1-hour Free Webinar from the Virtual Mediation Lab

ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

RESOURCES SAVED, JUSTICE SERVED

January 18, 2018

9:00 AM Hawaii Time

This webinar will provide an introduction to court-connected online dispute resolution through a firsthand perspective from the Franklin County Municipal Court and its online dispute resolution (ODR) platform provider, Matterhorn by Court Innovations

In 2017, the Ohio State Bar Association recognized the Franklin County Municipal Court for Judicial Innovation for its online dispute resolution program.

WHY ATTEND?

This webinar will interest people involved with court-connected dispute resolution, including judges, court administrators, mediators, and attorneys. At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define court-connected online dispute resolution, including the who, what, where, when, why and how of ODR
  • Determine whether court-connected online dispute resolution is appropriate for their court
  • Identify steps to implement a court-connected online dispute resolution program
  • Forecast the project scale, procurement steps and benefits of ODR

Presenters: Alex Sanchez, Esq. and MJ Cartwright.

PRESENTER BIOS

Alex Sanchez, Esq. is Manager of Small Claims and Dispute Resolution at the Franklin County Municipal Court. Alex mediates all civil case types for the court.

Prior to joining the municipal court, Alex worked with the State of Ohio, The Ohio State University, and nonprofit organizations across the country.

In his spare time, Alex serves as an officer for a large private foundation that awards more than a quarter-million dollars annually through an international student STEM competition. Alex is a graduate of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University.

MJ Cartwright leads all aspects of the online dispute resolution company Court Innovations. Matterhorn by Court Innovations provides meaningful, usable, and fair solutions that expand online and mobile access to our courts for all citizens: “go to court” without going to court.

MJ builds teams and businesses to develop powerful, disruptive solutions that solve industry problems, produce irrefutable outcomes, and leverage developing
research.

She has led technology initiatives in many different industries including: manufacturing, education and training, healthcare, and medical devices. Now she brings her expertise to the judicial ecosystem – working with Court Innovations’ founder University of Michigan Law Professor J.J. Prescott, courts, other stakeholders, and citizens to implement solutions that directly impact today’s issues.

WHEN AND HOW

This 1-hour webinar will take place Thursday, January 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time (11:00am Pacific Time | 1:00pm Central Time). You can attend this webinar with a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or smartphone.

Admission is Free, but seating is limited. To register click the button below. If you have any questions send an email to Giuseppe Leone or call him at (808) 383-4117.

 

 

Register now for

The Art of Mediation: Mediation Strategies

by Lou Chang

January 31, 2018

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM  HST

Hawaii State Bar Association Conference Room

1100 Alakea Street, Suite 1000

Honolulu, HI 96813

Mediators assume certain demeanors in their role as mediators. Mediators can offer themselves as facilitators, benefactors, directive, evaluative or assume a special persona. Mediators usually have a general or default strategy as they go into a mediation. However, often, after listening and connecting with the parties, mediators will make strategic shifts from their default or planned strategy and can choose from a wide array of mediation strategies to maintain momentum in the process.

This 90-minute workshop will review the range of strategic options that a mediator may decide to utilize. Within the available time of the workshop, the presenter and participants will explore as many of the options as possible together.

About the Presenter:

Lou Chang, Esq. serves as an independent and neutral mediator and arbitrator for commercial, design & construction, labor-management, employment, business, franchise, real estate, insurance, probate, family business, personal injury and civil disputes.

Lou is also a teacher / trainer in the following capacities:

  • Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer at University of Hawaii, Manoa (Negotiation, Mediation Skills and Advanced Facilitation and Mediation (2003-16)); Wm. S. Richardson School of Law, Mediation and Advocacy. 2005; School of Architecture, Conflict Management for DesignProfessionals.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Chaminade University, Executive MBA Program, Negotiation (2015-16)
  • Faculty trainer of Arbitrators and/or Mediators: Am. Arbitration Assoc., Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Hawaii State and Federal Courts, Australian Commercial Disputes Centre, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Subordinate Court-Singapore, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau and others.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Non-member: $30.00 + $3.72 Fee

Member: $20.00 + $3.16 Fee

Student: $10.00 + $2.61 Fee

 

 

 

Coming on January 31, 2018 – Save the Date!

