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June 2013
6/20
Is Nevada's foreclosure program effective?

Metrics that evaluate Nevada effort being made public - slowly.  Eight months after a Reno Gazette-Journal article raised transparency concerns about the state’s foreclosure mediation system, administrators for the program have started to release more data to the public.

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Yachting: Kiwi to mediate in Cup row

A New Zealander is one of two sailing experts on the mediation panel which will try to get the warring America's Cup teams in San Francisco to agree on how and when the regatta will proceed - but the whole process could take at least another week.

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Mediation Sought for Penn State Sanction Funds

State Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre) and State Treasurer Rob McCord have asked Commonwealth Court to place their lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) into mediation, in the hope of deciding the use of Penn State University sanction funds as soon as possible. Their request, filed with the court yesterday afternoon, came after they received an exchange of correspondence from legal counsels for Penn State and the NCAA.

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Brooklyn becomes first borough to require mediation in civil cases

Brooklyn Supreme Court ushered in a new project Thursday requiring all civil cases to pass through a mediation process before proceeding to trial. The first of its kind, the mandatory mediation project hopes to alleviate some the costs and other strains that civil litigation places on Brooklyn’s court system.  “Brooklyn has over 54,000 cases pending which is more than any other county in New York” Hon. Lawrence Knipel, Brooklyn Supreme Court administrative judge for civil matters, told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “Mandatory mediation will hopefully reduce to time and financial costs of a trial not only for the county but for the attorneys and parties involved.”

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6/19
Ag mediation services available

On the face of it, the drought and late freeze in Kansas have been plenty hard enough, but the difficulties don't end with smaller yields and lack of forage. They sometimes mean struggles when the bills come due. To help farmers and ranchers, as well as lenders, work through legal and financial issues, the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services offers free or low-cost services to farmers, ranchers and others.

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New Mediation Program to Resolve Employment Discrimination Disputes Faster, Save Time and Money for All Parties

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has launched a mediation program to resolve employment discrimination complaints within a short timeframe. Trained, neutral mediators will guide the process, which aims to produce settlements agreeable to both parties.  "With mediation, everyone gets relief faster," Commission Chairman Gerry Robinson said. "People who believe they have been wronged, as well as employers facing complaints will get conflicts resolved faster, avoiding lengthy investigations, costly hearings and potential court filings."  There is no cost to those who choose mediation as a way of resolving their disputes, and they do not need to hire an attorney. The process is confidential.

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6/17
Arab-jewish Peace Talks Will Start Next Week in Rhodes, U.N. Mediator Announces

After an all-day conference in Cairo with the political committee of the Arab League, Count Folke Bernadotte, U.N. mediator for Palestine, informed the Secretariat here that the work of mediation and negotiation between Arabs and Jews will begin next week on the Greek island of Rhodes.

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Kilmarnock: Fans group offers mediation with chairman

Supporters Direct Scotland has offered to mediate between Kilmarnock fans and club chairman Michael Johnston over the future direction of the club.

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Sudan agrees to AU mediation

The Sudanese government said it has no objections to meeting with African Union leaders to find a solution to outstanding issues with South Sudan.

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Mediation Underway in Dorner Mistaken Identity Shooting

A man mistakenly shot at by police during the manhunt for ex-police officer Christopher Dorner entered into mediation talks with attorneys for the city of Torrance Thursday. David Perdue, 38, was mistakenly shot at by Torrance police on Feb. 7 when officers rammed his pickup truck and then opened fire, according to his attorney.

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6/14
Redwood City Police Chief Identifying New Ways To Resolve Conflict

Redwood City's police chief, a Stanford Law School expert, and a local attorney will participate in panel discussion in San Mateo Thursday to focus on ways to manage conflicts.

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Transforming a university conflict into a student development platform

In this article, Shahbaz Israr Khan tells the story of how the student council of Gomal University was formed to mediate a conflict between two student societies, and eventually became a way for students to break down the barriers between them and play a meaningful role in the administration of the university.

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Mediation is an option for homeowners facing foreclosure in DC

Are you a District of Columbia homeowner facing foreclosure? If so, the city has a foreclosure mediation program that could help you save your home. This program lets homeowners and lenders discuss alternatives to foreclosure face-to-face. They reach agreement on average 80 percent of the time.

