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Post Training Mediation Opportunities

Aspiring mediators need to do more than take a mediation training to become a mediator – they need to mediate cases. MWI offers our mediation trainees post training mediation opportunities to grow their skill-set by mediating actual cases in court.

MWI offers two options to gain mediation experience: MWI’s Court Mediation Program and MWI’s Mentor Programs.


MWI Court Mediation Program

MWI has volunteer opportunities available for mediators to build their experience and develop their skills by mediating small claims matters with MWI’s Court Mediation Program. The MWI Court Mediation Panel includes between 40-50 active mediators who provide services at no charge to parties in twelve courts, fulfilling MWI’s mission to building our clients’ capacity to collaborate and find mutually beneficial solutions, regardless of their capacity to pay. The Court Mediation Panel enjoys a proven reputation for proficiency and professionalism.

For more information about MWI’s Court Mediation Program, please email Marcus Stergio at mstergio@mwi.org or call 617-895-4029 with questions.


Mediation Mentoring

MWI’s Mentoring programs provide trained mediators with an opportunity to increase their awareness and effectiveness as mediators through supervised skill-development and advising with experienced MWI Mentors. MWI’s Director of Mediation Services, Josh Hoch, works with interested mentees to design a customized program so mediators can achieve their desired goals.

  • Divorce Mediation Opportunities & Mentoring – For trained divorce mediators looking for real case experience, MWI, in conjunction with the Norfolk, Brockton, and Plymouth Probate and Family Courts, offers an opportunity for mediators to mediate divorce and family cases while receiving mentoring from MWI mentors. Next Program starts with Orientation during early December of 2017. Learn more here.
  • Strategic Mentoring – MWI Mentors are available to help mentees build their skills in the following areas:  dealing with difficult parties, overcoming impasse, agreement writing, refining and internalizing the mediator’s opening and skillfully implementing the mediation process. Other mentees choose to spend time refreshing basic mediation skills.
  • Role Play Opportunities – MWI provides supervised solo mediation role play opportunities in a variety of topic matters that are of interest to the mentee, including: commercial, divorce, employment, and other business disputes.
  • Observing Experienced Mediators – For those interested in observing MWI Mentors mediate, this can be arranged for court mediations, employment cases, commercial cases, divorce cases, and cases in District & Municipal Courts.
  • Mediating While Receiving Feedback – MWI provides mediators with opportunities to attend court to solo or co-mediate cases while a MWI Mentor observes and provides feedback at the conclusion of the mediation.
  • Debriefing of Cases – Mediators can arrange for a MWI Mentor to be available by phone, Skype or in person to debrief mediations. Opportunities range from 20 minutes to one hour. Debriefing cases allows mediators to reflect on the mediation and gain tips and learn new tools for dealing with aspects of the mediation they found challenging.

Sample Mentors (click on photo for bio)

  • Josh Hoch
    Josh Hoch
  • Nnena Odim
    Nnena Odim
  • Marcus Stergio
    Marcus Stergio
  • Robin DiGiammarino
    Robin DiGiammarino
Josh Hoch

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Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston (Financial District)
617-895-4028 | jhoch@mwi.org

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Josh Hoch is a mediator, instructor, and is Director of Mediation Services at MWI. A mediator since 1996, Josh mediates family, divorce, parenting, child support, never married parents, and housing cases. In addition to his mediation work, Josh is also a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads advanced mediation training programs in areas of divorce and housing/eviction. As Director of Mediation Services at MWI, Josh manages mediations and arbitrations in the areas of family law, consumer automotive, real estate, land use, and construction. Additionally, Josh coordinates monthly workshops for parents seeking divorce and serves as a mentor to mediators looking to expand their practice to include divorce mediation. Josh is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC from 2005 to 2012. Josh has been featured in the Boston Globe and on the award-winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce, and the use of divorce and family mediation in Massachusetts.


Representative Matters

Josh Hoch has mediated over 700 cases including:

  • Divorce Mediation – short and long term marriages
  • Never married parents – separation, parenting plans, and child support
  • Physical separation, asset & liability division, and property division
  • Same-sex divorce
  • Custody disputes
  • Parenting plans
  • Parents who want to stay married
  • Pro se and with counsel present
  • Post-Divorce
  • Several cases mediated with a Spanish translator
  • High conflict cases
  • Cases involving bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and domestic violence

