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Hon. Risë Jones Pichon (Ret.) Receives President’s Award from the California Judges Association

Hon. Risë Jones Pichon (Ret.) Receives President’s Award from the California Judges Association

Judge Pichon presented with the California Judges Association’s highest honor

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Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Risë Jones Pichon (Ret.) has been honored with the President’s Award by the California Judges Association (CJA).

The President’s Award is the CJA’s highest honor and is given to an individual who has selflessly provided time and counsel to aid the CJA’s president to advance the goals of the association. Each year, an individual is selected for his or her exceptional commitment to furthering the association’s mission of promoting judicial excellence and achieving fair, impartial and equal justice for all through education, ethics, inclusivity, outreach and advocacy.

Judge Pichon is highly respected and known for being humble, kind and one to never shy away from a challenge. She is always going above and beyond to help others and support the legal community. We congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition for her commitment to the California Judges Association.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

Throughout Judge Pichon’s 35-plus-year career, she has triumphed over adversity, navigating the obstacles of racism and discrimination to excel as a leading judge in California. She served as a superior court judge for Santa Clara County for more than 20 years and was elected in 2015 as the county’s first minority presiding superior court judge.

Judge Pichon joined JAMS in 2019 and is known for her aptitude for resolving complex estate and probate disputes, drawing from her experience presiding over Santa Clara County’s probate calendars. As a mediator and arbitrator, she serves to resolve estate, probate and trust disputes in addition to those spanning other areas, including employment, family law, higher education, business and commercial, and personal injury.

To learn more about Judge Pichon and to see her being honored with this award, please visit the JAMS website.

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 over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS also offers remote dispute resolution through videoconferencing and other platforms. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person or virtual hearings.

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