NATIONAL ASSOCIATION HONOREE
Mary Lowndes Bryan, a veteran volunteer with the Midlands Mediation Center, is the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Award for the Third Quarter of 2016 from the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM). Bryan was selected by a committee of community mediation leaders from across the country for this award.
In nominating Bryan, the MMC acknowledged her gifts as a mediator, peacemaker and teacher. In her quiet, professional manner, Bryan has helped advance the understanding and use of alternative dispute resolution in South Carolina, keeping the Midlands Mediation Center involved in significant ways. She has earned great respect from all she has impacted – her students, co-mediators/facilitators, clients, attorneys, colleagues and friends.
Bryan facilitates mediation training for the South Carolina Bar and other organizations throughout the state, as well as for the Midlands Mediation Center. Her personality and style epitomize a mediator’s commitment to improving the practice. She is always interested in promoting and improving the profession and serving people in conflict.
NAFCM supports the maintenance and growth of community-based mediation programs and processes, voices a collective perspective in policy-making, legislative, and professional arenas and encourages the development and sharing of resources.
Thanks and Appreciation
FY 2017 Supporters
For more information, please contact MMC at (803) 714-1176
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Family Mediation CLE
Our attorney friends are encouraged to join us for an “All in the Family” CLE on Conflict Resolution Day during ABA Mediation Week! Registration is complimentary for volunteer mediators with the Midlands Mediation Center (must have volunteered during 2016); $20 otherwise.
90-minute CLE: “All in the Family: Making Family Mediation Work”
Time: 9:15-11:15 a.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Place: SC Bar Conference Center, 1501 Park St., Columbia, SC 29201
Program has been approved for 1.5 credits for Continuing Legal Education
Brought to you in partnership with the Dispute Resolution Section of the SC Bar
Description: Two experienced mediators suggest guides for family law attorneys for preparing and working with clients in mediation – from initial work with clients, through temporary issues to settlement proposals, mediation process decisions, negotiating, and finalizing agreements. The program emphasizes careful preparation and conversations between attorneys and with clients before mediation to explore and encourage settlement. This preparation can result in more effective family mediations, creative agreements that meet family needs, and greater party satisfaction with attorneys and the legal process.
About the Presenters:
Mary Lowndes Bryan, JD, has practiced as a mediator for over 20 years in civil and family cases. Since 1998, she has conducted mediation trainings for the South Carolina Bar, and other organizations throughout the state including the Midlands Mediation Center.
Patricia L. Forbis, MBA, JD, has been a solo practitioner focusing mainly on family law. She regularly volunteers to mediate cases at the Midlands Mediation Center, in addition to serving on its Board of Directors.
Light refreshments will be provided.
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Come for Lunch
Conflict = Opportunity is Midlands Mediation Center’s new initiative to engage community members in learning and practicing peaceful conflict-resolution skills.
The initiative, which emphasizes community-based efforts to teach and promote communication methods to reduce and resolve conflict, has recently been funded through a discretionary grant approved by the Richland County Council for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Leaders of formal and informal groups will develop an understanding of conflict dynamics and the skills necessary to uncover mutual interests and creatively resolve issues, leading to better outcomes for all. Participants will have the opportunity to link arms and minds with others in the community who believe people are capable of resolving their own disputes and are interested in becoming more proficient with using mediation and conflict resolution skills in their personal and civic lives.
The project is designed to involve a broad cross-section of groups throughout Richland County. During the first year, the goal is to train 100 or more Conflict = Opportunity Change Agents. They will be supported through a variety of ongoing learning and relationship-building opportunities.
Currently we are seeking individuals to participate in the following roles (some volunteers may choose to be involved in more than one role):
- Community Advisory Group Members, who will meet twice a year with the MMC executive director and project manager to provide strategic input and community connections and to make introductions.
- Steering Committee Members, who will meet at least four times with the MMC executive director and project manager to provide operational direction and leadership.
- Volunteer Trainers, who will meet together at least twice a year and will be expected to facilitate the program for community members three to four times a year.
- Support Team Members, who will meet together at least twice a year and will be expected to attend a majority of the functions to foster community and skill development.
- Prospective Partnering Organizations that would like to involve their formal and informal leaders in this initiative.
For more information or to express your interest in this organizing phase of Conflict = Opportunity, contact either of the organizers below by Sept. 15.
Diane Frea, Executive Director, or Lee Morriss, Development Manager at (803) 714-1176.
General Year One Timeline (2016-17):
July – September: Recruit and organize Steering Committee, Advisory Committee and initial course trainers. Select/modify training design.
October – December: Prepare training design and train trainers. Identify and recruit at least 4-6 groups interested in participating in the initiative.Read more »