitled, “Practicing Law as Form of Dispute Resolution:  Towards a Unified Field Theory of ADR.”  The symposium will be published next year in our Journal of Dispute Resolution and it should be really good.   For more details, see http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/news/upcomingevents.html.   I hope you all have a good year. John Lande Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO 65211 Tel: 573-882-3914
Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://law.missouri.edu/llm/Personal Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges present: Regional Training Conference—Applications for High Conflict Families, Domestic Violence and Alienation at the Hyatt Regency Columbus September 27-29, 2007

Register on line at www.afccnet.org Help support Ohio’s member of the planning committee, Hon. Denise McColley and our Ohio presenters including Judge McColley, Magistrate Richard Altman, Maara Fink, Marie Hill, John L. McElwee, Marya C. Kolman, Christie Cumberlander Walker, Crevon Tarrance, Kathy Clark, and Stephanie Kreisher.

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.

Corrine E. Bell
1240 E. 9th Street, Suite 3001
Cleveland OH 44199
(216) 522-4794
Fax: (216) 522-7389
Corrine.bell@eeoc.gov
Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW
Dover OH 44622
(330) 243-5431
mivid@tusco.net
Martha Boyce
3950 Fenwick Road
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 459-1783
MEBK2001@hotmail.com
Vickie Moreland
Butler County DR Court
315 High Street, 2nd Floor
Hamilton OH 45011
(513) 785-5372
Fax: (513) 785-5337
morelandvg@butlercountyohio.gov
Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 629-8882
Fax (330) 726-5926
dlchermely@zoominternet.net
Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Colleen K.E. Fear
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286
Fax (937) 383-1245
Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870
(419) 627-7782
Fax: (419) 627-6600
cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net
Randy L. Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172
(614) 459-2896
Fax: (614) 246-7185
Randyfisher@wideopenwest.com
Dr. Jan Marie Fritz
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237
(513) 731-7878
Fax: (513) 556-1274
Jan.fritz@uc.edu
Walter N. Harrop
203 Freer Court
Ashland OH 44805
(419) 289-8344
wdharrop@zoominternet.net
Annette Ciavarella Haut
5656 Gray Fox Drive NW
Canton OH 44718
(330) 494-6115
annettehaut@yahoo.com
Holliday Mediation
c/o Kirk Holliday
8515 Ethan Court
Fairfield OH 45014
(513) 942-2769
Kholliday1@cinci.rr.com
Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980
(614) 792-7681
loweryb5@aol.com
Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Pamela Washington
25 East Boardman Street
Youngstown OH 44503
(330) 744-4244
Fax: (330) 744-4480
mvdrs@yahoo.com
Steve Miller
2351 Wells Drive
Sidney OH 45365
(937) 622-0023
Miller.2351@hotmail.com
Robert H. Monnaville
163 N. Sandusky St., # 103
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 363-7182
Fax: (740) 363-7153
rmonnaville@thomaslawlpa.com
Cynthia Morgan
2968 Meadowbrook Blvd.
Cleveland Heights OH 44118
(216) 371-0607
Fax: (216) 397-5671
CMBMORGAN@GMAIL.COM
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss
77 S. High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108
Phone 614/752-9595
Fax: 614/752-9682
www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov
ed.krauss@cdr.state.oh.us
Bobbie Corley O’Keefe, Esq.
830 E. Johnstown Road, Suite B
Gahanna OH 43230
(614) 414-0572
Fax: (614) 414-0573
Bcok01@yahoo.com
Harold Paddock Suite 112
2600 Corporate Exchange Drive
Columbus OH 43131
(614) 839-0400
Fax: (614) 839-0821
Harold@settlementweek.com
Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-2200
fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net
Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810
(410) 230-2563
k-wildman@onu.edu
Ralph Rutledge
P. O. Box 279
Marysville OH 43040
(937) 642-2122
Fax (937) 642-7195
rrrutledge@rutledgelegal.com
Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258
(330) 499-3069
Fax (330) 499-0905
N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET
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
Dr. John Spiesman
P. O. Box 042
Thompson OH 44086-0042
(440) 474-3437
Fax: (440) 474-9727
DrSpiesman@aol.com
Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section
c/o Jacqueline C. Hagerott
65 S. Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-3431
(614) 387-9420
Fax: (614) 387-9409 

hagerotj@sconet.state.oh.us
mediate@sconet.state.oh.us

Fredric P. Tilton
4007 Bach-Buxton Road
Amelia OH 45102
(513) 752-3051
Fax: (513) 752-8267
ftilton@fuse.net
Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator
555 N. Erie Street
Toledo OH 43604
(419) 2936-2312
Fax: (419) 245-1802
James.petas@noris.org
Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court
c/o Andrea L. Fischer-Immke
125 East High Ave. Room 225
New Philadelphia OH 44663
(330) 365-3269
Fax (330) 365-3398 fisher@co.tuscarawas.oh.us

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

This is to notify you that on September 7 Northcoast Conflict Solutions, Independence Ohio, will be offering a seminar: Marketing your Private Mediation Practice. Further information about Northcoast and the seminar is available athttp://www.ncsmediation.com/

ROUNDTABLE and CLE OPPORTUNITY

Roundtable: Southeast Ohio Court Mediator’s Roundtable. Training: The Uniform Mediation Act:  The Role of Professionals in Mediation Description: The Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) was adopted in Ohio on October 29, 2005. This training aims to familiarize participants of the Act’s provisions, including the scope of the Act, specific privileges and exceptions, confidentiality, the role of party and non-party participants and client’s rights. Note: Session is limited to 50 participants. Sponsor: The Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section Date: September 14, 2007 Time: Roundtable (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) Training (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Trainer: Magistrate Richard Altman Location: Marietta, Washington County Children’s Services Building, 204 Davis Avenue Cost: Registration fees, materials and snacks are provided free of charge. Registration Deadline: August 31, 2007 Cancellation:  If you cannot attend, please let us know September 7, 2007 using the contact methods listed above. Who Should Attend: This training is designed for mediators, attorneys, judges, magistrates, social service providers, guardians ad litem, Ohio court personnel and any other professional who works directly or indirectly with the process of mediation. CLE: Approval has been requested from the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 2.75 general credit hours (for training only). How to Register: You may fax the following information to 614.387.9409 (Attn: Dispute Resolution Section) or e-mail to mediate@sconet.state.oh.us:

· name
· address
· phone
· e-mail
· court/organization affiliation
· special needs

Please note whether you are registering for the roundtable, CLE or both and the title, time and date of the training. Questions:  Contact Jacqueline C. Hagerott, Manager, Dispute Resolution Section at: hagerotj@sconet.state.oh.us or 614.387.9420.

Same Seminar, Different Location and Date: Date: October 19, 2007 Time: Roundtable (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) Training (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Location: Summit County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations. Registration Deadline: October 5, 2007. Cancellation:  If you cannot attend, please let us know October 12, 2007 using the contact methods listed above.

Same Seminar, Different Location and Date: Date: November 9, 2007. Time: Roundtable (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) Training (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Location:  Montgomery County: University of Dayton, School of Law Registration Deadline:  October 26, 2007. Cancellation:  If you cannot attend, please let us know November 2, 2007 using the contact methods listed above.

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 October 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11, 2007 or 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 .

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

The Elder Mediation Program of the Montgomery County Mediation Center, Pennsylvania, presents: Advanced Mediation Training – Elder Mediation October 1 – 4, 2007 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Further information is available at http://www.mediation-services.org/Adv_Eldr_trng2007.html

European Mediation Conference 2007, Vienna, Austria General theme: “Mediation goes Europe” Date: Friday 28th – Saturday 29th September 2007 Pre-Conference: Thursday 27 September 2007 Venue: PENTA RENAISSANCE HOTEL VIENNA Working languages: German, English, French For details see the conference website: http://www.europemediation.eu/enRegistration: http://www.europemediation.eu/RegisterConference organizer: European Institute for Business Mediation – EiBM (ZVR: 372455964) European Mediation Network Initiative – EMNI Seidlgasse 21/3/1, A-1030 Wien Tel: +43-710 25 72 Fax: +43-512 91 30 45 http://www.europemediation.eue-mail: office@europemediation.eu

MTI’S 5th Annual “Mediation-at-Sea” cruise, November 4-11, 2007, New York to Bermuda, is ready for boarding . . => http://www.mediationworks.com/cruiseSeminars for mediators, collaborative lawyers, and ADR professionals for CME, CEU, and CLE credits.

Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law is sponsoring a symposium on Friday afternoon, Oct. 12, 2007, entitled, “Innovative Models of Lawyering: Collaborative Law and Other Processes.” The presentations will be published by our Journal of Dispute Resolution, along with six additional articles. The keynote speaker will be David Hoffman, the founding partner of the Boston Law Collaborative, LLC and a former chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.  His talk will be “Practicing Law as Form of Dispute Resolution: Towards a Unified Field Theory of ADR.” For more information, including bios of the speakers, see http://law.missouri.edu/cle/program-descrip/descrip08/Program.html John Lande , Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO 65211 Tel: 573-882-3914 Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://law.missouri.edu/llm/

A symposium: the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution is hosting in Las Vegas on October 12, 2007, re: “Collaboration and the Colorado River.”   A draft program and a registration form are now available on our web site: http://www.law.unlv.edu/saltman_Events.htmlRegistrations will be processed on a first-come first-served basis Jean R. Sternlight Saltman Professor, UNLV Boyd School of Law & Director Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451003 Las Vegas NV 89154-1003 phone: (702) 895-2358

Web Sites of Interest:

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

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

September / December 2006

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

September/October/November/December 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

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

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

June 1, 2007 TBA

August 3, 2007 TBA

October 5, 2007 TBA

December 7, 2007 TBA

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

 

OMA Case Study Group
Phil Dunfee, Vice President

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio Rule 16 Update
by C. Eileen Pruett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Association for Conflict Resolution News

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

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

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

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

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

Fax: (513) 556-1274

Jan.fritz@uc.edu

Holliday Mediation 

c/o Kirk Holliday
8515 Ethan Court
Fairfield OH 45014

(513) 742-8295 

Fax: (513) 942-2769

Kholliday1@cinci.rr.com

James P. Luton 

Attorney at Law

131 S. Prospect Street

Marion OH 43302

(740) 382-6588 

Fax: (740) 375-5372

Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net

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

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Steve Miller 

2351 Wells Drive

Sidney OH 45365

(937) 622-0023 

Miller.2351@hotmail.com

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

rmitchell@law.capital.edu

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

Oxford OH 45056

(513) 529-6923 

Fax: (513) 529-6939

patterja@muohio.edu

Faith Walzak 

Delaware County Juvenile Court
88 N. Sandusky Street

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 833-2610 

Fax: (740) 833-2599

fwalzak@co.delaware.oh.us

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

Fax (614) 258-4492

HouseofCommand@SBCglobal.net

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
2006-2007 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

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

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

 

I am writing my regular fall email to ask you to help “spread the word” about the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Law. Below is information about our exciting and innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested. The MU Law School is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution with one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school. Now in its eighth year, the LL.M. program has 20 students from diverse backgrounds.  Through the years, students have come from 21 countries outside the U.S.  For biographies of our current students, see http://law.missouri.edu/llm/current-students.htm. We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program. Our program features small classes, limited to students with law degrees.  As a result, students and faculty develop a close feeling of community. LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  For example, Jim Reeves started a firm in St. Louis called Conflict Management Systems with a focus on mediation, facilitation, and organizational conflict management.  Suzanne Curran Carney is the program development director at Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  Art Hinshaw is the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University College of Law.  Pablo Ipina runs the Centre of Mediation and Arbitration which is supported by the Interamerican Development Bank in La Paz, Bolivia. Students may enroll full-time or part-time.  Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year.  Part-time students typically complete the program in two years and we work hard to accommodate their needs.  We normally schedule required courses one day a week so that part-time students can work the other four days.  This has enabled students to attend from such states as Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. LL.M. students must have a law degree. The Admissions Committee prefers applicants with significant prior legal experience. Applicants without significant prior legal experience are considered more favorably if they have other relevant full-time work experience and/or a demonstrated interest in dispute resolution. Financial aid is available, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships.  See http://law.missouri.edu/llm/pdf/financial-form.pdf.  LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s famous Journalism School.  For information about these programs, please contact Prof. Richard Reuben at reubenr@missouri.edu or (573) 884-5204.  In addition, many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. Applicants submitting complete files by January 1 receive decisions in February.  Applicants submitting completed files by March 15 receive decisions in April.  Applications received after March 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis.   Student aid is available for full-time students, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships. Full information about the LL.M. Program is on the web at http://law.missouri.edu/llm. If you or others have questions, feel free to contact me at (573) 882-3914, landej@missouri.edu,  or Karen Neylon, the program coordinator, at (573) 882-2020, umclawcdr@missouri.edu. I hope you all have a good year. Best, John Lande Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO 65211 Tel: 573-882-3914
Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/llmdr/ Personal Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training February 21 & 22 or April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

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

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

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

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

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

 

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, Presents Mediating the Litigated Case March 1-3 and 8-10, 2007 Honolulu, Hawaii This sophisticated six-day program presented in Honolulu, Hawaii offers the opportunity for four days of recreation between the sessions.  This training is for experienced litigators, in-house counsel, and other practitioners.  Professionals can study the mediation of litigated cases to either become a mediator or to be a better advocate.  Faculty:  Nina Meierding, Peter Robinson and Matthew Guasco. For more information, please visit http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/training_and_conferences/mediating_hawaii.html or call (310) 506-6342.

 

Web Sites of Interest:

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

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

July / September 2005

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication July/September/November 2005/January 2006

President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran Phone/Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Immediate Past President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2006 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

ANNUAL MEETING 2006—Note change of date and location—May 12, 2006 Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus. Join the OMA and the Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in welcoming Robert Benjamin back to Ohio for an advanced toolbox presentation. Our Conference is the final event scheduled so far in Conflict Management Week 2006—Celebrating a Decade!

June 2, 2006 TBA

August 4, 2006 TBA

October 6, 2006 TBA

December 1, 2006 TBA

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

 

President’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

“Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes” (Lyrics from a song?)

Well, lots of changes for the OMA. I must apologize for the lack of the July and September and November editions of this newsletter. All I can say is that the Board has been busy with long range planning and added to that was a near-loss of my father from complications from a simple medical procedure, throw in the holidays, a bad reaction to some medication I was taking, and here we are. Hopefully if we get the assistance to the Board we are planning, this sort of delay will not happen in the future.

Now as to the changes, first, notice our new name for the newsletter. We felt Mediate Ohio was a better name to brand our organization as the one representing all in the professional group of mediators and those interested in promoting mediation in Ohio. The officers have figured out a way to send a bulk e-mail with a link to the website in on a private page so only members can get the current edition of Mediate Ohio so we will be activating that with this edition. Because we can do all this ourselves with anticipated help—see below, we are going to make Mediate Ohio a monthly newsletter. Now you won’t have to wait to get the most recent news and information on what is happening in Ohio’s mediation community and beyond. We have returned to the use of our old website domain name to continue the branding so you bookmark www.mediateohio.org as our home page.

We started a membership drive headed up by Vice President Jay Patterson in August. He has prepared a template of a letter to those who you might know as mediators who are not members of OMA for your use and only asks you send it to those people to see if we can increase our membership. More members means OMA represents more of the mediation community and can tap those resources to make mediation more visible in the great state of Ohio. Check out the website for the form letter to use.

Your officers and some new blood considering becoming part of the OMA Executive Board have had three meetings for planning for OMA’s future. The first meeting on June 24th was the five officers. We decided to seek out an intern to assist us with the “grunt work” of this all-volunteer organization. (More information set out below.) We also decided to move our annual meeting from the Fawcett Center to the Riffe Tower with the assistance of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. Although we thank the Fawcett Center for all the assistance and wonderful food in the past, we are trying to become fiscally responsible for the OMA to continue to be able to grow and provide quality programming at the annual meeting. We also decided to use the By-Laws to our advantage and seek out other members who might want to serve on the Board and assist in some of these projects in the future so we invited additional persons to the meeting held July 21st. Susan Shostak and Ramona Inskeep joined the officers for another productive session bringing great ideas and enthusiasm to what OMA can become. We had the last meeting on November 11th. Before the end of the year, Joe Palmer also joined the Board. Look for future announcements as they become available on our plans.

Better World Award nominations are due to my attention by February 28, 2006. Please nominate a person who has been in the trenches providing services or who has assisted the Ohio mediation community in spreading the word about the concept. We have been giving the Award at our Annual Meeting for about 12 years now and former recipients vary from the Chief Justice to Martha Green to the Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management to last year’s recipient, Marie Hill. The Board will vote on the person or entity to receive the award this year and it will be presented at the Annual Meeting as part of our Annual Conference on May 12, 2006.

By virtue of the By-law revisions over the years, we have found ourselves in the position of having vacancies in the positions of President, Vice President and Secretary. We need nominations or expressions of interest by the end of February to me or any other officer. It would be great to have contested elections, and already, Christy Radigan has come forward to express interest in the office of Secretary. Anyone interested or wanting to know more about the office, should contact the officers as soon as possible to decide whether or not to throw their hat into the ring to help lead OMA in the next two years.

 

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.

 

FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE
By Ed Krauss

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

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

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

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

Two questions:

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

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

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

2005-2006 Meeting Schedule

Provided by: Cathleen Kuhl ckuhl@cms.hamilton-co.org

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. The schedule of meetings for the coming year is as follows:

2/8/06: Jenny Taamneh presents “Recognizing & Handling Conflicts between Caregiver, Family, and Residents of Nursing Care Facilities”

3/8/06: John Cruze moderates a panel of private practitioners who will provide information and answer questions about starting, building and maintaining a mediation practice.

