Bahai News - JUDGE DOROTHY W. NELSON TO RECEIVE ABA AWARD
The American Bar Association award for outstanding contribution to dispute resolution has been given to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, a member of the National Spiritual Assembly, and represents an acknowledgment of the universal Baha'i commitment to justice and the effective settlement of disputes so as to foster unity and harmony in human affairs.

Judge Dorothy W. Nelson to receive ABA Award for outstanding contribution to dispute resolution

United States, Washington, D.C. – The American Bar Association award for outstanding contribution to dispute resolution has been given to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, a member of the National Spiritual Assembly. This award represents an acknowledgment of the universal Bahá'í commitment to justice and the effective settlement of disputes so as to foster unity and harmony in human affairs.


Dorothy W. Nelson, senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will receive the 2000 D’Alemberte/Raven Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dispute Resolution from the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.

The award will be presented at an April 7 reception at the City Club of San Francisco. The reception is being held in conjunction with the section’s conference, “ADR by the Bay: The Golden Gate to Collaborative Problem Solving,” April 6-8 at the San Francisco Hilton and Towers. The award recognizes members of the legal profession who have contributed significantly to the dispute resolution field by developing new or innovative programs, improvements in service and efficiency, research and writings in the area of dispute resolution and developing continuing education programs.

“We are very pleased to make the award this year to a noted jurist and educator whose early recognition of the need to focus on dispute resolution alternatives has had a profound impact on the growth of the ADR field,” said James Alfini, chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and professor of law at Northern Illinois College of Law. Previously, Nelson was dean of the University of Southern California Law Center where she established a dispute resolution center in 1967. She was appointed to the White House Conference on Children by President Nixon; the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy by President Ford; the President’s Commission on Pension Policy by President Carter; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation by President Reagan.

Nelson has served as chair of the ABA Committee on Education in Judicial Administration; chairman of the Committee on Education in Judicial Administration of the Association of American Law Schools; chairman of the American Judicature Society; member of the Federal Judicial Center's Committee on Appellate Education; member of the Center for Public Resources Judicial Project Advisory Council, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Western Justice Center, member of the American Law Institute and American Bar Foundation, on the Advisory Board of the World Law Institute, and as chair of the Ninth Circuit Standing Committee on Alternate Dispute Resolution.

Nelson received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; her juris doctor from School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles; and an advanced law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center.

The award is named for Robert D. Raven of San Francisco and Talbot D’Alemberte of Tallahassee, Florida, former ABA presidents and also past leaders within the ABA in the area of dispute resolution. Previous winners of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award have included Roger Fisher, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and Harvard Law School Professor Frank E.A. Sander.

The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.


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