Jim Melamed

Jim Melamed

Jim Melamed co-founded Mediate.com in 1996 and served as CEO of Mediate.com through June 2020 (25 years).  During Jim's tenure, Mediate.com received the American Bar Association's 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award.  Before Mediate.com, Jim founded The Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1983 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) from 1987 to 1993. Jim was also the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association (1985-86). Jim's undergraduate degree is in psychology from Stanford University and his law degree is from the University of Oregon.

Jim has received the following awards: The Oregon Mediation Association's 2003 Award for Excellence; The Oregon State Bar's 2006 Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence; The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2007 John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; The 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) "Getting To Yes" Award; The APFM's first Outstanding Mediator Award (2018); and the Oregon Mediation Association's 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Articles and Video:

Mediate.com Announces Launch of New Online Dispute Resolution Platform: ODR.com (05/09/22)
This new platform combines the functionality of CaseloadManager.com and CREKODR.com, creating the most powerful ODR system in the world!

Paths Forward for Online Mediation: Final Report of Online Mediation Training Task Force - Introduction (04/11/22)
Now that online mediation, and online mediation training, have so substantially impacted (if not taken over) the mediation field, Mediate.com again here offers our Online Mediation Task Force's Final Report and Recommendations.

Better Reflecting Mediation to the World (12/28/21)
While mediators often assist in the creation of near miracles behind closed doors, our miraculous work and effective approaches are still not well-understood by general society. Might a more effective way of "reaching the masses" be to take advantage of "MEDIATION ART," be that in our physical and virtual offices, on our websites, and, perhaps in time, at bus stops and on highway billboards?

Live Talk Tuesdays at Mediate.com (11/30/21)
Mediate.com's "Live Talk Tuesday" with Colin Rule, Clare Fowler and Jim Melamed. Ask questions, share ideas and get to know fellow mediators! Free Registration!

Mediator Mugs Breaking Out! (11/18/21)
Progress in the mediation field is often a bit abstract, if not illusory. Related, humor in mediation has historically often been frowned upon as risky, if not insensitive. These spells have, however, now seemingly been broken by, of all things, readily available mediator mugs!

Forum on Final Report of Mediate.com Task Force on Online Mediation (09/28/21)
This is a 90 minute video and resources from the Final Report of Mediate.com Task Force on Online Mediation. This video forum features Woody Mosten, Colin Rule, Clare Fowler, Jim Melamed, Tara Ollapally, Bruce Edwards, Donna Silverberg, Susan Guthrie, Angelia Tolbert, Michael Aurit, Tricia Jones, Michael Lang and John Sturrock.

Mediate.com Adopts Online Mediation Practice and Ethical Standards (09/21/21)
One of the Primary Recommendations of the Mediate.com Task Force on Online Mediation is to update mediation practice and ethical standards to fully embrace online mediation. In response, Mediate.com has now formally adopted the Task Force's Recommended Practice Standards for Online Mediation effective January 1. 2022.

Paths Forward for Online Mediation - 8 Primary Recommendations (09/20/21)
In addition to the many Committee Recommendations, the Task Force’s Executive Committee offers these 8 Primary Task Force Recommendations to support the field of mediation fully embracing online mediation and online mediation training:

Paths Forward for Online Mediation - Committee Reports, Recommendations & Resources (09/19/21)
Here are Committee Reports, Recommendations and Resources from the Mediate.com Online Mediation Task Force Final Report.

Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Online Mediation Training (05/01/21)
The second Forum of the Online Mediation Training Task Force centered on new and emerging issues of online mediation and the training of mediators online.

Full Video Posted of Forum on the Global Growth of Mediation (04/19/21)
How do we best support the growth of mediation around the world?  This Forum shared the perspectives of panelists from Nigeria, Argentina, Russia and India who compared and contrasted their experiences with online mediation and online training in developing mediation cultures. 

