President: Nancy Schultz, Orange, CA
Nancy Schultz earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. After graduation from law school, Nancy practiced law for about five years. She taught legal writing at the Villanova University Law School for three years, then became Director of Legal Research and Writing at the George Washington University Law School, where she remained for seven years before moving to the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in 1996. Nancy coaches competition teams in trial and appellate advocacy, arbitration, pretrial advocacy, voir dire, mediation, mediation advocacy, negotiations, and client counseling. Her teams have competed on the national and international level. Nancy served on the ABA-Law Student Division Competitions Committee for 12 years, and currently serves on the International Client Counseling Competition Committee, and the International Negotiation Competition Committee, where she is the North American representative to the Executive Committee. She also chairs the International Law School Mediation Tournament. Nancy has co-authored three texts in the legal research and writing field, and has also authored three articles on legal education and one article on negotiations. Nancy teaches or has taught Client Interviewing and Counseling, Negotiations, Mediation, Resolving Disputes Across Cultures, Advocacy, Legal Research and Writing, Legal Writing Skills, Legal Drafting, Civil Procedure, and Advanced Legal Analysis.
President Elect: Rahim Shamji, London, UK
Rahim Shamji is Director of Training for Civil and Commercial and International projects at ADR group. Rahim is also a door tenant at Lamb Buildings Chambers. Since being called to the Bar, Rahim has practised at the Bar as well as becoming Senior Lecturer at BPP University College. In 2005 Rahim qualified as a mediator and since 2006 Rahim was part of the International Mediation Training Faculty, training Mediators within the Conciliation and Arbitration Boards of the Ismaili Community. Rahim has undertaken training in East Africa, Middle East, Pakistan, North America and Europe. Rahim is also currently Vice-President for International Academy of Dispute Resolution based in Chicago, USA. Rahim currently Mediates as board member of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board for the UK within the Ismaili Community.
Vice President International: Charlie Irvine, Glasgow, Scotland
A solicitor and former professional musician, Charlie Irvine is course leader on the LLM/MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He founded the University’s Mediation Clinic, giving students practical experience while providing a free mediation service to small claimants in Scotland’s busiest court, and is currently taking a doctorate at Margaret University, Edinburgh, on the topic of mediation and justice. He has written widely on mediation and is a regular contributor to the Kluwer Mediation Blog (www.kluwermediationblog.com). Charlie is an experienced mediator with a practice including employment, commercial and complaints against professionals, and past Chair of the Scottish Mediation Network.
Charlie has been bringing teams to INADR and UK tournaments since 2010 and in 2017 Strathclyde will be hosting the International Law School Mediation Tournament in Glasgow.
Vice President, USA: Teresa Frisbie, Chicago, IL
Teresa is the Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She started her career as a litigator with the law firm of Foran, Wiss & Schultz (later Foran & Schultz) where she became a partner. She has been arbitrating, mediating and teaching ADR skills for many years and is an Illinois Leading Lawyer in ADR in the categories of international, employment and commercial litigation. She has also been named to the Top Ten Illinois Women Neutrals by Leading Lawyers.Teresa has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of disputes ranging from real estate and business conflicts to estate and employment cases. A frequent speaker and writer on ADR, she has trained law students, lawyers, and judges in mediation and/or international arbitration in the United States and Europe. Teresa is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an arbitrator and mediator for ADR Systems of America, a certified mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Law and Chancery Division mediation programs, and a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators. She was named a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, in 1997, is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution and has served as executive director and a panel member for the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association (CIDRA). She is also of counsel at DeGrand & Wolfe, P.C.
VP of Education USA: Ken Frank, Gainesville, GA
Kenneth Frank holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Columbia College. He is chair of the Humanities Department and coordinates the undergraduate degree program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies at Brenau University and received the Ann Austin Johnston Outstanding Faculty Award. He is chair of the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament Board and on the Board of Directors of the InterNational Academy for Dispute Resolution and has been a trainer/consultant for organizations as diverse as the Atlanta History Center and the United Methodist Church.
VP of Education International: Ali Nouraei, New Castle, UK
Ali is a Mediator and director at The Neutral Corner Ltd. He is a qualified Barrister and has worked in Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2010. He brings expertise in resolving disputes, repairing business relationships, and managing conflict at work. He is also a director at Hatch Conference Ltd.
