Posted by: CoRe Clinic | August 5, 2017

Congratulations Darsey Meredith – 2017 VMAA Award Recipient!

We are delighted to announce that Darsey Meredith is the deserving recipient the 2016-2017 Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (VMAA) award  presented for outstanding volunteer service to the CoRe Conflict Resolution Society.  VMAA Board Member David Read joined CoRe President Jacqueline Fehr on August 3rd to present Darsey with her award.

Attendees at the CoRe Speaker Series will know that Darsey has been instrumental in bringing our series to a wider audience through live-streaming of most events. She has been CoRe’s videographer and livestream operator since 2014. When Darsey began livestreaming the Speaker Series, she was a full-time student in Simon Fraser University’s film production program.  Darsey graduated with her BFA in 2016, and has continued to volunteer with CoRe while studying American Sign Language at Vancouver Community College. In addition to her video work, Darsey has contributed website management, social media, and administrative tasks for CoRe.

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Darsey Meredith (centre) receives the 2017 VMAA Award from VMAA director David Read and CoRe’s Jacqueline Fehr.

Darsey is also the Director, Videographer and Editor of Mediation Works.  She is a game developer with PignPotato Games which grew out of the second CoRe Jolts Game Jam in 2016, and one of the creators of the collaborative game Zombie Fight or Flight.

Congratulations, Darsey!  And thank you to the VMAA for its generous support of our students!

Volunteering with CoRe

Each year, CoRe seeks volunteer support for post-secondary students interested in learning more about conflict resolution. Most volunteers come from BC’s law schools, but  just as conflict resolution is an interdisciplinary practice, so too are the volunteer opportunities at CoRe. If you are interested in volunteering with CoRe, please email us at coreclinic1@gmail.com.  (Please note: CoRe’s volunteer program does not offer opportunities to act as a mediator.)

Posted by: isarahswan | July 28, 2017

Conflict Resolution, Lately

A mostly-weekly round-up of notable articles and writings related to conflict resolution topics, by Sarah Swan.

A New Article: What Difference Does ADR Make? Comparison of ADR and Trial Outcomes in Small Claims Court

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2998784

A database of ADR Empirical Research Studies (hat tip, Indisputably Blog)

http://open.mitchellhamline.edu/dri_empirical/

The Negotiation Techniques of the NYPD Crisis Negotiations Team

https://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/crisis-negotiations/crisis-negotiations-and-negotiation-skills-insights-from-the-new-york-city-police-department-hostage-negotiations-team/

Survey Says Businesses Think They Like ADR But They Actually Use Litigation

http://www.slaw.ca/2017/07/26/recent-international-surveys-shed-light-on-why-we-litigate-even-though-we-say-we-prefer-mediation-or-arbitration/

Report Suggests ICBC (British Columbia’s Auto Insurer) Should Get a New Dispute Resolution Process

http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/alternate-dispute-resolution-tripling-accident-benefits-among-potential-solutions-b-c-auto-insurance-ey-1004118011/

 

Dr. Sarah L. Swan (JSD, LLM, JD, BA) is a Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School. 

Have a suggestion for Conflict Resolution, Lately?  Please email coreclinic1@gmail.com with “Conflict Resolution, Lately” as the subject line.

Posted by: CoRe Clinic | July 19, 2017

New Mediators Group – Fall 2017

We’re excited to share our Fall 2017 plans for the New Mediators Group! Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas at our last meeting, we have come up with a schedule of activities for the Fall that we hope will be of interest to many folx launching (or re-launching) their mediation careers.

We’d also very much like additional input as we finalize plans for a couple of these events. Help us to focus our activities on the specific interests of the group by completing this survey. We will close the survey on August 1st so please take the time to complete it as soon as possible.

FALL EVENTS

Jen CrawfordSeptember 27th, 6:30-8:30
The Business of Mediation

Mediator and lawyer Jenifer Crawford will share her knowledge and experience in the set-up and running of a private mediation practice with CoRe’s New Mediators Group. This session will focus on the business aspects of mediation, including practice set-up, adminstration, and client intake. She will share tools developed and lessons learned in running her mediation practice and her legal practice.

