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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

November 2016 Program - AbitralWomen

Guest Speaker: Rashda Rana, President of ArbitralWomen

October 2016 Program - What It's Like to Be Part of an ADR Firm ***RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 2017 DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW***

Guest Speakers: Michelle Jernigan and Kimberly Sands of Upchurch, Watson & Max

September 2016 Program - An Expert's View of Mediation and Arbitration

Guest Speaker: Denise Martini, Senior Managing Engineer in Exponent’s Construction Consulting practice

Listen to the September meeting and Denise Martini's presentation (this link will be available until October 8, 2016)

August 2016 Program – WIDR Business Meeting at ABA Annual Meeting

July 2016 Program - The Diver$ity Payoff & Tools to Become Diversity Champions

Guest Speaker: Sheryl L. Axelrod, Esq., Founder of The Axelrod Firm, P.C.

June 2016 Program - Building a Better Bio for Business Development

Guest Speaker: Traci Stuart, President of Blattel Communications

May 2016 Program - Co-Mediation Experiences and Recommendations

Guest Speakers: Jane Juliano, ADR Unit Chief at the US Office of Special Counsel, and Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher, President and Founder of Voices of Value, LLC

April 2016 Program – WIDR Business Meeting at Annual Spring Conference

March 2016 Program – Market Trends in ADR and Selection of Neutrals

Guest Speaker: India Johnson, President of American Arbitration Association

February 2016 Program – Gender Bias in Selection of ADR Professionals

Guest Speaker: Barbara Bryant, Mediator and Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley Law School

January 2016 Program – Breathe Life Into Your Office With Products That Work

Guest Speaker: Kacy Paide, The Inspired Office

December 2015 Program – Clients’ Perspectives on Mediation

Guest Speakers: Katherine M. Kimpel, Esq., Executive Board Member and D.C. Managing Partner, and Kate Mueting, Esq., Partner and Senior Litigation Counsel, Sanford Heisler LLP

November 2015 Program – Building Common Ground to Reduce Grounds for Conflict

Guest Speaker: Michael Randel, Randel Consulting Associates

*Download Michael's Presentation*

Join Us


Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Turitz, Gilda
Weiner, Conna

Committee Roster  


Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Monthly Committee Tele-Meeting & Webinar

December 2, 2016

*Social Media Strategy and Implementation*

Our very own Nance Schick, WIDR social media coordinator extraordinaire, and Rachel Wynn, Founder and CEO of Startlight Social will co-present about developing a social media strategy and how to use tools to make implementation easier. You can get your questions answered from both from the perspective of a fellow ADR professional, and from the angle of a social media expert.

*Webinar*

1. Meeting number: 592 176 105


2. This meeting does not require a password.


3. *Conference line:* 1-866-646-6488 or 1-707-287-9583 *Access Code* 286 449 8425

Monthly Committee Tele-Meeting & Webinar

January 6, 2017

*ADR & Online Marketing*


No matter how your next client hears about you, they're likely to look you up online. What they find will play a role in their first impression of you. Let's discuss some of the ways that you can put your best foot forward online.

We'll cover a variety of internet marketing topics including:


   - Reputation management in search results.
   - Local Search
   - Earning meaningful attention from people researching information.

Jeff Berman is Co-Founder and Director of Operations at AttorneySync. He has over a decade of experience in online marketing. Working with a team of online legal marketing professionals, he helps attorneys meet their client development objectives.

 
Section Events

    The All-Important Preliminary Hearing Essentials—For Both Advocates and Neutrals

    12/13/2016-12/13/2016

    Program Description : Skillful handling of the preliminary hearing in arbitration can have a major impact on the rest of the process. In this CLE webinar, the experienced faculty will explore the reasons why and provide insight on how to run or participate in such a hearing successfully. ...

    Managing the Arbitration Hearing and Evidence

    01/10/2017-01/10/2017

    Program Description : Based on the premise that advocates and clients chose arbitration to obtain a fair, expeditious and efficient process to resolve the dispute, we will explore the flexibility that sometimes goes unused by arbitrators and advocates in the process. We will discuss the key ...

    Corporate Criminal Liability: What Happens When a Company is Charged with a Crime?

    01/11/2017-01/11/2017

    The event will be held on 01/11/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Business Law Section,Criminal Justice Section,Section of Dispute Resolution,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .


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