Secretary: Liz Simon, Chicago, IL
Liz Simon is a full-time mediator and arbitrator, specializing in labor, employment
and commercial matters. She serves on a number of national rosters including the American Arbitration Association (labor, employment and mediation panels), Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, and Resolute Systems, LLC. She is also a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals. Liz mediates EEOC and mortgage foreclosure cases, serves as a hearing officer for the Chicago Housing Authority, and is a trainer and mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution. She also teaches Advanced Mediation Advocacy and ADR at Loyola University Chicago Law School. She received her JD from Loyola and her BA from Vassar.
Frank Dusek has been an arbitrator and mediator since 1999. He has worked on numerous disputes including ones involving complex commercial claims, accountants’ legal liability, securities, construction, and contractual disputes.
Mr. Dusek is a principal shareholder with the accounting firm of Weiss, Sugar, Dvorak & Dusek, Ltd. in downtown Chicago and has been with the firm for over twenty years. His past experience includes seven years with large CPA and consulting firms, seven years as a CFO of a national specialty construction firm and the U.S. Army. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Dusek is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Mr. Dusek holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago a Masters of Business Administration from Roosevelt University and a mediation certificate from DePaul University Law School. Mr. Dusek is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Arbitration Association, FINRA Dispute Resolution and a member of the CPA panel of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. For more information on Frank Dusek, go to www.wsdd.com.
Dick Calkins, Des Moines, IA
Richard M. Calkins is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northwestern University Law School. Admitted to bar, 1959, Illinois; 1981, Iowa. From 1959-1961 he served as a law clerk to Judge Elmer J. Schnackenberg of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1961-1969 he was an associate and partner of the law firm of Chadwell, Keck, Kayser, Ruggles & McLaren. From 1969-1980, he was a founding partner of the Burditt & Calkins Law Firm. During the years 1980-1988, he served as dean of the Drake University Law School, and from 1988 to 1993, was a partner in the law firm of Zarley, McKee, Thomte, Voorhees & Sease. In 1993 he entered the full-time practice of mediation and arbitration.
Mr. Calkins was president of the American Mock Trial Association from 1984-2004; President of the Blackstone Inn of Court from 1992-94; President of the American Academy of ADR Attorneys from 1999-00 and Dean from 2000-02; and president of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution from 2014-2016. He has completed over 2800 mediations and arbitrations, and regularly holds classes in mediation training, having taught over 800 lawyers and 1000 law and undergraduate students. He is also co-author of the treatise, Lane and Calkins Mediation Practice Guide.
H. Case Ellis (Case) graduated from Purdue University (B.S. 1972) and Chicago Kent College of Law (J.D. with honors, 1976). He served as a member of the Board of Governors, Illinois State Bar Association (2001-2007), the Illinois Supreme Court’s Character and Fitness Committee (2007-present) and is a Certified State (Illinois, five circuits) and Federal (Northern District of Illinois) Court Mediator. He was awarded the Center for Analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution System “Service to Community Award” (2002) and the McHenry County Bar Association “Distinguished Service Award” (2004) – for his involvement in the establishment and furtherance of court mediation programs. He taught Dispute Resolution in the graduate program at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, (2003-2007). Case proposed and implemented a pilot program to mediate pro-se small claims disputes in McHenry County (since used as a model program for a number of Court systems), and now runs the permanent program. In 2012, Case was inducted into The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Case was admitted to
the Illinois State and Federal Bars in 1976 and to the Federal Trial Bar in 1982. He closed his litigation practice in 2006 to practice as a full time mediator and arbitrator and has conducted more than 3,000 mediations and served as arbitrator in more than 600 cases. One of the founding Board of Directors of INADR, Case served as INADR’s President for seven years. He has participated in conducting training and law school mediation competitions at more than 50 tournaments in Chicago, Boston, Des Moines, London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Bhopal and Dubai,UAE. Additionally, along with the head of International Training for one of the UK’s largest ADR providers, is a co-instructor of 40 hour mediator training courses for mediators outside the USA.
For more information, see www.wemediate.info.
Fred Lane, Chicago, IL
Fred is a graduate of Loyola School of Law in Chicago. He is a co-founder and past president of the International Academy of Dispute Resolutions. He has been a full time mediator since 1990 in a variety of areas, primarily in the fields of Personal Injury, Products Liability, and Professional Malpractice cases.
