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Lela Love Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Media Release

May, 2012 Washington, DC- The International Academy of Mediators (IAM) has honoured Professor Lela Porter Love with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for her exceptional contributions to advancing alternative dispute resolution personally throughout her career and inspiring others to do the same.

Incoming IAM President and Distinguished Fellow, Eric Galton, presented the award at the IAM Banquet at the Canadian Embassy where close to 100 of the top mediators in the world met.

In commenting on this distinguished award recipient, Galton said, "Lela Love is a legend and pioneer. She has played an outstanding role in advancing mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) throughout her distinguished career”.

Professor Love has steadfastly worked in promoting mediation and has had a distinguished career in this field. Some highlights include:

  • Founded (in 1985) and directs Cardozo's Mediation Clinic, which was among the first clinical programs in the country to train law students to serve as mediators.
  • Designed a mediation course offered in Budapest each summer to students from around the world.
  • Developed a "Train the Trainers of Mediators" program and teaching manual for the State of Michigan.
  • Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. In her chair year she initiated the first International Mediation Leadership Summit in the Hague and revitalized the international mission of the Section.
  • She has written widely on the topic of dispute resolution, including co-authoring three law school textbooks, and mediated a simulated product liability dispute that was broadcast numerous times by COURT TV.
  • The Middle Voice: Mediating Conflict Successfully, written with Joseph Stulberg, is regularly used to train mediators and introduce mediation. Her latest book, Stories Mediators Tell, co-edited with Eric Galton, President of the IAM, is a collection of vivid stories about mediations written by some of the world’s most successful mediators.
  • Developed and directed the Small Business Clinic at George Washington University's National Law Center.

Ms. Love currently serves as Professor of Law and Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NYC).

About IAM

The International Academy of Mediators is dedicated to promoting mediation as a preferred means of resolving disputes and to defining and furthering the state of the art. It provides a forum for advanced learning and networking among successful commercial mediators from around the world. Fostering the highest standards of integrity and competence in commercial dispute mediation, it promotes the study and understanding of the mediation process and educates the public, courts and legislative bodies on effective and appropriate uses of mediation.

For more information about the Award or the International Academy of Mediators please contact:

Ms. Renee Levine
Executive Director
International Academy of Mediators
250 Consumers Road, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario M2J 4V6

Phone: (416) 494-1440 ext. 227
Fax: (416) 495-8723
Email: rlevine@iamed.org