Professor Amy J. Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a professor at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz was in private practice with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age, Major Research Projects, Secured Transactions, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumers and the Law (service learning). Her current research explores online dispute resolution in varied exchange contexts, with special focus on consumer claims and means for consumers to obtain remedies. She also has been active in recent debates regarding consumer protection more generally, consumer arbitration and contracting behavior, and is often an invited speaker on these topics. Recent speaking engagements include events at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.; University of Leicester in England; University of Ghent in Belgium; Stanford Law School; University of Arizona Law School; Pepperdine Law School; University of California Hastings; Loyola in Chicago; Wake Forest University; Fordham University; Penn State; and American Bar Association Meetings. She also serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Related Consumer Law, and has been an Amici in several United Supreme Court cases involving arbitration. She also has taught in Paris and in England, and has been an expert and liaison for the United Nations working group seeking to create a global online mechanism for resolution of e-contract disputes. Professor Schmitz’s outreach work involves various projects, including production of a consumer film (“Fine Print Foils”), a non-profit consumer outreach website and companion app, and various service-learning courses. Her most recent service-learning projects have led to a consumer empowerment blog and free public seminars on pressing consumer issues through a joint project with the Boulder County (Colo.) Community Services. This work aimed to provide the public with valuable information while inspiring the student presenters from Professor Schmitz’s Consumers and the Law classes to gain deeper understandings of consumer and contract law “in action.” Students in Professor Schmitz’s service learning classes at the University of Colorado also created written materials and presentations covering consumer topics.
Daniel Rainey is a principal in Holistic Solutions, Inc. (HSI ), and an adjunct faculty member in the graduate dispute resolution programs at Dominican University, The McGeorge Law School of the University of the Pacific, and Southern Methodist University. He is currently a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, a member of the Board of Directors for the InternetBar.Org (an NGO dedicated to the use of technology to enhance access to justice), the co-founder of PeaceTones (an access to justice program bringing opportunities to artists in conflict and post conflict areas), a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, and a founding member of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR). He is a leading alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and online dispute resolution (ODR) educator and practitioner. He is currently active as a teacher of graduate university courses in mediation, negotiation, conflict theory, international dispute resolution, and ODR. He brings an interest in the impact of information and communication technology on all forms of conflict engagement to his work. He was one of the instructors for the first university ODR course (at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst), and he has developed graduate level ODR courses for several universities, in addition to skills-based ODR training for dispute resolution centers and professional associations. As a consultant, he has worked with clients in the the development of ODR resources, intercultural negotiation skills, Ombudsman programs, and organizational conflict engagement programs. He is a member of the editorial board for Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and he is one of the Editors-in-Chief of the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution. He is an author/editor of the award-winning book, Online Dispute Resolution Theory and Practice, and numerous other book chapters and articles about ODR and ADR. He is a member of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Access to Justice Commission, Self-Represented Litigants Committee, and he has recently been named as the co-chair of the International Mediation Institute Task Force on E-Mediator Competencies. Also recently, as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Association for Conflict Resolution, he began work with a joint committee of the ABA, ACR, and AAA, to review the Model Rules for Mediators. He has recently been asked to participate as a member of the National Center for State Courts ODR Standards Working Group. In October, 2017, at the Association for Conflict Resolution annual conference, he received the Mary Parker Follett award for innovation in dispute resolution.
ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
Linda Warren Seely is the Director of Dispute Resolution Section at the American Bar Association She attended University of Memphis for both undergraduate and law school, and 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
University of Indiana
Anjanette (Angie) Raymond is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Law and Ethics, at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Maurer Law School (Indiana). She is currently a Visiting Fellow in International Commercial Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London as well as a Professor in the International Business Law Program at the University of Navarra, Spain and lectures on international arbitration at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Angie has written widely in international commercial law, international commercial arbitration, and international secured transactions in such publications as the Harvard Negotiation Law Review (forthcoming), Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, and the American Review of International Arbitration. As well as several book chapters, such as ‘How May International Standards Assist the Law Reform in England?’ in Availability of Credit and Secured Transactions in a Time of Crisis (Cambridge) and UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) Commentary (Beck). Angie is currently an invited member of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Online Dispute Resolution Working Group, Non-Governmental Organization (Institute of International Commercial Law (IICL))) and was the former research assistant to the US delegate to UNCITRAL and the Reporter for the revision of the sales and leases articles of the Uniform Commercial Code. Angie is also an active Mooter, co-coaching a team to the finalist award at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
William & Mary Law School
J.D. Candidate, 2020, at William & Mary Law School. Assistant Training Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team.
Robert D. Andeweg
Nyemaster Law Firm
Bob Andeweg practices primarily in the real estate area, concentrating primarily in commercial real estate. Bob focuses his practice on transactional, leasing development and valuation issues regarding real estate. In addition, he also provides advice to a variety of business clients regarding general corporate transactions, including organizational, development and start-up issues, board of directors operations and duties and general contract drafting and negotiations. Bob received his J.D., with honors, in 1987 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, serving as a member and Editor-in-Chief (1986-1987) of the Drake Law Review. In 1984 he received his B.A. from Central College in Pella, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics.
