The National Arbitration Forum presented the organization's inaugural Civil Justice Award to the Hon. Harold Kalina, for whom the award will be named, on December 1.
Upon presenting the award, Roger Haydock, managing director of the National Arbitration Forum, said, "Judge Kalina has ennobled and improved dispute resolution and civil justice during his distinguished career as a district court judge, a Minnesota state senator, practicing attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and all-around dispute resolution professional."
Judge Kalina began his career at Scholle, Schweiger & Kalina in Minneapolis where he practiced law from 1954 to 1972 and was a partner. He served as a Minnesota state senator for four terms from 1955 to 1971 and as an assistant minority leader for the Senate from 1971 to 1972.
In 1972, he began his term as judge of the Hennepin County District Court, Fourth Judicial District, Minnesota. In 1981, Judge Kalina became chief judge of the Fourth Judicial District. He was partner at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis from 1983 to 1990. He then returned to the bench as a Fourth Judicial District Court judge from 1990 to 1995.
In 1995, he began serving Minnesota courts as a retired judge and was approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court as an arbitrator and neutral mediator practicing in all alternative dispute resolution areas. In 2001, Judge Kalina joined the National Arbitration Forum panel of arbitrators and mediators and began hearing and deciding cases over disputed domain names.