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Divorce Mediation Certificate Program

Sandra Crawford

Sandra Crawford

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Currently teaching:
Divorce Mediation Training

Sandra Crawford, JD, Mediator, Collaborative Professional - For over 28 years Crawford has dedicated her law and mediation practices to educating and leading clients to the clearest path for peaceful resolution of their legal disputes. She helps people move out of conflict using the most appropriate resolution model for their unique concerns - be that mediation, the Collaborative Process, limited scope representation, settlement advocacy or litigation. Crawford has been licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois since 1990 and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2005. She received her mediation training from the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in 1993 and her training in Collaborative Practice in 2002 from the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII). She served for many years as a volunteer mediator for CCR mediating family, landlord/tenant, employment dispute and other civil matters. Crawford is also a trained Circle Keeper in the Circle Process model of dispute resolution. Her current areas of concentration are family law, mediation and Collaborative Practice. Crawford served as the president of the CLII from 2009-2010 and sat on its Board of Directors for many years. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council and the Chair of its Delivery of Legal Services Committee. She is a former Chair of the ISBA’s Women in the Law Committee. For the past 6 years, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the ISBA. Crawford is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and served on its Trainer Development Network for several years where she helped author a training manual for trainers providing basic skills training in that model. Each year since 2010, Crawford has been nominated and chosen by her peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer and currently holds that distinction. In 2018 she was named as a “Top Neutral” by Leading Lawyer Magazine and received the Illinois Leading Lawyer designation. She is a principal in the Trainers for the Advancement of Collaborative Practice, a professional training company which provides basic skills training for interdisciplinary professionals in that interest-based model of dispute resolution. Crawford has served as adjunct faculty teaching mediation and dispute resolution at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and North Central College. She lectures and writes frequently on the topic of alternative dispute resolution. She has been a coach for the 40-hour Divorce Mediation Training in the School of Professional Studies for over 10 years. She currently has a solo practice in Chicago.


Ericka B. Gray

Ericka B. Gray

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Currently teaching:
Divorce Mediation Training

Ericka B. Gray has been a professional dispute resolver, conflict management consultant, and trainer since 1985. President and founder of DisputEd, Gray has served as executive director of the Academy of Family Mediators, executive director of two court-annexed dispute resolution programs based on the Multi-Door Courthouse model, and senior mediator, director of professional services, and regional training coordinator for the Boston office of JAMS. Previously she practiced as a psychologist with a specialty in crisis intervention and adult relationship issues. Gray has extensive experience in consulting and providing training in all areas of negotiation, mediation, and conflict management skills to corporations, nonprofit organizations, courts, and other governmental agencies. Her mediation practice includes all civil and commercial areas, including employment, contracts, business dissolution, personal injury, and environmental, healthcare, education, and family issues. A member of a number of mediation and arbitration panels, Gray has taught mediation at Boston College Law School since 1992 and at Suffolk University Law School since 2000. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts–Boston’s Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution and has guest lectured at Harvard Law School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Boston University, and Northeastern University. Gray has provided training for clients such as the National Advocacy Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Marriott International, and the National Academy of Arbitrators, among others. She is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the American Bar Association’s dispute resolution section.


Margaret S. Powers

Margaret S. Powers

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Currently teaching:
Divorce Mediation Training

Margaret S. Powers is a divorce mediator and collaborative practice associate with specializations as a child and family therapist and divorce coach. A licensed clinical social worker and advanced practitioner mediator, she holds graduate degrees in psychology and social work. Her diverse experience includes serving as divorce mediator for the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, and as community activist, family therapist, emergency room crisis intervention specialist, and hospital social worker. A full-time conflict resolution professional since 1989, she has been active in the mental health system for the past 36 years. Powers previously taught at DePaul University’s Center for Dispute Resolution. Recipient of many awards, she has served on numerous committees and as a founding board member of both the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the Association of Conflict Resolution. Powers developed and founded the Illinois Social Work Mediators Network within the National Association of Social Workers. Past president and a former board member of the Mediation Council of Illinois, where she currently serves as adviser, Powers is also an adviser to the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois board and a board member of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. She has offered her skills in South Africa and Germany and has taught mediation and conflict resolution for Allstate Insurance, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Circuit Court of Anchorage, Alaska. As a seasoned and skilled mediator, Powers has been quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, and the National Association of Social Workers Networker.


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