Mediation & ADR News

Mediators Flourishing in Tough Economy
A weak economy and dwindling personal finances have impacted when and how married couples get a divorce in the Charlottesville area.
Local mediation groups and lawyers have reported changes in how often couples seek mediation to draft a separation agreement and how long they’ll wait before filing for divorce.
The Mediation Center of Charlottesville has seen an increase in the number of couples wanting to use mediation to draft a separation agreement. Mediation is significantly cheaper than taking a divorce case to court.
Between July and Dec-ember 2008, the nonprofit center handled 2.1 self-referred mediations per month for couples who wanted to split. Since the start of 2009, the center is averaging five self-referred mediations a month.

Full article [here]

Turkey Would Consider Mediating US-Iran Talks
Note the italicized section- no one has asked them yet.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey would consider serving as mediator between Iran and the United States, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said on Sunday after meeting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and shortly before leaving for Tehran.
Turkey would weigh any requests by the two sides to serve as a mediator and current efforts to open a dialogue are “an important opportunity,” Babacan told reporters before leaving for Tehran for an Economic Cooperation Organization meeting chaired by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Full article [here]

25 Years of Community Mediation
The Mediation Center of Dutchess County has been around for 25 years. Happy anniversary to the many volunteer mediators who have made it work. They help reasonable people work out their differences…
…Between 1,100 and 1,300 cases a year are referred to the center with anywhere from a third to a half reaching mediation. The majority come from the courts – 12 town, village and city courts, Family Court and occasional Supreme Court referrals. Attorneys frequently refer cases or work in collaboration with the center. Referrals also come from schools. There are usually about 100 open cases in various stages of development.
Full article [here]

20 Group Negotiation Down to 18
WASHINGTON — Two labor unions have pulled out of a broad coalition seeking agreement on major changes in the health care system.
…The action, by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union, shows the seeds of discord behind the optimistic talk at a White House conference on health care this week.
…Peter S. Adler, president of the Keystone Center, a nonprofit group facilitating the discussions, said the dialogue started with 20 participating organizations and now had 18.
Mr. Adler, a professional mediator with 30 years of experience, said the coalition had been meeting since September. It tentatively plans to issue recommendations later this month on how to rein in health costs and help achieve the goal of universal coverage. Congress is grappling with the same issues and is struggling to find bipartisan consensus.
Full article [here]

Are You Involved in International Patent Mediation/ Negotiation?
If yes, there is a suvery going on [here].
The Alternative Patent Dispute Resolution Project (”APDRP”) at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (”TJSL”) in San Diego, California is conducting an on-line survey of lawyers, judges, clerks and scholars such as you to gauge the industry’s perception of some fairly recent proposals to improve the current Federal patent adjudicative process in the United States and to encourage the use of alternatives thereto such as mediation and arbitration.
Copies of the results, when completed, will be made available as well as being published by the APDRP in a law review article.
Read the article and learn more [here]

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