Two New Board Members

September 29, 2014 — The CMC would like to welcome our two newest Board Members, David Henderson and Pamela Poon.

Dr. David Henderson currently teaches Educational Leadership at Montana State University and facilitates Courage to Teach, Courage to Lead, and Circles of Trust retreats. He has been involved in pre-K-12 education for over 20 years. He continues to study and research the intersection of the inner life of leaders with their practice of leadership grounded in a heart striving for integrity and authenticity. David says he wanted to join the board because: “I believe in the work of the center and the contribution to peace in our community the center’s work provides; I want to support that work and help those the center serves find a better way to resolution for the conflicts we all inevitably face.”

Pamela Poon grew up in San Francisco, CA and was first in her family to complete college at UC San Diego. She obtained a Master of Science in Speech & Hearing Science from the University of Washington in Seattle and her J.D. from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Pamela is committed to community involvement in resolving disputes through mediation and access to justice. She wanted to re-join the board because: “I wish to support the CMC as it grows along with the Gallatin Valley so that it can continue to provide the highest quality dispute resolution services for our community. Given the scarcity of resources available, it makes sense for local agencies and purpose-driven organizations to partner in what they do and I wish to help that happen.”

Our New AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer!

September 10, 2014 — Please welcome our new Americorps VISTA member, Megan Hazen, who joined our office in July. Megan grew up in Maui, Hawaii, and graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California this past May with a BA in Sociology and Spanish. The main goal of Megan’s VISTA project is to improve our youth and family programs by conducting assessments and designing appropriate programs and tools based on the data. She is also maintaining data collection and analysis for our ongoing family mediation study.

After her VISTA term, Megan wants to pursue a career in the non-profit sector because she enjoys community engagement, creative problem solving, and working with like-minded people to effect positive change. In her free time, Megan likes hiking, cooking, and staying up to date on pop culture references.

Facts about CMC’s
Low-Income Family Mediation Program

December 10, 2013 — Standing Master Magdalena C. Bowen, recently shared CMC statistics regarding the resolution of mediated cases, especially those in the family law arena. She presented the following information on October 11, 2013 as part of a CLE presentation on Judicial Perspectives on ADR here in Bozeman. The CLE was entitled “Issues, Ethics, and Opportunities in Dispute Resolution.” Her presentation included the number of hours necessary for reaching a mediated settlement, the relative complexity of some of the cases, whether attorneys were present/involved, and/or whether we reduced the parties’ agreements to writing, and if applicable/available the average cost to the parties for this service. We were able to calculate actual time that we save the court system.

CMC Saves the Cost Equivalent of 0.7 FTE of a Judge

“CMC conducts mediation for ~90–96 cases/year for the court out of the 450–520 new cases they annually receive. 70% of the CMC cases are successfully completely and an additional 12% are partially resolved.”

Read the entire report here (462k PDF).

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