The American Bar Association will present the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award to the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service at the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution 16th Annual Spring Conference in Miami, Florida at the Friday Awards Luncheon on April 4, 2014. The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution established the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award twelve years ago to recognize individuals and organizations that use their legal skills in creative, innovative and often non-traditional ways to solve problems for their clients and within their communities. The U.S Department of Justice, 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. CRS conciliators assist the communities in finding shared interests, mutual understanding, and ultimately help them move beyond stated positions to workable solutions. The Lawyer as Problem Solver Award will be presented to CRS during the awards luncheon on Friday, April 4th. Luncheon tickets can be purchased on the Spring Conference web site until March 19th or at the conference registration desk on site before Noon ET on Thursday, April 3rd.
Professor Lisa Blomgren Amsler (formerly Bingham) has been selected 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.
Professor Amsler’s scholarship has played a foundational role in the field of dispute resolution. Her scholarship has been prolific, broad, and influential. Her work has covered 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 into other fields beyond law such as public policy and social science.
The award will be presented to Lisa Blomgren Amsler during the Legal Educator’s Colloquium Luncheon on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Tickets for the Colloquium Luncheon can be purchased on the Spring Conference web site until March 19th or at the conference registration desk on site before Noon ET on Friday, April 4th.