April 2008 • Vol. 28 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Ambassador Peter Galbraith, Justice Joyce Kennard, Stanton “Larry” Stein Will Receive Honors at DRS Awards Dinner on April 29

The fundraiser takes place at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. View dinner information and table, ticket, and Tribute Journal ad prices at www.lacba.org/drs. Questions? Contact Anita Almonte at (213) 896-6537 or aalmonte@lacba.org.

LACBA Dispute Resolution Services will fete three stellar honorees at its 15th Annual Awards Dinner on April 29, 2008: 

Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith, first U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, key negotiator in the Croatia and Bosnia peace processes, and co-mediator and principal architect of the 1995 Erdut Agreement that ended the war, will receive the 2008 DRS Associates Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award and deliver the keynote address at the event. Galbraith was instrumental in negotiating the Washington Agreement that established the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He has held senior positions in U.S. government and the United Nations, and was senior advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on many issues including Iraq and Iran, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Iraqi Kurds, U.S.-India relations, and nuclear proliferation in South Asia. 

From January 2000 to August 2001, Galbraith was director for political, constitutional, and electoral affairs for the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor. He designed the territory’s first interim government and the process to write its constitution. In her autobiography, Daughter of Destiny, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto credited Galbraith with securing her freedom in 1984 following three years of imprisonment. Galbraith is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End.

Justice Joyce L. Kennard is the 2008 recipient of the Emil Gumpert Judicial Services ADR Award. She was appointed to the California Supreme Court in 1989 following distinguished service on the California Court of Appeal and the Los Angeles Superior Court. The daughter of a Dutch father and a Chinese-Indonesian mother, she experienced discrimination firsthand in a Japanese internment camp during World War II and later as a refugee in New Guinea. It has been said that because of her life experience she “sees through the issues to the real people behind them.” Kennard is widely acknowledged for her integrity and independent, clear articulation of issues. As chair of the California Judicial Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee from 1996 to 2005, she oversaw a process that revised the voluminous rules of court pertaining to the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal to simplify and clarify their meaning.

The 2008 Griffin Bell Volunteer Award for Outstanding Community Service will be presented to Stanton “Larry” Stein. Head of the Entertainment & Media Department at Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods George LLP, his volunteer efforts span the spectrum of direct service to the legal profession as well as to organizations that help elderly, homeless, and disenfranchised community residents. He played a pivotal role as a founder and past president of Public Counsel and works actively to expand diversity in the legal profession. Additional volunteer efforts have included service on the board of directors of the Ocean Park Community Center assisting the homeless, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and the Foundation of the State Bar of California.

About Dispute Resolution Services. DRS has fostered community-based mediation and conflict resolution services since its 1978 founding as one of the first three Neighborhood Justice Centers in the nation. Its mission is to create a more civil, peaceful community by offering constructive, peaceful conflict resolution alternatives to verbal and physical violence and to costly litigation that address interpersonal, community, youth, and professional disputes. Serving more than 12,000 people annually, DRS provides services that include mediation and conciliation, group facilitation, and training and education programs for the public, the schools, and social service, governmental, law enforcement, and nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised at the dinner support DRS Youth Peer Mediation & Conflict Resolution Services, which trains youngsters in nonviolent, constructive ways to resolve conflicts. In the aftermath of recent violence on school and college campuses locally and nationally, the urgent need for DRS peer mediation and conflict resolution programs that address issues of violence, harassment, bullying, and tolerance has been tragically reinforced.

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