How Can We Best Make and Maintain Quality Mediators? (01/23/21)
Under the leadership of Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Mediate.com's Online Mediation Training Task Force is tackling a huge issue: "How can the mediation field now and in the future best make and maintain quality mediators?

How Mediation Saved the World (11/27/20)
Greetings from the future, 10 years in the future to be exact, November 28, 2030 to be even more precise. It is Thanksgiving Day 2030, and we are here testing a previously secret joint project of Mediate.com and Zoom wherein future text and image communications, up to 10 years into the future, can now be sent and published “backward in time.”  Crazy, I know.

Cyberweek 2020: Opening Session Interview of Jim Melamed by Ethan Katsh (11/03/20)
The is Cyberweek 2020's Opening Session: an interview of Jim Melamed, long time CEO at Mediate.com, by Ethan Katsh on 25 years of ODR and Mediate.com.

Mediate.com Announces Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board to Support Online Mediation Training (11/02/20)
Jim Melamed, Board Chair of Mediate.com, has announced the establishment of a blue-ribbon Online Mediation Training Task Force, to be headed by Forrest R. (Woody) Mosten, to make recommendations on best practices and possibilities for both generally training mediators online and training mediators to perform online mediation. The Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board have now been named.

Mediation 20/20 Conference - Day 3 Video (10/19/20)
Mediation 20/20 Complete Day 3 Video: (1) Envisioning Mediation for a New Generation - Where Should We Go? Technology and New Generational Expectations; and (2) Moving Forward - How Do We Get There?

Mediation 20/20 Conference - Day 2 Video (10/13/20)
Mediation 20/20 Day 2 Video: The current state of the field: obstacles and opportunities.

Video: Mediate.com: The First 25 Years (10/06/20)
This video, developed by new Mediate.com CEO, Colin Rule, recounts the founding of Mediate.com, now more than 25 years ago by John Helie and Jim Melamed.

Mediation 20/20 Conference - Day 1 Video (10/06/20)
Mediation 20/20 Complete Day 1 Video - What Have We Achieved? How Did We Get Where We Are? Welcome and Celebration with Jim Melamed and John Helie plus panel.

Mediating Online: Family Mediation Course (08/26/20)
Mediate.com is proud to make the first day of our 10 day Online Family Mediation course available for free! The overall 20-hour training is available both "live" September 14-25 and is also available as a recorded course on an ongoing basis. Enjoy!

Comparing Mediation Websites (08/17/20)
According to brand new 8/16/2020 data from Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediation website, by far!

What Is Your Mediation Background? (05/05/20)
The "digitization of mediation," now on steroids with the Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in dramatic changes and new opportunities for mediators and the mediation field. A part of this includes new meanings for old words.

Resolving Pressing Issues in Divorce Mediation (video) (04/03/20)
This video on resolving pressing issues at the beginning a divorce mediation is from Jim Melamed's 15-hour "Mediating Divorce Agreement" course available at Mediate.com University.

Family Mediation 2.0 - Integrating Online Capacities (03/24/20)
Dramatic changes are coming to family mediation programs and practices in the U.S. In the court context, The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) are now leading the way to expand online access to justice, including online dispute resolution (ODR).

Statistics from Franklin County, Ohio’s ODR Program (01/28/20)
Great set of comprehensive statistics about Franklin County’s ODR program have now been released. Two results stood out.

Maximizing Mediation - An Experienced Mediator's Favorite Techniques (10/15/19)
In this course, experienced mediator Jim Melamed shares his favorite techniques and strategies to help participants through the mediation process.

Tour of New Mediate.com Office - 2010 (08/03/19)
This is a video tour of Mediate.com's new offices in 2010.

Establishing Standards for Online Domestic Relations Mediation (07/18/19)
Leading national family mediation organizations, including Mediate.com, have abided by common standards for divorce and family mediation for over two decades. Do these standards need to be updated to address issues of online mediation? If so, how?

2018 BBB Complaints Against Mediation.com (02/19/19)
This article reviews numerous 2018 Better Business Bureau (BBB) complaints brought against a different company: Mediation.com.

