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).
New Board Members for 2013–2014
October 8, 2013 — We're proud to announce two new board members. “We have been fortunate to have the involvement of concerned members of the community who bring knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to their service on the board,” said Connie Campbell, Executive Director. “This year brings two great new members and new roles for existing members serving as officers of the board.”
Nels Swandal recently retired as judge from the Sixth District Court Judicial Bench. A Montana native, long time attorney, and advocate for alternative dispute resolution, Nels is particularly interested in assisting with our Low-Income Family Mediation program and working with the courts to provide more availability of mediation to the justice courts in Park County.
Abigail Brown is an attorney at Moore O’Connell & Refling PC specializing in water rights and serves in the Montana Bar with Alternative Dispute Resolution. Her primary interests will be with the School and Restorative Justice Programs at the CMC.
Our new executive officers this year are Pam Refling, President, Peter Duffy, Vice President and Chris Hahn as Secretary/Treasurer. Chris Budeski is serving as our Past President and Ann Schrader has joined our Advisory Board. We are thrilled to have this board of passionate and committed community members who bring vitality and wisdom to our organization.
Read more about all of our board members!
Wecome AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer!
July 3, 2013 — CMC is very pleased to announce that Stephanie Keene will be joining the staff in August as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer through the Montana Legal Services Association (MSLA). She is a recent graduate from Indiana University, having obtained a BS in Kinesiology. Her goal is to eventually enter medical school to become an MD in rural areas. She says in her application, "I have realized that volunteering is much more than a momentary undertaking. It is a community where strong friendships are built and helping hands are not hard to come by."
Her position for the first year is funded by anonymous donor as well as MLSA. Her main job description will be to help us create the tools and assessments needed to create a research study in the Low-Income Family program. We hope that she will also be able to assist with educational tools in the Graduation Resource Councils and training materials for Peer Mediation.
A big CMC welcome to Stephanie!
First Graduation Resource Council Graduate
June 9, 2013 — We are happy to report that our first Graduation Resource Council youth graduated from Bozeman High School yesterday! I remember the frantic call from Isaac's* mother back in November of 2011 saying they had done everything they could think of and they just couldn't get Isaac to go to school and stay there. He was skipping parts of the day with his friends. Isaac was a Junior at the time and was in danger of not completing his requirements for graduation. He knew he wanted to finish school, but just didn't have the motivation and continued to make poor decisions when it came to going to class.
With his mother's approval and his teacher's help, I started seeing Isaac weekly to work on a variety of activities that were designed specifically for his needs. Over the course of about 9 weeks, we worked on mapping (an intensive goal setting project), decision making, budgeting with and without a high school diploma, and time management. While we can't take complete credit for Isaac graduating with his class, we are very happy to be a part of his success and to have gotten to know a wonderful young man.
— Lynn Fiedler, CMC Program Coordinator and Graduation Resource Council member
*name changed to protect confidentiality purposes
Montana Mediation Assoc. Annual Meeting
March 13, 2013 — The Montana Mediation Association Annual Meeting is going to be held in Bozeman, May 16-17, 2013, at the Holiday Inn.
On Thursday, May 16 there will be a one-day workshop presented by John Kinyon, a founder of Mediate Your Life, a worldwide mediation training program that teaches the goal is not to merely reach agreement in mediation, but to truly meet people's needs — including yours as the mediator. This workshop will teach skills that will benefit mediators, as well as educators and counselors-anyone who deals with conflict and goes into the mediator role, either formally or informally.
On Friday, May 17 the Montana Mediation Association will conference at the Holiday Inn. John Kinyon will present a Keynote address and seminar for the conference attendees. There will be a luncheon and business meeting. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to attend three seminars, from a choice of six covering family, school and general mediation topics.