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Hon. Judge Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.) Receives Distinguished Jurist Award

Hon. Judge Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.) Receives Distinguished Jurist Award

Presented by the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law, award recognizes individuals for their outstanding service to the legal profession

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Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Judge Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.) will receive the Distinguished Jurist Award from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law.

Presented annually, the Distinguished Jurist Award recognizes University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law alumni who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the legal profession. Contributions can include undertaking a specific civic or community project that brings honor to the profession or encourages creative ways to deal with specific identified issues involved in the administration of justice in their local community, state or nation. Nominees are required to demonstrate a high standard of ethical conduct, fairness in all court proceedings and a consistent understanding of and appreciation for the art of trial patience.

Throughout her career, Judge Westerfield has been at the forefront of the alternative dispute resolution space and has served as an example for her fellow mediators. We are deeply grateful for her service as a JAMS panelist for the past three decades and congratulate her on this much-deserved award.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

A full-time JAMS neutral since 1992, Judge Westerfield has settled and arbitrated thousands of domestic cases and cross-border disputes throughout the United States. She is known for her tenacious, efficient and fair approach to ADR.

Judge Westerfield has regularly been featured on the National Mediators list by Chambers USA, and her extensive experience includes complex, multi-party, multi-issue cases with underlying insurance coverage disputes. She is particularly adept at dealing with matters that involve cross-cultural dynamics and high emotional content, such as business dissolutions, catastrophic personal injury litigation and family estate matters.

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 in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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