News and Updates:
(plus observation time during
Apply to take our volunteer mediator
Our training will be
held over two weekends (Friday after work and all day Saturday), with
additional hours of observation and training held in the intervening
weeks. Trainings on Fridays will be 4pm-9pm; Trainings on Saturdays
will be 10am-6pm. We will also conduct two 2-3 hr sessions on
Tuesdays (10/9 and 10/16).
The training space will
be at TVUUC. Cost is $75 to cover materials & meals. Volunteers must
commit to mediate for CMC.
You may go ahead and apply online or by calling 594-1879 for an
application to be mailed to you.
Our training prepares our volunteers to mediate in both
family and civil disputes, and will include true-to-life role-plays
as well as training on procedure and paperwork in General Sessions
and Juvenile Courts. After completing our basic training,
volunteers will then observe real mediations, be debriefed, and then
co-mediate cases with seasoned mediators.
All CMC mediators agree to mediate regularly
with us in return for this valuable training.
If you have taken a Rule 31 basic mediator training and would like
to volunteer with us to improve your skills and fulfill your pro
bono hours, please ask us about our shorter basic training schedule
which covers our model and procedure, co-mediation, and ethics.
Rule 31 mediators who become CMC mediators
must agree to observe CMC mediations and to take a number of Rule 38
ordered cases each year.
Attention CMC Volunteers who are Rule
31 Family Mediators:
CMC will be conducting a training
to fulfill Rule 31 Family Law CME requirements in
late November in Knoxville, as is likely to be in conjunction with
TVMA. The training will cover updates in TN family law of importance
to mediators & some important aspects of child welfare law important for
your work mediating juvenile, parenting & dependency cases at Juvenile
This training will be offered at a very low cost to CMC Volunteers.
Thank you, volunteers!
Mediation Day in Tennessee
TCMA Awards Luncheon & CLE
Thursday, October 18, 2007
12 noon-3pm CDT
11:30 am Registration
12:00 pm Luncheon with keynote speaker and award of the
1st annual Grayfred Gray Public Service
Mediation Award to none other than Grayfred Gray.
Professor Gray is currently living in Lancaster, PA, and is the
acting Executive Director of the
Lancaster Mediation Center.
1:30 pm ADR Ethics Program (approval
pending for 1.5 hrs CLE/CME) with
Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg,
Esq. from Memphis, TN. speaking on "Peer Mediation in
Tennessee Schools: Training the Trainer Methodology and
A buffet lunch will be $20.
Register soon since space is limited. Deadline for
registration is Oct.10 and you can contact Jackie Kittrell or
Marnie Huff for more information, e-copies of the flyer and
registration form, etc.
The CLE/CME will cost $20 for 1.5 hrs but is FREE of
charge to those mediators who volunteer for a community mediation
program or who have done 3 hrs of pro bono mediation in the past
Register online (at Lipscomb
The flyer for the event is
We plan to encourage the Tennessee Coalition of Community
Mediation (TCCM) to consider having their quarterly meeting at the
Ezell Center at 10:00 a.m., and then join us in the Mediation Day
celebration. We also encourage you to link up with a local bar
association or community mediation center near you to plan other
mediation day events during October, in order to increase public
awareness of all the good ADR work happening across the state.
Coalition for Mediation Awareness (TCMA)
See our list of Coalition Members HERE.
The mission of TCMA is simple: Increase mediation awareness and
educate our public servants, bench, bar, and general public about the many
opportunities which exist to mediate disputes and/or use mediation and
conflict management skills.
September, Funding Appeal Training with
Monroe Free, TBA.
September 19, Executive Committee Meeting,
12-1pm, CMC Gay St Office conference room.
27, Board Meeting, 6-8pm, place TBA
Sept. 18, 6:30-7pm social time, 7-8 Monthly meeting, "Collaborative Family
Law", presented by Natalie LeVasseur. TVUUC Family Room. TVMA'S regular monthly meetings will continue BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER on the
3rd Tuesday of each month
social time, Meeting time, 7-8pm,
Click here for directions to
Munroe will be conducting a workshop on Mediation
and Domestic Violence on Oct. 4 and 5, and is offering a
$100 discount for all TVMA members. You may go
to Jean's website or you can contact
P. O. Box 14036
Knoxville, TN 37914
(865) 637-3223 telephone
(865) 637-4292 facsimile
KNOXVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION DATES:
KBA ADR Section:
will be held at the law office of Butler, Vines & Babb (2701 Kingston Pike) from
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The programs have each been approved for one hour of general
CLE credit (unless otherwise noted). KBA Members not wishing to receive CLE
credit may attend the program at no charge (handout materials not included). A
reservation is required in advance of the program. $5 additional the day of the
program. The cost is $20 for KBA members & $30 for non-KBA members. The
cost includes one hour of CLE credit and the handout materials.
November 5, 2007 (Note date change)
Ethical Considerations in Mediation
Speaker: Howard H. Vogel, O’Neil, Parker & Williamson
*Approved for 1 hour of Ethics CLE Credit
Lunch & Learn:
October 11, 2007,
Calhoun’s on the River
The Colorful World of General Sessions Court
Hon. Charles A. Cerny, Jr., Div. I, Knox County General Sessions Court
T. Scott Jones, Banks & Jones
UT COLLEGE OF LAW DATES:
SAVE THE TRAINING DATE:
Collaborative Family Law Basic Training
This training is currently being scheduled and will be
approximately 15 HRS of CLE in conjunction with the UT College of
More information soon! Please email
Jackie Kittrell or
Natalie LeVasseur for updates.
