Blogger of the Month: Magistrate Michael S. King
On the occasion of his recognition for the LEADR awards conflict resolution prize, we've chosen Magistrate Michael S. King as our blogger of the month. Congratulations!
Here is his Cutting Edge Law profile.
And here is his blog:
LEADR awards conflict resolution prize to Magistrate Dr Michael King
LEADR has chosen Dr Michael King, Magistrate for the East Kimberley, Western Australia, as recipient of the 2011 LEADR Michael Klug Award in recognition of his work in non-adversarial justice.
“Dr King’s sustained and independent commitment to his ideals of non-adversarial justice has brought the concepts and practice of peaceful dispute resolution to people from all walks of life,” said Margaret Halsmith, LEADR Chair.
“The LEADR Board particularly admires Dr King's work directly with people as a magistrate and in the Drug Court of WA and his academic work which has seen him widely published.”
Dr King has worked as a magistrate in the East Kimberley since July 2010, and from 2005-2007 in the Drug Court of Western Australia. In his academic role he has been a senior research fellow (for 12 months) and a senior lecturer (for two years) at Monash University. He maintains his connection with the Law Faculty as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer. He has published extensively in Australian and overseas journals and via his blog on therapeutic jurisprudence, he reaches legal and ADR practitioners worldwide.
The LEADR Michael Klug Award is presented annually by the LEADR Board to a person or persons who have in the previous 12 months contributed to the peaceful resolution of conflict in the best interests of the community.
In choosing Dr King for the 2011 Award, the Board acknowledges his continuing dedication to providing practical guidance toward peaceful interactions to a wide cross-section of people.
“Your commitment has brought the theory and practice of solution-focused, therapeutic and restorative approaches to many people who would otherwise view difference through an adversarial lens,” said Ms Halsmith.
“This is having beneficial and far-reaching impacts on many communities throughout Australia including those in the Kimberley region which are troubled by the issues of isolation, poverty, underemployment, marginalization and violence.”
Before serving as the Perth Drug Court magistrate, Dr King worked as Geraldton magistrate between 2001 and 2005 where he was involved in developing three therapeutic jurisprudence court programs.
He is recognised internationally as an expert in therapeutic jurisprudence; his articles on legal practice, judging, problem-solving courts, therapeutic jurisprudence, offender rehabilitation, restorative justice, meditation, criminology and natural law have been published in peer reviewed journals in Australia, US and Europe.
He is the main author of Non-Adversarial Justice published in 2009 which outlines the key aspects of this growing trend within the legal systems in Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and other countries.
In 2009, Dr King also authored a bench book on solution-focused judging for the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (in 2009) which is used by Australian and international judicial officers. Currently he maintains the Australasian Therapeutic Jurisprudence Clearinghouse as well as his blog on therapeutic jurisprudence published on the Cutting-Edge Law website.
With Professor David Wexler, Dr King has recently contributed a chapter on therapeutic jurisprudence, judging and rehabilitation to a publication on court drug programs to be published by the Organisation of American States. He is also a member of a committee of the National Judicial College of Australia that has developed a training program on solution-focused judging to be delivered for the first time in May 2011.
Dr King was on the organising committee of the non-adversarial justice conference in Melbourne in 2010 at which leading Australian and international thinkers and practitioners of the different modes of non-adversarial justice spoke. Along with Professors Arie Freiberg and Greg Reinhardt he is editing a special issue of Monash University Law Review containing select papers from that conference.
Michael Klug will present the Award to Dr King in Perth during Law Week on 20 May where he will talk about the principles underpinning his work and the future for justice through non-adversarial means.
The LEADR Michael Klug Award
The LEADR Michael Klug Award was inaugurated in 2010 through the generosity of Michael Klug, a managing partner in Clayton Utz and LEADR’s Founding Vice-Chair. As well as being Vice Chair from 1989 until 1995, Michael Klug was Chair in 1996 and a Director for nine and a half years during the period 1989-2001. He is committed to lawyers embracing ADR and to the development of negotiation skills.