Thomas J. Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law has been named the American Bar Association's recipient of the D'Alemberte/Raven award. The award recognizes members of the dispute resolution community who have "contributed significantly to the field by developing new or innovative programs, improvements in service and efficiency, research and writings in the area of dispute resolution or continuing education programs."
Stipanowich is scheduled to receive the award April 4 at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Spring Conference in Seattle, Washington. The award is named for Robert D. Raven of San Francisco and Talbot D'Alemberte of Tallahassee, former ABA presidents and also past leaders within the ABA in the area of dispute resolution.
Stipanowich is a distinguished scholar, practitioner, and leader in the field of commercial arbitration and dispute resolution. Prior to joining Pepperdine in the spring of 2006 he led the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute) as its president and chief executive officer from 2001-2006. In this position he facilitated international coalitions advancing the precepts of alternative dispute resolution by bringing together many of the world's leading corporate general counsels, senior attorneys, judges and scholars.
He spearheaded innovation and promoted excellence in public and private dispute resolution and led the institute's efforts to promote mediation in Europe and China including the creation of the U.S. - China Business Mediation Center. He also created CPR's Corporate Counsel Roundtable and recently piloted the creation of the first extensive integrated training program on conflict management with a major international law firm. He remains on the board of CPR.
Prior to joining CPR, Stipanowich served as the director of CPR's National Commission on the Future of Arbitration, and as the inaugural CPR/Hewlett Professor. A major product of this work was the publication of Commercial Arbitration at its Best: Successful Strategies for Business Users (ABA 2001).
Until 2001, Stipanowich held the position of the William L. Matthews Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He co-authored another leading book on commercial arbitration law and practice: Federal Arbitration Law: Agreements, Awards and Remedies (Little, Brown & Co. 1994) a five-volume treatise that has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and many other federal and state courts. Recently he co-authored a groundbreaking book and materials for law schools entitled Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice and Law (Aspen 2005).
He has advised or participated in important national efforts at statutory reform (the Uniform Arbitration Act and Uniform Mediation Act), served as chief drafter of a protocol for consumer ADR programs, and played an important role in the development of the leading construction and securities ADR rules and policies. During his career, he also founded a non-profit court-connected mediation program that has operated successfully for seventeen years. He served as chair of the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration (SICA), as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, and as chair of the Advisory Committee for the Global Disputes Research Center.
At the Straus Institute, Stipanowich is again focused on building bridges internationally through mediation and other conflict resolution programs. He is also spearheading projects that use the media to educate and change the culture of conflict management. His new areas of research combine his two loves, history and conflict resolution, which may enable him to write for a much wider audience. A long-time neutral with wide experience as an arbitrator, mediator, facilitator and federal court special master, he is a member of the JAMS Panel of Neutrals.
Larry Mills, chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution stated, "The D'Alemberte/Raven Award is our Section's highest honor. The 2008 Award recognizes Tom Stipanowich as a worthy member of the dispute resolution hall of fame along with the distinguished previous recipients of the award, including Roger Fisher, Frank Sander, and former Attorney General Janet Reno. Tom Stipanowich is a thoughtful visionary in the field of dispute resolution and most deserving of this award."