Canada: Undergoing mediation? Both parties may be eligible for family lawyers
Separating couples who choose mediation may now both be eligible for legal aid family lawyers as Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) expands its pilot province-wide. Starting July 3, when one of the mediation clients is financially eligible for a lawyer, the other mediation client may also be eligible, as long as they earn up to a maximum of $50,000. This new service, which began as a pilot in select locations in February 2014, has LAO covering the cost of a family lawyer for up to six hours of support and advice for financially eligible clients participating in mediation. Clients can receive advice about the process before starting a mediation, assistance in preparing for the mediation and legal advice after the mediation to help them understand their rights and obligations under the mediated agreement. The lawyer can also assist with obtaining a court order or binding agreement based on the terms of the mediated agreement.
New Oregon program allows mediation for medical errors instead of suing
A mediation program spearheaded by Gov. John Kitzhaber went into effect Tuesday, giving patients and their families an option besides suing when medical errors happen. But questions remain over how the mediation program will develop, including whether hospitals, doctors and other providers will take advantage of the program, or candidly discuss errors if they do. The result of a compromise between trial lawyers and the Oregon Medical Association approved in SB 483 last year, the Early Discussion and Resolution program is intended to cut down on lawsuits and boost the reporting of medical errors to help improve health care practices. Any patient or direct family member can use the law to file a notice over an incident in which someone has been seriously injured or died from medical care. The notice triggers what is intended to be a confidential discussion in which a provider or health care facility can even offer an apology or financial settlement. The two sides can use a mediator to come to some sort of settlement. If that is not successful, the patient or their family can sue.
Hawaii Governor Signs Public Land Valuation Mediation Bill
On Tuesday, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed House Bill 1823 into law. The measure requires mediation in disputes regarding the fair market value or fair market rental of public lands and provides for binding arbitration in the event of unsuccessful mediation. During the ceremony held at the Hilo Yacht Club, the governor said that as the Big Island grows, the question of fair market public land value is a pertinent one, and “not easily subject to appraisals” because “criteria can vary.” The Governor continued: “Its not exactly ho’oponopono, but it certainly is a child of that concept. That we talk things over first, and then if its still in a situation where arbitration comes into the picture, than so be it. This is an excellent opportunity for us to recreate a sense of conversation rather than confrontation.”
Francisco Lorite Receives 2014 Imagen Award Nomination for "Mediation" with Freddy Rodriguez
Award-winning filmmaker Francisco Lorite has received a 2014 “Best Theatrical Short" Imagen Award nomination for his short film entitled “Mediation.” The Imagen Awards are given annually by the Imagen Foundation to recognize and reward the positive portrayal of Latinos in all media, as well as to honor the achievements of Latinos in the entertainment and communications industries. "Mediation" is the first project released by the brand new Film/TV production company entitled Top Rebel Productions - the brainchild of Francisco Lorite, actor Freddy Rodríguez (“Six Feet Under”, "Night Shift”) and veteran producer Bill Winett. The short tells the story of a divorce mediation that spirals completely out of control for a husband (Freddy Rodriguez), his soon-to-be ex-wife (Marley Shelton) and their court-appointed mediator (Lola Anthony).
Target lawyer suggests mediation for resolving data breach lawsuits
More than 140 lawsuits related to the Target data breach are inching through the courts, but now there's talk of resolving them in a quicker and quieter way, an attorney for Target indicated Wednesday. In a federal courtroom in St. Paul, attorney Wendy Wildung, representing Minneapolis-based Target, told District Judge Paul Magnuson that Target is considering "the possibility of an early case resolution" for the data-breach lawsuits. She mentioned an Aug. 11 mediation meeting. If the mediation path ultimately proves successful, it could short-circuit the need for public trials related to Target's data breach -- and provide a confidential resolution for Target, which has already suffered a huge black eye with the public.
