Negotiate! Radio is a nonprofit community service initiative. Its objectives are to collect and diffuse information on negotiation, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), both in theory and by analyzing case studies. It is my aspiration that listeners will use the information learned in the shows, especially conflict resolution techniques, in their personal lives, thus living a more peaceful,
prosperous, and fulfilling life.
The California Academy Of Mediation Professionals is seeking a Volunteer Mediator for Limited Jurisdiction Cases in the Beverly Hills Courthouse.
California Academy of Mediation Professionals (CAMP) is a non-profit mediation organization that provides mediation services to various courthouses. CAMP is seeking a volunteer mediator to mediate limited jurisdiction cases on a weekly basis (either one half-day or one full-day). The half-day morning session is from 9 AM – noon (and consists of two cases). The afternoon session is 1:30 – 4:30 (and consists of two cases). In general, both plaintiff and defendant are represented by legal counsel. Each mediation is approximately 60-90 minutes in length.
Applicants will need to have completed a minimum of 30 hours of mediation training (all from one training provider), and also have court mediation or litigation experience. The position will also entail completing paperwork on each mediated case and submitting it to CAMP on a monthly basis.
Bachelor’s Degree required; additional graduate education preferred.
Please send a resume and cover letter by email to Wendy Wright:
SCMA is deeply saddened to announce that Richard Millen passed away on March 10, 2010. Richard was 89 years young and was one of those whose inspiration created this organization at its inception. His bright light saw us through over two decades of growth. He leaves us as a Board Member, having been elected “in perpetuity” in 2007. He is one of our two treasures, along with Ken Cloke, for whom our annual Peacemaker of the Year award is now named. He taught at the Neighborhood Justice Center (now DRS), Pepperdine’s Straus Institute, and California State Dominguez Hills and helped to start the first court-annexed mediation program in the Los Angeles Superior Court (the pre-cursor to today’s program). Many of us were trained by him, influenced by him, and heard him speak at conferences, as often from the audience as from the front of the room. A deeply spiritual man, with vigorous energy and strong beliefs about how mediation should remain “pure” and uninstitutionalized, he continued to mediate cases at 88 years of age. As his family is holding a private memorial service for him, the mediation community is working on putting together a tribute and will be in touch soon with more news. We have lost a great peacemaker and teacher. His presence will be missed.
Looking for experienced mediators to observe and manage mock mediations for elementary, middle and high school students during our annual Peer Mediation Invitational (PMI). The PMI is an annual spring event at which invited elementary, middle and high school students from local peer-mediation programs participate in mediation role-plays and meet with and receive feedback from judges, litigators, and professional mediators. This years PMI will take place on March 16 for Elementary students, 19 for Middle School Students & 23 for High School Students, 2010. Training is required and will be held each morning prior to the event. Only one training session is required. The volunteer position does not require you to commit a weekly amount of time, only to participate in the training and the actual event at which you would like to volunteer.
How to Apply:
If you are interested, please attend our monthly volunteer and intern orientation. It is held on the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30-6:30PM at Western Justice Center . Our next meeting is on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010, 5:30-6:30PM. Please RSVP in advance with Natalie Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the orientation, bring a cover letter and resume along with a completed PMI Coach form. The application form can be obtained online at http://www.westernjustice.org/getting_involved.html
Location: 55 South Grand, Avenue, Pasadena , California , 91105
Organization: Western Justice Center
Date:March16, 19, 23, 2010
The mission of the Western Justice Center Foundation is peaceful resolution of conflicts through work with children, communities and courts.
Please join me on April 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. for our study group!
Please note that the meeting will be held in my new suite, Suite 210, same address: 2001 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 210, Santa Monica, CA. My new space has a much larger conference room, so space should not be an issue; however, please RSVP so that I know how many of you are coming for snacks and beverages. purposes. Also, if anyone can contribute to the snacks/beverages, please let me know.
Also, please advise if you have any specific topic requests!
Discussion topics typically include marketing, ethics, new case law effecting mediation, peer presentation of cases, and anything of interest to the attendees.
Appetizers, desserts and beverages are welcome.
April 14, 2010
2001 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 210
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 829-6063 ext. 12
RSVP to WKramer@k2law.com
Conflict Coaching is becoming a larger and larger part of my practice. One of the many applications: Coaching one party in a dispute is a great Plan B when only one party is willing to come to the table.
Ideally, mediators would like to sit down with both (or all if there are more than two) parties in a dispute and do what we are trained to do: facilitate discussion, define the issues, guide the process to the transformative “Ah-Ha” moment, hammer away at the solutions and craft an agreement that everyone feels
good about and to which all the parties can adhere. But what happens when despite the mediators best efforts to convene a case, only one party is interested in coming to the table? There is still hope for a peaceful process, and I have found that conflict coaching can be really effective in these situations.
Abstract: Courtroom speeches encouraging mediation evolve readily from the application of well recognized principles that support the advantages of mediation. Since courtroom time is often limited, this article presents a practical approach to using those principles in developing a five minute presentation that has been utilized in civil harassment and small claims settings.
Abstract: Civil harassment mediation, from an outsider’s perspective, seems to be a daunting environment in which to achieve a settlement. Parties have an emotional dispute, are not likely to cooperate with each other, and mediation time is limited. Nevertheless, settlements are achieved by applying well known concepts from basic mediator training.
The mediation process and the mediator.s work have been well described and discussed by others, including Baruch Bush and Folger, Cloke, Krivis, and Moore. These authors provide a great deal of valuable information and guidance and should be studied. At the same time, I have found in my own practice as a mediator an approach that is somewhat different from those suggested by these authors. The purpose of this article is to describe this approach in the hope that others may also find it useful.