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This Week in Mediation #818

February 26, 2020 - OUR 25TH YEAR!
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In This Issue:
Reframing: A Conflict Resolver's Superpower • Charlie Young Interview - Mediation in Schools and Prisons • The Law Can Be Dangerous to Lawyers' Mental Health • Benefits of Volunteer Mediation • Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs
Reframing: A Conflict Resolver's Superpower
by Christopher Sheesley
Mediators also have a range of powers, and I believe that “reframing” is our equivalent of flying.
Charlie Young Interview - Mediation in Schools and Prisons
This is an interview with Charlie Young by Clare Fowler discussing how mediation principles can be applied in schools and prisons.
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The Law Can Be Dangerous to Lawyers' Mental Health
by John Lande
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The law can be a very dangerous thing./td>
Benefits of Volunteer Mediation
by Kayla Matthews
As a legal professional, it’s your job to pick sides. Whether you’re a lawyer fighting a case or a paralegal gathering the evidence to back it up, your aim is to make a strong argument for your client.
Optimizing Family Mediation - Today and Tomorrow with Jim Melamed - March 20 Workshop in Scottsdale, AZ
The Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators invites you to a special workshop: Optimizing Family Mediation - Today and Tomorrow with Jim Melamed, J.D., CEO of  Registration ends March 16th. Space is limited. Register HERE

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  • Tips for a Successful EEOC Mediation
    After an EEOC charge is filed, the EEOC may elect to hold mediation at their offices if both parties are willing. Mediation may resolve the dispute without the need for litigation. To improve the chance of a successful resolution, both parties need to have reasonable expectations, come prepared, and consider factors other than monetary terms.
  • Can opening statements for mediation be skipped? Tips for attorneys and mediators
    There has been a lot written recently about how to start a mediation: with or without opening remarks by the participants, and with or without an opening statement by the mediator. 
  • A Goldilocks Approach for Mediation Standards
    When Frank Sander proposed the “multi-door courthouse” at the Pound Conference in 1976, he probably could not have imagined how widespread the use of mediation would be today in the United States and around the world.
  • Re-imagining Conflict Mediation and the Role of Religion
    This winter, Seton Hall's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies hosted a delegation of officers from Zurich's Center for Security Studies, who challenged the Seton Hall community to reimagine conflict resolution approaches with religious dimensions.
  • UN Convention that promotes mediation to resolve trade disputes moves closer to entry into force
    Singapore and Fiji have become the first countries to ratify a UN treaty that promotes mediation as an alternative and effective method for resolving trade disputes, thus marking an important step towards its entry into force.
  • Mediation: Don’t Just Mail It In
    Mediation requires preparation, and not just in preparing a mediation statement for the mediator's utility. There are two things specifically that attorneys should do in most cases prior to the mediation.

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  • March 4-6 - Houston TX - Advanced Mediation: Family-Divorce-Child Custody Training
  • March 5-9 - Rockville MD - 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • March 6 - Houston TX - Domestic Violence for Advance Family Training required by TX legislation
  • March 7-April 4 - San Francisco CA - Ron's Mediator Certificate Training at BASF
  • March 10-13 - Fairfax VA - Mediation Skills and Process
  • March 11-20 - Corte Madera CA - 40 hour Mediation Training with Steven Rosenberg
  • March 12-13 - Macon GA - Domestic & Family Mediation Training
  • March 16-18 - Austin Area TX - 30 Hour Advanced Mediation Training
  • March 18 - New York NY - Neuroscience in Mediation and Negotiation
  • March 18 - Los Angeles CA - USC Gould Center for Dispute Resolution Fifth Annual Symposium
  • March 20 - Richmond VA - Dispute Resolution Summit
  • March 23 - ONLINE Webinar: What Does it Mean to be White? A Space to Learn and Explore
  • March 26-27 - Corte Madera CA Advanced Mediation Training with Steven Rosenberg
  • March 27 - Fairfax VA - Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System
  • March 27-28 - Houston TX - Parenting Coordination and Facilitation Training
  • March 30-April 1 - Portland OR - International Ombudsman Association Annual Conference
  • March 30-April 3 - Macon GA - Civil Mediation Training & Practicum
  • April 1-3 - Greenbelt MD - Cross-Border Family Mediation Training
  • April 2-4 - Toronto ON Canada - Learn to Meet & Interview Children: Voice of the Child 12 Step VCR
  • April 3 - San Francisco CA - Facing Your Toughest Mediation Challenge
  • April 4-May 9 - Somerset NJ - NJAPM 40-Hour Divorce Mediation Training, Spring 2020
  • April 6-9 - New Braunfels TX - Basic Mediation Training - 40 Hours

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