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Mediation with transgender footballer is working, the AFL says

MEDIATION with a transgender footballer who has been ostracised by her club since she was vilified by players and spectators has made "significant progress towards resolving the matter" according to the AFL. "I cannot stress enough that there is absolutely no place for any form of vilification in our game - Tom Harley

 
Corporate Counsel: To Mediate, or Not To Mediate?

I'm a mediator of business disputes. But no one ever asks me whether or not they should mediate their dispute—by the time they get to me, they've decided to go ahead. Still, I have the nagging suspicion that plenty of cases don't get this far, because one or both of the disputants has decided not to mediate. So, I'm going to pretend that someone—namely, you—has actually come to me seeking advice on whether or not to mediate a particular dispute.

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6/12
A Terrorist's Chutzpah

Mediation session held between terrorist who planned Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's murder, and Arutz Sheva. It's far from being over.  A mediation session was held between the lawyer representing terrorist Salah Hamouri, who plotted the murder of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and was released from Israeli jail in the Schalit deal, and the representatives of Arutz Sheva. Hamouri sued Arutz Sheva, claiming that the website reported that he told the Reuters news agency, immediately after his release, that “Rabbi Yosef deserves to die.” This report, he claimed, “damaged his reputation.” The mediation process was decided upon by the court and the contents of the sessions are therefore secret.

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6/10
Sex-tape lawsuit sent to mediation

The lawsuit centered around a tape featuring a Lowell woman allegedly having sex with a Buddhist monk is headed to mediation. All the parties in the lawsuit Maya Men filed against five men she alleges either produced or distributed the tape of her having sex in a North Chelmsford temple agreed Wednesday in Lowell Superior Court to seek time with a mediator in hopes of settling the suit.

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Civil and commercial mediation in Portugal: new legal principles and rules

On May 18th, 2013 the Law nr. 29/2013 concerning new general principles applicable to mediation conducted in Portugal and the legal regime for civil and commercial mediation entered into force. This new set of rules is intended to ease the flow of lawsuits piling up at the Portuguese courts and is another step in the reformation process Portugal is undertaking among the Judiciary, as recommended by the European Commission and other bodies.

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Mediation ordered for AFL and transgender player

AFL Broken Hill has been criticised by state authorities over its handling of a vilification incident. Transgender footballer Kirsti Miller complained to her club five weeks ago that she had been vilified by players on field. But Miller left the South Broken Hill women's team in disgust after being reprimanded for speaking about the matter in public. AFL NSW-ACT say the complaint was poorly handled, and has ordered mediation.

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Nazi-Naming Dad Fights for Right to See His Son

Heath Campbell, head of pro-Nazi group "Hitler's Order," gave three of his kids Nazi-inspired names

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Sex-tape lawsuit sent to mediation

The lawsuit centered around a tape featuring a Lowell woman allegedly having sex with a Buddhist monk is headed to mediation. All the parties in the lawsuit Maya Men filed against five men she alleges either produced or distributed the tape of her having sex in a North Chelmsford temple agreed to seek time with a mediator in hopes of settling the suit.

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The Bad Habits of Good Negotiators

Most people are matchers: they follow the norm of reciprocity, responding in kind to how we treat them. This means that the best way to earn trust is to show trust. If we want to receive information, we need to lead by sharing information.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber signs foreclosure mediation expansion

OR Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill expanding state's foreclosure mediation program, which had been largely bypassed by mortgage lenders. The program was meant to require lenders to meet with homeowners to discuss alternatives before foreclosing on their mortgage. Most lenders, prompted by the dual effect of the mediation program and a legal ruling against their mortgage recording practices, chose to pursue foreclosures through the court system. The mediation program will now be available to homeowners facing in-court foreclosures in early August, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said.

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6/09
Merlene Davis: Restorative justice’s mediation needs to be paid for

“What we really need to do is recognize what she is doing is saving families and coincidently saving us money by keeping kids out of the system,” she said. “We ought to figure out how to pay for this. She is not going to be able to do this on her own forever.”

