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News & Events: Past News 2007

Fellow Ben Picker accepted the CPR Institute's "Inaugural Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR"

Fellow Ben Picker accepted the CPR Institute's "Inaugural Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR" on behalf of his firm, Stradley Ronon, at CPR's meeting in Boston on October 25, 2007. CPR's Award Committee, comprised of corporate counsel from Microsoft, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, Abbott Labs and DuPont as well as representatives from law schools, made the award in recognition of the firm's mediation training programs, dissemination of scholarly information on ADR and development of innovative ADR practice tools and conflict management systems. Ben Picker, chair of the firm's 12 lawyer ADR Practice Group, in his acceptance remarks, addressed the challenges and opportunities for law firms seeking to make a substantial firm-wide commitment to ADR. 

Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section Honors Two IAM Fellows

On October 18, 2007, on the occasion of its 10th annual ADR Institute, the Minnesota State Bar Association's ADR Section honored ten individuals who it determined had contributed the most to the development and expansion of ADR in the state of Minnesota over the last 25 years. Two of the 10 awardees were the two Minnesotans who are Fellows of the IAM, Michael Landrum and Gary Weissman.

The IAM Welcomes New Fellows

The IAM welcomes the following new Fellows who have been inducted over the past year:

Deborah Clapshaw- Aukland, New Zealand
Richard Dewitt- Coral Gables, Florida
Phillip Howell Richardson- London, England
Stephen Mehta- Valencia, California
Louise Otis- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Byron Rabin- Santa Ana, California
Stephen Ruttle- London, England
Allan Stitt- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jerome Weiss- Cleveland, Ohio

The IAM extends congratulations to the following Fellows who have been elevated from Associate status:

Paul Bent- Long Beach, California
Stephen Cheung- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Paul Iaconno- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Allan Kanter- Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Pat Nichols- Lawrence, Kansas
Keith Seat- Silver Spring, Maryland
Jack (Ira) Waddey- Nashville, Tennessee
Gary Weissman- Minneapolis, Minnesota

IAM Member Mark Welge Remembered

It is with extreme sadness that the IAM acknowledges the passing of our member Mark Welge on January 9th, following a courageous battle with cancer. Mark was an outstanding mediator and human being. His commitment to the profession of mediation was tremendous. Mark's atiittude in his closing weeks, his relationship with his family, his continuing concern about others were inspirational. We will all miss him. 

IAM Fellow Jeff Krivis Honored at CPR Awards Program

Fellow Jeff Krivis was honoured at the 24th Annual CPR Awards Program at a dinner held at New York's Jumeirah EssexHouse on January 20th.. The CPR Awards Program honors outstanding use and scholarship in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). At the Awards Program, Jeff Krivis was presented with the Book Prize for his book IMPROVISATIONAL NEGOTIATION: A MEDIATOR'S STORIES OF CONFLICT ABOUT LOVE, MONEY, ANGER - AND THE STRATEGIESTHAT RESOLVED THEM (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2006), (see attached for complete Press Release). 


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