Message from the ChairBy Hon. Michael JordanFebruary 2006I am happy to say that the November 18, 2005 CLE program on mediation skills held in Springfield at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library was a success.
News and eventsBy Kristi Hornickel, Megan Kawa, & Samia ZayedApril 2006MTI is coordinating an effort to elect mediators to public office in the United States and other democracies.
Ombudsmen: Part IIIBy Kristi HornickelFebruary 2006In the previous two issues of In the Alternative, the role of the ombudsmen has been introduced and the privilege of confidentiality with respect to an ombudsmen has been discussed.
Restorative justice around the worldBy Kim BroylesApril 2006A shift in views about crime has been seen around the world. As the view of crime has shifted back to being viewed as a violation against a person as apposed to against the state there has been a worldwide criminal justice reform (Van Ness, 1996, 2005).
Standards & certification sectionBy Megan Kawa & Samia ZayedMarch 2006Electronic mail has been ruled as an acceptable means for initiating arbitration by England's Commercial Court.
When is a settlement a settlement?By Champ W. Davis, Jr.March 2006Despite the wealth of case law enforcing oral settlements and the long-standing tendency of courts to favor compromise and settlement, the enforceability of an oral agreement reached at mediation appears to depend upon the location of the mediation.