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How one man found his calling as a peacemaker, especially in prisons path to peace
Douglas Noll was a trial lawyer for 22 years, but since leaving the courtroom, he has taught mediation techniques to inmates through the organization he cofounded, Prison of Peace...to read entire article




 (l to r: Ben Picker & Hal Abramson)

IAM Scholar In Residence Hal Abramson received the prestigious Best Professional Article Award from the CPR Institute (International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution) at CPR’s Annual Meeting in Miami on March 3, 2017. The CPR Award was presented to Professor Abramson by IAM Fellow Ben Picker, a member of CPR’s Advisory Council. The Article is entitled “Nelson Mandela AS Negotiator: What We Can Learn From Him”, published in the Ohio State Journal On Dispute Resolution.

CPR is the only organization in the world which recognizes outstanding scholarship in the field of ADR. Professor Abramson’s initial thoughts, which served as the outline for the article, were delivered in a lecture at one of our IAM meetings.

To read Ben Picker's remarks...CLICK HERE

The International Academy of Mediators is pleased to announce that the following new members were approved at the Dallas Governor’s Meeting on January 27, 2017.

Many of these new members will be inducted at our upcoming Memphis conference in late April of this year:

  • Thierry Bériault (St. Hyacinthe, QC, Canada)
  • Mary Ellen Boyd (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
  • Howard Broadman (Visalia, California, USA)
  • Hon. Douglas Cunningham (Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Kimberly Deck (Santa Monica, California, USA)
  • Frank Gomberg (Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Eric Gossin (Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Tat Lim (Singapore)
  • Simon Margolis (Vancouver BC, Canada)
  • Jim McCartney (Calgary, AB, Canada)
  • Ron Mitchell (Joplin, Missouri, USA)
  • Cynthia Remmers (Oakland, California, USA)
  • Jeff Trueman (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
  • Hon. James Ware (Pleasanton, California, USA)


Today, Southern California SuperLawyers came out, and our very own Denise Madigan was named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Southern California!  Believe it or not, there are over 50,000 women lawyers in Southern California.  It is indeed a great honor for Denise to be named as one of the Top 50.

(l-r: Eric Galton, Kim Kovac and Frank Evans)         (l-r: Don Philbin, Kim Kovac & Eric Galton)

ric Galton received the Justice Frank Evans Award from the Texas State Bar ADR Section in recognition of his excellence and life long contributions to the field of ADR. It was presented with Frank in attendance - Eric’s mentor-last week at the annual State Bar meeting in Austin. It is the highest Award given and long overdue. 

Judge heeds request from Gov. Snyder, OKs mediator in Flint water delivery case

A federal judge has appointed a "settlement master" to mediate a Flint water crisis lawsuit after an attorney for Gov. Rick Snyder requested it.  That “settlement master” is Founding Member and Past President, Paul Monicatti...to read the full article click here.

Fireside Chat and Lifetime Achievement Award Presented 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