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Mediation On-Line

A Newsletter from ADR Resources
Volume 5, No. 2 (December 2001)


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I am very pleased to note that I have another Spanish language essay on my site, this one entitled:  "¿EL CONFLICTO PERTENECE AL CLIENTE O A EL ABOGADO?"  The author practices mediation in Central America.  If you are looking for a mediator there, I would suggest you read the article and contact him.  The article is at  To contact him, try "oscar franco" <>

I am also pleased to note that I will be presenting at the ADR meeting of the ABA in Seattle this coming April. LaCrisa Gilbert, Tina Patterson and I will be doing a seminar together.  Tina Patterson is wonderful and everyone already knows I adore Cris (Cris Gilbert is also the name of my wife's oldest friend and the person we named our oldest daughter after, so the name is one I am fond of).  

Finally, I have an essay "In Search of an Occupation" on-line at about what it would take for mediation to become a separate occupation.

The Recommended Book of the Month:

One of my favorite books is now available to normal people (it had been available as a stand alone volume, then only as part of a multi-thousand dollar set, now it is available by itself again).  Alternative Dispute Resolution (Texas Practice Guide) is the name, Jerome Levy is the author.  The url (boy this is long) to look at it is < >.  I love the way they note that a book that is rewritten and updated every year (and has as its last update October 2001) had a first printing in 1995. That is misleading to non-laywers looking at the review.

This is the book your local law library should have on ADR (or, if you have your own law library or a client library, this is one of the books that should be in it).

The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense by Dr. Suzette Haden Elgin (the first book in the series) has just been released by Barnes & Noble Digital as an e-book, available at for $6.95. It's posted at the site with an excerpt. B&N Digital let me update it -- something she has never been able to get permission to do for the print version of the book, since it continues to sell steadily. This doesn't mean major changes, but it did let her fix a few things that had grown excessively quaint since the book came out in 1970.

Interesting new Mediation & ADR (and other) web sites

Educational Programs / News and Book Reviews/Books/Periodicals

Building Native Nations: Environment, Natural Resources, and Governance, An International Conference and Forum

Organized by The Morris K. Udall Foundation and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, The University of Arizona

December 11-13, 2001

<> or contact Stephanie Carroll Rainie, Conference Coordinator, via telephone at (520) 884.4393 or via email at <>.

Ever since I began to read the legal essays of Kevin Worthen, I've begun to analyze things in terms of indigenous peoples and extended family and sept relationships (clans, tribes, etc.).  I had done that before, but only for amusement, not as serious thought.  The Palestinian issue, Armenia, Kurdistan, Bosnia, etc. all fit into the same analysis.

The Udall Center supports scholarship in this area, one that is essential to finding lasting international peace.  While they lack Worthen's strategic scope (being more operational and regional), they are much more accessible and support research and conferences in the area on a full time basis, while Kevin is now an associate dean at a law school.  If you have a broader interest or focus, or want a real understanding, they aren't a bad place to start.

Current Issues

I am reviewing some grief recovery books.  I should have more on them shortly, but there is some excellent literature and material available.

I have been tempted to comment on the Arab/Israeli conflict, but will restrain myself. The current problem has the hallmarks of so many classic mistakes by so many people that it is beyond the scope of this newsletter.

I can only say that I am grateful for the blessings I have in my life, especially good friends.  I am sending this off after having celebrated Chanukah with some very good friends with whom we have spent every year (except last year when they had to travel) for quite some time. It is too bad more people do not share such joy with each other.

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.  I should also note that I am changing my service provider, so that is the best e-mail address to use to reach me.

With my best regards, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Stephen Marsh
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Subj: job announcement

Date: 12/7/01 10:06:27 AM Central Standard Time

From: (Charles P. Doran)



To: (NE-SPIDR Listserv), (Dispute Res Listserv)


(Please respond to Jonathan directly <>. Thanks.)

Colleagues and Friends:

Below please find a job description for a new Associate position at Raab Associates, Ltd. The description lists our current portfolio of energy and environmental projects -- including several new ground-breaking projects.

Please look it over carefully, and forward it to anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks for your consideration and assistance.

Jonathan Raab, Ph.D.


Raab Associates, Ltd. -- An Energy and Environmental Consulting and Dispute

Resolution Firm

Energy and Regulatory Consulting

Dispute Resolutions Services

Jonathan Raab, President

280 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210 / ph 617.261.7111 / fax 617.261.7887 / /

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT (Posted: 12.7.2001)

Seeking An Associate

Raab Associates is a Boston-based independent energy, environmental and regulatory consulting and dispute resolution firm. Raab Associates has been providing expert consulting and dispute resolution services to its clients for over a decade. Those services include mediation, facilitation, training, and a wide range of consulting options. Our clients are local, state, and federal agencies; utilities and other businesses; and non-profits throughout the United States. We have substantial expertise in energy, environmental and regulatory issues. We also work on a wide range of other public and private sector matters such as land use planning, public health, education, and organizational design.

Current Projects:

Housatonic River Project, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric

Hydro-Relicensing Collaborative Trainings, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Southern California Edison, Ameren UE

Massachusetts Restructuring Roundtables, Multiple New England Stakeholders

Rhode Island Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Collaboratives, Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers

Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Project, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Energy Office

The Art of Contract Negotiation, National Institute for the Severely Handicapped (NISH)

National Energy Policy Initiative, funded by various foundations and for U.S. Congress

New England Demand Response Initiative, U.S. EPA, U.S. DOE and multiple New England stakeholders

More information on Raab Associates and current projects can be found at

We are currently seeking a highly motivated individual interested in working in a small but fast-paced office. Individual must be capable of taking on a wide range of project, meeting, and office support roles.

Specific Tasks:

Project support including research and analysis, project set up, ongoing document management

Meeting support including meeting preparation, on-site assistance, communication, meeting summaries, and possible facilitation

Office management including supporting President, scheduling, information and communication management, maintain web site



Proficient with computers (Word, Excel, Internet, PowerPoint)

Highly motivated, organized, flexible, and congenial

Bachelor’s degree


Environmental and energy issue knowledge, interest, and experience

Dispute resolution knowledge, interest, and experience

· Master’s degree in related field


$40-60k depending on qualifications. Will consider ½ to ¾ time availability.

Send resume, cover letter addressing each of the qualifications, and three references to:

Jonathan Raab

Raab Associates, Ltd.

280 Summer St.

Boston, MA 02210

Or to:

Posted: 12/7/200


Charles P. Doran

Mediator / Executive Director

Mediation Works Incorporated

9 Park Street - Sixth Floor

Boston, MA 02108-4807

Phone: (617) 973-9739 x22 / (800) 348-4888

Fax: (617) 973-9532



Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI) is dedicated to providing dispute resolution services and training to clients seeking to resolve difficult disputes.

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