CPR Institute Presents First-Ever Award For Outstanding Contribution To Diversity

The CPR Institute presented the organization’s first -ever “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)” to Marvin E. Johnson.

CPR Institute’s National Task Force on Diversity created the Award to recognize a person who has contributed significantly to diversity in the alternative dispute resolution field by providing access to or creating opportunities to people who have historically been excluded from active and meaningful participation in ADR including, but not limited to, women, minorities and/or people of color.

According to Kathleen Bryan, President and CEO of the CPR Institute, “Marvin Johnson has shown leadership and demonstrated extraordinary commitment to supporting, mentoring, training, and leading others to promote the use of diverse mediators and arbitrators.”

Paramount among his many achievements is Johnson’s founding of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Greenbelt, Maryland. Focusing primarily on practical application of ADR principles, the Center aims to promote and provide education and comprehensive approaches to dispute resolution that constructively serve the needs of a culturally diverse society. A diverse platform of dispute resolution providers, as showcased at the Center’s annual conference, inspires women and people of color to pursue a profession in ADR.

Currently, Johnson is a JAMS panelist and on CPR Institute’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals. He was also recently appointed to the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

Upon receiving the award, Johnson commented, “I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the first recipient of this important Award. It is especially gratifying to be recognized by CPR for contributing to such an important part of the ADR field.”

Previously, Johnson served as Chairman of the Diversity Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. The Diversity Committee raises the awareness of diversity in the ADR field and explores proactive solutions to eliminating employment barriers faced by ADR professionals of minority groups. He also played an instrumental role in organizing and directing ACCESS ADR – an initiative to increase the representation of ADR professionals from ethnic and racial minority groups. ACCESS ADR achieves this objective by first identifying mediators from various ethnic and racial groups qualified to handle high-stakes/complex mediations and then exposing the users of ADR services to the selected mediators. In addition, Johnson actively helped in the organization of The Mediators of Color Alliance (MOCA) – a formal network of mediators of color formed to help support and advance their interested in the ADR field. MOCA acts as a vehicle through which mediators of color can develop relationships and role models, discuss issues, and enhance their ADR opportunities.

The award was presented on Thursday, January 15 at the CPR Annual Meeting in New York.

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