It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce the departure of our summer Resource Center Intern Michelle Hunt and our PILI Fellow Oladeji Tiamiyu. This summer, Michelle worked with RSI’s Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet and explored topics like diversity and inclusion and restorative justice, while Oladeji worked with Associate Director Eric Slepak-Cherney on online dispute resolution projects. We thank Michelle and Oladeji for all of their hard work this summer and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
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In July, Michigan’s online dispute resolution (“ODR”) program MI-Resolve rapidly expanded across the state and is now live in all 83 Michigan counties. This expansion makes Michigan the first state to have ODR available for every citizen in the state. As I have previously reported, MI-Resolve operates on the Matterhorn platform and launched in August 2019. MI-Resolve utilizes ODR for small claims, general civil, landlord-tenant and neighborhood disputes.
In January 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court Administrators Office of Dispute Resolution released Considerations in Implementing Court ODR Systems. This guide, written by Doug Van Epps, Director of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution, and Michelle Hilliker, the Office’s Financial and Statistical Management Analyst, focuses on a variety of considerations that may assist courts when assessing how to design, implement and evaluate an ODR system. Courts seeking additional information on how to launch a court ODR program may also be interested in my interview with Van Epps and Hilliker, which discusses what MI-Resolve is, how long it took for the program to launch and the ins-and-outs of launching an ODR program.
Did you know that RSI’s Resource Center is the most comprehensive and respected source of information on court ADR anywhere? Housed within the Resource Center is the Research Library which has an extensive annotated collection of court ADR resources such as articles, studies, court rules, statutes and court forms.
RSI’s Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet regularly adds new resources to the Research Library. These are a few of the resources that have recently been added to the Research Library.
- The Neuroscience and Psychology of Decision-making Three Part Video Series by the Judicial Branch of California
- @ Face Value? Nonverbal Communication & Trust Development in Online Video-Based Mediation by Noam Ebner and Jeff Thompson
- Using Zoom to Conduct Online Mediation: Considerations and Resources for Community Dispute Resolution Centers by the Michigan Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution
- National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts List of State Effort Resourcesby the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
- Project Implicit Social Attitudes and Project Implicit Health Implicit Association Tests by Project Implicit
We hope these resources are helpful to you in your work!
Have a question about these resources or RSI’s Resource Center? Contact RSI’s Resource Center Director.
The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution is currently accepting applications for its Fellowship program. The program provides Fellows with opportunities to gain experience within the Section and helps Fellows advance their careers and growth within the dispute resolution field. The Fellowship program is initially a one-year commitment with an option to continue for a second year. Those interested in applying should submit their materials by August 16, 2020.
The American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation has announced a new grant opportunity that will award one or two grants, up to a total of $250,000 each, to support programs that will address either of the following: (1) COVID-19 Response or (2) Racial Injustice Response. Eligible programs must have the capacity to become operational in a short period of time, serve a significant diverse number of people, and make their work available to generate easy replication. Interested organizations must submit a preliminary application by August 14, 2020.