Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Joanne Saint Louis, JAMS director, diversity outreach, has been nominated for the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division’s (WLD) Hidden Figure Award.
The Hidden Figure Award recognizes a woman lawyer who may be described as a hidden figure because of her significant contributions to the legal profession that may not be widely known. This award is part of the WLD’s Annual Achievement Awards, which honor the achievements of outstanding women lawyers and jurists from across the United States.
Established in 1972, the WLD serves as a vehicle for women in the practice of law to address the issues and problems that particularly affect, interest and concern African American women. The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges.
We are proud to congratulate Joanne on this outstanding nomination. Joanne is a fierce advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, and has channeled that passion to help drive initiatives within our organization. She is a talented and thoughtful individual, and this is a well-deserved honor.
- Mark Smalls, JAMS senior vice president, chief marketing officer and chair of the JAMS Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Joanne Saint Louis joined JAMS in 2019 as the organization’s first diversity program manager and was recently promoted to director. In her role, she works collaboratively across JAMS to further diversity and inclusion goals. Her key responsibilities include bringing on high-caliber, diverse neutrals to the JAMS panel and working with law firms, in-house counsel and affinity bar organizations to diversify the selection of mediators and arbitrators.
The Hidden Figure Award will be presented during the National Bar Association’s 97th Annual Convention. An event to honor the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Lawyers Division and to present the winners of the Annual Achievement Awards will take place on Tuesday, July 26.
About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.
With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.
More information is available at www.jamsadr.com, and you can connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and our JAMS ADR blog. To learn about diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at JAMS, visit www.jamsadr.com/diversity/.