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.

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Margaret S. Powers

Margaret S. Powers

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Currently teaching:
Divorce Mediation Training

Margaret S. Powers has been on the forefront of conflict resolution since 1989, and is recognized nationally for her exemplary skills in the field of mediation. Margaret is a mediator in private practice and Adjunct Faculty with Northwestern University’s Dispute Resolution Continuing Education Program. Additionally, she was on the faculty of the former DePaul University’s Dispute Resolution Program. Through her faculty appointments and trainings, Margaret has provided performance-based mediation training locally and nationally for more than 25 years. Margaret holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Master’s of Art in Psychology.

Margaret began in the profession working with the Cook County Domestic Court Mediation Program before starting her own practice in 1992. She has provided mediation services to organizations including the US Postal Service, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Child and Family Services. Margaret has been involved in numerous professional organizations, sitting on the boards of every dispute resolution group in the Chicago area, as well as, on state and national committees and boards. Margaret has a strong background in ethics, previously acting as Ethics Chair for the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the Mediation Council of Illinois (MCI), and the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.

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