Dr. Julie MacFarlane is a distinguished university professor and professor of law of the University of Windsor, Canada. She has researched and written extensively on dispute resolution and, in particular, the role of lawyers. Her bestselling 2008 book The New Lawyer: How Settlement Is Transforming the Practice of Law (University of British Columbia Press) is based on hundreds of personal interviews with lawyers and their clients. In 2012, Julie published Islamic Divorce in North America: Choosing a Shari’a Path in a Secular Society (Oxford University Press) after four years of empirical research. Her current research is with self-represented litigants in family and civil court (The National Self-Represented Litigants Research Project).