Resolution Systems Institute

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Resolution Systems Institute is a unique non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen access to justice by enhancing court ADR systems. RSI helps court ADR programs function effectively while meeting the procedural justice needs of participants by working directly with state and federal courts in Illinois and throughout the nation to develop, monitor and evaluate quality court ADR programs. Since 2013, RSI has operated three foreclosure mediation programs in northern Illinois under a grant from the Illinois Attorney General. In 2017, RSI launched a completely updated website, AboutRSI.org, which houses RSI’s free Resource Center. Individuals working in court ADR can access information on thousands of resources, as well as original content and expert guidance created especially for the site.

11 E. Adams, Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-922-6475
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.AboutRSI.org

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Congratulations to RSI’s Board Member Alyson Carrel for co-authoring a new negotiation textbook entitled "Negotiation an...
05/06/2021
Hinshaw, Carrel, Riskin, Guthrie, Reuben, Robbennolt, and Welsh's Negotiation and Lawyers

Congratulations to RSI’s Board Member Alyson Carrel for co-authoring a new negotiation textbook entitled "Negotiation and Lawyers." Joining Alyson as co-authors are Art Hinshaw, Leonard L. Riskin, Chris P. Guthrie, Richard C. Reuben, Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Nancy Welsh. The textbook is responsive to the increased role technology plays in the negotiation practice and presents the core concepts, skills and strategies lawyers need to be successful in negotiation both online and offline. In particular, Alyson crafted a chapter on technology and negotiation.

Congratulations to Alyson and the entire team of authors on this terrific new resource!

Hinshaw, Carrel, Riskin, Guthrie, Reuben, Robbennolt, and Welsh's Negotiation and Lawyers VIEW ON FACULTY WEBSITE Qty Imprint West Academic Publishing ISBN-13 9781647083403 Primary Subject Negotiations Format Softbound Copyright 2021 Series American Casebook Series Included withyour purchaseFREE 14-...

Across the country we are seeing the impact COVID-19 has had on housing and courts are currently preparing for an increa...
05/05/2021
Resolution Systems Institute Prepares for Wave of Evictions « Just Court ADR

Across the country we are seeing the impact COVID-19 has had on housing and courts are currently preparing for an increase in eviction cases. Here at RSI, we are preparing for this expected wave of evictions by (1) launching an Eviction Medaition Program in Kane County, IL, (2) reaching out to courts in more than 35 counties in central and northern Illinois to offer assistance designing and developing eviction mediation programs, and (3) creating resources for courts nationwide on utilizing ADR to address the national spike in eviction.

To learn more about this work, check out this recent blog post!

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a new kind of wave is being predicted – a wave of evictions. So far, a patchwork of federal, state and local eviction moratoria has kept the eviction tsunami from breaking on the shore. But as these moratoria are lifted (as they already have been in some places),...

RSI is delighted to welcome Chrissy Wright to our staff as our Kane County Evictions Program Manager! Chrissy comes to R...
05/03/2021
Welcome Chrissy! « Just Court ADR

RSI is delighted to welcome Chrissy Wright to our staff as our Kane County Evictions Program Manager! Chrissy comes to RSI with extensive experiencing serving a variety of communities. RSI is grateful to be able to offer eviction mediation to Kane County and we are excited to have Chrissy join our team. We hope you will join us in congratulating her on her new position!

RSI is delighted to welcome Chrissy Wright to our staff as our Kane County Evictions Program Manger! Chrissy comes to RSI with extensive experiencing serving a variety of communities. RSI is grateful to be able to offer eviction mediation to Kane County and we are excited to have Chrissy join our te...

Portland has launched a new pilot program to provide landlord-tenant mediations.
04/23/2021
Portland renter mediation in effort to avert evictions

Portland has launched a new pilot program to provide landlord-tenant mediations.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, has approved funding for a pilot program to divert a small number of tenants and landlords from going to court over eviction filings. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the council’s money, approved Wednesday, will pay for a mediator an...

This Friday, April 23rd, Pepperdine Caruso Law's Straus Institute will host a free virtual event entitled "ADR at the Ro...
04/21/2021
LT-Event

This Friday, April 23rd, Pepperdine Caruso Law's Straus Institute will host a free virtual event entitled "ADR at the Roots: Exploring Diversity and Equity In the Field" that will take place from 8:30-12:30 PDT. The event aims to bring together scholars, thinkers, and practitioners to consider the role of dispute resolution in advancing fairness and justice in the ADR field. Those interested in attending may learn more about the event and register at the link below!

04/15/2021
www.aaaicdrfoundation.org

RSI is pleased to announce that The American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) has awarded RSI a grant of $156,000 to support our Holistic Online Program for Evictions (HOPE) Mediation Program. The HOPE Mediation Program will help prepare self-represented tenants for mediation by giving them an overview of the court process and educating them on what they can expect and what resources are available. RSI is so grateful to the AAA-ICDR for this opportunity and assistance in supporting this important work.

