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My Favorite Resource Featuring Annalise Buth

Just Court ADR, November 2nd, 2018

Our series, My Favorite Resource, features interviews with our court ADR friends across the country to learn about their favorite resource. This month, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet spoke with Annalise Buth, M.R. Bauer Foundation Fellow in Dispute Resolution at the Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic to learn about her favorite resource.

NW: What is your favorite resource?

AB: I would like to share about the combination of two restorative justice resources that I value. The first is the book Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community by Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, & Mark Wedge. It provides an explanation of the theoretical framework of the circle process. The second resource is the guide Heart of Hope by Carolyn Boyes-Watson & Kay Pranis, which provides suggestions and ideas for circles.

NW: Why do you value these particular resources?

AB: Restorative justice theory informs practice, and practice informs theory. The combination of these resources is helpful in building an understanding of theory and supporting practice. I share them with students and others who are interested in learning and developing their skills.

NW: How did you first learn about these resources?

AB: I learned about these resources from a friend who is also a circle facilitator. Ultimately, my relationships with others are my most valuable resource.

NW: For those unfamiliar with these resources, what is one part of this resource that you wouldn’t want someone to miss?

AB: There is a section of appendices in Heart of Hope that includes examples of circle openings, closings, check-ins, topics and round prompts. The examples can be adapted for different situations and needs.

If you have a favorite resource you would like to share, please reach out to our Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet at nwilmet@aboutrsi.org!

My Favorite Resource Featuring Catherine Geyer

Just Court ADR, October 1st, 2018

Our series, My Favorite Resource, features interviews with our court ADR friends across the country to learn about their favorite resource. This month, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet spoke with Catherine Geyer, Manager of the Dispute Resolution Section, Supreme Court of Ohio, to learn about her favorite resource.

NW: What is your favorite ADR Resource?

CG: My favorite resource is my network of experienced and talented dispute resolution colleagues from Ohio and across the country. I am fortunate to be minutes away from one of the top-ranked dispute resolution programs in the country at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Ohio is fortunate to have a wealth of experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable dispute resolution professionals at OSU and throughout the state. On a regular basis, usually quarterly and over the lunch hour, we meet to discuss dispute resolution developments and challenges with the law professors, mediators and other dispute resolution professionals. Also, throughout the year, the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section conducts roundtables with the court-connected dispute resolution professionals. Through these regular, planned meetings and roundtables we discuss trends, statewide rules, ethics, and the gamut of dispute resolution topics.

In addition, I am a member of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section and Court ADR Committee which both have a collective knowledge on dispute resolution that fills courthouses across the nation and the world. To my great fortune, those individuals are generous with their thought, time, energy, innovation and experience. At the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution’s Annual Spring Conference, there is updated content on a variety of topics including an entire day of content for courts, called the Court Symposium hosted by the ABA’s Court ADR Committee. From my perspective since joining the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Dispute Resolution Section three years ago after many years in the private sector, the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution and Court ADR Committee are akin to a virtual library, absent the Dewey Decimal System, of course.

NW: For those unfamiliar, what do typical quarterly lunches and ABA Court ADR Committee monthly calls look like?

CG: The quarterly lunches are informal and unstructured although I usually jot down some bullet points to talk about in advance and during our discussions. The monthly calls with the ABA Court ADR Committee are more structured and this year’s co-chairs, Alan Weiner from Maryland and Robyn Weinstein from New York, do a great job creating an agenda and focusing on topics that are most important to the members and to the committee’s goals.

NW: Can you recall a time when you turned to this network for support?

CG: Yes, once the network is established, it is easier to contact one another as issues arise. The Ohio colleagues were instrumental in helping with our first statewide dispute resolution conference in March.  The Court ADR Committee had a discussion on one call where everyone was sharing information on their state’s initiatives. One of the members had been working on child protection mediation and offered valuable insights and resources, and then [RSI Executive Director] Susan Yates provided additional information on the same topic. That was helpful to me because in Ohio the Commission on Dispute Resolution recommended a statewide initiative on child protection mediation to address the influx of cases in the juvenile courts related to opioids and other substance abuse issues. Although we have offered child protection mediation in Ohio for a long time, the new information from others on the call brought a fresh perspective on a national level that was useful. The information I learned on our call gave me a direct resource to research and information that I would not have otherwise found so readily.

NW: What do you most value about the input you receive from other court personnel?

CG: So much. The creativity, innovation, passion, experience and collaboration.

NW: In what ways have you found that these resources have been better able to serve your needs than a traditional print resource?

CG: Traditional print resources or online resources are helpful, but there is no substitute for experience. Taking time to establish a network, or taking advantage of an established network like the ABA’s Court ADR Committee, takes academic information and translates it into practical tips and advice. These networks also build camaraderie and a pre-planned, informal place to convene to discuss and explore emerging and challenging topics. I am grateful for these networks and encourage others to take advantage of them.

If you have a favorite resource you would like to share in an upcoming edition of our newsletter, please reach out to our Resource Center Director and Court ADR Connection Editor, Nicole Wilmet at nwilmet@aboutrsi.org!

New AboutRSI.org Celebrates One Year

Just Court ADR, September 26th, 2018

Last year we launched the new AboutRSI.org (which combined our two previous sites CourtADR.org and AboutRSI.org). For the past year, our new site has not only offered improved functionality but has allowed us to share new resources and connect with you better.

This year, we have shared with you:

We look forward to continuing to provide the latest court ADR research and resources with you this year.

 

Two New Chapters of RSI’s Guide to Program Success Now Available!

Just Court ADR, September 12th, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Chapters 8 and 9 of our Guide to Program Success are now available!

Our Guide to Program Success combines the expertise of Executive Director Susan Yates and Director of Research Jennifer Shack and discusses how to effectively design, manage, and evaluate successful court ADR programs. Newly released chapters 8 and 9 cover how to design the mechanics of a court ADR program and how to select and manage neutrals.

In addition to being available online, each chapter of our Guide to Program Success is also available to download for offline reading. If you are looking to design or improve a court ADR program, this is the step-by-step guide that you need.

Click here to start reading Chapters 8 and 9.

 

Illinois Attorney General Funding for Foreclosure Mediation Ends After Five Impactful Years

Just Court ADR, August 30th, 2018

On August 31, 2018, a five-year grant to develop, operate and evaluate foreclosure mediation pilot programs across Illinois will conclude. Funded by settlements obtained by the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, this grant allowed Resolution Systems Institute and our partners statewide to assist over 1,000 homeowners in saving their homes and an additional 3,000 homeowners in sitting down with their lenders to get clarity about available options in addressing their foreclosures. We produced a comprehensive evaluation in 2015, and will be publishing a follow-up later this fall, which examine and contrast how different program models affect outcomes – making it a valuable resource not just for Illinoisans, but for ADR program administrators anywhere.

We are truly grateful to AG Madigan, our partners, stakeholders and the Illinois courts who made these outcomes possible.

AG Madigan speaking in 2014 as RSI Executive Director Susan Yates and Former Board President Hon. Morton Denlow (ret.) listen.