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

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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Articles

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

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/

Links

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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Victim Offender Mediation Association

The Victim Offender Mediation Association is an international membership association that supports and assists people and communities working at restorative models of justice. It provides resources, training, and technical assistance in victim-offender mediation, conferencing, circles, and related practices. Its web site features restorative justice fact sheets, articles, and newsletters.

http://www.voma.org/

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New York Peace Institute

The mission of the New York Peace Institute, formerly Safe Horizon Mediation Program, is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. Its site details its advocacy and policy while also offering resources for victims, including information on the Mediation Program, which helps community members resolve their disputes before they get to court.

http://nypeace.org/

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Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc.

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation provides a forum for the work of scholars and practitioners in the conflict intervention field who approach conflict from a relational or transformative view—first described in the 1994 article The Promise of Mediation. The Institute was founded in 1999 to study and promote understanding of conflict and intervention processes from the transformative perspective; its site details this approach.

http://www.transformativemediation.org/

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Office of Dispute Resolution – U.S. Department of Justice

The Office of Dispute Resolution coordinates the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Department of Justice. The office is responsible for ADR policy matters, ADR training, assisting lawyers in selecting the right cases for dispute resolution, and finding appropriate neutrals to serve as mediators, arbitrators, and neutral evaluators. The office also coordinates the Interagency ADR Working Group, an organization that promotes the use of ADR throughout federal executive branch agencies, which was created by the President and is chaired by the Attorney General. Its site offers numerous resources and publications.

http://www.justice.gov/olp/adr/

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