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Olga Ivari and Kevin Malone Celebrate 6 Years at RSI!

Just Court ADR, December 17th, 2019

This year marks six years with RSI for two members of our staff, Olga Ivari and Kevin Malone! Olga and Kevin manage RSI’s mediation programs here in Illinois. Olga is the Program Coordinator for our Lake County Foreclosure Mediation Program and Kevin is the Program Manager for both our Kane County Foreclosure Mediation Program and Child Protection Mediation Program.

Congratulations Olga and Kevin on six years with RSI, we are grateful to you for all of your hard work!

Support RSI this #GivingTuesday

Just Court ADR, December 3rd, 2019

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Please make a donation to help RSI continue to improve access to justice by providing mediation services for child protection and foreclosure in Illinois. Your tax-exempt donation also helps support our research, evaluation, resources and dispute system design for courts across the country!

RSI Staff Attend 2019 International ODR Forum

Just Court ADR, November 22nd, 2019

This month, Executive Director Susan Yates and Director of Research Jennifer Shack attended the 2019 International Online Dispute Resolution Forum in Williamsburg, VA. While at the conference, Jen gave a presentation on what factors should be examined when evaluating litigants’ experience of online dispute resolution (ODR). She focused her presentation on the factors that are essential to understanding their experience of access to justice.

Curious about how RSI can help evaluate your court program? Contact us to learn more.

Susan Yates Appointed to Illinois Supreme Court Implementation Task Force

Just Court ADR, November 22nd, 2019

Executive Director Susan Yates has been appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Task Force on Court Access and Dispute Resolution. This task force is one of fifteen task forces that the Illinois Judicial Branch will use during the first year of a three-year plan to improve the Judicial Branch. Each task force will focus on a specific initiative and the Court Access and Dispute Resolution Task Force, in particular, will focus its work on innovative court access and dispute resolution methods. The Court Access and Dispute Resolution Task Force will be chaired by Carla Bender, Vice-Chaired by Timothy Eaton and other members include Justice Mary Jane Theis, Hon. Grace Dickler, Rena Parker, Hon. Mike Fiello, Hon. Patrice Ball-Reed, Cassie Lively, and Katie Murphy.

RSI Conducts Seminars on Court ADR in New Mexico

Just Court ADR, October 24th, 2019

RSI Executive Director Susan Yates conducted a series of three seminars on “Building Your Court’s Civil ADR System” at New Mexico’s statewide ADR conference in Santa Fe on October 9 and 10. The court track at the conference was hosted by the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts and the Statewide ADR Commission. Judges, court personnel and mediators from all across the state participated.

The first of the three sessions was called “Design Your Program” and addressed issues such as goal-setting, research, determining which ADR process to use and budgeting. The second session, “Work with Neutrals,” dealt with a variety of topics from determining the criteria for mediators and other neutrals to ensuring continuing quality of services. The third session, “Manage, Track, Evaluate and Promote Your Program,” detailed the many tasks required to maintain a healthy court ADR program. During the seminars, participants had opportunities to work with others from their particular jurisdictions about how to address the issues in their local context. If you are interested in reading more about these topics, visit our Guide to Program Success. To learn about how RSI can work with or provide training for your program, send a message to a member of our staff!

Left to Right: RSI Executive Director Susan Yates during her presentation in New Mexico and Susan Yates with Mateo Page, ADR Statewide Program Manager at the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts.