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Mediation News
September 2017

Mediator who brokered Boko Haram deal to release Chibok girls is UNHCR's 2017 Nansen Refugee Award winner

The Nansen Refugee Award recognizes extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, the internally displaced or stateless people. UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency, announced Monday that the 2017 recipient is Mustapha, a lawyer and mediator from Borno State in northeast Nigeria. read


Celebrating 30 years of community mediation

When your mission is to ameliorate disputes, it’s hard to quantify the scope of your effectiveness. How does one measure the absence of strife? read


As 108th lawsuit is filed against church, mediation efforts are stalled

The latest lawsuit once again names Father Louis Brouillard as the alleged perpetrator. Although assurances were given that mediation in the scores of sex abuse lawsuits would be completed sometime next month, it looks as though it may not happen until next year. And with that announcement comes more lawsuits being filed against the Archdiocese of Agana. read


Ill inmate's case resolved in mediation

A case in which a seriously ill inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Somerset said he was forced to crawl to a wheelchair before being taken to the infirmary has been resolved through mediation, according to an order filed by U.S. Magistrate Lisa Pupo Lenihan of Pittsburgh. read


$15.1M Verdict for Fatal Police Shooting Goes to Mediation

The family and estate of Leonard Thomas and the Lakewood Police Department will be meeting with a mediator to see if the two parties can come up with a revised settlement amount after a jury awarded the family $15.1 million in July. read


Flanagan launches brochure promoting mediation in farm disputes

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has launched a new Mediators’ Institute of Ireland brochure promoting mediation in farm disputes. read


Boom in e-commerce calls for online mediation services

HANGZHOU,(Xinhua) -- How to make legal documents via voice recognition technology and how to reach online settlements on e-commerce disputes were among topics discussed at a meeting on mediation held Tuesday in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. read


Should You Mediate Your Family-Owned Business Dispute?

Disputes between and among owners of family-owned businesses are sometimes unavoidable. When such disputes progress to litigation, they can be extremely costly, time-consuming, and disruptive for the business and its owners. read


Dayton, Lawmakers Hire Mediator to Work Out Legal Dispute

Gov. Mark Dayton and top MN Republicans on Tuesday chose an experienced mediator to try to help them out of a constitutional impasse. read


Lawyers: More time needed for clergy sex abuse pre-mediation talks

Attorneys involved in the more than 100 child sex abuse lawsuits against the Catholic church on Guam have asked the local and federal courts to give them more time to work out the details of a proposed mediation to settle the cases. read


First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Funds School Mediation Program

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation provided $7,500 to the peer mediation elementary school program sponsored by Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, a Hilo nonprofit that serves East Hawai‘i. read


Former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, Penn State head to mediation in lawsuits

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and Penn State agreed to mediation on Monday to resolve a buyout dispute before heading to court. US Middle District Judge Robert D. Mariani named a mediator on Friday. Judge Mariani directed both parties that mediation must take place sometime within 60 days. read


Child Death Suit Headed For Mediation

The parties named in a lawsuit filed by the parents of the child who died while attending the 2011 Erwin Christmas Parade will meet later this year in an effort to resolve the suit. The family of Cullen Reece Parker filed suit against multiple entities following the tragic loss of their 3-year-old son after what started out as an evening of holiday fun. read


Serena Williams' stepmother to settle eviction drama at mediation

Lakeisha Williams is ready to wrap up her divorce from estranged husband Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. read


New condo-living organization enters the scene in Ontario

CAO will be responsible for a new online dispute resolution tribunal “that will include online guided negotiation, mediation and adjudication to help resolve issues and settle disputes,” along with self-help tools for those who have questions or want to resolve disputes on their own.  read


Six Essential Qualities for Mediators in Mediating Geopolitical Conflicts

What does a good mediator need in order to successfully swim the treacherous waters of mediating issues of geopolitical conflict? When it comes to mediating geopolitical conflicts, the mediator must have “mana.” read


Dennis Rodman offers to 'straighten things out' with US, North Korea

Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman has offered to play mediator between the U.S. and North Korea amid a nuclear standoff. read


Mediation as an Alternative to Litigating Intellectual Property Disputes

“Discourage litigation, persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can." Abraham Lincoln’s words from the middle of the 19th century continue to ring true over 150 years later for businesspeople embroiled in intellectual property disputes. read


Bend noise issue pits neighbors against music venues

City, neighbors and musicians all hoping for effective mediation. read


Annex midrise condo that drew ire of Margaret Atwood will undergo mediation

A developer and group of high-profile Annex residents will hash out their differences over a controversial Davenport Rd. midrise. On Wednesday, Toronto & East York community council agreed that the city’s lawyer should ask for mediation at the province’s land and development disputes tribunal read


Community Mediation Upper Shore gets local shingle

A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will be held Thursday at 4:45 p.m. for the Cecil County office of Community Mediation Upper Shore. The public is invited to see the office at 224 E. Main St. in Elkton. read


Agweek TV: Ag mediation

Many farmers and ranchers are feeling the pinch of low commodity prices and poor growing conditions, and some will end up in mediation. The programs vary from state to state, and some say there's a need to improve them. read

August 2017

Former Portage County court mediator sues judge, claims he was forced out for writing letter to the editor

The former mediator for Portage County Common Pleas Court says in a new lawsuit that he was forced out of his job for sending a letter to the editor to cleveland.com. read


