Association for Conflict Resolution - Chicago Chapter

Social Justice Critiques to Mediation & Crowdsourcing

  • 25 Mar 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • John Marshall Law School 315 S. Plymouth Court, Room 528, Chicago IL


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Social Justice Critiques to Mediation & Crowdsourcing

with Alyson Carrel and Alan Boudreau

How Crowdsourcing May Benefit Parties in Mediation

Presenters want to explore with the audience how and if crowdsourcing, a tool for gathering information from a massive amount of people whom you may or may not know using an online platform, may assist parties and their attorneys to both secure a private and individualized settlement through mediation, while also contributing to the legal zeitgeist, indicating trends in emerging legal areas.  This workshop will briefly summarize some of the historical arguments for and against the use of mediation in civil rights disputes and the resulting tensions these arguments create when advocates and clients face the decision to settle in mediation or litigate a claim.

Alan H. Boudreau is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he directs the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic and teaches Mediation and Negotiation. He also teaches ADR at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Before teaching, Professor Boudreau was an attorney-mediator in private practice. He is a volunteer mediator and trainer with the Center for Conflict Resolution and an arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program. For the ABA, he serves on the Publications Board of the Family Law Section, chairs their ADR Committee, and serves as the Section liaison to the SOGI Commission. He also serves as a Family Law Track Chair for the Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference.

Alyson Carrel is Assistant Director of the Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern Law. She previously worked at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, and the Juvenile Mediation Clinic at the University of Florida School of Law. Alyson received her J.D. from University of Missouri where she focused on ADR and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. She received her B.A. from University of Florida where she wrote a thesis focused on family mediation.  Alyson is active in the American Bar Association-Dispute Resolution Section and is currently on the Section Council and is a Program Co-Chair for the 17th Annual Conference Planning Committee.  Alyson is currently exploring issues related to ADR as a first career, the use of emerging technology in the classroom, and social justice critiques to private dispute resolution processes such as mediation. Twitter: @alysoncarrel
Blog: http://www.adras1stcareer.blogspot.com

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