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Oriana Noël Lewis & Robert D. Wilson-Hoss: Collaboration between Mason County Superior Court and Thurston County DRC

May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

5.3 Facilitative Mediation to Evaluative Mediation and Back Again: A Collaboration between Mason County Superior Court and the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County

Oriana Noël Lewis, Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, Olympia, WA

Robert D. Wilson-Hoss, Hoss & Wilson-Hoss, LLP, Shelton, WA

Saturday, May 5, 2012 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

In the Spring of 2009, Mason County judges and local attorneys began discussing court system pressures: money, time, due diligence and access to justice. In response, MCLSCR 40(b) was adopted in September 2010. The Rule provides for the presumptive use of mediation in most civil cases. With the support of the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, we are making it work. This presentation is an exploration of what was not working, what we have done and what the future may hold.

Oriana Noel Lewis, Certified Mediator and Training Manager at the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County (DRC), is a practiced conflict resolution and meeting facilitation specialist. She has served as a senior mediator, trainer and large group facilitator for several non-profit organizations, professional associations and businesses. She has worked with attorneys, counselors, judges, school administrators, youth and community members to enhance their communication and facilitation skills.

Oriana’s role as Training Manager at the DRC includes consulting with clients to assess their training and organizational priorities and to custom design and deliver targeted trainings to address those unique needs. She is also the DRC’s lead trainer for all standard offerings, conducting training in professional mediation, advanced family mediation, advanced multi-party mediation and large group facilitation, in collaboration with the DRC’s pool of Certified Mediators as co-trainers and coaches.

Robert D. Wilson-Hoss is an attorney who has practiced in Mason County, Washington since 1978. His work includes representation of non-profit associations and corporations, including owner associations; civil rights plaintiffs; clients with real property and personal injury issues; and other general matters. He was the first recipient of the Washington State Bar Association's Courageous Award, in 1993, for his civil rights work; he was the first attorney recipient, in 2007, of the State Bar Association’s Community Service Award. In 2010 he was named Mason County’s Best Lawyer in the first opinion poll of readers of the local newspaper. His current work includes leading an effort to create and implement a local Mason County Superior Court rule presuming mediation in most civil cases, an attempt to reduce court system costs, provide better access to justice for Mason County citizens, and help disputants arrive at more satisfactory resolutions of their issues. He is also currently involved in the preliminary work of bringing a YMCA to Mason County.

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