After 12 years as Boston Law Collaborative’s Executive Director (2003–2015), Israela shifted her practice and is now a Training Affiliate with BLC. An attorney by training, Israela is a trained mediator and experienced facilitator.
Israela has worked with a wide variety of clients through her mediation, training, and consulting practice. Over the last fifteen years, Israela has taught mediation, negotiation, conciliation, arbitration, and facilitation skills workshops for clients such as the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), and the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (now known as the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration). She has also designed and managed conflict resolution programs for the Massachusetts Superior Court, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, federal agencies, and private corporations including the Gillette/Procter and Gamble Severance Denial Appeal Program.
Israela’s mediation practice is informed by her experiences working in the court system and public sector. Since 2011, Israela has been a member of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. During her five years at the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, she facilitated intra-agency disputes, created the first federally-funded Agricultural Mediation Program in New England and partnered with the Consensus Building Institute on a multi-state initiative to quantify the benefits of alternative dispute resolution. At the American Arbitration Association, Israela also managed Large Complex Commercial Disputes for cases exceeding $1 million in claims.
An Adjunct Professor at Emerson College, Israela teaches courses in Conflict and Negotiation, Persuasion and Mediation. She is part of MCLE’s faculty for mediation and ADR training programs and has served as Co-Chair of MCLE’s Annual ADR and the Law Conference for its first three years (2009-2011) and in 2014.
Israela has authored and contributed to several articles on conflict management, employment and mediation issues in publications ranging from the ABA, the Family Mediation Quarterly, and the BBC Capital. In 2011, 2012 and 2015, 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 and 2016 issues of Boston Magazine. She is also 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. She is a cum laude graduate of both Brandeis University and Suffolk University Law School. You can reach Israela directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .