Alyson Carrel

 
 
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Dispute Resolution & Teaching Experience

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Clinical Associate Professor
Assistant Director, Center on Negotiation and Mediation
Assistant Dean of Law & Technology Initiatives (2017-present)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, appointment by courtesy  (2017-2018)
2012-present

 

Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Summer Institute Faculty
2016-present

 

Loyola University School of Law
Adjunct Professor
2011-2012

 

Center for Conflict Resolution
Training Director
2004-2012

 

University of Florida College of Law
Juvenile Mediation Clinic Program Manager
2000-2001

 

State of Florida 8th Judicial Circuit
Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program Manager
1997-2001


Education

University of Florida
B.A. with honors, Interdisciplinary Studies
Thesis topic: Divorce Mediation
1997

 

University of Missouri School of Law
J.D., Certificate in Dispute Resolution
Order of Barristers
Journal of Dispute Resolution, Editor in Chief
2004


Affiliations

AALS Technology, Law, and Legal Education
Executive Committee, 2018

 

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
Section Council Member, 2011-2017
Spring Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair, 2013-2018
Law School Committee Co-Chair, 2008-2010
Representation in Mediation Competition Committee, 2006-2010

 

American Bar Foundation
Fellow, 2014-present

 

Center for Conflict Resolution
Volunteer Mediator, 2004-present

Resolution Systems Institute
Board Member, 2018-present


ADR Profession & Careers

 

Regulating Mediator Practice: Highlights from Europe and the United States

Analyzing and comparing professional regulations related to mediation their implications for the field
Dispute Resolution Magazine, page 21 (Fall 2017)

 

Quick Take on Art Hinshaw’s ‘Regulating Mediators’ Article

Discussing the impact mediator credentialing has on efforts to increase diversity in the profession
ADR Prof Blog, Indisputably, November 2016http://www.indisputably.org/?p=10048

 

Choosing ADR Careers at the Start: It Is Possible

Highlighting what motivates individuals to start their career in the ADR field and forego other more prestigious opportunities after graduation
Dispute Resolution Magazine, page 30 (Spring 2015) 

 

Carrel on Dreams of an ADR Career

Comparing recent graduation remarks by Robert DeNiro with the traditional message to recent grads in ADR
ADR Prof Blog, Indisputably, May 2015http://www.indisputably.org/?p=7131&cpage=1

 

ADR as First Career Video Blog

Launching the new video blog featuring individuals who in who chose the ADR field as the place to start their professional careers
ADR Prof Blog, Indisputably, September 2014:  http://www.indisputably.org/?p=5818), update-December 2014: http://www.indisputably.org/?p=6170

 

ADR As a First Career

Sharing the unique paths of three younger attorneys who chose and defined a career path in ADR
ABA-DR Annual Conference, April 2014

 

Dispute Resolution & Technology

 

Mind the Gap: Bringing Technology to the Mediation Table

Discussing the pitfalls of ignoring the benefits of using technology in traditional, off-line mediation.
AALS Annual Conference, Promise & Pitfalls of Technology in Mediation session, January 2019

Future of Mediation: How Technology Can Enhance Mediation

Exploring the potential uses of technology to enhance a mediator’s practice, the parties’ experience, and the field itself.
University of Florida School of Law Institute for Dispute Resolution, October 2018


ODR: How Technology Impacts Client Expectations in Mediation

Highlighting the technological advances used in law and business that will change expectations of mediators in the future
World Mediation Congress, March 2018

 

Discussions in Dispute Resolution-Mediation

Predicting the impact of technology on the enduring mediation model known as the Riskin Grid (to be published as a response piece in the new book Discussions in Dispute Resolution, edited by Andrea Schneider, Sarah Cole, and Art Hinshaw
SEALS Conference, July 2017

 

Artificially Intelligent Mediator: Future Proofing ADR

Exploring how many existing AI applications are more familiar than expected and might make every mediator/arbitrator better at what they do
ABA-DR Annual Conference, April 2017

