Alyson Carrel

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Assistant Director, Center on Negotiation and Mediation


Alyson Carrel’s primary teaching interests include dispute resolution with particular expertise in mediation and negotiation.  Since 1992, Alyson has trained thousands of individuals in the skills of mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution.  Most recently as the Training Director for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Chicago, Alyson was the lead trainer for CCR’s highly regarded 40-hour mediation skills training and designed and taught a variety of customized trainings.  Through her training experience, Alyson has worked with a wide range of clients that include the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, YMCA, HUD, and the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Alyson is an active member of both local and national dispute resolution associations.  She has served on various committees of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section since2005, and was selected to serve as a Council Member in 2011.  Alyson has provided presentations for the Alternative Dispute Resolution committee of the Chicago Bar Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution Chicago Chapter.  She continues to serve as a volunteer mediator at CCR with a particular interest in the Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Program.

Prior to her employment at CCR, Alyson managed the Dependency Mediation Program for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which provides mediation services to parties involved in child
protection/dependency matters.  She also worked with the Juvenile Mediation Clinic at the University of Florida School of Law where she helped train and manage law school clinic students in small-claims mediation, victim-offender mediation, and conflict resolution skills.

Alyson received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution, published a case note on drafting an effective ADR contract clause, and was the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. She received her B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Florida where she wrote a thesis focused on domestic relations mediation.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Dispute Resolution


  • BA, University of Florida
  • JD, University of Missouri-Columbia

Prior Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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