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October 19, 2012

Oregon Law’s Jane Gordon receives Oregon State Bar Sidney Lezak Award

Jane Gordon, director of the University of Oregon School of Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center and associate dean for Student and Program Affairs, is the recipient of the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section’s 2012 Sidney Lezak Award. The prestigious award, which acknowledges excellence in the field of alternative dispute resolution, will be presented at the OSB ADR Section’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the White Stag Block in Portland, Ore.

Gordon is the tenth recipient of the award since its inception in 1996.

“We look for practitioners who are both dedicated to the field and to the mentorship of the next generation of mediators,” said Helle Rode, chair of the OSB ADR Section. “Jane exhibits these qualities, as well as being prominent in the fields of mediation and conflict resolution.”

Past recipients include: the Honorable Kristena A. LaMar (2000), The Honorable Edward Leavy (2003), James Melamed (2006) and Bryan Johnston (2008), among other notable practitioners in the dispute resolution field.

Gordon has worked in the realm of conflict resolution for more than 30 years. She began her career in private practice and, in 1981, she co-founded Eugene’s Community Mediation Board. Now, as director of Oregon Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, Gordon strives to create opportunities through which students and community members can gain transferable skills and experience in the dispute resolution field. She has trained lawyers from across the United States and Ukraine, and has taught international negotiation in Florence, Paris and Barcelona.

Gordon is a past chair of the OSB’s ADR Section and served on the section’s Executive Committee for many years. She currently serves as an advisory member of that committee and as president of the Northwest Institute for Conflict Resolution. Gordon has long been extremely active in the OSB’s ADR Section and has worked tirelessly to advance the practice of alternative and appropriate dispute resolution.

“Jane doesn’t just focus on Oregon, but also works to further the goals of alternative dispute resolution on a national level,” said Rode.

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