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Support RSI Through AmazonSmile This Prime Day

Just Court ADR, July 16th, 2018

Today is Amazon Prime Day! Are you participating? If so, you can support RSI through AmazonSmile!

When you support RSI on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to RSI! You can register to support RSI through AmazonSmile here.

We appreciate and thank you for your support! 

 

Mayor Thomas McNamara Declares July 11, 2018 Resolution Systems Institute Day

Just Court ADR, July 12th, 2018

Yesterday, during our summer staff gathering in Rockford, we received a wonderful surprise! During our picnic, Matthew Flores, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rockford, presented Susan Yates, RSI’s Executive Director, with a Proclamation signed by the City of Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara which declared July 11, 2018 as Resolution Systems Institute Day!

In 2013, RSI received a grant from the Illinois Attorney General to incubate foreclosure mediation in Illinois. In November 2014, RSI began the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Foreclosure Mediation program. By the end of 2017, RSI assisted 694 homeowners with 202 home retentions. RSI’s grant will be ending August 31, 2018, at which time the 17th Circuit Foreclosure Mediation program will be taken over by the court.

RSI is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the 17th Judicial Circuit and thanks Mayor McNamara for the recognition.

Matthew Flores, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rockford, presents Susan Yates, RSI’s Executive Director, with Proclamation declaring July 11, 2018 as Resolution Systems Institute Day!

 

The Proclamation from Mayor Thomas McNamara

Congratulations Kent Lawrence on Receiving The Hon. Gerald C. Bender Humanitarian Award

Just Court ADR, June 29th, 2018

The Board and Staff of RSI would like to congratulate Kent Lawrence on his receipt of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers​ Hon. Gerald C. Bender Humanitarian Award. The Hon. Gerald C. Bender Humanitarian Award is presented to individuals whose excellence and dedication demonstrate commitment to strive for justice by serving the community.

Kent Lawrence is a founder of RSI and continues to be a steadfast support of our mission of strengthening the justice system by enhancing alternative dispute resolution.

Were it not for the vision of Kent Lawrence, RSI would not exist and countless litigants would not have benefited from alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Congratulations Kent, we are very proud of you!

Kathy and Kent Lawrence and RSI’s Executive Director Susan Yates at the Decalogue Society of Lawyers 84th Annual Awards Dinner this past Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

RSI Hosts CLE for 17th Circuit Foreclosure Mediation Program

Just Court ADR, June 25th, 2018

On Friday, June 22nd, RSI held a continuing education event for its mediators in the 17th Circuit Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program, serving the Rockford area. This event came as the court prepares to bring the program in-house after more than four years of RSI administering the program under a soon-to-conclude grant from the Illinois Attorney General. The event included a roundtable discussion of mediators’ greatest challenges and successes, a look back at the outcomes achieved under the grant, and a presentation on the Hardest Hit Fund program, a federal program which is giving many homeowners assistance with their mortgage arrears. RSI thanks the mediators of the 17th Circuit for their service these past four years, and wishes the 17th Judicial Court of Illinois great success in carrying the program forward.

Presenters from top to bottom: Melissa Radick, Hardest Hit Fund Housing Counselor – HomeStart; Eric Slepak-Cherney, RSI’s Director of ADR Programs; and Sarah Flores, Program Coordinator for the 17th Circuit Foreclosure Mediation Program.

Happy Birthday RSI!

Just Court ADR, April 22nd, 2018

Happy birthday to us! Today RSI celebrates 23 years of working to strengthen access to justice by enhancing court ADR systems.

Thank you to all our staff and supporters for everything you do to make RSI so great. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to the next 23 years!