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 conferred upon an individual who in the eyes of the IAM best represents the furtherance of mediation as a preferred method of dispute resolution and peacekeeping, and to one who uses his or her personal and professional powers and persuasion to achieve this goal.

The 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.

 

Award Recipient Overview

(l-r: Jeff Jury, IAM President, Walter Bailey Jr., George Brown, Distinguished Emeritus Fellow and
Gene Moscovitch, Immediate Past President)

Honoring Walter Bailey, Jr., with The Sid Lezak Award of Excellence for his decades of work using his formidable personal and professional powers and persuasion to advance the causes of justice and peacemaking in his community.


(l-r: Gene Moscovitch, Immediate Past President and Michael Young, Distinguished Fellow)

Inducted into the Order of Knights of the IAM was presented to Michael Young, Distinguished Fellow at the recent conference of The International Academy of Mediators held in Memphis.



(l-r: Gene Moscovitch, Immediate Past President & Barbara Cornish, Distinguished Fellow)

President’s Award was presented to Barbara Cornish, Distinguished Fellow at the recent conference of The International Academy of Mediators held in Memphis.

(l-r: Gene Moscovitch, Immediate Past President & Chuck Doran, Distinguished Fellow)

President’s Awards was presented to Chuck Doran, Distinguished Fellow at the recent conference of The International Academy of Mediators held in Memphis.

(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

(l-r: Marvin E. Johnson, President and Senator George Mitchell)

Senator George Mitchell was presented with the IAM’s most prestigious award, The Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent conference of The International Academy of Mediators held in Baltimore, where he presented the keynote luncheon speech.


David Plant Award of Excellence in International Dispute Resolution presented to Distinguished Fellow, Louise Otis, Montreal, Quebec.


(l-r: Tracy Allen, Distinguished Fellow; Eric Galton, Distinguished Fellow; Cliff Hendler, Distinguished Fellow; Paul Iacono, Distinguished Fellow; Jeff Krivis, Distinguished Fellow and Michael Young, Distinguished Fellow)

Inducted into the Order of Knights of the IAM was presented to Distinguished Fellow, Paul Iacono, Toronto, Ontario, at the recent conference of The International Academy of Mediators held in Baltimore, where he presented the keynote luncheon speech.


 

President’s Awards presented to Distinguished Fellows: Ben Picker and David Hoffman

(l-r: Cliff Hendler, Distinguished Fellow, Eric Galton, Distinguished Fellow, Tracy Allan, Distinguished Fellow and Jeff Krivis, Distinguished Fellow)

Eric Galton was honored by the IAM for his tremendous leadership, vision and dedication to the Academy over many years by being inducted as a Knight of the International Academy of Mediators. This is the highest honor that a member can receive.



Outgoing President Karin Hobbs was presented Susan Hammer with the President’s Award for her outstanding contributions to the IAM over the years. She expressed her gratitude to Susan for her mentorship over her term.


The IAM Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Henry Brown at our conference, which took place at the Marshall Center in Paris, France on September 19, 2013. Mr. Brown was recognized for his outstanding achievements over many years of dedicated service as a civil rights lawyer, mediator, teacher, writer and leader in dispute resolution reform throughout the world.


The IAM Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler at our Banquet at Osgoode Hall, Law Society of Upper Canada on May 10, 2013. Winkler, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Ontario was recognized for his incredible accomplishments in mediation and the court system.

Throughout his entire career as a lawyer, a trial judge and a Chief Justice, he supported the growth and evolution of ADR. He also created the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, a lasting tribute to his outstanding service to the justice system. The Institute will be devoted to innovation, research, education and the creative practice of methods of dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and the traditional court system. In Chief Justice Winkler’s words, “ADR and civil justice are tied at the hip.”


