Sander Innovation Award
Named for long-time Harvard Law School professor Frank Sander, the Frank E.A. Sander Innovation in ADR Award was established to recognize innovative methods and extraordinary achievements in the field of dispute resolution. The award is cosponsored by the ABA Center for Innovation and the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.
The ABA recognized two individuals in the inaugural year of the award: Edith Primm of the Justice Center of Atlanta and Colin Rule of Tyler Technologies.
Edith Primm has been influencing cutting edge technology in the dispute resolution profession for decades. She serves as the Executive Director of the Justice Center of Atlanta and as a member of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. Edith continues to mentor a new generation of mediation professionals. Her latest research involves the potential benefits and pitfalls of implementing an online dispute resolution platform.
Colin Rule is a pioneer in integrating online dispute resolution (ODR) into the courts and legal service organizations. He has led the development and expansion of ODR since 1999, but over the past five years he has been a key driver behind international efforts to expand access to justice by integrating court ODR into the legal system. He has also helped to advance the theory and practice around ODR in the courts through his work with the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (odr.info) and the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (icodr.org).
The recipients of the Sander Innovation Award will be recognized at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Awards breakfast on Friday, April 24th in New Orleans, Louisiana during the Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference.?
The D'Alemberte-Raven Award is the highest individual honor given by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. The award recognizes outstanding service in the field of dispute resolution. The Award is named for Robert D. Raven and Talbot D'Alemberte, both of whom were ABA Presidents and Dispute Resolution Chairs who shared a commitment to fostering the American Bar Association's leadership in dispute resolution.
The 2020 D'Alemberte-Raven award will be presented to Homer La Rue, to recognize his decades of outstanding service in dispute resolution. Professor La Rue is honored for his ongoing commitment to diversity in the field of dispute resolution, his contributions to the study and teaching of dispute resolution, excellence as a practitioner of mediation and arbitration, and his leadership in many dispute resolution organizations, including the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.
Professor La Rue will be recognized at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Awards breakfast on Friday, April 24th in New Orleans, Louisiana during the Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference.?
The Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Outstanding Scholarly Work Award recognizes outstanding scholarly work in the dispute resolution field. It is presented annually at the Legal Educators' Colloquium at the Section's Annual Conference.
The 2020 Scholarly work award will be presented to Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, of Fordham University. Professor Nolan-Haley is recognized for her work in Northern Ireland designing key spots to apply mediation as a means of overcoming division following the peace accords and training key people to begin pilots in those key spots to allow people to work across rifts left by "the troubles." Several of her publications reflect this work, which continues to have an impact about 20 years after she began it.
Her Northern Ireland contributions can guide those in the U.S. seeking to find collaborative processes to help overcome U.S. divisions. In addition, she maintains a strong justice lens as she updates her dispute resolution Nutshell, now in its 4th edition, and spins off important articles about potential injustices such as in access and informed consent. From her clinical work, she also raises issues about the loss of flexibility and party involvement as mediation is institutionalized and raised an alarm in her article that garnered a CPR article award.
The Scholarly Work award will be presented to Professor Nolan-Haley at the Legal Educators' Colloquium Luncheon on April 25th, the final day of the Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lawyer as Problem Solver Award
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Lawyer as Problem Solver award recognizes individuals and organizations that use their problem-solving skills to forge creative solutions to complex problems and is presented annually in conjunction with the Section's Spring Conference.???
Natalie Morris-Sharma has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award. Ms. Morris-Sharma is recognized for her work facilitating a multi-party negotiation process involving 60 country delegations selected by the General Assembly and 25 or more NGOs. Over a three-year period, as Chair of UNCITRAL's Working Group II, she facilitated the successful drafting process that produced the historic Singapore Mediation Convention.
Integral to her success was her problem-solving skills and her ability to listen, allow everyone to present their views, reframe disagreements in a fashion to be heard, and allow time for delegates to digest and understand proposals. Ms. Morris-Sharma showed strength and leadership throughout the proceedings. Not only was the result the drafting of the Singapore Convention but within months, over 50 countries signed the convention and are moving forward to ratification. Ms. Morris-Sharma is a role model for lawyers and dispute resolvers globally.