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October 2015
10/27

Mediation Bucks - a facility to resolve differences between people

Disputes, no matter how minor, have the ability to escalate. Laura Mowat speaks to a volunteer at Mediation Bucks about what they do to help people to resolve them.

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Mediation in Nepal

Using mediation services incurs fewer costs, and the process protects privacy and confidentiality. The mediation allows for voluntary participation of the disputing parties in resolution process in a fairer and legitimate way 

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How Does a Mediator Work?

Elizabeth Clemants, a New York City mediator and shaman., discusses the psychology of conflict resolution, how she integrates her work as a shaman with mediation, and the role that empathy plays in her work. Clemants also talks about the difficulty of coming to a solution in the “Me” generation.

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Community mediation, restorative justice better together

So why are Community Mediation and Restorative Justice Services merging? Both programs share the same philosophical perspective — effectively repairing harm between people — and both are considered part of the larger umbrella of highly effective conflict resolution processes.

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Syria's Other Casualty: Europeans' Middle East Mediation Role?

Do Europeans still make good peacemakers? Unfortunately, just as Europe’s interest in the Middle East rises, its relevance to the region seems to be slipping.

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10/21

Elders challenged to include women in their councils

Elders from various ethnic communities have been challenged to ensure women are recruited as members of councils of elders to give them a chance to participate in communities' decision making processes. Abagusii Elders Council Chairman, senior retired Chief James Matundura has underscored the importance of communities across the country incorporating women while constituting their elders councils, saying women play a critical role in mediation and peace building in communities.

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A cheerful goodbye

Sheryl Hicks, director of court services for Troup County, GA and alternative dispute resolution for the Coweta Judicial Circuit, was honored Tuesday at the Troup County Government Center. Hicks received a personalized plaque in honor of her upcoming retirement on Oct. 30. She has 25 years of service as director of court services and alternative dispute resolution, also called mediation, a program that she launched in 1992.

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Fayette County, NAACP Enter Mediation In Voting Rights Suit

Fayette County officials are set to meet with the NAACP on Wednesday in an attempt to settle a lengthy voting rights fight. Earlier this month, Atlanta U.S. District Judge Timothy Batton ordered the parties into mediation with Georgia State University law dean Steven Kaminshine.

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Five Reasons Why Divorce Mediation Isn't More Popular

Even though we mediators love to tout the benefits of using divorce mediation over other divorce processes (especially traditional, court-based divorce) it is not the most popular process. Mediation just isn't the number one choice (yet) despite the facts that: it usually costs less, is faster and more efficient, and is a gentler and more peaceful process.

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New Zealand: New retirement village dispute system could be on the way

Retirement village dispute resolution could be improved soon, after a forum in Auckland last week found a gap in the system. The outcome could be a beefed-up mediation process for the approximately 33,000 residents who live in a steadily rising number of villages, attempting to resolve issues faster between the owner/managers and the residents - and complaints might be able to be made online soon.

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Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson and daughter agree to mediation in Texas lawsuit

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged daughter have agreed to work with a mediator on a possible settlement in the fight for control over the family's assets in Texas, lawyers for both sides said Monday (Oct. 19).

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10/20

St Mary in Jamaica Gets Mediation Centre

Dozens of local residents in Port Maria, St Mary, celebrated alongside members of the judicial and security services last Thursday after Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding opened a spacious, new mediation facility in the town centre.

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Mediation often the way to go to resolve local issues

The key to mediation is finding the underlying issues and solving them before disputes get out of hand.

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Peer-mediation skills taught to middle-school and high-school students

Fifty students, from grades 6 - 12 in the Neah-Kah-Nie and Tillamook school districts, attended two full school days of peer-mediation training at the Officers Mess in the Port of Tillamook Bay on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16. According Marie Heimburg, coordinator of Conflict Solutions of Tillamook County, who arranged the training, the skills learned will enable these students to mediate disputes that may arise among other students.

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Demystifying Divorce Series, Part 1: Mediation

Arianna Jeret walks you through a 5-part series on the most current options in modern divorce.

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10/15

When to Make the First Offer in Negotiation

Knowledge of the anchoring effect can steer dealmaking in the right direction.

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Mediate.com continues to be the top mediation website in the world

Alexa reports show that Mediate.com has more than 10 fold the web traffic of any other mediator website.

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Tunisia's Nobel winners have shown how to build peace – the rest is up to us

The world would do well to learn from the template for achieving peace and democracy laid down by the Tunisian national dialogue quartet.

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Long-simmering swimming pool dispute goes to mediation

Greenbrier County Commissioners agreed to enter into mediation with representatives from New River Community and Technical College in a last-ditch attempt to resolve a three-year-old dispute over a swimming pool.

