Israela Adah Brill-Cass

PART TIME FACULTY

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES


B.A. Brandeis University
J.D. Suffolk University

Israela is Executive Director and ADR Program Manager at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC. In addition to her experience as a lawyer in private practice, she has been a trained mediator and facilitator, since 1998. Israela mediates commercial (including contract, property and employment) cases, provides facilitation and systems design for workplace conflicts and serves as a hearing officer and neutral fact-finder. She also serves as a Parenting Coordinator in family law cases.

Israela is a member of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court's Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution (2011 - ) and she teaches Conflict and Negotiation at Emerson College. She is part of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)'s faculty for mediation and ADR training programs and she was Co-Chair of MCLE's Annual ADR and the Law Conference for its first three years (2009-2011).

Israela has taught mediation, negotiation, conciliation, and arbitration for almost 15 years in conjunction with a variety of organizations including the American Bar Association, The Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court, MCLE, The Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (now known as The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration), and Boston Law Collaborative, LLC.

Israela has designed and managed conflict resolution programs for the Superior Court, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, federal agencies, and private corporations including the Gillette/Procter and Gamble Severance Denial Appeal Program. During her five years at the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, she facilitated intra-agency disputes and created the first federally-funded Agricultural Mediation Program in New England. Israela served on a national team of ADR professionals to develop technology quantifying the benefits of mediation and she managed Large Complex Commercial Disputes for cases exceeding $1 million in claims for the American Arbitration Association.

In 2011 and 2012, Israela was recognized as a New England Super Lawyer - a list published annually by Boston Magazine and Thompson-Reuters of lawyers viewed by their peers as being in the top 5% of the profession, and named in The Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts – a special section of the April 2013 issue of Boston Magazine. She is a contributing author to the book Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals (MCLE, Nov. 2013). Israela is also a Community Leader and Champion Volunteer for Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization, and appeared in their "Everyday Essentials" video.

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2007
  • The Importance of Intake in Mediation
  • 2013
  • Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals

GRANTS

  • 2002
  • USDA Grant for Establishment of First Agricultural Mediation Award in New England ($100k)

GLOBAL & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • 2012
  • Cradles to Crayons Community Champion

AWARDS & HONORS

  • 1997
  • National Distinguished Client Service Recognition Award (American Arbitration Association)
  • 2002
  • Managing for Results Initiative Award (Comm. of Mass)
  • 2010
  • Law Firm Tier 1 Ranking (U.S. News and World Report)
  • 2011
  • Law Firm Tier 1 Ranking (U.S. News and World Report)
  • 2011
  • New England Super Lawyer (ADR)
  • 2012
  • Law Firm Tier 1 Ranking (U.S. News and World Report)
  • 2012
  • New England Super Lawyer (ADR)
  • 2013
  • Top Women Attorney in Massachusetts (Boston Magazine - Super Lawyers)
  • 2013
  • Law Firm Tier 1 Ranking (U.S. News and World Report)
  • 2014
  • Law Firm Tier 1 Ranking (U.S. News and World Report)