Mediation: A Different Kind of Conversation
Two weeks ago, I spent four full days in training to become a volunteer mediator with the Community Dispute Resolution Center (“CDRC”). The experience was fascinating and superb, and I look forward to the next steps in my training for certification to begin actual mediation. While I have much to say in praise of both mediation and the process by which CDRC trains its mediators, this column will focus on some of the important differences between mediation and litigation, and the possibilities that those differences offer for approaching human conflict in a more empowering way.
Can Iran's Diplomatic Status Change from Meddler to Mediator?
The consistent rhetoric from Washington and its allies has been that Iran meddles in its neighbors’ affairs by sponsoring overseas terrorism –whether it be in supporting Hezbollah, targeting Israelis abroad or trying to stir up turmoil in the Middle East. But this is not a narrative you hear much of these days. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a shift in attitude earlier this week, recognizing that Iran could play a crucial role in helping to quell Iraq’s violence. However, there are significant hurdles to overcome before Iran’s diplomatic reputation can change from meddler to mediator.
Shaping the Rule of Law, Trust And Resolution in The Online Justice System
The changes resulting from the rise of the Internet are taking hold, and the legal community has yet to catch up to the way the world is now interacting. Bringing the rule of law online will be an essential part of determining how we shape the future of global normative behavior and present an opportunity to redefine what we believe to be the right way to act, based not only on the multiplicity of laws as they stand, but rather based on a new organic democracy that will define itself in an harmonized way. The ability to negotiate, reach consensus, and resolve disputes online will be an essential set of skills for all who participate.
Shanghai mediation service offers cure for patient-hospital disputes
Shanghai's introduction of a mediation service to resolve patient-hospital disputes before they lead to lawsuits or even violence seems to be easing strains in the system, city authorities said. Almost 7,000 cases were heard in the first 30 months of the program, 82 percent of them with successful outcomes. In the first quarter of this year alone, mediation offices handled 855 cases, a 20 percent increase from last year, and 517 of them resulted in settlements involving nearly 25 million yuan (US$4 million) in compensation. "Mediation is free and fast, while litigation can be expensive and drawn-out," said Zhang Jie, a lawyer and experienced mediator in Shanghai.
How Mediation Can Help Resolve a Technology Dispute
It may take all day (and sometimes all night) but more often than not the mediator is successful. This may be because the very fact that parties have agreed to mediate in the first place means a settlement is more likely. It may be because if you sit senior executives in a room for long enough they will want to do a deal just so they can escape. But whatever the reason, mediation works. Talk to any mediator and they will be justifiably proud of their success rate. Mediation is cheaper than litigation, more flexible in terms of the range of outcomes open to the parties to agree and it's confidential. What's not to like?
Conflict Mediation Through Sport
This week, the world’s attention will refocus from domestic issues to the international stage of the World Cup in Brazil. While domestic Israeli politics never has a dull moment, today we bring you a story about the Italian football superclub “FC Inter Milan” and the social work they recently completed in Israel/Palestine. The initiative is called “Inter Campus”. On the website they write: “Since 1997, Inter Campus has implemented a flexible and long-term social and cooperation programme in 25 foreign countries, assisted by 200 local instructors. The aim of the programme is to use the game of football as an educational tool to restore the right to play to 10,000 needy children.” The program in Israel/Palestine brought together Israeli Jews, Palestinians, and African Refugees to compete, train, and play together.
Besieged Iraqi forces in Tal-Afar seek tribal mediation to escape ISIS
The Iraqi army, besieged for days in the Iraqi airport of Tal-Afar, are seeking tribal mediation with ISIS to enable them to leave their positions safely, Anadolu news agency said yesterday. According to an officer, the army has been seeking a tribal mediation with ISIS in order to reach a "truce that guarantees them safe departure". He did not mention any details.
