Kimberlee Kovach

Kimberlee Kovach has been a leader and visionary in the modern mediation and alternative dispute resolution movement for over thirty-five years.   She is a leading teacher, trainer, scholar and practitioner in the field of mediation and other dispute resolution processes. Kovach was a founding officer and served as Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. She also served as Chair of the ADR Sections of both the Texas and Houston Bar Associations.

Professor Kovach created and conducted the first mediation training in the state of Texas, and has continued to teach and train mediators around the globe. She has taught a variety of ADR courses in legal education for nearly twenty-five years, and was a leader in the creation of mediation clinics. She authored the first widely adopted mediation text book as well as Mediation In A Nutshell (3rd ed. 2014). Kovach has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of ADR related topics, several of which are cited by scholars, courts and practitioners. Kovach was the first recipient of the Evans Award for contributions to ADR in Texas. She was also awarded the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award by the Southern California Mediation Association and was recently honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Academy of Mediators in recognition of her long time work in the field of mediation and ADR.

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