Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award
Each year the Southern California Mediation Association presents the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award to an individual or organization in the dispute resolution community who inspires us through their passion and dedication to peacemaking.
The award is named in honor of two of the SCMA’s founding members: Kenneth Cloke and Richard Millen. Kenneth Cloke, the Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution in Santa Monica, is an internationally-recognized speaker and author in the field of conflict resolution. He is also the founder of Mediators Beyond Borders. Richard Millen, who passed away in 2010, was a distinguished mediator and mediation trainer, who co-chaired the first conference of mediators in Southern California, which led to a second conference at which the SCMA was born.
This year’s recipient is the Honorable George J. Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the United States Senate, who has devoted most of his career to diplomacy and the pursuit of peace.
Sen. George Mitchell
A graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Senator Mitchell began his career as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, later serving as Executive Assistant to Senator Edmond S. Muskie of Maine. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Senator Mitchell to serve as United States Attorney for the State of Maine. Two years later, President Carter appointed Senator Mitchell to the United States District Court for the District of Maine. In 1980, the Governor of Maine appointed Senator Mitchell to complete the unexpired term of Senator Muskie, who had resigned to become United States Secretary of State. In 1982, the citizens of Maine elected Senator Mitchell to serve a full six-year term in the United States Senate, reelecting him again in 1988. From 1989 – 1995, Senator Mitchell served as Majority Leader of the United States Senate, where he was widely respected by his colleagues on both sides of the political spectrum.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Senator Mitchell to serve as United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, where he was instrumental in leading the negotiations that resulted in the historic Belfast Peace Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement. In 1998, Senator Mitchell was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and also received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth. In 1999, Senator Mitchell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — for his role in the Northern Ireland peace negotiations.
In 2006, Senator Mitchell was selected by Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, to lead the investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
In 2009, President Obama appointed Senator Mitchell to serve as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.
The author of several books — including “Making Peace: The Behind the Scenes Story of the Negotiations that Culminated in the Signing of the Northern Ireland Peace Accord,” “The Negotiator: A Memoir,” and “A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East” — Senator Mitchell’s commitment to peace is perhaps best captured in his own words:
“I believe there’s no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. They’re created and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings. No matter how ancient the conflict, no matter how hateful, no matter how hurtful, peace can prevail.”
For his illustrious accomplishments as a diplomat on the world stage, SCMA is proud to honor Senator George Mitchell with the 2016 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award.
Previous recipients include:
2015 – Forest Whitaker
Actor, activist and founder/CEO of Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative
2014 – Mike Feuer
Los Angeles City Attorney
2013 – Seeds Of Peace
Non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace.
2012 – Kenneth R. Feinberg
Founder and Managing Partner Feinberg Rozen, LLP
2011 – Father Greg Boyle
Founder and Director of Homeboy Industries and former pastor of Dolores Mission Church
2010 – Inmates of the Valley State Prison for Women
At Valley State Prison, Chowchilla, CA for their Prison of Peace Program.
2009 – Judge Helen Bendix and Judge Jane Johnson
Two outstanding local judicial officers of the Los Angeles Superior Court who are strong advocates of mediation.
2008 – Honorable Dorothy Nelson
Senior Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
2007 – Najeeba Syeed-Miller
Executive Director, Western Justice Center
2006 – Daniel Shapiro
Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project and co-author (with Roger Fisher, author of Getting to Yes) of Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as you Negotiate.
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