Salem is executive director of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and served as an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School where he taught mediation for ten years. He formerly served as director and mediator for Rock County, WI Mediation and Family Court Services. He is a former president of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators, co-editor (with Jay Folberg and Ann Milne) of Divorce Mediation: Models Techniques and Applications, and author of numerous journal articles about mediation, domestic violence, parent education and family law. He also has written and produced several videotapes
Salem’s recent work has revolved around spearheading organizational collaborations to create reform in family law and dispute resolution processes and systems to benefit children and families. Specifically, he spearheaded (with Billie Lee Dunford-Jackson), a North American collaboration between family court professionals, researchers and domestic violence professionals. He co-chaired the Family Law Education Reform Project (with Andrew Schepard), a national project promoting the incorporation of ADR and skills building into the family law curriculum. He also directed a project implementing triage systems in Connecticut’s family courts (project recognized as a finalist in Kennedy School’s Innovations in American Government Awards). Salem also chaired Wisconsin Association of Mediators Emerging Issues in Mediation Conference (1992-2002) a top regional mediation conference.
John Haynes, for whom the award is named, was a pioneer in the field of family mediation, a respected author and practitioner, an international trainer, and the first president of the Academy of Family Mediators.