NAM Neutral, Hon. Elizabeth Bonina, Presents A Webinar On Diversity, Inclusion And Elimination Of Bias

CLE Events | Webinar Date: November 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Achieving Equality For Women In The Courtroom And In ADR: If Not Now, When?

NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), one of the nation's leading providers of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, in cooperation with the LAW.COM, will present a 1-hour webinar panel discussion, Achieving Equality for Women in the Courtroom and in ADR: If Not Now When?, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The exceptional faculty to present this Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias program will include, NAM neutral, the Honorable Elizabeth Bonina, who has advocated for gender equality for women in the courtroom and ADR for over three decades as a lawyer, judge and award winning Alternative Dispute Resolution hearing officer.  Carrie Freed, Assistant General Counsel, Global for Philip Morris International.

Topics to be discussed include:

  •  How the needle  can be moved with the support of law firms, in-house counsel, outside counsel, ADR providers and neutrals and establish procedures and policies to increase the appointment of women and minorities as hearing officers in complex commercial ADR cases; and
  • Address how law firms must establish formal programs through which management and heads of litigation departments ensure that women and minority associates are provided with the opportunity to argue motions in court.

Recently, the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association prepared the report: IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Achieving Equality For Women In The Courtroom and In ADR. With the full support and commitment of the section's leadership, these female alumnae section chairs met and formed an ad hoc task force devoted to the issue of the apparent dearth of women litigators in the courtroom and women who serve as arbitrators and mediators in complex commercial and international arbitrations and mediations. Based on the survey results, the task force found continued disparity and gender imbalance in the courtroom and ADR cases.

On February 6, 2018, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution affirming that women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented in courtrooms and in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and outlined steps that can be taken by the judiciary, law firms, clients and ADR providers to address this disparity.

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