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6/06
Mediation to continue on Salton Sea restoration solutions

Mediation on how to address impacts caused by the nation’s largest farm-to-city water transfer will continue between Imperial County and the Imperial Irrigation District.

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Study: 1 in 3 New Marriages Start Online

Researchers found that more than a third of new marriages started online and that those relationships were slightly happier than those that began more traditionally.

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Don’t Break the Bank… or Each Other: 3 Ways to Divorce Cheaply and Peacefully

Even though divorce can be incredibly difficult with emotions running high, the truth is that any couple – that’s right, any couple – can truly find common ground when it comes to the expenses associated with divorce. Between attorneys, court fees and orders, therapy and financing a new place to live, divorce is, needless to say, expensive. Through the years, I’ve never met a couple who didn’t want to save money during the process of their separation. And when both individuals can work toward a common goal of saving money, other details of the divorce tend to go smoothly in the spirit of mutual collaboration.

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Sides agree to mediation in lawsuit over hazing claims at Jacksonville State University

Court records indicate that a lawsuit over alleged hazing at a Jacksonville State University fraternity will be handled outside of court. The plaintiff maintains that fraternity pledges iwere forced to drink mustard and vodka, struck with eggs and flying objects, and beaten repeatedly with fists and paddles.

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Wrongful Death Suit Against Monster Beverage Heads to Mediation

A California judge Thursday ordered Monster Beverage to mediation in a wrongful death suit that alleges the company's energy drinks were responsible for a teen's death.

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6/03
Pacoima School Fears Losing Successful Conflict Resolution Program

Once overrun with gang violence, Maclay Middle School is thriving thanks in part to a threatened peer mediation program

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Why Annan Failed and Brahimi Struggles: The Challenges of Mediation in Syria

Both Annan and Brahimi are high-status mediators who enjoy an aura of authority, experience, and sway due to their relentless efforts to promote peace in various parts of the world. Both are members of “The Elders,” a group of prominent leaders formed in 2007 with the aim of supporting global peace and respect for human rights. From an academic perspective, mediation has been upheld as a promising mechanism to overcome deadlock in civil wars. So why has the joint UN/LAS mediation in Syria so far failed to achieve a negotiated settlement to the conflict?

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OSU Geographer To Receive International Prize For Mediation

An Oregon State University faculty member has won a major international prize for his mediation efforts in water conflicts.

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May 2013
5/29
Judge approves Savannah dredging suit settlement

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel has approved a settlement ending a legal challenge to the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel that could have delayed the project for years.  "We're looking for some common ground," he said, thanking the attorneys for working out their differences. "Nobody wants to damage the environment and nobody wants to disrupt an important public project."  The Georgia ports want the river deepened from its current 42 feet to 47 feet to handle a new generation of larger containerships.

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One-third of complaints against press are resolved by mediation

ONE-third of all complaints received by the Office of the Press Ombudsman were successfully resolved last year by conciliation or mediation.

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Mediation & Arbitration Are Going Online! New Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Initiatives

Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. (RIS), the world's leading online technology provider for the ADR industry, with flagship websites at Mediate.com & Arbitrate.com, now offers three ODR websites, plus Caseload Manager technology, all dedicated to helping ADR programs and practitioners extend their dispute resolution work online.

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WISE & Healthy Aging Launch New Elder Care Mediation Service

A valuable new service called Elder Care Mediation has just become available at WISE & Healthy Aging, thanks to a collaboration between the Santa Monica-based non-profit social service agency for seniors and the non-profit Center for Civic Mediation of Los Angeles.

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Legal fight over Zoo Interchange project sent to mediation

The legal fight between two Milwaukee community groups and federal and state transportation agencies over the Zoo Interchange is headed for mediation.

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Huff Post: What Does Mediation Really Mean?

A significant problem with mediation is the fact that the term itself is vague. Mediation could be evaluative, facilitative, or transformative. Which of those approaches does one mean when they refer to mediation?

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The EU as a Peacemaker: enhancing the EU’s mediation capacity

The Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European External Action Service will host a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on how to strengthen the mediation capacity of the EU.

