As the Co-Chairs of the Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee, we proudly present WIDR’s sixth edition of the Just Resolutions Newsletter. Many thanks to our Newsletter editor Lara White for her hard work to publish this issue, as well as to all who submitted articles and other material.
WIDR’s dual mission of raising awareness of diversity problems and identifying barriers in the DR field: Since WIDR’s inception in 2011, the committee has focused on raising awareness of the significant diversity problems in the dispute resolution profession and identifying barriers to women’s full participation in the field. In the July 2016 issue of Just Resolutions, we were pleased to recognize some of the efforts that institutional providers and other organizations had undertaken that also support these goals. WIDR has a continuing interest in monitoring these efforts and those of organizations supporting women’s advancement in legal fields in general, and welcome receiving information and resources from any reader who has an interest.
New Proposed ABA Resolution Concerning Diverse Neutrals: Within the ABA, we are proud to be spearheading a new Resolution for passage by the House of Delegates (HOD) to expand its 2016 prior passage of ABA Resolution 113 to include diverse neutrals. Resolution 113, urges providers of legal services, such as law firms and corporations, as well as clients, to create and expand opportunities for diverse attorneys. WIDR, with the collaboration of the Section’s Diversity Committee and support of leadership, has proposed modification to encourage providers of legal and neutral services to do the same in connection with diverse neutrals. We view this effort as a logical extension of the goals of Resolution 113 and Goal III of the ABA to increase diversity in the legal profession. (Please note that of course, we are proposing to cover all diverse neutrals, not just women!)
WIDR’s Monthly Telephonic Meetings with Guest Speakers: WIDR, through the coordination of our tireless member Anna Rappaport, has a guest speaker on topics of interest, on the first Friday of every month at 12 noon Eastern time for up to one hour. A short business meeting follows the speaker presentation. The upcoming presentations are listed on WIDR’s website and on its LinkedIn page. We meet in person during the Section’s Annual Spring Conference.
We heartily invite all Section members interested in WIDR’s mission and activities to join, and we encourage all current and new WIDR members to actively participate in our networking, outreach projects and other initiatives. We thrive on the diversity of our membership to contribute to the conversation. Please join us!
Gilda Turitz and Conna Weiner