Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
| For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2016
CONCORD, NH – Tina L. Nadeau, Chief Justice of the Superior Court, and Edwin W. Kelly, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court, announced today that Attorney Heather Kulp has been hired as the new coordinator for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the Judicial Branch’s Office of Mediation and Arbitration. She replaces Attorney Molly Brown starting on January 20, 2017.
Ms. 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. Heather also developed dispute resolution programs throughout the state of Illinois.
Since 2012, Heather 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 U.S Department of Education, and assessing the process for internal employment disputes for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Current ADR Programs are in the Supreme, Superior and Circuit Courts and provide several benefits: They save time and money for parties and are less formal; parties work together with ADR professionals to work toward resolutions; agreements reached utilizing ADR processes lead to increased party satisfaction and more durable solutions; ADR processes allow for the early disposition of cases and time consuming and costly full trial discovery processes may be avoided.
To learn more about ADR, visit: http://www.courts.state.nh.us/adrp/index.htm