Lawyer as Problem Solver Award

John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver Award
Nominations Due

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, 2013.

Nominations must be submitted online.  Click here for a nominations 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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