04/13/2021
2021 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

Tomorrow is the start of the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution virtual Spring Conference! If you are interested in joining, there is still time to register for the event. The theme for this year's conference is "Agility, Disruption and Reinvention: ADR in a New World."

2021 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference. Online registration by Cvent

Today we're reading this article about Philadelphia's Eviction Diversion Program
04/09/2021
Philadelphia Tries Mediation to Prevent Evictions

Today we're reading this article about Philadelphia's Eviction Diversion Program

The coronavirus pandemic has put pressures on tenants who lose work, and the landlords who lose rent income. This program tries to help both.

04/07/2021
Important Mediator Characteristics | Indisputably

This post from our friend John Lande is a terrific read.

Important Mediator Characteristics April 5, 2021 John Lande Leave a comment Bill Marsh, a UK mediator and editor of the Kluwer Mediation Blog, wrote a good post about key characteristics of mediators: Warmth and Competence. He suggests that these are related to mediators’ self-reflection, authenti...

In her latest post, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet reports on a recent IL Supreme Court Order that encourages co...
03/30/2021
Illinois Supreme Court Issues Order Encouraging Use of ADR for Evictions « Just Court ADR

In her latest post, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet reports on a recent IL Supreme Court Order that encourages courts to use ADR for evictions.

For months, the U.S. has been preparing for an anticipated wave of evictions and foreclosures due to COVID-19. A recent report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) suggests that the amount of potential foreclosures and evictions the U.S. is facing is at a level that hasn’t ...

RSI is pleased to announce that the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation recently awarded RSI a grant of more than $30,000 ...
03/29/2021
RSI Receives Eviction Mediation Grant « Just Court ADR

RSI is pleased to announce that the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation recently awarded RSI a grant of more than $30,000 to help support RSI’s eviction mediation program in Kane County, IL, and our outreach to 14 Illinois judicial circuits, encompassing 39 counties, in central and northern Illinois!

The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation recently awarded RSI a grant of more than $30,000 to help support RSI’s eviction mediation program in Kane County, Illinois, and our outreach to 14 Illinois judicial circuits, encompassing 39 counties, in central and northern Illinois. For both aspects of this...

Savannah's Mayor Van Johnson announced a new partnership between several non-profits that will help keep people in their...
03/25/2021
Free mediation service in Savannah for landlord-tenant cases when eviction moratorium expires

Savannah's Mayor Van Johnson announced a new partnership between several non-profits that will help keep people in their homes when a federal eviction moratorium expires at the end of March.

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced a new partnership between several non-profits that will help keep people in their homes when a federal eviction moratorium expires at the end of March.

03/24/2021
Please Send Materials for This Year’s Resource Share | Indisputably

To our colleagues attending the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Conference, please consider submitting resources for a Resource Share.

Please Send Materials for This Year’s Resource Share March 23, 2021 John Lande Leave a comment From GFOIs Sharon Press and Noam Ebner: Dear Colleagues: The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution will once again host a virtual conference in April and we are pleased to announce that the Resource Share wi...

Recently, New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Foreclosure Prevention Act into law. The new law imple...
03/22/2021
Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Authorizing Comprehensive Programs to Address Mortgage Distress In New Jersey - Insider NJ

Recently, New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Foreclosure Prevention Act into law. The new law implements a New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Prevention Program which will provide NJ residents with foreclosure mediation.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Authorizing Comprehensive Programs to Address Mortgage Distress In New Jersey 03/9/2021 Legislation Authorizes Foreclosure Mitigation Interventions, Including the Bulk-Purchase of Non-Performing Mortgages through HMFA TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed th...

Courts across the country using online dispute resolution (ODR) may be interested in a recent video shared by Noam Ebner...
03/19/2021
The Human Touch in ODR

Courts across the country using online dispute resolution (ODR) may be interested in a recent video shared by Noam Ebner, an ODR scholar and professor of negotiation and conflict resolution at Creighton University. In the video, Professor Ebner explores if/how personal interaction can survive on online platforms.

Mediation and negotiation are reliant on human interaction, connection, even warmth. In short, the human touch. Can the human touch survive in the sometimes ...

Ohio's Lorain County Bar Association will be rolling out a landlord-tenant program to local courts to address evictions.
03/16/2021
Lorain County Bar Association begins landlord-tenant mediation program

Ohio's Lorain County Bar Association will be rolling out a landlord-tenant program to local courts to address evictions.

The Lorain County Bar Association announced a Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program to be rolled out to local courts to address an oncoming wave of evictions.

03/11/2021
ODR Forum Videos | Indisputably

For those that were unable to attend, videos from the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution's Virtual ODR Forum are now available!

ODR Forum Videos March 6, 2021 John Lande Leave a comment My colleague, Amy Schmitz, forwarded links to videos of the 2021 Virtual ODR Forum. Here’s the agenda. The last page has links to the pre-recorded presentations. Here are the full videos from the forum sessions. March 1 morning sessions Mar...

