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Fireside Chat and Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Hon. Gladys Alvarez

Some of our members pioneered a state mediation movement. Fewer pioneered a movement in a country. Judge Alvarez created the mediation movement in a continent; she is the mother of mediation in South America. Gladys Stella Alvarez was a National Civil Judge from 1974 until 2005. In 2003, she received a doctorate in jurisprudence at the University of Buenos Aires; with her thesis on Mediation and Access to Justice (summa cum laude). The University of Windsor gave her an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law, in recognition of her work in the field of Access to Justice and Mediation in June 2005. In 2010 she obtained a mediation license. She has been a recipient of CPR Institute and Mary Parker Follet Awards. She was part of the Hague’s Conference Experts Group in good practices in mediation of child abduction cases. Dr. Alvarez directs a post-graduate ADR degree at University of Buenos Aires and coordinates the Supreme Court Access to Justice Program.


New members inducted in Vancouver

The International Academy of Mediators is pleased to announce that the following new members were inducted in Vancouver at the 2016 Fall conference -Thursday, September 22, 2016

  • Barry Fisher, Distinguished Fellow, Toronto, ON
  • Weir Milne, Distinguished Fellow, Toronto, ON
  • Wendy Kramer, Distinguished Fellow, Santa Monica, CA
  • Hon. Bonnie Sabraw,Distinguished Fellow, San Francisco, CA



IAM members in the Toronto area, please take special note that the Ontario Bar Association will be presenting their Award of Excellence for Alternative Dispute Resolution to IAM Board of Governors member, Jon Fidler at a celebration to be held on October 27th. For more information CLICK HERE

Lawfuel, a prominent legal online publication in New Zealand has just released its list of mediation stars.

For the last 3 years, Geoff Sharp has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of the 10 most highly regarded international mediators.

Deborah Clapshaw. Another to gain the honour of being a Distinguished Fellow by the IAM, Auckland barrister Ms Clapshaw was formerly a litigation lawyer both in New Zealand and Hong Kong.

With a construction and infrastructure specialization, gained both here and predominantly in London and Hong Kong, Auckland barrister and AMINZ President, John Walton mediates a wide range of commercial cases.

Lastly, an honourable mention must go to ex-pat New Zealander, Tony Willis.

Kudos to IAM Distinguished Fellows!

Richard P. Sher, (St. Louis, Missouri) received the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service at the recent Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference. The award recipients are chosen by the district judges in each of the districts in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, based on criteria for which Judge Arnold was known: "1) the person has achieved professional excellence in his or her field; 2) the person has been a leader in his or her legal community as reflected in the leadership positions the nominee has held in bar associations and other professional organizations; 3) the person has contributed significant work toward the delivery of volunteer legal services to underserved members of the community; 4) the person has been honored by his or her peers; and 5) the person has served as a mentor or role model for less-experienced lawyers or students interested in law." Mr. Sher, who has served as a mediator in more than 2,200 cases, was specifically recognized for his contribution to the study and acceptance of alternative dispute resolution in civil litigation.

Louise Otis (Montreal, Quebec) The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec, Mme Stéphanie Vallée, recently awarded the Prix de la justice du Québec 2015, to Mme Louise Otis. It is the highest distinction given in the legal field in Québec. The Prix de la justice du Québec 2015 recognizes and highlights the invaluable contribution of a person who has worked to defend the values of justice: accessibility, universality and quality.


Congratulations to Distinguished Fellow and IAM Board member, Jon Fidler on being awarded the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in ADR for 2016!

The ADR Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional contributions and/or achievements in Alternative Dispute Resolution in two or more of the following areas: Excellence in the practice of ADR; Participation in continuing legal education at the OBA, Canadian Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada or other organizations on ADR issues; Writing and teaching on ADR issues; Mentoring of other persons in ADR; Participation in law reform initiatives that touch upon ADR; and Promotion of the use of, and generally providing leadership in ADR.

Jon also recently chaired the highly successful Winkler/IAM/Osgoode PD Conference which was held on May 12th in Toronto. This was the Third Annual Event and was entitled "The Unsettleable Case- Advanced Strategies for Senior Council and Mediators." IAM speakers at the CLE program included Pat Coughlan, Tracy Allen, Gene Moscovitch and George Brown (Keynote).

New members inducted in New York City

The International Academy of Mediators is pleased to announce that the following new members were inducted in New York at the ABA conference - Friday, April 8, 2016:

  • Earlene Baggett-Hayes, Distinguished Fellow, Pontiac, Michigan
  • Hon. Ariel Belen, Distinguished Fellow, New York, New York
  • Jeff Hand, Distinguished Fellow, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Alan Limbury, Distinguished Fellow, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales
  • Mary McLain, Fellow, San Francisco, California
  • Joyce Mitchell, Distinguished Fellow, Rockville, Maryland
  • Jane Player, Distinguished Fellow, London, England
  • Antoinette (Toni) Raheem, Distinguished Fellow, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Peter Robinson, Distinguished Fellow, St. Catherines, Ontario
  • Jody Sin, Distinguished Fellow, Hong Kong
  • Ronald Williams, Distinguished Fellow, Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Gail Sirman-Wright, Distinguished Fellow, New York, New York
  • Hon. Joseph Spinola, Distinguished Fellow, New York, New York
  • John Walton, Fellow, Auckland, New Zealand
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