Technology Enhancing and Disrupting ADR

Discussing new platforms, new devices, and new information available to ADR practitioners and parties through advances in technology, 2016 Annual Journal of Conflict Resolution

J.D. Melnick Symposium at Cardozo School of Law, November 2016

Tech Driven Dispute Resolution

Exploring the impact and use of disruptive technologies in the dispute resolution field beyond traditional notions of online dispute resolution,

ABA-DR Annual Conference, Showcase Program, April 2016 

How Will Tomorrow’s Lawyer Compete with Technology?

Highlighting the need for interpersonal communication skills in tandem with technology to have a successful legal practice
ADR Prof Blog, Indisputably, June 2014:  http://www.indisputably.org/?p=5643

 

Social Justice Critiques to Mediation

 

Can Today's Technology Answer Yesterday's Social Justice Questions about Mediation?

Discussing how crowdsourcing may be a tool in ADR research involving public policy issues, specifically in Transgender law
ABA-DR Annual Conference, April 2015

 

Reflections on Restorative Justice in the Gutierrez Case

Assessing the use of restorative justice in transgender issues based on private versus public interests
ADR Prof Blog, Indisputably, March 2014http://www.indisputably.org/?p=5418

 

Does Mediation Subvert the Dominant Paradigm and Empower Women?

Discussing the role mediation plays in providing an adequate alternative to the litigation system in divorce mediation cases. 
Undergraduate Senior Thesis, January 1998 (on file with author)
Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, January 1998

 

Other

 

Everything You Know about Dispute Resolution is Wrong

Exploring the “truths” perpetuated in our field and analyzing why people in our field propagate such ideas, ABA-DR Annual Conference, April 2015  (with Professors John Lande, Noam Ebner, and James Coben)

 

Lessons Learned From the Foreclosure Dispute System

Discussing the flexibility of the mediation process to fit the needs of large scale issues based on my work designing the Illinois Foreclosure Mediation Training for Resolution Systems Institute, Civil Justice Reform Group Operating Committee Meeting, October 2014

 

Yes, Please

Can Improv Improve Responses to Ethical Dilemmas?  - discussing the use of improvisation techniques as a means for more effectively managing ethical dilemmas in negotiations
ADR Prof Blog, Indisputably, December 2014http://www.indisputably.org/?p=6148

 

Mediation vs. Litigation and the Rationale for Facilitative Mediation

Advocating attorneys assess case appropriateness for mediation, ensuring social justice critiques are considered.  And asserting the ethical reasons for using facilitative mediation instead of evaluative, Cook County Law Division, June 2013

 

From Paper to Brain: The Importance of Systematically Using Preparation Documents in Negotiation

Advocating for the use of preparation documents in negotiation curriculum as a way to assess students, build skill, and support practice, AALS Clinical Conference Poster Presentation, May 2013 (with Professor Daniel Gandert)

 

Teaching Mediation Advocacy Inside and Outside the Classroom

Discussing the shift in focus from training students as neutrals to training students as advocates in the mediation process, ABA-DR Annual Conference, April 2013 (with Professors Teresa Frisbie and Liz Simon)

 

Illinois Statutes and Rules in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Presenting the various rules and statutes related to ADR for attorneys, Chicago Bar Association, 2012

 

Book Review: Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries

Reviewing a new book on mediation ethics that provides a comprehensive resource for practitioners, trainers, and professors, Resolution Systems Institute Newsletter, 2011, www.aboutrsi.org/pfimages/Connection_May2011.pdf

 

Introduction to Interest-based Problem Solving and Mediation

Introducing law students to concepts and skills for approaching legal issues through an interest-based perspective, University of Chicago School of Law, 2011

 

Where is Temple Grandin?

