March 2012 • Vol. 32 No. 3 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Center for Civic Mediation to Celebrate 19th Annual Awards Dinner on April 17 

The Center for Civic Mediation will honor the National Football League, Hon. Carolyn B. Kuhl, and the California Western Advanced Mediation Program in Juvenile Hall.

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

The Center for Civic Mediation will celebrate outstanding achievement in conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution at its 19th Annual Awards Dinner on April 17, 2012 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The 2012 honorees are the National Football League, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl, and the California Western Advanced Mediation Program in Juvenile Hall.

Commissioner Roger Goodell will accept the Corporate ADR Award on behalf of the NFL. The award recognizes the NFL’s advancement of ADR principles and practice in its operations and its success in negotiating a 10-year collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association, the longest in the history of professional sports. Under Commissioner Goodell’s leadership, the NFL also secured long-term extensions of its television contracts, continuing the tradition of being the only sports league that shows all of its regular-season and playoff games on free, over-the-air television. The popularity of the game and the NFL are strengthened by league and team contributions and service to promote youth health and wellness in communities throughout the country.

Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl will receive the Emil Gumpert Judicial Services ADR Award in recognition of her longstanding support and use of alternative means of dispute resolution within the judicial system. Currently serving as Supervising Judge of the Civil Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Kuhl was a founding judge of the court’s Complex Litigation Program, where she worked with colleagues in developing hands-on case management methodologies and creating opportunities for earlier and more meaningful settlement efforts. Judge Kuhl serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Rand Institute for Civil Justice.

The 2012 Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award will be presented to the California Western Advanced Mediation Program in Juvenile Hall. Through this innovative program, California Western School of Law students intern at a juvenile facility in San Diego where they mediate conflicts between and among incarcerated youth, who learn conflict-resolution skills in the process. The program is designed to help law students gain essential interpersonal competencies of self-awareness, self-control, and empathy, and to become emotionally intelligent lawyers who understand the role of human relationships in the resolution of legal problems. 

Funds raised at the dinner—cochaired by Jesse A. Cripps and Robert Klieger—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. 

About the Center for Civic Mediation. The Center for Civic Mediation 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 April 17 event will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel 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 or call (213) 896-6537, or download the registration form.

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