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<xTITLE>Jim Melamed Selected For First APFM Outstanding Mediator Award</xTITLE>

Jim Melamed Selected For First APFM Outstanding Mediator Award

by Michael Aurit, Jim Melamed
October 2018 Michael Aurit Presents Award to Jim Melamed
After a nominations process open to all Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) members, Jim Melamed, CEO, was selected to receive APFM's first "APFM Outstanding Professional Family Mediator Award." The award was presented to Jim at the recent 2018 APFM Conference in San Diego.

According to APFM President-elect Michael Aurit, "APFM believes in the importance of honoring those leaders in the family mediation field whose work continues to significantly impact the field. Jim's contribution to the field embodies the spirit of this award. Jim's pioneering work as a divorce mediator, decades of training family mediators, innovative work as CEO of, and ongoing support of APFM calls for recognition and celebration."

The following is APFM's official description of the Outstanding Mediator award:

“The APFM Outstanding Professional Family Mediator Award is presented annually to a professional family mediator who is a leader and innovator in the family mediation field and whose imaginative ideas and approaches to mediation, dispute resolution system design, and/or public awareness, advance the practice of family mediation. The recipient has developed unique concepts or techniques that have addressed challenges in mediation, or improved the quality of family mediation services. The recipient demonstrates excellence in professional family mediation and outstanding personal qualities that mirror the highest level of professional standards, including integrity, trustworthiness, and genuinely caring for others."

Jim's articles are available HERE.

The APFM Website is HERE.


Michael Aurit, Esq., MDR, is a nationally recognized professional divorce and family mediator, attorney, and Co-Founder of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Michael serves on the Board of Directors for The Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) and is currently APFM President-elect. Michael also serves as Ethics Chair of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators and is a professor of divorce and family mediation at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. Michael is also a former American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Fellow.
Michael is a contributor to The Huffington Post, NBC News and ABC News in Phoenix and as an expert on divorce mediation and healthy co-parenting approaches.
Michael holds his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from The Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Boston Conservatory of Music.
Michael and his wife, Karen Aurit, Co-Founder of The Aurit Center, live in Phoenix, Arizona with their daughters Daniella and Eliana.

Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 and has served as CEO of ever since. received the American Bar Association's 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award.

Before, Jim founded The Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1983 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) from 1987 to 1993. Jim was also the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association (1985-86).

Jim's undergraduate degree is in in psychology from Stanford University and his law degree is from the University of Oregon.

Jim has received the following awards: The Oregon Mediation Association's 2003 Award for Excellence; The Oregon State Bar's 2006 Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence; The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2007 John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; The 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) "Getting To Yes" Award; and The APFM's first APFM Outstanding Mediator Award (2018).