Judge Lewis retired in 1999 and brings over 20 years experience as a general trial judge in Sacramento, California. His assignments included presiding judge of the appellate department, full-time civil law and motion calendars and full-time civil settlement conferences. His devotion to Alternative Dispute Resolution is widely recognized. He was named Judge of the Year by the Sacramento Consumer Attorneys for his devotion to settlement conferences. The Judge was then selected as Peacemaker of the Year in 1999 by a consortium of seven organizations that promote ADR. He produced Saturday seminars on facilitative mediation techniques for Sacramento's pro tem settlement judges. He has completed the following mediation courses: Mediator Communication Skills (Tony Roffers, Ph.D.), Advanced Settlement Techniques (John B. Bates, Jr. of Jams/Endispute), Advanced Mediation Techniques and the Master's Forum (Pepperdine University) and Litigation Risk Analysis (Mark Victor). He completed, and has served as faculty assistant for, the Civil Mediation Course (National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno). Additionally, he has been a panelist for the Master's Forum (Pepperdine U.) and for the Retired Judge's Conference of the California Judges Association.