About Laura L. Noah
Laura L. Noah, owner of Noah Mediation Services (NMS), has a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution from The University of Massachusetts Boston and has been working in the field of conflict resolution since January 1999. Laura is an Advanced Family Practitioner Level Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution which requires a minimum of 60 hours of family mediation training and a minimum of 250 hours of face to face family mediation in at least 25 different mediation cases. She is also an Advanced Mediator member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).
As of May 6, 2013, Laura mediates custody and visitation disputes full-time for the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago. Given this, she is no longer accepting private mediation cases except on a limited basis. Click here to learn more.
In January, 2011, Laura worked with Perspectives-Calumet Middle School Academy (Perspectives) in Chicago on developing their Peer Mediation Program. She designed and led a 24-hour training for 17 youth at Perspectives.
From January 2008 through October 2009, Laura worked as a Program Development Consultant with Resolution Systems Institute (RSI, formerly CAADRS). In this role, Laura worked with various Illinois constituencies in developing mediation programs through RSI’s Statewide Mediation Access Project. The project’s main goal was to provide access to justice for poor and low-income disputants through the initiation of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems. Laura was responsible for supporting local communities in developing ADR programs by providing assistance with training, goal-setting, design and implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Unfortunately, due to funding, this project came to an end in the fall of 2009.
In January, 2011, Laura joined the faculty of Dominican University as an adjunct professor teaching conflict resolution. In September 2007, Laura joined the faculty of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois as an adjunct professor teaching courses in conflict resolution. Laura taught Forensic Mediation and Conflict Resolution for one semester at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in January, 2009 as an adjunct professor. Since July, 2007 she has acted as a Peer Reviewer for the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Book Publishing reviewing conflict resolution related books and providing feedback to editors prior to a book's publication. She is certified as a volunteer Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) mediator in Chicago which means that she is qualified to mediate CCR cases, many of which are referred by Cook County courts. She also has served as Coach for the 40 Hour divorce & family mediation training at Northwestern University with M. Powers & E. Gray. Laura served on the Board of Directors for the Mediation Council of Illinois from 2007-2009.
Previously, Laura worked as a full-time mediator at The Marriage and Family Counseling Service (MFCS), Office of the Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. At MFCS she mediated an average of 130 cases per year involving divorcing, divorced, and never-married couples regarding child custody and visitation disputes. Laura also served as an "Emergency Intervener" for cases requiring emergency intervention (accusations of abuse, denial of access, parent moving out of state/country) by interviewing all parties involved and making recommendations to the judge. In addition, Laura taught a class for post-decree, pre-decree, and never-married parents called "Focus on Children" providing conflict resolution skills and techniques for parents while educating them about the impact of conflict on children. In 2007 Laura left MFCS to establish Noah Mediation Services in Oak Park, Illinois.
Prior to joining MFCS, Laura ran a peer mediation program at a middle school in Boston. She then supervised that program along with two high school peer mediation programs in Boston. During that time, Laura L. Noah also volunteered as a mediator/member with Metropolitan Mediation Services in Brookline, Massachusetts mediating family cases involving juvenile issues of running away, truancy, curfew, etc. Laura was a mediator/member of The Conflict Intervention Team (CIT) in Boston, a school crisis organization that provided emergency intervention to Massachusetts' schools in or on the verge of crisis. She also previously volunteered at the Middlesex District Court in Cambridge, Massachusetts mediating small claims cases including landlord/tenant, employer/employee, neighbor disputes, business/vendor, domestic, etc.
Laura worked in Human Resources for 5 years prior to and during the time in which she was obtaining her Master of Arts degree.
Domestic Violence Training
Laura L. Noah has completed the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network 40-hour domestic violence training. She has also conducted workshops on mediation for domestic violence survivors and advocates.