“The Art of Mediation: Mediation Strategies”

by Lou Chang, Mediator, Arbitrator, National Academy of Arbitrators

January 31, 2018
Noon-1:30 PM
HSBA Conference Room

Mediators assume certain demeanors in their role as mediators. Mediators can offer themselves as facilitators, benefactors, directive, evaluative or assume a special persona. Mediators usually have a general or default strategy as they go into a mediation. But, often, after listening and connecting with the parties, mediators will make strategic shifts from their default or planned strategy and can choose from a wide array of mediation strategies to maintain momentum in the process.

The workshop will review the range of strategic options that a mediator may decide to utilize. Within the available time of the workshop, we will explore as many of the options as possible.

Be there for this valuable workshop!

Costs: $20 ACR Hawaii members; $30 non-members; $10 students

See Lou Chang’s Bio

Registration details to follow

 

Join us at these December events!

December 1-2, 2017 

Public Participation in a Polarized Era: The Good, The Bad, The Future  

A timely workshop conference presented by: The ACCORD3.0 Network, The University of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Center, The William S. Richardson Law School at the University of Hawaiʻi, Ulupono Initiative, ThinkTech Hawaiʻi, and Honolulu Civil Beat

see the website for more information and registration details

 

December 8, 2017 

Annual Meeting, Association for Conflict Resolution, Hawai‘i Chapter

Honey’s Restaurant at Koolau Golf Club – Keynote presentation by Lou Chang, Esq. – The Healing Power of Apology – 6pm-8:30pm

Register Now!

 

Volunteer Recognition & Holiday Gathering

Mediation Center of the Pacific – celebrate with our fellow mediators – open to all mediators & supporters – HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, 1226 College Walk – 11:30am-1:30pm

see the flyer and the Mediation Center of the Pacific’s 2017 Honorees

 

 

 

ACR Hawaii 2017 Annual Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2017

6pm-8:30pm

Honey’s at Koolau Restaurant 

Koolau Golf Club

45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Enjoy the keynote presentation on 

The Healing Power of Apology

by Lou Chang, Esq.

Let’s reflect together on the eventful year 2017 as we enjoy great food with fellow conflict resolution practitioners, facilitators of collaborative decision making, and advocates of peaceful decision making in our community!

See the flyer

Register now! 

Facilitators and peacemakers – you can help! Volunteers needed to facilitate Kailua community meetings on homelessness

Would you like to make a difference in this world?  Or, as Steve Jobs might say: “make your dent in the universe” before your life is done?  Join a team of volunteers who are lending their skills by facilitating meetings in Kailua to address homelessness issues.  The goal of the meetings is to develop a multi-pronged advisory plan to address, through practical community-wide solutions, the growing number of homeless individuals and families in Kailua.

ACR-Hawaiʻi Board Member Tom DiGrazia has been working with the Kailua Neighborhood Board Subcommittee on Homelessness, which had their inaugural meeting on October 7, 2017.  Attached are notes summarizing what occurred at the meeting.

We hope to create a team of facilitators with different skill and experience levels.  We are especially interested on working with younger generations to pass on our collective knowledge.  Many younger and less experienced facilitators and peacemakers will improve their peacemaking skill levels and help to further develop the professional peacemaking profession.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Tom DiGrazia directly at email: digraziat001@gmail.com, or phone: (808) 262-0770.

 

Mahalo – ACR-Hawaiʻi

 

Summary Oct 7, 2017 mtg

 

Don’t miss this valuable workshop! Sign up now!

Public Participation in a Polarized Era: The Good, The Bad, The Future

A timely workshop conference presented by:

The ACCORD3.0 Network
The University of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Center
The William S. Richardson Law School at the University of Hawaiʻi
Ulupono Initiative
ThinkTech Hawaiʻi
Honolulu Civil Beat

Part 1 – Taking Stock and Devising Solutions

Friday, December 1, 2017 8:00am – 4:30pm

Imin Hall, East-West Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

Part 2 – Public Consultation Strategies and Skills

Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm

Classroom 2, William S. Richardson School of Law

Too many public meetings have become perfunctory ‘tick-the-box’ compliance exercises, or simply fresh combat zones for old ideological wars. Many have evolved into formulaic productions by project proponents or well-organized opposition campaigns by opponents. Both represent an unfunded bureaucratic burden for agencies to endure. Further, as public discourse has become increasingly polarized and hostile, it gets harder to arrive at decisions that can be supported by a plurality of citizens.

