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The Honorable Frank Evans (1928 - 2019)
Posted Nov 19 2019 5:08PM

Judge Frank Evans
Judge Frank Evans obituary pic.png 1928 - 2019

Judge Frank Evans, commonly recognized as the “Father of ADR,” passed away on November 9, 2019.  The Honorable Frank G. Evans was honored with a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association Outstanding Credentialed Mediator for 2016, and Texas Association of Mediators Susanne C. Adams Award in 2008.

The obituary in The Austin American Statesmen and Houston Chronicle shares:

"FRANK GARRETTSON EVANS, III, retired Chief Justice of the Texas First Court of (Civil) Appeals passed away peacefully at his home in Bastrop, Texas, on November 9, 2019 at 91 years of age. A man who never met a stranger he didn’t want to get to know better, he always introduced himself simply as “Frank,” before starting an inquisitive line of questions to get to know his... [Read More]

Joe Bontke (1957-2019)
Posted Oct 12 2019 4:42PM

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The alternative dispute resolution (ADR) community bids farewell to one of its special envoys of peace. 

‘Joe Edward Bontke, known lovingly as Pop to his grandchildren, and Santa every Christmas, passed away at his home in the early morning hours of October 9, 2019. () Joe was a lifelong champion of equal rights for the disabled, working extensively as an advocate for promoting the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2002, Joe became the outreach coordinator and ombudsman for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a position where he fought for equal pay for women, immigrant rights, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, race equity, LGBTQ rights, and civility for all. Joe was a civil rights advocate and gifted public speaker. He traveled around Texas and the United States educating employers and human resource professionals on protecting equal rights... [Read More]

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