Association for Conflict Resolution - Chicago Chapter


  • 27 May 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Jenner & Block LLP, 353 N. Clark, Chicago, IL


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ACR-Chicago and

The Association of Attorney Mediators (AAM)

Invite you to join us for the

ACR - Chicago Annual Meeting and President’s Program

On: Wednesday, May 27; from 5:30 – 7:30
At: Jenner & Block LLP, 353 N. Clark, Chicago

ACR-Chicago is honored and grateful to have this event co-sponsored this year by the Association of Attorney Mediatiors (AAM)

The Compelling Power of Storytelling in Mediation

Irv Levinson is a professional storyteller and improv performer, trained at Chicago’s Second City Training Center.  He is also a mediator, arbitrator and trial lawyer.  Irv brings his legal and performing arts background to provide insights on how storytelling can be used in mediation to bring people together.

Irv’s presentation will focus not just on an academic understanding of the role of storytelling in mediation, but also on a “how to” utilize storytelling to create positive changes in parties’ cognitive and emotive perspectives on their disputes.  The audience will participate in:

          ~ Analyzing parties’ cognitive and emotive stories of dispute

          ~ Successfully reframing those stories

            ~ Framing powerful contrasting stories of the future effects of present courses of action

          ~ Dealing with stories that demonize adverse parties

          ~ Identifying effective metaphors of transformation and resolution

          ~ Using stories to close mediations successfully

So please bring your natural storytelling abilities, the ability to think quickly and feel genuinely – and be ready to learn and enjoy this very special program.

This presentation will incorporate interactive participation by audience members to understand parties’ stories and to choose our own powerful stories in response in mediating conflict.

ACR-Chicago is pleased to announce the

2015-16 ACR Board Members


Kristina Taylor – Co-President

Ross Edwards – Co-President

Rick Ruffing - Treasurer

Esther Barrett - Secretary


Welcome to our New Board Members 

Esther Barrett 

Irv Levinson 

David Steiner


Returning to the Board

Robert Berliner 

Ian Bucciarelli 

Joe Dillon

Kent Lawrence

Corrine “Cookie” Levitz 

Mark Mayer -- Past President 

Rocio Munoz 

Mac Steele -- Past President

Patty Stiles -- Immediate Past President


Thanks for your service, and best wishes:

Mary Novak

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