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Designed and currently oversees a mediation program where divorce and family mediation services are provided to the Trial Court. (September 2013 – present)
  • Received recognition for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the MA AFCC Chapter, an organization working to assist families in conflict through education, research and services.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC (2005 – 2012)
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Organizational Member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Appeared on the award winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce and the use of divorce and family mediation in MA
  • Featured as a mediator in a Boston Globe article
  • Served as Treasurer for an annual fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families, (2003 – 2015)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • AFCC’s 54th Annual Conference: Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony, Conference Presenter (May 2017)
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), Housing Mediation Trainer, (February 2017)
  • International Academic Institute of Mediation, Conference Presenter, Divorce Mediation in the Courts, (September 2015)
  • Provide individual mentoring to mediators looking to increase their effectiveness as mediators, (2003 – present)
  • Advanced Refresher Mediation Skills Training Program, Presenter, (2015 – 2016)
  • New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution Biennial Regional Conference, Presenter, “I’m a Trained Mediator, Now What do I Do?”, (June 2015)
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Instructor, (April 2005 – present)
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Presenter, On-site mediation project in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, (2014)
  • Emerson College, Guest Speaker, (2014 – 2016)
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, mediation program supervisor, (2013 – present)
  • New England Law | Boston, Ethical Standards, Presenter, (2005 – 2013)
  • Liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Mediation Practicum, (2001 – 2011)
  • A Child’s Voice in Court: How to Get It, How to Interpret It and How to Use It, Panel Speaker, (2008)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprise Inc., Trainer. Trained over 950 employees dispute resolution and communication skills and educated over 1700 employees through briefings, (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Vermont), (2004 – 2006)
  • Harvard Law School, Intern Fair, Cambridge, MA, Presenter, (2005)
  • Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Guest Lecturer, Parent – Teen Mediation (2004)
  • Boston University Law School, Court Connected ADR, Guest Speaker, (2003 – 2008)
  • Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center, Divorce Mediation Presenter, (2003 – 2004)
  • Newton and Lexington Community Education, Presenter: Divorce Information You Want to Know, (2003 – 2005)
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Southern New England School of Law, Mediation Trainer and Coach (2001 – 2004)
  • Northeastern University, undergraduate class, Guest Speaker, (2001 – 2002)

Background and Education

  • Divorce Mediator, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Director of Mediation Services, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Divorce Mediator, CLC Inc., Granite Bay, CA, 2004 – Present
  • Court & Divorce Mediator, Cambridge, MA, 2001 – 2012
  • Boston Municipal Court Mediator, Boston, MA, 2004 – 2007
  • Mediator for Prisoner Disputes, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Cambridge, MA, 2003 – 2005
  • District Court Mediator, Middlesex Mediation Program, Lowell, MA, 2000 – 2001
  • Staff Member, Academy of Family Mediators, Jan. 2000 – Dec. 2000
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • Mediation Training, L. Wing Mediation Consulting, 1996

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Nnena Odim

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Jamaica Plain and Boston
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Nnena Odim is a mediator, trainer, attorney, and consultant. She has been mediating since 1997 and has mediated disputes involving issues such as employment, housing, business, consumer, and specializes in mediating the full range of family/domestic relations (elder care, adoption, care and protection, CHINS, divorce, grandparent visitation, and LGBTQ issues, etc.). Nnena also designed and/or led numerous conflict management trainings for several local and national businesses and agencies, including Coca Cola Enterprises, the Boston Public Schools, and the Massachusetts Housing Authority. In addition to her mediation and conflict resolution training background, Nnena is the Associate Director and Senior Clinical Instructor of the Family/Domestic Violence Law Clinic at The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She provides experiential training to law students as she teaches them how to become effective and ethical attorneys.  Nnena has also worked with the Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation to provide trainings for students and various community members and to supervise Harvard Law School students in their mediation and negotiation studies. Nnena has mediated personal, academic, and administrative issues between students and faculty in higher education settings and served as a coach of mediation skills for trainings at MIT, Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, and New England School of Law. In 2013, Nnena was a Top Women in the Law award recipient from Mass. Lawyers Weekly.  In 2015, she received the Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Excellence.


Representative Matters

  • Worked with over 100 same-sex couples in both mediation and litigation, on a variety of legal scenarios, such as 2nd parent adoptions, divorce (with and without children), paternity, business dissolution, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and donor agreements for sperm donation
  • Drafted over 100 post-mediation Settlement Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding
  • Guardian ad Litem, appointed by Suffolk and Middlesex County Family and Probate Courts

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Top Women in the Law award recipient, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Training faculty for MWI’s annual Advanced Divorce Training
  • Guest lecturer for Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools’ mediation courses

Background and Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1997)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1991)
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh (1985)

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Marcus Stergio

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10 Liberty Square – 4th Floor Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-895-4029 | Fax: 617-973-9532 | Email: mstergio@mwi.org | Web: www.mwi.org/mentor

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Marcus Stergio is a mediator, mentor, and is the Manager of Commercial & Corporate Programs at MWI. Marcus mediates consumer conflicts, divorce and family cases, as well as housing disputes both within and outside of the MA Trial Court system. As the Manager of Commercial & Corporate Programs, Marcus manages the Court Mediation Program at MWI, serving as a mentor to mediators before, during and after court mediations. He is a member of MWI’s training team and serves as lead trainer for the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy mediation training at Tufts University, the MWI Housing and Eviction Training, as well as the MWI Refresher Mediation Program. Marcus also provides mediation training to commercial clients and participates as a guest mediation lecturer at the MIT Conflict Management Training, the Harvard University Program on Negotiation mediation seminar and at Lasell College. Outside of MWI, he is a member of the North Shore Community Mediation Center’s family and divorce mediation panel and serves as Web Manager for NEACR, the New England chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution.


