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Section of Dispute Resolution: Women in Dispute Resolution Committee

Section of Dispute Resolution:
Women in Dispute Resolution Committee

Who We Are

We are the Women in Dispute Resolution Committee.

Our Goals and Objectives:

· 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

· Assess status of women in DR profession and academia

· Identify whether there are barriers that prevent women from full participation in Dispute Resolution profession

· Determine whether women are considered for, and appointed to, all types, sizes and complexities of cases

· Develop positive and proactive initiatives for increasing participation of women in the Dispute Resolution profession

· Interact with women’s networking groups of the ABA, Trial Bar, International Bar and other related Organizations

· Mentor women Dispute Resolution professionals

Upcoming Events

Thank you to Lorraine Brennan, for her interesting and inspiring presentation for our March teleconference. Lorraine spoke about the paucity of women in international arbitration and the inspiration behind the formation of Arbitral Women, which has grown from an informal gathering of women in the field to become an effective advocate for women in the profession. Lorraine is co-chair of the International Committee of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section. She is an international arbitrator at JAMS, Adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, teaching International Commercial Arbitration, and immediate past President of Arbitral Women, a group dedicated to promoting and advancing women in the field of International Dispute Resolution. You can reach Lorraine at

May 2: WIDR Monthly Teleconference with Jennifer Schiffer, of FoxHound Information Management, will discuss what every neutral needs to know about eDiscovery.

June 6: WIDR Monthly Teleconference with Gayle Weisswasser, a social media marketing consultant (and former attorney) will talk about trends in social media that impact legal practitioners, including the use of LinkedIn as a platform to target and secure new business.

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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Chair:  Ruth V Glick

Vice-Chairs:  Pamela C Enslen, Laura Alyx Kaster, Deborah Masucci, Sandra Partridge, Harrie Samaras, Andrea Kupfer Schneider, Edna Sussman, Kimberly Taylor, Nancy A Welsh

Committee Roster (171 total members)

Committee Activities and Opportunities

September 3rd WIDR Call
FINRA Recruiting Women for Arbitration Panel

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Dispute Resolution Magazine -- Women in ADR

Deborah Masucci, From the Chair
Carrie Menkel Meadow, Women in Dispute Resolution: Parties, Lawyers, and Dispute Resolvers
Susan W. Coleman and Dorothy E. Weaver, Women and Negotiation
Deborah Rothman, Gender Diversity in Arbitrator Selection
Gina Miller, Tools to Help Women Succeed in ADR
Joseph D. Garrison, Perceived Differences in Male and Female Mediators and Arbitrators

Dispute Resolution Journal "Women's Voices in ADR"

Arbitrator Disclosure in the Internet Age
Improving Lawyer Judgment by Reducing the Impact of Client-Think
How Value-Added Corporate Strategies Secure Efficiency and Savings
Frances Kellor and the American Arbitration Association
Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards and Mediation Agreements: Tips for Sustaining Deference
Drafting the Arbitration Clause: A Primer on the Opportunities and the Pitfalls
AAA Dispute Resolution Journal Cover


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Kluwer Arbitration Blog: The Representation of Women in Arbitration – One Problem, Two Issues
CPR National Task Force on Diversity in ADR
New how-to book distills practical advice that ‘really works for women in law’

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events
May 20, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

May 28, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

June 6, 2014 - June 7, 2014
Location: TBD
Format: Live/In-Person

WIDR Committee January 2014 Monthly Report

View monthly reports on activities of the WIDR Committee and its members.

Upcoming Speakers

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

Modified by Nancy Wiegers Greenwald on March 16, 2014

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