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  • Thursday, October 01, 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous


    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and this year the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence(RICADV) has launched a new public awareness campaign calling on the community to help end domestic violence.

    Mediators and all Rhode Islanders are called upon to “know the signs” and to learn more about subtle and commonly overlooked forms of abuse.

    This month, the campaign will include survivor stories on social media, radio and Pandora public service announcements in English and Spanish, TV public service announcements across local stations and billboards and ads displayed throughout our state.

    Look for a video interview series through Rhode Informa and featured stories in The Providence Journal.


  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    By issuing Administrative Order 2019-1, RI Family Court Chief Judge Michael Forte has formally laid to rest the defunct Family Court "Private Mediators List" that many had hoped would drive business directly to them.  The list may have functioned briefly in the mid-nineties, but proved to be cumbersome and unworkable over the years.    

    The new Order, issued March 13, 2019, declares that the Mediation profession "has matured to the point where it sets its own standards for attorneys, social workers, counselors, psychologists and other professionals who advertise themselves as mediators" and further that "the court has no jurisdiction or oversight over private mediators"  

    The mission of the RI Mediators Association is to support private professional mediators in their development. 

    The Administrative Order can be found at  

     http://www.rimediators.org/resources/Documents/Admin%20Order%202019-1%20X%20mediator%20List.pdf

     

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

     

     
    We are saddened to announce the passing of a friend and mediation colleague Judge Joseph A. Keough. Judge Keough was an active member, contributor, and friend of the RI Mediators Association. He could be seen at most RI Mediators Association events.

    He will be sorely missed.

    The most moving part of his tribute was:

    "Notwithstanding his many achievements, Judge Keough will be remembered for the way he lived his life. He was a self-made man who earned his successes through hard work, tenacity and education. A proud Irishman, he enjoyed life to the fullest and surrounded himself with friends, family and laughter. He may have had a few regrets when he left this world, but if he did, they were too few to mention because he did it his way".

    Our deepest sympathies go out to his Family

    http://www.trippfuneralhome.com/obituary/honorable-joseph-keough

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous
     

    Chief Judge Michael Forte has announced that the Court is, once again, in the process of expanding the number mediators employed by the Court. The actual Civil Service Title for the Court's staff Mediators is "Lawyer" or "Attorney" with a sub-classification of Mediator. The Court used its normal notification process and the application period has closed. Staff is at work reviewing the applications received. Staff Mediators are variously assigned to help resolve cases involving divorce, parenting, alienation, post-divorce, never-married couples, or miscellaneous cases.

    The Court's hope is that the increased emphasis on mediation will prove less costly and time-consuming for litigants and the court. 

    related postings;

    http://www.rimediators.org/News/6133475

    http://www.rimediators.org/News/6245387

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018 11:10 PM | Anonymous

     

     

    Wishing you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    and

    Thank You for your support throughout the year.

    Rhode Island Mediators Association 

     

    Also

    You are invited to our 

    HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

    Wed. December 12, 2018   at 5:15 - 7:15 PM

    at 1149 Restaurant in Warwick, RI

     

    All Proceeds will be Donated to the RI Food Bank

    Please let us know if you can attend by registering at

    http://www.rimediators.org/event-3093877

     

     

     

  • Thursday, September 06, 2018 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Rhode Island Mediators Association has announced that the 2018 "Bruce I. Kogan, Esq. Founders Award." will be presented to CMCRI at RIMA's 2018 KICK-OFF and CELEBRATION DINNER on Wednesday, September 26th.  The dinner event will be held at Davenport's Restaurant in East Providence, RI. 

    The Founder's Award is intended to acknowledge significant contributions to "Advancing Quality Mediation in Rhode Island." 

    CMCRI is being recognized for its efforts in successfully expanding their Basic Mediation Training Program to 40 hours thereby providing the foundation for greater mediator skill development. 

    This event is open to the public - preregistration is required. 

      More info and Event Registration 

     