Law Shielding Mediation Communications Doesn't Make Malpractice Claim Unprovable
A malpractice plaintiff who says his lawyer steered him into an inadequate settlement may be able to plead and prove his claim even though he is statutorily prohibited from disclosing the terms of the purportedly inadequate settlement or any communications that occurred during mediation, the Oregon Court of Appeals held June 11 (Alfieri v. Soloman). A trial judge dismissed the case with prejudice after finding that Oregon's mediation confidentiality statute barred the plaintiff from disclosing three categories of information essential to proving damages: 1) the terms of the underlying settlement; 2) any “mediation communications,” including the lawyer's advice after the mediation conference but before the settlement was signed; and 3) post-signing communications in which the lawyer failed to inform the client that the other party's noncompliance with certain settlement terms called into question the enforceability of the agreement. The appeals court said that while the first two categories of information were properly struck from the complaint, the post-settlement discussions were not covered by the confidentiality statute.
Brooklyn judge asked to discard his own mediator
The Brooklyn judge deciding whether to disqualify certain scorers who evaluated proposals to purchase Long Island College Hospital is being asked to discard one of his own mediators.
Airport board 'can mediate in good faith' on ex-director's discrimination complaint
The director of the Charleston County Aviation Authority said mediation is a possibility in the gender discrimination complaint filed by the former director of the county's three airports. "We can certainly mediate in good faith," said Airports Director Paul Campbell. "We want something that allows us to run the airport in a cost-effective manner." The resolution to the nearly year-old dispute with ex-airports Director Sue Stevens does not have to involve money entirely, Aviation Authority Chairman Andy Savage added. He did not elaborate.
Court Must Mediate in Cases Involving Children
New Iowa Legislature-mandated mediation guidelines for court cases involving children will take effect next month. If you have a dissolution of marriage or a domestic relations case involving children, you'll be ordered to go through mediation to try and mediate the issues. Previously, mediation didn't happen unless the parties involved in the case did it on their own. There will be a mediator roster provided to the parties and they will choose their own." The mediator will then file a report saying whether it's been successful or not. Statistically, it's been proven that the parties in these cases are happier that they're a part of the outcome as opposed to going to trial.
New mediation date set for Hope Mills and builders of Hope Mills Lake dam
A mediation date of July 9 was set Monday in a lawsuit filed by the town against the designers and builders of the failed Hope Mills Lake dam. In a related matter, the judge said he would decide later on whether the town is required to release documents to Crowder Construction, one of the defendants in the case. Morphis said Crowder wants emails and other communication regarding a settlement the town reached with Mosher Engineering, another of the defendants. The town filed suit in October 2012 over the $14 million dam, which failed in June 2010. It seeks more than $10 million in repair costs.
Norwegian Oil Industry Faces Mediation to Avoid Output Halt
Norwegian oil workers and employers will start mediation talks tomorrow to bridge differences and avoid a strike that threatens to halt about 115,000 barrels of oil a day. The mediation deadline is set for midnight tomorrow and involves two unions that broke off wage talks last month over pensions, according to the parties involved. Talks frequently run beyond the deadline. “We naturally hope for a solution,” Sverre Simen Hov, a spokesman for the Norwegian Organization of Managers and Executives, said by phone on June 13. It’s “very difficult” to predict the outcome, he said.
Mediation on rise in matrimonial cases
The cost of a divorce or separation through mediation is typically 50 percent less and takes about half the time of a traditional court proceeding. Ultimately, 95 percent of such court cases end with a settlement anyway! Mediators discuss the benefits of mediation for many families.
Mediation speeds Franklin County property-tax challenges
A mediation program designed to handle routine property-value challenges has been so successful that Franklin County officials say it could clear up a backlog of sometimes-years-old complaints by early next year. The program, the first of its kind in the state, allows homeowners to challenge the value that the auditor’s office sets for their property without having to go through the more traditional, formal hearing process before the county’s board of revision. Most of the cases are decided over the phone in a conference call with the property owner, a representative of the auditor’s office and an independent, third-party mediator.
Mediation session agreed by umpires, cricket association
THE Warrnambool Cricket Umpires’ Association (WCUA) has had a minor win in its bid to retain control of umpiring appointments and development in the region. WCUA officials revealed they had secured a mediation session with the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) over a dispute stretching back to April. The two organisations have been at loggerheads since the WDCA announced it would seize control of the management and training of umpires.
