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 2017 L. Randolph Lowry Award is Professor Mary B. Culbert.
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. In 1993, Ms. Culbert began serving as a community and court mediator and received the “Rookie of the Year Award” from the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Services. She returned to Loyola in 1994 as an adjunct professor of law and founding director of the Disability Mediation Center of the Western Law Center for Disability Rights (currently the Disability Rights Legal Center). After practicing law for several years, Ms. Culbert became a bilingual certified mediator and has mediated extensively since 1992 in numerous community, government agency and court programs. She served as a resource to local, state and federal agencies regarding the design and implementation of mediation programs. She sat on the California State Bar ADR Committee and chaired its Ethics Subcommittee since its inception in 1997 until September 2001, and still sits as an advisor to that Committee today.
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. More recently, she served an appointment to the Judicial Council, Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, ADR Subcommittee Working Group on Uniform Procedures for Addressing Complaints about Court-Program Mediators. She was recognized in the “TOP NEUTRALS” Supplement to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals and to the Sacramento Recorder, in the section on “Community Mediators: taking it to the streets” in 2007. In 2009, she received the Ester Soriano Peacemaker of the Year Award from Los Angeles County DRPA Program Community Mediators, and in 2010, the Ester Soriano Award for Excellence in Community Mediation from the California Dispute Resolution Council. In the summer of 2011, Professor Culbert provided mediation training to a group of high-ranking judges, attorneys and law professors in Bangladesh. In 2012-13, she created a new model, and clinic, for providing Collaborative Mediation Divorce Services in conjunction with the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association.
Previous Award Winners
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.