James L. Stovall founded The Mediation Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in governmental, corporate, and family law arenas, in 1992. Mr. Stovall has conducted training workshops in Egypt, India, Indonesia and 23 states in the U.S. He has mediated over 500 cases relating to family, the environment, personal injury, malpractice, and employment issues. Mr. Stovall has conducted trainings for over 1000 individuals including judges, attorneys, executives, and human resource and mental health professionals. He has taught mediation and negotiation at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University School of Law, and University of Central Oklahoma. He holds a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary, a BA from the University of Illinois, and attended Louisiana State University Law School. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and is a member and past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators.
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Chipping Away at Self-determination
It is significant that self-determination shows up at the top of the list of standards that mediators are encouraged to follow.
A Movement Toward Empowerment
I want to comment on the future of mediation by talking a bit about the past. Whenever I train a group in mediation I make an attempt to locate mediation within a historical context reminding people briefly of the invention of hierarchy and top-down decision-making. Think of a giant ship making a turn in a new direction. It doesn't happen instantly.
From Jim Stovall
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