New Mediate.com Interview Series: "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" (01/09/19)
Mediate.com is proud to announce our new video Interview Series: “The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society.” Robert Benjamin, Senior Editor, is lead interviewer for our new interview series.

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for Lawyers (12/21/18)
This chapter focuses on areas of ODR that are likely to involve attorneys, Attorney involvement in ODR tends to be for more complex and substantial disputes, such as resolving all divorce issues or settling an estate or resolving ongoing business issues. These are areas of “integrative” ODR practice, where there are multiple issues and, commonly, a continuing relationship.

NEW: Mediate.com - APFM Video Series (12/12/18)
Mediate.com and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) have worked together to produce 4 new online video courses Check out the trailers for all 4 of these new courses and then order at www.mediate.com/University. Note the special holiday pricing of only $199 for all 4 courses this month only!

Jim Melamed Selected For First APFM Outstanding Mediator Award (10/24/18)
After a nominations process open to all Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) members, Jim Melamed, Mediate.com CEO, was selected to receive APFM's first "Outstanding Professional Family Mediator Award." The award was presented to Jim at the recent 2018 APFM Conference in San Diego.

Sample Agreement To Mediate (09/05/18)
This sample Agreement to Mediate now incorporates the confidentiality of digital communications with participants and their advisors.

Sample Mediation Ground Rules (08/07/18)
Mediators often assist participants to identify guidelines or ground rules to help support productive communications. Here are some sample mediation ground rules participants may want to consider adopting.

Article Profiles Role of Higher Ed Ombuds as Workplace Conflict Experts (11/10/17)
An article published simultaneously by the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association and the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds examine the work of Ombuds and other conflict resolution experts

Mediation.com Refuses Refund to Family of Mediator Who Died (07/18/17)
Mediation.com has once again revealed itself in refusing to offer any refund to the widow and child of a mediator who died 7 days into an alleged 2 year listing contract.

Case Management for College and University Ombuds (06/23/17)
Academic (college and university) Ombuds Offices have unique needs for managing personal and case information.

2014-2017 BBB Complaints Against Mediation.com (04/27/17)
At Mediate.com, we receive multiple complaints each week about another company, Mediation.com. These detailed reports from BBB are instructive as to how this other company operates.

Computer Uses in the Law Office - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (11/29/16)
With the technologic advances over recent decades and their remarkable acceleration, it is clear that the legal profession needs to play a bit of catch-up by asking ourselves how can we best utilize all available communication capacities to elevate and expand the delivery of valuable legal information, advice, and services. Dream big! The future is not what it once seemed.

After Trump v. Clinton: How “Stronger Together” and “Great Again” Can Become “Great Together” (10/31/16)
Wow, what a divisive election! Some reasonably fear that this is the end of civility in American society. One reasonably wonders whether things have ever been worse. So, what do we do on November 9?

Mediation.com Breaches Client Confidentiality (11/19/15)
Rather remarkably, Mediation.com, a company with numerous complaints against it, has been systematically displaying confidential mediation communications, seemingly as part of its misguided effort to convince other mediators to join.

Celebrating the Work and Person of Special Education Mediation Champion Marshall Peter (video) (11/14/15)
Marshall Peter is soon retiring as Director of Direction Service in Eugene, Oregon. Marshall is perhaps best known to the mediation field as the founding Director of CADRE, the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, established in 1998. Here is a video tribute to Marshall well worth your watch. Marshall has shown us just how much positive change a person can bring to both our local and national communities.

Now Negotiating with Iran; Remembering Senior Mediators Statement Urging Effective Negotiation Approaches (03/30/15)
This article was originally posted during October of 2006. That was a time when the Bush administration absolutely refused to talk with Iran. This outraged many Americans, including many mediators. Now, with the U.S. and Iran seriously talking, if not agreeing, it is appropriate and timely to wonder whether this example of "mediator activism," now 9 years ago, may have played a small part in encouraging the negotiations that have come to take place.

