Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania


Resolution Today
June 2017
6/19

Mediator: Listen actively to resolve conflicts

Resolving conflicts takes time and energy — along with teachable skills. Farah Greenwald, a trained mediator with Central Mediation Center, looks at resolving conflicts through two methods: Interest versus positions. read

 

Judge expresses hope for mediation in Kilkenny dispute

A judge has expressed hope for a successful mediation of a bitter dispute between a son and his mother concerning ownership of the well-known Kilkenny group of luxury design retail stores, employing 300 people. read

 

Mediators provide boost to the court system

“They really do save the court a lot of time . . . and it’s not just here. It’s throughout the state of Florida.”

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Australia: Mediation: alternative dispute resolution in family law

Mediation is the dominant feature of today’s family law landscape. Mediation is no longer ‘Alternative’. read

 

Embrace Failure: Get A Good Result in Mediation

Instead of going into a mediation like it’s “déjà vu,” try to think about it as “vuja de.” In other words, it won’t be the same as it has been before. read

 
6/13

New Program Offers Mediation Services for Caregivers, Elderly

Ku?ikahi Mediation Center and West Hawai?i Mediation Center, in partnership with Hawai’i County Office of Aging, have partnered to launch a new program providing mediation and conflict resolution support services for kupuna, caregivers and families on Hawai?i Island. read

 

San Jose Council Members Want to Earmark Extra $150000 for Landlord-Tenant Mediation

Two elected officials in San Jose want to earmark an extra $150,000 from the city’s budget to expand mediation services for tenants and landlords. read

 

Using the full strength of your case in mediation

The arguments that you use and the presentations that you make to persuade the other party to recognize the strength of your case should be as strong and as well supported as they would be for trial. read

 
6/06

Mediation eliminating divorce trials in Whitman County
Judge finds few takers for his efforts to educate youth about courts divorce trials in Whitman County. read

 

Making Critical Decisions in the Mediation Process
The use of mediation in connection with civil disputes seems to be alive and well in Connecticut judging by a number of indicators read

 

Bringing the voice of the child into mediation
Understanding a child’s perspective can be helpful for separating spouses using mediation for custody and access disputes, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator Cathryn Paul.

 

Leading General Counsel Mull Over Mediation

Top legal officers from Visa, Assurant, Estee Lauder and Fluor Corporation discuss the potential use of mediation in acquisitions and other business ventures; the use of “stand by” mediators; and what they look for in a mediator read

 
May 2017
5/31

Old Y remains in limbo as Grays dispute post-mediation agreement signed in November

Six months after signing a post-mediation agreement with the city of Frankfort, John and Martha Gray are continuing to correspond with the city over the old YMCA building on Bridge Street, leaving the structure’s future in limbo. read

 

LETTER: Trump failing mediation board

The National Mediation Board doesn’t have the required number of majority Republican members? New members have yet to be nominated? What’s the deal here? Many Americans voted for Donald Trump because they thought he was a competent businessman, a good administrator of his far-flung business interests. Looks like he dropped the ball on the National Mediation Board. read

 

Mediation: dragging your feet will cost you in UK

Parties receive considerable encouragement by the courts to mediate. Recent Court of Appeal decisions reinforce that approach. read

 

Mental Health and Mediation of Workplace Disputes

I have recently been asked if resolving workplace disputes by mediation is still viable if one of the parties is suffering from mental health issues. The quick answer is that it makes use of that process even more desirable, but this being Mental Health Week, let’s take a closer look. read

 

Judge Orders Preservation of Mediation Notes in Gender Bias Suit Against Proskauer

In a rare move, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. has issued an emergency order to preserve the notes of a mediation session in which an attorney from Proskauer Rose allegedly threatened a female partner who is now suing the firm for gender discrimination. read

 
5/22

Lake and Sumter counties seeking claim mediators

TAVARES – The 5th Judicial Circuit is looking for volunteer mediators for Lake and Sumter counties to help settle claim disputes outside the courtrooms. read

 

Nonprofit View: What makes Community Mediation 'community?'

The Carroll County Community Mediation Center (CCCMC) is one of 17 community mediation centers in the state of Maryland. read

 

Puerto Rico creditors open to mediation in bankruptcy court

Puerto Rico's main creditors, meeting before a U.S. bankruptcy judge in the largest public finance restructuring case in history, are interested in continuing mediation settlement talks to resolve the island's unpayable $70 billion debt bill. read

 

Cellino & Barnes dispute headed for mediation

The white-hot dispute between warring partners of the Cellino & Barnes law firm could be headed for a mediation cool down. read

 
5/16

Pakistan cracks down on men trading young daughters to settle debts and disputes

Pakistan's government is trying to institutionalize systems that could help stamp out the practice. In January, lawmakers approved an out-of-court settlement process that might curb vani ceremonies by taking civil dispute remediation out of the hands of jirgas.  read

 

Out-of-court settlements: Senate approves Alternative Dispute Resolution Bill

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday passed the Alternative Dispute Resolution Bill, 2017 relating to out-of-court settlements. Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] is a process where parties prefer resolving disputes out of the courts through arbitration, mediation, conciliation and neutral evaluation. read

 

Prenuptial/Precivil Partnership Agreements And Mediation - A Marriage Made In Heaven

The advantage of discussing the prenuptial/precivil partnership agreement in mediation is that the couple will discuss their aspirations and concerns in a confidential and safe environment before pen is put to paper. read

 

