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

Our Goals and Objectives:

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 are to -

  • 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

Updates on Meetings & Projects


NEXT MEETING DATE - October 3, 2014 – Gilda Turitz will be our speaker. Topic: From the Litigators’ Side: Selection of Neutrals. Gilda Turitz will discuss what factors go into the selection of arbitrators and mediators from the perspective of litigators, including due diligence by advocates and issues of concern.

September 5 – Laura Kaster (WIDR member) and Paul Lurie, will discuss The Guided Choice Dispute Resolution Process.


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.

The list will also help us improve our internal communications. The list includes a greater depth of information than is currently available on members’ ABA website profiles to facilitate our networking and other Committee related activities.

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

For our members who may have missed the opportunity to respond to the February survey, the membership list will be updated on an annual basis. We will send an email notification early in 2015 as and will also include a reminder in the monthly report.

This is our first effort to create a detailed membership list. We welcome your suggestions for improvements.


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.

SAVE THE DATE! Women's Conference: Nov. 5–7, 2014, Chicago

The Women of the Section of Litigation: Leading, Litigating, and Connecting” will be held at The Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois,November 5–7, 2014, with a Welcome Reception and Dutch treat dinner on November 5th. The program is co-organized by: Woman Advocate, Products/Women in Products Liability, and Insurance Coverage/Women in Insurance Committees. WAC’s program track will focus on trial advocacy and other topics of interest to female litigators.

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.

Join Us


Committee Roster  

WIDR Committee July-August 2014 Monthly Report

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

Committee Activities and Opportunities

Dispute Resolution Magazine -- Women in ADR

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    The Role of Gender in ADR


    Join us on November 18 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time for a conversation with two leading scholars in the field of negotiation as they speak to their findings on the impact of gender on negotiations. Listen in while they discuss the common assumptions, personal experiences, and their respective approaches ...

    Dispute Resolution in China


    Dispute Resolution in China

    Law Student National Representation in Mediation Competition


    2015 American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Representation in Mediation CompetitionThe 16th Annual Representation in Mediation Regional Competitions are scheduled for February and March of 2015. The Finals will be held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference ...


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 Nancy Greenwald on September 12, 2014

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