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Justice Faith Ireland (Ret.) Receives King County Washington Women Lawyers’ 2024 Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year Award

Award recognizes outstanding judges who have fostered or improved the treatment or position of women and other minorities in the legal system

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Seattle – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Justice Faith Ireland (Ret.) will be honored with the King County Washington Women Lawyers’ 2024 Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year Award. Justice Ireland received this award at the organization’s 2024 Judicial Appreciation and Honors Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle on June 12.

Presented annually, this award recognizes judges for their extended commitment to fostering and improving the treatment of women and other minorities in the legal system. Washington Women Lawyers (WWL) is Washington's largest organization dedicated to furthering the full integration of women in the legal profession and promoting equal rights and opportunities for women. Through the combined resources of a statewide organization and a network of local chapters, the organization offers programming and support for women lawyers throughout the state.

The award’s namesake, Judge Betty Fletcher, was the first woman to become a partner at a major Pacific Northwest law firm and the third woman to be appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Justice Ireland has built a significant reputation for working to improve the treatment of women and other minority groups in the legal system and is a well-known figure in the Washington legal community. JAMS is proud to have her on our panel and congratulates her on this outstanding recognition.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Justice Ireland joined JAMS in 2020 and is highly sought after for her skills in arbitration, mediation and neutral analysis. She is known for her ability to quickly get to the heart of each matter by relating to all parties using empathetic listening skills. Furthermore, Justice Ireland’s 20-plus-year judicial background includes serving as a justice on the Washington State Supreme Court for civil, criminal and constitutional matters, as well as matters relating to the administration of justice in all courts in Washington.

Prior to joining JAMS, Justice Ireland spent nearly 15 years as a neutral, offering services such as mediation, arbitration and appellate neutral analysis. During her tenure as an attorney, her experience included representing insurance carriers, individuals and corporations in tort litigation, business, tax, family law and real estate matters.

Learn more here about the WWL and the Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year Award.

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 450 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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