The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution is honoring Lisa Blomgren Amsler, a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), with its Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work for significant contributions to the field of dispute resolution.
The Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service at SPEA, Amsler is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the field of dispute resolution. She has co-edited three books and written nearly 100 articles and book chapters. Most recently, she worked with the National Civic League and Deliberative Democracy Consortium in leading a project aimed at improving citizen participation in government.
The ABA said of Amsler in the formal announcement of the award: “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.”
Amsler is credited 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 joined SPEA in 1992 after practicing law for 10 years and serving as a partner at Shipman & Goodin LLP in the firm's Hartford office.
The award will be presented at a luncheon during the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference in Miami on April 5.