Section News Awards

Vol. 20 No. 1

D’Alemberte-Raven Award Will Be Presented to Gov. Bill Richardson

On April 4, at its Spring Conference in Miami, the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution will present its annual D’Alemberte-Raven Award to Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson, who has served as a two-term governor of New Mexico, a US ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of the US Department of Energy, also spent 15 years in Congress, where he was deputy majority whip, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Native American Affairs.

As a negotiator, Richardson has successfully engaged in lengthy one-on-one negotiations with Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, members of the Taliban, and two generations of North Korean leaders. In these efforts as well as many others, Richardson modeled problem-solving strategies and skills that won the release of hostages, American servicemen, and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, and Sudan.   

The D’Alemberte-Raven Award, 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, recognizes leaders in the dispute resolution community for their significant contributions to the field.

Lisa Blomgren Amsler Selected as 2014 Recipient of the Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work

Professor Lisa Blomgren Amsler (formerly Bingham) has been chosen as the recipient of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work. This award honors individuals whose scholarship has significantly contributed to the dispute resolution field.

Blomgren Amsler, the Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, Indiana, has co-edited three books and written more than 88 articles and book chapters on dispute resolution, dispute system design, and collaborative governance. Before entering academia, Amsler practiced law for 10 years and was a partner at Shipman and Goodwin in Hartford, Connecticut.

Professor Amsler’s scholarship, which has been prolific, broad, and influential, has played a foundational role in the field of dispute resolution, covering a range of processes (including arbitration, mediation, ombuds, deliberative democracy, dispute system design, and collaborative governance) and practice areas (including government, employment and labor, community, commercial, and environmental). Her scholarship has been interdisciplinary, reaching beyond law into fields such as public policy and social science.

The award will be presented on Saturday, April 5, during the Legal Educators Colloquium Luncheon at the Section’s Spring Conference.

Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service to Receive 2014 Lawyer as Problem Solver Award

Also at the Section conference in Miami, the American Bar Association will present the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award to the US Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service. The Section of Dispute Resolution established the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award 12 years ago to recognize individuals and organizations that use their legal skills in creative, innovative, and often nontraditional ways to solve problems for their clients and within their communities. The Community Relations Service (CRS) embodies the mission of the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award by serving as a vital asset for peacemaking, problem-solving, and conflict management in communities across the United States. Created under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is a unique federal agency whose mission is to assist state and local branches of government, private and public organizations, families, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tension, violent hate crimes, and civil disorders. The award will be presented during the Section Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 4, during the Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference.





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


Michael Lewis
Washington, DC


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


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