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A Newsletter from ADR Resources
Volume 3, No. 1, September/October 1999
From: Ethesis@AOL.Com (Ethesis)


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It has been very busy for me, but I'm glad to get this newsletter out.  For now I expect to stay on the every-other-month schedule, but if things ease up I will be back to monthly newsletters.  The target date for this newsletter was October 1, 1999 and the target date for the next was December 1, 1999.  I'll be at SMU (Legacy campus) teaching a lesson on arbitration Monday night, and anyone on this mailing list is invited to attend.

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 Iowa Peace Institute and Grinnell College are again sponsoring the Grinnell Peace Project Awards for the 1999-2000 school year. Participation in this program is open to all elementary school, middle school, high school and college age youth.

The program is an annual competition. It is a challenge to young people to imagine and think through practical ideas and projects that promote peace by means of problem solving and cooperation. Entries may describe ongoing, annual, or single event projects. Contact them at (Iowa Peace Institute) or

There are a number of Elgin related sites on the web.  Here are some of them:


Since a number of people have been critical of me for not "personalizing" my dispute resolution site more (e.g., telling more about myself), here is a link to more information about Stephen R. Marsh as a person (rather than the author as a professional). Personally, I believe that my observations and conclusions stand on their own merits and that private perspectives are not essential to understanding my writing.  However, I am providing a link to those perspectives for those who feel it is essential. is the url for the link.

I will be reviewing Ury's new book in the next issue.

On Employment and Professional Organizations

The OAMA Conference (one I've attended and like) will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma this year.  Ray Hickman will be among the presenters and their web site has information at  OAMA is notable as a group that has made attorney-mediators and professional-mediators both fit in well and easily.  Recommended, especially if you are a non-attorney mediator wondering if emloyment in mediation is for attorneys only. (And yes, I've repeated this notice twice in the newsletter because it is important).

Submissions to

As always, I am interested in any submissions or articles anyone would like to have posted on the web -- and I am glad to be able to point them out in this newsletter.  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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Post Script (the "extra" material for the on-line version).

World Wide Web ADR Resources according to the United States Federal Government

World Wide Web ADR Resources (Draft 2/24/99) (in use August, 1999)

What information on ADR is available right now on the Internet?

General Information on ADR:

Sample ADR Rules and Policies:

Where should I start reading about the design of ADR programs?

Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), Dispute Systems Design Working Group: Evaluating ADR Programs, A Handbook for Federal Agencies (January 1995).

This handbook, designed by and for federal government staff and mangers, covers the basic principles of dispute system design and provides a checklist of actions to take in implementing an ADR program within a federal agency or department. A copy of the handbook is available at

Note: EPA does not control and cannot guarantee the relevance, timeliness, or accuracy of the materials provided by other agencies or organizations. The Federal Standards of Ethical Conduct prohibit EPA from endorsing these outside agencies and organizations.

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