April 2009 • Vol. 29 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Dispute Resolutions Services: 16th Annual Awards Dinner Set for May 5

Gilbert Cates, CPR Institute, Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon, and Phillips, Lerner, Lauzon & Jamra LLP will be honored.

To purchase tables, tickets, and/or Tribute Journal ads, contact Anita Almonte at (213) 896-6537 or aalmonte@lacba.org, or download the registration form.

LACBA Dispute Resolution Services will celebrate the achievements of four stellar honorees at its 16th Annual Awards Dinner on May 5, 2009, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at the California Plaza downtown. Actress Alicia Silverstone, who recently starred in the Geffen Playhouse world premiere of Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still,” will emcee the event. 

Gilbert Cates, a leading figure in the American theater, film, and television industry, will receive the 2009 DRS Associates Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award and deliver keynote remarks at the event. Currently presiding as producing director of the Geffen Playhouse, Cates has produced and directed many Broadway shows, feature and television films, and 14 Academy Award shows. As secretary-treasurer of the Directors Guild of America, he partnered last year with national director Jay Roth to sensitively guide the DGA negotiating team to a successful conclusion in contract talks. 

The DRS Corporate ADR Award will be presented to The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, a pioneer and innovator in the prevention, management, and resolution of complex commercial disputes. The organization bridges the gap between thought leadership and practical application by connecting practitioners to best practices. CPR Institute will be honored for its unique role as a global resource to businesses and the legal profession.

Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon will receive the 2009 Emil Gumpert Judicial Services Award. Judge Edmon, Assistant Presiding Judge and Supervising Judge, Civil Departments of the Los Angeles Superior Court, is a strong advocate for ADR in the court system and the community. Judge Edmon is a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and a former member of the DRS board.

The 2009 Griffin Bell Community Service Award will be presented to Phillips, Lerner, Lauzon & Jamra LLP. A distinguished family law firm, PLLJ is a leader among its peers in providing community service. The firm will be honored for pioneering the Adopt-a-Center program through which its members and staff annually adopt a child-serving nonprofit organization, contributing volunteer time and financial resources. 

About Dispute Resolution Services. DRS empowers individuals and communities to constructively address conflict through mediation, training and education, and other problem-solving methods. It has pioneered community-based mediation and conflict resolution services since its 1978 founding as one of the first three Neighborhood Justice Centers in the nation. DRS envisions a safe, civil, and peaceful society in which people use constructive conflict resolution alternatives to verbal and physical violence and to costly litigation. Serving more than 12,000 people annually, DRS provides mediation, conciliation, group facilitation services, and training and education programs for the public, schools, and social service, governmental, law enforcement, and nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Funds raised at the dinner support DRS Youth Peer Mediation & Conflict Resolution Services, an early intervention violence prevention program that trains students to resolve disputes peacefully. Incidents of violence on school campuses locally and nationally tragically reinforce the urgent need for DRS peer mediation and conflict resolution programs that address issues of violence, harassment, and bullying, and provide youth with concrete, positive life skills.

Dinner information. The May 5 fundraiser will take place at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive Street, in downtown Los Angeles, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tables, tickets, and/or Tribute Journal ads, contact Anita Almonte at (213) 896-6537 or aalmonte@lacba.org, or download the registration form.

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