RSVP essential for entrance to KPMG after the Sep. 27th Speaker Series event.

speed-datingOctober 19th, 7:00-9:00
Speed “Dating” for Mediators and Mentors

We will be hosting a session designed to introduce mediators and potential mentors to each other. Details to be announced.  This session will require registration and will be limited seating. Members of the New Mediators Group will have first priority for registration.

November 8th, 7:00-9:00
Panel Discussion – Building a Mediation Practice

We will offer a panel discussion of varied methods that have been successful to find work as a mediator. Panelists tba.

MEMBERSHIP
In developing the fall schedule and in discussing other ways in which we can offer greater opportunities to new mediators, we have recognized that CoRe will begin incurring costs as a result of this initiative.  As well, we realize that some of our activities (notably our speed dating session) will need to be capped in attendance to be effective, and we want to ensure that our regular attendees have first opportunity to register for such events.  As a result, we will be introducing a New Mediators Group annual membership fee of $50.

Membership benefits:
– First chance to register for attendance-capped events
– Free attendance at most events
– Significantly reduced fees for any events that require additional cost recovery
– Reduced cost subscription to the CoRe Speaker Series ($25 instead of $50 for attendance at all events in a calendar year)

We will be exploring additional benefits as we develop additional opportunities. This may include opportunities to participate in coached skills practice sessions and access to recorded workshops.

We recognize that a few people generously enrolled in the subscription series already in order to support this new development.  If you did so, please simply email coreclinic1@gmail.com if you would like to transfer that subscription to a membership in the New Mediators Group or if would like to take advantage of the discounted price of joining both.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
AmandaCDIn case you missed it, our own C.D Saint and Amanda Semenoff have launched their new podcast, Overthinking Conflict.  They’ve already posted 5 episodes speaking with leading practitioners. In particular, new mediators may appreciate their interview with Dr. Tammy Lenski – Making Mediation Your Day Job.

If you missed the launch of their podcast, then you may want to consider signing up to receive the Mediate BC newsletter to receive monthly notice of upcoming events in BC.

JOIN US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

We encourage you to join our Facebook group, follow us on twitter, or sign up for the CoRe email list or Blog notifications.

Have a wonderful summer! We look forward to seeing everyone on September 27th!

Posted by: CoRe Clinic | July 15, 2017

President’s Message

CoRe Conflict Resolution Society recently held its annual general meeting.  This was an important meeting as CoRe was updating its bylaws to accord with the new BC Societies Act.

Thank you to our departing Board members!

Dan Business SuitWe said good-bye to long- serving board member Dan Williams. Dan’s first involvement with CoRe was as a representative of the Provincial Court Mediator Roster in our first CoRe Challenge in 2005. Dan won that event, helped design our second CoRe Challenge, and eventually joined the Board of Directors. He served as President and maintained an active role as Past President over the past few years.  We cannot thank Dan enough for his service and his willingness to continue to be a resource for CoRe in the future.

sterlingWe also wish Sterling Nelson great success in her future as she too leaves the CoRe Board.  Before joining the Board, Sterling worked with CoRe as a UBC student and was a Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Award Prize Recipient for her dedication to CoRe. Many of our Speaker Series regulars will miss Sterling’s contribution to the success of that program. We would like to thank Sterling for all of her hard work on our behalf.

President’s Report 2016-17

As part of our Annual General Meeting, I had the chance to reflect on the year past and our current direction.

