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Section of Dispute Resolution: Women in Dispute Resolution Committee - WIDR

Section of Dispute Resolution:
Women in Dispute Resolution Committee - WIDR

Who We Are

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Welcome to the Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) webpage. Our goal is to serve as leading resource for business and professional development of women Dispute Resolution professionals to insure them the full scope of opportunities in dispute resolution.

To see all of our recent activities, check out our monthly reports under the Committee Activities tab on the right.

View the WIDR Member Directory of ADR Practitioners.

Our Goals and Objectives:

  • to assess status of women in DR profession and academia
  • to identify whether there are barriers that prevent women from full participation in Dispute Resolution profession
  • to determine whether women are considered for, and appointed to, all types, sizes and complexities of cases
  • to develop positive and proactive initiatives for increasing participation of women in the Dispute Resolution profession
  • to interact with women’s networking groups of the ABA, Trial Bar, International Bar and other related Organizations
  • to mentor women Dispute Resolution professionals

Updates on Meetings & Projects


*Mark your calendars for the next WIDR meeting on November 6, 2015, at noon ET. * *Building Common Ground to Reduce the Grounds for Conflict: Using Shared Understanding and Commitment to Enable the Productive Resolution of Differences*

There are a growing number of cases where divergent groups have come together before a conflict escalates, finding Common Ground and jointly developing creative alternatives that reduce conflict. Using structured processes, and supported by professional facilitation, stakeholders work to develop a Shared Understanding of the various dimensions of Wicked Problems. A deepened appreciation of their shared responsibility for the current situation leads to a Shared Commitment to working together in new ways to bring about lasting improvements that benefit everyone. Learn the principles and practices, and be introduced to interesting cases, in this creative approach to Dispute Systems Design.

*Speaker Bio for **Michael Randel* Michael Randel is the founder of Randel Consulting Associates, a consulting firm that has worked with companies in more than 30 countries, leading organizations through change and growth. Michael is focused on bringing people together in the face of tough, almost unresolvable differences. He supports them by designing and facilitating structured processes that enable them to achieve breakthrough results with complex problems. The influence of his work has been recognized with a number of global awards – including Gold Facilitation Impact Awards from the International Association of Facilitators and being recognized as a “Global Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business”.

Thank you to our October Speaker: Katy Goshtabi

*Differentiate As A Lawyer! Develop Your Personal Brand and Increase Your Business Success* People buy our uniqueness before they ever buy our service as a lawyer. You are a walking billboard for your practice and you alone have the power to attract and grow your business if you have the right personal brand. You have 3 to 5 seconds to make a lasting, positive first impression on those around you. You don’t have to necessarily “do” anything differently, just “think” differently and have self-awareness. 75% of everything we buy is based on how we “feel” about the product or service and not on the content. This is true of all humans, regardless of nationality or origin. Yet as lawyers, the “success” focal point is often on the substantive product/service and less on the emotional value you bring to your practice/clients. This is not surprising given the high level of intellect involved in being successful. In this session, we will focus on the non-substantive element that is responsible for 50% of your business growth and success, your Emotional Resonance Factor ® (ERF).

*Speaker Bio for Katy Goshtasbi* For the past seven years Katy has created a successful personal brand management company where she collaborates with clients on developing, positioning and marketing their personal brands. Their result is measurably increased self-confidence and an ability to effectively communicate their value and worth to develop new business, increase revenue and productivity. Katy is a internationally known public speaker on the subject of personal branding and travels educating audiences about the subject. Her best-selling book, “Personal Branding In One Hour For Lawyers” (ABA Publications) is available. In her prior career, she was been a practicing securities attorney for thirteen years, where she practiced in-house, in a law firm, at the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, DC and lobbied on Capitol Hill.

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.

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WIDR Committee Monthly Reports Archives

Learn more about our activities by looking at our monthly reports. Click through to look at our archives.


WIDR issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Ethical Aspects to Consider While Building an Arbitration Practice


    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 will offer business development ...

    Before the Session Starts: How to Prepare for Mediation


    Program Description: The panel of national experts will reveal the preparation techniques they use to maximize opportunities for favorable settlements and gain advantage for their client. The panel will discuss: selecting a mediator, process design, managing client expectations, written submissions, ...

    Utilizing Mediation to Navigate the Perils of Electronic Discovery in Arbitration


    Please note that this program is not accredited for CLE. Attendees can apply for CLE with their own accrediting agencies. Registration Deadline: 5 pm ET on February 2,


The Legal Technology Resource Center of the Law Practice Management Section is a great resource.

Upcoming Speakers

Join our monthly meetings, held by teleconference on the first Friday of each month at noon

Modified by Gina Brown on November 6, 2015

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