Hon. Robert A. Schnider (Ret.) was elected a Commissioner of the LA Superior court in 1981 and was appointed Judge in 2002, serving in the Family law Department. He retired from the bench in 2008 and now works as a private neutral through ARC. Judge Schnider has lectured and taught extensively to both lawyers and judicial officers and has received several awards including Judicial Officer of the Year Award in 1997 from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California, the ACFLS Special Recognition Award in 2008 and the Outstanding Jurist Award in 2000 from the LA County Bar Association.