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JAMS Neutral Hon. Deborah D. Fleck (Ret.) Receives Civic Virtue Award for Dedicated Service

JAMS Neutral recognized with the Civic Virtue Award for dedication and commitment to the justice system

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SEATTLE – JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, today announced that JAMS neutral Hon. Deborah D. Fleck (Ret.) has been named the 2018 recipient of the Center for Civic Education’s Civic Virtue Award. Judge Fleck, who is highly respected for her work ethic, tenacity and commitment to improving the justice system in Washington State, received the award at the state competition of We the People earlier this year.

We congratulate Judge Fleck for receiving this great award. It’s wonderful that Judge Fleck has been able to support and foster civics education locally, nationally and globally.

-Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

The Civic Virtue Award recognizes individuals for their dedicated service in supporting civics education throughout the United States, as well as in emerging democracies. Judge Fleck judged Center for Civic Education competitions at the congressional district, state and national level. She has also previously participated in the international program, Civitas International.

It’s humbling to be presented with the Civic Virtue Award, especially from an organization that has provided me with so many wonderful experiences. The national Center for Civic Education is a powerhouse of remarkable programs that teach the principles of democracy, and I’m happy I’ve been able to judge a variety of competitions over the years.

-Hon. Deborah D. Fleck (Ret.), JAMS Neutral

Judge Fleck joined JAMS in 2014 after serving more than two decades on the King County Superior Court. During her 21 years on the bench, she handled a range of complex civil cases and was highly respected for her work ethic, fairness and intellect. Her leadership on race and justice issues, adequate and stable funding for the trial courts and public education about access to the justice system are some of the highlights of her judicial career. During this time, she served as Chief Judge of the Regional Justice Center and Chief Judge of the Unified Family Court which resulted in the implementation of Early Resolution Case Manager attorneys providing a Family Law Orientation to pro se parties. For Judge Fleck’s full biography, please click here.

About JAMS 
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its more than 350 neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267. More information is available at and you can connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About the Center for Civic Education
The Center for Civic Education ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy. The Center’s programs are implemented with the assistance of a network of public and private-sector organizations and educational leaders in every state and congressional district in the country and in more than eighty other countries, many of which are emerging and advanced democracies.

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