January 23, 2018
SEATTLE – JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, is proud to announce that Hon. William L. Downing (Ret.) was awarded the 2018 Flame of Democracy Award. The award recognizes significant contributions made to the public’s understanding of the law, democracy and the legal system. It has been awarded periodically since its inception in 2002.
Judge Downing is the ninth recipient of the Flame of Democracy Award. He was recognized for his long service to the community as well as his devotion to youth in government. He has been an integral part of the YMCA Mock Trial, coordinating yearly competitions for high school students and writing many of the cases that students argued.
“This is a terrific acknowledgement of Judge Downing’s commitment and dedication to his community,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We’re so proud of all the work he has done and thrilled to see him receive this recognition.”
Judge Downing joined JAMS in 2017 after nearly 30 years as a King County Superior Court judge where he concentrated almost exclusively on civil litigation of all types. He has established a reputation as being hard-working and even-handed, as well as someone with keen insights into the perspectives of the litigants, the attorneys and the jury’s likely view of a case.
The mission of the Council on Public Legal Education is to promote public understanding of the law and civic rights and responsibilities. The Council pursues this mission by conducting, coordinating, encouraging and publicizing public legal education efforts in Washington State.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its nearly 350 neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.