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This Week in Mediation #671

March 21, 2017
Celebrating Our 22nd Year Membership information
In This Issue:
Achieving a Balanced Relationship between Mediation and Judicial Proceedings in the European Union • ODR's Role in In-Person Mediation and Other 'Must Know' Takeaways About ODR • Let the Judge Decide! - The End of Conflict or Just the Beginning? • Interview with Don Saposnek • Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs
Achieving a Balanced Relationship between Mediation and Judicial Proceedings in the European Union 
by Leonardo d'Urso
This article identifies four distinct mediation models that EU Member States have used in implementing the Directive: Full Voluntary Mediation; Voluntary Mediation with Incentives and Sanctions; Required Initial Mediation Session; and Full Mandatory Mediation.

ODR's Role in In-Person Mediation and Other 'Must Know' Takeaways About ODR 
by Graham Ross
This article covers a number of practical aspects of online mediation to broaden the understanding of how ODR can benefit a mediation practice.

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Let the Judge Decide! - The End of Conflict or Just the Beginning?
by Justin Kelsey
I have talked about peoples assumption that bringing a divorce case in front of the judge would end their conflict. On the contrary letting the judge decided might cause more conflict in the end. Certification Program Updated
Both Practitioner and Senior Members are now eligible to apply. A new certification website badge is now available. See

IOA Annual Conference in Minneapolis April 24-26
The IOA 12th Annual Conference will highlight the association’s 12 years of growth and innovation. The conference is a three-day educational gathering (plus two days of pre-conference courses) that draws more than 400 attendees — organizational ombuds from academic, corporate and institutional settings around the world. Register here

Getting the Most from 
This PDF presentation reviews the major sections of, including sections on content, resources, getting cases and additional services.

Interview with Don Saposnek
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Don Saposnek, a leading family mediator, editor and writer, filmed as part of's "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series.

23rd Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference - March 23-24, 2017 in Seattle
For more than two decades, the NW Dispute Resolution Conference has offered an opportunity to learn new dispute resolution skills, share ideas with colleagues, catch up with old friends and make new ones. This conference will again be held at the Univ. of Washington School of Law. There are more than 45 sessions covering topics including styles of mediation, gender, deception and manipulation, art of questioning, difficult personalities, conflict coaching, communications, negotiation theory, ethics, arbitration, stress reduction, workplace issues and family law. Register here.

Featured Mediation Blogs

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Jobs (for Premium Members) Post New Job Listings

  • Arbitration Case Coordinator - MN
  • Arbitration Program Manager - NY
  • Directory of Employee Relations - NC
  • Ombuds Assistant - NM
  • Sr. Mediation Case Specialist - TX
  • Case Coordinator - KS
  • Ombudsman/Mediator - CA
  • Hearing Officer / Arbitrator / Mediator - MA
  • Sr. Mediation Case Specialist - TX
  • Executive Director - CA
  • Magistrate - NC
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Online Mediation Education, CLE & CEU 
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Training & Conference Calendar

  • March 23-24 - San Rafael, CA - Advanced Mediation Training with Steven Rosenberg
  • March 23-24 - Oconomowoc, WI - Wisconsin Association of Mediators Emerging Issues Conference
  • March 23-24 - 23rd Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference - March 23-24, 2017 in Seattle
  • March 27-29 - Round Rock, TX - Advanced Family Mediation Class
  • March 27-31 - San Rafael, CA - Essentials of Mediation and Divorce Mediation
  • March 30-April 2 - Memphis, TN - APFM Annual Conference
  • April 1 - NJAPM Annual Advanced Divorce and Civil Mediation Seminar
  • April 1-4 - Arlington, VA - Conflict Management Coaching Workshop
  • April 3-7 - Macon, GA - General Civil Mediation Training & Practicum
  • April 5-11 - Colorado Springs, CO - Basic Mediation Training - 40 hours
  • April 7-8 - Santa Fe, NM - Advanced Attorney Mediator Training
  • April 11-15 - Reno, NV - 40-hour Beginning Mediation Training
  • April 11-29 - Santa Ana, CA - Community Service Programs 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • April 19-May 6 - Santa Ana, CA - 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • April 19-22 - San Francisco, CA - ABA Section for DR Spring Conference 
  • April 19-21 - Colorado Springs, CO - Elder Care Mediation Training
  • April 20-21 - Dallas area, TX - 20 hour Chip Protective Services Mediation Training
  • April 20-24 - Kensington, MD - 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
  • April 21-26 - Minneapolis, MN - International Ombudsman Association (IOA) Annual Conference
  • April 21-22 - Harrisburg, PA - Practice Challenges in Mediation
  • April 22-May 13 - Monroe Township, NJ - 40-hour Divorce Mediation Training NJ
  • April 22 - Colorado Springs, CO - Interested in Becoming a Mediator?
  • April 24-27 - Austin area, TX - 40 hour Basic Mediation Training
  • April 25-27 - Colorado Springs, CO - Restorative Justice Training 24 hrs
  • April 27-28 - Redondo Beach, CA - 2 Day Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training
  • April 28 - Des Plaines, IL - Powerful Non-Defensive Communication for Collaborative Professionals
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