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New York State Bar Association Provides Grant for Development of Surrogate's Court Mediation Pilot Project

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County has received a $5,000 grant from the New York State Bar Association to develop the first phase of a program that allows families to address contested wills, estates and guardianships through mediation.  Families, either on their own or with their attorneys, can develop workable solutions that can reduce time spent in court. The program is planned to launch later this year in cooperation with Dutchess County Surrogate’s Court and the Dutchess County Bar Association.  The Mediation Center provides and promotes conflict prevention, management, and resolution services and education to individuals, families, businesses, and organizations in Dutchess County. For more information, call (845) 471-7213 or Jody B. MillerExecutive DirectorMediation Center of Dutchess CountyTurning conflict into conversation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mediation Center Executive Director Presents at Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference in Italy  

Jody Miller, executive director of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, conducted a presentation titled, “Mediating Commercial Cases in US Municipal Courts,” at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Models in China and Western Countries Practice Conference in Pisa, Italy on November 25 & 26. The conference was co-sponsored by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, a sister school of Hofstra University, and the Confucius Institute in Pisa.  Jody, with colleague Judy Saul, represented Hofstra University at the conference. Other presenters were from Italy, other EU countries and China and presentations were about the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution in China, the use of international arbitration and a critique of mediation as a barrier to access to justice.