5:30 PM17:30

40th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting

Join us to celebrate 40 years of bringing peace to the community! We will honor past and present mediators and recognize the contributions they have made to the MetroWest. We are honored to welcome Senate President Karen Spilka as the keynote speaker.

RSVP is required to celebration@metrowestmediation.org

Thank you to our event sponsors:

  • Bose Corporation

  • Avidia Bank

  • Wegman’s

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Become a Mediator
to Dec 12

Become a Mediator

MetroWest Mediation Services (MWMS) offers a 35-hour mediation training program which emphasizes facilitative mediation as an alternative to litigation and a method for resolving difficult business, legal & community issues. The training program is conducted by a highly qualified and experienced team of trainers who are also mediation practitioners.

Through the use of lectures, demonstrations, interactive exercises, supervised role-plays, and group discussions, the training  will prepare you to become a mediator and to effectively facilitate the mediation process.  Our training offers the fundamentals upon which mediation specializations are built, for example, divorce or public policy mediation. This course appeals to a wide variety of people from the fields of education, law, social services and business who want to apply mediation skills to their personal, professional and civic lives.

The mediation training meets the training requirement outlined in the Massachusetts Confidentiality Statute (MGL ch233 sec 23C) and Rule 8(c)(i) of the MA Supreme Judicial Court’s Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution.

Register at: https://www.metrowestmediationservices.org/mediation-training/

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Celebration of Mediation & Annual Meeting
5:30 PM17:30

Celebration of Mediation & Annual Meeting

Guest Speaker:
Judge Gloria Tan
Associate Justice, Middlesex County Juvenile Court

Please join us as we recognize the contributions of our volunteer mediators and celebrate the role of mediation in the courts and community. Guest Speaker Judge Gloria Tan will speak about the new mediation program in Framingham Juvenile Court which offers youth and families an alternative means to resolve conflict.

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Community/Police Relations - Dialogue Forum
10:00 AM10:00

Community/Police Relations - Dialogue Forum

Free and Open to the Public

Please RSVP to Seth@metrowestmediationservices.org in order to receive the issue book prior to the forum

After falling steadily for decades, the rate of violent crime in the United States rose again in recent years. Interactions between community members and police too often end in violence. People are increasingly worried about safety in their communities. Many people are concerned that something is going on with violence in communities, law enforcement, and race that is undermining the national ideals of safety and justice for all.

All are welcome to join us for a forum in which we address key questions:

How should we ensure that Americans of every race and background are treated with respect and fairness?

What should we do to ensure that the police have the support they need to fairly enforce the law?

To what degree do racial and other forms of bias distort the justice system?

What should we do as community members to help reduce violence of all kinds in our communities and the nation as a whole?

This deliberative dialogue forum provides space for people to do the democratic work of making thoughtful judgments about the best course of action for addressing a problem, after considering tensions, benefits and trade-offs. The deliberation includes the consideration of the things that are held valuable and what matters most to individuals, their families, their communities, and our country as a whole.

The dialogue entails participants sharing their personal stories in ways that convey their relationships to, and experiences with, the issue -- weighing various options for addressing the issue, reflecting on where the deliberations have led, and identifying any common ground for action, areas of tension, tradeoffs that people are willing to make, and any further work that remains to be done. 

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Mediating for FEMA: Conflict Resolution in the Midst of Disaster
10:00 AM10:00

Mediating for FEMA: Conflict Resolution in the Midst of Disaster

MetroWest Mediation Services is pleased to host Don Greenstein for a presentation and discussion about his work as an active on call Ombud with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in disaster response matters throughout the US.

This event is free and open to the public. Register Here.

Thursday, July 26
10:00 - 11:30am

McAuliffe Library
746 Water St

About Don Greenstein:

Don Greenstein has a background in negotiations, dispute resolution, law, facilitation and conflict management. He has over 27 years of experience working with a broad spectrum of technical issues and dispute resolution processes. Don is a “re-formed” attorney, whose conflict management work has involved facilitation, mediation and external and internal ombud services of private and governmental workplace issues, as well as family, interpersonal, environmental, health, tribal, community and business matters. His passion is helping people with ongoing relationships work through difficult conversations. He spends his free time mentoring other mediators while mediating small claims and housing/landlord tenant matters in the Boston District Courts, with Metropolitan Mediation Services.

Don is an active on call Ombud with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in disaster response matters throughout the US. He is affiliated with the Boston Law Collaborative, mediating, training and working as a panel member on the BLC Roster. He has his own freelance mediation, conflict coaching, facilitation and external ombud practice, based in Natick, MA.

He is an active Roster member on the Dept. of Interior EEO mediation panel, the Udall Foundation Federal Environmental mediation panel, and the National Health Lawyers mediation panel. Don holds a law degree from Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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