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Cultivating and Nuturing: Sustaining and Growing Nonprofit Mediation Services by Plating Seeds and Fostering Growth with State Government Partners; presented by Debora Denny, Director of the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution.

11/20/2014
When: 11/20/2014
From 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM EST

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"Cultivating and nurturing: sustaining and growing nonprofit mediation services by planting seeds and fostering growth with state government partners” 

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Date & Time:
November 20, 2014; 3-4pm CST

Presenter:
Debora Denny, J.D. (formerly Debora Brownyard) 

Short Description:
Sharing ideas on how to sustain and grow nonprofit mediation centers services and revenues by working with divergent state government entities over the long term. Nebraska’s experience of nearly 25 years’ sustainability by the regional nonprofit mediation centers.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn about how cultivating relationships nearly 25 years ago has carried forward the statutory foundation for nonprofit mediation centers and their important relationship with the State Office of Dispute Resolution and the Nebraska court system.
  2. Participants will learn examples of recent successful partnerships to expand mediation services with the court system, probation, the legislature, and state and local agencies, as well as with national ADR and justice system partners.
  3. Participants will learn about the significant increase in cases, funding, and mediator credentialing experienced by the nonprofit mediation centers and future issues that will need to be addressed to ensure sustainability.

Presenter's Bio:
Debora Denny, J.D. (formerly Debora Brownyard), is the director of the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) with the Nebraska Supreme Court. In this role, she works to enhance the use of quality mediation and ADR resources with courts, mediators, and the public, including parenting mediation, child welfare conferencing, and juvenile victim offender mediation. She also works with ongoing court programs and initiatives such as strategic planning and self-represented litigants. Mediation ethics and education, parenting mediator approval, access to justice for self-represented litigants, and developing and implementing public policy are elements of this work. Prior to this, Debora was the founding director of Nebraska Justice Center, a regional non-profit mediation center located in northeast Nebraska serving 24 counties. In that capacity she actively mediated, facilitated, and provided training in family and child welfare matters, education, environmental, and tribal and multi-jurisdiction public policy issues. Debora served as Adjunct Faculty in ADR with Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, NE, and was a member of the Executive Board of the National Association for Community Mediation. Debora is a current member of the Nebraska Bar Association and its ADR Section Executive Committee; the Nebraska Mediation Association; the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; and the American Bar Association and its Dispute Resolution Section Committee.  

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