Volunteering


 Getting Started with CMS℠ as a Mediator

Step 1: Orientation and Required Trainings

We welcome all qualified mediators to our program, we do ask that you are willing to commit to ALL of the following required timelines and procedures:

ActionDetailsContact
Attend a CMS New Volunteer OrientationSee registration link for the next scheduled orientation.Registration Link: http://goo.gl/Sc9hqk
Must submit proof of:Completion of a 40 hour course in mediation with certificate,
completion of at least a Bachelor’s Degree,
resume or CV, and
current contact information.
Email: courtmediationservicesacct@gmail.com
Must agree to a CMS background check at own expenseCurrently $30.00 minimum, plus $7.00 for each additional name used (a/k/a).Paid at the time of orientation.
Attend a Small Claims Court and Collection Clinic(s).Small Claims Clinics are held on the third Tuesday of the month.
Collections Clinics are held on the third Thursday of each month.
See website for current yearly dates: http://goo.gl/ffYf15
Expected to give a 12 month commitment to the CMS program.A Mediator who has not mediated within the last 6 months is considered inactive. In order to reactivate, he/she will be required to attend another CMS Orientation and process another background check, and/or provide other time commitments and services approved in advance by the CMS Executive Director and/or Chair Person.In order to reactivate contact: courtmediationservicesacct@gmail.com
Participate in:CMS group discussions,
internal and subject matter trainings, and
reflective practice.

*** If you are interested in attending the next scheduled orientation please click on this link: http://goo.gl/Sc9hqk *** 


 Mediator Levels

Mediator LevelsRequirementsApproval FromGained Responsibilities
Silent Observer (Optional)Orientation
Observation Review Form
Sign CMS Policy for Observing a Mediation Case
If the mediation participants and mediator(s) have no objection.Practical application of court mediation.
Level 1 : Co MediationsEach new mediator begins as a co-mediator with a more experienced mediator (“Lead”).
Co-mediate at least (6) cases for CMS with completed Peer Evaluation Forms.
Executive Director or the Executive Director’s designee.Solo mediate in Small Claims Court;
Solo mediate in County Court.
Level 2 : Solo MediationsSolo mediate at least 10 cases for CMS before being approved as a lead mediator.Executive Director or the Executive Director’s designee.Co-mediate with new CMS volunteers,
Apply guidance in mediation process and feedback.
Lead mediate in Small Claims Court;
Lead mediate in County Court.
Level 3 : Lead Mediations Lead Mediate an additional 20 cases.Executive Director or the Executive Director’s designee.Ability to be added to the “scheduled” mediations list of mediators.
Level 4 : Specialty DivisionsMediators must obtain required subject matter trainings before being added to these mediator lists. Executive Director or the Executive Director’s designee.Ability to be added to the:
Probate Court,
Domestic Relations,
District Court, and
Protection Order, roster of mediators.


Lead Mediator Benefits

CMS℠ plays an important role in educating the parties, courts, legal profession, and public regarding the benefits of mediation. The lead mediators are responsible for the management of the mediation, balancing the needs of the parties while mentoring the co-mediator. CMS℠ asks that lead mediators stay current with the procedures and policies of the program. Lead mediators will have the ability to receive a portion of the fees collected for a paid mediation.

CMS℠ Lead Mediator Responsibilities

  • Volunteer shifts start at 8am and may go to noon or later depending on the case load, and length of cases. Mediators should have at least two hours available before they agree to mediate a case.
  • CMS mediations generally take at least 2 hours.  However, if a mediation goes beyond 2 hours a volunteer must be prepared to stay the duration of the mediation or schedule a second meeting time.
  • When a settlement has been reached, a Resolution Agreement or Stipulation is prepared, signed by the parties, their counsel (if any), and then reviewed by the Court.
  • If no resolution is reached, the parties return to Court for a judicial resolution of the matter.
  • Mediators will prepare five documents in each case: 1) an Agreement to Mediate, signed by the parties, their attorneys (if any), the mediators and others who participate in mediation, 2) Report of Mediation, 3) the Confidential Case Report, 4) Payment receipt/reminder, and 5) Peer Review Form. Mediators are also asked to have the parties fill out the Mediation Satisfaction Survey.
  • Lead mediators are asked to complete the Peer Review Form by discussing it with the Co-mediator after the mediation reflecting on the practice of mediation.

Reflective Practice and Discussion Groups

Mediators are encouraged and may be required to attend trainings and CBA ADR topical luncheons at which speakers address issues regarding ADR. CLE credits are sometimes available.

Discussion groups are held to collect feedback from our mediators. They are held periodically on varying topics. We encourage all mediators to participate so that CMS℠ can better serve the courts and the community.

 Other Benefits to Mediators

Mediators are welcome to attend monthly CBA Dispute Resolution section meeting, located 1900 Grant St. 9th floor, on the first Friday of every month from 12:00-1:00pm. Active CMS℠ mediators are provided insurance coverage through the bar association for CMS℠ mediations. 


Post Mediation Certificate Practicum Program

Currently Accepting Practicum Submissions

CMS℠ Practicum Description

CMSAssociate Mediators have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the court system, as well as gain program management experience. Associates may be a volunteer professional or a student for school credit.

As “the face” of the CMS program to the courts, CMSAssociates will work with Judges, court personnel, attorneys, litigants, underserved populations and other mediators. In addition, Associates will assist with strategic program planning and management in matters such as expanding the program, increasing awareness of the program, developing training opportunities, maintaining program discipline, fundraising, etc. The ideal candidate should have a strong interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution, good communication and organizational skills, enjoy working with people and be a self-starter in a fast paced and quickly changing environment.

To access the complete Guidelines for the CMSPracticum Program, please click here.
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Guaranteed Training CMS Orientation - 3 hr.
Associate Orientation - 2 hr.
Small claims and collections clinic - 4 hr.
Mentorship:
(2) Observations - 4 hr. approx.
(6) Co-Mediations - 12 hr. approx.
(10) Solo Mediations - 20 hr. approx.
CMS Training - 2 hr. min.
Total Approx = 45 Hours
Time CommitmentFor a requested 6, 9, or 12 month commitment:
- One day per week onsite shift (approximately 8:00 a.m. to noon.)
- One Friday per month onsite shift (approximately 8:00 a.m. to noon.)
- Additional onsite shifts as needed to cover for other Associates
- Attendance at one to two CMS℠ Administrative Meetings per year (approximately 3 hours)
- Attendance at Associate Meetings (approximately 4 per year)
- Assistance at CMS℠ Orientations (2 times per year- approximately 4 hours)
- Occasional report preparations (can be accomplished during onsite shift)
- Assistance in preparing policies and procedures (approximately 2 hours per month)
- Other tasks as agreed, e.g. assist in and/or attend social functions and marketing functions (approximately 2 hours each, approximately 4 times per year).

ApplicationCover Letter
Resume
Copy of 40 hour Mediation Certificate
3 professional references – Name, title, relationship to applicant, phone, & email.
Please send all application items to Courtmediationservicesacct@gmail.com

Application Process

Please Send all application Items to Courtmediationservicesacct@gmail.com

Applicants will then receive confirmation of the next scheduled Associate interviews.