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Dispute Resolution: ADR as a First Career
Start Date: 9/1/2022Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 9/1/2022End Time: 10:00 AM

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Waiting Room opens at 8am, Talk starts at 8:30am

CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College
Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York

co-sponsors of the
Monthly NYC-DR Roundtable:

ADR as a First Career: It IS Possible
with Alyson Carrel

In 2014, Alyson Carrel launched a video blog ( and interviewed young professionals in the ADR field about their career paths--what advice they received when they started and what advice they would now give. The video blog ended up capturing the stories of over 50 individuals who successfully pursued a career in ADR at a young age BEFORE establishing themselves in a related field such as law. In this session, we will talk about the myths and realities of ADR as a first career and through this perspective, discuss innovations and opportunities for the future of ADR. 

ALYSON CARREL is a clinical professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Co-Director of the law school’s nationally-ranked Center on Negotiation and Mediation. Until 2019, she led the law school's legal technology and innovation initiatives as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Law & Technology. Carrel is a tech curious legal educator and mediator who seeks to understand how technology and innovation are changing the practice of law, dispute resolution, and legal education. She currently teaches courses in Negotiation and Mediation. She is developing the Delta Model, a new competency model for the 21st-century legal professional, and set of tools called Design Your Delta, to help legal professionals grow and thrive in this Liminal Age of Legal through intention, innovation, and well-being, using a human-centered approach to professional development. She has received grants to purchase wearable cameras for negotiation simulation courses, a fellowship to integrate the A2J Author platform in a mediation advocacy clinic, and launched TEaCH LAW, a demonstration series for instructional technology.

Carrel’s primary motivation is to encourage others to try something new, look at an issue a little differently, and recognize there are many paths forward. When working with students, she models the importance and power of a client-centered approach to lawyering, expands and enhances their problem-solving skillset, exposes them to emerging technologies and the future of law, encouraging them to seek a fulfilling career, supporting them as they navigate the law school experience, and providing a safe space for difficult conversations.

Carrel is an active leader, presenter, and trainer in dispute resolution. She has provided negotiation and dispute resolution trainings for a wide variety of clients including large law firms like Baker McKenzie, court systems/programs such as the Cook County Juvenile Court Child Protection Mediation Program, government organizations such as HUD, corporations such as Coca-Cola, and nonprofit organizations including Umoja. Carrel has mediated a wide range of disputes and participated as a neutral in several class action racial discrimination settlement disbursements.

Prior to her appointment at Northwestern Law, Carrel was the Training Director at the Center for Conflict Resolution, one of the nation’s largest and longest-running community mediation centers, where she directed and lectured in the 40-hour mediation skills training and mediated court-referred cases. Before attending law school and prior to working at CCR, Carrel managed the Dependency Mediation Program for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which provides mediation services to parties involved in child protection/dependency matters. She also worked with the Juvenile Mediation Clinic at the University of Florida School of Law, where she helped train and manage law school clinic students in small-claims mediation, victim-offender mediation, and conflict resolution skills.

Carrel received her JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she published a case note on drafting an effective ADR contract clause and was the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. She received her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida where she wrote a thesis focused on domestic relations mediation

Alyson Carrel

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