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Bar News - January 18, 2017

Court News: NH Judicial Branch Hires New ADR Coordinator

Heather Kulp

The New Hampshire Judicial Branch recently announced the hiring of attorney Heather Kulp as the new coordinator of the Judicial Branch Office of Mediation and Arbitration. She replaces Molly Brown starting on Jan. 21.

Kulp graduated from Northwestern Law School in 2010. She began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago. Her major projects included designing a foreclosure mediation program, and drafting the ABA model foreclosure mediation program. She also developed dispute resolution programs throughout the state of Illinois.

Since 2012, Kulp has been a law lecturer and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School. In addition to teaching negotiations to over 150 students per year, she recruited clients with which to conduct semester-long dispute systems and assessment projects. Her projects have included assessing the Felony Settlement Conference process in the New Hampshire Superior Court, career negotiation advisement for the US Department of Education, and assessing the process for internal employment disputes for the US Department of Agriculture.

Current NH Judicial Branch ADR Programs are in place in the Supreme, Superior and Circuit Courts. These initiatives are designed to save time and money for parties and are less formal; parties work together with ADR professionals to work toward resolutions. Additionally, agreements reached using ADR processes lead to increased party satisfaction and more durable solutions, according to the Judicial Branch, and ADR processes allow for the early disposition of cases and the opportunity to avoid time-consuming and costly discovery processes.

Learn more about the NH Judicial Branch Alternative Dispute Resolution programs.

For articles on ADR practice in New Hampshire, check out the October 2016 issue of Bar News.

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