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Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee


WE STRIVE FOR DIVERSITY IN THE ADR PROFESSION

The Diversity Committee is made up of Alternative Dispute Resolution neutrals from around the world, which includes persons of color, women, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender persons and persons with impairments or disabilities. Our goal is to strive for diversity within the Dispute Resolution Profession and to have it mirror the diversity of our society. The ability of our Profession to facilitate justice and mediate effectively calls for diversity within our Profession that fairly represents the population that we serve. We have a long way to go before we can achieve our objective of a diverse Profession. However, diversity will never be achieved if we do not lead the way.

Minorities in Dispute Resolution Directory

(MIDR – minorities, lawyers with disabilities and/or LGBTQ lawyers) The Section has created a minorities in dispute resolution directory to increase the opportunity of our diverse membership to be selected as a neutral, whether as an arbitrator, mediator or other neutral capacity. The directory is a searchable pdf document and includes names, contact information, specific practice areas, type of practice, geographic location and demographic information. The Directory includes 74 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution members who responded to the survey sent out in January 2015, who self-identify as minorities, lawyers with disabilities, and/or LGBTQ lawyers. View the members listed in the MIDR Directory here.


Goals and Activities



The Committee aims to improve the employment opportunities for ADR professionals of color, women, persons of any sexual orientation and religion, and persons with impairments and/or disabilities, by raising awareness of diversity in the ADR field and exploring proactive solutions to eliminating employment barriers these ADR professionals encounter. See the Resources and Links on the right side of this page for helpful documents and resources.

The committee enhances awareness of diversity in the ADR field and barriers will be developed through presentations and networking with organizations inside and outside of the ABA with compatible diversity objectives and with the other ABA Sections.

The committee sponsors networking and social events at the Section and Annual Meetings and co-sponsor programs with diverse organizations involving ADR professionals of color, women, persons of any sexual orientation and religion, and persons with impairments and/or disabilities. For those attending the Section's Spring Conference, there are numerous networking events, including dine-arounds open to all attendees that offer an informal opportunity to network with your peers.

The committee aims to Increase participation of ADR professionals of color, women, persons of any sexual orientation and religion, and persons with impairments and/or disabilities to encourage those identified to join and to take an active role in the Section, including participation in the Section's programs, so that they can have the opportunity to advance to leadership positions. The Section of Dispute Resolution Diversity Plan offers specific measures and goals for Section diversity efforts.

The committee explores leadership mentoring opportunities with DR Section Leadership for ADR professionals of color, women, persons of any sexual orientation and religion, and persons with impairments and/or disabilities with mentoring to take on leadership roles at both the committee and section levels.

The committee stresses the importance of diversity and recognizes contributions by ADR professionals of color, women, persons of any sexual orientation and religion, and persons with impairments and/or disabilities by having diverse panels in all Section programming and diverse participation in all Section publications, including regular reports on achievements in the diversity area in the Section's publications.

The committee encourages DR and ABA publication, newsletter and webpage articles and faculty presentations by Diversity Committee members, diverse ADR professionals and those interested in diversity.


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    Leadership

    Co-Chair:

    Sharma, Jaya

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    Programs, Meetings and Events

    Section Events

      Getting the Winning Edge For Your Client: ADR in Sports

      05/02/2017-05/02/2017

      Getting the Winning Edge For Your Client: ADR in Sports

      When Participants Are a Handful

      05/09/2017-05/09/2017

      Program Description : Mediation participantsincluding lawyers as well as their clientssometimes act out in unproductive or disruptive ways. How can amediator effectively handle such challenges? A panel of mediators will discuss the kinds of problems that can arise and offer advice from experience. ...

      Class Action Waivers and Arbitration Agreements

      05/11/2017-05/11/2017

      The use of class and collective action waivers in employment arbitration agreements has grown substantially in the last few years and has generated controversy. Opinions such as Concepcion have issued from the Supreme Court, and it has agreed to review conflicting circuit court decisions on the issue ...


    Articles and Resources


    Diversity Links

    Modified by Gina Brown on September 13, 2016

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