Mediate.com Announces Mediation Futures Project (01/20/15)
In Celebration of our 20th Year, Mediate.com has announced The Mediation Futures Project. Ultimately, our goal is to develop a set of blueprints for the mediation field most effectively moving into the future. Submit your article or comment today!

Fantastic Initiative! (01/15/15)
Robert and Clare, thanks so much for leading this initiative! We have a fantastic Advisory Committee comprised of Peter Adler, Ken Cloke, Marvin Johnson, Jeff Krivis, Michelle LeBaron, Bernie Mayer, Nina Meierding, Len Riskin, Don Saposnek and Maria Volpe. Thanks for contributing your articles and comments to the Mediation Futures Project!

Reported Complaints About Mediation.com (09/01/14)
This article includes reported complaints and email correspondence with and regarding Mediation.com and their selling practices.

Incremental Progress in Mediation: Baby Steps, Strategic Mediation & Less is More (07/22/14)
Taken from Jim Melamed's training manual, these introductory excerpts suggest that progress in mediation is necessarily incremental; that the mediator should in fact strategically focus on baby steps of progress that can be made; and that, in effectively mediating, the mediator should seek to "only do so much as is necessary" to stimulate available progress so as to not over-direct the process and allow participants to claim progress as their own.

Perception and Parts in Mediation (07/10/14)
Seeking to be an effective mediator is a both challenging and fascinating endeavor. Essentially, the mediator is asked to assist participants who have some measure of disagreement, or at least lack of agreement, to reach sufficient agreement so as to be willing to call the situation "resolved." In this sense, the mediator seeks to move participants from "the circle of disagreement" to the "circle of agreement."

Mediation: A Fascinating Journey (07/08/14)
Mediation is a fascinating journey. It is rational and irrational, cognitive and intuitive. And there is no shortage of challenge!

Competition, Collaboration and Integrity at the World Cup (06/15/14)
As a former soccer player and professional mediator, I now think about the World Cup and soccer in terms of how we interrelate as human beings, focusing on issues of competition, collaboration and integrity. There are many lessons to be learned and a very special opportunity at risk of being missed.

Why Mediate.com? (04/02/14)
After 18 years as CEO of Mediate.com, I know the answer to "Why Mediate.com?" Our purpose from the beginning has been to both reflect and drive the development of valuable mediation services on a global scale.

So, You Want to be a Mediator? (12/04/13)
I find myself regularly asked “what do I need to do to become a mediator?” While I do not pretend to have all of the answers, here are some suggestions for beginning your journey.

Top Mediator Website, Mediate.com, Celebrates Past, Present & Future of Mediation (10/18/13)
This week's issue of The Mediate.com Weekly is Mediate.com's 500th compilation of mediation articles, featured blog posts, news, job listings, a field-wide calendar and more. Be sure to see our 500th Issue Testimonials. For 18 years, Mediate.com has been the trusted consolidator of comprehensive mediation information and resources.

Mediate.com Announces Alberto Elisavetsky as Spanish Language Editor (10/10/13)
Mediate.com is pleased to announce Alberto Elisavetsky as the Spanish Language Editor at Mediate.com. Dr. Elisavetsky will review Spanish language article submissions and be furthering www.Mediate.com/Espanol.

The NSA, Mediation and Digital Accountability (06/11/13)
Our society’s and the world’s reaction to the NSA’s massive data collection efforts and the ongoing evolution of the privacy vs. security debate have rather profound implications for the future of mediation. I call this concept of how we adjust our digital communications given our perception of the possible unintended exposure of those communications, “digital accountability.” The good news is that digital accountability may not all be bad.

