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Mediation News
October 2016

Preventing foreclosures, through mortgage mediation

Jonathan Smith, attorney and founder of Advantage Legal Group, shared how Washington State's Foreclosure Fairness Act may help homeowners avoid foreclosure, through mortgage mediation. He also shared several recent success stories of clients helped by his team. read



BATNA is an acronym that stands for Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement. Simply put, it’s what you will do if you don’t settle. It’s a crucial piece of information to have before a mediation begins because it allows you to properly and rationally evaluate offers and counteroffers. read


Texas Supreme Court Committee Sues Mediation Service to Prevent It From Practicing Law

The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee has sued an Irving mediation service seeking to prevent it from practicing law after alleging its nonlawyer staff provided legal advice to hundreds of customers including preparing pleadings for them to use in employment and family law cases. read


Vatican called in to mediate in Venezuela talks

A sharply divided Venezuela may be on the track to reconciliation with the help of a highly respected, neutral third party -- the Vatican. read


UBC, former student begin mediation for human-rights complaint

Mediation is set to begin Monday between the University of British Columbia and a former student who filed a human-rights complaint alleging the school discriminated in handling a number of reports of sexual assault and harassment. read


Austin Leaders Advance Grove at Shoal Creek, Pending Mediation

A neighborhood group known as the Bull Creek Road Coalition, or BCRC, requested the office and retail reduction. They've also requested mediation with owners of the Grove at Shoal Creek, which developers accepted Thursday. read


VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Mediation' Episode of DIVORCE on HBO

On the next episode of DIVORCE on HBO titled 'Mediation', telling the kids is the hardest part of the divorce process. New episodes of Divorce premiere Sundays at 10PM on HBO. read


South Dakota Farm Loan Mediation Program Seeing Busiest Year Ever

The recent downturn in the agricultural economy has led to many requests for help from the South Dakota Agriculture Department’s farm loan mediation program. Mediation Specialist Nina Fromm says this is one of the busiest years they’ve every had for mediation requests. read


Worcester and fired elections worker to go to mediation

The city and a former elections worker who alleged in a federal lawsuit that her firing was politically motivated have agreed to mediation. read


Watch Live Action Mediation of Conflict Resolution

In honor of Conflict Resolution Day 2016, Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center is hosting an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 20. The highlight of the Open House is a one-hour simulation to demonstrate how mediators empower people to find their own best solutions. read


Trump offers to be 'mediator or arbitrator' for India-Pakistan talks

Donald Trump said he is open to mediating negotiations between India and Pakistan, two nuclear-capable countries that have a long-standing hostile relationship with each other. read


Mediation service key to helping resolve disputes

Mediation West, located in Scottsbluff, provides the community with alternative methods of conflict resolution for both personal and professional conflicts. Mediation West covers 15 counties in all and they are the approved mediation center for the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR). read


Nonprofit View: Mediation center offers alternative to conflict resolution

"I wish we had known about mediation before we went to court;" "I wish we had just communicated with each other." These are just a few comments the Carroll County Community Mediation Center (CCCMC) hears from people after they have participated in mediation to resolve their disputes. read


Sports Minister ponders mediator to tackle Coventry crisis

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is to consider drafting in a mediator to help resolve the crisis engulfing Coventry. read


Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court celebrates 30 years of mediation program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is celebrating 30 years of a successful mediation program. It started as a pilot program that handles small claims civil disputes. Now, about 20,000 cases have been resolved through mediation. The program also has an 87 percent rate for cases sticking to agreements. read


Problematic nursing home arbitration clauses

This week, I want to discuss important federal regulatory changes that will affect millions of elderly dependent adults who are residing in nursing homes. read


Airbnb Defends Arbitration in Push to Dismiss Discrimination Suit

Lawyers for Airbnb Inc. defended the home-sharing platform’s terms of service Wednesday in Washington federal district court, arguing that a user who brought a discrimination case against the company should be forced into arbitration to resolve the dispute. read


Disaster Mediation Program Available to Hurricane Matthew Victims

RALEIGH— Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today ordered activation of the Department of Insurance’s Disaster Mediation Program to help homeowners resolve disputed homeowners insurance claims for residential property damage resulting from Hurricane Matthew. read


Occupy Tucson enters mediation phase

Back in December of 2012, Jon McLane and John Cooper filed against the City of Tucson regarding the alleged mistreatment of homeless people relating to occupation of Veinte de Agosto Park, known as Safe Park. read


Bend looks to mediation for sewage plant expansion disputes

The city is in the midst of trying to settle disagreements with a Washington-based construction company after the city’s sewer treatment plant expansion was delayed and overbudget. read


17-hour nurses strike mediation ends in agreement

A strike that has kept thousands of regular nurses from five Minnesota hospitals for five weeks could be coming to an end after the governor announced a tentative agreement. The deal "will allow (nurses) to resume the quality health care that Minnesotans need and deserve," Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement after a 17-hour mediation session at his residence in St. Paul. read


Statelen Case First To Utilize Criminal Mediation in Sentencing

The unusual part of Statelen’s case is that his sentence was not arrived at by a judge or a jury, but was the result of the first ever use of a new criminal mediation program through the Missoula County Attorney’s office. read


SDNY Adopts Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program for FLSA Cases

In an attempt to stem its ever-increasing caseload of FLSA cases, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently announced that cases filed under the FLSA will be ordered directly to mediation, before the initial Rule 16 conference, with limited pre-mediation disclosures. read


Splitting couples turn to mediation

Couples going through martial or domestic breakups are increasingly turning to the Family Mediation Service in Limerick rather than going to the expense of court action to divide property and agree on child access. 400 clients a year are now using the free service in Limerick. read


