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In his latest News-Gazette column, “Beneath the robes are real people,” Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.) expresses the importance of seeing jurists as people.

“Beneath the robes are real people who care about other people,” he said.

A story about John Roberts, chief justice of the United States, served as inspiration for the column.

As a law student, Roberts was interning at an Indianapolis-based firm one summer. A partner for the firm left town and, during his leave, Roberts made himself comfortable by propping his feet on the partner’s desk. Moments later, he was startled when the partner walked in. Even the future chief justice was once a typical law student making mistakes and learning along the way.

“I wanted to take a break from the more substantive topics and do a little light-hearted reminiscing about some experiences that personalize people in the judiciary,” Judge Bernthal said. “Hopefully these stories remind citizens that judges and other leaders are fellow human beings trying to do a demanding task.”

To read the entire article published January 7th, 2017, click here.

“I joined ADR Systems as a neutral over a year ago because ADR Systems impressed me as an organization that remains close to the human element of dispute resolution to ensure a positive client experience,” he said. “The company champions the human elements involved in dispute resolution while keeping in tune with the pulse of the community and the industry. By doing so, ADR Systems separates itself from its competitors.”

Judge Bernthal served 21 years as a federal magistrate judge in the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Those who practiced before him have praised his skills as a jurist, describing him as both a learned scholar and efficient administrator. Judge Bernthal’s proven legal knowledge and keen understanding of negotiation are critical assets in both mediation and arbitration. In addition to Judge Bernthal’s work as a mediator and arbitrator, he also publishes a monthly column in the News-Gazette.

For Judge Bernthal’s full bio, click here.

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ADR Systems, It’s Settled.®

I think I speak for everyone when I say that we could not have settled this case without the tremendous efforts of Judge Brown. He was so kind to my clients and he really helped them through this difficult process.  His thoughtful approach and his incredible tenacity really made the difference in this case. We were very lucky to have him as our mediator and we look forward to working with Judge Brown again very soon.

Adria East Mossing, PartnerMossing & Navarre, LLC