March 2011 Blog Posts (27)

IMI Announcement: Cultural Competency Certification Criteria

(Originally Posted at EnjoyMediation)

As my credentials state, I am a International Mediation Institute (IMI) certified mediator. I beleive in the mission of IMI- to create a global certification scheme (administered by a…


Added by Jeff Thompson on March 29, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Whats Happening 03.29.11

Listen live on March 29th…

Added by - Creighton NCR on March 29, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Pod Casts of 82 sessions of the National Mediation Conference Australia - Adelaide 2010



I thought it might be of interest to members that pod casts of 82 sessions of the Australian National Mediation Conference - Adelaide 2010 are now uploaded onto the conference website.

Click on past conferences (Adelaide) or pod casts and papers and scroll down to the audio files.

Speakers include Justice Albie Sachs on the Process Architecture…


Added by Greg Rooney on March 28, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

"Is Fairly Legal Fairly Relevant?

Listen live on March 29th at 7:00 – 7:30 pm CST on BlogTalkRadio Call in at: (347) 324-3591

The USA show “Fairly Legal” is stirring up the mediation field. Whether you think it is a travesty of the professional mediation…


Added by Patricia M Porter on March 27, 2011 at 8:18pm — No Comments

ADRhub Podcast Series #19- Mediator Quality With Lisa Pomerantz

Episode #19

Mediator Quality

with Lisa Pomerantz


Join host Jeff Thompson and mediator/attorney Lisa Pomerantz as they discuss the findings and recommendations of the ABA Dispute Resolution Task Force on…


Added by ADRhub Podcast on March 27, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Organizational Ombudsmen Gather in Portland, Oregon Next Week

The International Ombudsman Association holds its sixth annual conference at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, April 1-6, 2011. Organizers expect the event will draw about 400 practitioners and others interested in the field.  Keynote speakers will be:

  • Alicia C. Shepard, Ombudsman for National Public…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on March 25, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments


If you happened to read The New York Times today (March 24, 2011) nestled in the Business Section were two articles related to arbitration. One article was “Sheen Loses Bid to Block Arbitration” and the other was “Chief of American Apparel Faces 2nd Harassment Suit.” The Sheen article related to none other than the American icon, Charlie Sheen. The news was that Judge Jacqueline A. Conner of Los Angeles Superior Court turned down a last-minute request for a temporary restraining order that…


Added by Brent L. Motchan on March 24, 2011 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Annual List of Top U.S. ADR Law Schools Largely Unchanged

The annual ranking of the best law school ADR programs by US News & World Report was populated by familiar names. The only surprise for 2011 was Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law, which had not ranked in the top ten in the past few years, appearing at number six on the list.…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on March 23, 2011 at 6:01pm — 2 Comments


In a Missouri Court of Appeals decision this week an arbitration provision was held to be unconscionable and unenforceable.  Manfredi v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, No. WD71150 (Mo. App. W.D. 2011).  In this case Manfredi, a licensed chiropractor, entered into an Allied Provider Network Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and its affiliates (“BCBS”).  The Agreement was on a form contract drafted by BCBS and presented to Manfredi on…


Added by Brent L. Motchan on March 23, 2011 at 11:06am — No Comments

Whats Happening 03.22.11

 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality 

The Task Force focused on the use of mediation in civil disputes of all kinds, including commercial, employment and…

Added by - Creighton NCR on March 22, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Body Language & Nonverbal Communication Tips

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As some of you know, I am currently in Australia doing research and am giving a presentation at Southern Cross University. The link below is an article featuring me and the talk I will be…

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 18, 2011 at 6:57pm — No Comments

The Creighton University Educational Experience

Yesterday, I attended the State Bar of Michigan's annual ADR meeting.  The keynote speaker, Sharon Press of Hamline University School of Law, did a superb job with her current overview of the ADR profession and emerging developments.  She introduced a new concept for me of Mediation-Arbitration (Med-Arb) or Arbitration - Mediation (Arb-Med).  I will write more about these hybrid forms of NDR in a subsequent post.  I will add that her presentation was consistent with our CU education in terms…


Added by John C. Turley on March 18, 2011 at 3:19pm — No Comments

What the @#$#@ is Mediation?

(Originally posted at Absolution Mediation)

In February I had the opportunity to speak at Ignite Waterloo.  Wow...was I nervous!  I had 20 slides that auto-advanced every 15 seconds.  I'm not going to lie, I didn't say everything that I wanted to say in that 5 minutes, but I think my message got across.  Take a…


Added by Jason Dykstra on March 16, 2011 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Legal Overview of Organizational Ombuds on YouTube

Last year, the American Bar Association published, "The Organizational Ombudsman: Origins, Roles and Operations--A Legal Guide." Since then, the author, attorney Charles Howard, has made multiple appearances to promote his book and the Ombuds profession generally. Nonetheless, most people who might want to hear him speak would have to travel a long way and/or pay an event fee. Fortunately, the Quinnipiac University School…


Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on March 16, 2011 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Update & Explanation On Changes To has support my blog,, since it started.  Recently I notice how I was unable to log into my favorite feature- the featured blog postings of the week.  No, it was not (solely!) to see if my blog made but rather I think the one of the best ways to keep up to date on the latest mediation news as well as get insight from some of the sharpest mediation…


Added by Jeff Thompson on March 15, 2011 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Whats Happening 03.15.11

From United States Institute of Peace's President

The House vote on February 17…


Added by - Creighton NCR on March 15, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

ABA Task Force's 4 Elements on Quality Mediators

(Originally posted at

Recently while reading Deborah Laufer's ADR Network newsletter, I cam across the following:


ABA Section…


Added by Jeff Thompson on March 14, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

ADRhub Podcast Series #18- Dynamics Of Conflict Resolution

Episode #18

Dynamics of Conflict Resolution

with Bernie Mayer


Join host Jeff Thompson and Bernie Mayer as they discuss conflict resolution, an update to his popular book- Dynamics of Conflict Resolution, the 'circle of conflict' as…


Added by ADRhub Podcast on March 14, 2011 at 5:29am — No Comments

The Power of an Apology

(Originally posted at Absolution Mediation)

Recently I read an article/blog questioning "How Powerful is an Apology?" We all like to think that when we receive or give an apology, that some sort of healing takes place.  In this…


Added by Jason Dykstra on March 13, 2011 at 9:37pm — No Comments

Rep. King- Hearings? How About Facilitation?

(Originally posted at
We all know the story about Rep. Peter King and the hearings he has put together on the radicalization of members of the Muslim community in the United States.…

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 9, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

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