Why Diversity Matters in ADR

Christopher K. Poole
Christopher K. Poole
JAMS Chief Executive Officer

Published July 18, 2012

Recently some members of JAMS along with an outside attorney delivered a presentation for Bloomberg BNA on diversity in ADR, focusing primarily on gender and ethnic diversity within commercial and other high monetary value disputes, which are typically handled by national or regional providers.

Mark Smalls, JAMS chief marketing officer, moderated the presentation featuring Kimberly Taylor, JAMS chief operating officer, Hon. Robert Baines, a JAMS panelist and Wayne Outten, managing partner with Outten & Golden in New York.

The presentation covered the current state of diversity within ADR, specifically among the mediators and arbitrators retained to settle these disputes. Additionally, the speakers shared why improving diversity in ADR is important, including benefits for inside and outside counsel along with their clients. It also highlighted current programs addressing the issue and concluded with a discussion of the roles that various stakeholders can play.

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