Judge orders mediation in playground suit

A circuit court judge has ordered mediation in an unusual lawsuit between the city of Cookeville and a resident who lives next to the Heart of the City Playground. read

 

Need to adopt Online Dispute Resolution Mechanism: Justice Dipak Misra

Justice Dipak Misra Judge at Supreme Court of India and executive chairman, National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), has stressed the need for innovative techniques like online dispute resolution mechanisms to increase greater outreach to the ultimate consumer of justice delivery services. read

 

Legal luminaries stress on pre-litigation mediation

INDIA: Supreme Court judge Justice Dipak Misra has laid stress on the need for giving legislative back-up to pre-litigation mediation and building national and state legal policies on mediation on the second day of Global Pound Conference. read

 
5/09

Ag Mediation Services Are Available

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program is available for farmers and ranchers in financial distress. read

 

Colorado governor approves public records mediation

Colorado has a new law encouraging citizens and state agencies to resolve public records disputes outside court. The new law offers mediation as an option when a citizen wants to challenge a government agency's denial of his or her request for public records. read

 

Trials may be vanishing but not the need for mediation

The phenomenon known as the “vanishing trial” has been a topic of serious discussion, and in some quarters, serious concern, since statistics showing a marked decline in the number of criminal and civil trials were first reported in 2004. read

 

Mediation at the core of training to help veterans

Far from foreign battlefields, David Felty is learning to help military veterans resolve conflicts of a different sort. read

 

Do not treat mediation as routine and ordinary

Preparation is the key to success. As lawyers and advocates for our clients, this is not a foreign concept to any of us. However, when it comes to mediation, I (Tom) have found that attorneys sometimes forget this key advice. read

 

Lawmakers hit freestanding emergency rooms with mediation and disclosure requirements

The TX House voted 129-11 in favor of the Senate's version of a bill that will force freestanding emergency rooms and other out-of-network providers into mediation with customers who dispute surprise bills The law also requires that bills sent to patients include a prominent explanation of the mediation process. read

 

Mediation agency celebrating its 30th anniversary

What began 30 years ago as a way to help people resolve disputes affordably, the Mediation and Training Collaborative will mark its anniversary with a celebration that’s open to the public. read

 

Concord adopts rent mediation program

A year after a group of Latino residents seeking relief from soaring housing costs in the Monument Boulevard neighborhood spurred a debate over rent control, city leaders have established a process for tenants to appeal large rent increases. read

 

Students talk it through with peer mediation

'I never saw conflicts resolved in that way; I just saw them ignored or people yelling at each other.' read

 

Mediators Share Advice on Managing Outside Counsel

Most cases resolve at some point, and early mediation lowers the costs incurred in litigation. In going even further though, I would advise in-house counsel to challenge some of the common practices litigation counsel often employ. read

 

The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

Should a mediator — the legal neutral to the dispute — try to resolve the case by issuing a nonbinding proposal based upon a dollar amount that he feels could be accepted by the parties? read

 

Mediators seeing a rise in attorneys arriving unprepared

The rustling of papers and the sight of attorneys sifting through documents to find information has led Vanessa Lopez Aguilera to conclude attorneys increasingly are arriving unprepared for mediation. read

 
5/04

A Mediator or an Arbitrator or a Facilitator': Trump's Role in the Mideast Peace Process

President Trump told the Palestinian Authority’s president that he envisions the U.S. being “a mediator or an arbitrator or a facilitator” between Israelis and Palestinians as Mahmoud Abbas marked his first visit to Washington in three years. read

 

Mediation group plays key role in promoting justice

During her State of Judiciary address, Chief Justice Katherine A. Maraman announced that Inafa’ Maolek, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution, was this year’s recipient of the Hustisia Award. read

 

What to consider when preparing for mediation

Coming to the negotiating table can be stressful, not only for the parties but also for the lawyers involved. Here are some tips based on my experiences for what both sides can do to have a successful mediation. read

 

K-State offers mediation service to solve disputes

Kansas State offers a mediation service, a form of intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it, to Riley and Geary county residents. read

 

Lawmakers hit freestanding emergency rooms with mediation and disclosure requirements

The TX House voted 129-11 on Wednesday in favor of the Senate's version of a bill that will force freestanding emergency rooms and other out-of-network providers into mediation with customers who dispute surprise bills under a state program launched in 2009. read

 

Jackson divorce simmers down — then Jesse Jr. stokes flames

During mediation, the Jacksons will sit in the same room during negotiations, with their lawyers and an independent mediator present. read

 
5/02

Pope proposes Vatican mediation in Venezuela crisis

Pope Francis has called for the respect of human rights and an end to violence in Venezuela, where nearly 30 people have died in unrest this month. read

 

FIFA welcomes outcome of NCP mediation process on workers' welfare in Qatar

FIFA looks forward to the continued engagement with BWI along the lines outlined in the Final Statement and in the form of specific projects. More information on the mediation process and the Final Statement is available. read

 

North Korea crisis: Pope urges international mediation

Pope Francis has called for international mediation to ease rising tensions between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear activity. read

 

Ownership of Dover Dairy Queen property to go to mediation

A mediation session is being scheduled over efforts by the Dover Board of Education to take the Dover Dairy Queen property by eminent domain for construction of a new high school. read

 

Judge orders mediation in Browning vs. William Carey

The judge hearing the Daniel Browning lawsuit against William Carey University has ordered the case to mediation. Judge Robert Helfrich will not allow scheduling of a court date in Forrest County Circuit Court until the case is heard by a mediator.

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