  • As most readers will know, CoRe continues to present an annual Speaker Series with (a minimum of) 8 sessions per calendar year focused on topics of interest to conflict resolution professionals and students. Feedback on the Speaker Series continues to focus on the ways in which CoRe offers a unique service: our Speaker Series strives to offer new and diverse perspectives on the work of peacemaking in all areas, and we believe that growing subscription numbers reflect our success in doing so.
  • Over the past year, CoRe has partnered with the National Council of Canadian Muslims on “Say Salaam” – a project to develop training on responding to Islamophobia.  Board member and project leader, Carrie Gallant, will travel to Ontario at the end of the summer to deliver training and share materials.
  • CoRe Jolts hosted its third collaborative Game Jam May 5-7, 2017.  Last year’s Game Jam resulted in a successful Kickstarter campaign for “Zombie Fight or Flight” a collaborative card game by PignPotato Games.  This year, three games emerged that will be explored by subgroups of participants: #FailureReBoot (a game inspired by the challenges experienced by persons with PTSD); #HoneyBeeWare (a game mechanic with many potential applications); and #SoulJumpers (a restart on a game that was initially created at our first Game Jam in 2014).
  • Board Member, Dr. Sarah Swan has begun writing a weekly round-up of notable articles and writings related to conflict resolution topics – “Conflict Resolution, Lately”.  These round-ups are a great resource for conflict resolution professionals and students. Follow our blog to ensure you receive notice of all new updates. (As a Masters of Law student myself, I certainly will!)
  • On April 12, 2017 CoRe held its first meeting for a New Mediators Group which intends to connect new mediators with mentors, co-mediators and others working in the same niche market, to discuss business development, market opportunities, and perhaps to host role playing opportunities to keep skills sharp!  We look forward to developing this group more over the coming year.  Announcements on all fall events are imminent, but a quick sneak peek: Jenifer Crawford will be offering a 2-hour workshop on The Business of Mediation on September 27th.  Check it out!
  • Our Dispute Resolution writer’s group also continues to meet weekly to work on our separate writing projects. New members (or one time drop-ins) are always welcome!

Board Member Elections, 2017-18

I am looking forward to continuing my work as President, alongside our other returning Board Members:

  • Hayley Laker Maschek – Secretary and Treasurer
  • Sharon Sutherland – Vice President
  • Fazal Bhimji
  • Jenifer Crawford
  • Carrie Gallant
  • Jaime Sarophim
  • Sarah Swan

As well, we are excited to welcome three new Board members!

  • Lauren Florko
  • C.D. Saint
  • Amanda Semenoff

These three bring new and exciting skills and ideas, and we are already excited by the new energy at our meetings!  You’ll see profiles of each of these new board members in coming weeks, but for now, “Welcome!”

I look forward to seeing many of you in the fall! Have a fabulous summer!

Jacqueline Fehr 2012Jacqueline Fehr

President, CoRe Conflict Resolution Society

 

Posted by: isarahswan | July 12, 2017

Conflict Resolution, Lately

A mostly-weekly round-up of notable articles and writings related to conflict resolution topics, by Sarah Swan.

On Asking the Right Questions

http://www.slaw.ca/2017/06/30/when-questions-are-more-important-than-answers/

Religious Arbitration Issues

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/06/28/criticisms-of-religious-arbitration/?utm_term=.4ca2dd6b5de6

The Problem with Forced Forgiveness

https://www.thecut.com/2017/07/im-not-sad-my-grandmothers-going-to-die.html

and Forced Arbitration

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-consumer-arbitration-idUSKBN19W1PJ

Give peace a chance?

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40280353

Dr. Sarah L. Swan (JSD, LLM, JD, BA) is a Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School. 

Have a suggestion for Conflict Resolution, Lately?  Please email coreclinic1@gmail.com with “Conflict Resolution, Lately” as the subject line.

Posted by: isarahswan | June 27, 2017

Conflict Resolution, Lately

A weekly round-up of notable articles and writings related to conflict resolution topics, by Sarah Swan.

More on BC’s Online Civil Resolution Tribunal

http://www.slaw.ca/2017/06/08/dispute-resolution-of-the-future-24-hour-access-no-set-dress-code/

Conflict Resolution and HR

https://www.mediate.com/articles/FordSHRM.cfm

Does Legal Training Overwhelm Conflict Resolution Processes

http://www.slaw.ca/2017/06/16/are-lawyers-hijacking-mediation-and-arbitration/

How to Prepare to Listen

https://listenlikealawyer.com/2017/06/17/preparing-to-listen/

Dr. Sarah L. Swan (JSD, LLM, JD, BA) is currently an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School. 

Have a suggestion for Conflict Resolution, Lately?  Please email coreclinic1@gmail.com with “Conflict Resolution, Lately” as the subject line.

Posted by: CoRe Clinic | June 27, 2017

Reflecting on Introversion

Join us today (Monday, June 26th) at 4:30 p.m. for

Studies in Introversion: a reflection on conflict resolution

Our panel is made up of dispute resolution professionals at different stages in their careers – all interested in exploring the ways in which introversion interacts with negotiation and mediation practice.