Donetsk People's Republic ready for talks with Ukraine with Russia's mediation
Donetsk People's Republic is ready to have negotiations with Ukraine, but only with Russia's mediation, Denis Pushilin, chairman of the Supreme Council of the Donetsk People's Republic, said.
Israel Stops Wealthy Palestinian Mediator Masri From Gaza Entry
Israeli border guards barred Munib R. Masri, one of the wealthiest Palestinians, from entering the Gaza Strip after he helped broker the unity agreement aimed at healing the Palestinian Authority’s rift with Hamas. Masri, chairman of Palestine Development & Investment Co., said he was blocked from entering Gaza by military order after waiting more than two hours at an Israeli crossing point. A spokesman for Israel’s Civil Administration, which runs the heavily guarded facility, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment by phone, e-mail and text message. “It’s the first time this happened to me,” said Masri, 80, who said he has been shuttling between Gaza and the West Bank for seven years, trying to bridge the hostile conflict between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas leaders who rule Gaza.
Churches launch protester, APD mediation efforts
There’s a new plan to help keep the peace amidst the controversy over Albuquerque Police Department shootings and it involves local churches. The church leaders behind the movement say they’re worried the protests are getting out of control and now they’re hoping to bridge the gap between police and the community.
In South Sudan Conflict, China Tests Its Mediation Skills
Driven by commercial interests, China is taking the unusual step of mediating between rival South Sudanese factions. As mediators try yet again to jumpstart stalled peace talks between warring factions in South Sudan, the world will get to see China playing an unfamiliar role: that of lead mediator in another country’s internal conflict. Usually, China’s insistence on non-interference in others’ affairs prevents it from taking such steps, but China’s unique interests in South Sudan have called for a different tactic.
Seasoned Minnesota mediator finds joy in finding the common ground
On the surface, the PolyMet mining hearings that took place over the winter in northern Minnesota and St. Paul presented a clash of immovable ideas -- the revitalization of a dormant mill promising a generations of good jobs versus the possibility of hundreds of years of water pollution. But digging below, one could find a myriad of subtleties -- gray areas on which both sides could agree, or disagree. The challenge for the moment was not to find a resolution that either would advance or doom the project, it was finding a way for all the voices to be heard.
Mediation suggested for Carlile in park incident
Leisa Carlile, a former candidate in the Republican primary for county executive, was in a Putnam County courtroom yesterday to face charges of disorderly conduct after the Cookeville Police Department responded to a fight involving juveniles in Dogwood Park. She pled not guilty and will be in court again on July 3, according to attorney Shawn Fry. He said Judge John Hudson suggested mediation. “She’s agreeable to going to mediation,” Fry said. However, everyone has to be agreeable to mediation. A judge can suggest mediation, but the judge cannot require parties to enter into mediation. Carlile was the only adult charged in the incident. There was a video of part of the incident, which Carlile had allegedly posted to Facebook and had sparked a number of comments on social media.
Crimea Calls for International Mediation, Peaceful Conflict Resolution in Ukraine
SIMFEROPOL, June 2 (RIA Novosti) — Crimea's state council called on Ukrainian authorities Wednesday to stop bloodshed immediately in the southeast of Ukraine, withdraw armed forces from the hostile regions, and involve international intermediaries, including Russian, to settle the conflict in the country. "The State Council of the Republic of Crimea declares: only immediate cease of bloodshed, the withdrawal of armed forces from the regions of military action, and involvement of international mediators, including from the Russian Federation, for peaceful settlement of the conflict may become the starting point for the stabilization of the situation in the south-east of Ukraine," said in the local parliament statement, which was approved by 79 out of the present 80 lawmakers.
Feuding Chapin Council leaning toward mediation
CHAPIN, SC — Chapin Town Council might resort to professional mediators to help members get along. Three of the five members did not object to controversial Mayor Skip Wilson's suggestion at Tuesday night's meeting. "This is an opportunity for the council to show the town residents and the businesses we're serious" about working together, Wilson said. "It seems that we can't do this on our own." Councilwomen Bibi Atkins and Kay Hollis placed conditions on their participation in the as yet unscheduled sessions at Midlands Mediation Center.
