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I read with sadness the articlein Friday’s Recorderabout my friend and colleague Winslow Christian passing away. I and many others worked with Winslow for many years at the American Arbitration Association. Winslow was an incredibly accomplished lawyer, jurist and arbitrator, who nonetheless always had time for laughter and a kind word. He was an extremely committed arbitrator, adviser and client of the American Arbitration Association for many, many years, both while he was director of litigation for the Bank of America and after he retired from there and became a full-time neutral arbitrator with the AAA. He was, I believe, the first to put an arbitration provision into a deposit agreement, and by doing so, was a catalyst for a monumental transformation of the arbitration business. Prior to that, arbitration provisions did not appear much in adhesive financial services agreements, or any other adhesive business agreement for that matter. People today may disagree about the efficacy of that change, but none would disagree that it was an industry-changing innovation. He was the driving force behind the creation of the AAA’s Large Complex Case Panel, which was one of the early pre-cursors to the professionalization of the ADR industry and an innovation that significantly raised the quality and reliability of arbitration as an adjudicative process. He also had a big impact on the administration of arbitration cases, lending his years of experience to the AAA’s efforts to streamline the process. Winslow’s intellect, energy and wit will be missed by many. Stephen P. Van Liere San Francisco Van Liere was the director of development for AAA from 1984 to 1989 and its regional vice president from 1994 to 2000. You can send Letters to the Editor to The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; by fax at (415) 749-5549; or at [email protected].

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