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Justin Corbett

Ray Shonholtz: The Passing of a Community Mediation Visionary

(1/11/12)Justin Corbett

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our friend and colleague Raymond Shonholtz. Ray was a visionary within community mediation from its earliest days.

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Ray Shonholtz: Visionary and Model

(1/10/12)Mediate.com

It was during the time of Ray Shonholtz transitioning from being the founding director of San Francisco Community Mediation Boards to his founding Partners for Democratic Change that Ray and we worked together. Ray was interested in my thoughts on technology and organizing. He wanted to know how we could help the emerging Eastern European Republics, fresh on the heels of the Soviet Union crumbling. What resulted was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Victoria Pynchon

The Heroes of Flight 93 as Evolutionary Altruism and Spiritual Practice

(9/12/11)Victoria Pynchon

The intended victim of Flight 93 was not its passengers nor its crew. The intended victim was the idea of America. The unintentional heroes were ordinary Americans who could easily have behaved differently than they did when faced with their own destruction. Had they privileged fear rather than action, our memories of 9/11 would include a devastated and smoldering national Capitol.

Paul Kirgis

Hugh L. Carey, 1919-2011

(8/08/11)Paul Kirgis

We received the sad news yesterday that former New York Governor Hugh Carey, generous benefactor of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s School of Law, passed away.

John Ford

In Honor of Luis Miguel Díaz, Long-Time Contributor to Mediate.com

(6/30/11)John Ford

I had the privilege of knowing Luis Miguel Díaz through my work at Mediate.com. From 2000 to 2010, he submitted 20 articles. The first was called 'Mediation in the Year 2051' and the last 'Usurpation Of Freewill In The Age Of Discretion.' Let me share more with you about Luis Miguel Díaz.

Steve Mehta

The World Has Lost A Great Mediator In The Passing Of Ted Kheel

(11/22/10)Steve Mehta

I had noticed in the New York Times that a prominent labor and international mediator, Ted Kheel just passed away at age 96. I also want to thank my fellow mediator Mike Young for pointing out the obituary in the L.A. Times, which also addressed some of Mr. Kheel’s viewpoints. I thought it would be appropriate to discuss a few of his thoughts, as identified in the recent articles.

Ted Kheel

Theodore W. Kheel, Labor Mediator, Dies at 96

(11/17/10)Ted Kheel

For decades, mediator Ted Kheel was a dominant force in labor disputes. He developed his unique techniques mediating teacher, transit and press strikes. Mr. Kheel died recently at the age of 96.

Lou Gieszl

Mediation Field Mourns Loss of Nancy Gardner

(10/08/10)Lou Gieszl

The mediation field mourns the loss of Nancy Gardner, a long-time family mediator and member of the ACR Board of Directors. After a long struggle with cancer, Nancy passed away at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Wallace Warfield, George Mason Professor and Conflict Resolution Expert Dies at 71

(8/26/10)

From the Washington Post - August 26, 2010 - Wallace Warfield, George Mason professor and conflict resolution expert, dies at 71

Andrea Bartoli, ICAR Director

ICAR and Mediation Field Mourn the Loss of Wallace Warfield

(8/24/10)Andrea Bartoli, ICAR Director

Our respected colleague and friend Wallace Warfield passed away August 21, 2010. Also see Washington Post obit.

Lee Jay Berman

Saying Goodbye To The Great Teachers

(6/07/10)Lee Jay Berman

Just one week ago, members of the mediation community gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of our dear friend and mentor Richard Millen (see Mediation World Loses a Patriarch). My friend Phyllis Pollack wrote a wonderful summary of that night in her blog.

Phyllis Pollack

A Tribute To Richard Millen

(6/07/10)Phyllis Pollack

As I have mentioned previously, I am the current president of the Southern California Mediation Association (“SCMA”). About a week or so ago, many of us gathered to honor Richard Millen, a co founder of SCMA and a leader in the Southern California mediation community who passed away in March 2010. I attended that tribute and want to share with you my reflections on that wonderful evening...

Dena Marshall

A Tribute To Rob Williams

(3/22/10)Dena Marshall

This is a tribute to Rob Williams and my contemporaries in the field, the next generation of pillars of dispute resolution professionalism.