Comedian Uses Comedy To Build Confidence And Break Down Bullying In Baltimore

Baltimore City native and comedian channels his passion for youth empowerment and his own story of experiencing childhood bullying through the launching of an innovative after school program called “Lil’ Laughs.” read


Czech Republic: Fifth Anniversary of Mediation in the Czech Republic

Mediation as an alternative to classic dispute resolution in other than criminal matters was formally incorporated into the Czech legal system in September 2012. read


'Light bulb moment' sees mediation specialist fill the gap

An Australian legal professional has established a national mediation firm, after realising there is an increasing need for this type of establishment coming both from other lawyers and clients. read


Lee Jay Berman Named as NADN's 2017 'Distinguished Neutral of the Year'

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) has presented its inaugural “Distinguished Neutral of the Year” Award to Los Angeles-based Lee Jay Berman, in recognition of excellence in mediation and ADR training. read


Squabbles Over the Family Summer Home? Don’t Hire a Lawyer Just Yet

Enter transformative mediation, an ambitious but often lengthy process with a single goal: to get the people involved to think differently. If siblings are successful in changing their thoughts about each other, practitioners say, the present conflict will be resolved and the relationships that the siblings have with each other will be altered. read


Time to Celebrate the Unsung Women Heroes of Peace Mediation

While women are active and successful mediators at the grassroots level, they remain largely invisible in international peacemaking. Dr. Catherine Turner says it is urgent to raise the profile of women mediators. read


Wealthy families are turning to 'transformative mediation' to decide who gets the summer home

In The New York Times, Paul Sullivan writes that wealthy families who once turned to their lawyers over matters of inheritance are now pursuing a different method of conflict resolution: transformative mediation. read


Legal mediator, police arranged safe return of Jupiter boy

Jupiter police said 4-year-old Dominic Caprio was returned within 24 hours after going missing after a “private legal counsel mediator” arranged the boy’s safe return. read


Judge orders Carmel, Indy into mediation over roundabout dispute

A special judge has ordered Carmel and Indianapolis to mediate a dispute about a project to build several roundabouts along their shared 96th Street border. read


Legal 101: what does a mediator do?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Circuit Courts are looking at mediation to help husbands and wives going through a divorce make their own division of property outside of the court system. read


Mediation for public records complaints

The Ohio Supreme Court referred a Youngs-town Board of Education member’s complaint to mediation. Dario Hunter filed a complaint Aug. 2 to compel the city school district to comply with his public-records request. read


Brooklyn Park seeks mediation after City Council fiasco

Things have only gotten more tense for city officials in Brooklyn Park, MN over the last month after a fiasco over the fire chief stepping down, though the mayor said at a Council meeting Monday that it was finally time to start moving forward. read


First Quincy School Board, Quincy Federation mediation set for Aug. 31

A first meeting with a mediator has been set for the Quincy School Board and the Quincy Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Personnel. John Weathers with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will meet with both sides from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31. read


8 Signs You Should Skip Mediation and Head Straight for the Divorce Lawyer

Not every couple is a good candidate for mediation. Here are the eight signs that mediation might not be right for you. read


Consider mediation for elder disputes

Mediation, long considered to be an alternative to lengthy expensive divorce actions, can also be used where there is a dispute among adult children regarding frail, disabled and incapacitated parents. read


The perfect dispute resolution clause

Practitioners from every stage of the disputes process: in-house, private practice, the Bar and institutions, gave their insights on what makes for an effective dispute resolution clause. read


Lawsuit against Gadsden City school board members ordered to mediation

The judge’s order allows the parties 14 days to select a mediator by agreement, then the matter is to be submitted for mediation within 90 days. If more time is needed, the parties must make a request with the judge. read


Fate of Danvers' oldest church still to be decided

Still divided on the direction to take their church, the Disciples, UCC congregation voted Sunday to enter a 90-day mediation to help decide on its future. read


Mediation 101: A Primer

The growth in the use of mediation to settle a wide variety of disputes means more and more parties – and their lawyers – are considering this alternative to litigation. read


Mediator appointed in case of teens charged in Scranton officer's death

Lackawanna County Senior Judge Carmen D. Minora will mediate the case of three teens charged with Scranton Patrolman John Wilding’s death under a rare move by the court to try to foster negotiated pleas with the defendants. read


Judge orders Michigan, Flint to mediation over water crisis

A federal judge has ordered the state of Michigan and the city of Flint into mediation to try to resolve their differences regarding the future of Flint's drinking water. read


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This is what can you do about noisy neighbours

Mediation is a useful option and is too often overlooked. Trained representatives will listen to both your views – either independently or in a meeting where you are all present – then try to reach a successful compromise and a plan of action that suits you both. read


Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Board turn to mediation to resolve dispute on pay for appointees

Two Milwaukee County elected officials will turn to a mediator next week in an extraordinary attempt to resolve their continuing dispute over setting pay for department heads and other appointees. read


MSU, Nassar lawsuits heading to mediation

GRAND RAPIDS - The federal lawsuits against MSU, USA Gymnastics and others related to Larry Nassar will soon enter a 90-day mediation phase during which a settlement could be reached. read


Stay granted in sex abuse cases; mediation to begin in Oct.

Guam – A mediator has been picked and mediation for the 70-plus sex abuse cases filed in District Court against the church. read


Rajasthan village takes mediation route to be litigation-free

“The village has set an example for people of other villages by settling disputes through mediation in a peaceful atmosphere.” read