March 05, 2019 Article

A Brightening Horizon for Diversity in the Dispute Resolution Profession

Law firms, corporations, and legal departments should partner with ADR providers to bring more diversity to ADR.

By Kimberly Taylor

One topic that has dominated the headlines recently is diversity, or its absence, in a wide variety of industries. Notably, in March 2018, actress Frances McDormand made headlines for her Oscar acceptance speech when she said, “I have two words to leave with you tonight . . . inclusion rider.” This was a familiar term to many in the auditorium that evening—a contractual stipulation that requires racial and gender diversity among participants in a film project—and it was starting to get some attention as a means to address the poor representation of diverse groups in film and elsewhere in the entertainment industry. The term was not widely known outside Hollywood, however, including in many other industries that are notoriously homogenous, like the legal profession. 

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