American Bar Association
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

WIDR Member Directory 2014

The WIDR Membership Directory is a searchable pdf of WIDR members.

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. Click here to access the directory.


July 11 – Don’t Miss our July presentation Fran Griesing will be speaking about: What a Party Experiences in ADR. Fran has over thirty years of experience as a litigator representing parties in litigation and dispute resolution and over twenty five years of experience as a neutral arbitrator and mediator. She is the founder of a woman-owned law firm in Philadelphia which represents Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses and large non-profit organizations in litigation, employment, transactions and intellectual property. As an advocate and neutral, Ms. Griesing learned the most about dispute resolution from representing lawyers as parties and from her person experience as a party. She will share her observations on how neutrals can be most effective in sensitive matters.

July 24 - 2014 NAWL Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon | Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel

Join over 800 leading women lawyers from across the United States and abroad at NAWL's 2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon. NAWL will recognize and honor leading lawyers, including Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies, Brandeis University, who have made significant impacts to improve and diversify the legal profession, as well as NAWL members who, through their time and effort have made exceptional contributions to fulfilling NAWL's mission. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in interesting and timely CLE programs along with networking events. For more information visit To receive the 10% discount, please have WIDR members enter discount code AMCoSponWIDR2014.

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



Glick, Ruth


Enslen, Pamela
Kaster, Laura
Masucci, Deborah
Partridge, Sandra
Samaras, Harrie
Schneider, Andrea
Sussman, Edna
Taylor, Kimberly
Welsh, Nancy

Committee Roster  

Committee Activities and Opportunities

Dispute Resolution Magazine -- Women in ADR

Dispute Resolution Journal "Women's Voices in ADR"


Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    The Ethics of Mediator Testimony: Tales from Recent Federal and State Case Law


    PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING: Each registrant must log in to the webinar individually to receive credit.You must attend the entire webinar, including the Q&A, to receive CLE credit. Partial credit is not available for the live program. Please log in a few minutes before the start of the program.This ...

    12th Annual Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills

    Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
    San Antonio

    The curriculum covers each phase of the mediation process and includes small group discussions in which participants can discuss specific issues and fine-tune

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 David Moora on July 23, 2014

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