American Bar Association
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.

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

Friday the 17th is WIDR day at the Dispute Resolution Meeting in Seattle

Join us, Friday April 17th at 7:00 - 8:00 am for our annual in-person business meeting. Join us again Friday evening @7:30 for the WIDR dine around. We are planning to pick someplace fun from Seattle's many great restaurants that is also reasonably priced.

May 1, 2015 - Bonnie Lieberman of Act-On Software, will provide a webinar explaining How to Improve Your Website's Search Engine Optimization (SEO). One lucky member of WIDR will have their website analyzed during the presentation.

June 5, 2015 - Thanks to member Myra Selby, Co-Chair of the Courts Committee of the DR Section, we will learn about the committee's project to put together a plan and strategies for increasing diversity on court ADR panels.

Thank you to Jeff Zaino, Vice President, Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for his presentation to WIDR on February 6, 2015 - The Real World: Developing Your ADR Career.

2015 WIDR Directory of ADR Practitioners Coming Soon

The WIDR Membership Directory is a searchable pdf of WIDR members. Click here to access the directory. In order to assist those seeking to increase the diversity of their selection of neutrals, we have provided information on specific practice areas, types of practice, and geographic location along with website links.

This is a listing of those who responded to the survey we sent out in November, 2014, and as such is not comprehensive. You can find a complete listing of WIDR members on the website: WIDR Committee Roster.


Join the ABA's Woman Advocate Committee to network with the country's top women litigators and to benefit from pertinent programs, roundtables, and publications aimed at developing your rainmaking, trial and advocacy skills.

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

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

Committee Activities and Opportunities


Dispute Resolution Magazine -- Women in ADR

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events


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 April 30, 2015

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