Chris is responsible for educating and supporting ODR Bowl teams on how to effectively use the Trokt platform. At Trokt, Chris is the Strategic Product Director responsible for identifying user needs, developing solutions and overseeing the seamless implementation of the product into their organizational structure. Chris received a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jeffrey M. Aresty, Esq. is a lawyer originally from Boston, Massachusetts and currently living in Houston, TX. He has been involved in international business law and the role of technology in the transformation of the practice of law for almost three decades. He is a past chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law's Information Services, Technology, and Data Protection Committee and currently the deputy program chair; and has volunteered in other capacities for the ABA and the Massachusetts Bar Association. Mr. Aresty is the founder and current President of Internetbar.org, Inc. which leads the technology and rule of law project, PeaceTones, for the World Justice Forum. The initial focus of The PeaceTones Project was designed to create sustainable income opportunities for individuals from developing areas and conflict zones; The Project selects artists from target areas around the world, and digitalizes their work (creating audio files, and cover art). The resulting files are then organized into albums and sold online. Then 90% of the revenues are returned to the artists with a portion of the money going towards a community project (updating utilities, providing internet facilities, creating artist's co-ops). Additionally, Mr. Aresty is a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts. His involvement in the Center centers on promoting the use of online dispute resolution technology as an alternate to traditional methods. His ongoing law-technology activities concern (1) e-lawyering training, including ODR and (2) initiating global law reform in online communities. Among Mr. Aresty's accomplishments are initiating and directing the "Computer College" program (1983-1987) that assisted lawyers in bringing computers into law practice and co-founding the ABA's TECHShow in 1987. He co-edited three books on cross cultural influence in international business and e-commerce for the ABA, titled "The ABA Guide to International Business Negotiations." In his position as the Reporter of the ABA's e-lawyering Task Force (www.elawyering.org), Mr. Aresty wrote several articles on the technical, legal and practical implications of the practice of law in Cyberspace.
ODR Bowl - Tournament Director
Sarthak Makkar is a Tournament Director for the ODR Bowl while completing his studies as an undergraduate student reading law at Gujarat National Law University, India. He has represented the William C. Vis Moot Alumni Organization as a delegate at the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law [UNCITRAL], UN headquarters in New York City, becoming the youngest Indian delegate at the United Nations. He is ardently interested in Human Rights law especially focusing on Women Rights Jurisprudence, recently completing a research article on how the concept of Marital Rape in India is arbitrary, unjust, inhumane and contrary to constitutional values and principles has been published by Harvard Human Rights Journal. He serves as the Inhouse contributor for the King's Student Law Review- Mercantile and Financial Law Blog and has previously been part of the organizing committee of the "GNLU International Moot Court Competition".
Colin Rule is Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies. Tyler acquired Modria.com, an ODR provider Colin co-founded, in 2017. From 2003 to 2011 Colin was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal. He has worked in the dispute resolution field for more than 25 years as a mediator, trainer, and consultant. He is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School. Colin co-founded Online Resolution, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, in 1999 and served as its CEO (2000) and President. In 2002 Colin co-founded the Online Public Disputes Project (now eDeliberation.com) which applies ODR to multiparty, public disputes. Previously, Colin was General Manager of Mediate.com, the largest online resource for the dispute resolution field. Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (now ACR) in Washington, D.C. and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA. Colin has presented and trained throughout Europe and North America for organizations including the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the Department of State, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. He has also lectured and taught at UMass-Amherst, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Pepperdine, Southern Methodist University, and Santa Clara University. Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002, and The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, published by the ABA in 2017. He has contributed more than 50 articles to prestigious ADR publications such as Consensus, The Fourth R, ACResolution Magazine, and Peace Review. He serves on the boards of the Consensus Building Institute and the PeaceTech Lab at the United States Institute of Peace. He holds a Master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology, a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from UMass-Boston, a B.A. from Haverford College, and he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea from 1995-1997.
Julia Morelli has over twenty-five years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, manager and consultant. She is President of Holistic Solutions, Inc., a principal with Fourth Party Solutions (4PS) and the President of the George Mason University (GMU) Instructional Foundation. In these capacities she serves as a mediator, manager, coach and consultant. In addition, she provides facilitation and organizational development services, and training in dispute resolution, cultural issues and diversity, the use of technology in conflict management, and stress management. Her client list includes government agencies, schools, corporations, associations and nonprofit organizations. Her training includes work with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, she teaches yoga and qigong, and whenever it is appropriate, she incorporates these techniques into her practice. She is co-author of "Culture and Breaking Impasse in Dispute Resolution," published in Definitive Creative Impasse-Breaking Techniques in Mediation, (New York A.B.A., 2011); and "Developing Embodied Awareness and Action in Conflict Resolution," in Faith and Practice in Conflict Resolution: Toward a Multidimensional Approach (2016, edited by Rachel Goldberg). She is member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and serves on the Board of Peaceable Dragon. Frequently she presents at various mediation and dispute resolution conferences, regularly attends the International Conference on Online Dispute Resolution, and is a regular guest lecturer at George Mason University.
Susan Nauss Exon, LL.M.
University of La Verne
Susan Nauss Exon is a Professor at the University of La Verne College of Law. Professor Exon has received several awards for her work in education, speaks frequently at the national, state, and local level regarding alternative dispute resolution and mediation ethics, and has numerous published papers and articles, some of which pertain to cyberjurisdiction. She is co-chair of the Ethics Committee for the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and a member of the Section's Ethical Guidance Committee as well as part of the Section's Civil Procedure LEAP Panel. Professor Exon's current research relates to mediation ethics, apology and forgiveness, and a mediator's ability to engender trust in an online, non-visual environment. Exon has been mediating civil commercial and business disputes for over 15 years. Exon received her A.S.B. from Central Pennsylvania College; J.D. from the University of Wyoming, College of Law; and LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University.