4/12/06: Bea Larsen presents “The Valuation of a Business in a Divorce or Dissolution Mediation”

5/10/06: The group meets for it annual luncheon gathering

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

 

Reprinted with permission.  Sherman’s Executive Communicator. Subscribe for free at www.ShermanLeadership.com. Negotiating Tip: It’s a Simple Negotiation Principle that is Often Ignored -ACKNOWLEDGE THE POSITION OF OTHERS!

*As you know from reading this column, national and local news provide you with many negotiation examples that serve as fertile ground for gaining learning experience. In fact, as you scan the headlines, you are apt to discover fundamental negotiating errors that arguably lead to unnecessary negotiation conflicts. Take, for instance, these two examples:

*Late last year, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), the top House Democrat on military spending called for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Commentators said that Murtha’s comments “surprised” and “stunned colleagues” – including the Bush Administration – due to his prior “Hawkish” position and the fact that he is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, well respected on both sides of the aisle.

*There is an important negotiation lesson that the Murtha incident teaches us; but it lies in the events that occurred before he made his public announcement.

*According to published reports, Congressman Murtha had continuously made attempts to contact the Bush Administration prior to his public statement, offering comments and suggestions regarding the progress of the war. These sources indicate that the Congressman’s entries were either ignored or met with indifference by the White House.

*Those close to the Congressman stated that Murtha would not have made his public comments if the Administration had made reasonable efforts to respond to his concerns. A meeting or phone call would have prevented any public statement.

*The Murtha example demonstrates one of most fundamental principles of negotiation . . . the importance of acknowledging the position of the other side. It is arguable that the Bush Administration could have mollified Murtha by simply listening to him and acknowledging his position. The President did not have to agree with Murtha . . . only acknowledge his concerns.

*The President isn’t alone in refusing to acknowledge others even if such a course might avoid an embarrassing conflict. Think of your own stressful situations where you make a decision without attempting to acknowledge the other side. Consider a volatile employment situation where a supervisor might make a decision without acknowledging the position of the employee. This leads to my second example:

*The Ohio State University is currently embroiled in a legal case with Jim O’Brien, its former Men’s Basketball Coach, regarding a payment made by O’Brien to the mother of a basketball recruit who was in dire need. O’Brien was terminated as Coach for his actions.

*During testimony O’Brien was extremely upset with the Athletic Director, who was also a close friend, for failing to meet with him to hear his side of the story prior to dismissal. Reporters commenting on the testimony found it amazing that the Athletic Director refused to take the time to listen to O’Brien’s account. Several wondered aloud if this failed meeting was a major cause of the rancor that prevented a settlement of this case.

*Could a meeting with O’Brien have resolved this incident without a lawsuit? Could a simple Presidential phone call to Congressman Murtha have prevented a public comment?

*Perhaps the more intriguing question is . . . why would intelligent people make decisions that seem to lead to conflict when a simple acknowledgement of a position might lessen or avoid the conflict? Perhaps that’s the same question that we need to ask ourselves when we fail to acknowledge the positions of others. It’s a question that might lead us to resolving conflict rather than escalating it.

 

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

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

 

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list):

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website mediate.com/Ohio. If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Martha Antolik for assistance.

Corrections/Additions:

Debbie Heimberger’s phone should be (614) 284-7965

 

Tracy Anderson 

431 Columbian Avenue

Columbus OH 43223

(614) 279-1867 

Reedyreedboy@aol.com

Martha L. Antolik 

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

(937) 264-2336 

Fax (937) 264-0722

W004mla@who.rr.com

Suzanne Barker, Esq. 

69 Euclid Avenue

Columbus OH 43201

 

barkesu@aol.com

 

Better Business Bureau c/o Steven Popp 

15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300

Dayton OH 45402

(937) 222-1534 x 2263 

Fax (937) 222-3338

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Tina M. Bickert 

8894 Kingsley Drive

Reynoldsburg OH 43068

(614) 975-5114 

tbickert@wideopenwest.com

Bridge Consulting, LLC 

c/o Ramona Inskeep

 

Bridge_mediation@ameritech.net
Tonya Charles, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court 

301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-7745 

Fax: (937) 496-7443

charlest@mcohio.org

Diane L. Chermely, JD 

945 Windham Court Suite 3

Boardman OH 44512

(330) 629-8882 

Fax (330) 726-5926

 

Jeffrey L. Chernin 

35104 Euclid Ave., Suite 110

Willoughby OH 44094

(440) 951-9669 

Fax (440) 951-8117

JLChernin@aol.com

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office 

c/o Darren Miller

270 E. Main Street

Batavia OH 45103

(513) 732-7397 

Fax (513) 732-7390

dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

 

Gina M. Crawford, PH.D. 

23818 Cliff Drive

Bay Village, Ohio 44140

440 570-9653 

Fax (440) 617-0199

 

Crime Victim Services 

David Voth, Exe. Director

116 W. North Street

Lima OH 45801

(419) 222-8666 

fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@wcoil.com

James J. Cullers 

920 Club Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax (740) 392-0391

jcullers@ecr.net

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University 

3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.

Dayton OH 45435

(937) 775-2067 

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

Barbara Dixon 

Franklin County DR Court

373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215-4598

(614) 462-4462 

F (614) 462-3748 Barbara_Dixon@fccourts.org

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin 

323 Columbus Avenue

Sandusky OH 44870

(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Kathy Field 

1073 Wilson Avenue

Marion OH 43302

(740) 387-4370 

Kfield@rrohio.com

Findlay Municipal Court Mediation Coordinator 

318 Dorney Plaza PO Box 826

Findlay OH 45840

Nancy Bachynski ? 

(419) 424-7143

Fax (419) 424-7803

Sandra Fredrick, LSW 

301 W. Third St., 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-4099 

Fax (937) 496-7443

fredricks@mcohio.org

Vicky Fulkerson 

641 Grove Avenue

Zanesville OH 43701

(740) 454-3269 (W) 

(740) 452-4669 (H)

Fax: (W) (740) 455-0739

Vickyfulkerson@hotmail.com

Sandra Mendel Furman 

One Easton Oval, Suite 500

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 416-5611 

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Guernsey Co. Common Pleas Ct. 

c/o Magistrate Marcia Hollins

801 Wheeling Ave. , Room E

Cambridge OH 43725

(740) 432-9252 

Fax: (740) 432-9289

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams 

237 Maple Street

Brookville OH 45309-1710

(937) 833-6588 

Fax (937) 833-6588

Mediate@woh.rr.com

Health With Heart Consulting Linda Marshall Owner 

3363 Woodlake Court

Loveland OH 45140

(513) 677-9585 

Fax (513) 672-5168

marshl@one.net

Annette Ciavarella Haut 

5656 Gray Fox Drive NW

Canton OH 44718

(330) 494-6155 

fax (330) 494-1705

annettehaut@yahoo.com

Debbie Heimberger 

6401 Stonebridge Street

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 397-4498 

ThreeCDeb@aol.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 474-1564 

brhill@voyager.net

Kathleen P. Hoenie Family Matters Mediation Services 

2227 Buckley Road

Columbus OH 43220-4613

(614) 457-3177 

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Judith A. Houts, Ph.D. 

79 Prince Road

Pataskala OH 43062

(740) 964-2103 

Judithhouts@msn.com

HR-Protecting Your Business 

c/o Cathy L. Saunders

1150 Morse Road, Suite 230

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 437-2042 

Fax: (614) 437-2042

Csaunders4424@hotmail.com

Richard Johnston 

8152 Foxdale Court

West Chester OH 45069

(513) 779-8173 

RAJOHNSTON43@Hotmail.com

Verna M. Jones, JD 

VM Jones Enterprises LLC

PO Box 12073

Columbus OH 43212

(614) 488-0685 

Fax (614) 488-0685

v.jones@sbcglobal.net

Francie Kaufman 

c/o Columbus Medical Assn.

431 E. Broad Street

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Martha Boyce Kington 

3950 Fenwick Road

Columbus, Ohio 43220

(614) 459-1783 

MEBK2001@hotmail.com

Marya C. Kolman 

Franklin County DR Court

373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 462-5872 

F (614) 462-3748

Marya_Kolman@fccourts.org

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. at Law 

Three Commerce Park Square 23230 Chagrin Blvd. Suite 740

Cleveland OH 44122

(216) 464-2777 

Fax (216) 464-7990

lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Edward M. Krauss 

Dispute Resolution, Inc.