He is a past president of the following bar associations: Illinois State Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates (Illinois), Illinois Trial Lawyers and The Decalogue Society of Lawyers. He was the third recipient in the 138 year history of the ISBA to receive The Medal of Merit, it’s highest award. Fred is a past president of the Organization for Rehabilitation Training (Chicago) and was the first recipient of it’s Jurisprudence Award.
Fred is a frequent lecturer on all phases of litigation and the mediation process. He has been involved in numerous training programs for mediators, students and participants in mediation. Twice a year since 2009 he has co-conducted 40 Hour Mediation programs as part of the Illinois State Bar Association Master Series.
He is the co-author of Mediation Practice Guide and Mediation: Quest for Peace. He is also the author or co-author of the following multi-volume treatises; Lane Medical Litigation Guide, Lane Goldstein Trial Technique, and Lane Goldstein Litigation Forms. Since l968 he has been the editor of the Medical Trial Technique Quarterly. In 1995 he established the Trial Technique Institute at the Illinois State Bar Association.
Prior to becoming a full time mediator, Fred was an Assistant States Attorney in the Cook County States Attorneys Office. After leaving the States Attorneys office he specialized in civil litigation, primarily representing plaintiffs in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Professional Malpractice cases.
Ana Virginia Bauder, VP International, is a practising mediator, conciliator and adjudicator, legally qualified Venezuelan lawyer with an LLM on ADR from LSE, who works on commercial and consumer disputes as a member of CEDR’s in-house professional neutrals team. Ana Virginia is responsible for advising clients on ADR processes, works as appointing authority for CEDR as [CHANGE: Senior Dispute Resolution Adviser FOR: Business Development Manager] based in London. She is now training mediators in Spanish, and is fluent in English, Italian, and has basic knowledge of French. Previously worked in Caracas at Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Macleod Dixon), in Paris at the ICC, is a member of the IBA, Globalaw, ICDRY&I, Bar Association of Venezuela’s District Capital and UWC’s National Committee of Venezuela.
Hillary Earle, president of Amicus Mediation & Arbitration Group, has worked in the ADR industry for over 18 years. In the course of her career, she has designed and implemented countless ADR programs for insurance companies, major law firms and municipalities.
Hillary trains legal and claims professionals in the proper use of mediation and arbitration and assists in the training of neutrals throughout the United States.
Hillary has also developed and pioneered the use of online dispute resolution technology, through Amicus’ virtual ADR programs, Xpedimeet and The Virtual Arbitrator.
Dennis Favaro, Chicago, IL
Dennis R. Favaro is a principal of Favaro & Gorman, Ltd.. Mr. Favaro received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is admitted to the Illinois Bar and the Federal Bar for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Favaro is a faculty member of William Rainey Harper College where he teaches employment law courses. He has certifications in trial advocacy from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and has been frequently recognized as a Leading American Attorney in Employment Law and as a Super Lawyer.
Mr. Favaro founded the Employment Law Committees for the Northwest Suburban Bar and McHenry County Bar Associations. He frequently served as Chair for those Committees. Although a certified Mediator, Mr. Favaro utilizes the mediation process as an advocate for his clients.
He is a frequent speaker on employment law topics. He is a Past President of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association and its Foundation. In addition to his current practice, Mr. Favaro holds leadership positions in various charitable organizations and in his Church.
Miglė Žukauskaitė, Vilnius, Lithuania
Miglė graduated from Vilnius University (Lithuania), Faculty of Law in 2015. She obtained her Master’s degree in European and International Law. During her university years Miglė was a willing participant of international law competitions starting with moot courts and model UN conferences and finally finding her passion for mediation after winning the 2nd Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv International Mediation Tournament in 2014. She is now herself organizing international mediation tournaments in her home country – Lithuania as well as continuing her studies as a PhD student in Vilnius University, concentrating her dissertation on mediation.
Executive Director: Meghann Sweeney, USA
Meghann Sweeney, originally from Des Moines, IA, has been the Executive Director of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution since the fall of 2009. She graduated with honors from Simpson College in Indianola, IA, and received her JD from Drake University Law School, in Des Moines, IA. Meghann is a licensed attorney and certified mediator. As the Executive Director of INADR she has organized and run mediation tournaments and trainings around the world including London, India, Dubai, Kiev, Dublin, and across the US.
Alaa G. Al Aridi
Mary Lou Frank
Michael C. Funkey
Allen S. Goldberg
John V. Smith II
Gino L. DiVito
Terry F. Moritz