Representative Matters

  • Serves as a mentor to all new and experienced court mediators at MWI
  • Oversees a panel of approximately 100 court mediators who provide pro bono mediation services to the MA Trial Court
  • Debriefs cases with mediators via phone, email and Skype
  • Runs advanced mediation trainings for both new and experienced mediators
  • Models mediation in role play simulations for mediators in training

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Web Manager, New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Mediator and Trainer, North Shore Community Mediation Center

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Serves as guest speaker and trainer at MIT Conflict Management Training
  • Coach and guest lecturer at Mediation & Conflict Management course, Harvard University
  • Conducts “Mediation as a Career” workshop, Newton (MA) Adult Continuing Education
  • Guest lecturer at Lasell College undergraduate and graduate Conflict Resolution courses
  • Current liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy mediation practicum
  • Mediation role-play model for 2015 MA Peer Mediator’s Forum

Background and Education

  • BA, Communication Studies/Business Administration, Northeastern University, 2008
  • MA, Conflict Resolution, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2012
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Harvard Law School, 2013

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Robin DiGiammarino

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Mediating workplace and housing matters | Mediation Trainer | Mentor
Phone: 617-895-4026 | Email: rdigiammarino@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Robin DiGiammarino brings her experience in local government, health care and small business to her work in the field of conflict management. She has worked with MWI since 2003 serving as a mediator, trainer, facilitator and mentor. A proponent of life long learning, Robin served as a public official on a local school board, providing stewardship for a public education system serving over six thousand students. Robin holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and she incorporates her expertise working with clients and her supervisory experience in clinical settings into her work as a coach, trainer and mentor. Since 2007, Robin has provided supervision and coaching to new mediators in the MWI Mentor Program. Robin enjoys mentoring adult learners providing opportunities for mentees to sharpen their mediation skills and reinforce good habits.


Representative Matters

  • MWI MA District and Municipal Court panelist for civil and advanced civil cases, housing evictions, family and probate disputes.
  • Pilot program in the Quincy District Court, Harassment Prevention Orders
  • Boston EEOC Office: Employment discrimination cases
  • MassHousing: Public housing disputes, Tenant’s Assistance Program, TAP
  • Numerous private disputes involving dissolution of business partnerships

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter, member
  • ASTD, American Society for Training & Development
  • MassUMA Working Group: Co Chair, Mediator Training/Definition Committee, 2006-09

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • The Community Builders Annual Conference, Hyannis MA, Presenter, 2014
  • Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg MA, Mediator and Consultant, 2014
  • Aspiring Leaders, NOVA, Workforce Development Division, USDA, Boston MA, Trainer, 2013
  • Attleboro MA High School, Peer Mediation Training, Co-Trainer, 2013
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network Focus Group, Boston MA, Facilitator, 2013
  • Tips & Tools for Mediating 258E District Court Cases, MWI,Boston MA,  Presenter, 2013
  • Advanced Mediation Refresher Training, MWI, Boston MA, Trainer, 2012
  • Cary Memorial Library Foundation Professional Advisors, Lexington MA, Facilitator, 2012
  • Partnership for Community Schools, PCSM, Malden MA, Trainer, 2010
  • America Speaks, Framingham MA, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, Facilitator, 2009
  • Tufts University, Medford, MA, Negotiation Course, Guest Speaker, since 2009
  • Dept. of Public History, UMASS Amherst MA, Mediation for Historians, Trainer, 2008
  • Massachusetts Association of School Committees, MASC Conference, Hyannis MA, Presenter, 2007
  • Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford MA, Trainer & Coach, since 2008
  • Boston College Law School, Newton MA, Mediation Course, Trainer & Coach, since 2006
  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston MA, Mediation Course, Trainer & Coach, since 2006
  • MWI, Boston MA,  Coach since 2004 and Trainer & Mentor, since 2007

Background and Education

  • American Society of Training & Development, Alexandria VA, certificate program, 2008
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston MA, practicum 2007
  • Program on Negotiation, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution, Harvard University, Fall 2006
  • Cultivating Mindfulness in the Law & Dispute Resolution, Harvard University, 2005
  • Mediation Works Incorporated Trainings, MWI Basic Mediation Training, 2003; Summary Process Training, 2004; Advanced Divorce Training, 2007; Train the Trainer, 2009
  • Negotiation Training, CMI/The Negotiation Group, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1998
  • Boston University, Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, 1978

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For More Information

Contact Josh Hoch at jhoch@mwi.org or 617-895-4028 for more information about MWI’s Mentor Programs.