Hear ye, hear ye!

Doesn’t your mind hear that every time you see the word “proclamation”? OK, maybe it’s just me.

Today, I remind you that October 18, 2012, is National Mediation Day. As in many U.S. states and cities, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has declared this week (October 14-20) “Mediation Week.” The week’s theme: “Mediation in the Mainstream.”

In so doing, he issued a proclamation (there’s that word again). Among other things, it recognizes the increased use of and value in alternative conflict resolution. Here is a copy of the proclamation:

2012 Mediation Week Proclamation 

Meanwhile, the American Bar Association declared the third week of October “ABA Mediation Week” (well branded, sir).

I covered local events last year; you can read about them here. It bears noting that getting a proclamation proclaimed does not occur without great effort. Congratulations to those Arizona attorneys who value mediation enough to seek to spread the word locally, in the state and nationally. Special plaudits go to those members of the State Bar of Arizona Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, especially Sherman Fogel and David Tierney. Congratulations!

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Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Oct. 6, 2011

On October 6, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon declared Mediation Week, which will occur October 16-22. It was at the request of the State Bar of Arizona Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

At the event, State Bar President Joe Kanefield delivered remarks, as did Mayor Gordon and ADR Section member Donna Williams.

A few photos more photos from the event are below. More are online at the magazine Facebook page.

President Kanefield’s remarks are available here

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, State Bar President Joe Kanefield and members of the ADR Section, Oct. 6, 2011Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and State Bar President Joe Kanefield, Oct. 6, 2011

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and State Bar President Joe Kanefield, Oct. 6, 2011