To assist certified mediators in completing independent study for purposes of the CME Reporting Requirement, the Commission's office has assembled a list of web sites where a reader can find news, articles, and books on dispute resolution and hyperlinks to additional such sites. If you have other web sites that you would recommend, please give the Commission's office a call. If you found that some of our listings were not helpful, let Commission staff know that as well.
The Commission's CME Reporting Requirement calls for mediators to complete three hours of continuing mediator education every year (beginning with the 2008/09 certification renewal period). The Reporting Requirement provides a menu of activities among which mediators may select in completing their hours, including attending courses or programs, observing mediations, serving as a mentor for a less experienced mediator, being mentored by a more experienced mediator, or completing an independent study.
This site is designed to assist mediators who opt to complete independent study. For those mediators who choose this option, please note the dates of your study, keep track of your time, and be prepared to identify the web sites you visited and the articles, journals, or books that you read. Please note authors and dates of publication as well.
Though the Commission suggests the following sites, it does not necessarily endorse all the content or ideas expressed therein:
Founded by mediators John Helie and Jim Melamed in 1996, this is the most frequently visited dispute resolution site on the Internet. It is a great place to learn more about mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. On this site you can search a topic of interest, learn about training opportunities, read the news in the mediation arena, learn about case law and developments, read about featured mediators, and peruse articles and book reviews. For those who choose to subscribe, there is a forum where mediators can discuss mediation issues of interest to them.
- ABA Dispute Resolution Section Web Site
This is a very comprehensive web site on dispute resolution. Visitors may read articles on a number of dispute resolution topics and order books on dispute resolution published by the ABA. This web site also lists links to a number of other ADR sites. Visitors may also find subscription information for the Section's quarterly publication, Dispute Resolution Magazine, and learn about resolutions adopted by the ABA on various topics relating to dispute resolution. Upcoming ABA sponsored training on dispute resolution is highlighted.
- A Guide to ADR Links
At this site, Deborah S. Laufer, Executive Secretary, Federal ADR Network, has compiled and arranged an exhaustive list of links to ADR sites and on-line ADR documents. Here you can see how widespread and varying ADR organizations have become.
- Resolution Bookshop
This site makes it easy to find and order books on dispute resolution. No idea what to order? Click on "bestsellers" for a list of their best-selling classics and hot new works. You can search for books by title, author, or topic of interest.
- The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation
This website is affiliated with Hofstra University. The Institute supports and provides a forum for scholars and practitioners interested in studying conflict from a relational or transformational view, i.e., the view that conflict is primarily about human interactions rather than violations of rights or conflicts of interest. The founders of the site are Professors Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph A. Folger.
Mediators interested in why the NC Supreme Court's Standards of Professional Conduct for Mediators read as they do may want to visit this site. The drafters of our State's Standards were very much influenced by Professor Bush's work, Ethical Dilemmas of Mediation Practice (a NIDR publication). (You may order books written by Professors Bush on this site, including The Promise of Mediation (1994).)
- Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
In 2001, the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM), the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR), and the Conflict Resolution Network (CREnet) merged into a single organization, the Association for Conflict Resolution or ACR. ACR encompasses the interests of all its predecessor organizations. ACR's website includes a "publications and library" option and it is possible to search their database by key work or to browse their topical categories. The site also includes a "Store" where books, videos, and audiotapes can be purchased. (Audiotapes could provide interesting listening to as you drive to your mediations!) Training opportunities can also be found on this site.
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Founded in 1963, the AFCC is dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes. The site presents summaries of articles printed in the AFCC Journal published by Hofstra University. Copies can be ordered. This site can be especially beneficial to family financial mediators. Pamphlets and books are also available through their on-line store.
- Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law
The Law School and the Center publish the Journal of Dispute Resolution semi-annually. Published since 1984, the Journal is recognized as a leading legal publication on dispute resolution. The site lists titles of articles published in back issues. Copies of articles may be found at law libraries or a reader may e-mail the Center to request specific articles. Subscription information is also available on the site. In addition, this web site posts extensive links to other sites hosted by American universities and international organizations active in the dispute resolution arena.
- American Arbitration Association
No longer focusing on just arbitration, the AAA's web site provides opportunities to subscribe to two important dispute resolution publications. The Dispute Resolution Times is a newsletter focusing on national and international dispute resolution news and articles and on tracking dispute resolution trends. Statutes and case law are followed also. ADR Currents is a journal covering all areas of dispute resolution and providing the latest news, in-depth exploration of issues, and discussion of legal developments. A special AAA publication called Punch List explores dispute resolution and its role in the construction industry.
- The Conflict Resolution Information Source (CRInfo)
This is an interesting site on conflict and conflict resolution. It is a good site for novice mediators to visit. Click on the "About CRInfo" button and review the "Basic Conflict Resolution Info", including a glossary of dispute resolution terms and FAQ's about dispute resolution. (For mediators who are parents, it's also a good site for kids doing terms papers on dispute resolution.) National and international dispute resolution news can be found here and you can do research on dispute resolution by conducting a key word search or browsing through information categorized under various topics. (Caveat - it can be a little difficult to navigate this site.)
- Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution
Now in its twentieth year of publication, the Journal continues to print articles designed to keep the practitioner and lawyer breast of dispute resolution topics and issues. The JDR is the official journal of the ABA's Dispute Resolution Section. Subscription information is available over the site.
- The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Harvard publishes two journals on dispute resolution. The Negotiation Journal, aimed at dispute resolution practitioners in general, is dedicated to promoting the search for and encouraging the development of improved techniques for settling differences through the give and take of negotiation. The Harvard Negotiation Law Review, which targets lawyers, looks at negotiation involving lawyers in the middle and legal institutions in the background. Subscription information is available on the site.
- Golden Media
Golden Media is a company that specializes in the marketing and promotion of mediators and arbitrators and their professional practices. Books and brochures can be ordered over the site, including Natalie J. Armstrong's The Essential Guide to Marketing Your ADR Practice. Golden Media will help dispute resolution practitioners design brochures and web sites.
- CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
Founded in 1979 as the Center for Public Resources, CPR's web site states that the organization's mission is to spearhead innovation and promote excellence in public and private dispute resolution and to serve as a primary multinational resource for avoidance, management, and resolution of business-related and other disputes. Videotapes and books can be ordered through CPR.
- The National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution
The National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution has posted its picks for the top five mediation blogs on its website.
- The ADR Times
ADR Times is an online dispute resolution community and trusted news source exploring mediation, arbitration, negotiation, diplomacy, and peace. ADR Times publishes articles, news and debates, and provides an industry directory, event calendar, job board, and community space for public and professionals to connect and share insights. They welcome all mediators to join their growing community!
- JAMS The Resolution Experts
JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. With its prestigious panel of neutrals, JAMS specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases – those in which the choice of neutral is crucial.
- American Arbitration Association
As a global leader in conflict management, the American Arbitration Association® and International Centre for Dispute Resolution have been at the forefront of the development and use of prompt and effective methods of dispute resolution. From our court- and time-tested rules and procedures to our exceptional neutrals and innovative process, we provide users with an ADR experience distinct from all the rest.