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John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award
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The John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award  is presented annually to a prominent and internationally recognized leader in mediation who demonstrates personal and professional commitment to finding mediation solutions to conflict while balancing therapeutic and legal perspectives. John M. Haynes was a pioneer in the field of family mediation, a respected author and practitioner, an international trainer, and the first president of the Academy of Family Mediators. In keeping with his legacy, the candidate should demonstrate innovation, creativity, and outstanding competence in: published writings, training, and practice; maintain personal and professional integrity and respect for others; and embrace a sense of humor and humility about our standing as fallible beings. This award is limited to family mediators.

2017 Recipient:

Dr. Julie Macfarlane meets and surpasses the criteria by demonstrating outstanding skills and competence as an internationally renowned teacher of Conflict Resolution, a researcher, author and advocate of systemic reform for the most vulnerable clients experiencing separation. She is a strong proponent of mediation and non-adversarial processes – as appropriate to ensure that parties can participate safely and competently.  She is an active mediator, and consults regularly on conflict resolution interventions, training, program evaluation and systems design for a range of public and private sector clients. Over the past 20 years, she has provided conflict intervention training for legal practitioners, law students, aboriginal council members, legal aid workers and health care professionals.

Julie has researched and written extensively on dispute resolution and in particular the role of lawyers. Her bestselling 2008 book The New Lawyer: How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of Law (University of British Colombia Press) is based on hundreds of personal interviews with lawyers and their clients. It has been the focus of dozens of workshops conducted by Dr Macfarlane in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia and a 2nd edition is forthcoming. Julie is also the editor of Dispute Resolution : Readings and Case Studies  (Emond Montgomery) a student text used widely in ADR courses in Canadian and US law schools which was published in its 4th edition in 2015.

In 2011 Julie completed a four-year empirical research project examining the use of Islamic family law principles and values in divorce processes conducted by third parties in North American mosques. Islamic Divorce in North America : Choosing a Shari’a Path in a Secular Society was published by Oxford University Press in April 2012. Julie’s current research is on the experiences of the increasing numbers of self-represented litigants in the family and civil courts in Canada (The National Self-Represented Litigants Research Project: see

In 2013, Julie completed a major qualitative study of self-represented litigants in family and civil courts in three Canadian provinces (funded by the provincial Law Foundations). The Final Report of the National SRL Research Project is available at The study methodology has been replicated by the Institute for the advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) in four US states (report forthcoming, 2016).  Julie continues to work on the issue of self-representation and the many challenges it presents for both SRLs and those working in the justice system as the Director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project ( Her weekly blog on the SRL phenomenon won a 2015 Clawbie for best Canadian Legal Blog for a non-lawyer audience.


Past Recipients:

Delma Sweeney
2015 Bernie Mayer
2013 Mark Kleiman
2012 Michael Lang
2011 Christine Coates, J.D
2010 Kenneth Cloke
2009 Robert D. Benjamin
2008  Peter Salem
2007  Jim Melamed, J.D.
2006 Arnie Shienvold, Ph.D.
2005 Nina R. Meierding, MS., J.D.
2004  Zena D. Zumeta, J.D.
2003 Barbara Landau, Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M.
2002  Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D.
2001 Larry S. Fong, Ph.D.

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