Join Jacqueline Fehr, Yuki Matsuno and Rowan Meredith (with some “receiving” extraverted input from Sharon Sutherland) as they consider introversion and ask questions about connections with culture, gender and age in dispute resolution.

In-person attendance: KPMG, 777 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, 11th floor.

Livestream: https://youtu.be/daZKOi3gCK0.

Posted by: isarahswan | June 9, 2017

Conflict Resolution, Lately

A weekly round-up of notable articles and writings related to conflict resolution topics, by Sarah Swan.

Should Statements in Mediation End Up in Court:

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=c5177b18-ed5f-4d1b-9338-bb6d4f27bece

Mediation Determines the Fate of an Offensive Sculpture

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/05/31/walker-dakota-elders-finish-mediation-meeting-scaffold-to-be-removed-friday/

TV Recommendations for ADR folks

http://www.indisputably.org/?p=10871

Disappearing Civil Discourse and the Fate of Communication

https://www.wsj.com/articles/civil-discourse-in-decline-where-does-it-end-1496071276

Dr. Sarah L. Swan (JSD, LLM, JD, BA) is currently an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School. 

Have a suggestion for Conflict Resolution, Lately?  Please email coreclinic1@gmail.com with “Conflict Resolution, Lately” as the subject line.

 

Posted by: CoRe Clinic | June 3, 2017

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Reconciliation

DSC_3509Join us on Tuesday, June 6th at 4:30 as Patricia Barkaskas leads a discussion on Decolonizing and Indigenizing Reconciliation!

Using the topic of the history and legacy of residential schools as a discussion focus this interactive seminar will ask participants to engage in critical self-reflection about their ideas of settler colonialism, the history Indigenous/settler relations in Canada, and the current debate about reconciliation. Participants will be asked to think about what historical and present truths must be acknowledged and understood before a meaningful conversation about reconciliation can begin.

Patricia is the Academic Director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and an Instructor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Patricia has practiced child protection, civil, criminal, family and prison law and produced Gladue Reports for all levels of courts in BC. She has worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice system and has worked for Residential school survivors as an historical legal researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

ATTENDANCE: The session will be held at KPMG’s downtown Vancouver office (777 Dunsmuir Street, 11th floor). RSVP to coreclinic1@gmail.com to confirm your seat or for additional information.

LIVESTREAM: https://youtu.be/aTkJ1PHubfg. If you are watching online, you can see Patricia’s slides here. We encourage Livestream viewers to consider supporting CoRe.


And plan to stay for the New Mediators Group meeting at 6:30!

18451314_10154625876867151_3648922118490441003_oThe New Mediators Group is a place to connect with others who are beginning their careers in mediation, to talk about co-mediation and finding mentors, business development, and opportunities for practice.

Join us on June 6th at KPMG after the CoRe speaker event for our second meeting. We’ll be planning the next few months of meetings and discussing ways to include new mediators from other locations.

PLEASE NOTE: If you attend the CoRe Speaker event at 4:30, you’ll have no trouble accessing the room. If you plan to arrive just for this session, please rsvp so we can make arrangements for after hours entrance. RSVP: coreclinic1@gmail.com.

Posted by: isarahswan | May 24, 2017

Conflict Resolution, Lately

A weekly round-up of notable articles and writings related to conflict resolution topics, by Sarah Swan.

A Legal Interpretation of Emojis:

https://qz.com/987032/emojis-prove-intent-a-judge-in-israel-ruled/

How to do Joint Fact Finding:

https://www.mediate.com/articles/AdlerJFF.cfm

Oh, the Irony – Difficulties in Negotiating NAFTA’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism:

http://www.gtreview.com/news/americas/nafta-renegotiation-dispute-resolution-to-emerge-as-sticking-point/

California Pushes Back on Arbitration Misuse

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wells-fargo-arbitration-20170515-htmlstory.html

Do the Justice System’s Design Systems Need Redesigning?

http://www.slaw.ca/2017/05/18/redesign/

 

Dr. Sarah L. Swan (JSD, LLM, JD, BA) is currently an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School. 

Have a suggestion for Conflict Resolution, Lately?  Please email coreclinic1@gmail.com with “Conflict Resolution, Lately” as the subject line.

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