783 South Sixth Street

Columbus OH 43206-2130

(614) 444-5872 

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Cathie Kuhl, Director, Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service 

230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

(513) 

Fax: (513)

ckuhl@cms.hamilton-co.org

Beth Leger Montgomery Co. CP Ct. Domestic Relations Division 

301 W. Third St., 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-5412 

Fax (937) 496-7334

legerb@mcohio.org

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

75 East Main Street

Newark OH 43055

(740) 670-5409 

jpatterson@lcounty.com

Beverly Lowery 

6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207

Columbus OH 43235-7980

(614) 792-7681 

loweryb5@aol.com

James P. Luton 

Attorney at Law

131 South Prospect St. Ste 104

Marion OH 43302-3743

(740) 382-6588 

Fax (740) 375-5372

LUTONLAW@BRIGHTDSL.NET

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

25 East Boardman Street

Youngstown OH 44503

(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

Anna Marks 

1123 City Park Avenue

Columbus OH 43206

(614) 804-6542 

annamarks.law@gmail.com

Hon. Denise Herman McColley 

Henry Co. Family Court

660 N. Perry St., Suite 401

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 599-5951 

Fax (419) 599-0179

Denise.mccolley@henrycountyohio.com

Rob McLoughlin 

PO Box 1052

Lebanon OH 45036

(513) 850-1189 

robm@your-net.com

Terry McMenamin, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court 

301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-7766 

Fax: (937) 496-7443

mcmenamint@mcohio.org

Mediated Solutions c/o Steven D. Abrams 

2720 Airport Drive, Suite 100

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1784 

Fax (614) 418-1701

sabrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Professor Roberta S. Mitchell 

Capital University Law School

303 E. Broad Street

Columbus OH 4215

(614) 236-6517 

Fax: (614) 236-6970

rmitchell@law.capital.edu

Joseph E. Natalie 

452 W. Lawndale Place

Zanesville OH 43701-3950

(740) 454-0811 

nataliefamily@yahoo.com

Nancy R. Nickey, Mediation Services of Franklin County 

5616 Hensel Woods Road

Gahanna OH 43230-1811

(614) 855-5233 

Fax (614) 855-5233

lnickey@insight.rr.com

Denise L. Nixon 

2429 Hannaway Lane

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 426-3004 

 

Nixon_denise@yahoo.com

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

55 West 12th Ave. Room 274A

Columbus OH 43210

(614) 292-7722 

F (614) 292-3202

Hincliff1@osu.edu

Nola J. Olinger 

Mont. Co. DR Court

301 W. Third St, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-4093 

Fax (937) 496-7443

Olinger.n@mcohio.org

Cris Olmstead, PCC, LSW 

301 W. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-6809 

Fax (937) 496-7443

OlmsteadC@mcohio.org

Mediation Services of Ohio 

Joseph R. Palmer

536 S. Third Street

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 228-5515 

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

Jeffrey J. Mondville The Law Office of Jeffrey J. Mondville 

709 Madison Avenue., Suite 218

Toledo OH 43624

(419) 243-5080 

Fax (419) 22-7085

mondville@sbcglobal.net

Leticia G. Patino 

159 S. Washington Street

Tiffin 44883

(419) 455-9508 

Fax (419) 455-9509

OMA@Patino.biz

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

375 South High Street, 16th Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 645-7381 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Michelle Quinn 

3563 Mountshannon Road

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 921-8779 

michelledquinn@msn.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road

New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-6927

cradigan@insight.rr.com

 

Richards & Associates 

Gregg Richards

1189 Yorkshire Drive

Marion OH 43302

(740) 396-0093 

Fax by arrangement

GNDKR@Adelphia.net

David E. Rose 

BPR Mediation Group, LLC

3010 Hayden Road

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 582-2469 

Fax (614) 798-1935

drose@forcemail.com

Robert E. Rosenberg 

206 South Meridian Street Suite A

Ravenna OH 44266

(330) 296-3435 

Fax: (330) 296-3435

RobertERosenberg@aol.com

Nancy J. Savage 

9301 Huntshire Ave. NW

North Canton OH 44720-8258

(330) 499-3069 

Fax (330) 499-0905

N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Julie A. Schafer 

755 White Pond Drive, Suite 403

Akron OH 44320

(330) 864-2003 

Fax (330) 864-7157

JASchafer@schafercarrlaw.com

Susan E. Shostak 

248 Pearl Avenue North

Lancaster OH 43130

(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Dr. John Spiesman 

PO Box 042

Thompson OH 44086-0042

(440) 474-9726 

Fax: (440) 474-9727

Jspiesman@aol.com

John C. Spille 

3200 N. Whitetree Circle

Cincinnati OH 45236

(513) 794-1137 

johnspille@fuse.net

Leslie Swift, Ph.D. 

7654 Montgomery Road

Cincinnati OH 45236

(513) 791-8849 

Fax (513) 791-8873

LBSwift@fuse.net

University of Toledo College of Law c/o Maara Fink 

2801 W. Bancroft Street

Toledo OH 43606

(419) 530-4236 

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

James A. Veri 

6310 Fay Road

Concord OH 44077

(440) 477-5259 

Fax (440) 354-9580

VeriKJ@earthlink.net

Barbara A. Venesy 

Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy

2741 Foxwood Drive

Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

Odella T. Welch 

560 Woodlake Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 523-3022 

Fax (614) 523-3022

Wot560@aol.com

Community Mediation Service of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen 

67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Capitol Mediation 

c/o Robert J. Wheaton

6969 Read Bank Rd. PO Box 128

Galena OH 43021-0128

Fax (614) 523-1155 

Cell (614) 620-1155

capmediation@sbcglobal.net

Kenneth N. Wildman 

Positive Negotiations

419 N. Johnson Street

Ada OH 45810

(410) 230-2563 

k-wildman@onu.edu

 

Linda Wilkins, Esq. 

2680 Southridge Drive

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050 

lindawbesq@aol.com

Elizabeth A. Winner, LPCC, CCDCIII E 

1248 Nilles #8

Fairfield OH 45014

(513) 249-0015 

Fax (513) 829-2830

 

Lou Ann Wood 

AAL Mediation Services

6726 Main Street

Newtown OH 45244

(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is February 20, 2005. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

 

Job Announcements: There are also some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor.

Construction Mediators and Arbitrators Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC Job Description:

We are looking for individuals who are experienced construction-related mediators and/or arbitrators located anywhere in the United States to join our panel of Independent Dispute Resolution Professionals to provide mediation, arbitration and expert witness services to the construction industry within the United States. Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC is a professional dispute resolution firm that specializes in both residential and commercial construction disputes and is available to conduct mediations and/or arbitrations anywhere in the United States. Our professional experts, many of whom are active builders and/or remodelers, architects, home inspectors, attorneys, consultants, etc. can provide a construction-related expertise in all areas of construction, development and legal issues related to the construction industry. For further information: contact Peter G. Merrill, CDRS President and CEO at 505-466-7011, log on to the CDRS website at www.constructiondisputes-cdrs.com or e-mail to cdrsnm@comcast.net. Deadline: None Position Location: United States

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

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

 

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

 

National Conflict Resolution Day: ACR designated October 20, 2005 as “Conflict Resolution Day!” This day was to increase public awareness about mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict. As part of this effort, ACR reached out to local, state and international groups to build interest in holding Conflict Resolution Day events across the country and around the world. As Ohio holds a Conflict Resolution Week in May, there were no additional programs planned for the initial ACR event.

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

Eighth Annual Spring Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April 5-8, 2006

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

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

“Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm” is a new 2 hour DVD developed by Mediate.com that features 31 of the best known and most experienced mediators around.  This DVD is part of a larger Mediate.com interview project with leaders in the field.  Complete interviews will be posted online and a searchable data base of video clips is also being developed.  It is anticipated that approximately 80 leaders in the field will be interviewed.  A 14 minute preview of this DVD is available at www.mediate.com/Views For additional information, see www.mediate.com/products or contact admin@mediate.com

Mediator Certification Study Results

As part of a study on mediator certification, the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association conducted an online survey of attitudes on issues relating to certification. The responses of over 3100 individuals have been summarized and are now available for review at http://www.ACRnet.org/about/taskforces/certification.htm. Both organizations wish to thank all of those individuals who participated in the survey.

LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Law.  Below is information about our exciting and innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested. The MU Law School is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution. Our faculty features one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school, including founders of our field. Now in its seventh year, the LL.M. program has 19 students from diverse backgrounds. Students have come 18 countries outside the U.S.  Most of our students have substantial legal experience. We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program. Our program features small classes. As a result, students and faculty develop a close feeling of community. The core courses are generally limited to LL.M. students only. Elective courses are either part of the J.D. curriculum or other graduate-level courses at the University. LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  Many are in practice as advocates and/or neutrals.  Some have distinctive positions.  For example, CYNTHIA ALKON is the head of Rule of Law Unit for the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization and Security and Cooperation in Europe. JAVIER CARAVEDO co-founded a Peruvian organization called PRODIALOG which provides conflict resolution counseling, training and mediation services specially related to social, political, organizational and environmental issues and advises public institutions on designing and implementing consensus-building mechanisms to strengthen democracy. ART HINSHAW is the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University College of Law. PABLO IPINA runs the Centre of Mediation and Arbitration which is supported by the Interamerican Development Bank in La Paz, Bolivia. SALVADOR PANGA, JR. is a fellow at Hamline Law School’s Dispute Resolution Institute and has served as the secretary-general of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center. CHRISTINE HARRIS TAYLOR is the assistant director of the graduate program at the Center for Dispute Resolution Education at Marquette University. Students may enroll full-time or part-time. Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year. Part-time students typically complete the program in two years and we work hard to accommodate their needs. Applicants submitting complete files by January 1 receive decisions in February. Applicants submitting complete files by March 1 receive decisions in April. All applicants must have completed the first degree in law (LL.B. or equivalent) required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued. For more information about the admissions requirements and link to the online application, see http://law.missouri.edu/llm/admissions.html. Financial aid is available, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships.  See http://law.missouri.edu/llm/pdf/financial-form.pdf.  LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s famous Journalism School. For information about these programs, please contact PROF. RICHARD REUBEN at reubenr@missouri.edu or (573) 884-5204. In addition, many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. Full information about the LL.M. Program is on the web at http://law.missouri.edu/llm/.  If you or others have questions, feel free to contact me at (573) 882-3914, landej@missouri.edu, or KAREN NEYLON, the program coordinator, at (573) 882-2020, umclawcdr@missouri.edu. The newsletter of our Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is hot off the press and you can download a copy at http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/pdf/Fall2005.pdf. I hope you all have a good year. Best, John Lande Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO 65211Tel: 573-882-3914 Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://law.missouri.edu/llm/ Personal Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

 

Divorce and Family Mediation Training with John McElwee, JD and Marie Hill, LPCC. March 29-30-31, April 3-4.  40 hours.  Cincinnati.  Call Marie at 513-378-8548 or e-mail mmhill@fuse.net.

 

Conflict Management Services’ 40-hour course on Divorce Mediation, March 22-24 and 30-31; 1500 W. Third Avenue, Suite 126, Columbus, OH; trainers are Cheryl Lowry, Ph.D. and Robert Wistner, J.D.; cost is $625. Contact Cheryl at 614-488-4540 or cms@iwaynet.net

 

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training February 22 & 23 or April 11 & 12, 2006; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2006. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA. Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

 

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

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

 

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

 

TRAINING SCHEDULE THROUGH JUNE 30, 2006 for Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals Sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section March 2-3 Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), target area April 6-7 Lucas (Toledo) tentative May 4-5 Hamilton (Cincinnati) target area June dates not confirmed, Franklin (Columbus) in conjunction with Minority Training Institute Contact Crevon Tarrance, Supreme Court of Ohio TarrancC@sconet.state.oh.us.

 

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in partnership with On-Tasc, Inc., and the Ohio Resource Network present a: School Conflict Management Training for Teachers A school conflict management program helps create a school environment that fosters prevention and de-escalation of conflicts and that establishes procedures for the effective, nonviolent resolution of conflicts that occur in school settings.  To be effective, a comprehensive program must address more than just student conduct.  Conflict management attitudes and skills must also be an integral part of school curriculum and instruction, as well as the total school culture.  This workshop will help participants to look at the many and varied components of an effective program and help them develop a plan to begin using the skills in their own school setting with a heavy focus on curriculum integration and conflict management as a classroom management tool.  Where: Quality Inn and Suites, 4363 State Rte. 43, Kent, Ohio 44240.  Hotel Phone: 330-678-0101 When: Thursday, February 16th, 2006 and Friday, February 17th, 2006  (must attend both sessions) Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presenters: Penny Senyak, Executive Director of On-Tasc, and John Barnes, School Based Program Manager, Family and Community Services of Portage County Cost: $35.00, includes a 500+ page Curriculum Guide on CD-ROM and a boxed lunch both days. Optional – Graduate Credit, 1 hour from  Ashland University, $181. (payable on-site) Prevention RCHs and Social Work CPEs will also be available through the Ohio Resource Network. Funding for this is provided by the OHIO COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. This is a great opportunity to receive graduate credit.  Continuing Education Credits are available.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Participants who are accepted for training will receive a letter of confirmation and directions to the training. Please complete the register form and return it with your payment by Friday, January, 27th, 2006, to the On-Tasc office. For more information on creating a conflict management program in your school, please visit the Commission’s Web site at: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/ ON TASC, Inc. 5500 Market St., Suite 80 Youngstown, Ohio 44512 Phone: 330-783-5800, Toll Free: 888-267-44512, Fax: 330-783-1223

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in partnership with the Center for Peace Education (CPE), and the Ohio Resource Network present a: School Conflict Management Training for Teachers A school conflict management program helps create a school environment that fosters prevention and de-escalation of conflicts and that establishes procedures for the effective, nonviolent resolution of conflicts that occur in school settings.  To be effective, a comprehensive program must address more than just student conduct.  Conflict management attitudes and skills must also be an integral part of school curriculum and instruction, as well as the total school culture.  This workshop will help participants to look at the many and varied components of an effective program and help them develop a plan to begin using the skills in their own school setting with a heavy focus on curriculum integration and conflict management as a classroom management tool.  Where: Cincinnati, Ohio (Exact Location TBA) When: Friday, February 24th, 2006 and Saturday, February 25th, 2006  (must attend both sessions) Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presenters: Deborah Jordan, School Conflict Management Project Coordinator, The Alcohol and Chemical Abuse Council of Butler County, and John Barnes, School Based Program Manager, Family and Community Services, Inc., Portage County Cost: $35.00, includes a 500+ page Curriculum Guide on CD-ROM and a boxed lunch both days. Optional – Graduate Credit, 1 hour from  $181. Prevention RCHs and Social Work CPEs will also be available through the Ohio Resource Network. Funding for this is provided by the OHIO COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. This is a great opportunity to receive graduate credit.  Continuing Education Credits are available.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Participants who are accepted for training will receive a letter of confirmation and directions to the training. Please complete the attached register form and return it with your payment by Friday, February 10th, 2006, to the CPE office. For more information on creating a conflict management program in your school, please visit the Commission’s Web site at:  www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in partnership with Cleveland State University, the Ohio Resource Network, and Conflict Resolution Center of the West Shore, Inc. (CRC) present a: School Conflict Management Training for Educators A school conflict management program helps create a school environment that fosters prevention and de-escalation of conflicts and that establishes procedures for the effective, nonviolent resolution of conflicts that occur in school settings.  To be effective, a comprehensive program must address more than just student conduct.  Conflict management attitudes and skills must also be an integral part of school curriculum and instruction, as well as the total school culture.  This workshop will help participants to look at the many and varied components of an effective program and help them develop a plan to begin using the skills in their own school setting with a heavy focus on curriculum integration and conflict management as a classroom management tool. Where: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio (Exact Location TBA) When: Saturday, March 4th and Saturday, March 11th, 2006  (must attend both sessions) Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presenter: Carole Close, Retired Executive Director of the Winning Against Violent Environment’s Program, Cleveland Municipal School District and John Barnes, School Based Program Manager, Family and Community Services of Portage County Cost: $35.00, includes a 500+ page Curriculum Guide on CD-ROM and a boxed lunch both days. Optional – Graduate Credit, 1 hour from Cleveland State University $135. Prevention RCHs and Social Work CPEs will also be available through the Ohio Resource Network. Funding for this is provided by the OHIO COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. This is a great opportunity to receive graduate credit.  Continuing Education Credits are available.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Participants who are accepted for training will receive a letter of confirmation and directions to the training. Please complete the register form and return it with your payment by Friday, February 10th, 2006, to CRC’s office. For more information on creating a conflict management program in your school, please visit the Commission’s Web site at:  www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediate.com/Ohio

 

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/

 

Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org

 

Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2003

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication September 2003

President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
President Elect/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com or scochran@co.clermont.oh.us
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail: jsphaedrus@ameritech.net
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 864-1818 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.comMark your Calendars for our exciting 2003-2004 meetings!!

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

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

February 5, 2004 TBA

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

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

Editorial Note: Normally when I use articles written and published elsewhere, I note the source and through an error last newsletter, an article was used without reference. The article “Dispute Resolution Clauses Keep the Faith” was from the ABA (American Bar Association) Journal e-Report of Friday May 30, 2003. I apologize for any inconvenience that may have caused.

Chinese idiom: Turn a large issue into a small one, then turn the small one into none.

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September 2002

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

PMB OMA
2545 Hilliard-Rome Road
Hilliard OH 43026-9471

A Bi-Monthly Publication September 2002

President: Bridget Durham (614) 645-6624 Fax: (614) 645-8902 E-mail: BDDurham@cmhmetro.net
President Elect: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: mantolik@coax.net
Vice President: Patti Maiorino (740) 392-9957 Fax: (740) 392-9045 E-mail: maiorino@axom.com
Secretary: Mary McLain ( 513) 684-2321
fax: (513) 684-6696 E-mail: mary.mclain@eeoc.gov
Treasurer/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com or scochran@co.clermont.oh.us
Immediate Past President: Wendy Hawbaker (440) 576-3628 E-mail: ashtamediate2@suite224.net

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

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

October 4, 2002: Conference presentations of note and a discussion of mediation problems you have faced.

December 6, 2002: TBA

President’s Column
By Bridget Durham

Due to illness, the President’s column will continue next Newscaster.

A Book Review by Martha Green
Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution
By Kenneth Cloke

What is dangerous mediation? Author Ken Cloke would say that anytime we approach conflict resolution with a willingness to deeply explore the dispute with attentive listening, honesty, empathy, and equanimity we are mediating dangerously. He encourages mediators to strive for a deeper practice that embraces the opportunities for personal and spiritual growth embodied in conflict. His orientation is as a transformative mediator.

Cloke decries the shallowness of mediations that are merely settlement conferences, proposing that such mediations suppress conflict rather than resolve it. He suggests that where there is capitulation, appeasement, and compromise it is at the price of justice.

Much of Ken Cloke’s perspective on mediation is couched within his larger vision for social transformation. The book is in two parts: The Inner Frontier and The Outer Frontier. The Inner Frontier looks within the interpersonal mediation process and within the mediator considering the dynamics of such things as: fear, dishonesty, revenge, and forgiveness. The Outer Frontier inspects social systems within which a conflict arises, such as: fascism, oppression, the rule of law, and how open dialogues can influence societal change.

Within this appeal for social change there are some concrete practice tips for the everyday mediator. Those mediators working in the area of Victim/Offender Mediation will find his chapters on Revenge, Forgiveness, and Interest-Based Negotiating with criminals pertinent. Chapters related to power and oppression speak plainly to situations commonly found in divorce mediations. Cloke illustrates other points with examples from workplace mediation and facilitating public policy meetings.

Throughout the book are many thought provoking gems. For example, there are three pages of intriguing alternative definitions of conflict and a two page list of new, non-adversarial roles for attorneys. There were many isolated thoughts that demanded the reader pause to consider what the author was suggesting. As an example, ponder this statement Cloke makes in an effort to encourage mediation participants to surrender their prejudices about each other. “Judgments are simply admissions of a lack of skill at responding to difficult behaviors.” Or consider his observation that parties don’t want mediators to be impartial, but rather “omni partial” meaning empathetic and on both parties’ sides at the same time.

This isn’t leisure reading. The reader must give close attention and consideration to the author’s observations and opinions. His call to examine both the inner and outer frontiers of mediation provides interesting, reflective reading for those willing to meditate on mediation as a limitless, paradoxical spiritual journey with the potential to affect social justice.

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association for Conflict Resolution are pleased to announce the results of the 2002 Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition for Law and Graduate Students. The purpose of the Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition is to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making among students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools as well as students enrolled in graduate programs both in the United States and abroad. The winner in the graduate student division is Jessie Sutherland, a master’s student at the University of Victoria for her essay “Colonialism, Crime, and Dispute Resolution: A Critical Analysis of Canada’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy.” The winner in the law student division is Stephen Anway, a 2002 graduate of Ohio State University College of Law, for his essay  “Mediation in
Copyright Disputes: From Compromise Created Incentives to Incentive Created Compromises.” Gregory Todd Jones, from Georgia State University, was awarded an
honorable mention in the graduate student division for his essay, “Evaluative ADR, Uncertainty & Information” Alyssa Shenk, from Ohio State University College of Law, was awarded an honorable mention in the law student division for her essay, “Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements: The Key to Avoiding a Charge of Unconscionability” Edward R. Ergenzinger, Jr., from Wake Forest University School of Law, was awarded an honorable mention in the law student division for his essay, “Conversations With Phineas Gage: A Neuroscientific Approach to Negotiation Strategies.” The Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition honors the memory of James B. Boskey, humanitarian, law professor, and mediator, who became known and beloved world-over for his publication of The Alternative Newsletter, a resource guide on ADR published quarterly.  It was in its tenth year when Jim died in 1999.  The publication provided a comprehensive yet very accessible window into the diverse dimensions of the ADR field.  In many respects, Jim Boskey-through the alternative newsletter–was the voice of the ADR community. The Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition is chaired by Professor Lisa B. Bingham from Indiana University, a representative of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and Professor Nancy Welsh, from the Penn State- Dickinson School of Law, a representative of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. The winning essays will soon be available on the Association for Conflict Resolution and the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution web sites, www.acresolution.org and http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.abanet.org/dispute . Gina Viola Brown Coordinator of Research, Policy Analysis and Law School Programs ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 740 15th St. NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 662-1677 Fax: (202) 662-1683 browng@staff.abanet.org http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.abanet.org/dispute

Ohio State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee Meetings
As a result of OMA’s ongoing dialogue with the Ohio State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee, all OMA members are invited to attend the committee meetings scheduled for January 10, 2003. The Committee meets at the Hyatt on Capital Square during the OSBA’s committee meetings at 3:15 PM on Friday afternoon. Meetings are usually no longer than two hours and are informative as well as a place to network with others in the dispute resolution field.

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

CD-ROM: Conference Materials from “New Vistas in Dispute Resolution” Conference, Seattle, WA, April 2002 Contains over 120 session materials from Concurrent Sessions (categorized into substantive tracks, from arbitration to technology), Legal Educator’s Colloquium, Mini-Conference on Court ADR, Pre-Conference Skills Training. Available for $50 including shipping and handling. Inquire to: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, (202) 662-1680 Send payment or order via: fax (202) 662-1683, dispute@abanet.org, 740 15 th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 Or use the form at http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.abanet.org/dispute/seattlecdrom.pdf

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New CPR Book on Employment Disputes How Companies Manage Employment Disputes compiles and analyzes the dispute resolution programs of nearly two dozen leading corporations; notes common themes in their systems; points out ways in which varied approaches were taken in addressing common questions of structure; and reports on the results of the programs. It’s a unique resource for corporate counsel, human resources executives and others interested in employment dispute resolution systems. Appendices include transcripts of interviews with six experienced designers and administrators of complex employment dispute programs as well as copies of the participating companies’ dispute resolution program brochures. The book costs $80 ($60 for CPR members). A 20% discount is available for purchases of 4 or more books. CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution 212/949-6490 cblustein@cpradr.org

“Mediating Citizen Complaints Against Police Officers: A Guide for
Police and Community Leaders.” It is available on line at the COPS office web site: http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.usdoj.gov/cops and then go to “new publications.” Professor Samuel Walker Department of Criminal Justice University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE 68182-0149 402-554-3590 (o)

Effective Settlement Advocacy in Environmental Insurance Key elements of the claim should be presented at substantive settlement meetings.  These elements should address historic and estimated future liabilities for “known” liabilities as well as “unknown” future liabilities that represent liability risks transferred from insurer to policyholder under certain scopes of release.  Examples of issues to address in a settlement presentation include: specific identification of liabilities included in scope of settlement; summary of costs spent and reserved to date; current trends in environment cleanup costs for known sites; steps taken to screen costs included in the claim; method used to develop future cost estimates; nature of costs included, and excluded, from future cost estimates; and identification of potential liabilities from emerging claim categories. From Environmental Dispute Resolution:  An Anthology of Practical Solutions http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.abanet.org/abapubs/books/5350090

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

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

New Members:

Michele Bertaux, CPA
19795 Deerfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
513/984-6403
513/984-6405 FAX
bertauxcpa@aol.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community

Kristine L. Hayes
Carlile, Patchen & Murphy LLP
366 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
614/228-6135
614/221-0216 FAX
klh@cpmlaw.com
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Juvenile, Interpersonal, Neighborhood/Community, Business/Commercial, Labor

Susan Stryffeler Heim
1710 Hearthside Dr.
Salem, OH 44460
330/337-0818
susanlsh@netscape.net
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Juvenile, Interpersonal

IntelliSolve, Inc.
Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins, Ph.D.
225 E. Liberty St.
Medina, OH 44256
330/725-1350
330/723-2414 FAX
intellisolve@zoominternet.net
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Neighborhood/Community, Juvenile, Business/Commercial, Environmental, Labor

Anne W. Larkin
Carlile, Patchen & Murphy LLP
366 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
614/228-6135
614/221-0216 FAX
awl@cpmlaw.com
Areas of Practice: Business/Commercial, Employment, Securities

David E. Rose
BPR Mediation Group, LLC
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1400
Columbus, OH 43215
614/460-3535
drose@forcemail.com

Cathy L. Saunders
2182 Pine Knoll Ave.
Columbus, OH 3229
614/728-9644
Areas of Practice: Interpersonal, Business/Commercial

Corrections:

Sharon F. Buzo
5571 Ridgewood Lane
Brecksville, Ohio 44141.
440-740-0104
Fax:  440-740-0140.

