Judge Jim Ames, Volunteer Mediator for DRS North Texas, Receives National Award

June 10, 2016

Ames Jim NAFCM headshot resized(Fort Worth, Texas)… Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas has learned that the National Association for Community Mediation’s (NAFCM) nomination committee named Judge Jim Ames the winner of the Second Quarter of 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Award.

DRS North Texas Inc. nominated Judge Ames for the award in hopes that he would receive the national recognition merited by his commitment to serving Tarrant County’s communities through volunteerism.

A U.S. Air Force veteran and graduate of Baylor University, Judge Ames has been a practicing attorney since 1976 and a mediator since 1991. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association and the Family Law Bar Association. He has served as a past judge of the Hurst Euless Bedford Teen Court and additionally has served on several organizations’ board of directors including the board for DRS North Texas.

“Judge Ames has a natural talent for thinking of creative options for resolution, especially with obstinate parties,” stated Volunteer Coordinator Linda Bass, ”This is a talent one could only wish could be harvested and perhaps passed on to other mediators.”

His volunteer work as a Level II Mediator for DRS North Texas has contributed greatly to the overall success of the agency’s Level II Mediation Program. Level II mediation is similar to Level I mediation. The difference between the types is that in a Level II mediation parties select one volunteer to act as the mediator instead of having co-mediators assigned by staff. According to the organization, Judge Ames’ active participation in the program has helped increase referrals for Level II mediation.

DRS North Texas has as a fleet of skilled professional mediators at several levels. The national recognition is welcomed by the agency.  “Deciding on a volunteer to nominate was arduous,” said staff,  “But in the end, it was Judge Ames’ persistence, capacity to bring disputing parties to a resolution, and ability to manage the tempo and direction of the mediation process that led to his nomination.”

A recap of Judge Jim Ames receiving the “Outstanding Volunteer Award” is available at http://www.nafcm.org/news/292455/Judge-Jim-Ames-Named-NAFCM-Outstanding-Volunteer.htm

Serving Tarrant County and surrounding areas, Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas Inc. is a non-profit community dispute resolution organization of professional volunteer mediators who provide affordable mediation services and teach mediation and dispute and conflict resolution, an effective alternative to litigation. For more, visit drsnorthtexas.org.