The Women in Dispute Resolution Committee (WIDR) is excited to sponsor the April 2021 issue of Just Resolutions. WIDR was formed in response to the low rates of women being selected as neutrals. Since its formation, WIDR has been a champion of promoting the selection of women and other diverse neutrals in ADR. WIDR was a leader in initiating the development of Resolution 105 and continues to publish an annual directory of members.
According to data analyzed by the ABA, diversity levels within the dispute resolution profession fall significantly below those in the legal profession as a whole. On February 9, 2018, the ABA adopted Resolution 105, which is based on an initiative designed by Women in Dispute Resolution a committee of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section. Aimed at a broader base of constituencies, Resolution 105 pointedly issues a call to action for the increased selection of diverse neutrals. To promote this goal, the ABA has provided guidance and directed actions for each class of participants in the dispute resolution ecosystem.