eMediation Competition

Cornell University's Scheinman Institute on Conict Resolution, in conjunction with Modria Mediation Room, is hosting the 2014 Cyberweek eMediation Competition. Register at:



When is the competition?
November 3-6, 2014

Who can register?
Registrants must be a registered student of a college or university.
1. You can register as an individual or a team* to participate as one of the disputing parties in a mediation
2. You can register as an individual mediator to mediate a dispute.

*Disputant teams are limited to no more than 2 members.

What types of cases will be used?
Disputes included in the competition may include workplace or small claims community disputes.

What will the online competition be like?
All communication within Modria is currently asynchronous. The communication within Modria is text based. Each mediation room includes a common area for all parties to write questions and responses, as well as private areas where each party can write messages with the mediator privately.

How many rounds of competition will there be?
The competition will consist of one round over 4 days.

How will the competition be evaluated?
All communications will be judged on a scale of 1-5 by professionals within the eld of ADR. Once each transcript has been scored, the top 5 mediators and the top 10 parties will be announced.

Please feel free to contact Katrina at kn64@cornell.edu with any questions. Good Luck!


Coordinator Bios:

Katrina Nobles is the Education and Communications Manager for the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the Cornell ILR School. Nobles works with faculty and extension associates to coordinate programs, contracts, and grants. She also assists in designing curriculum, instructing professional programs, and facilitating discussions for labor-management groups. She has practiced mediation for several years, and prior to her employment at Cornell, Katrina was the Cortland County Coordinator for New Justice Mediation Services. During that time, Nobles mediated hundreds of community, child custody/visitation, child support, and family disputes. Katrina holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Engagement.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Todd is a 28 year veteran of the United States Army, serving in numerous position as part of the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps.  Lieutenant Colonel Todd has represented the United States Army in numerous cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Service Protection Board.  He is current completing his final military assigned at the 85th Support Command, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Lieutenant Colonel Todd's degrees include a Master in Science-Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University; Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL; and a Bachelor of Science-Business Administration-Central Michigan University.  He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Military Affairs Committee.

Lieutenant Colonel Todd lives in the Chicago-area with his wife and two children. 


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