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The U.S. Dept. of Justice saved $9.1 mil and 967 months by using ADR processes in 2014.

This data is based on detailed case reports submitted by the lead trial counsel in all cases in which a private neutral conducted an ADR process in Department litigation across the country.

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Mediation hailed as success in Finland

A form of family mediation known as the ‘conciliation technique’ has been hailed as a success in Finland. Instead of going to court, divorcing parents sit down with a judge and a psychologist or social worker with expertise in family breakdown, and they attempt to agree on an out-of-court solution to the family’s problems.

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Suit over child deaths at kindergarten in 2011 tsunami settled in mediation

A Miyagi Prefecture kindergarten and several bereaved families on Tuesday settled on ¥3 million in damages paid by the facility to each of the families of eight children who died in the massive tsunami unleashed by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

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10/13

Wichita to enter mediation with Crossland Construction over parking garage project

The city of Wichita is entering mediation with Crossland Construction over the parking garage project at Eisenhower National Airport. The mediation is the result of a dispute over compliance with the contract and the construction schedule, said City Manager Robert Layton.

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India: Mediation centres gain ground, over 100,000 cases solved in 10 yrs

Delhi has become one of the first cities in India to "effectively" reduce its pendency of cases through mediation, a procedure which is already a success in some foreign countries but is yet to gain momentum in India. The mediation centers in Delhi's six district courts have settled over 100,000 cases in the past ten years and have contributed significantly in bringing down the pendency in city courts.

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Singapore: New push for mediation in tenancy disputes

Tenants and landlords of commercial premises will be encouraged to resolve disputes through mediation under a new initiative by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC).

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Mediation set for Nov. in Vikings stadium dispute

The public authority overseeing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium and the main contractor building it are headed for a three-day mediation session next month over disputed costs.

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A mediator is a conflict resolution specialist

How good it is to have a mediator, a trained conflict resolution specialist, to help you talk it out with the other people involved. To get to the heart of the matter, to turn what might have been sad, an economic loss, anger, a tragedy, to something of value, to something positive. And to do it quickly, not years later.

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Indiana BMV lawsuit headed to mediation

The lawsuit that accuses the BMV of overcharging drivers in Indiana for fees that include vehicle registrations is moving forward. A pair of developments could lead to a settlement in the case and as much as $50 million is on the line. That $50 million is taxpayer money that the state may be required to pay back.

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Mediation can help resolve business disputes

In our weekly series on legal matters, Clare Templeton, head of the commercial dispute resolution department at Walker Legal, considers how to solve problems without court action.

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Editorial: Mediation isn't prohibited by state mandated process

Although there is a formal process defined in state law concerning the revocation of a charter school's permission to operate, there is nothing to prevent a mediation process that would curtail what otherwise would be an adversarial process that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees.

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AL Mediators see advantage in bypassing court action

A mediator can provide a cost effective and quick way to resolve commercial and domestic disputes, including divorces.

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10/06

By mutual consent, mediation or court: the three paths to divorcing in Japan

Here are some questions from a foreign resident here who is married to a Japanese citizen: “How does a foreigner get a divorce (no children involved) if the spouse refuses to sign a mutual consent decree? What are the fees, if any? What are the ramifications if the foreigner cannot afford the fees (if any)?”

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AU: Mediators to resolve toxic disputes in Victoria schools

Toxic disputes between parents and principals could soon be resolved by independent mediators in schools. As part of a new trial being run by the Victoria, AU Education Department, professional mediators will help Victorian principals resolve complaints that are "complex, serious and involv(e) conflict".

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Tensions at St. Cloud VA result in call for federal mediation

Tensions have become so high between management and workers at the St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center that two members of Congress on Friday proposed federal mediation to fix the problem. The acrimony became apparent during a closed-door meeting with workers and management at the St. Cloud facility Friday afternoon with U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer and Tim Walz. Emmer represents the district in Congress and Walz is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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Carter takes on peace-keeping mission, with the King siblings

To settle a long-running ownership dispute over their father’s Nobel Prize and Bible, the children of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have turned to a man who knows something about conflict negotiations: Jimmy Carter. The former president has agreed to serve as the King siblings’ mediator in a court battle over whether brothers Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King III may sell their father’s possessions, Their sister, Bernice King, has argued the items are sacred and should remain with the family.

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Divorce Mediation Is an Appealing Alternative to a Court Fight

Couples who decide to end their marriage are often dealing with the most upsetting, stressful time of their lives, and the prospect of fighting tooth and nail in court to decide issues like child custody, visitation, and finances only piles on the emotional trauma. That’s why divorce mediation — a less costly, less stressful alternative to a contested divorce — is gaining in popularity.