The IAM was also honoured to present Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish with the David Plant Award for Excellence in International Dispute Resolution. Known as the “Gaza Doctor,” Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish lost three daughters to terror, and yet he remains a proponent of peace between Palestinians and Israelis. He founded the “Daughters for Life Foundation” in memory of three of his three children who were killed by Israeli tank fire during the Gaza War. The organization provides scholarship awards to encourage young women to pursue their studies at universities in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Syria. Dr. Abuelaish is a world visionary who teaches the lesson of peace and understanding to create a better world for those affected by conflict.

On a night full of surprises, the IAM was very excited to present the honor of the Order of the Knights of the International Academy of Mediators for the first time to three surprised, excited and deserving members. Tracy Allen, Cliff Hendler and Jeff Krivis were chosen by vote of the Executive Committee to receive the Order. Their tireless dedication and support of mediation and the IAM is incredible. Congratulations to our first three Knights!

Renee Levine, Executive Director, was presented with the Sid Lezak Award of Excellence in recognition of her commitment to helping the IAM promote and achieve its goals.

The IAM Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Lela P. Love at the IAM conference held in Washington, D.C. on April 18, 2012. Lela Love was recognized by the IAM as a true pioneer in the mediation movement whose international leadership, teaching, vision and writing has so profoundly impacted mediators around the world.

Lela Love serves as a professor of law and the director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She founded and directs Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic, a clinical program that helps to train mediators. She has also served as Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. Ms. Love has written a number of books, articles and chapters including The Middle Voice: Mediating Conflict Successfully and Stories Mediators Tell, co-authored with Eric Galton.


The IAM Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Kimberlee K. Kovach at the IAM conference held in Austin, Texas on November 11, 2011. Kimberlee Kovach was recognized by the IAM as a pioneering educator, author, innovator and leader in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Ms. Kovach currently serves as the Distinguished Lecturer in Dispute Resolution and the Director of the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution at South Texas College of Law. Kovach has been actively involved with both the Houston Bar Association’s ADR Committee as well as the State Bar of Texas ADR Committee. Notably, she assisted in the creation of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. She is the author of the first mediation textbook and teacher’s manual for use in law schools and has authored over ten book chapters and over twenty five scholarly articles.

The IAM Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to W.J. Michael Cody at the IAM conference held in Nashville, USA in October of 2010. He delivered a keynote speech on “A Community in Conflict: Memphis at the Time of the Assassination of Martin Luther King” and spoke of his personal involvement in this.

Mike Cody was recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments in serving the American public, the legal profession and the advancement of alternative dispute resolution. He served as the Attorney General of Tennessee from 1984 to 1988, was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee from 1977 to 1981, and served on the Memphis City Council from 1975 to 1977.


The Sid Lezak Award was presented to Jim Holbrookat the banquet at the Salt Lake City Conference. He was introduced by Hiram Chodosh, Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Jim Holbrook is known as the father of mediation in Utah, a tireless advocate for peaceful conflict resolution, and a dedicated teacher and mentor to several generations of law students and other ADR practitioners. Jim has mediated and arbitrated more than 600 cases. In the past three years, he has taken his instructional expertise and inspiring experience to train prosecutors from Afghanistan, mediators in India, and legal reformers in Iraq. His award was inscribed with the following: Jim Holbrook: A Warrior in Peace.

 


The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented toRight Honourable Lord Woolf of Barnes at the IAM conference held in London, England in September of 2009.

Lord Woolf was recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments across many years of dedicated service as an advocate, judge, educator, mediator and leader in the reform of dispute resolution throughout the world. His report Access to Justice, 1996 (The Woolf Report) has been a catalyst for the development of ADR in England. Lord Woolf, a chartered arbitrator, Special Adviser to CEDR and Co-Chair, Commission for Settlement in Arbitration, has lectured on ADR in the United Kingdom and many other countries. He also chaired the network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union’s Working Group on mediation. Lord Woolf’s prestigious career has included appointments to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in 1979, as Lord Justice of Appeal in 1986 and Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1982. Appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales in 2000, he retired from this position in 2005. His report Access to Justice, 1996 (The Woolf Report) has been a catalyst for the development of ADR in England.