Olga K. Dyas
The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy of Greater Columbus, Inc.
2121 Bethel Rd., Suite D
Columbus, OH 43220
614/459-4490
614/457-3650 FAX
Areas of Practice: Family, Divorce, Neighborhood/Community, Child Protection

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, 2002. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775. E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com . Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor .

!!TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!!

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

A Book Review
by Shirley A. Cochran

Game, Set Match: Winning the Negotiations Game, A Step-by-Step Approach to Getting What You Want From Any Negotiation. by Henry S. Kramer

The best line in the book and one of the few with which I agree is the following from page 212: “Remember that negotiations involve three key elements: power, time, and information.” This is an easy to read compilation of what Professor Kramer teaches in his negotiation classes at Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial & Labor Relations. He does sprinkle the book with some very interesting quotations from famous people past and present. One of my favorites was from Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

If the reader understands there is more about union/management negotiations in this book than other negotiation situations, and more about how to force your position onto your opponent than the use of interest based negotiation, you will not be as disappointed as I was in the material presented.

It appeared obvious from the tone of the material that the author has a management bias. He provides “tips” and “tricks” in each chapter. On page 222, in discussing whether union employees should be released during work time and paid by the employer during negotiations, he lists as a “tip” that if the union should try to get the employer to pay for the union representatives, the employer should cap the amount of time to be paid and only do so on an ad hoc basis. The “trick” listed immediately below the “tip” is that the union should always ask the employer to both release the employee for negotiation and pay without a cap, securing contract language covering this release and payment for all subsequent negotiations.

Even taking into consideration the book’s concentration on the labor relations negotiation, I would not recommend it for anyone serious about learning how to negotiate in the modern world; other than as an example of what not to do. Some of the comments I found just plain ridiculous include these from page 239: “When negotiations enter the end game phase, abandon problem solving….In addition, in the end game stage progress is more likely to be made by the application of various forms of pressure than by argument and reasoning.”

If you have time to kill at the courthouse between hearings or during a mediation caucus and want to check this out in the Law Library for a quick read, think of it as light summer reading and assess the appropriate weight to the author’s remarks.

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR ACR’S THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE
ACR’s Third Annual Conference: The World of Conflict Resolution: A Mosaic of Possibilities October 15-18, 2003 Orlando, Florida USA The 2003 ACR Conference Planning Committee invites proposals that address questions facing the field such as: What are the best practices in conflict resolution? What do we — as conflict resolvers — want our field to become? What are the opportunities and challenges? What are the threats? What are the creative uses and innovative practices of conflict resolution? How do youth fit into the field? The committee is also seeking proposals that address such practical issues as how one develops a successful conflict resolution practice. For more information, or to submit a proposal, go to:
http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.acresolution.org/acrconf.nsf/ac03sessioninput

The Akron Bar Association LRIS panel is exploring mediation/arbitration with respect to referrals and court programs. Linda Sell email address LINDASELL1@cs.com

 

Job Announcements: We have no announcements for this Newscaster, but there are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor.

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events
October 3-4, 2002 – National Institute on Advanced Mediation Skills
Training Miami, FL 800-285-2221 http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/n02mst1.html
October 10, 2002 – 2nd Annual Conference on Indian Tribes, Natural
Resources Conflicts and ADR Missoula, MT (202) 457-6155 www.pattonboggs.com
October 21-22, 2002- The Future of Commercial Arbitration New York, NY The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (212) 382-6620

December 5-6, 2002 – National Institute on Advanced Mediation Skills Training San Francisco, CA 800-285-2221 http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/n02mst1.html
February 5-11, 2003 – ABA Mid-Year Meeting (Section of Dispute Resolution Meetings TBA) The Renaissance Madison  (206) 583-0300 Seattle, Washington

March 20-22, 2003 – 5th Annual Dispute Resolution Spring Conference Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Hilton Palacio del Rio  (210) 222-1400 San Antonio, Texas www.abanet.org/dispute/SanAntonio.html
August 7-13, 2003 – ABA Annual Meeting (Section of Dispute Resolution Meetings/Programs TBA) San Francisco, California

For additional information, contact: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 740 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 662-1680, Fax (202) 662-1683 dispute@abanet.org, http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.abanet.org/dispute

At the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, on Aug. 11, ll nominated, appointed and elected Council members were confirmed. SECTION OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION COUNCIL, 2002-2003 OFFICERS

CHAIR Bruce E Meyerson, Phoenix, AZ
CHAIR-ELECT Richard Chernick, Los Angeles, CA
VICE-CHAIR David A Hoffman, Boston, MA
SECRETARY John G Bickerman, Washington, DC
BUDGET OFFICER Robyn C Mitchell, Atlanta, GA
LONG RANGE PLANNING OFFICER Phyllis E Bernard, Oklahoma City, OK
SECTION DELEGATES TO HOUSE OF DELEGATES James J Alfini, DeKalb, IL; Pamela Chapman Enslen, Kalamazoo, MI
MEMBERS-AT-LARGE Cindy Hallberlin. Washington, DC; Dan Naranjo, San Antonio, TX; Wayne Thorpe, Atlanta, GA; Julie C Bretz, Milwaukee, WI; Scott H Hughes, Albuquerque, NM; Cheryl I Niro, Chicago, IL; Steven Gonzales, Phoenix, AZ; Wayne I Fagan, San Antonio, TX; Peter R Steenland, Washington, DC
ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS Robert Allen Wherry Jr, Denver, CO; Max Zimny, Wantagh, NY
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Robert Mussehl, Seattle, WA
YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION REP. Allen Jackson Barnes, Columbia, SC
LAW STUDENT DIVISION REP. Edwin Aiwazian, Glendale, CA
LIAISON FROM SECTION ASSOCIATES Joan Tobin, Phoenix, AZ
EMERITUS MEMBERS/PAST CHAIRS  1994 Robert D Raven, San Francisco, CA; 1995 John Robert Van Winkle, Indianapolis, IN; 1996 Resa Laverne Harris, Charlotte, NC; 1997 Jose C Feliciano, Cleveland, OH; 1998 Kimberlee K Kovach, Austin, TX; 1999 Pamela Chapman Enslen, Kalamazoo, MI; 2000 James J Alfini , DeKalb IL; 2001 Benjamin Overton, Tallahassee, FL LIAISON FROM THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS Robert Carlson, Butte, MT

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS :

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

Beech Acres Mediation Center

Basic Mediation Training for Professionals Sept. 26-27, 2002 or February 6-7, 2003 (Thursday and Friday) presented by Marie Hill, M.Ed., LPC and Lou Ann Wood, M.Ed., LPC, at Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary Pastoral Center. This program will present, in 12 hours the basic process of mediation. The style is interactive using video and role play. Early registration by September 3 or January 15 is $250. Contact Amy Applegate, 6881 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45230 (513) 231-6630. The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25-year Landmark Study by Judith S. Wallerstein PhD on Friday, October 11, 2002, one-hour review of the study findings and Saturday October 12, 2002 for three credit hours a panel discussion with experts from the mental health and legal communities join Dr. Wallerstein. Co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Psychiatric Society and the Krug Lecture Series. Call (513) 961-8886 or visit http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.cps-i.org/ . Divorce/Family Mediation Training November 13-15 and 18-19, 2002 or March 12-14 and 17-18, 2003, presented by Marie Hill, M.Ed. and John L. McElwee, J.D. This is the 40-hour Divorce/Family Mediation program with an interactive style using lectures, video, role-play and exercises. Discounted cost is $800 if by October 15 or Feb. 25. Contact Amy Applegate at the address or phone listed above.

Cleveland Mediation Center Divorce Mediation Training November 2,3,9,10,16, 2002 Pesenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For more information contact: Dan Joyce, Executive Director Cleveland Mediation Center, United Office Building, Suite 906, 2012 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Phone: (216) 621-1919 Fax: (216) 621-3202

E-Mail  danielcmc@earthlink.net

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.

What: Increasing Human Effectiveness(IHE): Managing the Rapids of Change This highly interactive, two-day seminar has been used as the cornerstone curriculum to support cultural change, continuous improvement, diversity initiatives, work force development, and customer service training. Tools are provided to help break out of comfort zones, change old habits, motivate your-self and others, accept and accelerate change, and challenge the status quo. People with these capabilities in hand will lead their organization past barriers to organizational excellence and contribute to the bottom line. Recent clients include AT&T, Boeing, Catholic Healthcare Partners, Microsoft, Parker Hannifin, Progressive, and U.S. Postal Service.