Summarizing plenary by Temple Grandin during the ABA-Dispute Resolution Annual Conference, Center for Conflict Resolution Caucus, May 2011

 

Prosando: One Exercise/Many Approaches

Describing a wide variety of approaches for using the singular Northwestern Kellogg School of Management Dispute Resolution Research Center Prosando exercise and related materials, Northwestern Kellogg Negotiation & Teamwork Teaching Workshop, 2011

 

Effectively Mediating Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

Training for certified mediators on the unique aspects of mediating foreclosure cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Circuit Court of Cook County, semi-monthly 2010

 

Peer Mediation

Introducing peer mediation and how it successfully de-escalates conflict in the elementary and secondary school settings, Urban School Improvement Network of University of Chicago, 2010

 

Who, What, Where, When, How: Dissecting the Use of Questions in Mediation

Comparing and contrasting the questions a mediator asks with those of a journalist, investigator, and litigator, ABA-DR Annual Conference, 2009

 

Ethics and Mediation Confidentiality

Discussing ethical concerns in the mediation setting for newly trained mediators, National Judicial College, annually 2008-2010

 

Living Communally & Dealing with Conflict

Providing an opportunity for members of the Avodah Service Corp to explore communication and conflict in their communal living situation, Avodah, 2007

 

Youth and Violence in Schools

Discussing how conflict arises and skills for de-escalating conflict in urban high schools, Umoja Student Development Corporation, 2007

 

Facilitation Skills for Local School Councils

Training on facilitation skills for Chicago Public School Local School Council facilitators tasked with managing meetings among parents, community members and school officials, Chicago Public Schools (with David Stone), 2007

 

Drafting Effective ADR Contract Clauses

Presenting key elements to enforceable ADR clauses in a contracts (with Michael Nathanson), TAP Pharmaceuticals, 2007

 

Mediation Skills for Lawyers

Engaging lawyers in effective problem-solving by sharing approaches and strategies mediators regularly use to effectively resolve disputes, and how lawyers can benefit from implementing these same approaches in their everyday practice of law, Sidley Austin LLP, 2007

 

International Conflict

Engaging at-risk youth to conflict management approaches and concepts in the international setting, FreeStreet, 2005

 

Interest-Based vs. Rights-Based Grievance Procedures

Comparing interest and rights based approaches to responding to grievances in the Ryan White Care Act, Title I (now Part A) agencies (with David Stone), Chicago Department of Public Health, quarterly 2005-2012

 

Giving Effective Feedback in Coaching Sessions

Providing framework for constructive feedback in skills-based trainings, Center for Conflict Resolution, semiannually 2004-2012

 

Conflict Management Skills

Discussing the impact of conflict in the workplace and presenting the “Express & Explore” framework for handling difficult situations, presented regularly at organizations such as YMCA, TAP Pharmaceuticals, Federal Reserve Bank, average four sessions annually 2004-2012

 

Putting CCR on the Grid:  Going Beyond the Facilitative vs. Evaluative Paradigm to Better Understand the CCR Mediation Model

Discussing CCR’s mediation model and how it fits into The New New Grid system designed by Professor Leonard Riskin, CCR’s Annual PeaceWeek 2004

 

Juvenile Mediation:  Victim-Offender, Juvenile Restitution, Child Protection/Dependency

Discussing strategies for administering and utilizing mediation in disputes involving juveniles, Missouri’s 13th Circuit Family Court and Bono County Bar Mediation Committee, 2004

 

Case Note, An ADR Clause by Any Other Name Might Smell as Sweet: England’s High Court of Justice Queens Bench Attempts and Fails to Define What is Not an Enforceable ADR Clause

Describing the negative implications for utilizing overly broad definitions of mediation in ADR contact clauses, 2003 J. Disp. Resol. 547

 

Implementing Dependency Mediation

Discussing the successful implementation of Dependency Mediation programs to court administrators, judges, and agencies at the 4th Annual Florida Dependency Summit, August 2000