SYNC, UN-SYNC, RE-SYNC – An Emerging Paradigm for Online Mediation (06/03/13)
The incorporation of the Internet into mediation as an augmentation to “face-to-face” discussions or when the mediation fully takes place online calls for new understandings about how to best structure and understand both online mediation and all mediation. In fact, to some extent, all mediation is now “online mediation.” I here propose a new essential paradigm that I call “Sync, Un-Sync, Re-Sync,” and sketch out why I believe this reconceptualization of online mediation is valuable.

Negotiating & Mediating Parenting Screen Time Agreements (05/20/13)
How the world has changed! It used to be that divorcing couples would fight over family pictures, music collections and fear losing contact with their absent child. Digital pictures, digital music and “Skype parenting time” have now dramatically altered this divorced parenting landscape. Compelling is the new critical need for parents to directly address screen time and digital media issues in a constructive way. These issues are challenging for any family and doubly challenging when a child is being raised between two households.

The True Beginning of Mediation (humor video) (02/25/13)
The True Beginning of Mediation is an 8 minute tongue-in-cheek documentary tracing mediation's roots to Woodstock. Join Sunshine, A.J. and Jerry the Macrame Mediator for good laughs, and be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at Mediate.com University!

How to Optimize Online Professional Directory Listings (01/22/13)
One common weakness for many professionals is their failure to capably develop and effectively utilize their professional directory listings. The purpose of this article is to offer ten key recommendations for optimizing your professional directory listings.

Watch Out for Mediation.com (10/02/12)
After 30 years in the ADR field, the last 17 as CEO of Mediate.com, I have sought to never speak negatively of any other practitioner or ADR organization. Unfortunately, I feel like I need to here violate this commitment. I recommend that you be wary of Mediation.com given their documented fraudulent means of operating and selling. Simply as an illustration, try to figure out who these folks really are, and their prices for services, at their own web site.

Beware of Mediation.com and Arbitration.com (09/26/12)
Mediation.com, a new online "player," has apparently populated a database with as many as 300,000 “profiles.” If you are a mediator, yours is almost certainly among them. Google searches pick up these “listings,” and users are given the illusion that they are contacting their desired mediator, but these contact messages are never in fact sent to the desired mediator but, rather, are redirected to people who have paid to be listed on Mediation.com. This company is fraudulently appropriating our good names and reputations and directing business to others without our knowledge. For these reasons and others that I have discovered, I encourage all ADR professionals to be wary of listing with Mediation.com and Arbitration.com. See Update

About Mediation.com (08/17/12)
Please understand that there is NO affiliation whatsoever between Mediate.com, founded in 1996, and a new highly suspect directory business called "Mediation.com."

Occupy and Mediation: Two Movements That Offer One Another Massive Opportunity (11/22/11)
Without seeking or wanting to take a political position on whether the Occupy Movement has positively moved critical national discussions forward, or whether it is just a bunch of young folks in need of showers and jobs, one thing is perhaps clear: mediation is emerging as the preferred Occupy dispute resolution process of choice.

The Penn State Debacle Will Surely Find Its Way Into Mediation (11/11/11)
In addition to the criminal actions associated with the Penn State sex abuse case, for which there will most likely in time be “plea deals” (negotiated results), it is certain that there will be many private civil actions for damages by the individuals and families that have been harmed. If those cases were to proceed through the courts, with certain appeals, the likely wait time would be 5 years or more. Mediation will surely offer a better option.

Harvey Goldhammer Wins iPad 2 From Mediate.com (10/25/11)
Mediate.com recently performed a Web Site Satisfaction Survey and offered a random drawing for a free iPad 2 to encourage participation in the survey. The winner was Harvey Goldhammer. You can here see the happy winner and watch the random selection process!

Welcome to The Mediate Cloud! (05/05/11)
Mediate.com is pleased to announce that we have successfully moved all of our servers to "The Amazon Cloud." This move "to the cloud" is essential to support Mediate.com's secure Case Manager and ODR Solutions work. All Mediate web site clients benefit from these speed, reliability and security gains. This is a great time to move your domain hosting and web site to Mediate.com!

