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In Memoriam: Robert “Bob” Berlin (video)

Robert Allen “Bob” Berlin, passed away on November 22, 2023, at the age of 84 in Macon, Georgia.

Born to the late Harold Chester and Betty Jaffe Berlin on September 4, 1939, in Passaic, New Jersey.Bob began his higher education journey early, enrolling at Vanderbilt University at just 15 years old. Bob’s exceptional intellect led him down an illustrious path within the legal realm. He graduated to become a respected attorney and eventually a senior partner at the law firm of Berlin and Hodges, P.C. His integrity and wisdom were recognized when he ascended to the role of Municipal Court Judge, a position he held with honor for 25 years, along with serving as a pro hac Judge in three other courts. From 1973 to 1974, he represented Middle Georgia District 86 in the State House of Representatives.

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Alongside his legal career, Bob served as a Navy Reserve JAG officer. His caring and thoughtful nature also led him to support others as a marriage and family counselor.  Bob’s knack for guiding others through conflict was unrivaled. Becoming a leader in Alternative Dispute Resolution training and services. His mediation training course had become internationally recognized and revered, attracting students from around the world.

Bob was an enthusiastic teacher, trainer, and presenter, roles he embraced at various institutions including Wesleyan College, Georgia College, Macon State College, Middle Georgia College, Georgia Military College, Central Georgia Technical College, and Herzing College, as well as Mercer University and its School of Law.

Outside the courtroom and classroom, Bob was actively engaged in his community and a man of many passions. As a testament to his playful spirit, he went to Clown school and became Bobbo the Clown, spreading laughter and joy wherever he went. His commitment to young people shone through as he served as a foster parent, Boy Scout Leader, and Sunday School Teacher.

Bob’s spiritual journey also included being among the founders of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Macon. He exercised this cooperative spirit in all areas of his life, showing an openness and respect for various beliefs and ideologies.

Bob Berlin’s legacy is one of profound service, compassion, and joy. Whether it was through his professional achievements or the laughter he incited as Bobbo the Clown, his impact on the world was immeasurable and his memory will be held in high esteem by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Katherine Long Berlin. He is survived by his son, Robert Allen “Rab” Berlin, Jr. ; daughters, Sarah Ellen Berlin, and Alana Katherine Berlin; grandchildren, Brandon Allen Berlin (Paisley), Brittany Ann Berlin, and Brooke Ansley Berlin; great grandson, Boden Clay Berlin; brother, Burgess Lee Berlin, of Union, New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.


Bob Berlin

Robert A. "Bob" Berlin, J.D.    President, The New Decision Management Associates, Inc. has primary responsibility for Mediation, Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. Bob has experience in handling ADR cases numbering in excess of 4000 civil and family law mediations since 1968. As a registered arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator… MORE >


James Melamed, J.D.

Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 along with John Helie and served as CEO of through June 2020 (25 years).  Jim is currently Board Chair and General Counsel for Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. (RIS), home to,, and other leading dispute resolution sites. During Jim's 25-year tenure,… MORE >

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