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What are the IAM Awards?

The IAM Lifetime Achievement Award is granted to a person who has made exceptional contributions throughout their careers in not only personally advancing alternative dispute resolution, but inspiring others to do so as well.

The Sid Lezak Award of Excellence is granted annually to a non-member who in the eyes of the IAM, best represents the furtherance of mediation as the preferred method of dispute resolution, and to the one who uses their personal and professional powers and persuasion to achieve this goal.

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e IAM Presidential Honor is given to an outstanding IAM member(s), who is not a past-President. This award is granted at the discretion of the President.

The David Plant Award for Excellence in International Dispute Resolution is granted to a person who has made exceptional contributions throughout their careers in advancing the use, understanding, teaching, or promotion of international dispute resolution.


The Order of the Knights of the International Academy of Mediators is the highest honor the IAM may bestow on a member in good standing. A Knight must be a member in good standing for at least seven years and must demonstrate continuous leadership, commitment, and support for the IAM and bring honor to the organization.

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