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Trouble in Your Marriage? Try Mediation

The goal of mediation, however, is to resolve conflict, which has nothing to do with mental health. Mediation aims to help two (or more) parties find a mutually acceptable resolution to their points of difference or disagreement. It’s all about identifying goals and finding a way to achieve them that bypasses the inherent conflict.

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Negotiation Training: Turning the Lows of Colorado’s Marijuana Laws into Highs

On the heels of their successful statewide campaign to legalize cannabis, marijuana advocates began mobilizing for another fight. They began collecting signatures for another ballot measure, this one aimed at allowing citizens to vote on whether to legalize pot smoking in many Denver bars and restaurants. To the activists’ surprise, however, the Denver City Council approached them and asked to try to negotiate a solution instead. 

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Apple, Samsung agree to mediate California patent dispute

In a joint statement filed to a California district court on Monday, Apple and Samsung announced an agreement to participate in court-supervised mediation of their years-long patent dispute.

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Police, upset citizens mediate differences

Dayton Police Lt. Andrew Booher says a mediation program for police officers and citizens has been helpful in resolving problems and creating better understanding between officers and citizens. The city is among a small number of U.S. communities that give citizens opportunities to meet with police when they feel officers were rude, discourteous or behaved inappropriately.

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September 2015
9/29

Lagos Mediation Centre resolves 20,000 disputes in one year

The Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC) resolved about 20,000 of the about 28,000 disputes brought before it last year, the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami, has said.

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Mediation increase reported by UK government

The number of mediation ‘starts’ increased by a third in the three months to June, the government has announced. In a new bulletin on legal aid statistics for the second quarter of 2015, the Ministry of Justice reports a 33 per cent increase in the number of times families at loggerheads began mediation, when compared to the same period last year.

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Hawaiian culture-based mediation won't be an option for those charged in telescope protest

A form of mediation based in Hawaiian tradition won't be an option for protesters arrested for blocking construction of a giant telescope. The state won't participate in the mediation known as hooponopono, said Josh Wisch, spokesman for the state attorney general's office. Hooponopono is traditionally used within families to work out differences, using prayer and discussion. Three defendants asked for the practice as an alternative to a trial. It seemed likely to happen after Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth supported the idea.

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Charleston church seeks $8 million for Yeager slide damage, mediation to begin

Yeager Airport officials are expected to begin mediation with representatives at the Keystone Apostolic Church in Charleston this week, following the massive hillside collapse that destroyed the facility earlier this year.

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Judges recuse themselves in court-ordered religious mediation case

The presiding Family Court judge in Albuquerque has recused herself from hearing any cases involving an Albuquerque mother who was court-ordered to attend religious-based mediation services. According to a court document obtained by KRQE News 13, District Court Judge Elizabeth Whitefield ordered all other Family Court judges to recuse themselves from hearing the cases as well.

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5 Myths About Divorce Mediation

Divorce does not have to be a battle. The only reason that tends to be the case is that most people only know of one thing they can do when they decide to divorce — hire attorneys and go to court.

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PA York County Commissioner Steve Chronister proposes mediation to end state budget impasse

York County Board of Commissioners President Steve Chronister proposes professional mediation as an end to the budget impasse at a news conference outside the York County Administrative Center in York Monday. The President of the York County Board of Commissioners proposed professional mediation as a way to fix the budget stalemate that is in its 90th day in Harrisburg. 

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9/22

Santa Clara judge orders parents of boy with autism, Sunnyvale neighbors into mediation

A Santa Clara County judge ordered the parents of a boy with autism, as well as their former Sunnyvale neighbors, into mediation. Those neighbors had filed a lawsuit saying the boy was a threat to their safety and did it as a last resort.

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Oman, a crucial mediator in the Mideast, helps free hostages held by Yemen's Shiite rebels

The two American hostages, freed after months of being held hostage in Yemen's raging civil war, took their first steps to freedom down a staircase pushed against a gleaming Oman royal air force jet. It's not the first time a scene like this has played out in recent years as the unassuming sultanate of Oman wields its influence as one of the Middle East's most useful go-to mediators of thorny disputes.

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Editorial: Mediators insult NJ Transit riders

When four years of fruitless negotiations between NJ Transit and its union employees went nowhere, federal mediators stepped in and offered non-binding recommendations in the hope of breaking the impasse.

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Kenya: Replace Senate With Elders' Council to Offer Mediation in Times of Crises

If a council of elders existed, it would be the best bet to ending the damaging standoff between the teachers and the government.

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