Colorado pushes mediation as solution to HOA disputes
Disputes between community associations and homeowners, not to mention among neighbors in a community, too often have a tendency to start small and blow up into huge messes. "Most of these conflicts are emotion-based," said Robyn McDonald, president of the Mediation Association of Colorado. "People feel they are not being heard." The Colorado HOA Information Office hosted a forum on alternative dispute resolution Wednesday in Denver, and some attending shared stories of costly and long-running battles they wished had been nipped in the bud early. Although they can involve serious matters, like resolving a construction defect or illegal activity, many disputes center around what those in the HOA world call the big P's: partying, painting, pet poop, parking and more recently in Colorado, pot. "A lot of these cases are clogging up the courts," said Gary Kujawski, the state's HOA information officer. To avoid that, Colorado for years has encouraged alternative dispute resolution and back in 2007 required common-interest communities to adopt written policies outlining how that takes place.
Diego Cordovez, U.N. Envoy and Conflict Mediator, Dies at 78
Diego Cordovez, an Ecuadorean diplomat who, as a United Nations under secretary general, negotiated the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in the 1980s, died on Saturday in Quito, Ecuador. He was 78. Mr. Cordovez mediated many international conflicts, but he was particularly proud of his success in the Afghan effort. Mr. Cordovez had a reputation as a tenacious and resourceful diplomat and negotiator who knew the value of humor in carrying out thorny international negotiations. In describing his quest for a resolution in Afghanistan, The Economist magazine in 1988 called Mr. Cordovez “the world’s most patient man,” adding that his sense of humor and talent for mimicry had “defused many a tense moment.”
Ian’s mediation role celebrated on canvas
Facilitating talks between the Orange Order and Garvaghy Road residents is not something many people would associate with local man Ian Milne, who is probably best known in his role as a funeral director. However, another side to the Portadown businessman has been revealed with the launch of an exhibition featuring people who work quietly in the background to promote peace and reconciliation. Ian is one of 32 people featured in ‘Quiet Peacemakers’ by artist Susan Hughes, and an accompanying book of the same name, launched at an event in Stormont’s Long Gallery. The father-of-three’s interest in mediation developed with the start of the Drumcree dispute in the mid-1990s, when he and Peter Quinn, former president of the GAA, facilitated talks between the Orange Order and residents. He also facilitated talks between both groups and the Prime Minister Tony Blair in an effort to reach a solution.
Family in court over basketball hope for mediation
A family whose neighbors have taken a court action stopping them from playing basketball in their back garden say they are hopeful mediation can resolve the bitter dispute. Michael and Dawn Thompson, from Temple Manor Court in Walkinstown, Dublin, say their three teenage children are "very upset" after a neighbor brought a noise pollution case to the district court. Mark Burke, who founded and directs IT recruitment firm Hook Head, lives next door to the Thompsons in a semi-detached house and has told the family that their playing is persistent and interfering with his living and that his concerns are shared by other neighbors.
Mars Hill Leaders May Enter Mediation with Group of 20 Former Pastors
There may be some movement on the request from 20 former Mars Hill pastors to mediate differences with current leadership. One church representative summarized: "Many months ago, “the 20 elders” sent a letter to the Executive Elders of MHC along with the BOAA requesting mediation for the outstanding issues and unrepentant sin. It has been a slow process but there is finally movement. An outside company has been hired to mediate the issues at hand. I am hopeful that all sides can be heard, sin can be repented of and that an entire culture can be changed."
New Zealand: Mediation for foreign-trained doctors
The Human Rights Commission says mediation will be attempted in a bid to resolve a dispute involving a group of foreign-trained doctors. About 40 doctors have passed exams enabling them to work in New Zealand, but are struggling to get first-year hospital jobs. Doctors from countries with different health systems must pass an exam before being able to apply for the vital training jobs. They complained that they are excluded from applying amid pressure for the jobs from a growing number of New Zealand medical graduates. The commission will say only that it will facilitate a confidential mediation process.
