On October 16, 2017, Proskauer’s Chicago office hosted a conflict resolution workshop with students from Muchin College Prep in connection with Proskauer’s Adopt-a-School program.

The workshop was presented by The Center for Conflict Resolution (“CCR”), which is an independent not-for-profit organization that works with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to provide mediation-based services to manage and resolve conflict.


Working with CCR trainers, the students learned how to identify their conflict resolution style, as well as the style of others with whom they frequently interact.  The students also learned how to evaluate conflict through five approaches: competition, accommodation, avoidance, compromise and collaboration.  Finally, the interactive program taught students how to manage conflict – with a focus on conflict within a high school setting – and negotiate with others to create durable and meaningful resolutions.

The students were receptive to the training and were eager to try to apply the skills that they learned in their everyday lives.  Proskauer partner Steve Gilford, who serves on CCR’s Board of Directors and is a CCR volunteer mediator, also participated in the training with the students.   Noting the enthusiasm of the students for the training, Steve added that “finding ways to resolve conflict constructively and realistically is one of the major problems facing Chicago youth and our need to reduce violence in our city.  These kinds of trainings provide a vehicle for students to begin to learn the tools they need to deal with conflict for the rest of their lives.”

Due to the workshop’s success, Proskauer plans to expand its relationship with CCR and provide conflict resolution programming to its Adopt-a-School relationships across the country.

Proskauer’s Adopt-a-School program provides mentoring and enrichment workshops to public school students in five U.S. cities:  Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.  During the 2016-2017 school year, 216 Proskauer volunteers worked with 65 students, led 37 enrichment workshops and volunteered 453 hours.

For the last four years, Proskauer’s Chicago Office has partnered with Muchin College Prep to provide after-school programming aimed at helping the students develop skills and build relationships for future success.  Prior sessions have included:  resume writing, financial planning and networking workshops, life skills training, community service projects, a tour of the federal courthouse and a meet and great with a prominent federal judge.

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Edward “Eddie” C. Young is a senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the following Firm practice groups: Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets; Discrimination, Harassment & Title VII; and Whistleblowing & Retaliation.

Eddie represents employers in all…

Edward “Eddie” C. Young is a senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the following Firm practice groups: Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets; Discrimination, Harassment & Title VII; and Whistleblowing & Retaliation.

Eddie represents employers in all aspects of employment law, with a concentration on litigating complex employment disputes of all types before federal and state courts throughout the country, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state and local human rights commissions and arbitral tribunals (e.g., FINRA and AAA).  In particular, Eddie has successfully litigated employment-related disputes alleging breach of non-compete agreements, theft of trade secrets, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, wage and hour violations, including employee misclassification claims, breach of contract, defamation, fraud and other business-related torts.  Eddie has obtained a world-wide injunction to enforce a client’s non-competition restriction on a former executive, successfully defended a client through summary judgment and appeal against retaliation claims brought by a former General Counsel, represented Fortune 500 companies in defense of high-profile harassment claims associated with the #metoo movement, and provided representation to several professional sports leagues.  He also has significant appellate experience, including successfully representing clients before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First, Second and Seventh Circuits, as well as before the United States Supreme Court.  Eddie often draws on his litigation experience to help clients avoid the courtroom by effectuating positive change in the workplace through impactful training, counseling and developing robust employment policies.

Working in a wide range of industries, Eddie represented clients in food services, financial services, medical devices, telecommunications, higher education, sports, retail, real estate and others.

Eddie has been recognized as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America since 2021 and as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers since 2017. He also regularly advises clients, writes and speaks on cutting-edge legal issues, including the use of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace, and legal issues arising from the collection and use of employee biometric information.

Eddie maintains an active pro bono practice, including on-going representation of a certified class of approximately 65,000 visually disabled Chicagoans in litigation challenging the City’s lack of accessible pedestrian crosswalks.  Eddie is also a member of the Firm’s Pro-Bono Committee and is a three-time recipient of the Firm’s “Golden Gavel” award for his significant pro bono contributions.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Eddie was a cum laude graduate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business. He began his practice at a national management-side employment law firm, and has also worked in the corporate human resources department of a national tax consulting firm and as a Fellow with the Illinois Human Rights Commission.