Caucus: Winter 2016
The Center for Conflict Resolution
In This Issue of Caucus
Congratulations to Our Lucky Raffle Winners
Your End-of-Year Support is Very Important to Us
Purchase Your Wine for the Holiday Season!
CCR is Being Touted as an Exceptional Resource
Sweet New Addition to Our CCR Family
Congratulations to Pari and Jordan on Their Wedding!
Interested in Learning More About the Auxiliary Board?
Upcoming Mediation Skills Training Dates
Congratulations Jonah Orlofsky!
A Letter from Cassie Lively
Comedy for Conflict Resolution was an Evening Filled with Laughter
Help Us Welcome Our New Auxiliary Board Members
Wine... Oh My!
Volunteer Highlight
Volunteer Holiday Party
Help Us Plan an Upcoming Ed Program
 to Our Lucky Raffle Winners!
 Mary Maxwell Thomas

Congratulations to the winners of our Comedy for Conflict Resolution raffle! While many entered, these three folks were the lucky recipients of some awesome prizes!

Em Griffin won gift certificates to both Madison Tavern and Roti Modern Mediterranean; Jack Block received a gift certificate to Tsubo Salon for a highlight, style and blowout, as well as a gift certificate to Madison Tavern; and Mary Thomas Maxwell won the most anticipated prize of the night...4 courtside seats to a Bulls game! Thank you for your support of Comedy for Conflict Resolution, we hope the winners enjoyed their prizes!
Your End-of-Year Support is Very Important to Us

As the holiday season approaches, please consider giving back to CCR.

 With your support, our juvenile victim-offender and family mediation programs provide an opportunity for the parties to communicate with each other and allow the juvenile to explore the significance of their case and the effect their behavior may have on their community and family.

Your donation really does make a difference. 
Thank you!
Please click HERE
to make an
end-of-year gift.

Purchase Wine for the Holiday Season!
We recently partnered with Cuvee Cellars Wine Shop and Wine Bar for a fabulous wine tasting event. 
 They are a wonderful resource to purchase your wine for the holiday season. 
To place your order, you may visit their website or call them directly. Please click HERE or call
(630) 833-2300 to speak with one of their wine experts.

CCR is Being Touted as an

Exceptional Resource


CCR was featured in an article in December's issue of  Review Magazine,
a publication of the Illinois Municipal League! Click HERE  to read the article.


Sweet New Addition to Our CCR Family
 Xavier Kane Schwartz
August 28, 2016
Proud parents are Lauren and Jonathan Schwartz

Congratulations to Pari and Jordan on Their Wedding!

November 11, 2016

Interested in Learning More About the Auxiliary Board and Board Membership?
All A-Board Alliance seeks to create a community for the non-governing boards of Chicago non-profits. It is a place to share messages and ideas, and to discover different boards from hundreds of local non-profits.
To learn more about CCR's Auxiliary Board and to stay updated on all CCR events, please click HERE.



Upcoming Mediation Skills Training Dates 
February 2017
(2/27, 2/28, 3/6, 3/7, 3/8)

April 2017

(4/28, 4/29, 5/4, 5/5, 5/6)


June 2017
(6/12, 6/13, 6/19, 6/20, 6/21)
To register online,  please click HERE.
Another Recognition for
One of Our Own!
Jonah Orlofsky
was recognized at the
Lawyers for the
Creative Arts Luncheon. 
Congratulations Jonah!
Please view the link HERE
to read more!
Dear CCR Community:
Happy Holidays!
As we at CCR look back each year, it is always our volunteer community that we are most thankful for. This year, our volunteers have helped us serve more than 5,000 clients in more than 20 different mediation programs throughout Cook County. Each year, we are able to be responsive to clients in new contexts thanks to our volunteers' dedication to service and learning.
This year, working with the Juvenile Probation Department, CCR began providing family mediation services to youth under intensive probation. Working with the Chicago Police Department, we have made new connections with the Juvenile Intervention Support Center (JISC) to receive referrals at the time of arrest. And we continue to be able to meet increased demand from families in our parenting and financial mediation programs.
Speaking of volunteers, our next round of Mediator Mentorship Program recruitment is underway. Please share the information HERE  with anyone you think would make a great mediator for CCR.
Mark your calendars for CCR's annual gala fundraiser, Cirque du CCR: Performing the Art of Mediation. We are thankful to Kirkland & Ellis LLP for hosting this year's event, which will take place on Thursday, March 30 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. We are going to have a lot of fun with this theme! If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, would like to make a donation to the silent auction, or would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Meredith Mann at or 312-922-6464 x21. Tickets will go on sale in early January.
Wishing you and yours a fantastic holiday season.

Comedy for Conflict Resolution was an Evening Filled with Laughter

On Thursday, September 22, CCR hosted a night of good food, laughter, and fun at our Comedy for Conflict Resolution event at Plante Moran.
Entertainment for the night was provided Maggie Smith, Meg Kennedy, Terrance Lamonte, and Mark Campbell, improv artists from ComedySportz, Laugh Out Loud, and Second City. They engaged our audience by letting them make suggestions for their skits, and had us laughing all night.
Guest enjoyed delicious food (including everyone's favorite deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's, Mediterranean food from Roti and Naf Naf, and sandwiches from Jason's Deli) and sipped on beer and wine from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Revolution Brewing, and Midwest Wine Selections.
The night concluded with our raffle drawing, which included amazing prizes such as courtside Bulls tickets, a salon highlight, cut and blowout at Tsubo Salon, and restaurant gift cards to Madison Tavern and Roti Modern Mediterranean!
Thanks to the generosity of our guests and donors, we raised more than $5,000 for the Center for Conflict Resolution. We couldn't have done it without your support!

A Heartfelt Welcome to
Our New Auxiliary
 Board Members   
CCR would like to recognize nine new
members of our Auxiliary Board:
Valerie Byrne from Goldberg Kohn Ltd;
Nina Cohen from Slalom;
Kay Dawson from Miller Shakman & Beem LLP;
 Jack Dillion from Vista Equity Partners;
Sarah Heffron from AON;
Jana Kovich from Latham & Watkins LLP;
    Viviana Martinez from the Office of the Cook County Board President;
Alexander Passo from Patterson Law Firm, LLC;
 Kevin Poczatek from Ernst & Young
We are excited to have them on our team,
welcome to CCR!  

Wine... Oh My!
Thank you for all who attended our Wine Tasting Event on November 2nd! We had a wonderful time sampling over 25 different wines, and learned about wine tasting from some knowledgeable experts. We raised $1,500 and topped off an amazing evening with a World Series win for the Cubs! We appreciate the support and generosity of our guests and sponsors; we couldn't have done it without you!
w Volunteer Highlight
Four of our outstanding volunteers, who are all residents of Glencoe, were featured in the November 2016 issue of The Glencoe Compass.
Please join us in recognizing Howard Epstein, Jonah Orlofsky, Lisa Sandlow
and Lulu Witcoff!
  Please click HERE to read the article.
 Volunteer Holiday Party
The fabulous volunteers of CCR were recognized and celebrated at the Volunteer Holiday Party on December 14, 2016. Spirits were high and the mood was festive! Everyone enjoyed good food, great conversations and the chance to spend time with our cherished volunteers. 
Thank you for another wonderful year! 


Help Us Plan an Upcoming
Continuing Ed Program!
Do you have a great idea for
a speaker or topic for an upcoming 
Continuing Ed Program? If so, we would love to hear
your thoughts.
Please contact Continuing Ed Committee Chair,
Jonah Orlofsky