August 16, 2019

D'Alemberte Raven Award

The D’Alemberte/Raven Award honors Talbot D’Alemberte and Robert D. Raven, who each held the unique position of being both ABA Presidents and Chairs of either the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution or its predecessor ABA Special Committee. Both guided the ABA to become a leader in the dispute resolution arena: Mr. D’Alemberte as the first Chair (1976-79) of the then ABA Special Committee on Resolution of Minor Disputes, and Mr. Raven as the first Chair (1993-94) of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.

This is the highest honor that the Dispute Resolution Section awards. 


Either an individual or an organization that has contributed significantly to the dispute resolution field is eligible for this Award if they meet the criteria set forth below. 

The nominees for this Award shall have shown leadership in the field of dispute resolution for atleast three years.

The nominees shall be judged among the following criteria as they relate to dispute resolution:

  • development of new or innovative programs;
  • demonstrated improvements in service;
  • demonstrated improvements in efficiency;
  • research and/or published writings; and/or
  • development of continuing education programs.

Within two years preceding the date of his/ her nomination, the nominee shall not have servedas a member of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award Selection Committee or held an elective office in the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. 


The D’Alemberte/Raven Award Selection Committee is comprised of Dispute Resolution Section’s Vice-Chair and three other individuals. Those individuals are appointed by the Dispute Resolution Section’s Chair-Elect as part of the Committee Appointments Process that generally occurs in the spring. The Committee shall be comprised of one past recipient of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award, one Past Section Chair, and one Section Committee Chair or Council member. The Committee shall be chaired by the DR Section’s Vice-Chair who is newly-elected in August.

Submit a Nomination for the D'Alemberte Raven Award.

Thomas L. Friedman to Receive the 2018 D’Alemberte-Raven Award

This year’s award recognizes Mr. Friedman’s writings on foreign affairs and globalization that have provoked reflection and discussion. His contributions have helped us to understand how we might navigate and respond to the evolving sources of conflict in an increasingly fast-paced interdependent world.

The award will be presented to Mr. Friedman during the opening plenary of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference on April 5, 2018 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. Register today!

1995    Roger Fisher

1997    Attorney General Janet Reno

1999    Frank Sander

2000    Judge Dorothy Nelson

2001    James Henry

2002    Nancy Rogers

2003    Judge Robert M. Bell

2004    Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

2005    Gerald Aksen

2007    Charles B. Renfrew

2008    Thomas J. Stipanowich

2009    Magistrate Judge Wayne Brazil

2010    Judge Warren Knight

2011    John Feerick

2012    Linda Singer and Michael Lewis

2013    Senator George J. Mitchell

2014    Governor Bill Richardson

2015    David Hoffman

2016    Laura Chasin

2017    Ethan Katsh