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A Newsletter from ADR Resources // February 1998
Date: 97-12-16 14:46:43 EST
From: Ethesis@AOL.Com (Ethesis)


Free Web Site Template

Dave Moon of Mediahog ( has provided a free template for anyone who wishes to use it for their mediation related web page.  "It can be distributed freely and used as long as they retain the link to"  The template is located at  Templates like this one help people appreciate just what a difference a professional can make.

Great new Mediation & ADR web sites:

  1. Campus Mediation Resources at  A nice collection of essays and links.
  2. MTI has a new promotion.  I've a copy of that at example.  Their site is worth a browse if you are interested in further training or co-promotion of your speaking.
  3. Environmental Conflict Working Group at has gotten going past the concept stage.
  4. The University Dispute Resolution Project is also moving forward at
  5. Finally, Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution is at  They are actively looking for contributions.

I'm always looking for more great web sites to add to my collection -- please send me recommendations and suggestions.


The Peruvian Government enacted Law 26872 regulating conciliation as a mandatory stage before starting any legal procedure dealing with actions related to family, and rights of "free disposition" (mandatory conciliation will enter into effect in January of year 2,000) This law was regulated by Supreme Decree N 001-98-JUS published in the Official Gazzette "El Peruano."  I expect to have it on-line on this site shortly.

The Texas State Bar ADR Sections mid-year meeting was on arbitration.  Among the issues discussed was the AAA and the removal of the large majority of its members from AAA panels (the AAA removed five out of every six panel members).  Panel membership has been closed (no new applications accepted) for about two to three years.  There have been suggestions that a new Arbitration Association should be formed that would address diversity issues in a modest way and that would be more accessible.

Modest may be too strong of a word when talking of a goal of 5% minority membership and 20% female membership for panels.  That is more than de minimus, but I'm not sure it rises to the level of "addressing diversity issues in a modest way."  I will be interested in seeing what develops.

New Essay/Comment/Books.

I have been really enjoying Dr. Suzette Haden Elgin's new book  The book is How to Turn the Other Cheek and Still Survive in Today's World, and is published by Thomas Nelson Publishers ISBN 0-7852-7249-6 ($12.99 223 pages).  The book is one that every mediator should own and read. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  Order a copy from your local book store or  There is also a web site dedicated to Dr. Elgin at Lingua and she should have her own site on-line in the next several months.  

I've also finished the statistics essay I started about a year ago.  I found the raw data and finally have it in summary essay form at [here] along with some other new material and a rough draft contribution from an outside author on the topic of graduate programs in dispute resolution.  I found the comments interesting as I would like to teach law and dispute resolution at a graduate level.  Again, I am always open for submissions -- anonymous or credited.  For a good example of a credited article, see Construction Mediation Really Works at

Personal Notes.

Much to my surprise, I will be teaching a day and a half of basic mediation training in Philadelphia in April. (that is a change in date).  I'm very pleased to have been invited. Fax 1-215-226-1400 or call 1-215-226-1200 for details or e-mal Nada145.  // had over ten thousand hits last week (week ending February 14, 1998).  More reliable is the count of almost 700 home page impressions a week (which translates to about a thousand  or so, once cached hits are included). I'm pleased.  It means (once the garbage hits are removed from the count and the cache is calculated) that about six thousand mediation related pages were accessed by human beings last week on my site.  // For those interested in a definition of Ethesis, I have posted one on my web page. // We are all continuing to recover from Robin's death and doing as well as we can.

Mediation Monthly.

Troy Smith and Mediation Monthly are still at 1-800-ADR-FIRM and are still making sample issues available for free. Call and get a free issue and decide if the magazine is one that you find valuable.  I enjoy it.  Troy is also starting a new newsletter, though I don't have any details yet.  I will update everyone when I have details.  I think well of the efforts Troy has made and am glad to know that he is expanding his scope and efforts.


"The Forum Workshop of Political Psychology in Lima-Peru it is opening a line of difusion about the negotiations between Peru and Ecuador."  To subscribe to FORUM TPSIPOL send a message to the address: and write in the body of the message: "subscribe FORUM TPSIPOL PERU-ECUADOR FIRST NAME LAST NAME"  Most of the discussions will be in Spanish.

Submissions to

As always, I am interested in any submissions or articles anyone would like to have posted on the web.  With my best regards, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Stephen Marsh
Additional material is included in the on-line version.

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Post Script (the "extra" material for the on-line version).

From an AFCC member:

AFCC will hold a conference end of May in Washington (608)-251-4001 for brochure.....workshop topics include divorce reform, child support enforcement and parental access.....this is a group of attorneys. judges and administrators who have been involved in court annexed mediation for a long time, from australia, the british isles, canada, the us. like the first wave, or the old guard, if you will.  but, they need to excite and pass on the effort, because court med. is very frustrating, and often the "pure" forms of mediation do not work.....literally the mediator will end up making the decisions. It would be a good place to meet a lot of players, and to get up on the issues quickly. Court annexed med. is different than private mediation.....and the group is a bit different than the folks who belong to the Academy of Family Mediators. Of course, those of us who do dispute resolution in a variety of arenas also look to SPIDR as a place to hang a hat. But, AFCC is the place to start if you are trying to implement court annexed med. in Texas. be forewarned that domestic violence, child abuse and poor to inadequate socioeconomic conditions are often primary concerns in the programs...

The e-mail for the only AFCC board member I know is

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