John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver Award
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 lawyer as problem solver, in both orientation and skills, demonstrates:
- the ability to analyze situations or to consider expert analysis from a multi disciplinary perspective, taking into account the broad array of client or party interests and the multitude of factors and circumstances that impact the "problem" presented;
- the ability to translate positions into interests;
- the ability to generate and assess--and to help the client or parties involved generate and assess-- both conventional and novel options to address the problem; and
- the ability to build consensus around an option which best addresses the goals and interests of a client or the involved participants.
Submit a nomination for the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award.