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IU professor honored by ABA for dispute resolution work

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Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor Lisa Blomgren Amsler will receive the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work. Amsler is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the field of dispute resolution.

“Her scholarship has been prolific, broad and influential. In the U.S., her work on public engagement has helped local, state and federal agencies develop processes for citizen involvement. Abroad, her work has helped developing nations deal with the challenges of social and political inclusion,” the bar association said in an announcement about the award.

The ABA credited the Bloomington professor with groundbreaking work on arbitration and institutionalized mediation where her research revealed previously undisclosed facets of the processes. The ABA also noted her tireless service to the profession, including organizing national gatherings and journal issues and mentoring dispute resolution scholars and practitioners.

Amsler, who is also an attorney, has co-edited three books and written nearly 100 articles and book chapters on dispute resolution. She recently worked with the National Civil League and Deliberative Democracy Consortium in leading a project aimed at improving citizen participation in government.

“Because I am a lawyer, an award for my work from the Section of Dispute Resolution is so meaningful to me, not only because law is my intellectual discipline by training, but because the section always feels like home,” Amsler wrote in her letter of thanks to the ABA selection committee. “SPEA is also my home, and I am indebted to the many students who contributed to the research cited by the selection committee. To my colleagues at the ABA and at SPEA, my thanks for this award, and I will try to earn it.”

Before joining SPEA in 1992, Amsler practiced law for 10 years and served as partner in a Connecticut law firm.
She will receive the award at a luncheon during the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference April 5 in Miami.
 

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