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Rutgers Professor Honored with Boskey Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Jonathan M. Hyman, a Rutgers Law School—Newark professor, was recently honored by the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section with the group’s annual James B. Boskey Award on May 9. An Alfred C. Clapp Jr. Public Interest Scholar who teaches constitutional litigation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), negotiation, mediation and contracts at Rutgers and maintains an active practice in arbitration, mediation and mediation

training, and civil rights litigation, Hyman was actively involved in the development of the Uniform Mediation Act.

“I am deeply honored to receive the

Boskey Award,” Hyman said. “The alternate dispute resolution community in New Jersey is large and growing, in no small measure because of the vision and inspiration that the late Jim Boskey provided. The award is a testament to the depth and breadth of the ADR community in New Jersey. Any contributions I have been able to make have only occurred because of the large number of dedicated, energetic and insightful people who have come to work in this field.”

“Jonathan Hyman is a modest, unpretentious, quiet gentleman of intelligence, experience, skill and knowledge, with steadfast and passionate beliefs which translate into action,” said Barbara Weisman,

former section chair, in presenting

Hyman with the award. “He can talk the

talk because he graciously walks the

walk—in ADR, civil rights, equal opportunity, discrimination, justice, ethics, employment—and we and our field are so proud to be able to call him our own, our 2007 ADR Practitioner of the Year.”

A graduate of Harvard College and

Yale Law School, he has designed and

taught training programs in mediation,

alternative dispute resolution and conflict management, including courses for judges at the National Judicial College, for planners at the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, and for hospital employees. Hyman serves as a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and supervises law students who mediate in the New Jersey Superior Court. He also arbitrates on the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association and is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Complementary Dispute Resolution, Arbitration Advisory, and Mediator Standards committees.

At Rutgers, Hyman served as the associate director of the Rutgers Program in Conflict Management from 1995-2006; and previously served as the associate dean for curriculum and instruction, the associate dean for academic affairs, and the administrative director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic.

The Boskey Award is presented in

recognition of achievements in informing and educating the public about alternative and complementary dispute resolution techniques; encouraging and promoting reform and modernization of the legal system; improving the relationship between the legal profession and the general public; exemplifying the goals and

purposes of the Dispute Resolution Section; and for service to the residents of the state of New Jersey.

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