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News Release- For Immediate Release
President Obama Appoints Marvin Johnson to the Federal Service Impasses Panel

June, 2015

The International Academy of Mediators (IAM) is pleased to announce that President Obama has appointed IAM President Marvin E. Johnson, a widely-respected and Mediator, Arbitrator, Trainer and Educator, to the Federal Service Impasses Panel....To read the full press release CLICK HERE!


Joint Session with a Directed Discussion Format
By: Jerry Palmer, IAM Distinguished Fellow

Mediators have their favorite topics to debate when they get together. An important one is whether or not to have a joint session. I share the prejudice of most mediators that opening statements constructed by counsel to present their positions to the other side (like being in court) are fraught with danger and risk being counterproductive. However, my view is that a joint session is valuable if properly utilized....To read more CLICK HERE!



Recognition, Dialogue and Reconciliation
October 22 - 24, 2015
Baltimore, MD


Luncheon Keynote Speaker:  Senator George Mitchell-Recipient of the IAM Lifetime Achievement Award 

Plenary Sessions

  • Ground breaking Research: What Works in Mediation and How Does it Work?: Lorig Charkoudian, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Community Mediation Maryland

  • International Mediation and Its Application in Complex Development Disputes-Finding Common Ground Between Communities Impacted By Development Projects and the Private Sector: Gina Lea Barbieri, The World Bank

  • A Conversation: How Law Firms and Mediation Organizations Can Navigate the Hidden Diversity and Inclusion Barriers: Benjamin F. Wilson and  David Hoffman

  • One Baltimore: Different Perspectives: Antoine Bennett, Director of MOVA-Baltimore New Song Community Church; Dawn Kirstaetter Deputy Mayor, Health, Human Services, Education & Youth; Melvin Russell, Lt. Colonel,Baltimore City Police Department

  • Transformative Moments in Mediation: Eric Galton, Lela Love, Jerry Weiss and  Louise Phipps Senft


 CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

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