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The expanding reach of the Internet and the growing power and portability of computers promise to enhance the practice of multiparty public dispute resolution. eDeliberation.com leverages its expertise in these new technologies to help agencies, groups, and organizations resolve their disputes more efficiently and effectively.

Colin Rule

Colin Rule is COO of Modria, an online dispute resolution provider based in Silicon Valley. Prior to Modria, Colin was Director of Online Dispute Resolution at eBay and PayPal from 2003 to 2011. Colin has worked in the dispute resolution field for more than twenty 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 Center for Internet and Society 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, which applied 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 in Washington, D.C. and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002. He has contributed more than 50 articles to prestigious ADR publications such as Consensus, The Fourth R, ACResolution, and Peace Review. He has also lectured and taught at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, MIT, UMass-Amherst, Creighton University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Ottawa. He holds an MA from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology, a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution from UMass-Boston, a BA from Haverford College, and he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea from 1995-1997.

John Helie

John Helie is the Administrator of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program in the Alameda County Superior Court and former Administrator of the Contra Costa Court of California ADR Program.

Prior to serving the courts, John was the co-founder and Strategic Director of Mediate.com, the largest online resource for the dispute resolution field. John was also the founder of ConflictNet in 1988; a pre-Internet telecommunications network for mediators.

John held a Fellowship at the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and is the recipient of the National Association of Conflict Resolution's Mary Parker Follett Lifetime Achievement Award.

A trained mediator and facilitator, John pioneered the use of telecommunications technology in an Internet Regulatory Negotiation Process sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 1995 John designed software tools for building and evaluating consensus and was the first facilitator to use this technology in the NRC's RuleNet project.

Bill Warters

Bill Warters is a faculty member in the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution Program at Wayne State University. He is the former Associate Director of the Program on Mediating Theory and Democratic Systems, a Hewlett Foundation-funded conflict theory-building center. Prior to coming to Detroit in 1997, Bill was a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where he directed their doctoral program in Dispute Resolution.

Bill served for several years as a Faculty Fellow at the Office for Teaching and Learning, a part of the WSU Technology Resource Center. Bill also developed and manages the Conflict Management in Higher Education Resource Center (www.campus-adr.org) and is the developer and director of the newer Conflict Resolution Education Connection clearinghouse (www.creducation.org), funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He is author of Mediation in the Campus Community: Designing and Managing Effective Programs, published by Jossey-Bass.

He holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (with a certificate from the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts there) and a B.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship award winner, and recipient of the William J. Kreidler Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Larry Schooler

Larry Schooler oversees community engagement, public input, and conflict resolution projects for the City of Austin, working in conjunction with the Mayor and City Council. He is also the President-elect for the U.S. affiliate of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

Larry also mediates disputes on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense and is a Fellow at the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas, where he has given guest lectures. He also serves as a member of the board of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT). He is active with Mediators Beyond Borders and the Association for Conflict Resolution. In the past, he has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Safeplace, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and his neighborhood associations.

Larry is the author of a forthcoming book on the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States and related projects elsewhere. He is a pianist and co-founder of jazz trio "Three Piece Suit." Prior to his current work, he was a reporter for NPR stations across the country and as a freelance reporter for National Public Radio, Voice of America, and magazines.

Larry is married to commercial real estate broker Jolie Schooler, an active leader in Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). He is also the father to Sammy Schooler, born in August, 2011. In his nonexistent spare time, he trains for marathons.

Jeff Bean

Jeff Bean offers collaborative approaches to dispute resolution and decision-making with Beyond the Courthouse Mediation & Facilitation.

Jeff partners with his clients to leverage their collaborative efforts with technological resources, making them more effective, productive and efficient. He designed and implemented innovative systems to more efficiently manage massive document workflows in complex litigation, integrate data sources and create more productive information processes.

Jeff has taken leadership roles in the dispute resolution organizations to harness the power of online networking. He served as President of King County Collaborative Law (2010-11), Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2010-11); and on the planning committee for the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference. In 2012, in recognition of his work connecting dispute resolution professionals with each other and with their clients, he received the Washington Mediation Association's Technology Integration Award.

Jeff creates community networks, manages web-resources and curates social media for several organizations. He writes, presents at seminars and teaches at law and business schools on dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, ethics and technology.






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