What is your ADR experience? (trainings and education)
Lee Jay Berman began as a full-time mediator and trainer over 16 years ago, and has successfully mediated over 1,400 matters. He is a national panelist with the American Arbitration Association, and is a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, a Diplomat with both the California and National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, internationally certified by the International Mediation Institute, and a Dispute Resolution Expert with the United Nations Development Programme. He was Mediator of the Year for the US Bankruptcy Court in 2007 and the Daily Journal named him to California’s Top Neutrals in 2008 and 2009.
Also a respected trainer in the field, he founded the American Institute of Mediation, leaving his position as Director of Pepperdine Law School's Mediating the Litigated Case program after seven years. He has trained judges, attorneys and business leaders in Croatia, India, The Kingdom of Jordan, The Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates. He launched the Santa Barbara Superior Court's successful ADR program and chaired the statewide committee that published the Standards of Practice for California Mediators. He served three years on the State Bar of California's Standing Committee on ADR and has published numerous articles on mediation and ADR. He authors the popular blog Eye On Conflict, hosts a syndicated weekly radio talk show called Talk It Over, and lives with his wife in Marina del Rey, California.
What, if any, ADR organizations or groups do you belong to?
•Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators, 2003-present
•Diplomat, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Charter Member 2010-present
•Diplomat, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Charter Member, 2007-present
•State Bar of California, Standing Committee on ADR, 2006-2009; Ethics Subcomm., 1998-2000
Chair, International ADR Subcomm.; Legislation Committee, Ethics and Standards Committee
•National Chair, American Bar Association, Section on Dispute Resolution, Training Comm., 2002-07 •California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC), 1995-present; Board of Directors 1996-2003; Executive Committee 2000-2003, Mediation Legislation & Nominating Committees
•Chair, CDRC Qualifications and Standards Committee, 1997-2003, published statewide Standards of Practice for California Mediators in 1998
•Member, California Judicial Council drafting committee Rules of Court for mediators, 1999-2000
•California Court ADR Directors Council, 1999-2000
•Southern California Mediation Association, 1994-present, Chair Courts Committee 2005
•Los Angeles County Bar Association – Litigation and ADR Sections
•Beverly Hills Bar Association – ADR Section Exec. Comm., Chair, Real Property Section 2010-2011
What are you hoping to get from ADRhub.com
Networking, concentration of great blogs, learning.
What else do you want to tell the ADRhub.com community (what you are up to, what you would like to do in ADR, etc.)
I'd like to see ADRhub.com continue to educate the general public, business community and legal community about the real benefits of mediation to help us spread awareness, understanding and sophistication about ADR, it's possibilities, it's applications and it's subsets and processes in the hopes that more people will come to use it and those who use it will get more out of it.