Mediation in Today's News

August 2017

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


Lawsuit over deadly 2013 Statesville bus crash headed to mediation

The lawsuit over a deadly 2013 bus crash involving a Statesville church group will head to mediation this week. read


County approves costs for mediation with Justice Center architect

The county's legal counsel recommended mediation as a way to resolve multiple errors in the design of the Justice Center identified by the county that it attributes to the Washington, D.C.- based Louis Berger Group. The county contends the design flaws led to more than $5 million in cost overruns. read


New mediation program waives fees for US veterans

In order to recognize the services of the men and women that have served or are serving in the armed forces, Northern Community Mediation announced its American Veterans Mediation Program. read


Lenders Can't Revise Foreclosure Mediation Accords, Court Says

A mortgage lender participating in New Jersey's foreclosure mediation program may not unilaterally modify the terms of a mediated settlement designed to keep the homeowner in his or her home, the state Supreme Court ruled on Monday. read


Petland, Sarasota County are headed to mediation

Even after a judge ordered Petland Sarasota to stop selling puppies and kittens, the store continues to do so. The pet store and Sarasota County have been locked in litigation since late last year over whether Petland can continue to operate despite new county rules. Now the case is headed for mediation in mid-August. read


Mediation: where the confidentiality Ends

There is little room for argument; the information and documents exchanged during mediation are confidential. But, where does the confidentiality end? read

July 2017

Connecticut State Department of Education Releases Lists of Due Process Hearing Officer and Mediators and New Process for Mediations

After an extensive interview and hiring process, the Connecticut State Department of Education (“CSDE”), Bureau of Special Education, released last week the list of new mediators and current due process hearing officers. The hiring of new mediators was prompted by a directive from the Office of Special Education Programs (“OSEP”) that mediators used pursuant to the procedures required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) not be employees of the CSDE. read


Mediator to hear case of teen injured with stun gun by Independence police officer

A federal lawsuit that alleges a former Independence police officer nearly killed a teenager with a stun gun during a 2014 traffic stop has been scheduled for mediation with a former Jackson County Circuit Court judge. read


Millennial Mediator: 37-Year-Old Financial Advisor Leads Couples Through Tough Divorce Choices

“We’re really working with a client during an emotional period, making sure that we understand them and are sensitive to them, but also really helping empower them to make financial decisions that are beneficial to them and not just emotional,” read


Mediation set for Georgetown sinkhole lawsuit

City of Georgetown representatives will try to reach a settlement with the defendants in a lawsuit the city first filed in September of 2014 regarding sinkhole damage to City Hall and Fire Station No. 1. read


Mediation program returns to make a difference in Fallsburg

Fallsburg Justice Court clipped through 44 cases in 90 minutes Tuesday night, less than half what it used to take. How? According to Town Judge Amanda Ward, there’s a new order in the courtroom thanks to the return of a mediation program offered through the Dispute Resolution Center. read


United Nations activities in support of mediation - Report of the Secretary-General (A/72/115) [EN/AR]

In its resolution 70/304, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Assembly at its seventy-second session on United Nations activities in support of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution. The present report is submitted pursuant to that request. read


Why Choose Mediation Over Litigation?

Going to trial should be considered a last resort after you have resolved all other alternatives. And there are alternatives, some of which are more effective than others. read


Macron strides global stage as mediator par excellence

Particularly with his warmth toward Trump and Netanyahu, Macron defied the overwhelming opinion of French voters. read


Going into a Mediation? Here's what you need to know

For anyone going through a not-so-friendly divorce – or just about any dispute that promises huge attorney fees - chances are good that someone will suggest giving mediation a try. And, just what is mediation? read


Sewer dispute mediation in August

Representatives of both the Washington County Commissioners and Marietta City Administration and Council are breaking open their August calendars in an effort to mediate the sewer dispute. read Refuses Refund to Family of Mediator Who Died has once again revealed itself in refusing to offer any refund to the widow and child of a mediator who died 7 days into an alleged 2 year listing contract.


Gov. Signs Wieckowski Bill Clarifying Family Law Disclosures in Mediation

State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s bill clarifying that current mediation confidentiality statutes do not apply to legally-required financial disclosures in family law cases was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill codifies an appellate court ruling from 2014. read


Civil suit against DuBois priest heading to mediation

A civil case between a DuBois woman, two local parishes and the Roman Catholic Erie Diocese has been scheduled for mediation later this month. Kathleen Clement filed suit in U.S. District Court in Erie May 2016, claiming that the Rev. Daniel Kresinski, who is in his early 70s, repeatedly touched himself inappropriately when the two had meetings. read


The Who, What, Where, Why and When of the NJ Committee on Mediation Standards

The New Jersey Supreme Court earlier announced the publication of Standards of Conduct for Mediators in Court-Connected Programs. The court also announced the creation of the Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards. Its purpose is to assist mediators who seek advice relating to the standards and to monitor complaints against mediators involved in court-sponsored mediations. I offer this article to promote awareness and deeper understanding of the complaint process. read


Foreclosure mediation back in Nevada, July 11 deadline for some

Foreclosure mediation is an option once more for distressed Nevada homeowners but some will need to act fast in order to qualify. read


Florida Mediators in Fiery Debate Over Credentialing

Mediators across Florida are used to resolving heated disputes — but this time, the argument is amongst themselves. The two groups at loggerheads: those who believe everyone mediating cases filed in state courts should be certified by the Florida Supreme Court, and those who are vehemently opposed to that idea. read


CJEU holds that mandatory mediation is not inherently precluded by EU law

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has concluded that national legislation imposing mandatory mediation as a pre-condition to litigation is not precluded by the EU ADR legislative framework, provided that the parties are not prevented from exercising their rights of access to the judicial system. read


Lawyers Oppose Mediation Rule Change, Call for Rejection

The Florida Supreme Court's Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy has proposed rules that eliminate self-determination in one of the most important aspects of your mediation: the selection of the mediator of your choice. read


Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

In Kindred Nursing Center Ltd. Partnership v. Clark, the United States Supreme Court recently continued its protection of arbitration agreements by holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempted a Kentucky "clear statement" rule that disfavored arbitration agreements. read


Istanbul conference looks to promote mediation

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a UN-backed conference that rising attacks on Muslims in Europe revealed the need for more focus on mediation. “Prevention is key,” Cavusoglu told the fourth Istanbul Mediation Conference. “Building capacity must be a priority,” More than a hundred experts, diplomats and scholars from around the world took part in the conference, which was also addressed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. read


What does neighbor-to-neighbor mediation mean for a city?

Taking complaints from cops and courts and putting the people behind them in rooms with mediators is more effective, saves time and money for taxpayers in the long term and leaves both sides happier. read

June 2017

Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous

The US president’s preference for public bellicosity and instant military action has potential to cause a lot of damage. read


Hadassah Medical Center crisis: Supreme Court forced intensive mediation process

Today, the Israeli Supreme Court offered an intensive mediation process to solve the Hadassah Medical Center crisis. However, after the parents of the sick children refused, the Supreme Court decided to force the process. read


Is there a better way to handle neighbor disputes?

Disputes between neighbors can get awfully ugly awfully fast if left unresolved. read