February 7, 2013

Riskin to Receive ABA DR Section Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work

By Art Hinshaw

When the ABA DR Section created the Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work, I wondered how long it would take before Len Riskin (Florida) received it.  And now he will, the 3rd time it’s been awarded (announcement below).  The award is well deserved not only for his work, but also for the mentoring role he’s played for so many of us.  Thank you for your contributions to the field and to our respective careers.

Congratulations Len !!  

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The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work honors individuals whose scholarship has significantly contributed to the dispute resolution field. Professor Leonard Riskin, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at theUniversityof Florida’s Levin College of Law and Visiting Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, has helped us appreciate the radically different “philosophical maps” used by attorneys operating in traditional adversarial and collaborative systems. His famous “Grid for the Perplexed” helped us appreciate the wide range of mediator behaviors and issue orientations dominating mediation sessions, and the choices available to parties in selecting a neutral. His scholarship draws broadly from other disciplines, encouraging in all of us a deeper reflection on the essence of the processes of ADR, especially in his most recent writings about mindfulness. His scholarship has helped create a framework for greater understanding of the ADR field, more scholarship and improved practice.

The Award for Scholarly Work will be presented to Professor Riskin on April 6, 2013 during the Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference inChicago.

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