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


February 6, 2015 - The Real World: Developing Your ADR CareerJeff Zaino, Vice President, Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) will discuss how someone interested in becoming a neutral can develop a successful ADR career.

WIDR Membership List - Spread the Word!

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.

Thank you to our friends at WAC for including WIDR as a co-sponsor of their November program: The Women of the Section of Litigation: Leading, Litigating and Connecting, which was held at The Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois, November 5–7, 2014. WIDR also had a table to display materials and communicate with attendees about WIDR and its activities.

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 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

    Evaluations, Opinions, Observations and Comments: When and How Mediators Use Analytical Techniques


    This webinar will teach participants when and why mediators use evaluative techniques and how parties and counsel can best make use of the techniques. The speakers will discuss whether it is ethical for mediators to evaluate, whether parties want evaluation and how traditional reality-testing differs ...

    The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation


    The ABA Dispute Resolution Section Mediation Committee is pleased to announce our first monthly teleconference of 2015. Please join us on March 19th for: The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation Mediators Gary Friedman (Mill Valley, CA) and Jack Himmelstein (New York) advocate a mediation model ...

    Improving Lawyers’ Judgment: Is Mediation Training De-Biasing?


    Program Description: Lawyers are valued, in substantial measure, for the objectivity of their judgment. But like all human beings, especially when acting in a partisan role, they are subject to pervasive cognitive and motivational biases that can affect what they believe and wish to find out, the predictions ...


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 February 3, 2015

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