Dr. James Houlihan recently earned the Fred Lane Coach of the Year Award by the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) for the performance of the Lewis University Mediation teams and quality of the students, both in and outside the competition matches. The professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies and director of the Pre-Law program was honored for his leadership, and ethical and collegial manner.
While presenting the award, Dick Calkins, treasurer and founder of INADR, said Lewis University mediation teams have consistently exhibited the qualities of a peacemaker: cooperation, understanding and creativity.
In the past six years, Lewis University successfully competed in England and Scotland Law School tournaments. During the 2013 season, the Lewis University Mediation Team finished in third and fourth place at the INADR championship competition. Lewis University teams have ranked in the top since their entry into the mediation competitions six years ago under Houlihanís leadership.
The award citation credited Houlihan with the Lewis University studentsí display of the positive characteristics of a peacemaker: courtesy, civility, fairness and sportsmanship. Houlihanís positive attributes make him a problem solver and harmonized while assisting in competitions. He also has helped teams from other schools that are new to mediation through counseling and advice.
Since Houlihanís election to the INADR Board of Directors in 2010, his leadership has greatly contributed to the success of the organization.
Houlihan is the first individual to be selected Coach of the Year in both Mediation and Mock Trial. He earned the Mock Trial coaching award in spring 2012. He has been coaching the Lewis University Mock Trial since it started in 1996.
Other coaches that assist Houlihan with Mediation include Angela Henderson, attorney at Henderson Law and Mediation Center in Joliet and Joseph Volin, alumnus and assistant director of Lewis Alumni Relations.
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