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A Newsletter from ADR Resources // July 1998
From: Ethesis@AOL.Com (Ethesis)


Dave Moon ( has provided a navigation graphic that everyone is free to use if they have a use for it.  Used as an image map, it can be placed at the bottom or top of your web pages, with your name added, and has built in text for all basic web page areas.  I have it on-line at and you are welcome to download and use it without charge.

Dave also created a nice set of site logos for me.  They are at for those who would like a logo to use to connect to my site.

Dick Coughlin has provided a role-play exercise, the Apple City Elementary School Case which is at  You can reach him at for permission to use the role-play in classes and to give him feedback on his work.  The role play is designed to sharpen dispute resolution skills and avoids an "easy" out resolution.

Finally, the new bulletin boards at were installed by Tim Mousel.  To have him install a similar board for you, you can order on line at  I'm using the freeware version of the boards right now, and the installation charge was very inexpensive.

Interesting new Mediation & ADR web sites

A reminder.  If you receive this newsletter, and if you have a web site, please send me the url to look at. I'm actively adding personal mediator's sites at and value referrals and suggestions about good sites.


The Commercial Dispute Resolution Center of the Americas (Miami) has affiliated with groups in Argentina (Asociacion Interamericana de Mediacion, Buenos Aires) and Brazil (Sociedade Interamericana de Mediacao e Arbitragem, Rio de Janeiro).  They have consulted with the government of Peru and with the official Working Group on Dispute Resolution in San Jose, Costa Rica.  If you have an interest in those areas, their contact information is Paul E. Mason, President, Commercial Dispute Resolution Center of the Americas1390 Brickell Avenue, Suite 275, Miami, FL 33131, tel: (305) 372-1901, fax: (305) 373-1517, email:, personal email:, website:

Columbia has begun an ADR program.  For contact information, contact Juan Carlos Guasca C., Professor of Alternatives Dispute Resolution. His is the first university in Columbia to teach the subject. His address is Apartado Aéreo 11460 de Bogotá, Colombia, e-mail address is The telephone number is 57-1-2864813 or 57-1-2861400 ext. 2821 in day or 57-1-2700486 at night.  They are looking for materials and aids for teaching.


Wayne made some significant recommendations of good books. I have all of the recommendations on-line at  His strongest recommendation was for:  "MCS Training Manual" , available for $25 postpaid from Mennonite Conciliation Service, Box M, Akron, Pa 17501. As he said: "For your interests, this is almost surely the single best volume you could purchase."  See for the complete list.

I must also recommend Williamette's newsletter again.  Excerpts at  They've noticed the UMass program which has some excellent people involved in it.

More Notes.

If you are thinking of  a career in law, consider a visit to Findlaw at and to the Center for Professional Development in the Law at

I host a web site on Thriving in Law School and Surviving Legal Practice at and think that much of the advice at these two locations is good.  The Findlaw location has a bulletin board, twenty-five essays and substantial advice  that is good for all professionals (not "just lawyers") on how to seek employment, etc.

Publications // Mediation Monthly // Camara (Peru)  & Latin America // Web Notes

Col. Hackworth is an interesting writer, especially since he keeps writing on the limits of what military force can accomplish.  His web info is, website:  You read his writing and you do not know whether to cry or sigh.  Very militaristic, yet very opposed to war.

Mediation Monthly is temporarily silent.  The editor's father died and he moved home to take care of family matters.  The editor expects to have details on the relaunch.  I'll update everyone as I have those.


Conferencing: A New Response to Wrongdoing is an international forum to be held August 6-8 at the Thunderbird Hotel and Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  To register please call the Real Justice office at (610) 807-9221. The Conference on Conferencing will bring together leading researchers, practitioners, theorists and advocates from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, the Navajo Nation, the United Kingdom, and the United States to explore this new response to wrongdoing and crime. For more, visit or e-mail at

Submissions to

As always, I am interested in any submissions or articles anyone would like to have posted on the web.  While I can't pay for them, I don't charge to post your material, under your name and with your links, on my space. I prefer to post material as you have written it, with no editorial changes by myself.

With my best regards, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Stephen Marsh
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Wayne's complete recommendations follow:

Greetings this fine morning. I looked through the EMU web site and 'found' a faculty member who was educated in South Africa (which is where I am from) so I sent him a note. He sent me this list of texts which relate to conflict resolution in the church. I thought you may enjoy looking it over.

Another excerpt from the Williamette Law School's Mediation Newsletter.  Subscribe by e-mailing:
Faculty Editor: Ross Runkel or
Student Editor: Kevin Cheatham

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Link to their site at

Mediators can use computer-based decision analysis to help parties
overcome a number of barriers to settlement. Using software that can
build and analyze decision trees, a mediator can help facilitate a
cooperative effort among litigants and lawyers to arrive at a joint
valuation of the dispute. In addition, the use of a "scientific"
valuation methodology can add an air of legitimacy that can facilitate

Details: (The UMass Web Site)

BTW, UMass has Leah Wing, an excellent Mediation and Dispute
Resolution professional and professor.  I can recommend her to those
looking for a presenter at conferences or training.

Professor Leah Wing
222 Hampshire House
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003.

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ADR Online: Useful ADR Sites On The World Wide Web
Article by James Boskey

This article provides a useful list of Alternative Dispute Resolution
sites that are available on the World Wide Web. The list is not
exhaustive but provides major sites that will make good starting points
for the web surfer with an interest in Dispute Resolution.


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ADR Announcement: The White House Advocates ADR
(Office of the Press Secretary - Palo Alto, CA 5/1/98)

President Clinton recently sent a memo to all executive departments and
agencies in an effort to encourage the use of ADR. The memorandum
expressed a an internal effort for the government to operate in a more
efficient and effective manner. Federal agencies are now required to "

(1) promote greater use of mediation, arbitration, early neutral
evaluation, agency ombuds, and other alternative dispute resolution
techniques, and (2) promote greater use of negotiated rulemaking."

The President directed the creation of An Alternative Dispute Resolution
Working Group headed by the Attorney General. The Working group is to
"comprised of the Cabinet Departments and, as determined by the Attorney
General, such other agencies with a significant interest in dispute resolution."

"The Working Group shall facilitate, encourage, and provide coordination
for agencies in such areas as: (1) development of programs that employ
alternative means of dispute resolution, (2) training of agency personnel
to recognize when and how to use alternative means of dispute resolution,
(3) development of procedures that permit agencies to obtain the services
of neutrals on an expedited basis, and (4) recordkeeping to ascertain the
benefits of alternative means of dispute resolution."

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If you do not have the time/connection to visit the web site for the Commercial Dispute Resolution Center of the Americas, the contact information is:

Paul E. Mason, President
Commercial Dispute Resolution Center of the Americas
1390 Brickell Avenue, Suite 275
Miami, FL 33131
tel: (305) 372-1901
fax: (305) 373-1517

I would really like to see web sites such as theirs for the centers in Jerusalem, Hong Kong and several other places I've heard from.

Bonus Link:  Medical Risk Management, Inc.’s web site,

If you mediate issues involving medical health care professionals, this is a *must visit* site.

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