March 2013 • Vol. 33 No. 3 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Center for Civic Mediation to Celebrate 20th Annual Awards Dinner on April 18  

The Center for Civic Mediation will honor the late Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

To become a sponsor or to purchase tables, tickets, and/or tribute ads, contact Anita Almonte at (213) 896-6537 or aalmonte@centerforcivicmediation.org.

The Center for Civic Mediation will celebrate outstanding achievement in conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution at its 20th Annual Awards Dinner on April 18, 2013 at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. The 2013 honorees are Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the late Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

The family of Ambassador Stevens will accept the 2013 Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award on his behalf. The award recognizes the Ambassador’s passion for helping people of the Middle East, North Africa, and United States find common ground. As a consummate diplomat, his accomplishments inspire and remind us that the powerful combination of words and actions can create change toward a more just and peaceful society.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski will receive the 2013 Emil Gumpert Judicial Services ADR Award. Known for his legal writing, his first judicial appointment as chief judge at the newly formed U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 1982 soon led to an appointment to a new seat at the Ninth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan, making him the youngest federal appeals court judge in the country. With this award, given each year to a judicial services officer who carries on Judge Gumpert’s legacy of commitment to the principles of alternative dispute resolution, the Center recognizes Judge Kozinski’s distinguished judicial service and commitment to judicial independence and the appropriate balance between adjudication and dispute resolution processes. 

Funds raised at the dinner—cochaired by Jill Cossman and Rex Heinke—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 services to families and community members throughout Los Angeles County. 

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, its 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 18 event will take place at the L.A. Hotel Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. To become a sponsor or to purchase tables, tickets, and/or tribute ads, contact Anita Almonte at aalmonte@lacba.org or call (213) 896-6537.
 




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