Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.)

The first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s entire career has been marked by distinction and trailblazing accomplishment. She received both her B.A. and LL.B. with highest honors from Stanford University. She served as Deputy County Attorney of San Mateo County, California from 1952–1953 and as a civilian attorney for Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt, Germany from 1954–1957. From 1958–1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Arizona, and served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965–1969. She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969 and was subsequently reelected to two two-year terms. In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. President Reagan nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat September 25, 1981. Justice O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006. While “retired”, Justice O’Connor remains remarkably active and, in addition to serving numerous educational, legal and arts organizations in various capacities, continues to hear cases in federal appellate courts across the country. Justice O’Connor is the founder and chairperson of iCivics Inc., a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in U.S. democracy, and the author of several books, including Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court.

 Prof. Eric D. Green

Professor Eric D. Green is one of the pioneers of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United States and around the world and has been centrally involved with the Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s (CPR) mission of developing and implementing ADR Technology to corporate disputes since its founding in 1979. In recognition of his work, CPR awarded Professor Green the James F. Henry Award for outstanding contributions to the field of ADR in 2010. When Professor Green graduated from Harvard Law School in 1972, he was awarded the Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowship which took him to Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, for further legal studies. After returning to the U.S., Professor Green was a Law Clerk for Justice Benjamin Kaplan, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. After clerking, he became an associate and then a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson and then an Attorney Advisor to the Regional Director of the Federal Trade Commission. He is co-founder of two prominent ADR/Mediation firms, ENDISPUTE (now part of JAMS) and RESOLUTIONS, LLC in Boston. He has served as a private and court-appointed mediator and special master in hundreds of cases, including the Enron securities class action, Visa/MasterCard anti-trust cases, and U.S. v. Microsoft. In addition to his work with CPR, Professor Green was instrumental in assisting in the establishment of CEDR in London and the mediation program in Hong Kong. From 1977 until his recent retirement from teaching he taught negotiation, mediation, complex ADR processes, resolution of mass torts, evidence and constitutional law at Boston University School of Law, and is a prolific writer of books and article on these subjects. Professor Green has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and, in 2011, he was named by The International “Who’s Who Legal” in Commercial Mediation as the leading US-based mediator.