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Arbitration Conversation No. 1 - Amy chats with Svetlana Gitman

by Svetlana Gitman, Amy Schmitz

June 2020

In this episode of Arbitration Conversation Amy speaks with Svetlana Gitman of the American Arbitration Association.

Svetlana Gitman joined the American Arbitration Association as Commercial Vice President in 2020. She is based in the AAA's Chicago office, and in addition to Illinois, her coverage area includes Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In addition to serving as the AAA's executive regional ADR expert and assisting parties with their large complex commercial arbitrations and mediations, Ms. Gitman is responsible for ensuring the quality of the AAA roster in her covered region. Ms. Gitman joins the AAA from Gordon & Rees where she practiced insurance law.  She was previously a litigation attorney in the Corporate Law Department of State Farm Insurance.  Ms. Gitman also served as Judicial Extern for judges in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Gitman is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section Executive Council, where she served as Secretary/Treasurer. In 2015, she won the State Farm Pro Bono Award for her volunteer work with the Wills for Heroes Foundation. Ms. Gitman also serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law. Ms. Gitman received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where she served as Staff Editor of The John Marshall Law Review. She also graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in history.

Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.  She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.

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