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The Conflict Resolution Diversity Initiative (CRDI) originated at the Capital University Law School in 2009. The initiative, the first of its kind in the country, seeks to address the under-representation of minority neutrals in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) matters. The initiative aims to increase opportunities for minorities to serve in civil mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Additionally, CRDI aims to increase confidence in the ADR process by providing panels representative of America’s diverse population.

CRDI provides panels of highly qualified neutrals primarily composed of people of color to serve as mediators and arbitrators.

CRDI Panelists

CRDI Panelists are diverse in race, gender and experience. They are seasoned ADR professionals with extensive training and experience serving as mediators and/or arbitrators in employment, labor and commercial matters.

Case Administration

Through our administrative partnerResolute Systems, LLC, CRDI will handle all case administration associated with this program. CRDI provides mediation and arbitration procedures and rules that parties may elect to utilize. For companies with existing Dispute Resolution rules, CRDI will administer the ADR proceeding seamlessly using those rules and procedures. Resolute Systems has extensive experience administering ADR proceedings, and is a leading neutral third-party administrator of dedicated ADR programs, Dispute Resolution Agreements (DRA’s) and Employment Dispute Resolution (EDR) programs across the country.

For Prospective Panelists

CRDI actively recruits mediators and arbitrators from the bench, professional organizations, ADR training providers, as well as recommendations from participants and neutral panel members. Offering a diverse panel of qualified neutrals increases the effectiveness of ADR programs and is especially critical to the success of Employment Dispute Resolution programs.

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No Trial Limited offers a 16-hour comprehensive training program in Basic Mediation. The Basic Mediation Training provides an introduction to mediation and is a prerequisite for most advanced mediation training programs. This interactive training will teach participants about the practice of mediation and the basic skills needed to be a successful mediator. Participants will learn how to resolve conflicts using a seven step mediation model.

James McElroy

James McElroy is a seasoned veteran within all aspects of corporate Human Resources and employment law. Specifically, James has resolved hundreds of employment disputes while successfully leading the diversity and compliance initiatives for a $15 billion global company prior to helping launch NO TRIAL as a new business model.

His area of specialty is arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution. James serves on several neutral panels: American Arbitration Assoc., Resolute Systems, LLC, National Arbitration Forum, and National Assoc. Soc. Dealers (FINRA) Summit County Domestic Relations Court.

James McElroy’s unique style, expert knowledge of the emerging Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methodologies, and mastery of a variety of conciliation and litigation avoidance processes make him a much sought after mediator and consultant.

James’ ADR practice is national in scope. He has successfully mediated a myriad of employment matters including:

  •  Wrongful Discharge
  •  Wage/Compensation
  •  Sexual Harassment
  •  Discrimination
  •  Retaliatory Discharge
  •  Compliance
  •  Breach of Contract
  •  Civil Rights
  •  Executive Separation
  • James received his Juris Doctor from Akron University School of Law and served on the Board of Directors of the Equal Employment Advisory Council. James also received extensive divorce mediation training at the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute and is a successful mediator for the Summit County Domestic Relations Court.

    James McElroy gains his high-level consultative capabilities from a breadth of related field experience including past work as a Corporate Diversity and Compliance Director, Employment Practices Manager, Industrial Engineer, Corporate HR Generalist and Field Labor Contract Negotiator.

    He is a member of Ohio Bar, Association for Conflict Resolution and National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    Professional Experience

    •  Kent State University – 2008-2010 Director EO/AA, Labor relations, Employee relations
    •  No Trial Ltd and Private law practice – 2004-2008 Mediation, Arbitration, Employment law litigation.
    •  The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company – 1972-2004 During my career I served in a number of Human Resource management positions, including Industrial Engineer, HR Manager, Director HR, and Director EEO/AA/Diversity. As Director of Employment Practices and regulatory compliance, I developed an ADR process that included, open door - open floor, mediation, and arbitration. I served as Corporate Ombudsman.

    Education

    •  Bachelor of Science Industrial Management, The University of Akron
    •  Juris Doctor, The University of Akron School of Law

    Professional Organizations

    •  Ohio Bar Association
    •  Akron Bar Association
    •  Akron Barristers Association

A custom ADR System is the solution.

No Trial designs, implements and manages your organization's ADR processes, which may include mandatory arbitration procedures. However, arbitration can also be risky and expensive. No Trial's risk assessment process reviews your company's situation and makes recommendations that may be a major cost savings for your organization. If all has been done to avoid litigation and it still becomes unavoidable, No Trial will manage your case. Your company's exposure to liability has, however, already been minimized by following the No Trial ADR process.

We assess, design, implement & administer your ADR system.

With your invitation, No Trial will come to your company to conduct an assessment of how your company is currently handling employee grievances and complaints. We will also analyze your exposure to risks and liabilities within your current methods. From there, No Trial will design, implement, and administer a custom-tailored ADR system that will dramatically reduce your exposure to liabilities and concurrently reduce your company's overall legal costs associated with HR related situations. No Trial will also help you navigate the complexities of corporate downsizing, severance agreements and restructurings.

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No Trial designs, implements and manages your organization's ADR processes, which may include mandatory arbitration procedures.

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