For 31 years, I’ve had the privilege of knowing the Hon. H. Warren Knight. After retiring from the bench in 1979, Judge Knight began what was to become JAMS–at the time, a one-man operation. His unwavering vision, enthusiasm and commitment to mediation and arbitration through the years have made private ADR a popular option in many civil cases. Judge Knight passed away last month at the age of 83. He was a mentor to not only me, but to countless others in the legal industry.
It’s hard to imagine, but before Judge Knight, private ADR was rarely considered as a remedy to settle disputes. Instead, cases would wind their way through a clogged judiciary system with resolution typically years away. Because of his hard work, congenial spirit and remarkable dedication, ADR soon became what it is today: a cost effective, efficient means to resolve disputes.
A moving tribute to Judge Knight appears on the JAMS website. Take a moment to read about the man, his life and the wonderful legacy he leaves behind. We will miss him.