Register for Free Sept. 24 Forum on Final Report of Online Mediation Task Force

by Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

September 2021

The Online Mediation Task Force is holding a free Zoom Forum on Friday, September 24 at noon Eastern; 9 a.m. Pacific. The Task Force's website is at Register for this free forum HERE.

Register for September 24 Forum

There is no cost to register for the 90 minute "Final Report Forum."  We will review the Primary Recommendations of the Online Mediation Task Force Report with Task Force members.  Task Force members will also share their impressions of the most important additional report and committee recommendations and resources. 

We will also be sharing a number of comments (submit below) and considering a number of registrant questions (also please submit below). You can come back to this page to submit additional comments and questions after registering.

Here is a link to the Complete Task Force Final Report (PDF)

Here are links to easier to read component Report parts:

September 24 Forum Agenda

1.  Welcome

2.  Chair Woody Mosten Task Force Overview

3.  Primary Task Force Recommendations

4.  Topical Discussions

a.  How are Online Mediation and Online Mediation Training Impacting the Global Growth of Mediation?

b.  What Are Notable Opportunities for Enhanced Access to Online Mediation and Online Mediation Training?

c.  The Development of Online Mediation Ethical, Practice and Training Standards

d.  How Best Renovate Mediation Trainings - Encourage Online Mediation Training?

e.  How Best Grow Online Experiential Training & Mentorship Opportunities?

f.  How Best Elevate Recognition of Online Mediation and Training as a Necessary Response to Climate Change?

5.  Consideration of Pre-Submitted Questions and Comments

6.  Closing Comments

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Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 and served as CEO of through June 2020 (25 years).  During Jim's tenure, received the American Bar Association's 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award.  Before, 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.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Forrest (Woody) Mosten has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979 and currently is practicing mediation and collaborative law 100% online serving clients throughout the world. Woody is a founding partner of the Mosten-Guthrie Online Training Academy for Mediators and Collaborative Professionals. He is Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law where he teaches Mediation, Family Law Practice, and Lawyer as Peacemaker. He and has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979.

Woody is the author of six books and numerous articles on mediation, collaborative law, legal access, and building a peacemaking career. Woody served as convener for the 1999 international symposium, Training Mediators for the 21st Century. He has been Guest Editor for the Family Court Review’s special issues 4 times, most recently for the July 2015 issue on Peacemaking for Divorcing Families.

Woody trains mediators, collaborative professionals, and lawyers in conflict resolution courses ranging from basic to master classes and trainings for mediation trainers and presents keynotes at conferences throughout the world.  In 2019, Woody received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and, in 2020, the Southern California Mediation Association established the Forrest Mosten Star Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mediation. Woody can be reached at

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