Marylin Zelin

 Ms. Marilyn Zelin, the Senior Legal Advisor for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the USAID/SEAD program, has extensive cor­porate and commercial law experience as well as more than 15 years experience working on international rule of law projects.


In her capacity as Senior Legal Advisor for ADR, Ms. Zelin has worked closely with the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo and the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce to establish their ADR Centers, including draft­ing the Kosovo Arbitration Rules, develop­ing procedures for case administration, and training arbitrators. She has also assisted the Ministry of Justice and its Mediation Commis­sion to draft the secondary legislation required to implement the Law on Mediation and train mediators and provided advice on the design and establishment of Mediation Centers in Kosovo.


Prior to joining the USAID/SEAD program, Ms. Zelin served as a Country Director for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/ROLI) in Kosovo, Macedonia, Georgia and Lebanon and as a Legal Specialist in Croatia and Slovakia. Ms. Zelin has been advising on alternative dispute resolution in the region since 1996 when she managed one of the first ADR projects in the region.


Previous to her work on international development projects, Ms. Zelin practiced corporate law with the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She also served as Professional Development and Quality Manager for Baker & McKenzie’s Warsaw office. Prior to receiving her law de­gree, Ms. Zelin was an Assistant Manager and Credit Analyst at Chase Bank in New York.


Ms. Zelin holds a J.D from the New York University School of Law where she served as an Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Zelin is a mem­ber of the New York Bar.


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