OMA Members Listserv Guidance
The OMA members-only listserv is an email group used to communicate with fellow members on matters relevant to the OMA mission to develop, support and advocate for mediation in the state of Oregon. Members are encouraged to use the listserv to connect with colleagues on opportunities, referrals, advice, relevant legislation and other relevant information. This email Google group is set up as an opt in group, and you will receive an email that allows you to opt in when we set it up.
How to join
After we launch the listserv, members will be able to join through the website or by contacting oma@ORmediation.org if you did not to get an opt in email and want to join. If you joined and decide that you wish to be removed you can contact oma@ORmediation.org with your request. The list is not actively moderated*.
About the Listserv
Please note that this listserv is not an official OMA communication vehicle. You will NOT receive newsletters and other official announcements through the listserv. They will come to your email through a separate process. The listserv is a method for members to communicate.
Please also note that although OMA’s mission formally only specifies “mediation”, OMA’s board considers its mission to cover the mediation “big tent” to include other modes of dispute resolution, such as facilitation, arbitration, coaching, peacemaking and diversity and inclusion. Therefore, we are including all dispute resolution related (DR-related) topics as proper subjects of listserv conversations.
How to use the Listserv
The listserv is in effect a group email. To post to the list, just put OMAmembers@googlegroups.com in the “to” block of your email program. Keep in mind that your employer or your computer system may strip out attachments or block email entirely if it has nonstandard fonts, photographs or the like. People are most likely to receive your email if you keep it simple.
You will only be able to send email to the list from the address you used when you registered as a member or from an alternate address that you request and that we add to our member database. From time to time, we will sweep the list to delete addresses which do not appear in our member database, so please let us know when you want to change your listserv address.
MEDIATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION-RELATED EMAILS: Announcements by OMA members, including Dispute Resolution Centers, job announcements, information about dispute resolution related legislation, referral requests, requests for advice (for case advice, be very general in your factual background statements to respect the confidentiality of the parties). Please note, announcements and other communications directly from OMA will come by a separate method.
NON-DISPUTE RESOLUTION-RELATED EMAILS: At this time, we are not allowing emails that are not related to dispute resolution.[DISCUSSION] Any email that is intended to trigger a discussion among listmates. Please limit your discussions to topics relevant to OMA mission: to develop, support and advocate for the ‘big tent’ practice of mediation in the state of Oregon.
REPLYING TO MESSAGES: Please direct your reply ONLY to the person who sent the email unless the response appears to be something that the listserv would benefit from. If a message is labeled [DISCUSSION], you will want respond to the listserv. Please make sure the [DISCUSSION] label is kept on the message title.
TONE: Please use a respectful, professional tone.
OUT OF OFFICE MESSAGE: If you create on Out of Office message, please program it so it does not go to the entire listserv. If you need help on this, email us at oma@ORmediation.org and we can provide guidance for most email apps.
IDENTIFY YOURSELF: If your name is unidentifiable through your email address, be sure to include it in the text of your email.
PLEASE NOTE: While we encourage a healthy and meaningful discussion on all issues concerning our membership, OMA reminds the group that it cannot endorse or encourage the setting of rates for dispute resolution professionals, due to antitrust considerations.
Before sharing details of a case or situation, it would be useful to review Oregon mediation confidentiality requirements in ORS 36.262.
*MODERATED CONVERSATIONS: The listserv is not actively moderated. However, if a discussion breaks the guidelines noted above, the OMA office may step in to temporarily moderate at its discretion. This means that posts may be deleted before they make it to your inbox, and without notification.
If a member of OMA raises a question or issue on the listserv related to the practice or the business of dispute resolution and which could pertain to a number of members, then OMA will welcome anyone responding to the post to respond to the entire listserv. It is OMA’s policy that if others in the community might benefit from the response, then it is fine to “reply all”. If a question or issue is not broad enough to apply to a group of members, the reply should go to the individual member.
OMA encourages use of the Listserv to share relevant information, questions, and ideas, and the moderators will monitor any conversation that ensues. If the conversation becomes very lively, then the moderators will create an OMA Listserv discussion group for the topic and will request that the conversation move to the discussion group.
If the discussion is one that is initiated by OMA leadership or an OMA committee, then the moderators may delay the move to the discussion group in order to encourage the fullest possible discussion of the issue.
Questions? Contact oma@ORmediation.org