The SCMA presents the L. Randolph Lowry Award to a member of the dispute resolution community who has honored and inspired us through their passion and dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution. The award is presented at the Friday Evening Kick-off Dinner Reception. We are proud to announce that the recipient of the 2018 L. Randolph Lowry Award is Clinical Professor Lisa Klerman.
Clinical Professor Lisa Klerman
Lisa Klerman is a renowned clinical professor who has trained hundreds of USC Gould School of Law students in dispute resolution. After launching the law school’s Mediation Clinic over a dozen years ago, she served as the director of its ADR Certificate Program, and was the founding director of the Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution. The Mediation Clinic courses that she designed and developed received national recognition in 2011 when the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council honored USC Gould with its prestigious ADR Education Award.
As a mediator with an active private practice, Professor Klerman is able to bring to the classroom practical tips and cutting edge techniques in order to maximize her students’ skill sets. The mediators in her clinic have consistently achieved impressive success rates in their mediation venues, which include the Los Angeles County Superior Court system, as well as partnerships with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the Los Angeles Fire Department, California Lawyers for the Arts, the United States District Court, the Department of Industrial Relations, the EEOC, and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Professor Klerman is a frequent speaker on alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, mediation, employment law, and class actions. She has been interviewed by major publications and appeared as a legal commentator on NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, the BBC, and other radio programs in both national and international broadcasts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where she received her BA degree with distinction. She received her JD degree from the University of Chicago, where she was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. Her recent ADR publications include Inside the Caucus: An Empirical Analysis of Mediation from Within, 12 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 686-715 (2015) (with Dan Klerman), and Alternative Dispute Resolution (contributing author of Chapter 10), in Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases (James Publishing, 2006-2012 editions).
Previous Award Winners
2017 – Professor Mary B. Culbert
Professor Mary B. Culbert is the Director of The Center For Conflict Resolution, where she previously served as a Senior Mediator supervising students. She is a bilingual certified mediator and a 1984 graduate of Loyola Law School. Ms. Culbert has served on numerous boards, committees and mediation panels over the past 22 years. She has trained and lectured extensively on mediation skills, advanced mediation techniques, disability mediation and legal issues in mediation.
2016 – Dr. Betty Gilmore
Dr. Gilmore serves as director and faculty within the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at Southern Methodist University where she teaches a variety of graduate courses in conflict engagement and peacebuilding. She also teaches for The Werner Institute for Negotiation at the Creighton School of Law and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law.
2015 – Charles Chang
Charles Chang is the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC). The APADRC provides vital services to assist members of the greater Los Angeles community to resolve a wide-range of conflicts through nonviolent means. The APADRC also works in schools to train students as peer mediators, helping to resolve issues like bullying, homophobia, and dating violence. In addition to the APADRC’s award winning peer mediation program, Mr. Chang developed a peer mediation start-up kit that allows schools that lack adequate resources, to develop peer mediation programs on their own. As a result of a partnership between the APADRC and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) this start-up kit, which is available for free online, has been downloaded and used by thousands of teachers and school administrators throughout the United States.
He is also founder of a couple of organizations – Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) and Leadership Center for Asian Pacific Americans (LCA). He spent a couple of years doing labor work before starting to work for nonprofit organizations.
2014 – Professor Russell Korobkin
Richard C. Maxwell Professor of Law and the faculty director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at the UCLA School of Law. He is the author of Negotiation Theory and Strategy (3d ed., 2014), K: A Common Law Approach to Contracts(2012), and more than 50 journal articles on the subjects of negotiation, contracts, and other areas of law, business, and human behavior.
2013 – A. Marco Turk, J.D.
Emeritus Professor of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding, California State University, Dominguez Hills
2012 – Peter Robinson, J.D.
Associate Dean for Business and Finance, Managing Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University
2011 – Thomas J. Stipanowich, J.D.
Academic Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University
2010 – Lee Jay Berman
Full-time mediator since 1994 who has successfully mediating over 1,800 cases in his 19 years. He mediates through PMA Dispute Resolution, based in their Century City, CA offices.
2009 – Daniel Druckman
Professor at George Mason University and published author.
2005 (Inaugural Lecture) – Deborah Masucci
Vice President of Dispute Resolution in the Litigation Management Division of Chartis where she is responsible for the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and increasing the alternative methods of appropriate dispute resolution used within the Claims Organization. In June 2005, the AIG Companies was honored by Dispute Resolution Services in Los Angeles, California with the Corporate Achievement Award for establishment of the Office of Dispute Resolution.