Mediation Moving Forward (1 hr. video) (06/26/10)
This one-hour video is of Jim Melamed's plenary presentation to the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution and Utah Law School on "what works in mediation and how the mediation industry can best move forward."

How Mediate.com Benefits Mediators (11/05/09)
Mediate.com is in its 15th year and now averages over 13,500 daily visitors. In this article, Mediate.com's CEO summarizes how Mediate.com benefits mediators.

Old Friends, the Internet and Mediation (10/27/09)
A short trip to the SF Bay Area this past weekend provided me with an enhanced understanding of how integrated electronic communication has become with the coordination of complex face-to-face events, be that a soccer game, hospital visitation or, perhaps, a difficult mediation.

Preview: "Mediating Divorce Agreement" 15 Hour DVD Course (10/22/09)
This is a preview to "Mediating Divorce Agreement," a 15 hour divorce mediation curriculum with Jim Melamed. Full information and ordering are available at www.mediate.com/DivorceAgreement

We Are All Online Mediators (10/19/09)
It is my suggestion only that we cease to romanticize face-to-face mediation communications to the exclusion of other mediation communications, as if other (electronic) communications are not just as valuable to the success of the mediation effort.

The Mediation Industry, Qualifications & the Mediate.com Certification Program (06/27/09)
It is challenging to have any short discussion on mediation qualifications, the mediation industry and new Mediate.com Certification Program, but I will try.

A View of Mediation in the Future (06/21/09)
One topic that is not talked about much is: mediation in the future. Perhaps we assume that the future of mediation is self-defining or that "others" will make good choices. Will courts and agencies be the primary delivery system for mediation? It did not start that way. What about community programs? And what about technology? Mediation may be soon coming to a pocket or purse near you.

The Mediation Industry: Our Time Has Come (02/27/09)
The current use and potential for mediation over the next years is massive. We help people get problems resolved and we do that faster, better and cheaper. The word is out. A silent revolution has taken place. Policy makers don’t even think twice now in favoring, in fact, relying upon mediation. Our culture has changed. We have changed. Our time has come.

Obama, Miracle on the Hudson and a Society of Collaborative Excellence (01/16/09)
What are the odds of Barack Obama becoming our President? And what are the odds of 155 passengers surviving a plane crash into the Hudson River? This is not everyday stuff. It is what is possible. It is what is best. Does all this portend a new culture of collaborative excellence?

Leading Dispute Resolution Processes (11/11/08)
Here are brief descriptions of the most common dispute resolution processes.

Promote your professional practice in the largest worldwide ADR directory for free (06/27/08)
Mediate.com is now, for the first time, offering a Free Basic Membership. Basic Membership provides a free listing in our field-wide ADR professional directory. Mediate.com Premium Membership provides you with an elevated and enhanced directory listing, access to all Mediate.com video content, participation in the "stars" Qualifications Disclosure Program, eligibility for liability insurance, and more. All Members can now indicate organizational affiliations, and there is a new "Search by Organization" feature So, for example, you can now search by the ABA DR Section; ACR; ACCTM, AFCC, IAM and many other international, national, and state associations.

The Evolution and Future of Mediation: Reconnecting with our Activist Roots (05/08/08)
The purpose of this article is to recount some of mediation’s past, consider its current state, and offer thoughts on development trends for the future, asking the question whether we are doing “justice” to the “mediation movement” we have created.

Obama’s Message - Mediation’s Political Triumph (02/25/08)
Presidential candidate Barack Obama's main political message represents the absorption of the mediation movement's essential themes at the highest level of national and global politics. This is an accomplishment that should not go unnoticed and one that all mediators, whatever our political leanings, should take great pride in. Obama's candidacy is mediative consciousness' coming out party. Could it be that our work is finally paying off, not only in terms of "miracles in the mediation room," but also in terms of truly improving the way we as humans operate on planet earth? I think so. We are experiencing a popular paradigm shift right before our eyes and mediators and mediative thought are largely responsible.