‘Community’ in Mediation Center name for a reason
North Shore Community Mediation Center may be a mouthful, but each word has meaning, according to the organization. As the organization enters its 20th year of bringing mediation services to the communities of Essex County, it said it has lots to celebrate. Community mediation is for anyone with a dispute: families, neighbors, students, consumers, even friends. As a community mediation center, NSCMC provides low-cost mediation services wherever they are needed: in schools, the workplace, and in the district, juvenile and probate courts on the North Shore.
Namibia: Judge President Accredits Mediators.. to Avoid Life Draining Litigation
Judge President Petrus Damaseb last week Wednesday accredited 31 court appointed mediators from different professions. The mediators will be engaged in civil litigation to find amicable solutions to what could otherwise be protracted and costly legal proceedings. They will offer mediation free of charge to parties involved in civil action every month.
Judge orders mediation in Whitney bible study case
A Hill County judge has made a decision in the case between Whitney ISD and the Prairie Valley Baptist Church after reviewing everything from Friday's hearing. The judge has ordered that there be a mediation between the two, and if that does not resolve the problem, then he will make a ruling in the case. The church is at odds with Whitney ISD after the school district refused to allow the church to hold a bible study on the high school campus. The church wanted their ministry to meet immediately following the end of the school day so they could attract students, but Whitney ISD didn't like the idea of students being exposed to a non-school sanctioned organization.
Al-Shabab: Mediation Matters
In order to break the cycle of vicious violence and series explosions, the Somali government should allow the elders to steer locally owned peace initiatives and mediate between the government and al-Shabab. The current military force has not mitigated the threat of the radical group to the country and the region. Some critics might argue that Somali clan elders have been a part of the conflict in the past two decades. Although some elders were accused of being drivers of the conflict in some regions, a council of elders known as “Guurti” brought sustainable peace to Somaliland and Puntland. The Guurti had the total ownership, and their mediation was based on a bottom-up approach.
S.Africa platinum strike mediation talks resume
South Africa’s platinum producers and a union are due to resume talks on Monday in an effort to stop a four month long strike that has wreaked havoc in the sector. “Discussions will continue today (Monday),” said a spokeswoman for three top producers Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. Last Friday the employers said three day talks mediated by the Labour Court had produced “no agreement” yet. Around 80,000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) downed tools on January 23 demanding more than double the entry level wage. Workers want a 12,500 rand ($1,200, 875 euros) basic monthly salary before benefits, but employers are offering that as part of a total package and only from 2017.
Breakthrough declared by EU mediator in Russia – Ukraine gas dispute
There are reports of some progress in the dispute between Russia and Ukraine over gas prices which has been a further source of tension between the two countries. During talks in Berlin, the two governments are said to be considering payment by Ukraine of $2 billion of back debt by Thursday with a further $500 million to be paid in June. Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak appeared up-beat about the proposal: “Our side is prepared, when we receive the payments, to continue negotiations until Friday about prices for future supplies to the Ukrainian site..”
Abunzi Credited With Settling Land Disputes
The Ministry of Justice has said the community mediators' committees, commonly known as Abunzi last year successfully arbitrated 80 per cent of land disputes across the country. The rest of the cases were adjudicated in conventional courts. This was said on Sunday by Anastase Balinda, the Executive Secretary of the mediators' secretariat in the Ministry of Justice, during an event aimed at sensitizing the public to engage mediators in securing land rights. Balinda said community mediation, especially for land related disputes requires proof and proper understanding of the context of the dispute. "There is no better person to solve such disputes than a mediator," he said. Balinda added that mediators are not only helping the country's judiciary in reducing the backlog of cases ending up in courtrooms but have also enhanced harmony within communities.
