Alyson Carrel is a clinical professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Co-Director of its nationally-ranked Center on Negotiation, Mediation, and Restorative Justice.
As an educator, Alyson guides her students in reflective and practical exercises that honor her students' unique lived experiences. As a trainer, Alyson takes complex academic theories and presents them with clarity and simplicity. As a speaker, Alyson injects passion and energy into her talks that are palpable in any space--whether in-person or online. As a coach, Alyson helps demystify problems and see possibility in the midst of conflict, uncertainty, and change.
transforming theory to practice
Managing Conflict Effectively
Being/Seeing Yourself in Law
championing new ideas
Reimagining Our Field
Innovation in Dispute Resolution
Introducing the Delta Model
Design Your Delta
guiding others during conflict/change
Current Coaching Areas
Surviving Law School
Professional Identity Formation
In 2018, Alyson worked with individuals from Thomson Reuters, Michigan State University, and Northwestern to develop the Delta Model, a new competency model that visualizes the holistic set of skills legal professionals need to succeed. Her first article describing the model was published as part of the Legal Intelligence through Artificial Intelligence symposium at Georgia State University College of Law.
Alyson is working with Cat Moon (Vanderbilt) to push the Delta Model into action. They are applying a human-centered design approach to the Delta Model framework and creating a set of diagnostic and self-reflection tools to support individuals and organizations chart a path to success. Individuals say their approach contextualizes the singular "how to think like a lawyer" focus in law school, expands career options, and individualizes the meaning of success.
In 2020, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and a re-emerging national reckoning with race and policing, Alyson began a series of talks and articles about the opportunity--and duty--to reexamine our assumptions and truths, revisit historic critiques, and reimagine a world that lives up to its potential.
ADR as First Career
Alyson started her career in dispute resolution after graduating college and was frustrated to hear mentors tell her she needed to practice law for 20 years before she could have a successful career in dispute resolution. So she created this blog. ADR as First Career is a video blog celebrating the stories of individuals who successfully launched a career in Alternative Dispute Resolution right after, or soon after, graduating with an advanced degree. Over 50 individuals have shared their stories dispelling the myth that you must first establish a reputation and expertise in another substantive area before starting out in ADR.
Alyson is passionate about the use of technology in the classroom as a means of enhancing student engagement (beyond remote learning). In 2015, Alyson was featured in the AALS Teaching Methodologies video discussing the value of adopting instructional technology to more effectively engage the millennial generation of students and prepare them for a 21st-century practice of law. In 2017, as Assistant Dean of Law & Technology Initiatives at Northwestern School of Law, she launched TEaCHLaw, a program to train and support law faculty to use instructional technology. Before, during, and since the start of the pandemic, students regularly highlight the ease with which she integrates technology in the classroom.
Mediation Technology & Innovation
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Alyson's other projects:
ADR as 1st Career Video Blog
Northwestern's Center on Negotiation, Mediation, and Restorative Justice