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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 progra

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 progra

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This latest video from the National Center for State Courts explores how state and local courts will be handling increas...
09/01/2021
Tiny Chats | NCSC

This latest video from the National Center for State Courts explores how state and local courts will be handling increased eviction filings now that the Centers for Disease Control eviction moratorium is no longer in place.

The CDC Moratorium is no longer operable, so now what? We’ve got suggestions and best practices that state and local courts can plan for and implement to address the growing influx of eviction filings expected soon. Join Zach and Danielle as they build a plan with five potential responses for what...

07/28/2021
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RSI is hiring! We are seeking a Communications & Knowledge Manager, who will be responsible for overseeing all of our various communications with court ADR professionals across the country. Please the posting below for more information.

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The Harvard Negotiation Clinical Program, in conjunction with the American Bar Association's COVID-19 Taskforce Eviction...
07/07/2021
Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program and ABA jointly release report on best practices for eviction diversion - Harvard Law Today

The Harvard Negotiation Clinical Program, in conjunction with the American Bar Association's COVID-19 Taskforce Evictions Committee, recently published this report on best practices for eviction prevention and diversion programs.

The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program and the American Bar Association have jointly released a report on best practices for eviction diversion.

It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce the departure of our Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet. Nicole has...
06/22/2021
Farewell Nicole « Just Court ADR

It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce the departure of our Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet. Nicole has been with RSI for over four years managing RSI’s website, social media, newsletter, and online Resource Center. We thank Nicole for all of her hard work and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce the departure of our Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet. Nicole has been with RSI for over four years managing RSI’s website and online Resource Center. We thank Nicole for all of her hard work and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

06/21/2021
Journal of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition – August 15 Deadline | Indisputably

Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution announced the initiation of an annual writing competition, co-sponsored by the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA). With a generous grant from the NAA Research and Education Foundation, this initiative encourages research and scholarship in the labor and employment field. Beginning in the Fall 2021, the annual competition will award a $3,000 prize for the best published article by an author in academia or professional practice, and a $1,000 award for the best published comment by a current law or graduate student.

The winning articles will be published in our Journal of Dispute Resolution. The deadline is August 15, 2021.

Journal of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition – August 15 Deadline June 8, 2021 John Lande Leave a comment My colleague, Ilhyung Lee, the director of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, announced the initiation of an annual writing competition, co-sponsored by the National...

06/09/2021
Journal of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition – Journal of Dispute Resolution

The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law and the National Academy of Arbitrators are launching an annual writing competition for articles related to labor and employment dispute resolution to be published in the Law School’s Journal of Dispute Resolution. Beginning in Fall 2021, the annual competition will award a $3,000 prize for the best published article by an author in academia or professional practice and a $1,000 award for the best published comment by a current law or graduate student. The deadline for submissions for the 2021 awards is August 15, 2021.

Journal of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law and the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) are pleased to announce an annual writing competition for best articles relating to labor and employment dispute....

In her latest blog post, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet reports on a recently passed bill from the Hawaiian legi...
06/03/2021
In the Wake of COVID-19, Hawaii Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Mediation Before Eviction « Just Court ADR

In her latest blog post, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet reports on a recently passed bill from the Hawaiian legislature to utilize ADR to address evictions.

In April, the Hawaii legislature passed legislation to amend the state’s landlord-tenant code in the wake of COVID-19. The new legislation encourages the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and modifies the landlord-tenant code in a few ways by: 

In her latest blog post, Director of Research Jennifer Shack shares information and resources courts can use to collect ...
06/01/2021
What You Need to Know in Order to Know More About Your Program « Just Court ADR

In her latest blog post, Director of Research Jennifer Shack shares information and resources courts can use to collect data and evaluate their court ADR programs.

I thought I’d do something a little different this month and point out a few resources to those of you who are interested in either starting to examine your ADR programs or are thinking about how to expand or improve current efforts to evaluate program effectiveness. 

RSI is pleased to announce its national Eviction ADR Project
05/27/2021
Announcing RSI’s National Eviction ADR Project « Just Court ADR

RSI is pleased to announce its national Eviction ADR Project

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted American society in ways that are still playing out. The fallout from a public health standpoint was tremendous and its consequences rippled into almost every aspect of society. Chief among the impacts was significant economic contraction, as  a ...

The Early Settlement Mediation - West Program, located in the Canadian County Courthouse and sponsored by Redlands Commu...
05/26/2021
Program Director, Early Settlement Mediation – West Program | Redlands Community College

The Early Settlement Mediation - West Program, located in the Canadian County Courthouse and sponsored by Redlands Community College, is looking for a Program Director.

Few colleges the size of Redlands have such a wide range of academic programs — not to mention the levels of excellence. Redlands houses a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest Honors Society for two-year colleges.

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) and the Access to Justice Division of the Ad...
05/20/2021
Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) and the Access to Justice Division of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) have launched the application process for two grant initiatives and to expand the network of court personnel who assist self-represented litigants.

Illinois Courts Information Site. Contains Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Court information, including judges, and the opinions of the Supreme and Appellate Courts.

05/12/2021
Dwight Golann on a Year of Zoom Mediations | Indisputably

This recent blog post from our friends at Indisputably recaps (and links to) a recent article from Dwight Golann entitled "I Sometimes Catch Myself Looking Angry or Tired... The Impact of Mediating by Zoom" which surveyed mediators to capture their experiences on Zoom this past year. Highly recommend giving it a read.

Dwight Golann on a Year of Zoom Mediations May 11, 2021 John Lande Leave a comment Dwight Golann just wrote a nice article about mediators’ experiences mediating on Zoom: “I Sometimes Catch Myself Looking Angry or Tired …” The Impact of Mediating by Zoom, published in CPR’s Alternatives to...

Congratulations to RSI's Director of Research Jennifer Shack whose recent report on research of two successful eviction ...
05/10/2021
Eviction Mediation Insights from Two Successful Programs

Congratulations to RSI's Director of Research Jennifer Shack whose recent report on research of two successful eviction programs was picked up by Mediate.com!

As efforts ramp up to address the impending eviction crisis, I thought I’d revisit studies of two existing eviction mediation programs (in Minnesota and St. Louis) that were published last year.

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.

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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!