Howard Herman is Director of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, where he has worked since 1997. He previously served as Director of ADR Programs for Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez, California, and as co-director of what was then known as the Office of Settlement Conference Attorneys of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (now known as the Ninth Circuit Mediation Program).
Professor Herman both mediates cases and has primary responsibility for training and supervising the hundreds of lawyers who serve as volunteer neutrals on the court’s ADR panels. He serves as the lead trainer for the court’s mediation and ENE trainings, and he oversees a variety of continuing education programs for the neutrals who serve, including the development and leadership of innovative on-going practice groups for the court's mediators and settlement conference judges. Mr. Herman also teaches negotiation and mediation courses at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and he has developed numerous ADR training courses for lawyers and judges throughout the United States and in Germany, Guam, India, Jordan, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Thailand.
Professor Herman has been actively involved in the leadership of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution for many years, and is the immediate past Chair of the Section. He previously practiced as a civil litigator with the firms of Graham & James and Kindel & Anderson in San Francisco. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his A.B., with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley.
In 2002, Professor Herman was an inaugural recipient of the Robert F. Peckham Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution presented by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2011, he was co-recipient of the Mediation Society of San Francisco’s annual Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Mediation. In 2013, he was the inaugural recipient of the Exceptional Service Award presented by the University of California, Hastings College of the Law's Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.