Port Chester, Rye Brook sign interim mediation contract

Port Chester and Rye Brook shook hands on an interim agreement after the first day of mediation to settle a legal dispute between the two villages over an alleged breach of a five-year shared fire services contract that began in 2013. read


David Bernthal/Off the Bench: Progress made in effectiveness of mediation

In today's world, parties involved in litigation frequently turn to the mediation process to find a solution. read


70 mile 'Run for Re-Entry' to highlight need for mediation services for released inmates

Lorig Charkoudian, co-founder of Community Mediation Maryland, a non-profit that offers free mediation services for prison inmates and their families, is running her third annual "Run for Re-Entry," a two-day, 70-mile run from Hagerstown to Baltimore to symbolize the journey families face during reintegration. read


Workplace Mediation in UK – Not at all a Pussycat

there are a number of situations in which mediation can have real teeth, requiring it to be treated with a proper degree of respect by invitees and parties to it. read


Seventh High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes

The first of a new series of High-Level Seminars on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes will be held in Oslo. Following the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security, the promotion of women’s effective participation in conflict mediation and in peacemaking is a high priority for the United Nations. read


Baylor Title IX coordinator resigns, school says she demanded movie rights in mediation

Baylor University officials were mostly mum Tuesday following the resignation of Patty Crawford, the school’s first full-time Title IX coordinator, other than to say the school was surprised by the move and found “troubling” a request by Crawford “to retain book and movie rights” regarding her time at Baylor, which included the yearlong sexual assault scandal the school is trying to move past. read


A look at the past, present and future of mediation

For those old enough to recall, alternative dispute resolution began in earnest when the Indianapolis Bar Association worked with the Marion County courts to establish “settlement week.” read


Court will try mediation in Kelly murder case

Adrian Collins, 29, and his mother, Melissa Collins, 62, were scheduled to be tried Oct. 24 for the murder of Ronnie L. Kelly. But on Wednesday, Madison Circuit Judge Jean C. Logue, agreed to let the prosecution and defense try to resolve the case through mediation. read


U.S. to Bar Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts

The federal agency that controls more than $1 trillion in Medicare and Medicaid funding has moved to prevent nursing homes from forcing claims of elder abuse, sexual harassment and even wrongful death into the private system of justice known as arbitration. read


Which Mediation Website Has Most Links In?

Which website is the most "linked in." The answer is abundantly clear. See the graph. read

September 2016

When passions run high over civil rights and race, Justice Dept. mediators try to keep the peace

When civil unrest threatens to turn violent across the country, the Justice Department has a small team of mediators across the country whose job is not to investigate or prosecute, but to ease tensions. read


Schools' new 'restorative' discipline aims to keep kids in the classroom

Why do students disobey their teachers, fight or act out in other harmful ways? And what's the best way to fairly discipline all students? read


How to put children ahead of broken relationships

University of Virginia psychology professor Robert Emery's message to divorcing couples is simple; parents should be parents so that kids can be kids. read


Mediate, arbitrate or litigate — the choice is yours

The process with the least financial impact is mediation. The association will assign a trained mediator to facilitate a resolution or compromise that will leave all of the affected parties feeling they have been heard and have played an active role in determining the outcome. read


USC is First Top Law School to Offer Master's for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers in ADR

The USC Gould School of Law announced it is launching two new master's degrees for attorneys and professionals in one of the fastest growing areas of law and business - alternative dispute resolution. USC is the first top 20 law school to offer a Master of Dispute Resolution and Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution. read


Israel: Accused officer to begin mediation with military prosecutor

In the wake of the indictment issued against Brigadier General Ofek Buchris, the sides have agreed to begin mediation procedures. read


How Culture Affects International And Domestic Arbitration And Mediation

Earlier this month, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) hosted their annual convention in Chicago. The HNBA assembled a terrific panel titled, “The Importance of Culture in Conflict Resolution: Scenarios in International and Domestic Arbitration and Mediation." read


Pepperdine Professor to Speak on Global Mediation Trends in North Haven

Pepperdine law professor Thomas Stipanowich will explore global mediation trends and challenges at Quinnipiac on October 13 read


Lowndes County, cities headed to mediation

Valdosta, Lowndes County and each of its smaller cities are headed to mediation because they could not reach an agreement on service delivery strategies. read


Can mediation mend relationships on Duval's school board?

After a year of accusing each other of communicating disrespectfully, including eye rolls, smirks, insulting texts, chastising emails and, most recently, a resignation request, the Duval County School Board and its superintendent say they are ready to call in a mediator. read


Top Reasons to Mediate Employment Disputes

As an employment attorney and mediator, I believe mediation is a good alternative to protracted employment litigation. Below are the top reasons why. read


Aging Care and In-Home Care Issues Among Family May Be Resolved Using Mediators

Elder care mediators may help families resolve disputes or misunderstandings to find the best solution for those in need. read


Controversial debate topics concerning mandatory mediation under Italian law

On March 24, 2016 the Court of Verona issued an Order which deals with the following controversial topics, both related to mandatory mediation procedure set forth in Legislative Decree no. 28 of 2010: the purpose of the first mediation session and the relationship between mediation and cross-claim. read


Getting Through the 6 Stages of Mediation

Mediation is not a single event, not a one-time meeting where magically issues are resolved. Rather, mediation is a process that occurs with very predictable steps. read


Mediator enlisted for Ashland Board of Health amid tension

Months-long tension on the Board of Health has manifested itself in long, public arguments, Open Meeting Law complaints, record requests and a recall campaign. Seeking an end to it, town officials are bringing in a professional mediator. read


Mediation effort produces guilty plea in 2015 7th Ward killing

Like so many gun deaths in New Orleans, Gregory Journee's was both senseless and avoidable. How it was resolved Monday (Sept. 19) in an Orleans Parish courtroom was possibly groundbreaking. read