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The lack of diversity in the demographics of the neutrals selected
in alternative dispute resolution (ADR ) proceedings is a serious issue. Neutrals in both arbitration and mediation serve a role that is often a substitute for (and sometimes annexed to) the judicial process. Therefore, it becomes an issue of fairness that the decisionmakers or facilitators should be representative of the individuals, institutions and communities that come before them. ADR providers need to continue to recruit women and minorities to their panels. Neutrals need to distinguish their profiles so they can be identified by their gender, race or other significant demographic, and law firms should communicate to their associates and partners that they value service as mediators and arbitrators.
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