Laurel Kaufer

Richard Millen Memorial: Mediator as a Way of Life

(3/11/10)Laurel Kaufer

Richard Millen, a mediation pioneer, teacher and leader, has has died at the age of 89 from cancer. True to his indomitable spirit and desire to bring peace into the lives of everyone he could touch, Richard was was still mediating to the end! The following essay describing Richard was originally written in 2004 by Laurel Kaufer as part of the Southern California Mediation Association's inauguration of the annual Cloke – Millen Award.

Victoria Pynchon

Mourning the Passing of a Great Friend, Mentor, Lawyer and Mediator, Richard Millen

(3/11/10)Victoria Pynchon

I don't think there's a mediator in town who didn't know and love Richard. Now, you'll excuse the presumption, a "real" mediator at any rate.

Lee Jay Berman

Mediation World Loses a Patriarch

(3/11/10)Lee Jay Berman

I am deeply saddened to announce that Richard Millen passed away today. Most mediators in southern California knew and were touched by Richard, whether they knew it or not. He was a motivating power in forming the first court-annexed mediation program in California, in founding the now-mighty Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), and served on boards and committees advising on mediation policy until his last months.

Robert Benjamin

Jack Cooley - A Paradox of Quiet Brilliance

(7/26/09)Robert Benjamin

John W. "Jack" Cooley, died of cancer at the age of 65, on July 21, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. He was a highly regarded mediator and arbitrator as well as an inspired teacher, theorist and writer in the field. For me, the highlight of many conferences and meetings over the past years was a quiet dinner or drink with Jack Cooley, often before heading out to listen to jazz. With his passing, we can't allow his brilliance to slip away.

Rene Llapur

A Peaceful Argentinean Leader Died – Raul Alfonsin

(7/13/09)Rene Llapur

Argentina mourns a political leader called Raul Alfonsin in these days. More than one hundred thousand people gave they farewell to their former politician guide in the Buenos Aires streets. This unusual reaction was atypical for the last 35 years, when Juan Domingo Peron, a former and charismatic president had died.

Rene Llapur

Ha muerto en estos días un líder argentino de la paz - Raúl Alfonsín

(4/22/09)Rene Llapur

Ha muerto un líder de la pacificación argentina, el ex presidente Raúl Alfonsín, (1927-2009), que inauguró en 1983, luego de elecciones presidenciales libres, el período de democracia más extendido, ininterrumpido desde 1983 hasta hoy.

Carl Schneider

Sharon Pickett - A Remembrance

(1/05/09)Carl Schneider

Sharon Pickett, 58, died of breast cancer on August 30, 2008 in Bethesda, Maryland. Here is a remembrance of Sharon and her contributions to the field of conflict resolution.

Lessons on Improvisation from Paul Newman (1925 - 2008)

(10/21/08)Jeffrey Krivis, Mariam Zadeh

A sign famously hangs in Paul Newman’s Westport, Conn., office that reads, “If I had a plan I would be screwed.” Newman, who died of cancer this year at age 83, firmly believed in the benefit of “creative chaos,” welcoming the opinions of others whether in business or on the movie set.

Donna Silverberg

Remembering and Missing a Leader, Mediator, Teacher, Legislator and Friend

(10/01/08)Donna Silverberg

Many members of the mediation community joined hundreds of others in the state to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of beloved mediator, teacher and leader Bryan Johnston.

Betty Manley, 65, Squeezed So Much Life Out of New Heart

(8/13/08)

A tiny spitfire of a woman, Betty Manley was known as the grandmother of Georgia mediators — a pioneer who zipped around the world teaching others how to peacefully resolve conflicts.

Saadia Touval, 76, Expert on Mediation Issues

(4/28/08)

Saadia Touval, 76, a political scientist who made an influential argument that biased mediators in international disputes were often the most effective, died April 17 at his home in Rockville. He had gastric cancer.

Managing Editor

Ester Soriano, Mediator, Filipino activist, foreperson in Rodney King civil trial, dies at 61

(4/20/08)Managing Editor

Ester Soriano, a Filipino-American civil rights activist who was the jury foreperson in the civil damages trial of Rodney King, has died. She was 61. A nationally recognized pioneer in mediation, Soriano worked 37 years for Los Angeles county and created its Dispute Resolution Program.

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