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Section of Dispute Resolution: Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee

Section of Dispute Resolution:
Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee


Who We Are

We are Dispute Resolution professionals committed to ensuring the full scope of opportunities are available to women in the profession. We provide business resources and a supportive community to move ourselves and each other forward.

View the WIDR Member Directory of ADR Practitioners.

Our Goals and Objectives:

  • to assess the status of women in Dispute Resolution professions and academia
  • to identify whether there are barriers that prevent women from full participation in Dispute Resolution professions
  • to determine whether women are considered for--and appointed to--all types, sizes, and complexities of cases
  • to develop positive and proactive initiatives to increase women's participation in the Dispute Resolution professions
  • to interact with women’s networking groups in the bar associations, trade organizations, and other related groups of professionals
  • to mentor women and other underrepresented Dispute Resolution professionals


Women in ADR: Practice Snapshot Survey Report



One of the goals of the WIDR Committee has been to change how neutral selection occurs in disputes, to increase the number of women who serve as neutrals, and to ensure that women and minorities were proportionally represented as neutrals. The first step, before suggesting changes, was to understand the current situation in the world of dispute resolution. In fall 2012, the Section of Dispute Resolution surveyed the lawyers belonging to the section to determine how mediators and arbitrators are selected in legal cases and the types of cases being resolved through the many available dispute resolution processes. Specifically, the survey was designed to examine who is being selected as a neutral, by whom, using what process, and for what types of cases. This report explains the methodology of the survey, the demographics of the respondents and neutrals involved in particular cases, and, most importantly, the information about neutral selection. Read the full report here.


Updates on Meetings & Projects

March 2017 Program - EDiscovery with Allison Skinner

Download Allison Skinner's slides -- look under newsletters and publication on the right side of this page.

February 2017 Program - What It's Like to Be Part of an ADR Firm ***RESCHEDULED FROM OCTOBER 2016 DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW***

Guest Speakers: Michelle Jernigan and Kimberly Sands of Upchurch, Watson & Max

January 2017 Program - ADR & Online Marketing

Guest Speaker: Jeff Berman, Co-Founder and Director of Operations at AttorneySync

December 2016 Program - Social Media Strategy and Implementation

Guest Speakers: Nance L. Schick, Esq., WIDR Social Media Coordinator and Founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick and Rachel Wynn, Founder and CEO of Startlight Social

November 2016 Program - AbitralWomen

Guest Speaker: Rashda Rana, President of ArbitralWomen

October 2016 Program - What It's Like to Be Part of an ADR Firm ***RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 2017 DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW***

Guest Speakers: Michelle Jernigan and Kimberly Sands of Upchurch, Watson & Max

September 2016 Program - An Expert's View of Mediation and Arbitration

Guest Speaker: Denise Martini, Senior Managing Engineer in Exponent’s Construction Consulting practice

Listen to the September meeting and Denise Martini's presentation (this link will be available until October 8, 2016)

August 2016 Program – WIDR Business Meeting at ABA Annual Meeting

July 2016 Program - The Diver$ity Payoff & Tools to Become Diversity Champions

Guest Speaker: Sheryl L. Axelrod, Esq., Founder of The Axelrod Firm, P.C.

June 2016 Program - Building a Better Bio for Business Development

Guest Speaker: Traci Stuart, President of Blattel Communications

May 2016 Program - Co-Mediation Experiences and Recommendations

Guest Speakers: Jane Juliano, ADR Unit Chief at the US Office of Special Counsel, and Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher, President and Founder of Voices of Value, LLC

April 2016 Program – WIDR Business Meeting at Annual Spring Conference

March 2016 Program – Market Trends in ADR and Selection of Neutrals

Guest Speaker: India Johnson, President of American Arbitration Association

February 2016 Program – Gender Bias in Selection of ADR Professionals

Guest Speaker: Barbara Bryant, Mediator and Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley Law School

January 2016 Program – Breathe Life Into Your Office With Products That Work

Guest Speaker: Kacy Paide, The Inspired Office

December 2015 Program – Clients’ Perspectives on Mediation

Guest Speakers: Katherine M. Kimpel, Esq., Executive Board Member and D.C. Managing Partner, and Kate Mueting, Esq., Partner and Senior Litigation Counsel, Sanford Heisler LLP

November 2015 Program – Building Common Ground to Reduce Grounds for Conflict

Guest Speaker: Michael Randel, Randel Consulting Associates

*Download Michael's Presentation*

Join Us


Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Turitz, Gilda
Weiner, Conna

Committee Roster  


Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Monthly Committee Tele-Meeting & Webinar

March 3, 2017

*How to Become an E-Neutral*

ADR is not just for case settlement. Allison Skinner will describe the “who, what, when and how” to become an e-neutral so you can expand your ADR practice into pre-trial disputes.

Allison Skinner is a mediator, arbitrator, and special master at Skinner Neutral Services LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. She co-founded of the American College of e-Neutrals, www.acesin.com, and is a leader in expanding ADR to pre-trial disputes, particularly disputes involving electronic discovery. She can be reached at askinner@acesin.com.


*Webinar*

1. Meeting number: 599 319 754


2. This meeting does not require a password.


3. *Conference line:* 1-866-646-6488 or 1-707-287-9583 *Access Code* 286 449 8425

Monthly Committee Tele-Meeting & Webinar

April 7, 2017

*Guided Choice*


Laura A. Kaster will interview Paul Lurie on Guided Choice. She will ask him to discuss the basic tenets of Guided Choice and how it may help you focus on earlier settlement and investigation -- and how more work before the parties meet may defuse the focus on a mediation day event and create more opportunity to avoid impasse.

Paul Lurie is an AAA Master Mediator, a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and Certified by IMI. He has been on the organizational committee of the Global Pound Conferences. He is the Director of the Guided Choice Interest Group. You can reach him at plurie@schiffhardin.com.

Laura A. Kaster is an AAA Master Mediator, and on the CEDR Global Mediation Panel, She is CEDR Accredited and IMI Certified and has been promoting international mediation in New Jersey and was the recipient of the NJSBA's
2014 Boskey Award for ADR practitioner of the year. She has also been on the organizational committee of the Global Pound Conference. You can reach her at Laura.Kaster@gmail.com.

 
Section Events

    Combating Bias and Increasing Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    03/28/2017-03/28/2017

    The event will be held on 03/28/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,Commission on Homelessness and Poverty,Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs,Commission on Law and Aging,Commission on Disability Rights,Center for Professional Development,Criminal Justice Section,Commission on Women In the Profession,Section of Dispute Resolution,Law Practice Division,Section of Family Law,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Center for Human Rights,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Section of Legal Edu. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    Ethical Aspects to Consider While Building an Arbitration Practice

    03/28/2017-03/28/2017

    Program Description : Join two established arbitrators and two of the countrys leading ADR service providers as they give practical advice and insights to arbitrators interested in creating or expanding a successful arbitration practice while meeting ethical and disclosure obligations. The panel ...

    Introduction to Practicing Before Suspension and Debarment Officials in Federal Contracting

    03/29/2017-03/29/2017

    Introduction to Practicing Before Suspension and Debarment Officials in Federal Contracting


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