Yarn Receives State Award for Contributions in Dispute Resolution
Douglas Hurt Yarn, professor of law and executive director of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution was awarded the 2016 Chief Justice Harold C. Clarke Award by the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution and the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Georgia in recognition of his contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution in Georgia.
“People in ADR serve because they love what they do and believe in the importance of resolving disputes constructively,” Yarn said. “None of us expect an award or honor from this work, but I am touched and gratified that my colleagues in the field see fit to recognize me.
“Although gentle and unassuming, Justice Harold Clarke advocated relentlessly to improve access to justice and enhance civility within the bar,” Yarn said. “He inspired and encouraged me and so many of us. It is deeply humbling to receive an award named for such a role model.”
Bonnie Powell (J.D.’99) and Shinji Morokuma (J.D.’98) presented the award to Yarn at the State Bar of Georgia.
“Doug Yarn is one of the ‘founding parents,’ of dispute resolution in Georgia,” Morokuma said. “His impact on the growth of the field inside and outside the legal community is impossible to measure.”
Morokuma, the program director for the Office of Court Professionals in the Judicial Council of Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts, said the two years he worked as Yarn’s GRA in law school were incredibly rewarding.
“Without his mentorship, I wouldn’t have finished law school and found a career I love,” he said.
The Clarke Award was created in 2013 to honor the memory of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold C. Clarke, who led the Supreme Court and the State Bar of Georgia in creating a system that helped courts manage heavy dockets and offered litigants productive ways to resolve their legal disputes outside of litigation.