Howard Herman, the Director of ADR Program for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and Michael Lang discuss the benefits of reflective practice and its impact on the quality of mediation practice.
Howard Herman is Director of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, where he has worked since 1997. He previously served as Director of ADR Programs for Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez, California, and as co-director of what was then known as the Office of Settlement Conference Attorneys of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (now known as the Ninth Circuit Mediation Program).
Mr. Herman both mediates cases and has primary responsibility for training and supervising the hundreds of lawyers who serve as volunteer neutrals in the court’s ADR programs. He is the lead trainer for the court’s mediation and ENE trainings, and he oversees a variety of continuing education programs for the neutrals who serve, including the development and leadership of innovative on-going practice groups for the court’s mediators and settlement conference judges. Mr. Herman frequently teaches negotiation and mediation related courses at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he also co-leads an annual seminar for international judges and lawyers entitled “Envisioning, Designing and Implementing Court ADR.” In addition, Mr. Herman has developed numerous ADR training courses for lawyers and judges throughout the United States, principally through the Federal Judicial Center and the American Bar Association. Internationally, he has taught courses for judges and lawyers in Germany, India, Jordan, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Thailand as a part of those countries’ ongoing civil law reform efforts. He also frequently hosts delegations of lawyers, judges, and court staff from throughout the world, consulting with them concerning the development of court-annexed ADR systems.
Mr. Herman received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his A.B., with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley.
In 2002, Mr. Herman was an inaugural recipient of the Robert F. Peckham Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution presented by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2011, he was co-recipient of the Mediation Society of San Francisco’s annual Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Mediation. In 2013, he was the inaugural recipient of the Exceptional Service Award presented by the University of California, Hastings College of the Law’s Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.