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Driving Toward More Diverse Selection of Neutrals

Driving Toward More Diverse Selection of Neutrals

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

An Event for Appointers and Appointees

On May 16, 2023, Howard University School of Law will host an event to designed to break down obstacles to the selection of more diverse neutrals in ADR.

Arbitrators and mediators, and the lawyers who select them for matters, in the international, commercial, and labor/employment arenas are invited to attend.

A panel composed of experts and practitioners in ADR will discuss how implicit biases affect decision-making and how the Ray Corollary Initiative's 30% metric can improve diversity in the selection of ADR neutrals.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a reception and structured networking time, during which neutrals and appointers will have an opportunity to meet and get to know one another.

Important Information for Attendees:
-Please note that the Howard University School of Law is approximately 3 miles from the main campus of Howard University.

-The event will be in Houston Hall.

-Free parking is available in the lot next to the Vernon Jordan Law Library.

-Check-in will begin at 5:30 pm. The program will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

-Please be sure to come to the event with a copy of the QR code that was sent in your confirmation email. We will use this QR code (which is unique to you) to check you in. If you cannot find it, please email Eunice Kim at and she will resend it to you.

-Please bring business cards to share with other attendees to facilitate future interactions.

-We provide these discussion questions as a useful launching pad for discussion between neutrals and selectors during the networking portion.

-We have set up a Box link where selectors can view the resumes of neutrals. Neutrals: Please email your resume to Carrie Ann Trubenstein at so that she can include your resume. Selectors: The link to the Box was in the email sent to all registrants on May 9 from If you would like the link to be resent to you, please email Lili Schroppe at

-If your plans have changed and you are no longer able to attend, please email Carrie Ann Trubenstein to let her know.

6:00 - 6:15 pm Welcome
6:15 - 6:45 pm Panel Discussion
6:45 - 7:15 pm Reception
7:15 - 9:00 pm Networking

Seth Krauss, Chief Legal Officer, Endeavor
Audrey Roofeh, CEO, Mariana Strategies
Ellen Waldman, Vice President of Advocacy & Educational Outreach, CPR Institute
Dr. Katherine Simpson, Arbitrator, Simpson Dispute Resolution (Moderator)

Many thanks to our partners in this event:

-ACC Foundation
-Howard University School of Law

-The Ray Corollary Initiative
-ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Women In Dispute Resolution committee
-The Minority Corporate Counsel Association

The Ray Corollary Initiative (“RCI”), named after Charlotte Ray, the first woman to graduate from Howard Law School in 1872 and the first Black woman to be admitted to a bar in the United States, is a ground-breaking plan of action to increase diversity in the selection of ADR neutrals.

For More Information:

Ellen Waldman
Ellen Waldman
Vice President, Advocacy & Educational Outreach CPR Institute
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