Mediation Firm Celebrates 25th Anniversary: Sponsors Conflict Resolution Exchange Program for Chinese Law Students

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The Mediation Group of Brookline, MA, one of the Boston area’s largest mediation and dispute resolution firms, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in conflict management services by sponsoring an educational trip to the U.S. for three Chinese law students who excelled nationally in negotiation skills.

The Mediation Group (TMG) of Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce it is hosting three Chinese law students who topped the 2nd Annual China University Negotiation Competition for law schools in China. The students arrived last Friday and will stay in Brookline for two weeks.

The competition, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Massachusetts Judges Conference and the University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMASS-Boston), was held in Beijing in June 2010. The TMG-sponsored prize was a two-week program in the Boston area to introduce the award winners to various conflict management and resolution practices. In the program, the students will learn how negotiation is used in different conflict scenarios, from commercial mediation and specialized law practices, to multi-party environmental and family disputes, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

TMG’s decision to develop this program emerged last year as they considered different ways of celebrating their 25th anniversary as an organization, and reflects their commitment to the promotion of ADR both locally and internationally. Co-founding principal Brad Honoroff explains, “We knew that we wanted the focus to be on supporting continued growth and development in the field of ADR. After discussing a number of options, we hit upon a collaboration that allows us to trade opportunities and build relationships with our Chinese colleagues. We’re excited about the prospects of sharing some insights from our 25 years of practice, and of supporting the development of the emerging ADR field in China. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate TMG’s 25th anniversary.”

Life after school is a major theme in the program’s focus. “Being able to give the students a sense of the possibilities for their careers and the potential for conflict resolution services in China was important to them as well as to us,” reports David Matz, a co-founding principal at TMG and a co-director of the negotiation competition. Matz also teaches at UMASS-Boston in the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program that he founded over 25 years ago.

In addition to thinking about a job, the students are considering what else China needs to develop its conflict resolution profession. “Conflict resolution requires diverse skills to meet the variety of needs both for the problem at hand and for those within conflict,” offered Jane Honoroff, a TMG co-founding principal with an advanced degree in social work. “We are fortunate to have several colleagues from a variety of organizations around Boston who have graciously volunteered to talk about what they do and engage these students around this message of an ‘ADR spectrum’ during the program.”

TMG is in the top ten of Boston Business Journal’s 2010 list of the area’s largest ADR firms, has been an approved provider of mediators for court mediation programs since their inception, and has among its mediators long-time recipients of both Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer in Boston honors. Individuals and organizations interested in learning more about TMG’s mediation and other conflict management services can visit http://www.themediationgroup.org.

ABOUT TMG
The Mediation Group, established as a nonprofit organization in 1985, is one of the longest standing general Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) firms in the country. TMG provides expertise to individuals and organizations dealing with complex conflicts, and offers a full range of ADR services including civil and family mediation, arbitration, organizational development, ADR systems design, facilitation, and training. TMG's professionals have backgrounds in law, social work, education, healthcare, and commercial businesses, providing a truly multidisciplinary approach to conflict resolution.

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