Just Resolutions Newsletter - Young Professionals Committee


Committee Mission

Young Professionals Committee is delighted to sponsor the February 2021 issue of Just Resolutions. Our committee’s mandate is to provide resources and opportunities for professional growth to those section members in the early years or on the cusp of their legal careers. Traditionally, this is done through providing opportunities for talent development and networking.

Message from the Committee Chairs Mansi Karol and J. Brian Johns

The last year has witnessed rapid changes in dispute resolution and the greater legal field. The ubiquity of virtual hearings, innovations in technology, and an increased willingness to engage in arbitration, mediation, and facilitation to avoid the ever-growing backlog of civil case dockets before domestic courts in unlikely to soon abate. The new frontier of legal practice is ripe with opportunities for young and innovative practitioners and the committee is happy to offer a series of articles by our members highlighting recent developments in dispute resolution.

In the coming year, we hope to increase the opportunities offered by the Young Professionals Committee.  All suggestions for program ideas are welcome and may be submitted through this online form.

As we work to broaden the committee’s offerings, we are also expanding our leadership team.  Those interested in joining the Young Professional Committee leadership team as an officer or liaison to another committee are invited to complete an expression of interest.

The Dispute Resolution Section boasts a large and impressive group of young practitioners and law students.  We are excited to work with each of you in the coming year as we further develop both the committee and its members.

J. Brian Johns, LL.M., Esq.
Mansi Karol, Esq.
Co-Chairs, Young Professionals Committee

Featured Articles

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Timely Launch of REAL: A Global Campaign and Advocacy for Racial Equality and Diversity in International Law and International Arbitration Practice

We still live with COVID-19 as we entered 2021. However, in times of despair, opportunities abound. On January 18, 2021, approximately 350 participants attended REAL (Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers: https://letsgetrealarbitration.org/)’s virtual inauguration on Zoom. The use of technology brought practitioners, researchers, and students from different cultures and continents to witness this important moment.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Third Party Funding: A New Perspective of Access to Justice

To the extent that arbitration may be affected in subtle, if unpredictable, ways by the cost restraints, the prerogative to finance the arbitration claim through a third party is generally reinforced by the traditional theory of access to justice. Access to justice is a traditional norm of international law. It finds roots in the states’ treatment of aliens in maintaining them a viable access to national justice systems.

2021 Leadership Nominations are now open!

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolutions is seeking nominations for leadership positions, including Section Council and officer positions. The Section of Dispute Resolution is a vibrant community and a forum for networking, professional development, and user insights. It provides accessible, relevant and cutting-edge information, practice tips and skill-building opportunities.

If you are not a leader in the Section, consider the benefits of serving as one:

  • If you are not a leader in the Section, consider the benefits of serving as one:
  • Exhibiting your knowledge and reputation in the area of dispute resolution
  • Demonstrating leadership skills with hands-on experience.
  • Establishing credentials as a leader in the field
  • Contributing to thought leadership in the dispute resolution field
  • Establishing lasting professional relationships
  • Collaborating with a diverse group of dispute resolution professionals from the United States and around the world

Review the “Become a Leader” document for information about the positions available and the nominations process.

Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2021.

Practical Approaches to Ensure the Neutrality of Party-Appointed Arbitrators

Join us to learn about neutrality limits, guidelines & expectations for party-appointed arbitrators. This program will discuss practical approaches to dealing with these difficult issues, whether appointing or serving as a neutral.

March 24 at 1 PM EST

1.0 General CLE
Is a party-appointed arbitrator ever completely neutral – or expected to be? The delicate balance in the party-appointed setting between expectations and ethical obligations can be challenging. Such issues can affect each dispute and arbitration practice overall. This program will discuss practical approaches to dealing with these difficult issues, whether appointing or serving as a neutral.

Ralph G. Wellington, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP


Hon. Timothy K. Lewis, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Noah J. Hanft, AcumenADR LLC
Laura Robertson, ConocoPhillips

Save the Date - Advanced Training on Mediation of Health Care Disputes and Race and Gender Fairness

Presented by the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators. Presenters include DR Section Chair Myra Selby, Homer La Rue, and Linda Warren Seely.

March 12, 2021

Program Summary:

  • Myra Selby on Mediation of Health Care Disputes: this advanced training on will address typical health care disputes, what makes health care mediation different, and the mediation process.
  • Prof. La Rue will discuss The 2005 Model Standards: More than a Decade Old, Are They Obsolete?
  • A panel discussion on Race and Gender Fairness in ADR led by Ms. Selby will consider ADR as the least diverse corner of the legal profession. Homer La Rue will present the results of his empirical research on diversity in the selection of dispute neutrals, discuss unconscious/implicit bias, and propose his “Ray Corollary Initiative.” Linda Warren Seely will share her insights as a mediator and Executive Director of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. Arrin K. Richards will report on the Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Action Plan. Leon Berrios will share his experiences as a translator and mediator in Nashville.

2021 Virtual Spring Conference

Join us as we gather the dispute resolution community – virtually in April 2021!

April 14- 17

Our theme is Agility, Disruption and Reinvention: ADR in a New World. We will gather hundreds from around the dispute resolution community worldwide! There will be CLE programs, group discussions, social hours, chat boards and networking opportunities. 

Attend cutting edge CLE programs, group discussions, social hours, chat boards with plenty of networking opportunities, all from the convenience of your home on your computer or mobile device.

2020-2021 Representation in Mediation Competition

The ABA Law School Representation in Mediation Competition will be all virtual this year. Eight law schools from across the country have stepped up to host virtual regional competitions in late February or early May: Quinnipiac University School of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, Cardozo School of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and Southwestern Law School.

Volunteer for the 2020-2021 Representation in Mediation Competition

The National Finals will be held on April 9 and April 10. Members of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution are encouraged to volunteer as judges or mediators for the regional and national competitions.

Visit the Representation in Competition page for additional information.  

Resolutions Podcast

Resolutions is a podcast about all things Dispute Resolution. Hosted by a rotating cast of Section of Dispute Resolution members, the podcast consists of a series of conversations with professionals in the dispute resolution community about various topics of interest.

Building the Pipeline: Introducing the Section’s Student & Early Career Services Outreach

In this episode, Rekha Rangachari sits down with Elliot Herland (Vice Chair of the Section's Membership Committee) and Kanika (Niki) Singh (the Section’s Student Liaison) to discuss a new avenue for student and practitioner members to increase their engagement, connection, networking, and mentorship with stakeholders through the Section.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Young Members Group (YMG): Arbitration and Mediation as a Global Force for Good

“The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group (YMG) presents an international regional series of webinars and in-person conferences which highlight the unique importance and efficiency ADR plays in allowing the world’s economy to remain operative during times of great economic uncertainty.”

January 19 – March 28, 2021 (Weekly)

Specific topics of discussion include ADR and access to justice, ADR as a means to strengthen the rule of law, and ADR as an efficient alternative to traditional litigation.