Eva M. Soeka

Eva M. SoekaCollaborative, competent, creative. These are the words that have guided my over 30 year career in dispute resolution. While I have held academic positions during those years, I have also maintained a private practice in dispute resolution. My experience encompasses mediation, training, dispute resolution design, expert witness testimony, and one on one conflict coaching.

My experience includes the following:

*elected the first female chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Council in 1990

*served as the chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Council’s ADR Committee from1990-93 which
drafted Wis. Stat.802.12 (referral) and Wis.Stat.904.085 (confidentiality)

*founded and directed Marquette University’s Center for Dispute Resolution Education in 1993
which received over $1M in federal and state grants

*founded and directed Marquette University’s Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution, which included an interdisciplinary master’s degree and graduate certificate from 1995-2015

*taught Mediation, Advanced Mediation, Advanced Issues in Mediation, Dispute Resolution Theory and Clinic in Mediation from 1995-2015

*served as the drafter and advisor to a 23 member task force in 1997 that designed and drafted the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (Wis. Stat. 767.11)

*administered the Wisconsin Special Education System from 1997-2007, including developing a 25 member mediator roster, a training curriculum, and case assignment system

*served as a senior consultant to the US Department of Education from
1997-2007, speaking nationally on the design of state special education mediation systems

*trained 25 African leaders each year from 1995-2008 in public policy, multi-party consensus building though a USAID grant

*mediated a class action of parents of special education students against the Milwaukee Public School system in 2007

*mediated a case of over $1M accommodations for a student in special education in Michigan

*trained over 500 Milwaukee firefighters in conflict and cultural competency through a Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services grant(FMCS) in

*mediated the restructuring of a health care agency in 2013-14

*mediated a case among four emergency services providers and the City of Milwaukee in 2007

*mediated a case between a small college building a multi-story academic tower and 23 adjacent property owners in 2009

*facilitated the restructuring of an urban housing agency in 2015-17

*served as an independent arbitrator in 2019 in an employment dispute between a union and public educational institution

*established the Institute for Conflict Studies at Cardinal Stritch University and served as its Executive Director, obtaining accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, in 2019-2020

In addition to the experiences listed above, I have also mediated many more typical contract, landlord-tenant, and personal injury cases. I have also made presentations and conducted trainings for the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, the Wisconsin Association of Mediators, the Association of Conflict Resolution. and the US Department of Education.

If you are interested in speaking to me, please contact me at [email protected].