American Bar Association
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

May Program - Co-Mediation

Guest Speakers: Deirdre Gallagher and Jane Juliano

April Program - Annual Meeting in New York City

Committee Business Meeting at 7 AM on April 9th

March Program - Implicit Bias in the Selection of Neutrals

Guest Speaker: India Johnson, President of the American Arbitration Association

February Program - Gender Bias in the Selection of ADR Professionals

Guest Speaker: Barbara Bryant, Professor at University of California, Berkeley Law

January Program - Breathe Life Into Your Office With Products That Work Wonders

Guest Speaker: Kacy Paide, Professional Organizer at The Inspired Office

December Program - What Makes for an Effective Mediation

Guest Speakers: Katherine Kimpel, Senior Editor for Shattering the Ceiling and Kate Mueting, Senior Litigation Counsel at Sanford Heisler Kimpel LLP

November Program - Building Common Ground to Reduce the Grounds for Conflict

Guest Speaker: Michael Randel, founder of Randel Consulting Associates

October Program - Differentiate As A Lawyer! Develop Your Personal Brand and Increase Your Business Success

Guest Speaker: Katy Goshtabi, author of Personal Branding In One Hour For Lawyers

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Monthly Committee Tele-Meeting

May 6, 2016
Co-Mediation presented by Deirdre Gallagher and Jane Juliano; further details to be announced. We typically meet by teleconference on the first Friday of each month at 12 PM Eastern (11 AM Central, 9 AM Pacific).
Section Events

    Negotiation in Mediations: What Happens When Your Partner Stops Dancing


    Program Description: What are the barriers to reaching agreement in mediation? In this webinar three of the nations leading neutrals will identify some of the most common barriers, examine the factors that cause them, and provide tips on how they have been able to circumvent those barriers or shift responsibility ...

    Managing the Process


    Program Description: This webinar explores the manner in which parties to a negotiation: communicate with one another while exchanging information and bargaining related to concepts, ideas, numbers, and dollar figures; and, reach an agreement that satisfies the needs, interests, and desires of each ...

    Closing the Deal: Getting to Yes (and Evading No!)


    Program Description: The end of the day is the most challenging part of mediation. The speakers will reveal creative mediator techniques to break through impasse as well as proven strategies for use by counsel to build durable agreements. The speakers will also address documentation of the mediated agreement ...

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