IAM Awards

Award Recipient Overview


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.

  • Gene Moscovitch (2019)
  • Karin Hobbs (2017)
  • Marvin Johnson (2017)
  • Mike Young (2017)
  • Paul Iacono (2015)
  • Eric Galton (2014)
  • Tracy Allen (2013)
  • Cliff Hendler (2013)
  • Jeff Krivis (2013)

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.

  • Nancy Hardin Rogers (2018)
  • William Ury (2017)
  • Senator George Mitchell (2015)
  • Henry Brown (2013)
  • Henry Brown (2013)
  • Robert Mnookin (2013)
  • Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler (2013)
  • Lela P. Love (2012)
  • Kimberlee K. Kovach (2011)
  • J. Michael Cody  (2010)
  • Honourable Lord Woolf (2009)
  • Talbot D’Alemberte (2008)
  • Leonard L. Riskin (2007)
  • Frank G. Evans (2006)
  • Frank Sander (2006)

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.

  • Noah Hanft (2019)
  • Walter Baily, Jr. (2017)
  • Roger Fisher (2013)
  • Renee Levine (2013)
  • Jim Holbrook (2010)
  • The Rt. Hon the Lord Wolf (2009)
  • Sid Lezak (Posthumous 2007)

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.

  • Barbara Cornish (2017)
  • Chuck Doran (2017)
  • Ben Picker (2015)
  • David Hoffman (2015)
  • Susan Hammer (2014)
  • Sid Lezak (2004)

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.

  • Izzeldin Abuelaish (2013)
  • Louise Otis (2005)

IAM Award for Excellence

  • Julie Macfarlane (2005)
  • William F. Lincoln (2003)
  • William H. Webster (2000)
  • Janet Reno (1999)
  • Jim Henry (1998)