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November 2016
11/13

Vatican Mediation In Venezuela Changes Political Equation For Washington

The Vatican’s participation in the mediation effort in Venezuela poses an unusual challenge to US policy in Venezuela and the region. read

 
11/08

Business Offers Free Holiday Mediation

Falmouth Mediation at 184 Jones Road, a full-service, client-centered mediation practice providing an affordable forum for assisting families and individuals, is offering one hour of free mediation to help couples and ex-couples agree on holiday schedules for their families. read

 

Hot jobs: Mediators

According to the New York State Department of Labor, employment for arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators is expected to rise 14.6 percent — faster than the average for all occupations — between 2010 and 2020. read

 

Pebble partnership, EPA consider mediation

Attorneys for a proposed large-scale mine near the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed have agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider mediation to resolve litigation under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. read

 

HP Enterprise and Rhode Island to meet for mediation

A judge has ordered representatives from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the state of Rhode Island to appear in court for mediation over the unfinished project to build a new computer system for the state Division of Motor Vehicles. read

 
11/02

Massachusetts Appeals Court: What Happens in Mediation Stays in Mediation

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that statements made by a party during mediation cannot be used later in a lawsuit to support a claim of fraud or similar claims. read

 

Mandatory Mediation Program Needs Improvement to Thrive

Our experience with the court-ordered mediation program in the Law Division in cases in which the parties do not seek mediation or select their own mediators has been unfavorable, and we address only that program. read

 

Judge eyes mediation in O'Donnell campaign finance case

A federal judge is hoping court-ordered mediation can resolve a penalty dispute in a Federal Election Commission lawsuit against former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. read

 

Microfibres plaintiffs in class-action lawsuit agree to mediation

The plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against defunct Microfibres Inc. have agreed with its bankruptcy trustee to enter mediation to try to resolve a compensation dispute. read

 

New Kane County mediation program to begin serving families this winter

The 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Kane County is seeking volunteer mediators for a new Child Protection Mediation Program set to launch in early 2017. read

 

Springfield Panhandling Laws Heading To Federal Mediation

The legal fight over anti-panhandling laws in Springfield is to go before federal mediators next month. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports attorneys representing three panhandlers and lawyers for the city are scheduled for an initial mediation session Nov. 4 in Springfield federal court. read

 

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

 
October 2016
10/31

The Grove PUD: Is Mediation Helping?

Depends on whom you ask … read

 

Divorce gets even uglier, but its cast steps up, in “Mediation”

On a stress test, divorce is ranked higher than the death of a spouse. That’s because with divorce comes the stigma of failure.I think that helps explain Robert’s downward spiral this episode. read

 
10/27

ON MEDIATION: What’s your BATNA?

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

 
10/24

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

 
10/17

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

 
10/14

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

 
10/12

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

 
10/10

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

 
10/05

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
9/29

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

 
9/26

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

 
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