The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law November 2014
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Moritz Hosts Transformative Mediation Workshop for ABA Mediation Week

Mediator Tom Wahlrab led a fascinating workshop on the core principles of transformative mediation and its application to civic discourse. During his lunchtime presentation on October 13, 2014, he interwove group exercises and one-on-one questioning with an overview of transformative mediation theory, principles, and practices based on The Promise of Mediation, by Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger (1994). Using the Dayton Mediation Center's programs as examples, he discussed ways in which using relational principles can help improve the quality of interactions among people and lead to community empowerment and change.

Mr. Wahlrab is the former Executive Director of the City of Dayton Human Relations Council and the Dayton Mediation Center, and was a principal facilitator of the community conversation that resulted in the Welcome Dayton Plan. He supported the process that resulted in the City of Dayton's Second Generation Disparity Study and subsequent Procurement Enhancement Plan Ordinance and Policy. He has thirty years working in government and private sector environments involving affirmative action, contract compliance, civil rights, mediation and conflict management, community building, civic engagement and workplace team systems development, and was recently honored by the White House for his civil contributions.

His lecture was sponsored by The Moritz College of Law Program on Dispute Resolution and the Ohio Mediation Association in conjunction with the American Bar Association as part of ABA Mediation Week 2014. Numerous other Central Ohio organizations took part in Mediation Week events, including Columbus' Community Mediation Services, the Columbus Bar Association, Capital Law School's Center for Dispute Resolution, the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section, the City of Columbus Prosecution Resources Unit, the Franklin County Domestic Relations Mediation Program, and the Municipal Court Mediation Program.

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