February 26, 2019

February 2019 - Young Professionals’ Committee

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Welcome to Just Resolutions - The Young Professionals’ Edition
Practical Strategies for Promoting Diversity in the Field of Dispute Resolution

The Young Professionals’ Committee (“the YPs”) proudly present Practical Strategies for Promoting Diversity in the Field of Dispute Resolution, as part of the YP’s 2018-2019 agenda, The Year of the Young Professional. In this edition, the YPs showcase their dynamic insight into the field of dispute resolution by shining the light on diversity. Read more

Featured Articles

ADR Institutions Got 99 Problems and Diversity Remains One: Inclusion for LGBTQ+ and Disabled Individuals
By Molly O’Casey

In a recent case, Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) v. Iconix, Jay-Z publicized the issue of diversity in ADR by requesting an arbitration be enjoined on the grounds that the American Arbitration Association (AAA) could not provide enough qualified black neutrals.  Jay-Z withdrew his motion following negotiations with AAA and the respondents modifying the selection criteria to provide for more diverse neutrals. Read more

Can’t Knock the Hustle… [To Broaden Diversity in Arbitration]
By Rekha Rangachari

On November 28, Rapper Jay-Z filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court pertaining to an ongoing arbitration administered by the AAA-ICDR. He sought (i) a temporary restraining order to halt Iconix from pursuing claims in arbitration; (ii) a preliminary injunction staying arbitration for a period of ninety days for the parties to find suitable African-American arbitrator candidates; and (iii) a permanent stay of the arbitration. Read more

The Commercial Demand for Diversity in ADR: The Legal Economy as a Catalyst for Social Change
By Ramina Dehkhoda-Steele, Esq. and Bryan J. Branon, Esq.
Contributor: Joel Stern

Can commercial demand for diversity in the legal economy impact the way society views diversity at-large? That is, if corporations and those they employ demand a legal system in which their laws, attorneys, mediators, arbitrators and judges reflect diversity in its various forms, what impact will that have for society as a whole? Read more

Shining the Light - Making the Most Our of Your Bar Membership
By Andrea Johnson

Young Professional Andrea R. Johnson, GW Law ’19, received the Founders Scholarship from the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA). The FCBA's Law School Scholarship Committee reviewed applications from current students at law schools across the country who demonstrated merit and need, as well as an interest in the legal issues pertinent to the Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction. Read more

Member Spotlight

Mansi Karol, Mediation Committee Newsletter Chair
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Like what you’re reading? Want to stay informed? To join our committee, log in to you ABA account and go to MyABA, click on Manage Memberships, Join/Leave Committees, and choose to “join” the Young Professionals Committee. You will have access to our online communication portal, ABA Connect, within 24 hours.

The Young Professionals Committee provides opportunities to speak, publish, network, innovate, lead, impact and shape the future of law. In particular: Read more

Here are 11 tips to avoid arbitration slip-ups
Originally Published in ABA Journal
by Peter Khalil

During nearly a decade as a commercial arbitrator, I have seen some of the most qualified lawyers in the business fumble and flail during what is supposed to be a less nerve-wracking proceeding than an actual court trial. It seems that even seasoned advocates have trouble finding their balance in the hearing room, when the rules are a bit more loose and expectations perhaps a little more blurry. Read more

Dispute Resolution Magazine in Digital

Dispute Resolution Magazine is distributed in digital format to all Section of Dispute Resolution members. Lawyer and Associate members may opt-in to a print version. To receive a print copy of the Spring 2019 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine, opt-in at myaba.org before March 1, 2019.

If you have any difficulties with MyABA or with logging in to the new ABA website, call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221, or call the Section of Dispute Resolution staff at 202-662-1680. You can also reach Gina Viola Brown, the editor of Dispute Resolution Magazine, at gina.brown@americanbar.org or 202-212-9314.

Read the current Winter 2019 issue on #MeToo and dispute resolution now.

Did you miss the Fall 2018 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine  on Religion, Conflict and Resolution? Past issues of Dispute Resolution Magazine are always available to members in our searchable Magazine Archives.

Upcoming CLE Webinars

Dispelling the Top Eight Myths of Arbitration (CLE Webinar)
February 28, 2019

Myths about arbitration persist because, unlike court, arbitrations are usually private. The proceedings, hearings, and awards are not typically open to public viewing or comment. Some common myths are: “arbitrators always split the baby”; “there is no discovery in arbitration”; or “arbitration costs as much as litigation.” Statistical studies and provider rules disprove such notions. This webinar will discuss the facts which dispel common myths about arbitration. And it will show how attorneys and arbitrators can control the proceedings to enhance their effectiveness. The speakers include experienced arbitrators and a representative from a major provider organization. CLE credit will be offered.

Evaluative Mediation:  Methods, Risks, Ethics and Rewards (CLE Webinar)
March 13, 2019

The Hon. Michelle Rosenblatt, Hon. Jacqueline Connor, and Robert Mann will take an honest look at the extent to which participants appreciate evaluative mediation. As former Judges, Judge Rosenblatt and Judge Connor have plenty of experience from which to draw in evaluating litigated cases. The question remains, however, as to how they evaluate in mediation: is it based upon their guess as to what a Judge or jury would do, or based solely upon what they believe can resolve the case based upon what they learn throughout the mediation?

Considering a Career in the Field? This Discussion Could Offer Answers
March 21, 2019
5 pm – 7 pm
Washington, DC

The Section of Dispute Resolution’s Mediation Committee will present a program on Mediation Career Strategies. In this program, sponsored by the ABA Dispute Resolution Section and the Young Lawyer and Law Student Subcommittee of our Mediation Committee, a panel of judges, private practitioners, academics, and public servants will share their experiences, insights, and advice on developing a career in mediation. The program will be held at Hunton Andrews Kurth in Washington, DC.

Please RSVP by March 8. Space is limited.

25th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference
Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 10:30 am to 5:15 pm.
Friday, March 29, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The 25th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference will be held on March 28 and 29, 2019, at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. It features a wide variety of dispute resolution topics in more than 45 sessions covering communication and negotiation skill for neutrals and advocates. Speakers include Bruce Edwards, Gary Friedman, Ken Cloke, Bob Stains, and Nina Meierding.