Wise Use of the Internet for Mediators (02/20/06)
Professionals need a Web site and email address today more than they need stationery and a business card. Hard to believe, but true. This article reviews how you should be thinking about your email and web development and how you can best serve clients online.

Divorce Mediation and the Internet (05/08/03)
The Internet is changing the way divorce mediation is practiced and experienced. Learn how the Internet is becoming an ever more integral part of effective and affordable divorce mediation services and programs.

20 Concepts & Recommendations for Utilizing the Internet (09/25/02)
This article reviews 20 concepts and recommendations to assist you to most capably utilize the Internet in support of your mediation practice.

Featured Mediator Program (06/26/02)
Mediate.com is pleased to announce a new Featured Mediator Program for mediators with MediatorDirect listings.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mediation and Negotiation (04/23/02)
Jim Melamed answers nine frequently asked questions about mediation and negotiation such as "What is mediation? and "What if I want to be a mediator?". Includes links to further resources.

What is Mediation? (02/23/02)
Mediation is defined as a process of assisted negotiations, and its key qualities are described. A good primer for those contemplating mediation.

Email Management and Etiquette (12/01/01)
Email is mainstream. For many of us, email rivals the phone and personal meetings as primary means of delivering professional and business communications and services. Understanding email management capacities, options and best practices is in everyone's best interest.

Inventing Options For Mutual Gain (08/09/01)
In having a successful conversation a most important factor is finding new options that will give a more satisfactory response to the interests of both you and the other person.

How To Overcome Impasse (06/11/01)
As negotiations proceed, Parties sometimes reach an impasse -- often not due to overt conflict, but rather due to resistance to workable solutions or simply exhaustion of creativity. While the impasse might signal that the dispute is unresolvable in mediation, the mediator may believe that a workable agreement is still possible. This article describes some techniques to get negotiations moving.

Integrating The Internet Into Your Mediation Practice (10/17/00)
Many, if not most, mediators are already using the Internet to some extent for business promotion and in their practices; use email to communicate with clients and colleagues; send "attached" files with email; know how to highlight text in a file, to change fonts and colors. A large number of mediators now have websites where they describe and promote their services. And many of our clients are even more advanced. Use of the Internet in your practice will soon shift from being an appealing augmentation to being an absolute necessity.

Mediating on the Internet: Today and Tomorrow (part 2 of 2) (07/01/00)
Many, if not most, mediators are already using the Internet to some extent to assist in their mediation business promotion and practice. This paper examines Internet opportunities for mediators and mediation participants and suggests that there are unique qualities and opportunities for mediators on the Internet, including cost and convenience.

Mediating on the Internet: Today and Tomorrow (07/01/00)
Many, if not most, mediators are already using the Internet to some extent to assist in their mediation business promotion and practice. This paper examines Internet opportunities for mediators and mediation participants and suggests that there are unique qualities and opportunities for mediators on the Internet, including cost and convenience.

What is Mediation? (06/10/00)
Mediation is defined as a process of assisted negotiations and its key qualities are described. This is a good primer for those contemplating mediation.

Collaboration and Conflict Resolution In Education (04/05/99)
Since most of us grew up in a culture that treats negotiation and conflict resolution as forms of competition, we have much to learn about how concerned parents and school officials can better communicate and resolve conflict.

Maximizing Mediation (01/14/99)
Maximization is a mediative philosophy and approach that seeks to assist participants to obtain best possible results, as opposed to barely sufficient solutions. Participants may be assisted to be at their personal best; to most capably problem-solve; and to obtain the greatest possible substantive satisfaction. Maximization is a mediative commitment to assisting all participants to be at their best. Maximization may be mediation at its best and is consistent with a mediator's duty to be impartial. The opportunity for maximization distinguishes mediation.

Building a Successful Mediation Practice (08/30/98)
Mediation is an art and a science. It is also a business for many practitioners and programs. Just how do you get a successful mediation practice going? Great tips for establishing a successful mediation practice.