Happy Anniversary to RSI's Director of Research Jennifer Shack who celebrates 22 years at RSI today!
03/10/2021
Jennifer Shack Celebrates 22 Years at RSI! « Just Court ADR

Happy Anniversary to RSI's Director of Research Jennifer Shack who celebrates 22 years at RSI today!

Congratulations to RSI’s Director of Research Jennifer Shack who celebrates 22 years with RSI today! For Jen’s anniversary we are looking back on this interview with Jen where she shares her favorite part of her job, the biggest challenges she has faced working in court ADR and some of her favor...

In this blog post Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet shares some of the new resources added to RSI's Research Librar...
03/08/2021
New to RSI’s Resource Center « Just Court ADR

In this blog post Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet shares some of the new resources added to RSI's Research Library!

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 collection of court ADR resources such as articles, studies, court rules, statutes and court...

03/05/2021
2021 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

Today is the last day for early-bird registration for the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution's 2021 Spring Conference happening virtually April 14-17, 2021.

2021 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference. Online registration by Cvent

In her latest blog post, RSI's Director of Research Jennifer Shack reports on new research that finds shuttle and videoc...
03/03/2021
For Family Cases Involving Reports of Intimate Partner Violence, Shuttle and Videoconference Mediation Are Safe, Effective and Preferred by Parents « Just Court ADR

In her latest blog post, RSI's Director of Research Jennifer Shack reports on new research that finds shuttle and videoconference mediations to be successful and safe options in family cases with reports of IPV.

In a randomized controlled trial of family cases involving parents reporting high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV), parents felt safer in and were more satisfied with shuttle and videoconference mediation than litigation. Importantly, they also indicated a preference of shuttle mediation ov...

Tomorrow, March 3, 2021, RSI’s Director of Research Jennifer Shack will be participating in a webinar with John Lande en...
03/02/2021
Help Clients by Combining “Facilitative” and “Evaluative” Mediation

Tomorrow, March 3, 2021, RSI’s Director of Research Jennifer Shack will be participating in a webinar with John Lande entitled Help Clients by Combining “Facilitative” and “Evaluative” Mediation. The event is hosted by the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution and is free for members to attend.

Do you want to help clients by ethically and appropriately combining “facilitative” and “evaluative” mediation techniques? Professor John Lande will describe how you can do this based on his new ABA…

In her latest blog post, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet reports on a new ODR pilot program in New York for small...
03/01/2021
New York Court Launches ODR Pilot Program for Small Claims Cases « Just Court ADR

In her latest blog post, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet reports on a new ODR pilot program in New York for small claims cases.

In January, Manhattan’s Civil Court launched an online dispute resolution (ODR) pilot program for small claims cases. The program is designed to assist self-represented parties and eligible cases include disputes regarding the purchase or sale of goods or services up to $10,000. Cases meeting thes...

02/24/2021
courts.illinois.gov

Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an order regarding early resolution programs for eviction.

RSI's Executive Director Susan Yates was recently featured on The Principal Post. Click below to read her interview with...
02/23/2021
Susan M. Yates

RSI's Executive Director Susan Yates was recently featured on The Principal Post. Click below to read her interview with Robert W. Berliner, Jr.

RSI’s Susan Yates is the leader of a nationally recognized organization devoted to developing programs that help people with limited resources settle their disputes outside of court.

Tomorrow 2/24 at 1pm EST, New York Law School will continue its Wednesday Conversations series with a discussion with Co...
02/23/2021
Wednesday Conversation Series : Conversations in Conflict Resolution

Tomorrow 2/24 at 1pm EST, New York Law School will continue its Wednesday Conversations series with a discussion with Colin Rule, CEO of Mediate.com. Colin is an expert in online dispute resolution and previously served as the director of online dispute resolution at eBay and PayPal, and now works at the intersection of conflict resolution and technology. Colin will discuss delivery of dispute resolution services in unfamiliar modes, and his book, "New Handshake", which discusses such disputes between businesses and consumers, as a result of e-commerce. The event is free to attend and interested attendees may register at the link below!

We are pleased to announce the fourth series of this popular event. Every other Wednesday, New York Law School hosts informal discussions.

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Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of methods for resolving disputes outside of traditional methods, such as litigation. Resolution Systems Institute focuses on court-related ADR because the justice system is where people usually turn when they are in conflict. Working in Illinois and nationally, RSI gathers and disseminates reliable information about court ADR, conducts analyses of court ADR program models, and builds networks among interested individuals and organizations. RSI also assists courts and communities in establishing mediation programs and determining how to monitor and evaluate them. Join our LinkedIn group and engage in insightful conversations about court ADR, http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2458309

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All my friends who will be at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Court ADR Symposium in DC next week, please be sure to bring your favorite ADR resource to share on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30!