Eva M. Soeka is director of the Marquette University Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution and Center for Dispute Resolution Education and maintains a private practice as a mediator and dispute resolution consultant. She developed the certificate and master’s degree in dispute resolution as well as founding the center.
Marquette is the 17th university nationally to offer a master’s degree in dispute resolution. Over 100 students have been awarded the graduate certificate in dispute resolution since its inception in 1995 and 3 students have received the master’s degree in dispute resolution since its inception in 2006. In addition, The Center for Dispute Resolution Education has received over $1M in governmental and private grants since 1993, offering students real life opportunities to practice their skills.
Professor Soeka designed the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Clergy Sexual Abuse Mediation System. That independent dispute resolution system has resulted in over 160 resolutions of claims by victims of clergy sexual abuse against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the past four years. The system also received a commendation from the auditors of the National Conference of Bishops.
In 1996, Professor Soeka designed, along with a group of stakeholders, the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System. The Center administered the System from 1997-2007 under her guidance. During this time she also served as a senior consultant to the
United States Department of Education CADRE (Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Education) and was a featured speaker at its biannual conference in Washington, D.C. She also has served as a consultant to the states of Ohio and Nebraska on their special education mediation systems.
Professor Soeka has consulted with Wisconsin Lutheran College and City of Wauwatosa regarding its zoning dispute, the City of Franklin regarding its smoking ordinances, and the City of Butler regarding its economic development. She also has consulted with the Midwest Express Center, the Miller Stadium, and the Marquette Interchange ($880M federal highway mega project) on dispute resolution issues. In 2007-8, she worked with City of Milwaukee Fire Department, through a Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services grant, to train 950 members of the department in cultural competency and conflict.
Professor Soeka served as the first female chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Council. In that capacity, she also served as chair of the drafting committee of Wisconsin’s alternative dispute resolution statutes. These statutes were enacted in 1993 and 1995 and served as the basis for the court-connected civil case referral process to mediation in the State of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Bar Journal selected her as one of 20 "Leaders in the Law 2008".
For the past ten years, she has also designed and presented a seminar for African leaders sponsored by USAID on public policy disputes. In 2008, she spoke to the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section on dispute resolution issues. She frequently speaks nationally on issues related to negotiation, mediation, and dispute resolution systems design.
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