Mediating Online: eCommerce, Property & Workplace

Presenters: Colin Rule, Clare Fowler and Jim Melamed
20 hours - Recorded live April 20 - May 1, 2020.
Includes  all materials and 6 months access.

You can purchase the course HERE

Mediating Online Training - Streaming:
The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm Vol. I
Views from the Eye of the Storm

Featuring 31 of the most experienced mediators in the world.

This two-hour DVD is a "highlight" film of compelling commentary from pioneers and leaders in the field of mediation.

(2006) ISBN # 1-933857-04-8

This video is also available by online streaming here

DVDs are available for shipment to the United States and Canada. International purchasers are asked to order the online streaming version of this resource at www.mediate.com/University.

15 CLE Credit Hours

A Maximizing Approach to Mediating Divorce
with James C. Melamed

Join Jim Melamed, CEO of Mediate.com and Former Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators, for 15 hours of divorce mediation instruction.

Approved for 15 hours of CLE Credit. Six month access. Extensive online written materials.   

Each order of the course is only to be used per one individual. Only one certificate will be issued per order. Group Discounts are available. Please email us at admin@mediate.com or by phone at 541-345-1629 to discuss.

*After ordering, if you do not promptly receive course information into your email “inbox,” please also check your “spam” folder as course email information may be there.

Mediating Divorce Agreement:
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Maximizing Mediation: An Experienced Mediator's Favorite Techniques
With James C. Melamed, J.D.

Recorded at the APFM Annual Conference, October 2018, San Diego

Maximizing Mediation:
Mediating Online: Family & Divorce Mediation

Colin Rule, Clare Fowler, Michael Aurit and Jim Melamed
20 hours - Recorded live May 11-22, 2020
Includes all materials and 6 months access.

Online Family Mediation Training:
Mediation Renaissance

Mediation Renaissance Training

Online Mediation and The Future - Skills, Strategies & Issues

with Jim Melamed, Clare Fowler & Colin Rule

Sponsored by Mediate.com and the Maricopa County Family Mediation Association

June 11 and 18, 2021
(3 hours each day - 6 hours total)
9 am to noon each day (Pacific Time)
Early registration ended May 31.

Mediating Online Training
Mediating Online: Divorce and Family Mediation

LIVE TRAINING: March 1-12, 2021
with Michael Aurit, Jim Melamed, Clare Fowler and Colin Rule
Live course modules each weekday: noon - 2 pm Eastern; 9 am - 11 am Pacific
Recordings are then also made available.

Mediating Divorce and Family Agreement Online:
click here for a larger image APFM Panel Discussion: Perspectives and Insights of Experienced Divorce Mediators

Featuring Donna Petrucelli, Jim Melamed, Chip Rose, Don Saposnek, Amanda Singer.

Moderated by Michael Aurit.

Recorded at the APFM Annual Conference, October 2018, San Diego

Perspectives & Insights of Exp. Divorce Mediators:

The Online Toolbox for the Post-Pandemic Mediator -- Workplace Edition

LIVE TRAINING with the world's leading online mediation experts!
MAY 19 & 22, 2021
with Colin Rule and Clare Fowler

6 hour live course modules for 2 days:
8am - 2 pm PST; 11am - 5pm EST
Up to 5 hours homework
3 hours pre-recorded "Mediating with Zoom" modules (you will be given access to these modules before the live training)

15 CLE's
Recordings of each day's session are also made available within 24 hours

This qualifies as the core 20-hour online mediation course required for Mediate.com Online Mediator Certification. 15 CLE/CEU credits available, including 1 credit for Ethics.

Mediating Online Training:
Mediating Divorce Agreement Training Manual
Mediating Divorce Agreement Training Manual by James C. Melamed, J.D.

This is the training manual used by Jim Melamed in conjunction to his Mediating Divorce Agreement training.  Also see the 15 hour Streaming course that is available.

Hard Copy, Sprial Bound

Divorce Manual: