Commissioner Roger Goodell demonstrated a sense of humor as well as deep gratitude to the Center for Civic Mediation as he accepted the organization’s 2012 Corporate ADR Award from LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on behalf of the NFL. He noted that although football is sometimes labeled a sport of “controlled violence,” the National Football League is committed to fairness and use of a range of constructive alternative dispute resolution practices in all of its business operations, as it addresses inevitable conflicts with and among its owners/members, personnel and players. The Award recognizes this commitment. The NFL and the NFL Players Association recently negotiated a landmark 10-year collective bargaining agreement, the longest in the history of professional sports. Guests had an opportunity to view the roller-coaster negotiation process and ultimate contract featured in a fast-paced video.
A large group of judicial colleagues from the Los Angeles Superior Court were on hand to recognized and honor Hon. Carolyn B. Kuhl, supervising judge of the Civil Division, as she received the Emil Gumpert Judicial Services Award. In her impassioned acceptance remarks Judge Kuhl reminded the audience that a strong judicial and court system provides the necessary backdrop for effective alternative dispute resolution, and asked that the legal community remain vigilant in the current economic crisis inside the largest judicial system in the nation.
Professors Linda Morton and Floralynn Einesman accepted the Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award on behalf of California Western Law School’s Advanced Mediation Program in Juvenile Hall. The two professors enthralled the audience with descriptions of the program’s work with incarcerated youth, mediating conflicts and teaching conflict resolution skills while simultaneously offering law students experiences that help to expand their lawyering skills by putting them in situations where they are required to consider different perspectives and emotions as they helped youth address conflicts.
Sharing his characteristic wit throughout the evening, KNCB4 Sports Anchor Fred Roggin served as the evening’s emcee. The program exhibited the diversity of settings and modalities encompassed by ADR and the wide array of people and groups who benefit. The event was co-chaired by Center for Civic Mediation board members Jesse A. Cripps and Robert N. Klieger. In addition to honoring a diverse group of outstanding practitioners and programs, the evening raised significant funds to support the Center’s Community and Youth Peer Mediation & Conflict Resolution Services.