Alyson Carrel

Northwestern University School of Law

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Northwestern University School of Law


Alyson Carrel is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern University School of Law.  She teaches Mediation Advocacy, Mediation Process, and Negotiation. She is interested in exploring social justice critiques of dispute resolution, ADR as a first career, and the use of emerging technology in the classroom.

Since 1992, Alyson has trained thousands of individuals in the skills of mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution.  Most recently as the Training Director for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Chicago, Alyson was the lead trainer for CCR’s highly regarded 40-hour mediation skills training and designed and taught a variety of customized trainings.  Alyson is an active member of both local and national dispute resolution associations.  She has served on various committees of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section since2005, and was selected to serve as a Council Member in 2011.  She continues to serve as a volunteer mediator at CCR with a particular interest in the Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Program.

Prior to her employment at CCR, Alyson 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.

Alyson received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 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 B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Florida where she wrote a thesis focused on domestic relations mediation.


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