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Nominations for Section Leadership

At the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago the Section membership elected new leadership for the 2012-13 bar year. Former Chair-Elect John Phillips of Kansas City automatically succeeded to the section chair position. Former Chair Deborah Masucci succeeded to the position of immediate past chair. Those elected for officer positions were: Ruth Glick (Calif.) as chair-elect; Geetha Ravindra (Va.) as vice-chair; Howard Herman (Calif.) as budget officer and Pamela Enslen (Mich.) as section delegate. The three newly elected council members-at-large, each serving a three-year term, are: Inga Watkins (Va.), David Sandborg (Hong Kong, China), and Roger Deitz (N.Y.).

2013 Spring Conference Planning Under Way: Call for Programs for Chicago

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2013 Spring Conference. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 7. The conference will take place on April 3-6, 2013, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.  To learn more, visit the Conference Proposals web site at

Chair’s Award for Civil Discourse

Section Chair Deborah Masucci has awarded the 2012 Chair’s Award for Civility in the Law to Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Russell E. Carparelli. The award recognizes lawyers who have taken meaningful steps to promote a more civil public discourse and who epitomize the highest professional standards of civility.  Judge Carparelli has more than 30 years experience as a litigator, trial attorney, trial judge, appellate judge and mediator.  He has led numerous efforts in Colorado to improve civility in the law. One such program is “Civility: It’s a Skills Thing,” that demonstrates to lawyers, judges, and others involved in the legal process how to apply the principles derived from mediation and negotiation theory to promote civility in the courtroom, business transactions, litigation, and involvement in public organizations and governance.

Nominees Sought for the 2013 D’Alemberte-Raven Award

The Section’s D’Alemberte-Raven Award is the Section’s highest honor and was created to recognize outstanding service in dispute resolution. This year’s award will be presented at the 2013 Spring Conference in Chicago. Nominations are due no later than Sept. 30. Please see the Section website for complete nomination criteria and submission details.

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 complete call for nominations can be found on the Section website. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30.

Award for Scholarly Work: Call for Nominations

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work honors individuals whose scholarship has significantly contributed to the dispute resolution field.  Nominations are due Sept. 30.  Visit the Section of Dispute Resolution web site for additional information.

Women in Dispute Resolution Task Force

The Section’s new Women in Dispute Resolution Task Force (WIDR) was created last fall to promote women in the dispute resolution by providing resources to women to develop their practices as well as increase opportunities for women to be selected as mediators and arbitrators or other dispute resolution practitioners, including advocates. The WIDR Task Force began the year by piloting a survey on attitudes and perceptions of neutrals and advocates about how often and in what context women are appointed as neutrals. 

Mediation Week

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution will sponsor the Third Annual ABA Mediation Week Oct. 14-20. ABA Mediation Week is a Mediation Committee initiative to celebrate the many strides made in institutionalizing mediation as one of several appropriate dispute resolution processes, to educate lawyers, parties, public officials and the general public about mediation, and to continue to promote the use of mediation throughout the world. To be part of the celebration and/or plan an event in your state or locale, go to





DISPUTE RESOLUTION MAGAZINE is published quarterly (4 times a year) by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. Dispute Resolution Magazine provides timely, insightful and resourceful information regarding the latest developments, news and trends in the growing field of dispute resolution throughout the world and features internationally-known scholars and practitioners as authors.


Dispute Resolution Magazine Editorial Board

Joseph B. Stulberg
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Columbus, OH


Nancy A. Welsh
The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University Carlisle/ University Park, PA


Chair Emeritus
Frank Sander
Cambridge, MA


James Coben
Hamline University School of Law
St. Paul, MN


Howard Herman
San Francisco, CA


Bennett G. Picker
Stradley Ronon
Philadelphia, PA


Effie D. Silva
McDermott Will & Emory LLP
Miami, FL


Donna Stienstra
Federal Judicial Center
Washington, DC


Zena Zumeta
Mediation Training & Consultation Institute
Ann Arbor, MI


Gina Viola Brown


Associate Editor
Louisa Williams

Law Student Editors
Adam R. Martin

Darlene Hemerka

Joyce Fondong

Penn State University

Dickinson Schools of Law


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