October 17, 2012
November is Oregon Mediation Month
During the month of November, Oregon Law and the entire state of Oregon will observe Mediation Month – a month to encourage Oregonians to choose mediation over conflict. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown signed a proclamation declaring November Mediation Month on September 24, 2012.
Oregonians can choose mediation to peacefully solve their own conflicts with the help of professionally trained volunteer mediators through community and court affiliated programs, or private mediators. The proclamation identifies Oregon Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center as one of the foremost organizations that is working to provide mediation and dispute resolution support to the state of Oregon. The Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution, housed out of the ADR Center at Oregon Law, supports seventeen community dispute resolution centers in the State. Annually over 5,000 cases are mediated through community mediation centers, positively impacting over 15,000 Oregonians.
According the Oregon Law ADR Center, “Conflict is inevitable; individuals, organizations, and communities are best positioned to succeed when they possess the skills to manage conflict effectively.”
Mediation is an effective tool to resolve conflict, which ultimately saves communities time and money. The ADR Center prepares students to go into communities and do just this through offering experiential learning opportunities, a theory-based education and real-life situations to practice their mediation skills.
Oregon Law encourages all Oregonians to encourage the use of mediation as a means of conflict resolution and join us in observing Mediation Month this November.