April 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Center for Civic Mediation to Celebrate 18th Annual Awards Dinner on May 3

The Center for Civic Mediation will honor the American Arbitration Association, Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr. and Peter W. Mullin.

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

The Center for Civic Mediation will celebrate outstanding achievement in conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution at its 18th Annual Awards Dinner on May 3, 2011, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. The event will recognize these exceptional honorees:

Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper will receive the 2011 Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award. Prosper was Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the State Department from 2001-05. As President Bush’s envoy and senior diplomat, he traveled worldwide conducting diplomatic negotiations and consultations with heads of state, foreign ministers, and senior government officials from more than 40 countries. In this capacity, he formulated and coordinated U.S. policy responses to atrocities and attacks against civilians throughout the world. In 2008, Prosper was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve as an independent expert to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In the same year, he was appointed by President Bush to membership on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Prosper is a partner at Arent Fox LLP.

The Corporate Award will go to the American Arbitration Association. The largest dispute resolution organization in the world, AAA provides mediation, arbitration, elections, and other dispute resolution services, and publishes The Dispute Resolution Journal, the leading scholarly journal in the field. The award will be accepted by President and CEO William K. Slate II. Prior to joining AAA, Slate was president of the Justice Research Institute, an interdisciplinary research and consulting firm for courts and legal institutions, which he founded. He was formerly the director of the Federal Courts Study Committee, overseeing a congressionally mandated seminal study to identify problems facing federal courts in America and reporting to the president, the chief justice of the United States, and the speaker of the House of Representatives.

Hon. Charles W. McCoy Jr., immediate past presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will receive the Emil Gumpert Judicial Services ADR Award. Judge McCoy is a longtime proponent of mediation in the court system and the community. His current assignment is in the Juvenile Court, addressing a population with which he has significant experience as founder in the mid-90s of the One-to-One Program, providing outreach to at-risk youth designed to dissuade them from engaging in behavior that would entangle them in the criminal justice system.

Peter W. Mullin is the recipient of the 2011 Griffin Bell Community Service Award. Mullin is chair of the board of directors of M Financial and M Life, one of the nation’s largest reinsurance companies, and is chair emeritus of MullinTBG, which he founded as Mullin Consulting in 1969 and later sold to Prudential Financial. He is widely known for his involvement in a broad range of initiatives to improve support services as well as the cultural life of Los Angeles. Among his endeavors on behalf of the community, he cochaired the Catholic Education Foundation’s campaign that raised $100 million to enable disadvantaged children to attend parochial schools, and has served as chair of the Music Center Foundation since 1990.

Funds raised at the dinner—cochaired by Judge Haley Fromholz (ret.) and Tamerlin J. Godley—support the Center’s Community and Youth Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services. Programs include prevention and early intervention services that teach students constructive, nonviolent ways to address conflict on school campuses and in their neighborhoods. Incidents of violence on school campuses locally and nationally tragically reinforce the urgent need for these programs. The Center offers mediation services to families and community members throughout Los Angeles County, including a new program that addresses the needs of families who face difficult decisions about the care of elderly parents and relatives. (Read about the Peer Mediator of the Year here.)

About the Center for Civic Mediation. The Center for Civic Mediation (formerly known as Dispute Resolution Services) promotes a more harmonious and civil Los Angeles by teaching, inspiring, and helping people find constructive ways to manage conflict and foster peaceful neighborhood, school, and home environments. Through its Community and Youth Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services, outstanding training programs and partnerships with local governments, schools, law enforcement, social service and community organizations, the Center reaches thousands of Los Angeles County residents annually.

Dinner information. The May 3 event will take place at the Omni Hotel at the California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program and dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tables, ads, or tickets, contact Anita Almonte at aalmonte@lacba.org or call 213-896-6537, or download the registration form.


Peer Mediator Named County Peer Mediator of the Year

Carson High School student Andie Melton has been named Peer Mediator of the Year by Los Angeles County’s Dispute Resolution Program and will be honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors during Mediation Week ceremonies to be held on April 19. 

Melton, an 11th grader, has been involved with the Peer Mediation Program for five years, starting as a 7th grader at Carnegie Middle School and moving on to become one of the first to participate as a mediator at the high school. The enthusiasm, dedication, and skill shown by mediators like her was one of the reasons that the program was able to expand into Carson High. 

Melton joined the peer mediation program because of her experience as a disputant. She was being bullied by a group of girls at school and tried to solve it herself but did not have much success. After speaking to a teacher, he suggested that she try peer mediation. She was so impressed with the outcome that she wanted to become a mediator and share the positive experience she had with others, by helping her fellow peers resolve conflict peacefully. 

From disputant to mediator to leader on campus, she sets the standard for newer and younger mediators. Participating in the yearly training of new mediators at the middle school and extolling the benefits of becoming a mediator, she has become a leader and a role model to younger students. She is also trusted and respected by her peers, and where there is such pressure to conform in high school, she is not afraid to stand apart as an individual and not follow the crowd. 

The Center is extremely proud to have Andie Melton in the Peer Mediation Program and is pleased that Los Angeles County has recognized her outstanding service as well as her development as a student and peacemaker by naming her Peer Mediator of the Year.


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