Quinnipiac University School of Law
Carolyn Kaas is a professor of law at Quinnipiac University School of Law and co-director of its Center on Dispute Resolution. All of her teaching involves the relational side of lawyering. She has been studying Powerful Non-Defensive Communication [PNDC] with Sharon Ellison for 11 years, and is becoming a certified PNDC trainer.
Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer focusing on digital access, an international speaker, and the author of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Lainey's book is packed with win-win stories of accessibility advocacy with some of the largest organizations in the U.S., all without lawsuits. In 2017 Lainey was named one of the 13 Legal Rebels by the ABA Journal, the national magazine of the American Bar Association. That year she was also named the individual recipient of the John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver award, given annually by the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA. Lainey has twice been recognized with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award (2000 and 2014) for her digital accessibility and Structured Negotiation legal work. More information at www.lflegal.com, follow Lainey on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lflegal, or connect on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/laineyfeingold/
The Law Studio of Nance L Schick
I have been resolving employment conflicts for nearly 30 years, and I have been in solo practice for the past 15 years. I was trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by United Parcel Service (UPS), the State University of New York - University at Buffalo Law School (SUNY Buffalo), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM), where I currently serve as Main Representative to the United Nations (UN). I am now a FINRA arbitrator and have volunteered in the pro bono mediation project at the Southern District of New York (SDNY) court. I have also trained new mediators in the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) MediateArt and New York University (NYU) Mediation Apprenticeship programs, as well as in FINRA and American Bar Association (ABA) Mediation Advocacy competitions. As one client recognized, I love to teach, which is why I teach continuing education courses in the funeral industry and wrote DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master.
In my spare time, I serve as the Social Media Coordinator for the Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee in the ABA's Dispute Resolution Section. I also enjoy swimming, hiking, playing softball, bicycling, traveling, visiting museums, attending outdoor concerts, and more with my personal partner, Peter, and my chosen family members (some of whom were also given).
Sharon B. Eckstein is an attorney with 20 years of mediation and dispute resolution experience. Eckstein Conflict Resolution Services offers mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching and training. Sharon has a particular focus on disputes involving those who have had prior relationships or who maintain ongoing contact - employment and workplace, family matters, business partnerships, organizational boards, condo/HOA owners, and community land use disputes. A member of the American Arbitration Association employment mediation panel, she also frequently mediates employment discrimination charges at the Philadelphia regional office of the EEOC, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 2005, she teaches and supervises students enrolled in mediation clinical courses. Sharon has been a member of the Lower Merion (PA) Human Relations Commission since its formation in 2011 and currently serves as its chair. She designed and implemented the LMHRC mediation program and has mediated all complaints.
American Bar Association Sec of Dispute Resolution
Linda Warren Seely attended University of Memphis for both undergraduate and law school. In undergraduate school she served as intern for Tennessee State Legislative assembly working mainly on issues affecting the elderly. Linda began her career as law clerk with Memphis Area Legal Services and then as staff attorney before going into private law practice in Memphis for several years. She returned as Managing Attorney for Senior Citizens Project at Memphis Area Legal Services and was later promoted to manager of Pro Bono Projects. After marrying her second husband, she, her new husband and her two children moved to Jackson, Tennessee where she worked as Pro Bono Projects Manager for West Tennessee Legal Services. She served as member of the Madison County Bar Association Board of Directors, President of the Association of Women Attorneys-Anne Schneider Chapter and Seventh District Representative on the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Bar Governors. Linda currently serves in the House of Delegates for the Tennessee Bar Association and was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation as the President. Linda is the recipient of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’ Cooperative Advocacy Award in 1999, the Tennessee Bar Association Public Service Attorney of the Year Award in 2003 and Paralegal Utilization Award from the West Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Paralegal Association in 2004. She was also awarded the Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award at the TBA Annual Conference in June of 2006 for work on Stand Up and Deliver initiative and received the same award in June of 2009 for work on the For All Initiative. She was recognized by the Memphis Woman Magazine as one of 50 Women Who Make a Difference in August of 2006. She is a Past President of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (2005-2006) and served as a consultant with the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono and presented at the A.B.A. Equal Justice Conference annual “Nuts and Bolts of Running a Pro Bono Project” from 2005-2015. Linda was elected to the Board of Directors for the Memphis Bar Association and served President for the Association in 2013. She received the Association of Women Attorney’s Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award in January of 2014 in recognition of outstanding achievements in and for the legal profession and in April 2015, Linda was recognized by the Jackson Sun and the Business and Professional Women’s Association as a Sterling Award winner for being one of the 20 most influential women in West Tennessee. Before she took her current position, Linda was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Bar Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the CASA program in Madison County for 2015-2016. She recently left her position in Memphis as Director of Pro Bono Projects at Memphis Area Legal Services where she worked from 2004-2016 to take the position of Director of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association in Washington D.C. In March of 2017, she received the Grayford Gray Award from the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators.
As an active member of her church, First United Methodist Church in Jackson, she recently serving as chair of the Board of Trustees and served the Annual Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church as the Peace with Justice Advocate for 8 years.
Linda is also a Rule 31 Listed mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court and formerly served as President of the Board of the Conflict Resolution Center for West Tennessee. She provides pro bono mediations for the United Methodist Church and Juvenile Courts in West Tennessee. She served on the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission Mediation, Faith Based and Pro Bono subcommittees, served on the board of trustees for the Tennessee Bar Foundation, is the President of the Association for Women Attorneys Foundation and also worked with A Step Ahead Foundation to remove barriers to accessing long acting reversible contraceptives for women.
Third Chair Strategist
Founder of Legal Creatives
C/O Diana Harrington
Linda Alvarez, Esq. began her career in large firms – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Palo Alto) and Vinson & Elkins (Houston) – where she represented multi-national corporations in matters concerning trademark rights, copyrights, advertising practices, and issues related to the conduct of online business. In 2005, Linda re-focused on transactional work and launched her solo practice.
Her clients include best selling authors, filmmakers, and businesses from start-ups, to emerging companies, to corporations with internationally recognized consumer brands. A pioneer in addressing the legal challenges faced by purpose-driven businesses, Linda developed an innovative approach to forming and performing contracts, which she calls Discovering Agreement. In 2012, Linda was recognized by the American Bar Association as a “Legal Rebel” for her work bringing change to the legal system. Her book, “Discovering
Agreement: Contracts That Turn Conflict Into Creativity”—a Flagship publication of the ABA—was released in June 2016.
Jean Handley is an international coach, facilitator, trainer, mediator and artist. She directs Turning Point Partners, a non-profit she founded in 2001 that trains, promotes and practices Restorative Justice. She coaches and trains professionals, executives, couples and parents in the concepts of Restorative Justice, Mindful Communication, Victim Empathy, circle processes, interventions, and social/emotional learning. She has been a trainer in corporations, government, courts, corrections, judicial and educational systems, and she has worked as a Defense Based Victim Outreach Specialist.
Jean brings her experience of living abroad for thirty years to bear in her work through a strong understanding of the diversity of strengths within each community, both in the private and professional sectors. She was nominated in 2005 to the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ninon Van Der Kroft
Ninon is a specialist end of life social worker with over 30 years’ experience. She has worked at St Christopher's Hospice in London, assisting patients and their loved ones before and after death. She is an experienced trainer, teaching internationally about difficult conversations; forgiveness and intimacy at end of life; death and dying. She is an End of Life Doula. She lives in London where she has recently started her own practice.
Helgi is a former partner with a large corporate law firm who retired to create a consulting & coaching practice with a holistic approach towards optimizing the impact of legal experiences for lawyers and clients. She founded a pro bono advocacy initiative on trauma-informed lawyering, at www.traumainformedlaw.org and on Twitter (@traumalaw). She also assists with the development of legal resources for victims of crime and abuse.