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
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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.
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.