Recipient Descriptions

2012 Recipients – John C. Fleming & Lonnie Schooler

John C. Fleming

Mr. John Fleming of Austin has been an unsung hero for the ADR Section who has always tracked ADR legislation, testified when necessary on short notice, and provided numerous updates at Continuing Legal Education meetings. Mr. Fleming was the Chair of the Section in 2007, and he recently stepped up again in regard to the new loser-pay legislation.

Mr. Fleming is Of Counsel to Hays & Owens L.L.P., and he practices in the area of banking, mortgage banking, financial services, regulatory and administrative law, commercial litigation, and arbitration. John is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law and a frequent speaker on arbitration, banking and mortgage law topics.

The American Arbitration Association honored him with the 2008 President’s Award for Leadership in Conflict Management in recognition for his work in arbitration, mediation, and education. Mr. Fleming also serves on the Commercial Arbitrator Roster. His articles on ADR have been published in many
professional publications.

Lionel Mark “Lonnie” Schooler

Mr. Lionel M. Schooler of Houston, Texas, has practiced law for over 35 years, and is a partner in the law firm of Jackson Walker, L.L.P. His practice areas include Labor and Employment, Litigation, Appellate, and Construction.

Since 1992, Mr. Schooler has developed extensive experience in arbitration as both an arbitrator and as an advocate. Lonnie is a panelist on the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators for Commercial, Construction, and Employment Cases. He is also a panelist of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has also been selected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Mr. Schooler has been a member of the ADR Section of the State Bar since 1998, and he was on the Steering Committee and a presenter at the first State Bar of Texas seminar devoted solely to arbitration in 1998 in Dallas and Houston. He has also provided ethics training for arbitrators with the State Bar ADR Section. Lonnie served as a member of the Leadership Council of the Houston Bar Association’s ADR Section (now known as the Dispute Resolution Section) for 2007-2009 and 2010-2011.

Mr. Schooler has been the Editor of Appellate Lawyer, the monthly newsletter of the Houston Bar Association’s Appellate Law Section. He is the author of numerous professional publications. Two of his articles on arbitration won recognition as best legal articles for 1997 and 2001 in The Houston Lawyer.

2011 Recipient – Honorable Josefina M. Rendon

Honorable Josefina M. Rendon

At the ADR Section’s annual meeting in San Antonio on June 23, 2011, Josefina M. Rendón, Judge of the 165th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, received the Justice Frank G. Evans Award, which is presented annually to recognize a recipient’s exceptional efforts in furthering the use or research of alternative dispute resolution methods in Texas.

Judge Rendón earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 and a law degree in 1976, both from the University of Houston. When she graduated from law school, she worked in San Francisco for a year but soon returned to Texas. After practicing law in Houston for several years, she served three years as a commissioner on the City of Houston Civil Service Commission, then began her judicial career in 1983; she has served in some judicial capacity ever since. From 1983 to 1995, she was the judge of Houston’s Municipal Court No. 5, where she presided over cases involving city ordinances and the transportation, penal, and education codes.

After taking her first mediation training in 1993, Judge Rendón started mediating cases, often as a volunteer at the Dispute Resolution Center in Harris County. In 1995, she left her full-time job as a judge and started dedicating most of her time to mediation, but she continued to serve as an associate municipal judge in Houston. From 1995 to 2008, she established a successful mediation practice and mediated over 1,200 cases. During those years, she mediated cases for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Postal Service, Texas Education Agency, and Key Bridge Foundation, among others, in addition to receiving referrals from private parties and their attorneys. In 2008, she was elected judge of the 165th District Court of Harris County. Since 2009, she has presided over that court, where she hears a wide range of civil cases and is a dedicated advocate for ADR processes.

While Judge Rendón developed her mediation practice, she also developed an outstanding record of service to the ADR profession. In addition to speaking to multiple mediation and ADR organizations on a wide range of topics during the entire period of her private mediation practice, she served on the board of directors of the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM) from 1999 to 2007 and was TAM’s president from 2005 to 2006. She also served on the Council of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas, the board of directors of the Houston Bar Association’s ADR Section, and the board of directors of the Houston Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Since 2007, she has served on the board of directors of the Dispute Resolution Center for Harris County. Internationally recognized for her ADR expertise, she has spoken at conferences and conducted facilitated dialogues in Peru, Panama, Venezuela and Ecuador.

2010 Recipient – Cecilia H. Morgan

Cecilia H. Morgan

Cecilia H. Morgan, Esq. is the 2010 recipient of the Justice Frank G. Evans Award for Outstanding Contribution to ADR in the State of Texas. Ms. Morgan received the award at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Fort Worth on June 10. The award was created and dedicated as a living tribute to Justice Frank G. Evans who is considered the founder of the alternative dispute resolution movement in Texas. It is awarded annually to persons who have performed exceptional and outstanding efforts in promoting or furthering the use or research of alternative dispute resolution methods in Texas.

Cecilia is a full time mediator and arbitrator based in the Dallas Jams Resolution Center. She has more than 30 years experience as an attorney and ADR professional and is a respected member of JAMS Employment, Healthcare and Financial Services Practice Groups. Ms. Morgan has also been named one of Texas’ Best Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008. She earned her J. D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1977 and her B.A. from Abilene Christian University in 1974. “I am humbled to be a recipient of the Justice Frank G. Evans Award,” said Ms. Morgan. “It is gratifying to receive this special award and I am happy to have been part of the movement promoting ADR statewide. As the use of ADR evolves in Texas, we will continue to find innovative ways to meet the needs of those seeking efficient, timely and cost-effective resolutions.”

“Cecelia has been our colleague at JAMS for 19 years. We could have not succeeded without her dedication and commitment. Her unselfish training and mentoring of others to establish and sustain this profession is a credit to all of her colleagues. For me, she is the best ‘I can count on you partner.’” says Harlan Martin, JAMS Mediator/Arbitrator in Dallas.