Erin J. Jennings spent many years as a Cook County assistant states attorney zealously advocating for victims of violent crimes. Due to the extreme nature of those crimes, there was no alternative way of addressing those injustices other than the formal and recognized method involving trial, judge, and jury. Erin saw first hand the emotional toll the adversarial legal system could have on an involved party, many times leaving that person frustrated and bereft with yet unanswered or unexplored needs although a verdict had been rendered.
At the same time, Erin realized that for many other situations, there could be a more satisfying and efficient means of resolving conflicts and arriving at mutually appreciated agreements that would relieve the stress and worry inevitably connected to a dispute. That alternative method to problem solving is Mediation.
Erin practices a facilitative model of Mediation which is both a private and cost-effective way to resolve virtually any type of dispute. Instead of incurring huge legal fees, spending years caught up in an impersonal, confusing, case-heavy court system, destroying familial and business relationships or suffering the emotional turmoil a prolonged legal process may levy, Erin offers a self-determined, compassionate and alternative way to solve your problems.
Erin's approach to Mediation is to sit down with both parties and act as a neutral intermediary, helping to identify troubling issues while at the same time encouraging confidential and open communication in a safe, non-judgmental environment. As a mediator, Erin refrains from making decisions or legally advising. Instead, with sensitivity and assurance, she guides the parties through a conversation that is both honest and respectful. This candid discussion allows each party to address misunderstandings, to consider the others' perspective, and subsequently, to reduce stress and hostility.