Canadian Supreme Court reaffirms importance of protecting confidentiality of settlement negotiations
On May 8, 2014, in Union Carbide Canada Inc. v. Bombardier Inc., the Supreme Court of Canada rendered an important decision on the confidentiality of settlement negotiations, in the context of private mediations. Union Carbide Inc. and Bombardier Inc. agreed to participate in a private mediation process. Their mediation agreement contained a standard confidentiality clause, providing that nothing transpiring during the mediation process could be alleged, referred to or sought to be put in evidence in a subsequent proceeding. At the end of the process, the parties thought they had reached a settlement, but then disagreed on its terms. As a result, Bombardier filed a motion to homologate the transaction before the Superior Court of Québec, making it public. Union Carbide moved to strike the allegations pertaining to events that occurred during the mediation, claiming that they were covered by the confidentiality clause in the mediation agreement.
FIFA: Blatter emphasises need for mediation not sanctions on Middle East tour
President Sepp Blatter says he is determined to resolve the impasse between Palestine and Israel as the clock ticks towards the FIFA Congress in Sao Paolo just before the World Cup when the issue is officially on the agenda amid threats that delegates might be asked to call for Israel's expulsion. Blatter is back in the region for crucial talks with both sides but admits it could prove difficult to persuade Israel to agree to a compromise that would allow Palestinian players and officials to move freely in the occupied territories.
Report: Boise State and AAC heading to mediation over exit fees
Boise State never officially joined the Big East during the height of the conference realignment madness in the past couple of years, but the university will have to pay some sort of an exit fee after initially agreeing to join the conference. According to a report by The Idaho Statesman, Boise State and the American Athletic Conference are heading to mediation next month to come to a settlement over exit fees stemming from when the university left the conference at the altar.
Making the Grade: Peer mediation
Peer Mediation has existed at Woburn High School since 1995, but has evolved over time with the advent of social media. Participation is voluntary. "I think since 1995, technology has really changed the school dynamic and how students communicate with one another, so that's the great thing about mediation," said Peer Mediation co-advisor Mary Ees. "It gives them a chance to sit down, actually face one another and speak to one another in person, rather than trying to use Facebook, Twitter, text messaging."
Does Divorce Mediation Work?
This infographic shows divorce rates, why people select divorce mediation and criteria to determine if divorce mediation is a good choice for you.
State spending nearly $1M on Eastern Corridor mediation
The state of Ohio is spending nearly $1 million for a third-party mediator, who could soon determine the fate of a major portion of the Eastern Corridor project. The Ohio Department of Transportation has hired Massachusetts-based Consensus Building Institute for $886,000 to interview residents and leaders of Mariemont and Newtown and others opposed to the proposed relocation of Ohio 32. The project is a component of the controversial Eastern Corridor, a $1.4 billion, multi-phase transportation project that envisions a new highway, rail transit, bike lanes and expanded bus routes to make travel safer and less congested between Downtown and eastern Hamilton and western Clermont counties. The Eastern Corridor has been on the drawing boards since the late 1990s, but has received almost no funding. Community leaders say it's ridiculous to spend money on a mediator to get the same answer they've given the state and project proponents for years.
Greensboro police will add mediation to complaint process
Greensboro police are inviting those with certain types of complaints to sit down and talk. The department last week began offering mediation as another way of resolving formal grievances. The process, which would require the consent of both the complainant and the department, can be used to address accusations of rude behavior and bias-based policing, along with issues that may arise from miscommunication. Mediation will not be used to deal with accusations of corruption or criminal acts.
Taos police partner with mediators in disputes
When feuding neighbors cannot settle a dispute over a barking dog or parking spaces, it is not uncommon for them to call the police. But Taos Police Department officers will soon be referring local residents who cannot agree to disagree to trained mediators who can help resolve disputes without repeated repeated calls to law enforcement or costly court proceedings. The initiative developed out of a state-funded program to encourage mediation as an alternative to litigation.
Rwanda: Clerics Urged to Support Land Dispute Mediation
A report by Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development (RISD) has urged clerics to leverage the respect they command in society by mediating land-related disputes. This follows a survey conducted in Musanze and Kamonyi districts that found minimal participation of religious leaders in settling land-related issues. The participation of religious leaders would help reduce the number of cases that end up at the mediators' committees, commonly known as Abunzi, it says. The study was part of a one-year project aimed at empowering civil society groups and Abunzi to mediate land disputes.