Somali elders learn mediation to integrate community

Confidentiality. Quality of process. Impartiality. Conflict of interest. Competence. Those were the words scribbled across the chalkboard in a St. Cloud State University classroom March 21. Beside them: I am a qualified mediator under rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rule of Practice. In three chairs — one in the middle, two facing each other — sit a middle-aged Somali man playing a 20-something college student, a St. Cloud State communications professor playing an elderly neighbor and a Conflict Resolution Center director playing a mediator.


Justin Bieber Attends Mediation Hearing On Photog’s Suit

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Pop star Justin Bieber is in South Florida to handle his legal troubles – again. Tuesday morning Bieber’s security team swiftly and skillfully whisked him through the service entrance of a attorney’s office in a Brickell high rise so he could attend a mediation hearing on civil suit filed by freelance photographer Jeffrey Binion. He spent four and a half hours with attorneys in mediation, but ended the meeting without a settlement agreement. More depositions are set to be scheduled in the lawsuit.


Robin Williams’s Widow and Children Agree to Mediation in Estate Fight

The legal battle between Robin Williams‘s widow and his children appears to be nearing a peaceful conclusion. Attorneys for Williams’s widow, Susan Schneider, and his three children from previous marriages, squared off in probate court in San Francisco on Monday and agreed to private mediation, hoping to settle a dispute regarding the contents of his estate. Schneider and Williams’s children


Gateways and Barriers to the Widespreading of Mediation and Restorative Justice

Ignaz Semmelweiss is remembered as the 19th century physician who spotted the link between doctors washing their hands and the level of puerperal fever, which in those days could be fatal, among mothers after childbirth. He had noticed, among other things, that doctors’ wards had three times the level of infection as midwives’ wards in the hospital where he worked in Vienna. He proposed that doctors should wash their hands with a chlorinated lime solution and studies soon showed that handwashing drastically reduced the level of infection.


Reflections on Mediation: Past, Present, and Future

Forty years ago, community mediation was in its infancy in the United States.  The debut of community mediation programs had its start in part through the Law Enforcement Administration Act (LEAA) that was formed to develop new techniques and systems to strengthen law enforcement.  It was also a time when the court system was overwrought with problems like heavy caseloads and unworkable procedures and processes that simply were not delivering what was promised----due process, timely adjudication of cases and delivery of justice.


The Future of Mediation

It is impossible to talk about the future, present or past of mediation without putting some sort of definition to that term.  Clearly, mediation as dispute resolution has been around as long as disputes.  When defined as a process that involves a designated third-party to assist in the resolution of disputes, mediation is almost as old.  Village elders in remote parts of the world continue to be among the most effective mediators anywhere.


The Art of Dialogue in Conflict Resolution: Mediation in Italy

ROME, Italy—Prevention is better than a cure: that is just common sense. If applied in the field of justice, the slogan could prove once again to be right: the mediation instrument resolves conflicts before they go in front of a judge. Italy is a quarrelsome country, and the engulfed courtrooms are a proof. The European Commission has recently pointed out some serious shortcomings: Italy has the highest number of pending cases in relation to the population – 7 per 100 inhabitants, which means 9 million unresolved cases.


Expert Shares Top Tips for Mediation Preparation

Preparation is key to a successful mediation, according to Kevin Quinley, founder and principal of Quinley Risk Associates. During a recent interview he shared his tips on how to best prepare for mediation. Quinley explained why adjusters are often wary of mediation. “Adjusters suspect that the purpose of mediation often boils down to terrorizing them to pay more. Most mediators’ and judges’ stances towards adjusters at mediation is like Cuba Gooding’s character in “Jerry Maguire” show me the money,” said Quinley.


Pilots call for wider mediation in dispute with Lufthansa

Pilots at Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) have called for mediation to cover all areas of their dispute with the German airline's management, not only the early retirement row that has resulted in 10 strikes this year. Lufthansa offered last week to enter mediation to resolve the long-running dispute over early retirement benefits,



Connie Theron, Practising Attorney - UCT Law Clinic
“While working at the University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic and later at the UCT Law Clinic, I found the pro bono mediation services of Gerrie van der Watt of the Mediation Centre to be highly professional and extremely effective in our divorce matters. It is fantastic that our clients, with little or no financial means, can benefit from such an excellent programme.

The mediators are able to provide a non-threatening environment in which the clients are able to talk openly about issues that matter most to them, but which the Court in a divorce matter may choose not to entertain. Through the mediation sessions, the clients are able to reach an agreement together which ultimately they are both happy with. In cases where mediation did not yield the result of a settlement, the process was still extremely valuable, giving the parties better perspective and highlighting the key issues in dispute.”