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28 Fam. & Concil. Cts. Rev. iii (1990)

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    The  theme of this issue is international, celebrating the
dramatic changes occurring in the world around us-changes
brought about by new means of resolving conflict, a subject dear
to our heart.
    Last April, while in England, Scotland and Denmark, if
anyone had predicted the events about to unfold, they would
have been dismissed as a lunatic-or worse, a dreamer. Yet
today we see in Hungary a poet president, who last April was in
prison; in Poland, free elections; in Germany the spontaneous
tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the ultimate symbol of a world
divided. Every day we are astounded by new events. But the
quiet, untold story is the means by which these changes have
been achieved-a paradigm shift in the resolution of conflict-
mediation and negotiation, not war and hate.
    Nonetheless, we should not become  so sanguine as to
believe we no longer need more forceful means of resolving
conflict, that all people fight fair, that an adversarial forum is not

necessary. The lessons of current events are most disputes can
be resolved through peaceful means, but the element of enforce-
ment and fair result is the ultimate shadow in which we all should
bargain. For without this shadow, we are too endangered. Sir
Thomas  More  captures this danger best in his comments to
Henry VIII in A Man For All Seasons, Who will protect you
when  all the Laws are down and the winds blow.
    Another change we celebrate with this issue is the future
publication of this journal through Sage Publications. With
offices in London and New Delhi, Sage is also international.
Your next issue will be one of four you will receive during the
year, instead of the usual two issues. With Sage the publication
dates will become more predictable, the journal will be fully
indexed and archived. Your editors will be freed to pursue
articles and ideas rather than printers and word processors. We
are pleased with this decision, and we are sure you will be
pleased as well.
                                        -Hugh   McIsaac


    A set of articles was published in March of 1963. Mimeo-
graphed and ten pages in length, it was called the California
Conciliation Courts Quarterly. The supervising editor was Mike
Elkin, who was  then Director of the Los Angeles County
Conciliation Court. This Quarterly, the official journal of a
small association named the California Conciliation Courts,
was developed to fulfill a need for ...communication between
the.. .conciliation courts throughout California.
   Recognize  anything here? Many of you probably do. For
those who do not, let me add that the California Conciliation
Courts was short lived as a group. Instead, it rapidly crossed state
and international lines, greatly expanded its membership and is
now  known  as the Association of Family and Conciliation
Courts-or  just plain AFCC.

    And what  about the first edition of the Quarterly? You
guessed it. Under Mike Elkin's direction as editor from 1963 to
1986, it fulfilled its role and function and then some. As with the
original association, the old quarterly outgrew its name. You
know  it of course and the Family and Conciliation Courts Re-
    Now, again we move forward to improve the Review. Your
editors are pleased to announce Sage Publications will publish
the Review, as of January 1, 1991. We are, so to speak, moving
back to the future in that the Review will be published quarterly,
as the original publication was in 1963. As with the old quarterly,
the Review also will remain the basic means by which ideas
about what AFCC  is about are shared.
                                          -Stan  Cohen


Corrections   regarding   copyright   and  original  presentation   date
   Ricci, Ph.D. (c) Volume 27, Number 1/July 1989

Copyright, Isolina Ricci, 1986. All rights reserved. Rights of limited reproduction granted to AFCC. This article is a transcript of an oral
presentation at the 1986 AFCC Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, when she was the Executive Director of the New Family Center
in Palo Alto, California. She is now the Statewide Coordinator of the statewide office of Family Court Services, Administrative Office
of the Courts, Judicial Council of California.


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