Where: First Congregational Church of Akron, 292 E. Market Street, Akron, OH 44308 (330-253-5109) When: Thursday & Friday, October 10 & 11, 2002 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost: $439.00 / person (includes meals and all materials) How: Seating is limited. Call Marie Daily 330-867-3247 or e-mail marie@signaltree.org to reserve your place! Increasing Human Effectiveness (IHE) is based on the belief that people are your organization’s most important resource. Their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors will impact bottom line performance more than any other business variable. Customized in-house program delivery is available. Signal Tree Resolutions, LLC 1653 Merriman Road Suite 109 Akron, OH 44313 Phone: (330) 867-3247 · Fax: (330) 869-8113 E-mail: maire@signaltee.org

Conflict Management Services

Presenters Cheryl M. Lowry, Ph D., Robert N. Wistner, J.D., Leslie Martin, B.A., and Kenneth T. Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W. Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynet.net. Website: http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.conflictmgmt.com/ General/Basic Mediation : October 2-3, and November 7-8; Divorce and Family Mediation : November 14-15 & 20-22; Transformative Mediation : October 15-16; Principled Negotiation : October 24-25; Mediating with Teenagers : October 11 ; Asking Strategic Questions : October 9; Identifying Issues and Interests in Mediation : October 10; Victim-Offender Mediation : October 17-18; Civil Mediation : October 29; Marketing Professional Services : November 4; Group Facilitation : October 21.

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

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

October 16-19, 2002: The Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS) presents professional mediation training entitled, Mediation for the Professional, an interactive 3-day course, focused both on the skills of the mediator and on the skills of the parties and advocates in mediation.  Led by Linda Singer and Michael Lewis, this course is designed for attorneys, managers, human resource and other professionals interesting in learning or further developing their mediation skills.  Tuition:  $895 before August 19, 2002, after August 19, 2002, $995.  Payment may be made by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard.  To register, please contact CDS at (202) 265-9572, ext 320.  For more information check our website at http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.cdsusa.org/ .  Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peach, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC.  CDS courses have been approved for CEU and CLE credits.

Mediation for the Professional October 16-19, 2002: The Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS) presents
professional mediation training entitled, Mediation for the Professional, an interactive 3-day course, focused both on the skills of the mediator and on the skills of the parties and advocates in mediation.  Led by Linda Singer and Michael Lewis, this course is designed for attorneys, managers, human resource and other professionals interesting in learning or further developing their mediation skills.  Tuition:  $895 if registered by September 15, 2001, $975 thereafter (payment may be made by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard.  To register, please contact CDS at (202) 265-9572, ext 320.  For more information check our website at http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.cdsusa.org/ .  Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peach, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC CDS courses have been approved for CEU and CLE credits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), First Annual National ADR Quality Conference, September 18, 2002 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, Georgia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present our First Annual National ADR Quality Conference: Theme “From Information to Transformation” on September 18, 2002 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta,
Georgia. Description: The conference will feature nationally recognized experts trained in ADR techniques, mediation practice, and current legislation. Topics will include: latest ADR developments; best practices in conflict resolution in the workplace; avoiding workplace conflict; and everything you
should know about ADR. Registration Website: More information and on-line registration is available
at: << http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/https://sec.cdcmeetings.com/atsdr >>. Space is limited. Please register by COB September 13, 2002.
Hotel Reservations: Call the Crowne Plaza Ravinia-Atlanta at (770) 392-7700 or 1-800-2CROWNE and ask for the ADR Quality Conference. Reservations must be made prior to September 6, 2002 in order to guarantee room availability at the discounted rate. How to Participate in this Conference: If you have not registered on-line and would like to participate in this conference, please fax registration form to ADR Registrar at (713) 266-2063 no later than September 13, 2002. Point of Contact: Sherri Lewis Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist ADR Office (404) 371-5916 Email: sql4@cdc.gov < mailto:sql4@cdc.gov >
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Mediation Works Incorporated, Boston, MA A) Train the Trainer Institute – Mediation Works Incorporated, Boston, MA DESCRIPTION: “MWI’s Train the Trainer Institute” is a three-day advanced seminar designed to prepare experienced mediators and other dispute resolution professionals to become effective trainers and role-play coaches. For more information please visit < http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/training/trainer.html
< http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/training/trainer.html >> or call Charles Doran, Executive Director at 800-348-4888 x22 with questions and to request a brochure. TRAINERS and GUEST SPEAKERS: Melissa Brodrick, Charles Doran and other experienced trainers and role-play coaches (see < http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/people.html
< http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/people.html >> for more information about the trainers). DATES: September 18-20, 2002 LOCATION: Mediation Works Incorporated – Boston, MA COST: $850 ($775 if registered a month in advance) 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. B) Executive Mediation Training – Mediation Works Incorporated Boston, MA DESCRIPTION: “MWI’s Executive Mediation Training Program” is a five-day comprehensive “hands-on” mediation skill-building program designed for professionals interested in exploring and learning about the mediation process through lectures, demonstrations, interactive exercises, supervised role-plays, and group discussions. For more information please visit < http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/training/executive.html < http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/training/executive.html >> or call Charles Doran, Executive Director at 800-348-4888 x22 with questions and to request a brochure. TRAINERS and GUEST SPEAKERS: Charles Doran, Ericka Gray, Moshe Cohen, David Hoffman, James McGuire and other experienced trainers and role-play coaches (see < http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/people.html < http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/people.html >> for more information about the trainers). DATES: October 21-25, 2002 LOCATION: The Union Club, Boston, MA COST: $1125 ($1075 if registered a month in advance) Training Prerequisites: none Experience Prerequisites: none Charles P. Doran Mediator / Executive Director Mediation Works Incorporated 9 Park Street – Sixth Floor Boston, MA 02108-4807 Phone: 617-973-9739 x22 / 800-348-4888 Fax: 617-973-9532 E-mail: ChuckDoran@MWI.org Web: http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/ < http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mwi.org/ > Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI) is dedicated to providing dispute resolution services and training to clients seeking to resolve difficult disputes.
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The New Law Center, LLC Business And Employment Mediation Training October 8-10, Boston, MA
Lead Trainer: David A. Hoffman, Member, The New Law Center, LLC Mediation Faculty: Charles P. Doran, Executive Director, Mediation Works, Inc. Stephen M. Linsky, Member, The New Law Center, LLC Dina Beach Lynch, Corporate Ombudsperson, Fleet Bank Doris F. Tennant, Member, The New Law Center, LLC This Program includes: Thirty hours of training in mediation skills, with an emphasis on how to resolve business and employment disputes.  Participants will learn how to mediate – from opening a mediation session to drafting a settlement agreement.  (Thirty hours meets the requirements of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 233, § 23C, governing the confidentiality of mediation.) Instruction in theories of communication, negotiation methods and styles, conflict management, psychological barriers to settlement, ethical standards for mediators, and legal issues pertaining to mediation.  (See reverse for full agenda.) Role plays – each participant will have four opportunities to serve as a mediator, observed and critiqued by an experienced mediator/role play coach. Videotape demonstration of experience mediators and critique of their mediation styles. Notebook of resources and articles. An optional two-hour program on developing a mediation practice and using mediation skills for advocacy and negotiation. Fees and Registration Information  (Includes course materials, lunch, beverages, and snacks; attendees receive
certificate of completion) Registration received on or before September 20, 2002 — $1,200 Registration received after September 20, 2002 — $1,300 Please check payable to “The New Law Center,” to: Stacey Bran, The New Law Center, 99 Summer Street – Suite 1720, Boston, MA 02110.  Space is limited to 24 participants.  For more information, please contact Stacey at 617-439-4700 or SBran@TheNewLawCenter.com .  A discount of 10% is available to businesses or organizations that enroll four or more individuals.  Cancellation policy: a full refund is available up to 30 days before the program; after that, registration fees will be refunded if the space is filled by another participant. With offices in Newton and Boston, The New Law Center seeks to provide timely solutions to clients’ problems, without the expense and acrimony of litigation.  We use an interest-based, problem-solving approach to
negotiation.  TNLC also provides consulting and training on collaborative law, mediation, and other emerging practices in the law.  Please visit our offices at 288 Walnut Street in Newtonville, at 99 Summer Street in Boston, or visit our web site at http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.thenewlawcenter.com/ .
Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.state.oh.us/cdr
Ohio Mediation Association: http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/https://www.mediateohio.org/
Ohio State Bar Association: http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.ohiobar.org/
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.mcgregor.edu/
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://aom.pace.edu/cmd/newslett/newsletter2001.htm

“Addressing the Redress: A Discussion of the Status of the United State’s Postal Service’s Transformative Mediation Program” by Professor Lisa B. Bingham, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Cardozo On-Line Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 2, 2001, http://web.archive.org/web/20030525112356/http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/ . Go to Publications, then On Line Journal, Current Volumes, Volume 2 No. 2, and Symposia and it is the first article.

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 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, CEOAreas 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 Court
800 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