Lawyer as Problem Solver Award

John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver Award

The John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver Award recognizes individuals and organizations that use their problem-solving skills to forge creative solutions. The award is given to an individual member of the legal profession and/or institution who has exhibited extraordinary skill in either promoting the concept of the lawyer as problem-solver or resolving individual, institutional, community, state, national, or international problems. Award recipients will be acknowledged for their use or promotion of collaboration, negotiation, mediation, counseling, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to help parties resolve a problem in a creative and novel way.

The Lawyer as Problem Solver Award recognizes individuals and organizations that use their problem-solving skills to forge creative solutions. An award is given to an individual member of the legal profession and/or institution who has exhibited extraordinary skill in either promoting the concept of the lawyer as problem-solver or resolving individual, institutional, community, state, national, or international problems.

The lawyer as problem solver, in both orientation and skills, demonstrates:

·         the ability to analyze situations or to consider expert analysis from a multi disciplinary perspective, taking into account the broad array of client or party interests and the multitude of factors and circumstances that impact the "problem" presented;

·         the ability to translate positions into interests;

·         the ability to generate and assess--and to help the client or parties involved generate and assess-- both conventional and novel options to address the problem; and

·         the ability to build consensus around an option which best addresses the goals and interests of a client or the involved participants.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30th, 2014.

Nominations must be submitted online. Click here for a nomination form.


PAST RECIPIENTS

2002
Individual Award: Pauline Tesler
Individual Award: Stuart Webb
Institution Award: Passaic County Legal Aid Society

2003
Individual Award: Charles Asher
Institution Award: United States Air Force

2004

Individual Award: Forrest S. Mosten
Institution Award: The Dispute Resolution Center of Harris County, Texas

2005

Individual Award: Carl Poirot
Institution Award: San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

2006

Individual Award: David W. Plant
Institution Award: The Red Hook Community Justice Center

2007

Individual Award: David Sandborg
Institution Award: The Innocence Project

2008
Individual Award: Tina Rasnow
Institution Award: Brooklyn, New York, District Attorney’s Office

2009
Individual Award: Basil Paterson
Institution Award: Boston Law Collaborative

2010

Individual Award: Bennet Picker
Individual Award: Andrew Schepard
Institution Award: Mediate.com

2011
College of Commercial Arbitrators

2012
Kenneth R. Feinberg
Harry Tindall

2014
U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service

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