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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.

RSI Summer Staff Gathering!

Just Court ADR, August 22nd, 2019

At the end of July, the RSI staff gathered at the Bunker Hill Forest Preserve for our annual summer outing! Despite a rainy day, the weather did not wash away our spirits and our staff spent the day enjoying a lovely cookout, board games and lively conversation. Although we have a local Chicago office, our RSI staff are also hard at work operating programs in two locations in Illinois and working remotely in Maine and Michigan so our summer gathering is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together.

RSI Welcomes the Honorable Nancy Katz to its Board of Directors

Just Court ADR, August 12th, 2019

RSI is proud to introduce the Honorable Nancy Katz (ret.) to our Board of Directors! Since 2017, Judge Katz has been working with JAMS as a mediator and an arbitrator, having served for 17 years as an Associate Judge on the domestic relations bench in the Circuit Court of Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Katz served as Assistant General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and as Project Director and Staff Attorney for Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.

Judge Katz is active as an educator in family law issues for judges, attorneys and the public. As a Judge on a domestic relations calendar for 17 years, Judge Katz has substantial judicial and settlement experience in all kinds of family law cases. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recognized Judge Katz in 2013 with its prestigious Samuel Berger award recognizing her “high(est) standards of integrity, courtesy, knowledge of family law and the extraordinary ability to solve human problems.” Judge Katz received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University and her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.

RSI is proud to have Judge Katz join our Board and we hope you will join us in welcoming her to our organization!

RSI’s 2018 Annual Report: Building on our Foundation

Just Court ADR, August 8th, 2019

Resolution Systems Institute is dedicated to strengthening access to justice through court alternative dispute resolution. Our core services through which we effectuate this mission are sharing reliable information, conducting principled evaluations and administering impactful programs.

In 2018, we took our services to new heights. RSI is pleased to share with you our 2018 Annual Report, which highlights the tremendous successes and organizational growth we enjoyed this past year. We invite you to explore all the ways RSI has been working to empower courts to serve all parties fairly and with dignity.

If you are inspired by this work and our mission, we encourage you to consider making a contribution to support our efforts. Resolution Systems Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and relies upon contributions from individual donors to sustain our work.

Susan Yates Joins Grants Committee of the AAA-ICDR Foundation

Just Court ADR, May 23rd, 2019

RSI’s Executive Director Susan Yates has joined the Grants Committee of the American Arbitration Association International Center for Dispute Resolution Foundation (AAA-ICDR).

The AAA-ICDR Foundation’s purpose is to fund critical projects, domestically and internationally. This effort fills important needs in the ADR community by expanding the use of alternative dispute resolution, improving the process, increasing access to ADR for those who cannot afford it, and sharing knowledge across different cultures.