Robert A. Baruch Bush, the Harry H. Rains Distinguished Professor of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement Law, together with Professor Joseph P. Folger of Temple University, his longtime partner, have received the 2017 William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution.
The award was presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution at its national conference, which was held in Dallas on Oct. 11-14.
The announcement of the award reads as follows:
William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution
The Association for Conflict Resolution’s Section for Education, Research, and Training is deeply honored to recognize Professor Joseph P. Folger and Professor Robert A. Baruch Bush for this year’s Kreidler Award. The Kreidler Award is awarded annually in recognition of the most distinguished practitioners in the field of conflict resolution.
This annual recognition is awarded as a reflection of Dr. Kreidler’s dedication to teaching and writing in the field of conflict solutions and management. This year, all of us who have valued the application of transformative skills, applaud the numerous contributions of Professor Folger and Professor Bush, as giants in the field of mediation for their authorship, teaching, and sense of responsibility to the practical education of an industry.
Professor Folger and Professor Bush’s book The Promise of Mediation has been deeply influential in shaping and informing the practice of mediation. Their theoretical approach to mediation has been comprehensively and scientifically studied, favorably noted, and applauded by federal, city, and county agencies as the best practice in mediation for over twenty-five years. It is not often that theorists impact an industry, especially one such as mediation, with such a sustainable and profound set of skills that stand the test of time. Professor Folger and Professor Bush are true leaders, pioneers, and visionaries in the practice of mediation.