Carolyn A. Worrell

4236 Furgerson Ranch Road
Carson City, Nevada 89701
Office Phone: 775-884-4331
Place of Birth: Huntington, West Virginia

Supreme Court Mediation History:

  • Date Appointed: 6/23/97
  • Number of Cases Mediated: 948
  • Current As Of: 1/3/23

Areas of Practice: 

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family, Administrative, General

Bar Memberships:

  • District of Columbia (1975)
West Virginia UniversityMorgantown, West Virginia----UndergraduateB.A.
L'Universite de Bordeaux, L'Institute des Etudes PolitiquesBordeaux, France----Graduate, Fulbright ScholarNone
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts UniversitySummerville, Massachusetts----GraduateM.A.
Law Schools
Georgetown Law CenterWashington, D.C.19711975J.D. (1975)
Professional Experience
Nevada Legal ServicesCarson City,
Executive Director. Responsible for: The supervision and delivery of high quality civil legal services to indigent clients from three law offices across Nevada, development of pro bono projects in southern and northern Nevada, work with the bar and courts on the development of the IOLTA program among a variety of other duties.19811986
Law Coordination CenterHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaInterim Director. Responsible for providing extensive technical assistance to 21 legal aid programs.19881992
Legal Services CorporationWashington, D.C.Director, Quality Improvement Project. Responsible for management and evaluation of 32 demonstration projects that examined methodologies to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of legal services provided to indigent clients and Program Counsel. Responsible for oversight of assigned legal aid grantees in western and mid-western states and the quality of legal assistance provided to clients in civil cases.VariousVarious
Mediation and Other ADR Training
Harvard Law SchoolCambridge, Massachusetts40-hour dispute resolution, principled negotiation course taught by Professor Roger Fisher, principle author of Getting to Yes, 12-hour alternative dispute resolution1987
National Center for Dispute SettlementDallas, Texas24-hour mediation/arbitration training for "medi-arb" process for lemon law consumer disputes involving automobile warranties1997
Nevada Supreme Court--Advanced mediation sessions for settlement judges and/or roundtables twice a year1997 to 2004
John LemmonSan Francisco, California12-hour advanced family mediation seminar course conducted for First Judicial District family mediation panel2002
Nevada Dispute Resolution CoalitionNational Judicial College, Reno8-hour advanced mediation taught by Nancy Yeend2003
Nevada Bar Association
Day-long arbitration training2004
Association for Conflict ResolutionSan FranciscoAnnual Mediation Training2004
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoAdvanced Appellate Mediation Training2007
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoAdvanced Appellate Mediation Training2008
Nev. Dispute Resolution CoalitionCarson CityThe Activist Mediator-Rethinking the Place & Role of the Mediator2007
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoAdvanced Appellate Mediation Training - Preventing and Breaking Impasse 2010
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoForeclosure Mediator Training2009
Nevada Dispute Resolution CoalitionRenoAdvanced Training in Conflict Resolution/Advanced Mediation Techniques-Building at the Table2011
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoRoundtable/Procedural Issues for Settlement Judges2011
State Bar of Nevada RenoAnnual Family Law Conference2012
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoImplicit Bias Issues in Mediation2012
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoProcedural & Ethical Issues in Mediation for Settlement Judges2013
Nevada Dispute Resolution CoalitionRenoMediation Renovation:  Retooling Your Skills2018
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoThe Premediation Process:  A Facilitated Discussion for New and Experienced Settlement Judges2018
Carson Mediation CenterCarson CityChild Custody and Divorce Mediation Training2018
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoImpasse and Ethics:  A Facilitated Discussion for New and Experienced Settlement Judges2018
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoImpasse is a Fallacy: An Advanced Mediator's Forum2019
Nevada Supreme Court Appellate Mediation: Tips, Tactics & Techniques2020
Nevada Supreme Court Using an Online Platform to Conduct Mediation2020
Nevada Supreme Court Do Virtual Settlement Conferences Work? Mediating in the Times of Coronavirus2020
Nevada Supreme Court Tips & Techniques for Successful Results in Custody & Other Relationship-Based Settlement Conferences (Part 1) - Instructor2020
Nevada Supreme Court Tips & Techniques for Successful Results in Custody & Other Relationship-Based Settlement Conferences (Part 2) - Instructor2020
Nevada Supreme Court Sanctions 1012021
Nevada Supreme Court The Inside Scoop on Settlement Mediation Strategies - Part 12021
Nevada Supreme Court The Inside Scoop on Settlement Mediation Strategies - Part 22021
Nevada Supreme Court Making the Most of the Pre-Mediation Process2021
Nevada Supreme Court Joint Sessions vs. Caucuses2022
Nevada Supreme Court Overview of Common Procedural Issues for Settlement Judges2022
Mediation and Other ADR Experience
Conflict Management Services, Principal--Have provided a variety of dispute resolution services including mediation, coaching, and meeting facilitation for a wide variety of clients, including the ABA and legal aid organizations1992Present
Mediator, Family Mediation ProgramFirst Judicial District ,Carson CityServe as mediator in cases with disputes involving custody, visitation, or other issues regarding children1992Present
Workshop Leader--Have conducted more than 30 dispute resolution workshops and training events for attorneys, managers, bar associations, legal aid organizations, and public defenders across the United States1992Present
Supreme Court Settlement JudgeNorthern & Southern & Rural NevadaMediation of appellate cases1997Present
Mediator, Sierra Nevada Board of Realtors--Serve as mediator for buyer-seller real estate disputes2001Present

Professional Organizations

  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • Nevada Dispute Resolution Coalition
  • District of Columbia Bar


  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard Law School, Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Negotiation Project. Served as a teaching fellow under Professor Roger Fisher, primary author of Getting to Yes
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Graduated with high honors (B.A.), Fulbright Scholar to France