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How Benefits Mediators

by Jim Melamed
Jim Melamed is now in its 15th year. Our continuing goal is to expand the use of mediation. We are a bridge between mediators and those who benefit from our services.


Over 5,000 Articles & Resources offers mediators and the public over 5,000 articles and resources all free of charge. These articles are posted chronologically on the home page. Articles are also grouped into approximately 25 featured sections and can also be effectively searched. Featured Blogs has identified approximately a dozen of the most capable negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution blogs. We systematically republish the week's best blog postings.

Mediation Today

Mediation Today chronicles the ongoing and increasing use of mediation throughout the U.S. and the world. There is simply no better source for all relevant and interesting mediation news. Mediation Today can also now be topically searched. Content Search Content Search searches all content, including articles, news, blog postings and video. Searches can be done by author/person, topic or text, or any combination.

Video Interviews with Leading Mediators

The Video Center includes nearly 100 hour-long interviews with leading mediators (hosted by Robert Benjamin) as well as a variety of additional video presentations. Once at the Video Center, be sure to check out the "Inside" and "Search Tabs."

Mediation News, Jobs & Career Center (premium membership required) has offered Mediation News since 1997. Over the past couple of years, Keith Seat, our News Editor, has taken Mediation News to a whole new level. also now features the most active Job Board in our field. These content sections and our Career Center are available to Premium Members only. Directory

With over 13,000 daily visitors to averaging 20 minutes (see stats), The Directory is the “go to” mediator directory on the Internet. Directory listings are available with Membership. Certification Program's Certification Program is based upon the following concepts: 1) first ensures that our Certified Mediators are trained and experienced; 2) We next insist upon complete information disclosure; 3) We require the highest ethical standards and that references are available; and; 4) We investigate complaints made against Certified Mediators. Certification confirms your reputation as a leading mediator.

Web Site Package's Dynamic Web Site Package includes Premium Membership and a fully scalable web site at or at your own domain. Everything is included, importantly training and ongoing tech support, at one set price. You will not find a better web site system.

Featured Visibility at

Assuming that you have a quality web site in place, the best way to drive local (the right) traffic to your web site is with featured visibility.'s Featured Mediator Program lists a limited number of mediators at the top of every page of for all visitors from each area code. See All Featured Mediators. State Banners appear on ever page of for every visitor from your state. MarketPlace

The MarketPlace offers both free and featured placements for all mediation industry services and products, other than mediation services themselves which are offered in the Directory. Calendar

The Calendar also offers both free and featured placements for all mediation events. Organizational Listings offers free Organizational Listings to all non-profit mediation membership organizations.

Personalized Client Newsletter now offers “Mediation News for the 21st Century,” edited by Keith Seat, as a "top of the mind" marketing newsletter for civil and commercial mediators. DVD Library

The DVD Library includes our entire "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series and a dozen additional mediation courses and presentations, including best sellers:


Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 and served as CEO of through June 2020 (25 years).  During Jim's tenure, received the American Bar Association's 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award.  Before, Jim founded The Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1983 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) from 1987 to 1993. Jim was also the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association (1985-86). Jim's undergraduate degree is in psychology from Stanford University and his law degree is from the University of Oregon.

Jim has received the following awards: The Oregon Mediation Association's 2003 Award for Excellence; The Oregon State Bar's 2006 Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence; The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2007 John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; The 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) "Getting To Yes" Award; The APFM's first Outstanding Mediator Award (2018); and the Oregon Mediation Association's 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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