2013 Award Recipients Announced
Senator George J. Mitchell to Receive the D’Alemberte Raven Award
The D’Alemberte Raven Award recognizes leaders in the dispute resolution community for their significant contributions to the field. The award is named for the late Robert D. Raven of San Francisco and Talbot D’Alemberte of Tallahassee, former ABA presidents and pioneers with the ABA in the area of dispute resolution.
Senator George J. Mitchell has demonstrated extraordinary dispute resolution skills throughout his distinguished career. Among his many achievements, he chaired the Northern Ireland peace talks that ended the historic conflict and resulted in an agreement based on a set of nonviolent principles. As the Majority Leader of the United States Senate from 1989 to 1995, he helped Congress find consensus on thorny issues such as the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2009, Mitchell was appointed by President Obama to be the US Special Envoy to the Middle East. In these roles as well as many others, Mitchell modeled problem-solving strategies and skills that have averted conflicts between nations and helped parties find innovative and lasting agreements. In 2008, Time described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The D’Alemberte Raven Award will be presented to Senator Mitchell at the Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Chicago on April 5, 2013.
Professor Leonard Riskin to Receive Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work honors individuals whose scholarship has significantly contributed to the dispute resolution field. Professor Leonard Riskin, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, has helped us appreciate the radically different “philosophical maps” used by attorneys operating in traditional adversarial and collaborative systems. His famous “Grid for the Perplexed” helped us appreciate the wide range of mediator behaviors and issue orientations dominating mediation sessions, and the choices available to parties in selecting a neutral. His scholarship draws broadly from other disciplines, encouraging in all of us a deeper reflection on the essence of the processes of ADR, especially in his most recent writings about mindfulness. His scholarship has helped create a framework for greater understanding of the ADR field, more scholarship and improved practice.
The Award for Scholarly Work will be presented to Professor Riskin on April 6 during the Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Chicago.
Call for Nominations for Section Leadership Positions
The Section of Dispute Resolution’s Nominating Committee, which is responsible for nominating individuals for Section Council positions, seeks nominations for the leadership positions that will be filled for the 2013-2014 American Bar Association year. The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for four at-large Section Council positions and three executive committee positions: budget officer, vice chair and chair-elect.
At-large council members serve three-year terms and are expected to participate in four quarterly in-person meetings of the council. In addition, council members work on task forces, ad hoc and standing committees as well as various other projects and events. The budget officer, vice chair and chair-elect positions have one-year terms.
To be eligible for election to these positions, nominees must have been section members for at least one year prior to nomination. Individuals may self-nominate or may be nominated by others by sending a letter and brief biographical statement no later than April 19, 2013, to David Moora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013-2014 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Committee Leadership Applications
The Section Council is seeking applicants from section members who are interested in taking on a leadership role with one of the section committees.
Committee leadership in the Section of Dispute Resolution comes with substantial benefits. As a leader, you can:
- Demonstrate your knowledge and reputation in a substantive area of dispute resolution
- Develop leadership skills with hands -–on experience and through our quarterly committee chair meetings
- Work with a diverse group of professionals focused on improving the profession
- Establish lasting professional relationships
- Establish national (and international) credentials as a leader in the field
Members may apply to serve as committee chairs, vice chairs and subcommittee chairs. The deadline to submit an application is April 15, 2013. For more information on committees and the online application, please visit the committee page on our website: www.americanbar.org/dispute.