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Alice Shorett Receives Association for Conflict Resolution’s Sharon M. Pickett Award


Alice Shorett has been awarded the Sharon M. Pickett Award by the Association for Conflict Resolution. Shorett was presented the award for having advanced the cause of environmental protection through the effective use of alternative dispute resolution.


Shorett has provided mediation and facilitation services throughout the United States and Canada for more than 30 years. She founded Triangle Associates, a public policy dispute resolution firm, in Seattle in 1979 and is a pioneer in the field of environmental and public policy mediation. Her early work included the successful negotiation of the Snohomish River Basin Agreement – the first case in which environmental mediation principles were applied in the United States


Shorett coauthored Negotiating Settlements, a Guide to Environmental Mediation (American Arbitration Association). She is featured in Public Dispute Mediators: Profiles of 15 Distinguished Careers (Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation). She is on the national conflict resolution rosters for the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, and is on state mediation rosters in Washington and Oregon. She also belongs to the Native Dispute Resolution Network administered by the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and Dispute Resolution section of the American Bar Association.


In presenting the award, ACR Board member Lou Gieszl said, “Perhaps most noteworthy, Alice has a proven track record of taking complex litigated cases and using joint education, rebuilding relationships, and creating net environmental gains. The legacy of her work extends beyond conflict resolution and into the realm of environmental preservation and restoration.”


The Sharon M. Pickett award was established in honor of Sharon Pickett who served as Editor of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s quarterly magazine ACResolution from 2000 – 2007. In addition to serving as a family mediator and trainer, Pickett worked for many environmental NGOs and was an ardent advocate for environmental issues.

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