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Harvard Law Students Mediate Harassment Prevention Order Cases

In addition to helping parties work through complex personal disputes, the Harvard mediators are developing skills that will benefit them throughout their legal careers.

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How to sabotage a mediation: An impractical guide for lawyers

Memo to senior partner: If you follow a few or more of these suggestions then the mediation is bound to fail despite the mediator’s best efforts.

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6 Ways to Make the Most of Mediation

The use of mediation has become an almost universal practice in litigation. More cases are resolved by mediation than by jury trials. Because of this, it is very important that insurance professionals understand the mediation process and learn how to make it effective.

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5/27
Malaysia: Mediation can resolve conflicts over resources

Mediation can reduce the delay, expense and backlog of environmental cases pending in courts

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Airport suit over damage caused by Obama visit sent to mediation

A public airport is suing the U.S. Secret Service for what it claims was close to $700,000 in property damage caused by a 2010 visit by the president. At the request of attorneys for both sides, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman has sent the case to mediation. The owners of Marlboro Airport filed their $676,000 civil action claiming Obama’s Marine helicopters and armored convoy, including a 20-ton fire-suppression foam truck and other security vehicles, tore up their 1,682-foot runway and grass apron during the commander-in-chief’s 2010 visit to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in Framingham during record flooding.

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Oregon House votes to extend foreclosure mediation

The Oregon House has voted to extend a requirement that some mortgage lenders meet with struggling borrowers and a professional mediator before initiating foreclosure proceedings. The mediation requirement was first adopted last year. It applies only to certain foreclosures that are processed outside the courts. The measure approved Wednesday would extend it to all foreclosures. The majority of foreclosures in Oregon have long been processed outside courts, but they shifted to the judicial system after an appellate court ruling last year. Proponents hope the mediation will lead to an agreement that would allow borrowers to keep their home. The measure goes next to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

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The Pedestrian–Cyclist Armistice Reached with Online Negotiation

Following in the footsteps of Amsterdam; Portland, Ore.; and Washington, D.C., among other cities, New York is set to launch its bike-share program, Citi Bike, on Memorial Day. New Yorkers have met the impending influx of bikes with both excitement and dread. Slate convened a summit between a representative cyclist and a representative pedestrian to see if they could defuse tensions a bit. Rules were proposed via email and ironed out with a short G-chat session. A bilateral, 10-point resolution to end the decades-long conflict between walkers and bikers is the result!

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5/23
Research project analyses practice of mediation in two public hospitals in Valencian Community

The research project from the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (Spain) analyses the practice of mediation in two public hospitals in the Valencian Community through cases that involved a team of mediators over two years.

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GiveForward partners with Medical Bill Mediation to help families reduce high medical bills

GiveForward, a crowdfunding leader helping families and friends raise money for a loved one's medical bills, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Medical Bill Mediation of the Karis Group, Inc., a service which helps patients consolidate and reduce their healthcare bills. This alliance stems from both organizations' shared mission of empowering patients to face the rising cost of healthcare in America.

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5/22
NAFCM Receives Funding for a National Training Resource Center

The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) successfully applied for and will receive $50,000 from the JAMS Foundation (JAMS). The grant is for the development of the Training Resource Center for community mediation nationally. The Training Resource Center (TRC) will be the largest compilation of community mediation resources in the country. NAFCM will partner with community mediation centers across the country to collect new and existing resources including but not limited to PowerPoint, handouts, mocks, videos, and more.

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NADN Announces Partnerships With DRI - The Voice of The Defense Bar and the American Association for Justice

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the premier association for experienced civil ADR practitioners is delighted to announce partnerships with DRI, the largest professional organization for members of the defense bar, and the AAJ (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association), the world’s largest association of trial lawyers.

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5/21
Judges assigned, mediation dates set in MSU mass litigation

Several lawsuits have been filed in state court against Mountain State University regarding its accreditation. A December order referred pending or subsequently filed state court cases to the mass litigation panel. According to this order, all of these cases involve "harm caused to plaintiff as a result of Mountain State University's loss of its general accreditation, special accreditations in its nursing and nurse anesthetist programs and any other educational programs that require independent accreditation."

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