"Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso, the CEO and Founder of Manousso Mediation and Arbitration, LLC, and her team select a student annually to train as a mediator and arbitrator to complement their career path with conflict management skills and solutions."
"Bowen Mei, a new (alternative) dispute resolution (ADR) professional, is a rising senior at Stephen F. Austin HS in Fort Bend ISD. His extracurricular activities include the Chess Club, Computer Association, and Model United Nations chapter, as well as playing badminton and basketball recreationally. His future plan is to attend college at UT in Austin or Rice University as a computer science major.
2015 - 2016
Caroline Ankoma-Sey is a senior at St. John's High School in Houston. She recently earned a certificate as a professional mediator at Manousso Mediation and Arbitration, LLC. In addition to this certificate, she was accepted into a special conflict management course at the University of Texas.
She is the Captain of the Girls Track and Field Team, and plays on the Varsity Track Team, JV Basketball Team, JV Volleyball Team, and enjoys piano, ballet, tap, and jazz.
Her many awards and achievements include Bronze and Silver Awards in Girl Scouts.
She has received many college acceptances, so her quest is now to pick the one that will support her interest in dispute resolution.
2014 - 2015
Andrea R. Cooper, MLA, is a communications professional adept at community relations, issues management, and special event coordination. She received her baccalaureate degree in English from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and is a recent graduate from the University of St. Thomas (UST) where she received her MLA degree in Communications.
Andrea became a professional mediator during her final semester at UST, through the Global Conflict Management course, instructed by Dr. Barbara S. Manousso and Melissa Back, J.D. She looks forward to helping others resolve their conflict through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes and plans to attend Our Lady of the Lake University to pursue a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies in Fall 2015.
What is "arbitration"? Arbitration is a process whereby contending parties agree voluntarily to submit a dispute to a neutral party for decision and agree to comply with the decision. Arbitration can be binding or non-binding based upon party requests or contract requirements.
What is "mediation"? Mediation is a process where parties to a dispute talk in a controlled setting about the issues that they are contesting, and, with the help of a trained Mediator, attempt to reach an agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved in the dispute. It differs from other forms of resolution in that there is no settlement unless there is an agreement reached between the parties.
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Evaluative/Directional Approach mediator oriented, wherein the mediator evaluates the merits of the dispute and related claims to provide opinions and assist the parties with solutions.
Facilitative Approach A process oriented and focuses on bringing parties together to communicate openly and freely about their conflict in effort to explore potential solutions
Is people oriented, focusing on empowerment and recognition. The mediator 1) helps the parties understand and analyze the different positions and perspectives brought to the conflict and 2) encourages the parties to discover and develop their own solutions