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Mediation Skills Course in Ohio

EMA is pleased to announce that our Mediation Skills Course https://edwardsmediationacademy.com/mediation-skills-course/ has been approved as self study for 31 continuing legal education (CLE) hours with the Supreme Court of Ohio. This is in addition to approval by the California Bar Association for 31 hours of CLE, including 2.25 Ethics hours and 2.5 Bias hours. Our Mediation…

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Heroes and Capes

On March 18, 1997, 3 years after the Rwandan genocide officially ended, the Interahamwe militia from the Democratic Republic of Congo entered the Nyange Secondary School in western Rwanda as part of their murderous rampage and ordered the students to separate, Tutsi on the left and Hutu on the right. The students replied that there…

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Vivien B. Williamson, Mediating with Empathy

Attorney Vivien Williamson has been a mediator since 1987. She has helped resolve thousands of disputes, from employment to civil rights; earth movement to personal injury. In her employment law practice, she has mediated hundreds of claims of sexual harassment; disability, gender and age discrimination, among others. Vivien is known for her ability to take…

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Developing Your Career in Mediation Course Has Launched

Edwards Mediation Academy has recently launched a new online course, Developing Your Career in Mediation. This course is for everyone who is considering a career in dispute resolution, as well as individuals who are seeking to enhance their existing career. Like all Edwards Mediation Academy Courses, the Developing Your Career in Mediation is taught by…

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Nina Meierding, Culture and Its Impact on Mediation

Attorney Nina Meierding has mediated over 4,000 disputes in her more than 30 years in the conflict resolution field. She has also conducted mediation training in 45 states and throughout the world, including: Canada, Sweden, Ireland, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and India. Nina is one of our valued Edwards Mediation Academy instructors. What…

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Mediation Certification: The Sparrow and the Peacock

Having taught mediation skills for over twenty-five years and, more recently, having developed an online mediation training curriculum, it’s only natural that I stand as a zealous proponent of mediation training. It follows then, that I am increasingly alarmed by the number of mediators entering the profession who have little or no training, and even…

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Building a Golden Bridge and other lessons from Dr. William Ury

Building a Golden Bridge and other lessons from Dr. William Ury The hills above Edinburgh, Scotland were bursting in the monochromatic splendor of bright yellow flowers, announcing the arrival of spring. In their shadow sat the Scottish Parliament building, where we were assembled for the spring conference of the International Academy of Mediators. Dr. William…

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Turning Ideas into Action; Thoughts from Edinburgh

Turning Ideas into Action; Thoughts from Edinburgh “Support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair” Nelson Mandela During a recent conference of the International Academy of Mediators in Edinburgh, Scotland, I was asked to lead a discussion aimed at inspiring some of the world’s…

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Dana Curtis, Mediation as a Way of Rebuilding Relationships

Dana Curtis, Mediation as a Way of Rebuilding Relationships Another one of our exceptional Edwards Mediation Academy instructors is Dana Curtis. Dana was among the first attorneys in the U.S. to devote her career exclusively to mediation, and she began her full-time mediation practice in 1991. She has been a teacher of mediation, negotiation and other…

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Rebecca Westerfield, Making People Feel Comfortable

Rebecca Westerfield, Making People Feel Comfortable One of our exceptional Edwards Mediation Academy instructors is Rebecca Westerfield. Rebecca has been mediating for over 22 years and has settled and arbitrated over 2,500 cases throughout the United States and internationally. One of the qualities I most admire about Rebecca is her wonderful way of making people…

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