Hands of Peace receives 13th Annual Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award
Irvine, Calif. – The JAMS Foundation is pleased to present the 13th Annual Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award to Hands of Peace, along with a $25,000 grant. The award recognizes Hands of Peace’s ongoing work to empower American, Israeli and Palestinian youth to become agents of change in their communities. The award will be presented virtually by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution on April 16 as part of the 2021 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference.
Created in memory of the founder of JAMS, H. Warren Knight, the Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award and grant recognizes the work of extraordinary individuals and organizations in advancing collaborative forms of dispute resolution and peaceful resolution of conflict.
Hands of Peace is an interfaith, nonprofit organization that brings together American, Israeli and Palestinian youth for educational programs that feature intensive dialogue and interaction to build trust, understanding and a commitment to peace through shared humanity. By creating a space where empathy and compassion can flourish, Hands of Peace works to build a network of young advocates with the critical thinking, conflict resolution and peacebuilding skills needed to ignite social change.
“We honor the incredibly important work Hands of Peace is undertaking in providing the next generation of leaders with the skills needed to create a more tolerant and peaceful world,” said David Brandon, managing director of the JAMS Foundation.
“Our work is to help youth understand their individual and collective power to build peaceful communities through dialogue, education and action. We are grateful for the JAMS Foundation’s support as we continue this work with an eye toward sustainable global change,” said Scott Rasmussen, executive director of Hands of Peace.
Hon. H. Warren Knight (Ret.) was the founder of JAMS, which he created in January 1979. Judge Knight was considered a pioneer in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and legal communities. He was instrumental in introducing and furthering ADR, including mediation and arbitration, within the legal community in California and throughout the United States.
About the JAMS Foundation
The nonprofit JAMS Foundation was established in 2002 by JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. The mission of the JAMS Foundation is to provide financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact and to share its dispute resolution expertise for the benefit of the public interest.
The Foundation is funded entirely by contributions from JAMS neutrals, executives and associates, and by a substantial annual donation from JAMS itself. To uphold the company’s core value of neutrality, the Foundation accepts no donations outside of JAMS. The Foundation is currently comprised of 300 principal benefactors and has provided more than $10 million in grant funding since its inception.
About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.
With a roster of nearly 400 neutrals and 28 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS also offers remote dispute resolution through videoconference and other platforms. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person or virtual hearings.