2012 Award Recipients Announced
Linda Singer and Michael Lewis to Receive D’Alemberte-Raven Award
The D’Alemberte-Raven Award recognizes leaders in the dispute resolution community who have contributed significantly to the field by developing new or innovative programs, improvements in service and efficiency, research and writings in the area of dispute resolution or continuing education programs. The award is named for Robert D. Raven of San Francisco and Talbot D'Alemberte of Tallahassee, former ABA presidents and pioneers within the ABA in the area of dispute resolution.
Linda Singer and Michael Lewis are pioneers of the dispute resolution profession who have trained thousands of professionals, students, and volunteers worldwide. They co-taught the Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation for Lawyers for 25 years, and also taught at the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. Singer and Lewis were instrumental in forming the Center for Dispute Settlement in 1971 in Washington, D.C., which has experimented with, developed, operated and evaluated various ways of settling disputes, primarily through mediation, in neighborhood justice centers, courts, and organizations such as schools, prisons and hospitals. They currently are both JAMS panelists in Washington, D.C., and are highly regarded and nationally known neutrals who have resolved many high-profile disputes.
Professor Frank E.A. Sander to Receive Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work
This award honors individuals whose scholarship has significantly contributed to the dispute resolution field. Professor Frank E.A. Sander, the Bussey Professor Emeritus of Harvard Law School, began his scholarship in dispute resolution with an essay for the 1976 Pound Conference that suggested a broader role for courts in helping people resolve disputes. It was an idea later dubbed the “multi-door courthouse.” That insight not only stimulated implementation of Professor Sander’s idea but also attracted other scholars to join in building a new scholarly field of dispute resolution. Professor Sander and co-authors followed a few years later with the first major law school dispute resolution textbook, outlining what might be the issues addressed in this new field.
Intent on encouraging broader and more creative use of mediation and related processes, Professor Sander has contributed frequently over the past 30 years to the scholarship of “change.” In fact, scholars watch for his next thoughtful musings about the “tailwinds” and “headwinds” in terms of achieving more constructive use of dispute resolution and his more recent “mediation receptivity index.” A dedicated mentor, Professor Sander encouraged and guided many of the field’s most outstanding scholars. He continues contributing in his “retirement” as co-author of a new law school textbook on dispute system design and a new – sixth – edition of his pioneering textbook.
Kenneth R. Feinberg and Harry Tindall to Receive Lawyer as Problem Solver Award
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution established the Lawyer as Problem Solver Awards 10 years ago to recognize individuals and organizations that use their legal skills in creative, innovative and often non-traditional ways to solve problems for their clients and within their communities.
Kenneth R. Feinberg exemplifies the mission of the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award by continually demonstrating the way that lawyers can use creativity and systems design in handling society's major problems. In the past decade, Feinberg has been at the forefront of three efforts to fairly and efficiently administer claims arising from national disasters caused by a terrorist attack, a major financial collapse, and an environmental catastrophe. As the special master of the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, Feinberg contacted those qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation, and distributed the awards. His 2005 book, “What Is Life Worth: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11,” chronicled this experience. He served as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation, and he currently serves as the government-appointed administrator of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund. Feinberg has also been involved in the design of dispute resolution systems involving highly complex product liability claims, such as the Dalkon Shield IUD and Agent Orange. In these roles as well as many others, Feinberg has modeled for lawyers important problem-solving strategies and skills that will shape the dispute resolution field for decades to come.
Harry Tindall has been a role model for lawyers who wish to transition from litigators to peacemakers. An attorney practicing family law in Texas for more than 45 years, even before the addition of court-mandated ADR to family law matters, Tindall has focused much of his practice on negotiation and dispute resolution. He led the movement to enact the first Collaborative Law statute in the United States, which was passed by the Texas Legislature. He went on to lead the effort for approval of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act in his capacity as a commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission. He brings a wealth of lawyering experience to his efforts to solve problems endemic to family law by pressing for legislation that promote the use of mediation and arbitration in family cases, testifying in Congress for reform of child support laws, and assisting in drafting uniform laws on interstate child custody issues. He has served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, President of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission on Interstate Child Support. He is the author of the leading treatise on Family Law in Texas (now in its 21st annual edition) and serves on the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.