This full-day gathering, followed by a half-day skill and strategy workshop, will take stock of how public participation is faring, gather ideas for changes to the way public consultation takes place, offer techniques and approaches to improve public participation, and spark conversations that have consequences now and for the future.

See the website for more information and registration details

Save the date! ACR-Hawaiʻi Annual Meeting: Friday, December 8, 2017, 6pm-9pm

From the ACR Hawaiʻi Board:

Mark your calendars!

Annual Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2017

6pm-8:30pm

Honey’s at Koolau Restaurant at the Koolau Golf Club

45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

 “Apology” workshop by Lou Chang! 

Experientially learn the value of effective apologies, greet fellow members, and enjoy great food, all at a reduced price for members!  

Details to follow

Hope to see you there!

From the Virtual Mediation Lab: Mediators’ initial skepticism of online mediation turns into enthusiasm

     Conflict Intervention Service (CIS) is a grant funded project of the City and County of San Francisco in partnership with The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Bay Area Mediation Services Program.  This innovative program utilizes skilled mediators with diverse backgrounds in landlord-tenant law, psychology, addiction, mental health and housing conflict to resolve disputes in affordable housing that can lead to eviction or homelessness.
     On November 2, 2017 a group of those mediators participated in a Virtual Mediation Lab Hands-on Training in Online Mediation, which consisted of 2 parts:
     >> Part 1 – 60-min Introduction to Online Mediation (What online mediation means and how It works; how we  (mediators) can do online everything we are used to do face-to-face; how to blend face-to-face and online mediation; which cases are suitable for online mediation; online mediation benefits; which video collaboration software works best for online mediation.
     >> Part 2 – 90-min Hands-on Online Mediation via Zoom (Each mediator practiced what they learned during Part 1)
     At the end of the training, Giuseppe Leone, founder of Virtual Mediation Lab,  asked all mediators a simple question: “Has this 150-min hands-on training changed your view of online mediation?” Here are some of their answers:
“Now I am not afraid of it”
“I am eager to do it”
“I am marveling at the capabilities of this software (Zoom). It’s incredible.”
“I’m excited at the way people perceive technology and their relationship with technology. Online mediation may add an edge to mediation”.
“This is extraordinary”
“It opens up a whole new world!”
     This experience seems to show that a good way to respond to many experienced mediators’ initial (and natural) skepticism about online mediation is to let them try it and judge by themselves.
     Virtual Mediation Lab is a project sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution Hawaii Chapter.

Public Participation in a Polarized Era: The Good, The Bad, The Future

A timely workshop conference presented by:

The ACCORD3.0 Network
The University of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Center
The William S. Richardson Law School at the University of Hawaiʻi
Ulupono Initiative
ThinkTech Hawaiʻi
Honolulu Civil Beat

Part 1 – Taking Stock and Devising Solutions

Friday, December 1, 2017 8:00am – 4:30pm

Imin Hall, East-West Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

Part 2 – Public Consultation Strategies and Skills

Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm

Classroom 2, William S. Richardson School of Law

Too many public meetings have become perfunctory ‘tick-the-box’ compliance exercises, or simply fresh combat zones for old ideological wars. Many have evolved into formulaic productions by project proponents or well-organized opposition campaigns by opponents. Both represent an unfunded bureaucratic burden for agencies to endure. Further, as public discourse has become increasingly polarized and hostile, it gets harder to arrive at decisions that can be supported by a plurality of citizens.

This full-day gathering, followed by a half-day skill and strategy workshop, will take stock of how public participation is faring, gather ideas for changes to the way public consultation takes place, offer techniques and approaches to improve public participation, and spark conversations that have consequences now and for the future.

See the website for more information and registration details