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66 Drake L. Rev. Discourse 101 (2016-2017)

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Calkins                                                            12/4/2016 5:59 PM


                 HOW I BECAME A MEDIATOR


                            Richard  M.  Calkins  *

      You  ask, how  did I make   the trek from trial lawyer to mediator, from
advocate  to peacemaker?  What  path did I take that placed me  in the ranks of
recovering trial lawyer? I will tell you, for the journey was long and arduous and
included passing through the hallowed halls of Drake University Law School.
      The journey  began  upon  graduation from  Northwestern  University  Law
School in 1959, where  I was filled with inspiration and hope that on entering the
temple of justice, where truth and justice prevailed, I would thrive. Instead, I found
it was an arena where ultimate fighters engaged in combat, not to uncover truth,
but to win. My accomplishments  in that arena were modest at best, and that perhaps
is an exaggeration of my success. I bankrupted a thriving chicken franchise started
by  two brothers  20 years before  and led a  senior vice president of a major
corporation, whom  I defended, to jail to serve time for violating Section 1 of the
Sherman  Antitrust Act.' He was one of the first individuals to be incarcerated for
a violation of the criminal provisions of that law.
      I did succeed in becoming a partner in the prestigious antitrust law firm of
Chadwell,  Keck, Kayser,  Ruggles and  McLaren,  which  no longer exists, and in
1969, established my own  law firm of Burditt and Calkins, which also no longer
exists. However, my  law firm had  its moments of success and  had grown  to 22
lawyers when  I left to join the faculty of Drake Law School, and continued growing
to 63 lawyers thereafter, which shows you the impact my leaving had.
      I was dean at Drake Law  School from  1980 to 1988 and had  a modicum  of


      * Richard M. Calkins is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northwestern University
Law School. Admitted to bar, 1959, Illinois; 1981, Iowa. From 1959-1961 he served as a law
clerk to Judge Elmer J. Schnackenberg of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1961-1969
he was an associate and partner of the law firm of Chadwell, Keck, Kayser, Ruggles & McLaren.
From 1969-1980, he was a founding partner of the Burditt & Calkins Law Firm. During the
years 1980-1988, he served as dean of the Drake University Law School, and from 1988 to
1993, was a partner in the law firm of Zarley, McKee, Thomte, Voorhees & Sease. In 1993 he
entered the full-time practice of mediation and arbitration.
       Mr. Calkins was president of the American Mock Trial Association from 1984-2004;
President of the Blackstone Inn of Court from 1992-1994; President of the American Academy
of ADR   Attorneys from 1999-2000 and Dean  from 2000-2002; and  president of the
International Academy of Dispute Resolution from 2014-2016. He has completed over 2,000
mediations and arbitrations, and regularly holds classes in mediation training, having taught
over 800 lawyers and 1,000 law and undergraduate students. He is also co-author of the treatise,
Lane and Calkins Mediation Practice Guide.
     1. 15 U.S.C. §1 (2012).


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