Judge Donn Kessler (ret.) served as an appellate court judge in Arizona for more than 15 years, starting as a Judge Pro Tempore, then appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 2003, and finally retiring in 2017.  He graduated from the University of Virginia and Yale Law School, then practiced as a Deputy Attorney General in Hawaii and an Assistant Attorney General in Virginia.  He also practiced in a firm in Virginia before moving to Arizona and becoming a shareholder with firms in Arizona.  In addition, Donn served as a staff attorney at the Arizona Supreme Court.  A member of the Inn since before his appointment as an appellate court judge, the Inn in 2017 also honored Donn with its second annual Inn-member TOPs award for his community service in the spirit of the award -- that it Takes One Person to Tackle One Problem to Transform Our Phoenix for the Betterment of All -- specifically Donn's support of female law clerks and attorneys, including many Inn members, for which the Arizona Women Lawyers Association also honored Donn with its Sarah Herring Sorin Award in 2015.  For the past 3 years, Donn has also served as an Adjunct Professor at ASU Law School, teaching mindfulness to law students, another practice he has imparted to many lawyers and judges over the years, a project which he has continued to spearhead, first as a Vice President and now as a member of the Board of Advisors of the newly formed Mindfulness in Law Society.  (Voted Emeritus status in 2018)

Judge Barry C. Schneider (ret.), a founding member of the Inn, served on the Maricopa County Superior Court for 21 years from 1986 to 2007.  From his first assignment in the civil department through his tenure as civil presiding judge, he took an active leadership role in establishing ADR as part of the legal culture in this community.  He was part of the initial pilot project where he conducted hundreds of settlement conferences in all types of civil cases.  That pilot project led to the adoption, first of a local rule, and then a statewide rule of civil procedure requiring mandatory settlement conferences.  He also provided early leadership in the promotion and development of summary jury trials in Maricopa County, leading to the adoption of the highly successful short trial program in Maricopa County.  Judge Schneider published articles in the ABA journal "Litigation" describing his experiences.  While on the bench, Judge Schneider served in the civil department (presiding on 2 occasions), the criminal department, and the family court department (presiding once). Before his appointment to the bench he was an associate at Langerman, Begam, Lewis, Leonard & Marks and then a partner at Rosen & Schneider, Ltd.  Judge Schneider received his B.A. from Harpur College (now Binghamton University) in 1964 and his J.D. from St. John's Universi­ty School of Law in 1968 where he was an editor on the law review.  He was admitted to practice in New York in 1968 and in Arizona in 1972.  He is now the principal at Schneider Mediation, where he offers his expertise as a mediator, arbitrator, special discovery master, and consultant.  (Emeritus status conferred in 2009 - formally voted in 2019).