NAM and ACC-NYC's CLE Presentation, Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and ADR, Receives Stellar Reception



On Wednesday, June 20th, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), a leading provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, and The Association of Corporate Counsel New York City Chapter (ACC-NYC) presented a thought provoking plenary program entitled Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and ADR. The presentation was part of the ACC-NYC In-House Counsel Tool Kit which took place at Convene in midtown Manhattan. More than 200 in-house counsel and fellow colleagues, including NAM Neutrals Hon. John P. DiBlasi and Richard P. Byrne, Esq., attended the full-day event. NAM's CLE diversity, inclusion and elimination and bias program received a stellar reception and was a standout success.

NAM's Director of Continuing Legal Education, Stephanie J. Ball, JD moderated and contributed to a panel discussion that reviewed the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) recent report IF NOT NOW, WHEN? The survey was produced by a committee of prominent women attorneys and was published to foster greater female participation as litigators, adjudicators and neutrals. The issues of diversity, fairness and access to justice affect all parties in the legal profession, including in-house counsel, outside counsel and ADR professionals. The program looked at specific proposals, procedures and policies to increase participation by women and minorities in law firms, law departments and ADR.

Ms. Ball was joined by fellow panelists Sharon M. Porcellio, Esq., Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC and a co-author of the IF NOT NOW, WHEN? report, Elizabeth Edmondson, Esq., Partner, Jenner & Block and Carrie Freed, Esq., PMI Assistant General Counsel, Global Services Inc.

“The NYSBA's IF NOT NOW, WHEN? report is an unquestionably seminal survey that focuses on the continued disparity and gender imbalance in the courtroom and ADR. Women do need a more prominent voice in the legal community, and by having NAM provide programs like these, it helps fuel further discussion on this important topic. I would like to personally thank the impressive panel who traveled near and far to participate in this presentation.”
Stephanie J. Ball, JD

Click here to learn more about NAM's CLE programs on gender diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias in the legal profession. For more information regarding NAM's CLE programming, please contact Stephanie J. Ball, JD at or call 516-941-3245.


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