Conflict Resolution

Interviews

Dan Weitz, Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, New York Office Of Court Administration

Dan Weitz oversees dispute resolution programs for the New York court system. Here he talks about mediation.

 

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Articles

Crown Heights Community Mediation Center: Community Assessment and Perceptions

In Spring 2003, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center conducted a formal survey to assess the needs and concerns of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, community, as well as to gauge the community’s use and awareness of the Mediation Center. The Operation Data survey provided a forum for community members to voice their concerns about issues of quality of life, safety, services, conflict, and diversity in their neighborhood.

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Articles

Community Impact Panels

In order to sanction offenders who commit certain low-level offenses and educate them about the effects of their actions, planners at Midtown Community Court came up with the idea of Community Impact Panels: mediated sessions in which community members meet with offenders to discuss the impact of their offenses on the community.

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Strengthening Communities: Mediation in Crown Heights

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center follows a model of community-based mediation and uses it to address community conflict in Crown Heights. “Having a forum where [community members] can go to air their differences can relieve a lot of the tension that might otherwise build up,” Maureen O’Connor, a volunteer mediator, explained. “Even when the mediation session doesn’t end in a reconciliation, … it can diffuse a lot of antagonism.”

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Links

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution develops and offers educational programs, provides technical assistance, and produces publications that promote problem-solving in the provision of dispute resolution services. Its site lists its ongoing projects, offers publications, and has a section for featured resources.

http://www.abanet.org/dispute/

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New York State Unified Court System – Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs oversees all Alternative Dispute Resolution programs in the Unified Court System, and works with judges, court administrators and members of the bar to design dispute resolution programs that are responsive to the needs of the communities and court environments in which they operate. It also administers the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program, which provides a community-based forum for the resolution of disputes that might otherwise become civil, family and criminal courts cases.

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ip/adr/index.shtml

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Association for Conflict Resolution

The Association for Conflict Resolution is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. Its site details the association—its membership, programs, and conferences—while the online library offers a wide range of articles, publications, newsletters, and research studies about conflict resolution.

http://www.acrnet.org/

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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is an international and interdisciplinary association of family, court, and community professionals dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes. This site describes the association and its various training programs, and houses the Family Court Review journal.

http://www.afccnet.org/

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Conflict Resolution Information Source

This is a comprehensive information site that provides numerous links and resources for adversaries, bystanders, students, educators, practitioners, and researchers. Among other things, users can learn more about conflict resolution, browse all resources, link to conflict-related news, and connect to a network of people working in the field.

http://www.crinfo.org/

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Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

Created in 1947, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities. The site’s resource section provides numerous articles, speeches and presentations detailing the agency’s latest thinking about mediation.

http://www.fmcs.gov/internet/

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