Center on ADR: Phyllis Bernard, Director


Association of American Law Schools
  • Chair, Section on Dispute Resolution
  • Vice-Chair and Program Chair for Annual Meeting, Section on Dispute Resolution
Member of the ABA Governing Council for:
  • Section on Dispute Resolution
  • Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
  • ABA Africa
ABA Section Liaison for:
  • Administrative Law & Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution & ABA Africa
ABA Offices Held:
  • Long-Range Planning Officer for Dispute Resolution Section
  • Ethics Committee Vice-Chair for Dispute Resolution Section during Ethics 2000 Commission Development of Revisions to Model Rules of Professional Conduct pertaining to ADR
  • Training & Development Vice-Chair for International Committee of Dispute Resolution Section
  • Primary grant-writer and Principal Investigator for $100,000 U.S. State Department
  • Grant to support Nigerian Mediation Exchange on Inter-tribal and Inter-religious
  • Conflict Prevention and Resolution – ABA Dispute Resolution
  • Section & ABA Africa (see report at
  • Honored by ABA for innovative work in developing culture-appropriate ADR systems for Rule of Law Projects in Nigeria, Rwanda and Liberia for ABA Africa
  • Member, Task Force on Confidentiality in Government ADR – ABA Dispute Resolution Section & Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
  • Developed and co-edited the first and leading book on Dispute Resolution Ethics: A Comprehensive Guide, published by ABA Dispute Resolution Section (2002)
  • Author, “Administrative Dispute Resolution Act” chapter in first and second editions of  Adjudications under the Federal Administrative Procedure Act, ABA Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice (2003 and 2012)
Administrative Conference of the United States

Author, Empowering the Provider: Using ADR to Resolve Part A Disputes Before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board – Proposal based upon experience as a Member of this federal tribunal which hears appeals of the largest institutional claims under Part A of the Medicare Program; ultimately adopted by the PRRB, now hailed as one of the program’s great successes

National Association of Administrative Law Judges

Fellow, National Association of Administrative Law Judges – honored with their award for her paper on taking aspects of the FIDA village peacemaking model developed in Nigeria and to enhance administrative agency mediations in the United States

Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission

Commissioner hearing appeals of employment actions; assisted in developing the first code of ethics for Commissioners and the ADR process and rules to make negotiation and mediation the primary method to resolve cases filed with the Commission