  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018 5:36 PM | Anonymous

     On April 26, 2018, Professor Bruce Kogan was honored by the Roger Williams University Law community for his remarkable contributions at the dedication of the Professor Bruce I. Kogan Clinic Conference Room.  The ceremony and reception was attended by members of the judiciary, elected officials, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. 
    Founding faculty member, two-time interim Dean, master mediator – Professor Bruce I. Kogan has been all these and more, and his name is now permanently ensconced at Roger Williams University School of Law’s experiential campus in downtown Providence.
    A Distinguished Career
    Professor Kogan’s career has been dedicated to providing his students with practical opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom, whether by mediating under his supervision in the Rhode Island court system or participating in local zoning board hearings.
    Long active in the Rhode Island legal community, Kogan is a co-founder and past president of the first non-profit organization for mediators in the state, the Rhode Island Mediators Association.  He is active as a volunteer mediator with the Center for Collaboration and Mediation of Rhode Island, and was a member of the transition team of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin ‘97, in addition to having served for the past fifteen years on the Bristol, R.I., Zoning Board of Review.
    Kogan has authored numerous articles on topics ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Act, to taxation, to disciplinary and ethical issues in divorce and family law (included as a chapter in A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island, 2009). In addition to Dispute Resolution, Professor Kogan regularly taught Property and Trusts and Estates.
    Prior to joining RWU Law, Kogan served as an appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and then practiced law for almost ten years in Pennsylvania, concentrating on taxation, business and estate planning, for-profit and non-profit corporations, and real estate.  He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University, a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law, an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, and an honorary doctorate in laws from RWU Law.
    All gifts to the RWU Law Alumni Fund in honor of Professor Kogan’s retirement will be used to help us recognize his remarkable contributions.

    https://law.rwu.edu/news/news-archive/honoring-professor-bruce-kogan 

  • Friday, May 04, 2018 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    ProJo 5/4/2018

    By Katie Mulvaney Journal Staff Writer     ProJo 5/4/2018

    Former state Traffic Tribunal Chief Magistrate William R. Guglietta is joining the Family Court staff as a mediator, part of a restructuring aimed at assisting parties representing themselves in divorce cases.

    Family Court Chief Judge Michael B. Forte agreed to hire Guglietta, expanding the number of Family Court Mediation Services lawyers to four, according to courts spokesman Craig N. Berke.

    “Judge Forte feels that mediation is a really great tool for self-represented litigants,” Berke said. Currently, about 50 percent of cases in Family Court are being self-litigated, he said.

    Guglietta applied for the position, and was selected, in part, for Forte’s familiarity with the empathy Guglietta exhibited during his years as a prosecutor in Family Court, Berke said.

    “He thinks he’s a great fit,” Berke said. The base salary for the position ranges from $79,753 to $90,456. In addition, Guglietta will receive 17-percent longevity pay for his years in state service, Berke said. He is expected to start May 14.

    Forte is also launching a pilot screening program to assess whether pro se cases could be resolved short of trial through mediation, Berke said.

    The hope is that the increased emphasis on mediation will prove less costly and time-consuming for litigants and the court.

    The state Senate last month confirmed a former member of its own ranks, Domenic A. DiSandro III, to replace Guglietta as chief judge of the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

    State Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell in March chose DiSandro to lead the court, instead of reappointing Guglietta, whose 10-year term had ended.

    “He concluded he wanted a change in leadership at the Traffic Tribunal,” Berke said. Guglietta had earned $186,050 as head of the Traffic Tribunal.

    John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, told The Journal that his group’s research showed that it was the first time a magistrate had been replaced at the expiration of his 10-year term.

    Prior to being named chief magistrate, Guglietta worked as chief legal counsel for former House Majority Leader Gordon Fox and as a Cranston Municipal Court judge. He has done stints as a prosecutor in the state attorney general’s office and, in 1998, he ran unsuccessfully for attorney general 

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    Family Court Chief Judge Michael B. Forte promoted Lori Jean Giarrusso Esq. to Director of Family Court Mediation Services, where she previously worked as a staff mediator. She will earn $123,903 with longevity, according to courts spokesman Craig N. Berke.

    Forte also has expanded the number of Family Court Mediation Services lawyers to four with the hiring of , former state Traffic Tribunal Chief Magistrate William R. Guglietta as a mediator, Berke said.

    Forte is also launching a pilot screening program to assess whether pro se cases could be resolved short of trial through mediation, Berke said.

    The hope is that the increased emphasis on mediation will prove less costly and time-consuming for litigants and the court.


  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Roger Williams Law School will be awarding an honorary law degree to Professor Bruce I. Kogan at this year's Commencement.  Referred to as a luminary, Professor Kogan is a founding faculty member at RWU Law who has twice (in 1998-1999 and 2001-2003) served as Dean of Rhode Island’s only law school, and is one of the state’s leading experts on alternatives to litigation. 

    “I am very excited that the law school is able to honor people whose work is so consonant with our values,” said Michael J. Yelnosky, Dean of RWU Law.  Yelnosky went on to say "Professor Kogan helped design a forward-looking curriculum that emphasized practical skills and public service when he helped found the school in 1993.” 

    RWU President Donald J. Farish, added “At Roger Williams University, we think it is particularly important to recognize those who have contributed to the public good and who reflect our institutional mission of strengthening society.”

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