For more information about Collaborative Law, click
here! For more about
our trainers: J. Kim
Barbara Davis, and
Association of Professional Mediators (TAPM)
TAPM QUARTERLY MEETING
Thursday, September 20
11:45 - 1:00 p.m.
2610 Jefferson St.
Nashville, TN 37208
University Institute for Conflict Management
Contact: Rich McPherson
3901 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
Web Site: www.icm.lipscomb.edu
September 25, 2007 at Lipscomb University:
Interdisciplinary conference (breakfast & full day event)
Beyond Compliance: Transforming Ethical Dilemmas
Through COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP. Learn to avoid ethical mistakes.
Who will benefit: CEOs, CFOs, Board members, accountants, attorneys,
auditors, HR leaders, business executives, academic leaders. 5.5 hrs
CLE (4.75 general & .75 ethics); 3.8 hrs CME; 6.0 hrs CPE.
Left, Larry Bridgesmith, JD, Executive Director, Lipscomb University
Institute for Conflict Management
(ICM); Right, Marietta Shipley, retired 2nd Circuit Ct Judge in Davidson
Co, first President of TAPM, and
founder of the Mediation
TN Supreme Court
ADR Commission presents
Annual Advanced Mediation Techniques Workshop
October 12, 2007
Vanderbilt Law School
8:00 - 4:00 p.m.
This program fulfills all CE hours required every two years to maintain your
mediator listing pursuant to SCR 31 for both Family & Civil Mediators
Registration Deadline 9/28/07
Contact Andrea Ayers with AOC
Jean Munroe provides excellent Rule 31 mediation training for civil
and family mediators in the Knoxville area and across Tennessee,
with cross-over training offered. She is also considered to be the
"go-to" trainer for domestic violence issues in mediation.
Click here for her 2007 training
schedule. Jean and her partner Paul donate many hours of their
time to pro bono mediation work, including assisting and mentoring
CMC in its training needs. Also see Jean's page at
Community Shares Annual Membership
Meeting will be held in Nashville on Saturday,
August 12. Representatives from all member groups will
be in attendance and the new board will be elected. This is a
wonderful opportunity to come and meet
Plan ahead! The
11th Annual Brewer's Jam is scheduled for
Saturday, October 13 this year. CMC always provides the
most lively and careful pourers, so sign up soon!
WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM ON FIRST TUESDAY!
Buy a Ben & Jerry's ice cream at Western Plaza between 5pm-8pm, and
20% of what you pay will go directly to Community Shares!
Our own mediator and board member, Delores Mitchell,
HR Director with
Scripps Networks, has been elected to the Community Shares
Board. The election was at the Annual Membership Meeting in
Nashville on August 11.
group is interested in becoming a Community Shares member group,
One of our volunteer mediators,
has a new mediation service called Consensus Mediation Group.
She provides mediation services, and she has beautiful mediation
conference spaces (with wireless internet, fully audio-visual
capable, kitchen and breakout facilities, and plenty of
parking) in a office complex in convenient West Knoxville.
She's also offering the space for legal conferencing needs:
settlement meetings, depositions, and out of town attorneys needs.
from the front (office)
CMC is preparing to train volunteers to be community mediators.
We try to do a "basic" training twice a year, once in the winter to coincide
with a new class of UT College of Law Mediation Clinic law students who want to
become CMC mediator-interns, and once in the fall to add Knox County community
members to our roster of volunteer mediators. It's so much fun to conduct
a "ground-up" class in mediation skills. Our volunteers have amazing
qualities coming into the training, and really superb mediation skills once
trained in our process. The new volunteers will observe mediators
conducting actual mediations in General Sessions Civil Court, Juvenile Court,
and 4th Circuit Order of Protection docket. They will then be paired with one seasoned volunteer
co-mediator until they feel comfortable to mediate with any co-mediator on any
assigned case. We do have a "mentor class" of mediators who, by virtue of
their experience, are able to mentor the new volunteers and mediate our more
difficult cases involving divorce, domestic violence, dependency & cases with
more than two or three parties.
Our volunteer trainings always remind me that great mediators
come from all walks of life, and have all sorts of professional and educational
backgrounds. I've been told that there was a debate 10 years ago in Tennessee
when Rule 31 was enacted about whether non-attorneys should be allowed to be
Rule 31 mediators. I'm so grateful that it turned out as it did, with all
qualified mediators welcome. I love to co-mediate with someone with a background
different from mine. Lawyers have a lot to bring to the role of mediator, but we
also have to work against our professional "adversarial" instincts to give
advice and to trump parties' self-determination with visions of the "best deal"
for a given individual. Non-attorneys (although they can never be described
fully by what they are not!) have such a variety of skills, it is impossible for
me to think of the mediation profession having developed without their
inspiration and expertise.
Not all of CMC's volunteer mediators are Rule 31 listed, but
many are. Some qualify for listing by experience and/or training, but
don't want to be listed. The ones who aren't have a variety of reasons why
they aren't: they want to volunteer, not earn a living; some are even
philosophically averse to charging for their mediation services. Some
don't want to maintain the "overhead" of a profession---the annual listing fee
required of Rule 31 mediators, malpractice insurance, and the like. Yet
our mediators have received a high quality training, regular re-training and
mentoring, observe other mediators, and read regularly the increasingly ample
body of literature on mediation and ADR. They have experience mediating
with very difficult cases. Our CMC mediators have the unique advantages of
highly trained staff to screen and intake cases and the co-mediation model.
They are covered by our center's insurance. By the time our volunteers
have mediated for a year with CMC, they've received their mediator "black
It's not too late to sign up, although our Fall class is almost
filled. In honor of Conflict Resolution Day
(October 18), come celebrate our community's intention to resolve all
disputes peacefully and with integrity---sign
up to be a CMC volunteer mediator!