Oregon Mediation Association

PO Box 40041
Portland, OR 97240
Phone: 503-872-9775

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 24th Annual OMA Fall Conference

"Why Hasn't the World Gotten to Yes?
Building Bridges, Finding Common Ground"

November 5 & 6, 2010
Ambridge Event Center
Portland, Oregon

The Oregon Mediation Association invites you to join us at the 24th Annual Fall Conference. The conference is designed for mediators, attorneys, students, educators, ADR practitioners, human resource professionals, counselors, social workers, and others interested in learning about mediation.

As last year’s Oregon Mediation Association Fall Conference approached, our members looked forward to what seemed to be a promising period, a time of “hope.” We optimistically saw this moment in history as an opportunity, through collaboration, to address and solve many of the challenging and difficult issues that were confronting us.


As we plan the 2010 OMA Fall Conference, most of the challenges that we faced last year remain unresolved. The global community struggles with continuing armed conflict. Much of the world is facing difficult economic issues and attempts to address the complexity of climate change seem impossible. The promise of collaborative problem solving that President Obama promoted has often seemed to devolve into political stalemate in some arenas. Finger pointing has been frequent.

Here in Oregon, voters passed Measures 66 & 67. Some analysts lamented that as a result, a rift between many in the business community and the legislature may not begin to heal for a long time, preventing any chance of collaboration on future issues.

Our 2010 Fall Conference invites us to ponder the reasons why it has been so difficult to gain agreement on crucial issues and also a chance to begin to search together for solutions. _____________________________________________________

OMA is proud to welcome keynote speaker

Carrie Menkel-Meadow, J.D.

Professor Menkel-Meadow currently serves as the A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure at Georgetown Law School. She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College, a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an L.L.D. from Quinnipiac.

In addition to her scholarship, research, and teaching, Professor Menkel-Meadow often serves as a mediator and arbitrator in public and private settings and has trained lawyers and mediators in the United States and abroad. She is also currently the director of the Georgetown Hewlett Fellowship Program in Conflict Resolution and Problem-Solving, and the co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education, and the Interactive Journal of Law in Context. We are proud to have Dr. Menkel-Meadow as our keynote speaker this year.

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