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.
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 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.
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 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!