Alternative Dispute Resolution
Carolyn chairs the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. Carolyn has participated in hundreds of meditations and arbitrations and often serves as a mediator or arbitrator. Carolyn’s practice is now devoted primarily to commercial, business and employment disputes, including resolving internal management and relationship issues within a business or organizational context. In addition, she assists organizations in setting-up alternative dispute resolution processes that will allow commonly occurring disputes with customers or stakeholders to be resolved in a positive atmosphere.
Prior to joining the firm, Carolyn helped start the “Real Justice Program” for Fauquier County, Virginia through the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center. This program used innovative techniques to offer first offending youth the opportunity to accept accountability for the consequences of their actions and provide victims with a substantive voice in sentencing alternatives. She also worked in conjunction with the Peacemakers Ministry, an organization dedicated to resolving disputes through conciliatory avenues such as conflict coaching, mediation and arbitration. She developed, taught and co-authored a text book and teacher’s guide for On Trial, a law related educational curriculum for high school students which includes the participation of the students in a mock trial held before a sitting Judge in an actual courtroom. Further, she served as a lobbyist and Media Spokesperson, providing legislative policy analysis and extensive research on the Washington State Surrogacy Bill.
Seattle University, School of Law
Oregon State University
University of Oregon
Washington State Bar
Virginia Mediation Certification (inactive)
Virginia Family Court Mediation Certification (inactive)
Real Justice Certification
Domestic Violence Certification
American Jurisprudence Award, Street Law (Teaching Position)
American Jurisprudence Award, Torts
American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Law Investigation
American Jurisprudence Award, Adjudicatory Phase
Outstanding Young Women of America, 1986